Singing in Christmas in Rathkeale

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Fr Phonsie Cullinan, parish priest in Rahtkeale
RATHKEALE’s singing priest will be in action again next week when the community will usher in Christmas Week on a musical high note with a gala concert involing local choirs as well as musicians.

RATHKEALE’s singing priest will be in action again next week when the community will usher in Christmas Week on a musical high note with a gala concert involing local choirs as well as musicians.

Fr Phonsie Cullinan has been parish priest in Rathkeale for the past two years or more and in that time has charmed and delighted parishioners with his strong singing voice.

And next week, when the gala concert Written in the Stars takes place in the local parish church, Fr Cullinan will be one of the star attractions.

The concert, on Thursday, December 19, is under the artistic direction of music teacher and musician Jean O’Brien and promises a night of rare enjoyment.

Among the acts to perform on the night will be the 80-strong choir from Jean’s school, Coláiste na Trócaire, along with the school choirs from St Anne’s girl’s school and St Joseph’s boys’ school.

Other special guests will included past pupil Blaise Mackessy on classical accordion and soloist Enda Walsh, who delighted the Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy on Sunday when he presented him with a CD recording.

Enda will sing a new arrangement of Pie Jesu on the night and it will be dedicated to the memory of Padraig Feehan, who died earlier this year and was a teacher and principal at the school. Other soloists and musicians from Coláiste na Trócaire will also perform, carrying on the school’s strong musical tradition.

“It will be a blend of seasonal and vernacular music where the overall theme is one of stars, hence the title Written in the Stars,” Jean O’Brien explains.

“The concert is a fundraiser with half the proceeds going to a youth project in the community which is being developed by Fr Cullinan and the other half will be put towards a special music project in the school.”

Tickets for next Thursday’s concert cost €10 for adults and €5 for students and are on sale at the school.

They can be booked at 069-64094.