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Over the summer some members of the Newman Vocare Ensemble filmed a virtual concert in collaboration with As Music Heals. The concert is free to watch and will premiere on Facebook on Monday, the 24th of August at 8pm EST/5pm PST here. Since the premiere time is so late in Ireland, there's to be a “watch party” on the NDNC Facebook here at 8pm GMT+1 on Tuesday the 25th of August.
Treasure Unravelled is hosting it’s 7th year gospel talent hunt Loud In Silence. It is a global gospel talent hunt that will be done virtually, allowing people all over the world to participate regardless of location. The winner will gain 2500.00 Euro cash prize. The competition will be wholly virtual, from the audition to the grand finale. All the contestants shall be assisted by our team in any ways you may need help. To register for the competition, visit our website at www.treasureunravelled.com The event will involve a few auditions of video that will be sent by the participants, and the grand finale will be a live performance online which will be observed by judges. The Grand finale is August 1st, 2020. Registration closes June 20th.
On Sunday 17th May Liam Lawton will stream an online live concert. It will be at 7.30 pm Irish time .. US times are in the picture.
Check out the Liam Lawton Music Facebook page and the Graiguecullen and Killeshin Facebook pages, also the webcam from Graiguecullen and Killeshin church. YouTube Link.
Laois Church Concerts
A Laois community, breaking the monotony of the COVID-19 lockdown with weekly concerts, has had a member of The High Kings perform in the parish church and is attracting hundreds of international viewers online. The concert, held every Tuesday at lunchtime in the Most Holy Trinity Church, Rathdowney, is filmed and streamed live on the internet. The first starred one of the members of The High Kings singing group, Paul O’Brien, who had to cut short an American tour and return home to Laois because of COVID-19. Other local artists such as John Kelly and Martin Delaney have featured since, and Damien Bowe is to sing on 21 April 2020. Read more at Catholic Ireland.
Musical Evening in Armagh
On Sun 10th May Archbishop Eamonn Martin will be joined by Karl McGuckian and Malachi Cush for an Evening of
Gratitude and Hope. The event takes place in St Patrick's cathedral in Armagh and can be viewed on the cathedral webcam.
Bocelli Online Concert
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will give a solo performance devoted to love, healing and hope at the
Duomo Cathedral in Milan on Easter Sunday. The concert will be streamed live on Bocelli's YouTube Channel at 6pm.
The Emmanuel Concerts for 2020 take place in the Helix Theatre
Mon 9th-Thurs 12th March, each night at 7.30 pm. Four evenings of Contemporary Church Music sung by 2600 second level students (650 each night) with a live band that will have you up on your feet singing along . They come from all parts of the Archdiocese of Dublin - from Arklow to Balbriggan, Clondalkin to Clontarf. Come and be uplifted by their energy and enthusiasm. Bookings and info here.
Gardiner Street Gospel Choir On Sunday March 8th, Gardiner Street Gospel Choir is celebrating 20 years by performing with their 6 piece band at Dublin's Button Factory and other special guests on the night. After 20 years, 800 performances, and having played to a combined audience in excess of 250,000 people. Gardiner Street Gospel Choir are delighted to perform in the Button Factory. 20 years ago the choir first met for practice deep in the basement of St Francis Xavier's Church. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Strictly Over 18’s only.
For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/TheGSGC .
Songs of Hope and Peace
In County Kildare, the Songs of Hope & Peace Concert will take place at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth on Sunday 1st March at 7pm. The Maynooth University Chamber Choir will be joined by The Bellarmine University Oratorio Society from Louisville, Kentucky under the conductorship of Ruaidhri Ó Dálaigh. Adm free. Info here.
Deciphering the Sistine Chapel - the making and meaning of the most famous sacred space in the world - a presentation at Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Mon 9th March 7.30 pm. Art historian Liz Lev peels away the patina of confusion about the Sistine chapel to reveal the amazing story of how it came about: Lev will depict the challenges that the chapel presented and recount the true meaning of the paintings that have fascinated people for over half a millennium. Liz Lev is an American art historian and lecturer who lives in Rome, Italy and has given presentations to a wide array of audiences such as TED, The History Channel, and The Today Show. The lecture will begin at 7:30pm and be followed by a free reception in the rear of the church. More info here.
Celebration of Creation
Groups, choirs and musicians from around the Clondalkin parishes in Dublin join together to present this service - a joyful musical celebration of the beauty of creation. It's on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. It's in the Church of the Transfiguration, Bawnogue, Clondalkin Dublin 22. Click here for more details.
The Encounter - Dublin
'The Encounter' takes place at St Paul's Church, Arran Quay Dublin 7on Friday 28th February at 8pm. Especially for young adults, this night of live music and reflective prayer will feature musiciansLenin and Lionel Pinto, and guest speakers Maria Siddi and Kiara Vanmaele.
Lenten Reflection Blinded By Your Grace - an evening of reflection and music for Lent will take place in the Monastery of St Alphonsus, St Alphonsus Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 on Mon 2nd March at 8 pm. It will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group. www.rednuns.com
Newman Work for NCH The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, is a work for three soloists, orchestra and chorus, in two parts composed by Edward Elgar in 1900, to text from the poem by John Henry Newman. It relates the journey of a pious man's soul from his deathbed, transitioning via Angels, Demons and through Purgatory before his final judgment before God. It will be performed at the National Concert Hall MONDAY 27TH APRIL, 2020 at 8:00pm. Info and booking here.
Autumn Liturgy Gathering This year's Autumn Liturgy Gathering in Dublin Diocese takes place on Sat 5th Oct in Clonliffe College. Details of workshops will be available later.
This year's Culture Night
takes place on Fri 20 Sept at various ventures throughout the country. Some of the events will have a religious flavour.
Blind Boys of Alabama at NCH
Malian duo Amadou & Mariam collaborate with the Blind Boys of Alabama for a new project fusing African pop with American gospel singing. The two artists draw threads between contemporary Afro pop and the gospel music which grew out of the same West African roots. Event at National Concert Hall Monday 15 July at 8 pm. Info and booking here.
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week 2020 will be celebrated from Sunday 26 January to Sunday 2 February 2020 on the theme ‘Living in Harmony With God’s Creation’. Downloadable resources are available here.
In Dublin, ‘The Encounter’ takes place at St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay on Friday 24th January at 8pm. Especiallyfor young adults, this night of live music and reflective prayer will feature guest speaker and musician Christopher Berkley. More details here.
Handel's Messiah in Phibsborough
Be moved by this favourite of music lovers the world over -experience the powerful poise of The Guinness Choir. Allow Colette Boushell, Patricia Bardon, Rory Musgrave and Andrew Boushell to touch your soul. This rich tapestry of chorus, soloists and orchestra takes place on Sunday, November 24th 2019 at 7.30pm in Dublin’s iconic St Peter’s Church seated at the head Dublin’s coolest neighbourhoods. Tickets €20 each NOW ON SALE online at eventbrite.ie or at the Parish Office Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm (01) 838 9708
Trócaire Poetry Competition
"Land is Life" is the theme for this year's Trócaire poetry competition, which is held in association with Poetry Ireland. Videos on the organisers' websites illustrate the theme. For example, one shows how a family and community have been forced from their land and their efforts to build a new life for themselves. The plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is also highlighted. An animation film, written for children, tells the story of how Brigit's family was affected by the Irish famine in the 1840s, and how Sami's community in Syria is being devastated by war today. Those interested in entering the poetry competition are asked to consider these themes in their entries. For more of this article see https://www.catholicireland.net/trocaire-poetry-ireland-competition-focus-land-migration/ and www.poetryireland.ie/education/trocaire-poetry-ireland-poetry-competition
Fr Joncas at the ICMA Summer School
Fr Michael Joncas (composer of 'On Eagle's Wings') will be special guest at the 2019 Irish Church Music Summer School in Maynooth, 2nd-5th July. This is a special event to mark it's 50th anniversary.
Emmanuel 2019 at the Helix
70 Second Level Schools will participate in Emmanuel 2018 Mon 25/ Tue 26/ Wed 27 and Thurs 28 February at 7.30 p.m. Over 2600 students (approx. 650 each day) from Dublin Diocese will participate in a day of
workshops and rehearsals. Encourage your choirs/music groups to attend and listen to young people praising God with energy. Participating schools and their day are on our website which contains the Liturgical Song list.
Booking 01 700 7000 or online here. More details at www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie
Burning Hearts Description: "Burning Hearts" will take place every First Friday at The Emmaus Centre, Swords, Dublin from 7pm to 9pm with social afterwards. An event young adults with worship, teaching & fellowship, incl Mass, talks, testimonies, music & Eucharistic Adoration. For more information contact email@example.com
Youth Choir's New Album Christ the King Youth Choir launch their new Christmas CD, O Holy Night, which is a collection of old and new Christmas classics. The CD will be launched in Christ the King Church, Strathroy, Omagh on Sunday, December 16 at 7pm where the choir will be joined by Cappagh Parish Pope John Paul II Award Participants for a journey through the traditional Nativity story through drama and song.
Further information is available on the choir's Facebook page www. facebook.com/ChristTheKingYouthChoir
Art and Theology There will be a lecture on Art and Theology given by Fr Michael Dunleavy OP at St Saviour's Church in Dublin on Thurs 7th March 2019 at 7.30 pm. Entrance from Dorset St. This is part of the St Saviour's Symposium lecture series 2018-2019. More info here.
Celine Byrne at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre presents the return of internationally acclaimed Soprano Celine Byrne for her annual Christmas Gala after previous years’ sell out concerts. For one night only on Thurs December 5th Celine will perform her “Christmas Celebration”, packed full of captivating Christmas Carols as well as much loved Operatic Arias, Viennese Favourites and Show Tunes accompanied by her Festive Orchestra. Info and booking here.
Sound of Music The Sound of Music returns to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Fri 10 Jan - Sat 1 Feb 2020. Info and booking here.
Advent at Emmaus Prepare your home and heart for Christmas! The Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin, would like to invite families, couples, and singles to celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. You’ll enjoy live music performances, and partake in an Advent Prayer Service followed by delicious treats, a nice cup of hot chocolate, coffee & tea. Event takes place Sun 1st Dec 3 pm - 5 pm. More info here.
‘Where Is God’s House?'
The Dublin Diocesan Advent Service will prayerfully explore this theme, inspired by Psalm 121:1 – ‘Let us go to God’s house’. The people of the parish of Saint Joseph the Artisan in Bonnybrook, in their Golden Jubilee Year, will welcome all to their newly refurbished church on Saturday 30 November at 4.00p.m. The liturgy will be prepared by the full-time Chaplaincy Students of DCU. Music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.
Youth2000 Ulster Retreat
In County Donegal, the Youth 2000 Ulster retreat will take place at Lough Derg, from 11th to 13th October. The retreat aimed for 16 – 35 year olds will include inspiring talks, workshops, music, group activities, prayer, sacraments, drama and plenty of time to spend with friends. For more information visit http://youth2000.ie/youth-2000-loughderg/
What Can I Do?
The issues around the environment and climate change have captured the imagination of many people. In the end it is down to each one of us to play our part. Join us for an evening of active reflection and prayer on this topic inspired by Laudato Si (2015 Encyclical of Pope Francis) on Monday 21 October at 8.00 p.m. in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus with the Sisters, the Dublin Diocesan Music Group and Students.
Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled The Annual Remembrance Service will take place in the Monastery of Saint Alphonsus, Drumcondra on Thursday 21 November at 8.00 p.m. Let the music, reflections and warm atmosphere embrace you with comfort and consolation.
The next Nightfever event in Dublin will take place on Sat 21st Sept in St Theresa's Church Clarendon St Dublin 2. There will be music, reflection, adoration, reconciliation and street outreach. Info here.
RE Workshop - New Junior Cycle RE - Blackrock
Blackrock Education Centre Thurs 3rd Oct 5- 7pm
This workshop will explore one of the themes in the new Junior Cycle RE Specification - From Strand 2:
'Students should be able to: 'investigate how Christianity has contributed to Irish culture and heritage''. Practical examples and strategies, along with learning materials and worksheets will be available. Areas to be explored will include film, literature, music and art. Booking at https://www.blackrockec.ie/cpd-courses-2/post-primary-courses/692-19lc-10-011-junior-cycle-re-new-specification.html
Maynooth College Gala Concert
Celebrating 225 years of Sacred Music - The combined choirs of Maynooth College including the Schola Gregoriana, Maynooth Seminary Choir and the Maynooth Chapel Choir together with Professor Gerard Gillen perform a concert of Sacred Music featuring works by Messiaen, Mawby, Palestrina and works by current composers at Maynooth University. Event takes place Sun 16 Feb 4 pm, in the College Chapel. Booking at Eventbrite.
The next Nightfever Dublin event takes place on Sat 15 Feb in Clarendon St Church, off Grafton St, Dublin 2. Nightfever is an open night of prayer organised by young people who want to pass on the love of God that they have been experiencing for themselves. Passers-by on the nearby streets to come into the Church and light a candle, enjoy the beautiful music and be in the loving presence of God. The event begins with Mass at 6pm. People can arrive and leave at any stage after Mass.
Spring Liturgy Seminar s
Dublin Diocese is organising their Spring Liturgy Seminar for Sat 15 Feb 9.30-1.30 pm. Workshops include: 'Let Us Go To God's House' - Damian McNeice will bring you on a visual tour of Church architecture through the
ages. History helps us see how we have inherited the style of liturgical space and its various components.
'Blinded By Your Grace' - Pat O'Donoghue will suggest ways of celebrating God's mercy during the season of
Lent by creating various prayer moments and services. More info and booking arrangements here.
