The students from Colaiste Lurgen, in Connemara smashed this one! Their cover version, as Gaelige of Swedish EDM artist Avicii Wake Me Up has racked up almost seven million views.
Coláiste Lurgan, a Gaeltacht school in Connemara, County Galway, is world-famous for their production of excellent music videos re-interpreting popular songs in Ireland’s native language, Irish (Gaelige).
In 2013 they did a stunning cover of Avicii's hit "Wake Me Up" in Irish, and it's truly a sight to behold and be heard - it's been viewed almost seven million times.
Sadly Avicii passed away in 2018, aged just 28 years old. But before his untimely death, the Swedish star himself gave this Irish language cover his stamp of approval to the videos. The Swedish DJ tweeted:
“This one’s so cool! Can’t understand a word but I love it!”
The college’s focus is on “Gaelige gan eagla” (“Irish without fear”) and promoting the general use of Irish among the younger generations. The videos are made on a voluntary basis by the students of Coláiste Lurgan and local professionals who offer assistance free of charge.
Avicii forever changed the world of EDM with his unforgettable tunes like "Levels" and "Wake Me Up." In a statement following his death, publicist Diana Baron shared the devastating news that he had been found dead in Muscat, Oman.
* This August, we're celebrating Gaeilge (the Irish language) and Irish music with a series highlighting those around the world speaking and learning Irish, and playing Irish music.
* Originally published in 2018.