Kilmore Diocesan priest Fr Darragh Connolly, native of Killeshandra, Co Cavan
On Sunday, June 17 at 3pm, in the Hotel Kilmore, Cavan, Dr. Labhrás Ó'Murchú Director-General of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will launch an album by Fr. Darragh Connolly.
This album is a tribute to Ireland’s and Westmeath’s greatest Tenor Count John McCormack.
Fr. Darragh will perform some tracks from the album on the day. The launch is a free event and open to all.
John Francis McCormack was born on the 14 June 1884, son of Andrew McCormack and Hannah Watson, the fourth of eleven children.
He received his early education from the Marist Brothers in Athlone and his secondary education in Summerhill College, Sligo.
In the early 1900’s the family moved to Dublin where John sang in the Pro- Cathedral choir.
Funds were raised to send him to Italy to train under the renowned Vincenzo Sabatini and the rest is history.
He received in 1928, the title of Papal Count from Pope Pius XI in recognition of his work for Catholic charities.
Fr Connolly's album is a tribute to the work and life of Count McCormack. Presently priest in residence in the parish of Crosserlough, he is fulltime chaplain to the Apostolate of the Returning King.
Songs featured on the album are: Oh Mary Dear (The Derry Air), The Bard of Armagh, Down by the Sally Gardens, I Hear You Calling Me, The Last Rose of Summer, The Foggy Dew, The Star of the County Down and many more.