In County Waterford, Lightfever will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on Saturday 15th February from 1:45pm. Lightfever will have times of sacrament, scripture, prayer andmusic ministry, street evangelisation within the setting of a candlelit church. For more information visit waterfordlismore.ie
4 Corners Festival
The 4 Corners Festival seeks to inspire people from across Belfast to transform it for the peace and prosperity of all. It features innovative events designed to entice people out of their own ‘corners’ of the city and into new places where they will encounter new perspectives, new ideas and hopefully meet new friends. The Festival takes place annually in February. It comprises a range of events featuring discussion, music, prayer, drama, poetry and story-telling in venues across the city of Belfast. The festival is cross-community and was co-founded by Fr Martin McGill and Rev Sterve Stockman. This year's festival takes place Jan 31-Feb 9th. Among the performers will be Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, poet Damian Gorman and singers Ken Haddock and Stephen Travers. There's also an event 'CONSIDERING GRACE' IN STORY & SONG – WITH BISHOP DONAL McKEOWN. More info here.
Disarming Beauty ' Disarming Beauty of a Human Experience' is a meeting about the life of Marta Bellavista, an Italian secondary school teacher, who died of cancer in October 2000 at the age of 27, having lived her circumstance in the light of her friendship with Jesus. . The event takes place Sun, February 2, 3:30pm – 5:00pmMarta's father Giorgio Bellavista and Emanuele Polverelli, the curator of the book on her life, (I Want It All) will be speaking. The meeting will be held in Newtownpark Pastoral Centre, Guardian Angels Parish, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a Taizé service for the week of Christian Unity at St Paul's Church Smithfield on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. More info here.
The Christian Art of Story Telling
The Thomistic Institute chapter at Trinity College Dublin presents a lecture by Fr. Conor McDonough, OP titled “Beginning, Middle and End: C.S. Lewis and the Christian Art of Storytelling.” Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Info here.
There will be a Mass with music for American Thanksgiving on Thurs 28 Nov 5.30 pm. This will incorporate the monthly gathering of ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education).
Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat
Youth 2000 are holding a Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare Fri 6th - Sun 8th Dec. The retreat aimed for 16 – 35 year olds will include inspiring talks, workshops,music, group activities, prayer, sacraments, drama and plenty of time to spend with friends. Info and booking here.
Advent Lessons and Carols
On Sun 8th Dec at 7.30 pm there will be a service of Advent Lessons and Carols in Newman University Church St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. This will feature the Newman Vocare Ensemble and will follow the 6.15 pm Mass.
The next Nightfever event takes place in Clarendon St Church Dublin 2 on Sat 30 Nov. Nightfever is an open night of prayer organised by young people who want to pass on the love of God that they have been experiencing for themselves. We invite passers-by on the nearby streets to come into the Church and light a candle, enjoy the beautiful music and be in the loving presence of God. We begin with Mass at 6pm. Please join us and pray for the success of this mission. More info here.
'Ring Christmas Bells' is an event in the National Concert Hall on Sat 7 Dec
8 pm with the Palestrina Choir. Info and booking here.
A Joyous Culwaick Christmas
The Culwick Choral Society, with special guest soprano Rachel Croash and the Culwick Ensemble led by Brona Fitzgerald, presents an unmissable celebration of the season with carols, music and songs from across the ages and of course audience participation! This year’s special work is Charpentier’s lyrical Messe de Minuit pour Noel which celebrates the joyful news of the birth of Christ with a charming blend of sacred and secular. Info and booking here.
Charity gig for Cenacolo Sat 9th Nov St Michael's Hall, Green St, Wexford, Sat 9th Nov 7.30 pm. Music by The Mustard Seeds, and also singer/songwriter Angela Mahon. All proceeds go to Community Cenacolo, Knock. Community Cenacolo is a free, fully residential programme, which helps people affected by addiction to change their lives. It's a programme based on Prayer, Work and Friendship. It receives no government funding and relies soley on donations. Cenacolo is a place close to our hearts and always in our prayers. Testimonies from Damien Richardson and Melanie Devereux, both former community members.
Cabinteely Gospel Group
The group is delighted to be singing at The Dolmen Theatre, Bray Road, Cornelscourt, Dublin 18, on Wednesday 18th December. A night of music, comedy & festive cheer is promised, all in aid of charity.
Presentation Youth Event
Celebrating the feast of the Prsentation the Presentation Brothers and partners are hosting a youth event with the theme: 'Voices from a new generation - Young people speak about their faith'. There will be music, sharing, prayer, interviews and refreshments. Venue is Goldie Chapel, Nano Nagle Place, Douglas St, Cork and it takes place on November 20th 7.30 pm. Info: 021-4392160.
Youth 2000 Munster Retreat
In County Kerry, the Youth 2000 Munster retreat will take place at St Brendan’s College, Killarney from 1st to 3rd November. The retreat aimed for 16 – 35 year olds will include inspiring talks, workshops, music, group activities, prayer, sacraments, drama and plenty of time to spend with friends. For more information visit youth2000.ie
Youth 2000 Connaught Retreat
In County Sligo, the Youth 2000 Connaught retreat will take place at Summerhill College from 25th to 27th October. The retreat aimed for 16 – 35 year olds will include inspiring talks, workshops, music, group activities, prayer, sacraments, drama and plenty of time to spend with friends. For more information visit youth2000.ie
International Youth Conference
The International Youth Conference is a three night residential conference for youth (ages16-35) taking place in Clongowes Wood College in Clane Co. Kildare from the 27th-30th of December and is organised by Anointing Fire Catholic Ministries. The aim is to invite all youth to experience the power and presence of God in their lives and to be strengthened and empowered by His Holy Spirit so that they can share the Good News! It includes workshops, music concert, praise and worship, Spiritual Sharing, Bible - based talks, Dramas, Holy Mass, Adoration , Confession and Healing Service - all in the company of like-minded peers. For registration and information go to www.afcmteamireland.org
Advent in Mount Merrion
'Journeying to Christmas in Song' is an Advent service in the Church of St Therese in Mount Merrion, Dublin, featuring parish choirs and ensembles. It's at 4 pm on Sun 15 Dec and donations to Trócaire are welcome.
Nightfever in Navan
Navan parish is having a Nightfever event on Sat 14 Dec 7 pm-11 pm with music, prayer, eucharistic adoration and Confession.
Gospel Christmas in Gardiner Street
On Thursday December 19th, at St. Francis Xavier's Church there will be a feel-good evening of soulful festive cheer and favourite Christmas songs featuring: Gardiner Street Gospel Choir & Band with support acts: Gardiner Street Youth Gospel Choir Holly Berry and the Christmas Lites, The Secret Jazz Band. There will also be some Christmas cake and other tasty homemade treats to ensure everyone goes home merry and bright! Doors open at 7:30pm. Performance starts 8pm sharp. Seating unreserved. Raising money on the night for the Peter McVerry Trust. For more information click here.
Three Tenors Concert
The Three Tenors Ireland Christmas Concert takes place Sun 15 Dec, St. Joseph the Artisan Catholic Church, Greencastle Road, Northside, Dublin. Ireland’s favourite trio, Kenneth O'Regan, Paul Feery and Kevin Fagan, provide the ‘feel-good factor’ promising a fabulous night to remember. Featuring an exciting Celtic style program with a twist, this thrilling concert is a Classic-Mix packed with the most beautiful contemporary, uplifting songs and Christmas favourites--something for everyone. Tickets €27.61 at Eventbrite.
Christmas Voices from the Pro-Cathedral
Christmas Voices is a concert in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral to raise funds for the homeless. Performers include Red Hurley, Linda Martin, Cliona Hagan, Anna Kearney, boys and girls of the Cathedral Choirs and further guests to be announced. Details - Tue, 17 December 2019 19:30. This year
proceeds will go towards the Peter McVerry Trust and Dog's Aid.Tickets at Eventbrite.
Messiah at Pro-Cathedral
Handel's Messiah will be performed at the Pro-Cathedral Dublin 1 on Monday 16 Dec at 8 pm.
Soloists include Soprano: Aisling Kenny; Alto: Katie Richardson McCrea; Tenor: Conor Prendiville; Bass: Benjamin Russell. The soloists, orchestra and choir will be conducted by Blanaid Murphy. Tickets €25 at Eventbrite.
Ireland's Catholic Bishops have launched their annual online Advent Calendar. This is the sixth year the online Advent calendar has been made available and it can be accessed behind a virtual door each day during the season of Advent. The calendar has prayers and suggestions for acts of kindness or charity that individuals and families are encouraged to undertake during December. The calendar also shares tips on how families can care for creation, our common home, by having a more sustainable Christmas. Read more at Catholic Ireland.
Moving Crib The famous Moving Crib will open at 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 on Thursday 28th November until 6th January 2020. This interactive family event has a montage display of biblical stories, including Noah’s Ark, The Wise Men and many more, and has been running for over 60 years in the City. More information can be found on www.stmartin.ie/crib
Christmas Concert in Cork
Cork Opera House are pleased to present the annual Christmas Concert, on 16th and 17th Dec. Now in its fifth year this event has become a favourite feature of the season and indeed a new Cork Christmas tradition. It will be held over two nights this year. The Christmas Concert will feature national and international artists singing a range of festive classics with a mix of local choirs and musicians. They will be accompanied by our very own Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra led by renowned conductor John O Brien. More info here.
On December 8th 7 pm, returns one of the most acclaimed Christmas event in Dublin in The Church of Holy Family, Aughrim St. Parish, Aughrim St. D7, Dublin. Following the success from last year, nine different choirs from international communities will sing a selection of their most authentic Christmas carols, in the atmosphere of the Church of the Holy Family, in the heart of Stoneybatter. This event is free to attend and there will be the possibility to make charity donations in aid of Saint Vincent de Paul. Booking at Eventbrite.
Advent Music and Prayer
Marie Dunne CHF and the Holy Faith Past Pupils Choir will lead an Advent evening of prayer, music and reflection on Wed 11 Dec 7.30 pm to 9 pm at the Margaret Aylward Centre Glasnevin. Donation €5. Tea/coffee and mince pies to follow! More info here.
Christmas Choirs at Limerick
On Sunday 1st Dec - At University Concert Hall, Limerick. 2019 marks the 20th birthday of RTÉ lyric fm. Each year for the last 20 years the limerick-based station has run the Choirs for Christmas competition in celebration of choral singing in Ireland and this concert is all about the power of community music making nationally and the power of singing! Supported by Sing Ireland. Details here.
'In Memoriam' - a Concert to Honour the Faithful Departed, will take place in Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green Dublin, on Sun 10 Nov following the 6.15 liturgy. Music will be provided by the Vocare Singers, and while the concert is free there will be an opportunity to donate to the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
In Memoriam is an event for November in the Pro-Cathedral Dublin.
It's on Sun 10th November at 3 pm and features the Dublin Bach Singers and The Palestrina Choir. Tickets at Eventbrite (€15).
Liam Lawton will perform in concert on Fri 18 Oct in Ballymacoda Church near Youghal in Co. Cork.
See poster for more details.
Day of Music and Reflection
'Renewing the Song of God in my Heart' - Margaret Aylward Centre, Glasnevin on Sat October 19th - a day is an opportunity for those involved in any kind of music ministry to reflect and ponder, it is open to anyone who would like to be part of this gentle, quiet time. With liturgical composer Marie Dunne CHF.
An IT course that may be of interest to RE teachers takes place in Blackrock Education Centre on Thurs 24 Oct 5-7.30 pm.
This will be a hands-on IT workshop exploring online interactive tools and apps for teaching and evaluating your second level subject - incl class quizzes, assessments and evaluations using Quizizz, Blendspace and Google Forms. Booking - click here.
Newman Lecture Blessed John Henry Newman will be canonized by Pope Francis on 13th October this year. To mark this occasion Dr. Angelo Bottone will give a lecture on Newman, NEWMAN AS SAINT, in the Central Catholic Library, Merrion Square, on Thursday 17 October 1 pm - 2.30 pm. Everyone is welcome. More info here. Facebook Event Page here.
Liam Lawton Concert
Liam Lawton, with special guests, will be in concert in Bonnybrook Parish Church on Fri 27th Sept at 8 pm. https://www.bonnybrookparish.ie/ Tickets at Parish Office 01 848 5262
Feasts & Seasons - Music for the Liturgical Year with John O'Keeffe
This workshop is for singers, choirs, musicians and all who are interested in music in the liturgy and will take place in Renehan Hall, Maynooth College on Wednesday 16th October at 7.30pm. Dr. John O’Keeffe, Director of Sacred Music in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth will be leading the workshop, which will last approximately two hours. The cost of participation is €15, which will include a copy of his book – Feasts and Seasons 2 (with CD), or €10 which is for participation only. The book and CD will be a great asset to any choir member. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.Booking here.
Culture Night in Newbridge Parish Newbridge parish is organising a poetry night for Culture Night on Fri 20 Sept. There will be poems old and new and among the readers will be Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Denis Nulty. It will take place in the new Parish Centre, Station Road, begining at 7.30pm and finishing at 9pm. Local composer Padraig
Meredith will provide music.
RE Workshop - New Junior Cycle RE - Navan
Navan Education Centre Wed 25th Sept 5- 7pm
This workshop will explore one of the themes in the new Junior Cycle RE Specification - From Strand 2:
'Students should be able to: 'investigate how Christianity has contributed to Irish culture and heritage''. Practical examples and strategies, along with learning materials and worksheets will be available. Areas to be explored will include film, literature, music and art. Booking at
Encounter Dublin City
Join other young adults (20's & 30's only) for The Encounter on September 20th (Culture Night) @ 8pm in St Paul's Arran Quay. Our Musician is Hannah Best and our Guest speakers are Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Lisa McKenna and Codie Preston .
