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All Eyes are Smiling When ‘Three Young Irishmen’ Perform

Three young irishmenThe three men, all in their 80s, stood in front of a packed room. They wore black top hats and tricolor sashes of green, white and orange. A sign next to them read “The Three Young Irishmen.”

“We’re at least Irish if not young,” one of the men joked to the crowd gathered in a small auditorium at Omaha’s Remington Heights Retirement Community.

The Three Young Irishmen are two Creighton University graduates — Terry Finney, MA’77, and Mike Healey, BA’59 — who, alongside friend Dan Sullivan, sing a cappella at retirement facilities, nursing homes and hospitals around the Omaha metropolitan area.

The songs in their repertoire are steeped in nostalgia — “You Are My Sunshine,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and more — that seem to resonate with their older audience. More often than not, the Irishmen’s performances turn into sing-a-longs.

Once, Finney says, he met a woman at a nursing home with dementia who could barely speak. He introduced himself and began singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’.”

“She sang right along with me,” Finney says. “She knew every word.”

“It seems to make a difference to people when you give them a little attention like that,” Sullivan says. “When you stop and talk to them and sing songs, I believe it opens a window for them into their existence and into their childhood. It gives them good feelings about where they’ve been and where they’re going.”

“We all feel, every time we go, that we get more out of it than we give,” Healey says.

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