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Choir year 2019/20

February 9th, 2020 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Choir year 2019/20”


February has arrived and it’s a good time to reflect back on the year to date and indeed to look forward to what lies ahead until our AGM at the end of May.

Our first choir practice of the new year was on the 4th September and it announced the official start for our new management committee:

Chairperson: Deirdre Madden

Vice chairperson: Ruth McDonnell

Secretary: Ros Noel

Treasurer: Mary McCarthy

Librarian: Margaret Maher

Committee members: Denis O Mullane and Richard Rudkins ( Musical Director)

The first practice introduced the members to “ Fear not O Land” a challenging piece for SATB which composer Edward Elgar intended as a harvest anthem for parish choirs, it occupied our singing brains for a few weeks but it was very pleasing to finally perform it at one our 10:30 Sunday Masses.

Its lovely to report that this year brought two new additions to our ranks: Sheila and Barry added their voices to our soprano and bass lines respectively- great to have them on board!

Where would we be without our coffee mornings and the River Lee Hotel hosted our first of the year

The months of September, October and November included the annual harvest Mass, remberance Mass for parishioners who died during 2018/19 and the annual Mass for deceased members of our choir.

December is always a very busy month for the choir and this year was no exception:

Sunday December 8th: We sang a selection of Christmas Carols in the Wilton shopping Centre for just over an hour after singing at our regular 10:30am Mass in the Holy Spirit Church, it made for a very taxing but rewarding morning.

Sunday 15th at 5pm: We played a major part in the Parish Advent Carol Service and it was a very special day in the history of the choir as it was the first time we wore our new uniforms in full.

Christmas is always a very demanding time for the choir and for thirty minutes before the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at 9pm the choir sang Carols which greatly added to this very special time of the year. Having a near packed church for the Vigil and the 10:30am morning Mass was something to behold and made it a spiritual Christmas to remember.


We had a welcome break from practice until January 8th but it was nice to be back and over the coming weeks to try our hand at another new piece, Charles Gounod ‘s Ave Verum, indeed this will be the third version of this beautiful Choral gem that the choir has added to their repertoire, having already performed the Mozart and Elgar compositions.

Our annual dinner took place on the 17 th January at the Model Farm restaurant and it was a very enjoyable evening.. well done to our committee and especially Margaret for making it such a successful and enjoyable  occasion.

Calender for the remainder of the choir year:

Ash Wednesday………26th February

First Sunday Lent….. 1st March

St. Patrick’s Day………Tuesday 17th March

Easter Tridium

Holy Thursday..Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30pm ….9th April

Good Friday..Stations of the Cross ..12 noon.. service 3pm

Holy Saturday..Vigil .. 9pm

Easter Sunday..10:30 am Mass.

Choral Festival:

Exchange Sunday………26th April

Visiting choir Sunday…3rd May

Choir AGM.….Wednesday 24th May ( To be confirmed).

Next September/October we will have our biannual trip abroad to a destination yet to be decided… something to look forward to.


Christmas Greetings

December 20th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Christmas Greetings”



Christmas 2019 programme

December 20th, 2019 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Christmas 2019 programme”



Christmas Eve @ 8:30 pm….. short Carol Service.


O Come all ye faithful

O Come, O Come Emmanuel 

O little town of Bethlehem 

Once in Royal David’s city

Away in a manger

The First Noel



Mass @ 9pm

Ent: Adeste Fideles … arr  V. Novello

Gloria: Vivaldi

Ps: “Today a Saviour has been born”.. P.Killeen

Alleluia…. R.Rudkins

Off: Silent Night…Mohr/ Gruber

Holy, Holy…..Schubert

MemorialAccl/ Amen/Agnus Dei…DHS Mass.. P.Killeen

Com: 1. In the Bleak Mid- Winter… Harold Drake

2. All bells in Paradise… J. Rutter

Rec: Hark the Herald Angels Sing… F.Mendelsson ..arr  D. Willcocks


The Choir will also sing at the 10:30am Mass Christmas morning





Pictorial collage

June 3rd, 2019 Posted by About Us 0 thoughts on “Pictorial collage”

Choir year 2018/19

June 3rd, 2019 Posted by About Us 0 thoughts on “Choir year 2018/19”

Wednesday September 5th was the day we returned to rehearsals after our summer recess; it was to herald the beginning of a very busy year.

Malaga beckoned very early in our opening term of 2018/19,  this very historic Spanish city was the preferred destination for our biannual trip abroad, but before we started to pack our travel bags we had to organize our September Mass programmes, especially one for our Harvest Mass on Sunday 23rd. With these successfully negotiated twenty  members flew out of Cork airport on September 28th to soak up the sun and history of Malaga. It was a trip that was thoroughly enjoyed by all,  and the beautiful weather was an added bonus.

Back in Cork on the 2nd October we wasted little time in getting back into rehearsal mode.  Our 10:30am Mass on Sunday 28th was a  special occasion where we remembered the deceased members of our choir. The following Sunday we had a ‘double shift’ where we sang at our usual 10:30am Mass and after a quick ‘cuppa’ sang at the 12:15 which was a special occasion marking a belated celebration of Fr. Berti’s Golden Jubilee.

Once the month of November was visited we were more or less into Christmas mode and before we knew it we were heading out to the Wilton Shopping Centre after the 10:30am Mass on the 2nd of December where we had a very enjoyable and satisfying hour singing Christmas Carols to a very appreciative shopping public. The following Sunday we played a very active part in the Parish Advent Carol Service “Waiting in Hope”.

 Christmas Eve was now upon us and this year we sang a selection of Carols for 30 minutes prior to our Vigil Mass at 9pm… it was a very demanding programme but the spontaneous round of applause and favorable comments that followed made Christmas Eve a very satisfying and proud moment for all the choir. We had to quickly come back down to earth as we had our 10:30 Mass on Christmas morning.


After a slightly longer than usual Christmas break from rehearsals it was back to work on the 9th January. This month marked a landmark moment in the life in our choir when we changed our financial contribution system from €3 a week to €40 three times a year.

On Friday January 18th we enjoyed a very successful Annual Dinner in the Model Farm Restaurant, it was the first time the choir used this beautiful venue, but I’m sure we’ll return again.

Even though Easter was very late this year year it was no time at all before we were facing into the Easter Tridium which is a very demanding for the choir:

Holy Thursday 8pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Good Friday ..Stations of the Cross ..12 noon… 3pm Passion of the Lord.    

 Easter Vigil 9pm…..

Easter Sunday morning..10:30am Mass.

 This Easter was a ‘blue letter’ day for the choir as it was the first occasion that we donned our new uniforms…black clothing embellished with aqua blue scarfs and ties.

Easter was hardly over when the Cork Choral Festival was upon us and we were off to the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Ann to fulfill our exchange commitment. It was a wonderful and pleasant experience enriching the Sunday Liturgy in the Diocesan Cathedral. The following Sunday we hosted the 60 strong Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre Choir at the 10:30am Mass. It was an unbelievable  experience to witness first hand the fabulous singing of this incredible choir and to enjoy their company afterwards over tea and coffee in the church crypt. The year was now almost at an end ..all that remained was our AGM and this was a very encouraging and positive conclusion to a very busy year in the life of our choir.