Culture Night in Blackpool Enjoy the work of Seamus Murphy and Harry Clarke Studio in the Church of the Assumption, Blackpool in Cork, 5-7 pm. A talk will be given by local historian about the sculptures and glass work in the Church. More info here
Culture Night 2019 - John's Lane Culture night takes place on Fri sept 20th in various locations. Among those is a music evening in St John's Lane Church - John's Lane Church is under the care of the Augustinian Friars and it is among the most beautiful churches in Dublin. When completed it was described as 'poetry in stone'. On the night enjoy an organ recital and a performance by the church choir. The church's resident organist family, the McNultys, havecontinuedservice to this church since 1939. Time: 4pm - 10pm
More info: https://culturenight.ie/event/augustinians-johns-lane-church/
Culture Night at Clonliffe College
Come and visit Clonliffe College (opened in 1859), soon to begin a new chapter in its history. There will be 2 exhibition spaces of archival material, finishing with live music from primary & secondary level students with the Dublin Diocesan Music Group. Time: 6.30pm - 9:30pm
More info: https://culturenight.ie/event/clonliffe-college/
Culture Night at Central Catholic Library
The Central Catholic Library was founded as a subscription library by Irish Jesuit Fr. Stephen Brown in 1922. The Georgian house now holds a collection of over 60,000 books, covering the Catholic tradition in literature, philosophy, theology, history, science, the visual arts and music. See material from their archives on the founding of the library, and an exhibition of art books which illustrates the culture of books and reading.
Time: 4pm - 9pm
More info: https://culturenight.ie/event/central-catholic-library/
Autumn Liturgy Seminar
The Autumn Liturgy Seminar for Dublin Diocese will take place on Saturday 5th October in Clonliffe College. There will be 5 workshops on Baptism, Scripture, Aesthetics, Music and Prayer Services. Participants may attend two workshops of their choice with the exception of the baptism which is a full morning session. Registration is at 9.00 a.m. and sessions begin at 9.30 a.m. Information on workshops is available on booking form enclosed or on our website www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie
Talk With Readings
'Catholicism in Ireland: How We Got to the Present Day' is the title of an illustrated talk to be given by
Kevin Whelan of the University of Notre Dame at Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 on Thurs 19th Sept 6.30 to 7.30 pm. Readings will be given by Stephen Rea, with reception to follow.
Music Ministry Together Cancelled
This year Music Ministry Together event has been cancelled.
From the Facebook page: 'It is with regret that we unfortunately have to cancel this years Music Ministry Together course. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have already booked you can expect to receive an email from us later today. If you do not receive this please contact us at email@example.com'
Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Youth 2000 Summer Festival takes places Thurs 15th- Sun 18th August at Clongowes Wood College Co. Kildare. Information and online booking here.
Veritas Sale Veritas shops currently have a sale with lots of book bargains - but there is also a range of music CDs selling at €2 each - incl titles by Marie Dunne and Tom Kendzia.
Emmanuel 2020 Recording
Calling all past and present Emmanuel people. The choir is forming again this summer to record the songs for Emmanuel 2020. If you would like to be part fo this choir please sign up below. We will be recording the choir on the July 8, 9, 10, 11 from 6pm until 9pm in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, Dublin 3. If you are interested in being part of the choir please sign up here. https://doodle.com/poll/wgr8vzmvheu3t73z
Hannah Shaefer and Rebekah Fitch
Hannah Schaefer is an American Christian musician, who plays a Christian pop style of music, while Rebekah Fitch is an Irish performer. Both are on tour together in Ireland in July. They will perform at St Paul's Arran Quay on Tues 16 July - booking at Eventbrite, here. The duo will also play in Bray, Kilkenny and New Inn, Co. Tipperary. More details here.
Post available - Assistant Director to the Cathedral Choirs, St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.
Applications with CV no later than Tues 18th June to firstname.lastname@example.org
VOX FEMININA is a 10th Anniversary Souvenir CD from the Pro-Cathedral Girls Choir, featuring works by Irish & international female composers - release date: Tuesday 18th June. Check on the promo on YouTube - click here.
[Added 14/6/19: Tues 18 June: Launch Event for CD VOX FEMININA, , City Hall, Dublin 7 pm]
Tom Kendzia Workshop
A workshop with american composer Tom Kendzia will take place on Thursday June 13th in the St Peter and Pauls Church, Portlaoise at 8pm. There is no cost as Portlaoise parish are very kindly sponsoring the event.
Many parishes sing Tom’s music such as Stand by Me, We will Praise you, Endless is your Love , Out of Darkness………etc so you will enjoy this evening of singing old and new music. To learn more about Tom Kendzia, his website is www.tomkendzia.com/
Youth Mass on Saturday June 15 at 6pm in Neilstown Church, Clondalkin. Inchicore Gospel Choir will lead the music and a special invite goes out to those in the middle of the Leaving or Junior Cert.
Steve Warner is the Associate Director of Music and Liturgy at Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. This talk is about so much more than music or song. It is about ministry, service, and an understanding of the joy to which the liturgy beckons all of us as People of God.
Cabinteely Gospel Choir In County Dublin, the Cabinteely Gospel Group will hold a concert at St. Brigid’s Church, Cabinteely on Saturday 15th June at 7.30pm This celebratory concert is to mark the group’s 20th anniversary and will be a showcase of old and new favourite's, with special guests and friends taking part. For more information visit www.cabinteelygospel.org
Bible Week Details
Events for Ecumenical Bible Week are now available at https://www.bibleweek.ie/ . Among the events is: Biblical Poetry and Christian Formation - Wed 12 June, St. Augustine’s, Taylor's Lane, Ballboden
Dublin 16, also Thursday June 13, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Church Of The Annunciation, Grange Road, Rathfarnham , Dublin, D14. 7.30 pm - 9 pm. Also, the closing event features Ian Callanan and the music of Marty Haugen - Sun 16 June ‘Holden Evening Prayer’ - Sung Lutheran Vespers. Venue - Lutherhaus, 24 Adelaide Road,
Matt Maher Concert
Matt Maher, Canadian contemporary Christian music artist, songwriter will be in concert in St Paul's Arran Quay, Dublin on Wed 12th June at 8 pm. Maher has performed at World Youth Days and other high profile events. On his recent Christmas album he performed a duet with famous US Christian music artist Amy Grant. His website is here, and booking for his Dublin concert is at Eventbrite, here.
Ecumenical Bible Week
This year's Ecumenical Bible Week takes place 9th-16th June at various locations in Dublin diocese. Ecumenical Bible Week is an exciting and successful venture which is now in its sixth year. It includes parish-based events around Dublin. There’ll be debate, talks, music and lots of participation. Details will be available soon at https://www.bibleweek.ie/
Poetry Weekend Fri 31 May-Sun 2 June - seaside retreat at FCJ, Ibricken Lodge, Spanish Point, Co. Clare. Poetry - language of love, language of God. Director Jo Donovan RSM. More info here.
Notre Dame Concert
The Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason is happy to host the University of Notre Dame Glee Club In Concert. The oldest glee club at a Catholic university visits Ireland for a concert on 22 May 2019 at 7:30pm. All are welcome to hear them perform Spanish Renaissance Polyphony, New Sacred Music, and Spirituals. This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.
The next Nightfever Dublin event is on Sat 27 April in St Teresa's Church, Clarendon St Dublin 2, from the 6 o'c Mass until 11 pm. Nightfever is an open night of prayer organised by young people who want to pass on the love of God that they have been experiencing for themselves. We invite passers-by on the nearby streets to come into the Church and light a candle, enjoy the beautiful music and be in the loving presence of God. More info here.
The 10th annual Gospel Rising festival for Gospel choirs takes place in Dublin from May 17th-19th. There will be concerts and workshops - bookings are now open, click here for more information.
Workshops for New RE Course Junior Cycle - Dublin, Navan and Enniscorthy
A workshop to address to arts elements of the new Junior Cycle RE Specification will be held in Blackrock Education Centre, Co. Dublin on Thurs 4th April 5-7 pm.
Places limited, register here: https://www.blackrockec.ie/cpd-courses-2/post-primary-courses/450-19lc-04-004.html
Course description: With the advent of the new Religious Education Specification for first year students in Sept 2019, this workshops looks at the learning outcome where students are required to‘explore the presence of religious themes in contemporary culture through an examination of art, music, literature or film’. This workshop will offer guidelines and suggestions on how this might be approached, with suggested resources appropriate for first year students and beyond. Part of the approach on the night will involve use of IT, so participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, though a limited number of PCs will be available at the centre.
Sister Act Musical
Sister Act the Musical will be performed by Bray Musical Society in the Mermaid Theatre Bray 10th-13th April.
Booking and info here.
Johnny Duhan Tour
Irish singer-songwriter Johnny Duhan, whose work often includes spiritual themes, has a nationwide tour coming up in April and May 2019, to tie in with the release of his autobiography, 'The Voyage'.
Details in poster. More info http://www.johnnyduhan.com/Home.html
St Matthew Passion
St Matthew Passion by Bach will be performed in the National Concert Hall on Good Friday 19 April at 3.30 pm, with the National Synphony Orchestra and Cór na nÓg. Info and booking here.
Palm Sunday Event On Palm Sunday 14 April there will be a musical event, The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour, featuring the Carolan String Quartet. Newman Church St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. This will be at 7.30 pm, following the regular 6.15 Mass. It will feature Op 51 by Haydn. Entry is free but there will be a collection for St Vincent de Paul Society. Booking at Eventbrite.
Youth 2000 Ulster Retreat will take place Apr 12 – 14, 2019 in St Macartan's College, Mullamurphy, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. The retreat aimed for 16 – 35 year olds will include inspiring talks, workshops, music, group activities, prayer, sacraments, drama and plenty of time to spend with friends.
For more information click here.
There will be a performance of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat from Tue, April 9, 7:20pm – Sat, April 13, 7:20pm in St Mary's Priory, Main St, Tallaght Village, Dublin, D24. The Now & Then Production Company will be performing this well-known musical based on the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis. Muliti-denominational Youth & Adult Music & Drama Group staging musicals with a religious theme in St Mary's Priory Tallaght. Facebook Page
Day of Reflection
Marie Dunne will lead a day of reflection in Avila, Donnybrook on Sat 23rd March. With theme of 'Shelter Me God in your Love', this day of prayer and reflection will feature Marie's own composed music. Suggested offering €25. To book: Tel: 01 643 0200 or email email@example.com
The Encounter ia a night of music and testimony, on March 22nd at 8pm in St Paul's Arran Quay. Musician and Guest Speaker for the night is Ciaran Coll, music teacher, choir director and composer.
St Patrick's Day Mass
Newman University Church St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 will have a Mass for St Patrick's Day at 9.30 am, with the church's combined choirs and the Appasionata String Quartet.
This year's conference of the Religion Teachers Association of Ireland will be in Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Sat 9th March. Places are strictly limited to 100. To reserve your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating name, school and Teaching Council number.
Workshops this year: Senior Cycle RE (Non-Exam), Ethical Education Network, Phiolosophy Association of Ireland. There will also be a session with Ailis Travers of JCT. The day is free, with lunch and resources but travel or overnight expenses are not available, but there's a DES rate at the hotel for the Conference. More info here.
Saints and Scholars
Sunday 10th March 2019 - ALL LIVES ARE PRECIOUS (ALPs ) in Down Cathedral, a one off specially produced production of Love , Life and Happiness. Saint and Scholars Concert is an event supported by Council and will be kicking of The Saint Patricks Day Celebrations in Downpatrick. The event is a celebration of heritage,culture and St Patrick through music, song, poetry and Dance. In its second year this event promises to encapsulate all that is good about the many different styles of Irish music from traditional ballads to contemporary songs from right across the island of and beyond. This year's line up features some the greatest names in entertainment and already announced to participate are Laim Lawton, Malachi Cush Karl Mc Guckin, Matthew Campbell plus many others. Advance tickets - https://www.facebook.com/ALPreciousLtd/
Youth 2000 Connaught Retreat
Mar 1 – 3, 2019, Calasanctius College, Castle Rd, Innplot, Oranmore, Co. Galway, Ireland. The retreat aimed for 16 – 35 year olds will include inspiring talks, workshops, music, group activities, prayer, sacraments, drama and plenty of time to spend with friends. For more information visit youth2000.ie
Seminar on Values and Beauty
Seminar at Glenard University Residence Sat 23rd Feb 11 am to 1 pm. Core values are often a contested space and yet without them our sense of purpose or meaning is often compromised. Dr Rocchi will explore the human need for core values and the deep fulfilment we experience when we align our lives to the right core values. Beauty is something to be admired and sought after. It takes us outside of ourselves. Dr Rocchi will explore this transcendece of beauty. Is it the face of something more? Can the human experience of beauty be a profoundly religious, spiritual experience? The event will be presented by Dr. Marta Rocchi, an Assistant Professor in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics at DCU Business School. Register at Eventbrite here.
The next Nightfever Dublin event will be on Sat 16 Feb from 6 pm Mass, at St Teresa's Church, Clarendon St, Dublin 2. There will be music, prayer, reflection, reconciliation and street outreach. Info here.
Faith and Literature
On Thurs 14 Feb, 6.30 pm, at Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Prof. Declan Kiberd will give a talk on 'Faith and Literature - From Newman to Joyce'. The event is free and will be followed by refreshments.
Beauty in Aquinas and Joyce
A lecture by Fran O'Rourke, University College Dublin, Tues 12 Feb , 6:30 PM | 4050B in the Arts Block at Trinity College Dublin. Organised by the Thomist Society.
The Moving Crib will be open 7 days a week from 11am -6pm at 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 . No booking is necessary unless it's a large group and entry is FREE. It will be closed only on Christmas Day, St Stephen's Day and New Years' Day. More information can be found on our website www.stmartin.ie/crib or email email@example.com
Laudate Over 50 Primary Schools are gearing up for the 3rd Laudate Festival of Liturgical Music which will take place during Catholic Schools Week. The Festival Nights this year are: Monday 28 January at 7.00p.m. St. Pius X, Templeogue; Tuesday 29 January at 7.00p.m., Our Lady of Victories Church,
Ballymun Road; Wednesday 30 January at 7.00p.m., Church of St. Thérèse, Mount Merrion
CANAIMIS – LET US SING
This new collection of music – Canaimis – Ceol don Aifrinn - will be launched by Veritas Publications on Thursday 31 January in Clonliffe College beginning with a reception of light refreshments at 7.00 p.m. With the publication of An Leabhar Aifrinn Rómhánach, this anthology brings together, for the first time, a number of well-known Mass settings in Irish, suitably adapted, as well as some newly composed music.
The Irish Church Music Association will also launch the celebration of their 50th year as an Association.
