Brendan Graham

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Brendan Graham

Irish songwriter and novelist. His song You Raise Me Up is one of the most successful songs in the history of popular music.

Brendan wrote The Whitest Flower Trilogy about Ireland’s Great Famine, emigration, and the Irish in the American Civil War.  Movie and TV rights to the these novels has been optioned by Director and Writer Julius Avery (Overlord) and Madeline Parker at Bridle Path Films


Brendan was born in Co Tipperary.

His songs have sold in excess of one 100 million units; been recorded by artists across the musical genres and amassed over 1.5 billion internet views.


His song You Raise Me Up has been recorded in over 40 languages by almost one thousand artistes, it is one of four songs from the 2,000’s included in the 2017 published SMASH HITS – The 100 Songs That Defined America – a history from the 1700’s by Music Professor, J E Perone.


It has been performed at Official Ground Zero 9/11 Commemorations; Nobel Peace Prize; Super Bowl; The White House; Re-opening of America’s National Civil Rights Museum; Opening of Northern Ireland Assembly; Olympic Games; Queen Elizabeth's visit to Ireland and Pope Francis’ visit to the United States; Ireland’s 1916 Centenary Concert; Seoul Winter Olympics and at the first East-West, Peace Concert in Moscow.


He is also the writer of Ireland's last two Eurovision-winning songs - Rock 'n' Roll Kids (1994) by Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan and The Voice (1996) by Eimear Quinn.


Brendan’s trilogy of documentary novels’ – the best-selling, The Whitest Flower; The Element of Fire and The Brightest Day, The Darkest Night – covering Ireland’s Great Famine, emigration and the Irish in the American Civil War are published by HarperCollins and translated into a number of languages. The Whitest Flower was part of MIT's Women's Studies Programme while it and The Element of Fire, were listed as 'support fiction' for Ireland's Leaving Certificate History Syllabus.


Movie and TV rights to the trilogy has been optioned by Julius Avery and Madeline Parker at Bridle Path Films


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Praise for Brendan Graham


The Whitest Flower -important addition to the Irish national story”

Sunday Times Canberra


The Element of Fire - “Dickensian skill and mastery of historical research.”

Irish Independent


The Brightest Day, The Darkest Night - “Graham’s writing is beautifully descriptive of the varying landscapes and cultural diversities on both sides of the conflict.”

Irish Independent.


A brilliant and entertaining novel. It is full of images, pictures, imagination and music. There’s emotion, love, war, death, tragedy and joy too…gives hope and raises up. As a novelist he challenges prejudices but human hope and human life always survive. Read the book soon before it becomes a film.’

Sunday World