Music from the ‘Heart and Soul’ as Limerick choir set for RTE appearance

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

THE first gospel choir on the northside are to perform on RTE’s flagship religious show Mass on Sunday this weekend.

THE first gospel choir on the northside are to perform on RTE’s flagship religious show Mass on Sunday this weekend.

People from across the city have for the past six months been travelling to Moyross to sing in the ensemble - codenamed ‘Heart and Soul’.

Their efforts have paid off, with a national appearance this Sunday, where they will be supported in studio by local band Drive.

Although the choir is based in Moyross, people travel from Ardnacrusha, Meelick, Caherdavin, Westbury and Parteen to make a 25-strong group.

Parish priest Fr Tony O’Riordan says any time the choir performs at Mass in Corpus Christi, the congregation grows.

Once the idea to form a choir was born, Fr O’Riordan approached nearby parishes, currently without a gospel group, to see if they wanted to take part: “There were no gospel choirs in any of the local neighbourhoods, so I spoke to some of the local priests, and they said they would support us. It is a great way to break down some of the barriers which may exist between other parishes and Moyross. People come to Moyross to rehearse: it is more normalising of the Moyross community,” he explained.

Last week, staff from RTE were in Moyross for a rehearsal, ahead of the show, which airs at 11am this Sunday. The appearance came about after producers saw the choir during last year’s Novena.

Founder member, Jude Meaney, said the setting up of the choir has been positive for the area.

“A lot of people did not realise they had a talent for singing. I think it has done wonders for their confidence. The dedication from the people in the choir has been absolutely phenomenal - they are not only representing Moyross, they are also representing Limerick,” he said.