October 11, 2009


The Cecilian and Chamber Choirs in the school were very busy upon the return in September as they had to make a CD of two contrasting songs each, in order to enter the first ever Co-operation Ireland School Choir ’09 competition. The competition is open to all second level schools in the Republic and Northern Ireland and the CD recordings had to be submitted by September 30. From these CDs, five choirs from four regions were chosen to go forward to Regional Finals. The competition is being organised by RTE in association with Titanic Quarter.

So it was that last week that the school received news that the Chamber Choir had been chosen as one of the five choirs from the Munster/Leinster region. This involves the Choir travelling to Cork on October 22 for the Regional Final and this part of the competition will be transmitted on RTE 1 on Sunday, November 1. This is a terrific achievement for the Choir and its conductor, Ms Farrell and accompanist, Ms McNally.

The competition in Cork will be very keen indeed as the Choir will be up against very experienced choirs from Presentation, Kilkenny, Newtown, Waterford, Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare and Presentation, Ballyphehane Cork.

The winner of each of the Regional Heats will receive €1,000 and will qualify to participate in Co-operation Ireland School Choir ’09 final which will take place in the Ulster Hall, Belfast on November 15 and will be transmitted live on RTE 1.


The success of the Chamber Choir has necessitated a change of date for the run of Guys & Dolls. The usual finishing night is Thursday, but as a large number of students in the cast are members of the Chamber Choir, the final night for this year’s show will be Wednesday, October 21 to enable the Choir to set out for Cork on the Thursday.


Past pupil, and runner up in the BBC’s search for a Nancy in the I’d Do Anything series, Jessie Buckley, returned to the school last Sunday to watch a rehearsal of Guys & Dolls. Unable to make it to any of the performances, Jessie was greeted warmly and with great delight by the students, especially the four Sixth Year students involved in the show who had played parts with her in West Side Story.

Meanwhile, the last touches are being put to the show as the cast prepares for opening night next Saturday, October 17 and will continue on Sunday Oct 18, Tuesday, October 20 and as advised above, Wednesday, October 21. Bookings can be made by calling or phoning the school office at 0504/22147 between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. each day.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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