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Published on Nov 19, 2014
AMHRÁN DO PHÁDRAIG - FUNDRAISING ALBUM FOR PÁDRAIG SCHALER - LAUNCH DATE - 3RD DEC - THE GRAND SOCIAL - 8PM buy it now @ www.amhrandophadraig.com
Pádraig Schäler was knocked off his bicycle as he cycled to work on Cape Cod on Thursday, 27 June 2013, at 10am. He has remained in a minimally conscious state ever since. He had just finished his undergraduate studies in Trinity College and had planned to spend the summer on a J1 working visa in the US.
After a few weeks in Cape Cod Hospital, his family brought him home to Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital. Four months later, they decided to move him to a dedicated early neuro-rehab facility in Hamburg, Germany where he is making clear and steady progress. Pádraig’s father, Reinhard, explains, “He received very severe brain injuries and for many months struggled for his life. The original prognosis by doctors did not give us much hope. But against all the odds, he survived and some months ago started to respond and to answer questions by using simple bodily movements. He is beginning to show recognition and has begun saying a small number of meaningful words such as ‘Hello’ and ‘Slán’. Every day, he is making very slow but steady progress.”
Pádraig’s Friends have gathered together to record an album for him. It all started with a bilingual song called DREAMBOAT written specially for him.
Maitiú Ó Casaide of folk band, The Bonny Men and a close friend of Pádraig organised the project. “Pádraig’s father, Reinhard writes a daily blog. As he is so far away, in Germany, it is a great way for all of us to follow his progress. It is a very moving blog and one of the posts was particularly beautiful. . http://hospi-tales.com/2014/01/03/dream/ In it, Reinhard tells the story of a dream he had about a boat he built with Pádraig in the back garden. It was a lovely story and tells you a lot about the kind of person Padraig is. It inspired me to write the song ‘DREAMBOAT’.” Over this past summer, 50 of Padraig’s friends gathered together in Conradh na Gaeilge in Dublin and in several recording studios to record DREAMBOAT. After seeing the amazing wealth of talent among the group, Maitiu decided they should record a full album. The finished product is a beautiful bilingual cd that includes songs, pieces of music, and poems. The friends hope to raise as much money as possible to help ease the immense financial burden that has been placed on Pádraig’s family. All proceeds from Amhrán do Phádraig will go towards the many and varied costs of Pádraig's present and longterm care.
amhrandophadraig.com/songforpatrick.com -you can purchase the album here
www.caringforpadraig.org - website relating to everything to do with Pádraig’s progress
www.hospi-tales.com - The daily blog by Pádraig’s father, Reinhard Schaler.