Saturday 27 May 2017

Gospel choir will sing out 2010 blues

The Dublin Gospel Choir, who are taking part in a recital at Christ Church Cathedral on New Year's Eve, pictured from left: Orla Gargan, Ciaran Behan, Susanne Phelan, Courtney Hughes and Sinead Conway
The Dublin Gospel Choir, who are taking part in a recital at Christ Church Cathedral on New Year's Eve, pictured from left: Orla Gargan, Ciaran Behan, Susanne Phelan, Courtney Hughes and Sinead Conway

Grainne Cunningham

IF 2010 was our annus horribilis, then why not see it out with a bang?

For the first time, a New Year festival with events to suit every pocket has been planned for the capital, with parties, on-street entertainment and, of course, ringing in the New Year.

Yesterday, the Dublin Gospel Choir announced it would perform a special choral recital, followed by the traditional ringing of the bells in Christ Church Cathedral.

The choir, which has performed with Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder and The Chieftains, will begin at 8.45pm on New Year's Eve and will finish in time for the bell ringing.

Tickets, at €30, can be booked through the website dublinnewyearfestival.com or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 01-2500066. For an extra €9 you can enjoy a glass of bubbly.

Meanwhile, a massive party, covering all the floors of the Guinness Storehouse, is being billed as the hottest ticket in town.

For €79, guests will enjoy a complimentary drink, a supper plate and musical entertainment provided by the Knights of Leon, The Joshua Tree and another headline act yet to be announced.

And for those who are truly skint, Dublin Castle on Thursday, December 30, is hosting a party for families in the Dubh Linn gardens and entry is free.

Event organiser Barry O'Sullivan said he hoped to see Dublin follow in the footsteps of Edinburgh, which is booked up three years in advance for New Year celebrations.

Irish Independent

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