On The Ball: Corpus Christi choir leave rugby fans spellbound - Colm Kinsella

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella



Members of Corpus Christi Choir performing at Thomond Park Picture: Sportsfile

Members of Corpus Christi Choir performing at Thomond Park Picture: Sportsfile

NEVER known a reaction quite like it. No, not to my piece a few weeks back commenting on the fall-off in attendance from Limerick FC’s first home league game to their second.

This was the reaction to a piece of video I posted on twitter on Saturday night from Thomond Park. And it had nothing to do with rugby!

At half-time in Munster’s Guinness PRO14 fixture with the Scarlets, the choir from Corpus Christ National School in Moyross entertained the spellbound attendance with a fantastic version of The Cranberries classic, Dreams.

It was impossible not to enthralled by the quality of the singing.

I found myself taking out my phone and recording 90 seconds of the performance before posting it on twitter later than evening.

The quality of the video footage was raw, a bit shaky and didn’t do full justice to the singing.

Nonetheless the quality of the singing was such that it overcame those technical shortcomings. 

By this Tuesday morning that video clip of the Corpus Christ National School choir at the home of Munster rugby had been viewed more than 25,000 times.

Praise for the quality of the choir’s performance flooded in from scores and scores of people. Former Munster, Ireland and Lions out-half Ronan O’Gara, now based in New Zealand with the Crusaders, was among those to compliment the performance, as was RTE presenter Miriam O’Callaghan who tweeted ‘Congrats to your amazing choir - such great talent, while current Munster and Ireland winger and Moyross native, Keith Earls, wrote ‘Brilliant Performance.’

In the match programme for Saturday’s game, Corpus Christi explained that the school firmly believe in the philosophy that ‘Education Leads to Opportunity’, always striving to provide children with opportunities to maximise their talents.

A noble goal indeed.