THERE will be no gloom in Glin this Christmas, if the members of Glin Development Association have their way. And already, through their organisation of a Gala Christmas Concert featuring the world-renowned singer and musician, Phil Coulter, they have succeeded in lifting hearts and giving their community something to look forward to.
And the people of Glin, and further afield, have responded in their hundreds. “We put 500 tickets on sale and we are almost completely sold out,” chairman of Glin Development Association, John Anthony Culhane told the Limerick Leader this week, surprise and delight fighting for top place. “It’s great, just great. We didn’t really expect such a response or that this year’s concert would go as well. But there is a great atmosphere in the church where we will be holding the concert and of course, when it is all taking place near enough to Christmas, people will come.”
The concert will take place in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Glin at 8pm on Friday, December 20. Derry-born Phil Coulter will accompany himself on piano and will sing from his repertoire of well-known as well as seasonal songs and story-telling. As an added bonus, Phil will be joined in song by his wife, singer Geraldine Brannigan.
The funds raised from this year’s concert will help pay off the final bills incurred by the Development Association in developing a number of projects during 2013, including the Heritage Trails and the sculpture in the town park marking the community’s long history of fishing. One of the most popular trails is the Knight’s Walk, Mr Culhane said and he invited people to visit and experience it for themselves over Christmas.
Meanwhile, the tradition of the December Fair in Glin, which was revived some years ago,lives on and crowds are expecteed in the village when the new-look fair takes place this Saturday.
The fun begins at about 8.30am and continues until dark and cattle, horses and donkeys will be bought and sold on the street, in the old way while geese, ducks and the odd turkey will also change hands.In tandem with the street market, there is also an indoor market in Halla Corbraí, with crafts and home produce on sale.