The Encounter, Dublin s
Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for The Encounter on January 25th @ 8pm in St Paul's Arran Quay. The Encounter will mark the beginning of WYD Panama in Dublin 2019 which will take place in The Emmaus Center, Swords Rd from 5pm Saturday 26th January to 5pm Sunday 27th January. Our Guest Speaker for the night is the fabulous Louise Storey whom has been a leader at previous World Youth Days. Musician for the night is Sarah Buckam.
Catholic Schools Week
This year's Catholic Schools' Week takes place from 27th Jan to 3rd Feb with the theme 'Celebrating the Work of Our Local Catholic Schools'. Resources, incl those that are arts based are available for download - click here.
Dr John O'Keeffe, Director of Sacred Music in St Patrick's College, Maynooth will give a workshop in Cork for singers, choirs, musicians and all who are interested in music in the liturgy. Workshop takes place on Monday 28th January, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Parish Centre in Blackrock (located behind the church).
Cost to participate is €5 per person. Booking is essential - telephone 021 4537474
World Youth Day in Dublin
Creating the best parts of World Youth Day in Dublin for those who can't go to Panama. It will be a celebration of faith, with live stream of the Pope's talks and Homilies, along with music, workshops, drama, food, fun & fellowship. Sat, January 26, 5pm – Sun, January 27, 5pm
, Emmaus Centre Balheary Demesne Swords, Dublin, K67 Y274
(Bring your sleeping bags!) How to Book: www.emmauscentre.ie/programme/wyd
For more information: Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow on Facebook: WYD @ Home - Panama in Dublin
Lawton Christmas Concerts
Liam Lawton launches December Christmas concert tour, with special guests (varying by venue):
St. Mary's Church, Leap, Skibbereen, Co.Cork; Sunday 2nd; Tickets: 086 1080236
Ballymagarvey Village, Balrath, Co. Meath; Tuesday 4th Tickets:
St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, (Guesting with Karl Mc Guckin & Friar Alessandro ) Wednesday 5th Tickets: www.evenbrite.co.uk St Finbarr’s South Church,Dunbar Street, Cork; Thursday 6th; Tickets: 021 427 2989
St. Anne's Church, Dawson Street. Dublin; Sunday 9th, (Guesting with RTE's ~ Cór na nÓg) SOLD OUT
Clonard Monastery, Belfast, (Guesting with Karl Mc Guckin, Brian Gilligan & Niamh Perry)
Friday 14th Tickets:
www.ticketsource.co.uk St Mary's RC Church, Dunkerrin, Birr, Co. Offaly; Sunday 16th; Tickets: 086 1552779
Bach for Advent This concert will take place in Newman University Church St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 on Sun 25 Nov at 7.30 pm, and will feature Sestina Soloists and Baroque Ensemble and the Irish Doctors Choir. Info and booking here.
Workshop in Navan
At Navan Education Centre, on Thurs 22 November, 5-7.00 pm, a hands-on IT course, for teachers of all subjects, but particularly useful for RE teachers, will feature the online educational tool 'Tes Teach' (formerly Blendspace and Educanvas). This is a versatile and intuitive tool that is very useful for finding, gathering and presenting resources across all subjects. It also allows the teacher to engage with students if required, eg through sharing resources, creating quizzes and more. It is free, includes online storage, and as it is online doesn't require downloading any software. Participants are recommended to bring their own devices, but some Centre PCs are available.
Early booking recommended - click here.
The next Nightfever event in Dublin will be on Sat 1st Dec in Clarendon St Church after 6 pm Mass. There will be music, street outreach, adoration, reconciliation. All welcome.
Jolly Season at NCH
'Tis the Season to be Jolly' - Tues 27 Nov 7.30 pm, Presented by Rathfanham Concert Band - A concert of entertaining seasonal music with stylistically different pieces allowing the audience to experience the various sounds of some of the country’s finest young musicians in an upbeat and stimulating way leaving the listener in a positive and happy mood for the Jolly Season. Featuring the Rathfarnham Concert Band Society (Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Jazz Bands), Musical Director Vincent Kennedy , Conductors Conor O’Riordan and Richard Treston , MC Declan O’Brien
And special guests - primary school choirs from Divine Word National School, St. Mary's Boys National School. Loreto Grange Road and Ballyroan Boys National School conducted by Caitríona Ní Threasaigh. With choirs of Loreto High School Beaufort present and past, Marie Cruise, director. Info and booking here.
Messiah in Belfast
The Ulster Orchestra will perform in a production of Handel's Messiah on Fri 7th December at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
Ailish Tynan Soprano; Cécile van de Sant Alto; Nicolas Mulroy Tenor ; Njål Sparbo Baritone; Belfast Philharmonic Choir. Booking and info here. The event will also take place in the Guildhall Derry, on Thurs 6th Dec. Booking here.
Cherrybrook in Dublin
Cherrybrook Music presents two workshops for singers, choir directors and musicians, presented by Ephrem and Giovanna Feely, based on the new collection Our Hearts Are Restless. Recently Ephrem's The Joy of Love was the theme song for the World Meeting of Families. Corpus Christi Church, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Wed 7 Nov 8 pm- 9.45 pm, and Newman University Church Wed 14 Nov 8-9.45 pm. Cost €10, bookings by 5 Nov to email@example.com
New Year's Eve Gospel
Gospel band, Live Issue, invites you to join them in celebrating the arrival of 2019 with an evening of quality Gospel music. The members of Live Issue have recently hosted their own television series on Revelation TV, as well as continuing to tour both individually and as a group throughout the British Isles, Europe and America.Joining Live Issue on New Year's Eve will be a host of special guests, making this evening of praise an event not to be missed. Book early to avoid disappointment! Event takes place at The Market Theatre, Armagh on Mon 31 Dec. Booking and info here.
Sarah Groves in Belfast
Nominated for 7 Dove awards, US singer-songwriter Sara Groves will be one of the guest soloists at a Christmas concert 'Ireland in Christmas Praise' featuring the New Irish Choir and Orchestra and the New Irish Youth Choir This is now one of Belfast's largest and most eclectic Christmas events, with over 200 people on stage and an opportunity for the audience to join in singing traditional Christmas Carols. Directed by Jonathan Rea. Venue: Belfast Waterfront Hall, Thurs 20th and Fri 21st Dec. Info and booking here.
New Dublin Voices New Dublin Voices, Conductor Bernie Sherlock, present two lunchtime concerts at the National Concert Hall - Fri 14th Dec and Mon 17th Dec. Booking and info here.
Carols by Candlelight
A concert of carols and seasonal classics, staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. At the National Concert Hall, Wed 19th Dec 3 pm and 8 pm. More info and booking here.
Christmas Concert, Cork Opera House
Cork Opera House presents the annual Christmas Concert.
Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 December 2018 8pm
€25, €27.50 & €30* Now in its fourth year the annual Cork Opera House Christmas Concert has become a favourite feature of the season and indeed a new Cork Christmas tradition. Following sold out concerts for the last three years, they're delighted to be able to present the concert over two nights this year.
Joe Corbett (host) | Emma Nash | Rory Dunne
Karen Underwood, Laoise Leahy & Gemma Sugrue performing together
Liv Amerie Gregorio (played Molly in Cork Opera House's production of Annie)
Cork Opera House Theatre Artist in Residence John McCarthy
Cork Chamber Choir and The Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra conducted by John O'Brien
More info and booking here.
The Goethe Institute Choir presents a concert at the National Concert Hall on Mon 17th Dec 8 pm featuring Johann Sebastian Bach, Christmas Oratorio BWV 248, Cantatas 1, 3 and 4
Arvo Pärt Mother of God and Virgin
Sergei Rachmaninoff Bogorodeetse Dyevo, raduisya
Johannes Weyrauch Maria durch ein Dornwald ging
Franz Xaver Gruber Stille Nacht
More info and booking here.
Messiah at NCH Our Lady’s Choral Society and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with Proinnsias Ó Duinn and world class soloists present the ‘definitive’ performance of Handel’s Messiah at the National Concert Hall. Christmas starts here….to avoid disappointment early booking is advisable for these sell-out performances.Wed 12th, Thurs 13th and Fri 14th Dec. Booking and info here.
Palestrina Choir at NCH
Experience the magic of Christmas with the Boys & Gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir. The festive “Missa Carolae” by James Whitbourn and a heart-warming selection of traditional carols. Enter into the spirit of Christmas with these angelic choristers. Presented by St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Tues 11 Dec 8 pm at the National Concert Hall. Booking and info here.
Christmas at the Dominicans
The Adare Choir, the St Saviour's Choir sing at the 'Christmas at the Domincans' event on Fri 14th December at 7.30 pm. Live entertainment, Festive refreshments included. Adm €15.
Christmas Carols at CSM
There will be a concert of Christmas carols at the Cork School of Music on Wed 12 Dec at 1.10 pm. It will feature Capella Lyrica conducted by Maria Judge, with accompanist Deirdre Long.
The Culwick Choral Society presents a Christmas concert, featuring Rachel Croash soprano; David O’Shea Organ; DIT Youth Choir; Dublin Brass Quintet ; Conductor Bernie Sherlock . This year's celebration of Christmas features much-loved carols, music and songs from across the ages. This year’s special work is the Christmas cantata Christus natus est by the wonderful English composer Cecilia McDowall. Booking here.(Tues 4 Dec)
Concert for Trócaire
After a sold out concert in 2017 Mount Argus parish is delighted to present a wonderful evening of festive songs and carols to start the Christmas Season in aid of Trócaire, on Sun 2 Dec 7.30 pm. With MC Joe Duffy and performances by Margaret Keys, Mornington Singers, Vladimir Violinist, Tenor Niall Morris and Belvedere College Choir. Admission free by Ticket with suggested donation on night €10 or on Eventbrite.
Christmas Carols at Fota
There will be a concert of Christmas carols with the group Capella Lyrica in Fota House near Cork city on Sun 1st Dec at 6 pm, doors 5.30 pm.
This year's Seinn concert - secondary school choirs singing gospel and liturgical music takes place in the Cathedral of the Assumption Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on Wed 5 Dec at 7.30 pm. Musical director Ian Callanan. Adm free, donations to Cashel and Emily Youth Ministry.
Chesterton and God
In Dublin 4, St Mary's Parish will be holding a lecture on 'G.K. Chesterton and God' at St Mary's Church, Haddington Road Dublin 4, on Friday 23rd November at 7:15pm
The speaker will be Melanie Mc Donagh who has a long-standing interest in Chesterton and who is a journalist in London and writes for several newspapers there. For more information see www.stmaryshaddingtonroad.ie
Workshop in Enniscorthy
At Co. Wexford Education Centre, on Thurs 29 November, 5-7.00 pm, a hands-on IT course, for teachers of all subjects, but particularly useful for RE teachers, will feature the online educational tool 'Tes Teach' (formerly Blendspace and Educanvas). This is a versatile and intuitive tool that is very useful for finding, gathering and presenting resources across all subjects. It also allows the teacher to engage with students if required, eg through sharing resources, creating quizzes and more. It is free, includes online storage, and as it is online doesn't require downloading any software. Participants are recommended to bring their own devices, but some Centre PCs are available.
Early booking recommended - click here.
Workshop in Blackrock
At Blackrock Education Centre, on Thurs 15 November, 5-7.30 pm, a hands-on IT course, for teachers of all subjects, but particularly useful for RE teachers, will feature the online educational tool 'Tes Teach' (formerly Blendspace and Educanvas). This is a versatile and intuitive tool that is very useful for finding, gathering and presenting resources across all subjects. It also allows the teacher to engage with students if required, eg through sharing resources, creating quizzes and more. It is free, includes online storage, and as it is online doesn't require downloading any software. Participants are recommended to bring their own devices, but some Centre PCs are available.
Early booking recommended - click here.
Icons Talk A talk on the icons at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mary and St. Demiana will take place at the church at 5 The Pines, Herbert Road, Bray on Thursday 15th November at 8.00pm. This is organised by Bray Churches Together.
'Bethrothed' is a new book by Paraic Maher, featuring Irish art immortalising the marriage of Mary and Joseph and the dramatic story behind it.
It will be launched at Newman University Church on Thurs 8th Nov at 7.30 pm. The event will include an audio-visual presentation of images from the book. More info at www.intriguingstories.ie
Aifreann The world premier of 'Aifreann' by Kevin O'Connell will be performed by the Palestrina and Senior Girl Choristers led by choral director Blanaid Murphy and accompanied by organist David Grealey will take place at 11 am Solemn Mass on Sun 14 Oct in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 1. More info here.
Christian Witness Seminar
Conversations that matter is a Christian Witness Seminar, in Lismullin Institute Co. Meath on Saturday 21-Sunday 22, October 2018. This two-day residential seminar for women aims to inspire and give encouragement to live the Catholic faith today. One of the sessions is entitled: 'The Role of Literature and the Arts in inspiring Thought and Conversation' presented by Sally Read (Catholic convert and poet) and Leah Lebresco (convert from atheism and writer). More info and booking here.
Liturgical Music Workshops
Cherrybrook Music presents two workshops for singers, choir directors and musicians, presented by Ephrem and Giovanna Feely, based on the new collection Our Hearts Are Restless. Recently Ephrem's The Joy of Love was the theme song for the World Meeting of Families. Mon 15 Oct Ashbourne Parish Hall 8 pm- 9.45 pm, and Dalgan Park Navan on Sat 20 Oct 11.15 am - 1 pm. Cost €10, bookings by 12 Oct to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Considered a ‘jewel in the crown’ of early-music consorts, The Cardinall’s Musick are renowned for their extensive study of English Renaissance music and music of the 16th and 17th centuries. They are performing a concert that features some early spiritual music at the National Concert Hall on Thurs 9th Oct 8 pm. More info and booking here.
'Your Holiness' is the title of an evening of prayer, music and reflection which will explore the recent document of Pope Francis - Gaudete et Exultate (Rejoice and be Glad). The Monastery of St. Alphonsus, Drumcondra, is the venue (or view on rednuns.com) on Monday 15 October at 8.00p.m.. The Prayer Service will be prepared by the part-time Chaplaincy students of DCU with music by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group. More info here.
