LAUNCH OF NEW CHOIR A GREAT SUCCESS: Last Saturday night saw the launch of Limerick’s newest choir, Cantairí Luimní based in Lisnagry N.S. at Ahane GAA Clubhouse. Mr Timothy Schinnick, Choir Master and Artistic Director of the choir with a champagne reception welcomed those arriving.
A spokesperson for the new choir said: “Tim addressed the gathering and thanked everyone in attendance. He was especially pleased to see Evelyn McCormack and Joe O’Connor as well as local politicians, Councillors Mary Jackman and Michael Sheehan and Kieran O’Donnell T.D. He introduced Dr Patrick McCormack a well-known and distinguished musician and composer as Guest of Honour, saying that he felt privileged and delighted that Paddy had agreed to launch Cantairí Luimní.
“Paddy opened his address with a piece of advice for the choir which they had heard on many occasions from their Choir Master “Write it down!” He said that the previous experience of Tim with choral work would serve this new choir well. The enjoyment, which he saw within the choir and the four-part harmony that the Choir Master seems to handle with apparent ease, instilled a confidence in him that Cantairí Luimní will be a great success. Tim’s excellence is not confined to performance alone, he said but in music interpretation. The upcoming programmes planned for 2014 and the potential representation of the choir in Limerick City of Culture are events to look forward to with pleasure.
“The choir then performed three songs, Christmas is Coming, The Ten Virgins and Sing Joyfully, to great applause.
“Later, Tim in conversation reiterated the “wonderful power of group singing, socialising and performing.” As if on cue to illustrate this point the members of the choir broke into spontaneous song that lasted well into the night. As well as all the wonderful singers in the choir, they were delighted to be joined by Rhiannon from the Carolina Chocolate Drops who performed some great music on the fiddle and sang with her melodious and distinctive voice. Rhiannon is on a break from touring with her band and is staying with her husband Michael Laffan and their two little children, Aoife and Caoimhín with Martha in Lisnagry. As if that wasn’t enough, the clubhouse was visited by Pavorotti himself (alias Billy Connolly) who gave a fantastic performance and rounded off a great night’s entertainment.
Tim expressed his gratitude on behalf of all to Pádraig Power for providing a warm and welcoming venue and for sponsoring the event.
Rehearsals take place in Lisnagry National School Hall every Monday from 7.10pm to 9.30pm with a break for tea and coffee. New members welcome in January.
The next big event is the Light Up a Christmas Tree Gala Concert in Ahane GAA Club on Friday, December 14, at 8.30pm. Come along and enjoy a great evening of music and song.”
CASTLECONNELL ICA: The Guild held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 16, in Lisnagry National School. The guest speaker for the meeting was Aime O’Mara, from Inner Balance Holistic Centre. Her topic was the aim to help balance the overall systems of the body, so it can function at an optimal level to increase health and wellbeing. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20, in Lisnagry NS, at 8.00pm. New members are very welcome.
FIRST FRIDAY: As this Friday is the First Friday of the month, Holy Communion will be taken to the sick and the housebound.