Early on Friday morning the choir from 5th and 6th classes of St Clare’s Primary School headed off to Dublin for a day to remember.
This year St. Clare’s entered the Young Voices Hallelujah Choir Festival that was held in City West Hotel.
Participating were 12,000 children from all over Ireland over four days; singing a variety of popular songs we all know and love listening to, that they had each been practicing for the past few months.
Arriving at City West around 2.30pm St. Clare’s got straight into rehearsals. Joining about 3,000 other children the sheer noise was overwhelming but the MC soon took control and rehearsals quickly got underway.
The first time all 3,000 sung and danced in harmony. It was a sight to behold. Joined during rehearsals by Connie Talbot and Sligo X Factor’s Tabby Callaghan whom they were accompanying in a couple of the songs, the excitement level reached new heights.
Breaking for a late packed lunch and exercise to let off some steam everyone was back in their seats by 6pm ready to welcome the thousands of mums, dads and others making up the audience.
The concert got underway at 7pm with each medley getting a rousing applause from the enthusiastic audience.
The time flew by before the singers were winding the evening up with a tribute to Nelson Mandela, a song in which everyone in the Conference Centre joined in.
Back on the bus everyone had a chance to reflect on what was a great experience, until quietness slowly settled on some weary children and adults as the coach returned to Manorhamilton in the small hours of the morning.
St. Clare’s is planning on doing it all again with the whole school before Christmas in the Bee Park Community Centre for the benefit of all the parents, neighbours and friends who could not make it to Dublin.
All are looking forward to the next performance.
Learning Disability Shop in sligo
Glencar woman and long time campaigner on behalf of those with a learning disability Mary Clancy (née Byrne) has called for support of the Faith and Light charity shop in Sligo.
Mary says the “Faith and Light (sister organisation of L’Arche) charity shop is open on Wine street, Sligo from Monday to Friday 11am to 5.30pm and on Saturday from 2 pm to 5.30pm.