For the Faithful Departed
On Sunday 4th November there will be an event 'Sacred Song for the Faithful Departed' in Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, following the 6.15 pm Mass and featuring the Carolan String Quartet and Newman Vocare Ensemble.
Gospel at Dundrum
St John's Gospel Choir will perform in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin on Thurs 1st Nov at 8 pm. St. John’s Gospel Choir Ballinteer, was founded in 2009. Musical director is Mary O’Gorman. The choir is largely a community choir numbering 80, including musicians. They have performed for Pope Francis in Rome, President Michael D. Higgins at Trinity College Dublin, and audiences at the National Concert Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. They have also performed at European venues during our tours of Rome, Florence, Vienna and Salzburg. In 2019 they intend touring Seville and Malaga as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. The special guest is Irish Mezzo Soprano Raphaela Mangan. Info and booking here.
Liturgical Music Workshop
Sr Marie Dunne CHF will present a liturgical music workshop on Tues 6 Nov, 7.30 - 9 pm in the Margaret Aylward Centre, Holy Faith Sisters, Glasnevin. Music presented on the evening will include Sr Marie's Mass for the Presentation of Mary and Advent resources. Donation €10 includes music book. More info here.
Dublin County Choir at Whitefriar St. On Saturday, Oct 20, 2018, 8 pm, Dublin County Choir will perform Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man' and John Rutter's 'Requiem' at Whitefriar St Church, Dublin. Tickets €20 at the door or www.eventbrite.ie
Harlem Gospel Choir The World Famous HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR Live In Ireland this Octobe. Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, Harlem Gospel Choir will be bringing their tour to Ireland next month with live shows in Waterford, Dublin, Castlebar, Cork, Galway, Dundalk, Navan, Limerick, Kilkenny, Belfast, Newbridge. See local venues for ticket details. Oct 17th - Royal Theatre, Waterford; Oct 18th- Olympia Theatre,Dublin; Oct 19th - Royal Theatre,Castlebar; Oct 20th - Cork Opera House; Oct 21st- Glor Ennis; Oct 22nd - Town Hall Theatre, Galway; Oct 24th - Carnbeg Hotel, Dundalk; Oct 25th - Solstice, Navan; Oct 26th - UCH, Limerick; Oct 27th - Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny; Oct 28th - Ulster Hall, Belfast; Oct 29th - Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge.
New! Laois Workshop on Religious Education and Film
With film being used regularly in English (now at Junior Cycle level as well as in Leaving Cert) and in Religious Education, this hands-on IT course will give participants skills to work more effectively with film. There will be guidance on sourcing films, sourcing and creating film clips (e.g. to illustrate key moments), creating stills from films (again to illustrate key moments or capture concepts) and designing effective notes and handouts. Ideally bring own devices, but not essential. Laois Education Centre, Portlaoise, Wed 24 Oct. Registration here.
Encounter, Dublin City
Join other young adults (20's & 30's) at the Encounter for an hour of reflective, meditation in Adoration, with live acoustic music from Cormac Buckley & Band in spectacular candlelit atmosphere. Guest speaker is Niamh Cahill who will be sharing her story, followed by a social - Pizza and refreshments. Fri 19 Oct 8 pm St Paul's Arran Quay, Dublin.
James MacMillan and Stabat Mater at NCH
On Sun 23rd Sept at 7.30 pm, at the National Concert Hall, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra perform the Irish premiere of James MacMillan’s "Stabat Mater", an intense setting of the text of the medieval hymn of the same title, for chorus and orchestra, conducted by the composer himself in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of Sir James MacMillan, and performances of his new Stabat Mater have received rave reviews. For MacMillan, 'beauty is at the heart of our Christian faith' and this work, in common with almost all his others, is profoundly shaped by his beliefs.
More info at NCH.ie
Using Film in RE and English Teaching
With film being used regularly in English (now at Junior Cycle level as well as in Leaving Cert) and in Religious Education, this hands-on IT course will give participants skills to work more effectively with film. There will be guidance on sourcing films, sourcing and creating film clips (e.g. to illustrate key moments), creating stills from films (again to illustrate key moments or capture concepts) and designing effective notes, worksheets, and handouts). The course will take place in two venues -
Blackrock Education Centre, Thurs 27th Sept 5 pm Booking here.
Navan Education Centre, Tues 2nd Oct 5 pm. Booking here.
Religious Art in the Home
The art exhibition on display during the World Meeting of Familes in the RDS moves to the Limerick Diocesan Centre, St Munchin's College, Corbally Rd, Limerick from Wed 29th August to Fri 21st September.
Culture Night at Clonliffe College On Culture Night, Fri 21st Sept, at 8.00 pm in Clonliffe College, Drumcondra - Songs of Praise in the College Church with the Dublin Diocesan Music Group joined by young singers from Laudate and Emmanuel Liturgical Music Primary and Second Level School Programmes including brief interviews with inspirational people and finishing with the lively song - God Is In The House. More info here.
Culture Night on Fri 21st Sept will feature many arts events with a religious flavour. These include:
A night of music and art at the Franciscan Church Merchant's Quay Dublin 4-9 pm, more info here;
Maynooth Gospel Choir, Celbridge Manor hotel, Clane Road, 8-10 pm; more info here;
Workshops, performances, exhibitions, recitals, celebrating culture, creativity and the arts , Mary Immaculate College, Limerick 6-9 pm more info here;
A concert of ancient song from St Marys Schola, led by Ciaran Coll, Margaret Aylwad Centre Holy Faith Sisters, Old Finglas Rd, Glasnevin, Dubin. More info here.
Concerts and Guided Tour, Mount St Alphonsus Redemtporist Church, Henry St, Limerick. More info here.
Sung Vespers with the boys of The Palestrina Choir, Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. 4-5.30 pm. More info here.
On Tuesday Sept 11th the Newman Church (St Stephen's Green) Taizé nights will return with a special event of prayer and music for peace. Starting time is 6 pm. Sept 11th is also the memorial of the Twin Towers tragedy in the USA and this will be kept in mind also.
In County Dublin, ‘The Encounter Dublin City’ takes place at St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay on Friday 24th August at 8pm. This will be a special WMOF event in anticipation of the Pope’s arrival. Guest Speaker and Musicians will be announced closer to the date. Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages for details of this epic night! Email email@example.com For more information visit theencounterdublincity on Facebook.
Art Exhibition at WMOF Art and Family is the theme of an art exhibition in the library of the RDS as part of the World Meeting of Families. Exhibitions and displays remain place until 1 pm on Sat 25 Aug, when the focus moves to Croke Park. For more info check out the story on Catholic Ireland.
More Arts Events at WMOF Apart from what is listed in various entries below some more arts events for the World Meeting of Families include the following: In the family arena (RDS venue) - Wed 22nd Aug 11 am to noon and 2 pm - 2.20 pm Gospel Music; 6.30 pm to 8 pm - Rexband (Jesus Youth Missionary Movement); Thurs 23rd Aug - 6.30 pm-8 pm Rend Collective (Christian folk-rock band); Fri 11 am-noon: Audrey Assad, American singer-songwriter. Also, in the Teen Space - Wed 10.30 am Drama Rise Theatre – Race of Life; 6.30 pm - 8 pm Gardiner St Gospel Choir; Thurs 10.30 am Drama Rise Theatre - Spiritualise; 6.30 pm-8 pm Rexband Internationally Renowned Contemporary Christian Band..
Canticle of Creation - A Concert of Gratitude
Merchants Quay Dublin - Thu, 23 August, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
To celebrate the World Meetings of Families the Franciscans invites people to join them at the Franciscan Friary, Merchants Quay (Dublin 8) for a Concert of Gratitude on Thursday August 23rd at 7pm. The concert will highlight the need to care and nurture all of creation. The concert will feature a new composition of the Canticle of Creation written by St. Francis of Assisi. The Canticle is a hymn of praise that inspired Pope Francis in his second encyclical 'Laudato si' which he wrote on June 18, 2015.
The composer is Vincent Kennedy and the concert will be performed by Vincent and Marina Cassidy (harp and vocals). For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Bocelli for WMOF
Famous tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform for Pope Francis at the Festival of Families in Croke Park on Sat 25 Aug. See article on Catholic Ireland for further information.
New Elvis Play The King: The Final Hours is an off-Broadway play about the final hours of Elvis Presley as he reflects on his life, loves and faith. John Aidan Byrne from Ardee has joined the cast and the production team. The play's official website is here.
The Encounter Dublin City
This August there will be a special WMOF Encounter. There will be live music from singer-songwriter Audrey Assad and guest speaker for the night is Isaac Withers - Friday 24th August @ 8pm in St Paul's Church, Arran Quay.
Youth 2000 Cancellation The Youth 2000 summer festival this August has been cancelled ... see statement here.
Liturgical Music at WMOF
Organisers of WMOF2018 have announced the full details of the Liturgical music and the music team for the Papal Mass. The music team includes: Derek Mahady as liturgical music coordinator, Dr John O’Keeffe as conductor of the core choir and orchestra, David Grealy as organist, Amy Ryan and Dominic Finn as assistant conductors of the massed choir. Irish music and composers feature prominently throughout the Mass. The opening hymn is “A Joy for All the Earth”, the official hymn for WMOF2018, written by Ephrem Feeley. Well-known liturgical composer Fr Liam Lawton (pictured) has composed a new Psalm for the Mass which is called “The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor”. Two pieces by Ireland’s most renowned liturgical composer, Seán Ó Riada, feature as the Penitential Rite/Kyrie (“A Thiarna Déan Trócaire”), and the Lord’s Prayer (“Ár nAthair”). Fintan O’Carroll’s “Celtic Alleluia” with an enhanced verse by Ronan McDonagh will be sung as the Gospel acclamation. The Apostles’ Creed will be John O’Keeffe’s own composition of the same name, while Fr Pat Ahern’s “A Thiarna Éist Linn” will be sung between the prayers of the faithful. As this is a World Meeting of Families there will be a number of international composers featured in the Mass. “Caritas et Amor” by Z. Randall Stroope has been chosen for the presentation of gifts, and three pieces from Jean-Paul Lécot’s Mass of Our Lady of Lourdes will feature as the gloria, sanctus, and doxology/amen. The Communion hymns will be “Ave Verum” (William Byrd), “The Last Supper” (Bernard Sexton), “Come Feast at this Table” (Ian Callanan), “Anima Christi” (Mon Marco Frisina), and “Bí Íosa im Chroíse”. And finally, the anthem to Our Lady will be “Go mBeannaítear Duit, A Mhuire” by Peadar Ó Riada (son of Seán), and the recessional hymn will be “Jesus Christ, You Are My Life” by Mon Marco Frisina. See more at Catholic Ireland.
Music Acts for WMOF
Some of the musical acts for the World Meeting of Families event this 25 August in Croke Park have been announced - these include Daniel O’ Donnell, Nathan Carter, Riverdance, Dana Masters, The Begley Family, The Priests, Celine Byrne, Paddy Moloney and many more! https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Programme/Festival-of-Families
Red Hurley Concert
Red Hurley will perform a concert of spiritual music in the National Concert Hall on Tues 21st Aug. Prolific hit maker, Red Hurley has spent an impressive total of 140 weeks in the Irish charts with his many hit records, down through the years. This show will feature songs of inspiration, of peace and reassuring solace. "How Great Thou Art", "I Believe" and "Love is all" are just some of the many treats that are in store for you on this night of nights.With the Can Belto Choir and The Eugene McCarthy Band & Singers. More info here.
So Last Century
'So Last Century' is the title of a recital coming up in Newman Church, St Stephen's Green, Dulin 2 on Tues 24 July at 7.30 pm, featuring works by Debussy, Fauré, Rota, Lauber and Mchedelov. Performers: Tara Viscardi/ Harp, Meadhbh O’Rourke/Flute, Martha Campbell/Viola and Sarah Luttrell/Mezzo-Soprano. Tickets: Euro 12 / Concession Euro 8.
Music Ministry Together
The annual Music Ministry Together Summer School takes place 3rd - 8th July in the Cistercian College Roscrea, with musical director Ian Callanan. More info here.
Count Your Blessings Count Your Blessings …instead of sheep, An evening of music and reflection with the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.
WHEN: May 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
WHERE: Monastery of St. Alphonsus
St Alphonsus' Rd Upper
Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Liturgy Resource Centre
Biola Chorale and New Dublin Voices On
Sunday, 13 May - 8 PM - Notre Dame Centre for Faith and Reason at Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green, welcomesthe Biola Chorale from California, USA , director Shawna Stewatr, and New Dublin Voices, Conductor Bernie Sherlock, for a joint concert. Free entrance.
Notre Dame Chorale
The Notre Dame Chorale, directed by Alan Blachly, will perform a concert of sacred music at Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 on Sun 27th May at 7.30 pm.
Schools who missed out due to snow on the 28 Feb and 1 Mar, will gather over the 2 nights, Tues 1st May in The Helix, DCU. and Wed 2nd May. Full list of participating schools available here.
The Encounter, Dublin City
Join other Young Adults at The Encounter Friday March 23rd. It's a night of reflective meditation in Adoration with live acoustic music. We are delighted to announce that the epic Eric Hughes will be both our Musician and Guest Speaker on life faith and purpose. As always we enjoy each others company afterwards with pizza and refreshments. More info here.
Resting Under the Tree @ Monastery of St. Alphonsus
Mon Apr 16 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm - An opportunity to take some time out to reflect on Rublev's Icon of the Trinity and the Scripture Passage it represents (Genesis 18:1-14) in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, St. Alphonsus Road, Drumcondra on Monday 16 April at 8.00 p.m. This prayer time will be enhanced with reflections and music from the Dublin Diocesan Music Group. More info here.
