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The Big Sing at St. Mary’s was a musical highlight of 2013

Niall Carroll of RTE/Lyric FM, who was compere at The Big Sing concert at Clonmel's St. Mary's Church

Niall Carroll of RTE/Lyric FM, who was compere at The Big Sing concert at Clonmel's St. Mary's Church

One of the most unique and special events hosted by St. Mary’s Church in Irishtown, Clonmel in the last twelve months was The Big Sing.

Ten choirs, many local and some from as far afield as Waterford, took part in the concert in October.

They all came together to raise funds for the restoration of the organ at St. Mary’s Church.

The concert was hosted by Gospel Sounds, a Clonmel-based choir under the musical directorship of Suzanne Buttimer.

Niall Carroll from RTE Lyric FM was the compere and special guest.

The event was the brainchild of Suzanne Buttimer to get musicians and singers together to network and share their music and bring it to the people.

Also in attendance were Dermot O’Callaghan from the Association of Irish Choirs and Linda Thorpe, Mental Health Ireland, who launched Mental Health Week at the event.

The night was a splendid success, with some great music enjoyed by a full house.

The choirs that took part included St. Mary’s Senior Church Coir, Belle Voci, Tipperary Gospel Choir, The Gordonaires, Fethard Choral Society, The Suir Valley Singers, Voci, the Something to Sing About choir and Vocalise.

Parishioners in St. Mary’s learned over Christmas that the church’s heating system had broken down when the main pipes feeding the system were ruptured. The repair work will be a major job that will necessitate digging holes in the car park. Parish priest Fr. Billy Meehan apologises for the inconvenience and hopes it won’t take too long to rectify the situation.

 

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