Sanctuary (Irish charity album)

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Album Sanctuary cover.jpg
Studio album by Various Artists
Released 2 June 2008
Recorded Glenstal Abbey, Murroe
County Limerick, Ireland
Genre Acoustic
Length 58:22
Label New Voice
Producer Joseph Mc Gilloway OSB

Sanctuary is an album supporting charity which was recorded in July 2007 at Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick, Ireland. The album features artists Moya Brennan, Mary Coughlan, Nóirín Ní Riain, Cara O'Sullivan, Jimmy O'Brien-Moran, the Monks of Glenstal and many others. The genres of music include Traditional Irish, folk, Gregorian chant, contemporary popular and classical.[1]

All profits from the album will go to charities supporting victims of domestic violence in Ireland. The artists have all given of their work and time at no cost and have raised the money to pay for the production of this album so that the charities will benefit from the sale of the very first CD. Three charities will benefit: Adapt House, AMEN and the ISPCC.[1]


Sanctuary was released at a launch concert at Glenstal Abbey on 1 June 2008. It is available in CD form and as a download from the iTunes Store.


The cover of "Stars Are Made For The Sky" by Nassau Royal, designed by James Corballis.

The first single to be released from the album is "Stars Are Made for the Sky", by Nassau Royal, featuring Moya Brennan on backing vocals. This is a download only release and is available from the iTunes Store. The artwork was designed by the album's engineer James Corballis.


The proceeds from Sanctuary go the Irish charities that support men, women, children and families affected by domestic violence in Ireland.


Sanctuary was launched in Glenstal Abbey on 1 June 2008. The launch consisted of a concert featuring most of the artists and production team involved on the album as well as special guests including Alyth. The concert was recorded by James Corballis and is available to view on YouTube. A second concert took place in Derry's Millennium Forum on 10 November 2008.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Himo Hokio" (Nóirín Ní Riain, Moya Brennan & size2shoes) – 2:05
  2. "Where'er You Walk" (Cara O'Sullivan) – 3:53
  3. "Planxty Glenstal" (Tonnta) – 3:47
  4. "Still in Love" (Mary Coughlan) – 4:32
  5. "Stars Are Made from the Sky" (Nassau Royal featuring Moya Brennan) – 3:45
  6. "Angels Guard Thee" (Cara O'Sullivan) – 4:39
  7. "Laetatus Sum" (Br. Cuthbert Brennan OSB) – 2:43
  8. "An Sgeilpín Droighneach" (Jimmy O'Brien Moran) – 1:56
  9. "Hallelujah" (Mary Coughlan) – 5:03
  10. "Take Me Now" (James O'Brien Moran) – 2:42
  11. "Gaoth Barra" (Moya Brennan) – 2:08
  12. "Lady Dillon" (Tonnta) – 4:07
  13. "The Song of Wandering Aengus" (Nóirín Ní Riain) – 3:10
  14. "Stand Beside Me" (Moya Brennan) – 4:01
  15. "Sanctuary" (Various artists) – 5:36
  16. "How Can I Keep from Singing" (All Artists above) – 3:36



  • Fr. Joseph Mc Gilloway OSB – Producer
  • James Corballis Website – Engineer
  • Simon O'Reilly Website – Additional recording
  • Simon O'Reilly – Mixing
  • Aidan Foley, Master Labs – Mastering
  • Fr. Joseph Mc Gilloway OSB – Project director
  • Mella Travers - Photography Website, Mella Travers & Tim Jarvis – Layout design


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