Striking a chord: musical family organise a concert for Nicker Church

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

NICKER Church is currently being roofed thanks to the generosity of local people and events like a charity concert that will raise the roof.

NICKER Church is currently being roofed thanks to the generosity of local people and events like a charity concert that will raise the roof.

Michael Ryan, chairperson of the fundraising committee, and his talented family will perform along with many other musicians and singers from County Limerick.

It takes place in the University Concert Hall on Sunday, December 4 at 8pm. The plans to carry out renovations to Nicker and Templebraden Churches have been underway for months. By Christmas they will have raised a third of the funds necessary to upgrade Nicker Church, said Mr Ryan.

As part of the fundraising efforts Mr Ryan came up with the idea of holding a concert and releasing a CD.

“We have some very exciting young talent. Conor Ryan, star of Garage; sopranos Martha O’Brien, Caherconlish and Kate Hurley, Limerick city.

“Lukas O’Brien, Adare, is one of our foremost young oboe players. Limerick County Youth Choir and Cantette will be performing, both under the direction of Maire Keary Scanlon. Éile - a brilliant young trad group from Laurel Hill Coláiste won this years Siansa competition for trad groups in the National Concert Hall. It’s a fantastic line-up,” said Mr Ryan, who along with his wife Teresa are All-Ireland Scor winners.

In a unique performance they will be joined by their children.

Anna Jane, a music teacher at the Limerick School of Music and noted violinist and pianist, is the musical director of the concert and she arranged all the pieces on the CD. Úna is a well known singer and violinist. Éamon plays the flute and sings. Maria, a student in the Cork School of Music, is a violinist and singer, and Ríona attends the Vocational Training Centre in Dooradoyle. She turned 21 this month and her family will perform a special rendition for her.

Their CD entitled Clann will be launched on the night and sales will go towards the renovation fund. The CD costs €10 and the tickets cost €12.50.

They are available in Pallasgreen from local Post Offices, shops, Fr Burns, Michael Ryan (087 2921322) and local promoters throughout the parish. They are also available at the UCH’s box office and on-line at uch.ie

Nicker Church will be 200 years old in 2020 and thanks to the whole community it will be in immaculate condition when the time comes. Works are expected to be finished by March and it will be reopend in time for Easter.

Then attentions turn to Templebraden Church said Mr Ryan, who thanked each and everyone who has supported the initiative.