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.






Our summer sing

May 21st, 2019 Posted by News, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Our summer sing”

On Sunday the 26th May our choir will officially finish singing at the 10:30am Mass at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross, but all is not lost as we’ll continue a tradition  we started some years ago whereby we go on singing “unofficially ( without our weekly Wednesday night practice) at the 10:30 am Mass. This year we also invite people who’d like to be part of a church choir (more…)

Musical Director

May 15th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Musical Director”

Richard Rudkins is a composer, orchestrator and organist based in Cork. He graduated from the BMus degree course in the CIT Cork School of Music in 2013, and completed his MA studies in composition in 2016 under the guidance of C.S.L Parker. In 2012, his work in the field of composition earned him the Director’s Prize at the Cork School of Music. He also held the PM Group Fellowship in Composition at the Cork School of Music from 2014-2016. He has also received tuition in composition and orchestration from composers such as Seamus de Barra, Alan Cutts, Conrad Pope and Christopher Young, as well as attending workshops/lectures with composers Carl Davis and Howard Shore.

A busy organist, Richard has accompanied/directed many choirs around Cork including the Holy Cross Parish Church Choir Mahon, Blackrock Parish Choir and the Mayfield Gospel Choir.  In March and April 2017, he worked with the pFizerphonics in their concert in North Cathedral where they performed Fauré’sRequiem.  He studies under the guidance of James Taylor at the Cork School of Music, where he also works as a lecturer in orchestration.

Advent- Christmas 2018

January 1st, 2019 Posted by About Us, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Advent- Christmas 2018”

This was an extremely busy and demanding time for the choir.
It all began on Sunday 2nd of December when we sang as usual at the 10:30 Mass in the Holy Spirit Church, after which we proceeded to make our way to the Wilton Shopping Centre where for over an hour we entertained shoppers with an array of Christmas Carols.
The following Sunday we were again ‘double jobbing’ singing as usual at the 10:30 am Mass and later that evening at 5 pm we were back in the Holy Spirit Church to partake in the Parish advent Service ‘Waiting in Hope’ (more…)