Kirree Fo Niaghtey
Kirree fo Niaghtey (The Sheep Under the Snow) is a Manx song about a tragedy that probably happened sometime in the eighteenth century - heavy snowfall meant that many of the sheep that inhabited the mountains were buried and died. This was a huge blow to Manx livelihoods.
Unfortunately, we saw a replay of this on the Isle of Man in March 2013, when the Island again suffered uncommonly heavy snow. Hundreds of volunteers went out on the mountains to help the farmers dig out buried sheep, and although many were saved, the farmers again faced a devastating loss. The Manx group, Barrule, released their version of this song for free, and asked for donations for the Farmer’s Benevolent Fund in return - they raised over £6000 for the farmers!