Ecumenical Bible Week
This year's Ecumenical Bible Week takes place 20th-27th May in various churches throughout Dublin Diocese. Family is the most prominent theme of the varied events. The closing event is on Sunday 27 May, 7.30 to 9pm and features Lutheran Sung Vespers with music by Marty Haugen and direction by Ian Callanan, and also a talk by Rob Jones - 'Faith can only be understood backwards but must be lived forwards'. Venue is Lutherhaus, 24 Adelaide Rd, Dublin 2. More info at www.bibleweek.ie
The Pentecost Schools Project, one of the events, is about creating a context for children to explore characters from the New Testament. This year they have been looking at some of the people in the Acts of the Apostles through an interactive play.It will take place Wed 23rd May 7.30 pm in St Laurence's Church, St Martin's Chapelizod, Dublin 20. It will be presented by Claire Devaney and Jane Mellett.
CHURCH MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL 2018
The Irish Church Music Association holds its 49th Summer School in St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare 26 June - 30 June 2018. The Association welcomes participants in Church Music from all over the country and beyond to the Summer School. The theme of this year's Summer School is Faith, Hope and Love, preparing for the great event in August, the WMOF 2018. Our guests this year are John Bell of the Iona Community who works in the areas of music, worship and spirituality and Philip Stopford, composer in Residence at Christ Church, Bronxville, just outside New York City and director of Music at the church, working with the Church Choir and Young At Arts children's choral and theatrical programme. Visit www.irishchurchmusicassociation.com for updates
Kilbane at MMT
Popular recording artist James Kilbane will feature in a concert that's part of the Music Ministry Together summer school. Venue is the Cistercian College, Roscrea and the concert is on Fri 6th July at 8 pm. Entry is free but donations are welcome. More info www.musicministry.ie
Examiners are still needed for correcting Junior Cycle RE exams which include a few arts based questions. Check out examinations.ie for details.
There's a free concert in Newman University Church, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 on Thurs 6th July at 6 pm, with the Kent Place Chamber Singers, under the direction of Edel Thomas.
Motor Neuron Fundraising Concert
In solidarity with Fr. Tony Coote, who has recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, we are presenting an evening of music at his Parish Church, Mount Merrion, Dublin on Fri June 15th at 7.30 pm. We walk with Tony on this journey, supporting him and all those who walk this journey. It is Tony's wish that funds from the evening will go to Research Motor Neurone (RMN) and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).
Trocaire Poetry Awards Trócaire and Poetry Ireland prize winners have been announced. The annual competition uses poetry to raise awareness about the global justice issues. The theme this year was 'Until Love Conquers Fear', and entries were judged by Aidan Clifford, formerly of the CDETB Curriculum Development Unit, poet Nessa O'Mahony, and Trócaire's Patricia Groves. Full information about winners is available at Cathoic Ireland.
Encounter Dublin City
The next Encounter is on June 8th at 8 pm in St Paul's Arran Quay. Fr Vincent Stapleton is guest speaker and musician for the night is Georgina Jameson.
Sacred Music at Maynooth
The Chapel Choir of St Patrick's College Maynooth, directed by Dr John O'Keeffe, presents an evening concert of Sacred musical settings by Handl, O'Leary, Mawby, McDonagh and Ó Riada together with music from the Gregorian and native Irish traditions. It's on Sun 29 April 5 pm to 6.20 pm. Booking at Evenbrite here.
Bach Mass at NCH
The Guinness Choir returns to the National Concert Hall, Mon 16th April at 8 pm, to perform the ‘B Minor Mass’ by Johann Sebastian Bach. This setting of the Mass is widely recognised as one of the greatest compositions in musical history. Although completed in 1749, the year before Bach’s death, it wasn’t performed in full until 1859 and since that time it has become established in the repertoire of all the great choirs and performers. Booking and info here.
The next Nightfever event in Dublin will take place on Saturday 21st April in Clarendon St Church, off Grafton St Dublin, after the 6 pm Mass. Nightfever features street outreach, music, Reconciliation, Adoration, prayer and more. More info here.
A Celebration of Belonging
A Celebration of Belonging is an event for the World Meeting of Families, an evening of music and reflection. Venue Our Mother of Divine Grace Church Ballygall Dublin 11. It's on Fri 20th April 7.30 pm and will be led by Sr Marie Dunne with the Holy Faith past pupils and the St John of God Choir.
Beth Nielsen Chapman Concerts
Nashville singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman whose work often includes spiritual songs will perform two concert in Northern Ireland in April - Mon 2nd Portico Arts Centre Portaferry, Tues 3rd, The Studio, Waterfront Hall, Belfast.
She will be backed by Ruth Trimble, whose songs and albums also feature spiritual themes.
Camross Passion Play
Based on the Oberammergau script and adapted for stage performances, a huge cast of amateur actors and a talented choir from Camross and several areas of the diocese will bring to life the story of Christ in Camross Hall in Wexford.. Under the stage direction of Michael Stafford and musical direction of Vicky Barron and Anita Cullen, it is expected they will transform the previously staged shows in 2000, 2006 and 2012 and portray the story before a diverse audience in Camross Hall on Good Friday, March 30, and Easter Sunday April 1. Cast members are as young as 11 to over 80 years old. More info in this Irish Catholic report.
Dublin Gospel Choir Benefit Concert
Sing for Jack – Benefit Concert – February 9th 2018 On Friday 9th February Dublin Gospel Choir and Kilcullen Gospel Choir will perform at a very special Benefit Concert in aid of baby Jack Ryan in Cill Mhuire Church, Newbridge at 7.30pm. ’Sing for Jack’’ are a group of staff in Naas General Hospital who have come together to organise a benefit concert for Jack Ryan. Jack is the son of one of their colleagues and he was born on 9th August 2016, with a major Exomphalos which is a stomach wall defect where his organs grew outside of his body. Because of this Jacks lungs did not develop which resulted in him having a tracheostomy and curvature of the spine. Jack spent 15 months in Temple Street and was discharged home just before Christmas. This concert will help to raise valuable funds to help support Jack and his ongoing care. Tickets are available from the Newbridge Parish Office – 045/431121 and from Anne on 087/6507973.
Music Workshop at Knock For members or directors of a parish choir - 'Workshop for Choirs' with the Irish Church Music Association on Wednesday 28 February, 7.30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Knock Shrine. Resources will be provided.‘A Joy for the World’ is the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018, composed by young Irish composer Ephrem Feeley. The workshop will provide choirs with music and resources to help them prepare for the World Meeting of Families in August. Choirs are advised to book in advance. Info here.
Liam Lawton will be in Concert at the Hawk's Well Theatre in Sligo on Sat 24 February at 8 pm. Concert is in aid of the theatre. renovation fund. Adm €22/20/11 (u 18's)
Laudate 2018 will start at, Knocklyon, St. Colmcille's Church on Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm. The aim of the programme is to make a musical link between school and parish so that the children in our schools and the parish communities may sing to God in prayer together. The list of hymns is available on our website and parish music groups/choirs are particularly welcome to come to the festival. It will also take place in Newtownpark Ave, Blackrock @ Church of the Guardian AngelsJan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm, and Ballymun Road @ Our Lady of Victories ChurchJan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm. This is a project of the Dublin Liturgy Resource Centre and the Education Secretariat.More info here.
Catholic Schools Week 2018
Catholic Schools Week for 2018 takes placefrom Sunday 28 Jan. A wealth of resources has been provided and these are available for download here. Suggested music resources are included in the materials.
Event for Lent
'Contemplation and Action for Lent - A journey with the Desert Fathers and Mothers' is an event combining prayer and music for Lent, at Mount St Alphonsus Monastery, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Mon 19 Feb at 8 pm. Music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.
Free Organ Recital at NCH
There will be a free organ recital at the National Concert Hall on Fri 2nd February at 6 pm, featuring Carole O’Connor organ. Programme: Franz Liszt (1811-86) Évocation à la Chapelle Sixtine, S658 (14’); Jean Langlais (1907-91) Hommage à Rameau, Op.134 (22’). This programme pays homage to Mozart and Rameau, the featured composers in the RTÉ NSO’s 7.30pm concert. Liszt’s Évocation à la Chapelle Sixtine is based on two works: Allegri’s Miserere and Mozart’s Ave Verum. Although restricted to performance by the Sistine Chapel Choir, Allegri’s Miserere was copied down from memory by fourteen-year-old Mozart following a visit to the chapel. Langlais’ Hommage à Rameau originally comprised six movements, titled to form an acrostic on Rameau’s name, two of which appear in the published version alongside Ostinato. It was completed in 1964 to mark the bicentennial of Rameau’s death. This is a free ticketed event, however, tickets are limited so early booking is advised. Booking and info here.
Arts and Rights
The Notre Dame-Newman Centre is pleased to announce a special event in conjunction with Field Day. Seamus Deane will speak on Hannah Arendt’s concept of the right to have rights and its importance today. In addition, there will be poetry from Christiana Obaro, Jessica Traynor and Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, and music performed by Neil Martin, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Paddy Glackin. The event takes place at University Church on Sunday, January 14, following the 6:15pm liturgy. It is free and open to the public.
Sound of Music Bill Kenwright’s production of The Sound of Music, will play this Christmas season at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from Tuesday 19 December 2017 until Saturday 6 January 2018. Irish West End star and The Voice (UK) finalist LUCY O’BYRNE will play the lead role of Maria in Bill Kenwright’s magnificent production alongside CELINE BYRNE who will play the role of Mother Abbess. More info and booking here.
Online Advent Calendars Several online Advent calendars are available, often with arts resources and artistic merit. The official calendar of the Catholic Bishops in Ireland is here, with plenty of resources each day. The new Grotto Network has many new resources including this Advent Calendar. RTE's 'Reverse Advent Calendar' has many feelgood stories, including some that featured on a recent Would You Believe programme.
Culwick Choral Christmas
The Culwick Choral Society has a Christmas Concert at the National Concert Hall on Monday December 11th, 2017, with special guests, mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty and baritone David Howes, the Culwick Choral Society presents an unmissable celebration of the season with carols, music and songs from across the ages. This year’s special work is Vaughan Williams’ ultimate homage to Christmas, The First Nowell, which combines favourite carols for soloists, choir and orchestra in what proved to be the last music he wrote before he died in 1958. Info and booking here.
ESB Great Christmas Concert
The ESB Great Christmas Concert will take place at the National Concert Hall Wed 13th Dec 8 pm. For over two decades audiences have made the ESB Great Christmas Concert the start of their Christmas Season! Not only will you experience the joyful and uplifting sounds of the voices of children in Piccolo Lasso combined with their adult colleagues in The Lassus Scholars - all blended together with the Orlando Chamber Orchestra - but you will also have the opportunity of uniting your voice with theirs as conductor Dr Ite O’Donovan invites you to join in the audience carols! Info and booking here.
Palestrina Choir at NCH
At the National Concert Hall, Tues 19 Dec, experience the magic of Christmas with the Boy Choristers & Gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir. A heartwarming selection of traditional carols. Do not miss the opportunity to enter into the spirit of Christmas with these angelic choristers. Presented by St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral Dublin. Info and booking here.
Messiah at NCH
On Dec 17th Our Lady’s Choral Society and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with Proinnsias Ó Duinn and world class soloists present the ‘definitive’ performance of Handel’s Messiah at the National Concert Hall. Christmas starts here…to avoid disappointment early booking is advisable for these sell-out performances. Info and booking here.
New Dublin Voices Christmas Concert
The New Dublin Voices, with Bernie Sherlock, conductor, will perform a Christmas concert at the National Concert Hall, Mon 18th Dec 1.05 pm. Ireland's internationally renowned chamber choir New Dublin Voices invites you to step in from the cold and feel the warmth of the arrival of Christmas. Now an annual tradition, these lunchtime concerts bring seasonal cheer, and reflection, and the very best of Christmas music. Info and booking here.
Handel's Messiah in Wexford At the National Opera House in Wexford the Irish Baroque Orchestra will perform Handel's Messiah on Thurs 7 Dec at 7.30 pm. Peter Whelan directs a first-class line-up of Irish soloists, including Sarah Power (Soprano), Sharon Carty (mezzo-soprano ), Peter Harris (tenor) and Brian McAlea (bass) and the wonderful Resurgam choir. More info and booking here.
Pipes of Christmas
The renowned Pipes of Christmas concert, which is a staple of New York Christmas events, will this year honour Knock visionary John Curry, who died in the US city in 1943. The Pipes of Christmas concert has taken place every year since 1999. It is produced by the Clan Currie Society, a non-profit educational and cultural institution which raises funds for music scholarships. The 2017 concert will see the world premiere of ‘Beautiful Things’, an original composition by acclaimed Celtic composer and harper Cormac de Barra of Dublin. The piece commemorates the apparition of Our Lady in Knock on the night of 21 August 1879. More info at Catholic Ireland Website.
Céline Byrne Christmas Show Bord Gais Energy Theatre hosts the return of Celine Byrne this Christmas with a show for lovers of opera and Christmas Classics for one night only on Friday December 15th. More info and booking here.
Competition for Pope Francis Visit
The Irish Catholic newspaper is running a competition for primary schools to coincide with the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland
for the World Meeting of Families. Pupils will write a letter of welcome accompanied by a drawing. There are cash prizes and an icon of the Holy Family. Deadline Fri 24 Nov. More details here.
Lawton Christmas Tour Liam Lawton has announced a Christmas tour. Details as follows:
November: 30th - Church of the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West
3rd - St. Maur's Church, Rush, Co.Dublin
4th - St. Francis Xavier, Gardiner Street, Dublin
7th - The North Cathedral, Cork
9th - Sacred Heart Church , Upperchurch, Co. Tipperary
15th - Clonard Monastery, Belfast (With Karl McGuckin & Fra Free)
17th - St. Mary's Cathedral, Killarney
18th - Church Of Mary, Mother Of The Church, Saintfield, Co.Down
21st - Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney
22nd - The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow
23rd - The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow.
