Choirs & Orchestras

Students are encouraged to join either Intermediate or Senior Orchestra and to enjoy the experience of playing together. Both orchestras do the Department of Education Examination each year and have also entered the Feis Ceoil Orchestra Competition.

Choral Singing plays an important part in the Junior Cycle school curriculum. Each choir also takes the Department of Education Examination.

The Cecilian Choir is drawn from the whole student body and is for those students who wish to take part in extra choral singing during their free time. This choir greatly enhances all Liturgical celebrations and also takes part in competitions from time to time.

The Chamber Choir is a four part choir for the school that is largely unaccompanied. Auditions for Soprano I, II, Alto I and II are held for Third to Sixth years. The Chamber Choir takes Department of Education Examinations as well as performing for school events and taking part in choral competitions.


Cecilian Choir perform for Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar at National Famine Commemoration, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary. The Ursuline Cecilian Choir was delighted to receive an invitation to sing for the Taoiseach at the 2017 National Famine Commemoration at the end of September. The prestigious annual event was held this year at the 1848 Famine Warhouse in Ballingarry also known as the Widow McCormack’s house. The students from First to Sixth Year and music teachers Ms McNally and Ms Butler were honoured to perform for the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries. They sang ‘O Lux Beatissima’ and ‘April Rainbows’ the two pieces that brought them so much success at the Limerick Choral Festival in March. It was a very memorable occasion for the Choir who featured alongside such esteemed names as composer Micheál Ó Suilleabháin, poet Michael Coady and historian Dr. Thomas McGrath.