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When Christmas song caught the hearts of Irish emigrants

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When Christmas song caught the hearts of Irish emigrants

The Christmas song I’m Coming Home caught the hearts of Irish families and emigrants all across the world when it was released in 2013.

It was dedicated to all those Irish emigrants who had to leave home to find work abroad during the recent recession and, of course, over the last hundred years.

Jigsaw Jam and Keith O’Brien promoteChristmas video

Now it has a new poignancy with the Covid pandemic making it impossible for many Irish people living abroad to make it home for Christmas. Indeed, many Irish residents are spending a lonely Christmas this year with restrictions making it difficult to visit families and friends.

The video features messages from the Irish abroad to their families and from families in Ireland to their loved ones across the world. The emotion is getting to many people who are making the video a big success on YouTube.

The song was recorded by the band Jigsaw Jam and Keith O’Brien on Dublin’s Grafton Street among city shoppers.

Shane Davis, lead singer with Jigsaw Jam, told the Irish Echo: “The song focuses on the hundreds of thousands of Irish abroad this Christmas who will not be able to make it home for Christmas, a very poignant and current affair.”

The song remains popular as thousands of Irish people continue to emigrate in search of work. The Government fears a new brain drain but has so far failed to find a way of creating enough jobs to prevent people having to leave.