Clonmelman Desmond Doyle, who is now based in Austria, is returning to his home town next month along with more than 100 Austrians for a
series of cultural visits.
Des is arriving on Sunday August 9 with a 36-strong male voice choir who will be staying for a week at the Park Hotel. They will perform at 8pm that evening in Old St. Mary’s Church as part of the Busking Festival during Festival Cluain Meala.
They have also been invited by Fr. PJ Fagan to sing at St. Joseph’s Church in Ferryhouse at 7.30pm on Tuesday August 11 at what will be the celebration of a very old Austrian Mass.
Their last performance will be on Saturday August 15 at 8pm in Moyglass, which is organised by Dolores Costigan. They leave on the following day.
Another group of 30 people will also stay for a week in the Clonmel Park Hotel and the highlight of their visit will be the first pub twinning between Moynihan’s in Clonmel and Charivari in Trofaiach, which is Clonmel’s twin town in Austria.
A third group of 46 Austrians will also be based for a week at the Park Hotel from Saturday August 29. This is a ladies choir from Aflenz and they will sing in St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown on the following day at one of the Sunday Masses.
Son of the late Aidan and Peggy Doyle, Des is originally from Pearse Park. He played a key role in the establishment of Clonmel’s town twinning pact with Trofaiach.
In more recent years he has been involved in the Art of Reconciliation project in which he has worked with numerous Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Lech Walesa.