Shannon Airport to host free festive Christmas celebration

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

TOP comic Karl Spain is among the performers who see the festive season lift off at Shannon Airport this Christmas.

TOP comic Karl Spain is among the performers who see the festive season lift off at Shannon Airport this Christmas.

The Limerick funny man and the acclaimed Kilfenora Céilí Band are among the performers to take part in the free Christmas Music Celebration concert in the airport this December.

Families all over Limerick have fond memories of visiting the airport to see its ever impressive light displays, but a free concert catering to 800 people on December 7 will add another reason to visit Shannon this Christmas.

Spain will warm up the crowd ahead of a prized appearance from the Kilfenora, 2009 Irish Music Hall of Famers from North Clare who recently played a storming gig in Limerick’s Lime Tree - their debut gig in the city - and count Brad Pitt Light Orchestra man Brian O’Grady among their members.

First formed in the late 1800’s, the Kilfenora continue to thrive and prosper, leading the way in delivering performances to audiences all over the world and have recently played sell-out performances at the Cork Opera House and the National Concert Hall.

Joining the acts are trad group Socks in the Frying Pan and the Silvermines Choir from North Tipperary who will perform an ensemble of festive carols.

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said she was looking forward to the event, which promises to be a “memorable music celebration”.

“This free event is all about saying thank-you to the people of the region for their support in 2012,” explained Ms Considine.

“We have a long tradition at Shannon Airport of staging events like this and this year’s is a really fantastic line-up.

“In many respects, it’s only right that we would have put together an event like this. 2012 has been a challenging year at the airport but we are finishing it out on a high note in terms of recent announcements of new services for 2013 so this will be an appropriate celebration to match.”

Kilfenora band leader John Lynch said Shannon has “always been our airport” and that the group were “delighted to be on board” for the concert.

While the event is free, funds will be raised on the night for a local charity in the Limerick area.

Tickets for the event are now available from Clare FM, Limerick’s Live 95FM, Tipp FM and Shannon Airport’s Information Desk