Orphan Girl

by Nicola O'Haire

(Words & Music by Brendan Graham)

Releases on
6th October, 2021

A tribute to...
‘Ireland’s Forgotten Famine Girls’

Between 1848 and 1850, 4,114 young Irish girls mostly aged between 14-to-18 and orphaned by Famine, were sent to Australia to ease pressure on the workhouses and to help ‘populate the colonies’. Under the Earl Grey scheme they went from workhouses in every county in Ireland. The first ship carrying the Irish Orphan Girls – the Earl Grey – arrived in Sydney Harbour on 6th October 1848.

This song, Orphan Girl, helps keep alive their story.

Today, up to 2 million Australians owe their heritage to those 4,114 Irish Orphan Girls.

Download on iTunes Store

Orphan Girl is now available to download for all Apple device users.
  1. Open the iTunes Store app.
  2. Search ‘Nicola O’Haire‘ and then select ‘Orphan Girl‘.
  3. Click the button that reads €0.99.
  4. Once prompted to do so, please ‘Confirm This Order‘.
  5. And you’re done!
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Publishing Credits

Words & Music Brendan Graham © Peermusic (UK) Ltd.

P&C Half-Door Songs

Piano/Keys by Feargal Murray
Guitar/Bouzouki by Conal Early
Concertina/Fiddle by Niamh Ní Charra

Arranged & Produced by Feargal Murray
Recorded & Mixed by Dave Mc Cune (Ventry Studio)
Additional engineering Alex Borwick (Lombard studio)
Mastered by Bob Katz