Self Aid

Self Aid was a benefit concert held in Dublin, Ireland on 17 May 1986. The concert performances were primarily by Irish musicians, although Elvis Costello and Chris Rea were designated "honorary Irishmen" for the day. The concert included the last performance by The Boomtown Rats.

The purpose of the concert was to highlight the chronic unemployment problem in Ireland at the time, with nearly 250,000 people unemployed. The 14 hour concert was the largest that had ever been staged in Ireland. All musicians that took part donated their time free of charge. All profits from the concert and subsequent album, Live for Ireland, went to the Self Aid Trust. The telethon raised millions of pounds for a job creation trust fund as well as over 1000 job pledges. The song chosen for the finale was Lets make it work, written by Christy Moore and Dublin songwriter Paul Doran. Tributes were paid to Phil Lynott who had died just 4 months earlier, including a performance by a reformed Thin Lizzy with Bob Geldof on lead vocals.

Concert performers

The line-up included:

Live For Ireland songs

  • Maggie's Farm – U2
  • Seven Into The Sea – In Tua Nua
  • Many Rivers To Cross – Elvis Costello
  • Dirty Old Town – The Pogues
  • Don't Pay The Ferryman – Chris de Burgh
  • Harry's Game – Clannad
  • The Bridge – Cactus World News
  • Looking After No. 1 – The Boomtown Rats
  • Here Comes The Knight – Van Morrison
  • Don't Believe A Word – Thin Lizzy
  • Steel River – Chris Rea
  • Make It Work – Christy Moore and Paul Doran
  • The Lark – Moving Hearts
  • The Island – Paul Brady
  • Feel It Now – The Fountainhead
  • Exiles – Auto Da Fe
  • Tell Me - Blue in Heaven

(Note: There have been multiple versions of this album, with varying tracks, in different formats.)

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