For Ticket detailssee www.liamlawton.com
Knock Shrine - Faith Renewal Autumn Winter Programme 2017
The Winter Prgramme features some arts related events -
To reserve a place at one of the Faith Renewal events below, please call (094) 93 75355 or email: email@example.com . Early booking advised. See further details below or download the full programme here. Friday 27 October – Music Workshop with Liam Lawton, 7.30-9.30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Knock Shrine. This workshop will introduce Liam’s new Mass setting ‘The Mass of St Patrick’ which was composed for the Octo Centenary Celebration of Ballintubber last year. Saturday 4 November – 'Art as a Doorway to the Divine' workshop with Artists Imogen Stuart & PJ Lynch. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the making of the Apparition Mosaic and the Holy Water fonts at Knock Shrine from the creators themselves. Taking place from 11am-3.30pm at Knock House Hotel. Fee €30 includes lunch. Find out more here.
The Star of Bethlehem: A Christmas Oratorio
At the National Concert Hall on Mon 27 Nov Camphill Communities Ireland present a concert of new music to lift spirits into the Christmas Season. Following last year's sell out performance, renowned soloists Lynn Hilary (soprano), Niamh Ní Charra (concertina), Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) and Noreen O’Donoghue (Irish harp) return to the National Concert Hall and are joined by sopranos Edel Murphy and Sarah Waldron in a concert of beautiful new music by acclaimed composer Colm Ó Foghlú. The concert will also feature 160 musicians and singers from Cantando, Cór Scoil Neasáin, Laetare Vocal Ensemble, CaraNua and The Orchestra of Ireland under the baton of Liam Bates. The concert will also feature a very special performance by The Bells of Camphill and will be hosted by Sharon Ní Bheoláin. Info and booking here.
Christmas Concert for Trócaire A Christmas Gala for Trócaire will be held in Mount argus Church, Harold's Cross, Dublin on Sun 3rd Dec at 7.30 pm. Joe Duffy will be MC and performers will include the Nas na Rí singers, the Key Notes, Mont Sackville Girls' Choir and more. Admission is free by ticket but with donation of €10 suggested. Tickets available at parish office, call 01-5053269 or contact Gráinne Dunne at Trócaire.
The next Nightfever event in Dublin takes place on Sat 2nd Dec in Clarendon St Church (off Grafton Street). Nightfever is an open night of prayer for all, organised by young people who want to pass on the love of God that they have been experiencing for themselves. Passers-by are invited from the nearby streets to come into the Church and light a candle, enjoy the beautiful music and be in the loving presence of God. The event begins with Mass at 6pm but people are welcome to come and go during the evening from 7 pm on. Info here.
The Dublin Diocesan Advent Service will take place at Saint Gabriel's Church, Dollymount, Clontarf on Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm. The Liturgy will be prepared by the full-time Chaplaincy Students of DCU and the music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group. Info here.
Diocesan Remembrance Service This year's Dublin
Diocesan Remembrance Service will take place on Thursday 23 November at 8.00pm in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, 8 pm. Each year people gather to remember and to pray for those who have died in a gentle and prayerful space. The music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group. Info here.
Eilidh Patterson Concert
Eilidh Patterson is a singer-songwriter from Derry and her material often includes songs of faith. Likewise with her backing band, Cup O' Joe. They are in concert on Fri 24th Nov 2017 @ 9pm at DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, DUBLIN 2, Ireland. Reserve tickets HERE to collect at the door on the night. Postponed.
The Goethe-Institut Choir Concert The Goethe-Institut Choir returns to the National Concert Hall with its popular annual Christmas concert, performing some festive all-time choral favourites on Monday 4th December at 8 pm, including Marc-Antoine Charpentier Messe de Minuit pour Noël,
Joseph Haydn ‘Nelson Mass’ – Missa in Angustiis in D minor and a selection of International Carols. Info and booking here.
The spirituality publisher Columba Press is teaming up with musicians, poets and mindfulness practitioners to hold a day of calm and reflection in opposition to the increasing dominance of so-called ‘Black Friday’, the annual shopping frenzy which sees customers queuing and shoving to get bargain deals. ‘Bright Friday’ which is on November 24th this year will be held in Newman University Church St Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin city on a day which retailers hope will kick-off the busy Christmas spending spree. It will have periods of reflective music, mindfulness, meditations and poetry readings. Mindfulness practitioners such as Sr Stan Kennedy, Daniel O’Leary as well as monks from Glenstal Abbey and a growing number of musicians and poets have already signed up to attend the free event. People wanting an antidote to the consumerism of the day are being encouraged to drop by. More info here.
Knock Messiah On Sat 27 Nov 2017 Handel's Messiah will be performed for the first time in the Basilica at Knock Shrine, featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn, with a 180-strong choir and an line up of international soloists. Doors open 6.30 pm, concert starts 7.30 pm. More info here.
Soundings for Simon Soundings for Simon combines fundraising for the Simon Community with a nostalgic retrospective of some of the poetry from the Leaving Cert poetry text Soundings, which featured many religious poems from poets like Patrick Kavanagh and Gerard Manley Hopkins.This year's event will take place in the Yellow House, Rathfarnham on Mon 20 Nov at 7.30 pm.
Premiere of Patrick Cassidy's Latin Mass
In celebration of the Opening of the Notre Dame Newman Centre for Faith and Reason, the Centre presents the inaugural performance of Patrick Cassidy's The Mass. This is a free, ticketed event. Patrick Cassidy, Ireland’s most renowned and respected composer, now presents his own setting of The Latin Mass. This is the first major symphonic setting of The Latin Mass written by an Irish composer. It follows in the long and profound musical tradition of the great Masses. Tickets free but necessary...get them at Eventbrite here.
Arts Evening at Newman University Chuch There will an arts evening at Newman University Church on Sunday 22 October after the 6.15 Mass. Titled: 'Poet, Piper and Harper' it will be a night of music and poetry with Stephen Rea (readings); Mark Redmond (uileann pipes) and Anne- Marie O'Farrell (harp). The poetry will be by Seamus Heaney and John Montague. See Newman Church website.
Portlaoise Course for Teachers
'Improve Your Powerpoints Part 1' is an it Course for teachers, at Laois Education Centre, Portlaoise, on Thurs 12 Oct 5-7 pm. A hands-on workshop to help teachers improve the quality of their Powerpoint presentations. New Powerpoints can be created or old Powerpoints freshened up. Topics include inserting video and/or audio into Powerpoint slides, useful shortcuts, working with images, animations, design templates, how Powerpoint interacts with other software, with lots of useful tips and tricks. It will be useful for RE teachers gathering and presenting arts resources. Booking - click here.
Music Ministry at Clonliffe College
In the light of many changes in parish music personnel in recent years, this is an opportunity to check in with those responsible for music at a parish level so that, despite the diversity of resources and traditions, some common principles and shared vision for music might be named. An evening of resources and discussion will be held in Clonliffe College on Thursday 5 October at 8.00 p.m.For more detailed info and booking options click here.
Liam Lawton Workshop
Liam Lawton will hold a workshop on Thursday 12 October in Clonliffe College 8.00-9.30pm. He will offer a variety of music for many occasions including ‘Joy For the World’ composed to mark the World Meeting of Families 2018. Booking is essential, forms available in our download section. €10 per person. For more detailed info and booking options click here.
The next Dublin Nightfever event takes place on Sat 16th Sept in St Teresa's Church, Clarendon St, Dublin 2. There will be street outreach,
music, prayer, adoration, Reconciliation. For more information on the event click here.
Delights of Early Music
Tim Thurston, formerly of RTE Lyric FM's Gloria presents a series of talks on early music, incl chant and devotional music at the National Concert Hall, Dublin 2. Starts Tues 3rd Oct. More info here.
This year's Culture Night takes place on Fri 22 Sept and features a huge range of free event, incl events of a spiritual/religious nature. The Culture Night website can be searched by area.
The Encounter Are you looking for more in life? Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) for a night of live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speaker on life, faith & purpose. Next event Fri 22 Sept. Followed by social, pizza & refreshments. St Paul's Church, Arran Quay. More info here.
The Lassus Scholars & Piccolo Lasso
At the National Concert Hall, Sat 23rd Sept, 8 pm - Dublin Choral Foundation celebrates an extraordinary musical achievement with soloists, choirs & orchestra - 21 years of music education through great choral music - a wonderful experience of music for choir families and a step for many towards a professional career.
In addition to great choral classics performed by The Lassus Scholars & Piccolo Lasso, past and present choir members will perform Instrumental and vocal solos.
Award winning Choir of St Brigid's NS Castleknock, many-times recipients of the Ite O'Donovan Prize at the ESB Feis Ceoil, will be special guests.
Pieces include: Mozart: Coronation Mass in C, K 317,
Mozart: Te Deum in C, K 141
Mozart: Ave verum & Laudate Dominum
Handel: Zadok the Priest
Seoirse Bodley: Missa Brevis in angustiis (Commissioned by DCF for Piccolo Lasso 2009)
Mozart: Concert Aria Ch'io mi scordi di te
Neruda: Trumpet Concerto (1st Movement)
More info and booking here.
Icon for World Meeting of Families The icon for the World Meeting of Families, which was written by Mihai Cucu, will be accompanied by petition boxes, and contemplative communities around Ireland have agreed to take petitions collected from families and to pray for them during the coming year. The WMF2018 Icon of the Holy Family was unveiled and anointed by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin during Mass on Monday in Knock basilica. The Icon, which was written by Mihai Cucu with the assistance of the Redemptoristine nuns, will travel to the Irish Church's 26 dioceses as part of the preparation and awareness-raising ahead of the international gathering from 21–26 August 2018.
Read more at Catholic Ireland.
The Faithfest Team are delighted to announce that Faithfest 11 is on Friday 6th October, 6.00 – 9.30pm in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road. Faithfest is an event for teenagers. It aims to help build spaces where teenagers have an experience of a peer community, explore faith, and encounter an experience of Welcome, Belonging, Discipleship, Worship and Prayer in a creative and fun atmosphere. It is shaping up to be our best one yet with a Brilliant Band, Super Speakers and Wonderful Workshops. We are inviting all parishes to send a group of young people to FaithFest. Each young person is asked to bring €2.00, walking shoes, a warm jacket or coat and a signed consent form. Parishes are asked to contribute €5.00 per person to defray some of the costs involved.Contact: Faithfest@dublindiocese.ie
This year's RE Congress has been announced for Sat 7th October in St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. There will be a range of workshops for secondary teachers, primary teachers and parish catechists. There will be arts content, and further details will be available soon. Added 29/6/17:
Among the workshop presenters will be liturgical composer Steve Warner of Notre Dame University, Indiana USA.
Added 10/8/17: New RE congress website up and running - http://recongress.ie
Tallis Scholars at NCH Founded in 1973 The Tallis Scholarshave established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. They continue to develop their exclusive sound, praised by reviewers for its supple clarity and tone, and to bring fresh interpretations to music by contemporary as well as past composers. Their programme is built around composers who had a close association with Rome's Sistine Chapel, particularly Palestrina opens with what will be a unique performance of the famous 40 part motet by Thomas Tallis Spem in alium performed by The Tallis Scholarsand 30 singers specially recruited from around Ireland. This initiative will be collaborated by the NCH Learning and Participation Department and The Tallis Scholars. They play the National Concert Hall Thurs 5th Oct 8 pm. There's a Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm in The Studio - Peter Philips, director Tallis Scholars in conversation with Tim Thurston (formerly of Lyric FM's Gloria.
Info and booking here.
Patrick Kavanagh Weekend
The Patrick Kavanagh Weekend and Poetry Weekend will take place Friday Sept 29th to Sun Oct 1st in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, ommemorating the 50th Anniversary of the poet’s death. There will be a launch of the CD 'Love's Doorway to Life - an Alternative Biography of Patrick Kavanagh' by Sr Una Agnew and Art Agnew. Among the events will be Dr. Una Agnew’s talk entitled Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967) & Seamus Heaney (1939-2013: From Shancoduff to Mossbawn – Lines of Convergence and Divergence. Dr. Agnew, a Louis Sister, Associate Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Theology, Milltown Institute, Dublin. Author of ‘The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh: A Buttonhole in Heaven’ (1998). On the Saturday at 7.30 pm tThe homily at the Commemorative Mass in Inniskeen will be preached by Fr. Tom Lalor, Parish Priest at Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. Fr. Martin Treanor, P.P., Inniskeen will be the celebrant.Full programme and details here.
Book of Kells on Culture Night
Book of Kells - This is a rare opportunity for an intimate viewing of this Book of Kells. The limited edition Faksimile Verlag facsimile (1990) reproduces every page in perfect detail and is itself a rare book. Explore this remarkable manuscript in the company of Kells' scholar and author Dr Donncha MacGabhann. This is an interactive experience where questions and comments are welcomed. Session 1: 6pm-7.30pm, Session 2: 7.30pm-9.00pm. PLEASE NOTE: This event is free but must be prebooked due to limited places. (4 people per session). 6pm - 9pm, Contemplative Centre (opposite the UL Student Union), University of Limerick, Castletroy 061 407363. Booking and info here.
Culture Night at Central Catholic Library
Writers to Remember in the Decade of Centenaries:Stephen Brown SJ and the Irish Literary Revival.An exhibition of works by some of the poets,dramatists, critics and novelists of the Irish Literary Revival, collected by the library’s founder Fr Stephen Brown. 5pm - 9pm,74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2; www.catholiclibrary.ie 01 6761264. Also click here.
Culture Night at Clonliffe
Faith and Culture - An evening of archives, literature and music live from different ethnic communities, and a concert featuring the Dublin Diocesan Music Group singing songs where faith and culture meet.6pm - 10pm, Clonliffe Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3. Click here for more info.
Culture Night in Cork
Church of the Annunciation - Enjoy a night of culture at the Church of the Annunciation Blackpool, with sculptures by Seamus Murphy and stain glass work by Harry Clarke. 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork, 021-4300518. For more info click here.
IT Course for Teachers
'Improve Your Powerpoints 2' - IT course for teachers of all subjects at Navan Education Centre, Thursday 28 Sept, 5-7 pm, particularly suitable for gathering and presenting arts resources for Religious Education. A follow-up course on Improving your Powerpoint Presentations, but no need to have done the first part. The course will feature hands-on exploration of some of the advanced aspects of Powerpoint. There will be a chance to revise some of the aspects of Part 1 (e.g. inserting video, tips and tricks for better presenting) along with new elements, how Powerpoint interacts with other programmes like Google Slides, Emaze and Blendspace. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices and create new presentations or freshen up existing presentations. Booking here.
