“Sing All Your Cares Away” Song Competition!

The Irish have always used music as a form of therapy in good times and bad. Inspiring You have teamed up with leading Irish musician Damien Dempsey to nurture the next generation of songwriters.

Soothe the Soul

Damien released his heartfelt, “Sing All Our Cares Away” in 2006 and dealt with issues that he saw during that stage in his life. The Dublin balladeer believes that music can, “Soothe the soul”.

An original song

In these challenging times we are encouraging primary and secondary students to compose an original song expressing how they are feeling. The song can be fun, reflective, optimistic – the choice is yours.

Creative energy

In the words of Damien, “Music is about healing and community and hope. It’s a way of life.”  The Dublin songwriter is delighted to offer his support to “Inspiring You” in working to harness the creative energies of our nation’s youth.

Special class visit

The “Sing All Your Cares Away” schools’ competition is open to students of all ages, with the winner receiving a special class visit for the legendary Damien himself!

Young Fans

Damien is a passionate supporter of young talent and has supported a number of schools competitions in the past. His visit to St.Cronan’s Junior National School in Swords was enthusiastically received by young fans!

Róisín Seoighe

Rising star of Irish music Róisín Seoighe was treated to a surprise visit by Damien to her school Scoil Chuimseach Chiaráin in Carraroe, Co. Galway as a prize for a song competition she won in 2015. The visit helped encourage Róisín to further her music career.

Media partners

We are delighted to enjoy the support of our media partners KamilFilms for this exciting competition.

Competition details

You can read all the competition details here.


The deadline for entries is on Martin Luther King’s birthday January 15th. If you have any questions you can questions you can email philip@inspiringyou.ie or go to our Contact Us section.

Together we can change the world one lyric at a time!    Happy singing!