The only notes will be musical as Limerick parish puts on free concert

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

FOR THE third year in a row the parish of Kilteely/Dromkeen is putting on a free concert to celebrate music and song, and to get into spirit of Christmas.

FOR THE third year in a row the parish of Kilteely/Dromkeen is putting on a free concert to celebrate music and song, and to get into spirit of Christmas.

It takes place in Kilteely church this Sunday, November 25 at 7.30pm. However, music lovers are advised to get there early to ensure a seat.

One of the organisers, Mike Gleeson, said the church was filled to capacity in 2011 and 2010.

“It started when a group of us were just having a chat three years ago about sports and art.

“A local had won a prize in music and nobody knew about it. We were saying if there was a county final there would be texts going out everywhere.

“It began as a way of showcasing all the talent in music and song that there is locally, and letting people hear and see them. It grew from there. It is the perfect time of year as it kicks off the Christmas season,” said Mike.

Now it has turned in to a fixture in the local calendar and as it is free it helps lift spirits in the recession.

Organisers boast another strong line-up that will suit all musical tastes. They promise a lively and entertaining spectacle.

Children’s choirs from Kilteely and Cloverfield National Schools will sing as will the highly regarded Kilteely parish choir.

Numbers have grown in the past couple of years and they will be accompanied by Rose Ahern on the piano.

The CJ Kickham Brass and Reed band, conducted by Denis Lynch, will perform.

They will be followed by Derek Ryan - a bass baritone who has played all over the world including Carnegie Hall.

From his vast repertoire he will sing a selection of entertaining and religious songs.

The concert will also feature talented local musicians and some surprise guests as well.

The night will be a feast for the ears as well as the eyes.

One of the committee, led by Fr Conor Hayes, Valerie Greene says the church is being decorated in a Christmas theme.

“To add to the occasion the concert will be performed by candle light, which will help to enhance the atmosphere even more.

“We wish to invite everyone from the surrounding areas and beyond to come along on the night to sing along and enjoy the experience,” said Valerie.

As well as celebrating music and song the night will also mark Kilteely’s achievements this year.

They were crowned overall winner of the 2012 Limerick in Bloom competition in October.

Doors open from 7pm this Sunday night, November 25 in St Patrick’s and St Bridget’s Church, Kilteely.

It is expected to last from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and admission is free.