Autumn Liturgy Gathering
The Autumn Liturgy Gathering of Dublin Diocese will take place on Sat 30 Sept 9.30 to 1 pm. Among the workshops will be one on Emmanuel 2018 with Ian Callanan; Caroline Cutliffewill show how the Laudate Music Programmefor Primary Schools can be used in a range of parish events; Pat O’Donoghuewill lead an imaginative, prayerful and practical workshop on the importance of ‘welcome’ in our liturgies. For more detailed info and booking options click here.
Sister Act Musical
The hit musical Sister Act, based on the film of the same name, plays in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 29 Aug - 3rd Sept. Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Enchanted), dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco. Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.
More info and booking here.
'Gospel Grooves 2017' features the Cabinteely Gospel Choir, with Leslie Dowdall, John Nolan, Jim O'Neill and Colm Hennessy and takes place in St Brigid's Church, Cabinteely on Fri 23 June at 8 pm. More info here.
The Encounter June 2017
At St Paul's Church Arran Quay, on Fri 16 June at 8 pm, the last Encounter for the summer. Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for live acoustic music by the Goretti Girls, reflective prayer in adoration and guest speaker, Meabh Carlin, on life, faith and purpose. Followed by pizza and refreshments. FREE EVENT. More info here.
Blind Boys of Alabama
Iconic American gospel group, The Blind Boys of Alabama, will perform in the National Concert Hall on Wed 19 July at 8 pm. More info and booking here.
There will be an icon writing course at the
Monastery of St. Alphonsus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, July 23-29 and August 6-12. More info here.
Eilidh Patterson Concert
Eilidh Patterson is a singer songwriter from Derry who often includes
faith based themes and material in her work. She will perform with bluegrass band Cup O' Joe in a special concert at the Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey, Belfast, on Fri 9 June at 8 pm. For more info and tickets click here.
The 36th Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course will take place 6-12 August, in Knockadoon on the south Cork coast. Knockadoon Music & Liturgy course is a one week course where participants get to learn a wide selection of modern liturgical music and use this music in a series of liturgies during the week. Participants get to learn new instruments, and are encouraged to develop their talents in addition to exploring new talents and resources.The course is under the auspices of the Dominicans, and run by a team of volunteers. It is fully residential, but some people who live closer can choose to attend on a day-by-day basis.The residential cost of the course is €210, and this includes bed & board, along with the course book. We also provide a bus from Dublin/Newbridge should people wish to avail of that option. (The bus costs €30. Finally, there is a course concert on the final night of the course (Friday 11th August), and all are welcome. For more info: www.knockadoonml.com
Matt Maher Concert
US singer-songwiter Matt Maher will attend the Fortify2017 Catholic Youth Ministry Conference on Sat 10th June in St Paul's Church Arran Quay. Tickets can be purchased for the full day, for the concert only or for the conference only - the options are available through Eventbrite - click here.
Hallelujah at NCH HALLELUJAH is a new show portraying the lives of three saints who visited Ireland and inspired the nation: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Mother Teresa of Calcutta & John Paul Ⅱ. The event will take place at 8 pm on Sat 24 June at the National Concert Hall and will feature The Palestrina Choir
Simon Morgan, Sandra Oman, Melanie McCabe & very special guest star Mary Coughlan. Musical director: Andrew Synnott, with large screen, narration, historical images & archive footage. The evening will feature some of the finest spiritual music ever written: Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Pie Jesu, Queen of the May, Sweet Heart of Jesus, I’ll Walk With God, You Raise Me Up & Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' to name only some. Written & Produced by Niall Morris. More info and booking here.
Red Hurley Gospel
Red Hurley will perform with the Castleyons
Gospel Choir on Wed Aug 16th in Fr Ferris Park, Castlyons, Co. Cork at 8 pm. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION SUMMER SCHOOL 2017
St. Patricks College Maynooth - Wed 5th - Sat 8th July 2017. Theme: Joy for the World
Guest Director : Órla Barry, a graduate of University College Dublin and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. and founder of Cantando. The Summer School will feature: Organ Tutorials; Irish Composers workshops; Cantor training; Resources for World Meeting of Families 2018; Back to Basics workshop - how,why,what,when,who? Special Choir; Youth Track - NGY Choir.
Music Ministry Together
Music Ministry Together 2017, led by Ian Callanan, will take place form the 8th-13th August in Cistercian College Roscrea. The theme for 2017 is “Holy is Your Name”. Music Ministry Togetheris a five-day summer school held at Cistercian College Roscrea, for youth and adult leaders who have a passion for liturgical music and the desire to serve as ministers in their parishes, schools and communities. More info here.
Trócaire Poetry Competition
The annual Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2017 is now open for submissions.Published or unpublished, spoken word poets and students are all invited to submit poems with the theme “Before the Storm” and which explore how people prepare for extreme weather events caused by climate change. Both postal and online applications are accepted. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 March 2017.
See: www.trocaire.org/getinvolved/poetry-competition. More info also at Catholic Ireland.
Mary - An Oratorio
This work is a performance of new sacred choral and orchestral music composed and conducted by Cormac O'Duffy and will take place in Knock Basilica on Sat 20th May 2017 at 7.30 pm. Tickets are €25 and the event is in support of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Service.
More info here.
Ticket booking at Eventbrite.
Inspired - Retreat
Silent Retreat at Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry, Co. Down, Fri 26 May to Fri 2 June, with Fr Brendan Comerford SJ. Inspired and challenged by poets, pastors, mystics and martyrs
The Spirituality/Poetry of George Herbert. (1593-1633); Jane de Chantal (1572-1641)
Mary Ward (1585-1645); John Sullivan, S.J. (soon to be beatified); Oscar Romero; Ruth Burrows. More info here.
New Year Liturgy Seminar This seminar will take place on Sat 28 Jan in Clonliffe College 9.30 am to 1 pm. For more details 01 8087554, or email. Among the workshops is this one ' How Can I Keep From Singing?' Ciaran Coll, Director of the OLV Gospel Choir and Music and Religion Teacher in St. Mary’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Glasnevin will present a practical workshop using uplifting and soulful Gospel music. This would suit groups starting out to explore this genre of liturgical music or those looking to add to their repertoire.
This event for young adults takes place on Fri 20 Jan at St Paul's Church Arran Quay, and will feature contemporary Christian artist, Cormac Buckley & band, and inspirational guest speaker, Keith Kelly for a evening of music, reflective prayer, pizza and refreshments. FREE EVENT. Contact for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
This year's Emmanuel concerts will take place in the Helix, Dublin 9 Mon 6th March to Thurs 9th March, 7.30 pm each night.
Emmanuel is the schools' liturgical music programme for Dublin Diocese. Check out the 'Updates' section on the liturgical music section of the diocesan website... click here.
Come to the Laudate Festival and join in an evening of music and reflection in Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road - Tuesday 31 January at 7.00 p.m. or in the Church of St. Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud - Wednesday 1 February at 7.00 p.m. This is a pilot project of the Education Secretariat and the Liturgy Resource Centre which brings together children from 21 Primary Schools of the Archdiocese to sing a shared repertoire of liturgical music and to mark Catholic Schools Week 2017. The Massed Choirs will be directed by Caroline Cutliffe in OLV, and Orla Barry in Kilmacud. All are invited to join in the singing and the prayer with these young people – entry is free.
Return of Hugh O'Flaherty Play The play God Has No Country tells the story of Monsignor High O'Flaherty from Kerry who saved countless people on the run from the Nazis in Rome during World War 2. Written and acted by Donal Courtney it will return to Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 8 from Wed 18th to Sat 21st Jan, and to the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin, Fri 27th and Sat 28th Jan. Bookings: Smock Alley, Mill Theatre. The play has its own website also - click here.
Liv On Concert
Coming to the National Concert Hall Dublin on Mon 23rd January 2017 - An Acoustic evening with Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky, touring their new album Liv On (see below). Support act: Ruth Trimble. More info and booking, click here.
The Youth 2000 annual Summer Festival will take place from 17th to 20th August 2017 in the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. There will be guest speakers, inspiring Talks & Workshops, music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today. More info here.
Beth Nielsen Chapman Concert
US singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, whose work often features religious material, returns to the National Concert Hall on Sun 30 July, where she will perform with another US singer Jim Lauderdale. More info and booking here.
Eric Bibb Concert
Blues and gospel singer Eric Bibb will perform at the National Concert Hall on Thurs 10th August at 8 pm. Bibb has appeared on the Transatlantic Sessions and has 36 albums to his credit. More info and booking here.
Mad Plan - Art With a Purpose
His Mad Plan is a group that organises events around faith and the arts. They are having a weekend event Fri 28th to Sun 30th July featurings talks, workshops on poetry, dance, drama, liturgy and more. Venue is Cuan Phadraig, Harbour Rd, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. Donations only. To book contact email@example.com.
Hopkins International Festival
This year's festival celebrating the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins will take place 21st-27th July in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare.
It's a week packed with Music, Poetry Readings (especially the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins); Field-Trips including our Maynooth University Day. Join Poetry Readings each evening for free. More info and brochure here.
Limerick Retreats July 17th-20th - Uplifting music will be part of the Residental Adult & Youth Retreat, St Flannan’s College, Ennis
Holy Mass, holy Eucharist Adoration, Spiritual Sharing, Confession, Spirit Filled talk, Healing and deliverance prayers, Spiritual Councelling, Confessions, Uplifting Music and worship.
Led by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Br. Reji Kottaram, Rev. Fr. Antyson Anthony, Kairos Youth team USA & Rev Fr. George Agustine (OSB). For registration contact:
Michael 086 8327844
Pratheeb 087 3159728; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher West and Mike Mangione Author Christopher West who specialises in the Theology of the Body of John Paul II has a tour of Ireland coming up in July, and he will be accompanies by musician Mike Mangione. For details and venues see poster below. More info here.
Mozart at NCH
'Mozart Magnification' takes place at the National Concert Hall on Sat 10th June at 8 pm.
It features the Tallaght Choral Society and works include Regina Coeli, Exultate Jubilate, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat and Requiem. Performers include Sandra Oman (soprano); Raphaela Mangan (Alto); Peter O'Reilly (Tenor); Brendan Collins (Baritone). More info and booking here.
Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for a night of live acoustic contemporary Christian music by Cormac Buckley & band, reflective prayer in adoration & guest speaker: Philip Mulryne (ex Man UTD footballer) on his life, faith, purpose. Followed by pizza & refreshments. FREE EVENT. At St Paul's Church, Arran Quay, Fri 26 May. More info here.
Poets, Pastors, Mystics, Martyrs
Event at the Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre a silent retreat entitled Poets, Pastors, Mystics and Martyrs, focusing on the spirituality and poetry of George Herbert, Jane de Chantal, Mary Ward, John Sullivan SJ, Oscar Romero and Ruth Burrows. Fri 26 May to Fri 2 June. Presented by Brendan Comerford SJ. More info click here.
God has No Country
Coming to The Source, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Sat 13th May 2017 - Dublin-based Killarney Actor Donal Courtney’s one-man show God Has No Country tells the true story of the struggles encountered by Irish priest Monsignor Hugh O’ Flaherty and his colleagues in Rome during the Second World War. The story follows O’Flaherty’s torment as he has to act in defence of those suffering under the tyranny of the Fascists. The play also reflects on his upbringing and education in Killarney and how joining the priesthood protected him from involvement in The War of Independence. Told with humour and sensitivity, ‘God Has No Country’ brings the heroic deeds and achievements of this extraordinary man to a wider audience. Booking and info here.
Lawton in Charity Concert
Liam Lawton, along with Soprano Victoria Massey (Mezzo Soprano) with St. Judes Childrens Choir and the Darren Holden, High Kings Starwill perform in a charity concert in aid of the Children's Education Development Fund in Mount Argus Church, Lr Kimmage Rd, Dublin, on
Thurs 6 April at 7.30 pm. Tickets at Eventbrite. Added 30 March: Event Cancelled
Audrey Assad Irish Concert Contemporary Catholic singer-songwriter Audrey Assad will perform in a concert in Dublin's Button Factory (Temple Bar) on Fri 19 May 2017. Audrey Assad is the daughter of a Syrian refugee, an author, speaker, producer, and critically lauded songwriter and musician. She releases music she calls “soundtracks for prayer” on the label Fortunate Fall Records, many of the accompanying videos are on YouTube. She is also one half of the pop band LEVV, whose debut EP peeked at #17 on the iTunes Alternative chart. Tickets are €15, and are available at Eventbrite.
Caravaggio Exhibition 'Beyond Caravaggio' is an exhibition currently running in the National Gallery, Dubin, until 17 May. Four major works by Caravaggio will take centre stage in the exhibition: The Supper at Emmaus, 1601 (National Gallery, London); The Taking of Christ, 1602 (National Gallery of Ireland), as well as two works never exhibited before in Ireland: Boy Bitten by a Lizard, 1594-95 (National Gallery, London) and Boy Peeling Fruit, c.1592 (The Royal Collection). These will be joined by other significant masterpieces from the work of the Caravaggisti. More info here. Advance booking is strongly recommended. More info and booking here
Gospel Rising Festival
The annual Gospel Rising Festival of Gospel music takes place in Galway Fri 12 May - Sun 14 May. There will be workshops and concerts in various venues. All info and booking here.
Fruits of the Spirit
A 'Prepare for Pentecost' event in the beautiful surroundings of the Chapel of the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, on Monday 22 May at 8.00 p.m. when a prayer service on the Fruits of the Spirit will take place. Music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group in this imaginative and reflective experience. This chapel has a webcam. More info here.
His Mad Plan
The next event for this group promoting the arts in faith will take place in St Mary of the Angels Hall, Church St, Dublin, on Sun 7th May 3-6pm. For those who wish there's a Holy Hour to follow, with Mass at 7 pm. If interested contact email@example.com