Sunday 20 April 2014

Miriam hoping to raise roof as carollers go for world record

Santa Claus  with singers from CORus (L to r) Mary Fitzsimons from Tallaght, 
Ruth Maguire from  Dundrum  & Norrie O Hanlon from  Dundrum at Grafton street, Dublin  at the launch of Stars, Choirs & Carols an event which aims to break a Guinness book of Records for having the most carol songers under one roof in Croke Park on the 19th December, Tickets cost 15 euro and can be purchased at
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins
Santa Claus with singers from Cprus (L to r) Mary Fitzsimons from Tallaght, Ruth Maguire from Dundrum & Norrie O Hanlon from Dundrum at Grafton street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

BROADCASTER Miriam O'Callaghan will be stretching her vocal chords when she joins carol singers in their attempt to create a new world record.

The RTE presenter will host a night of music and song -- Stars, Choirs and Carols -- in Croke Park on Thursday week, which will try to break the 'Guinness Book of World Records' for having the most carol singers under one roof.

They are hoping to beat the current record of 15,111 with 16,000 carollers in attendance who will sing continuously for 15 minutes.

An ambassador of Cliona's Foundation -- which supports terminally ill children and their families -- O'Callaghan said it was the charity, rather than the Christmas carols, that encouraged her to get involved.

"I got involved in Cliona's Foundation after her parents wrote to me and asked could I do a fundraiser for them," Miriam said.

"I then became an ambassador of the charity so I hope that next week's event will raise as much as we can for terminally ill children."

One hundred and fifty singers from coral group Corus and 50 members of the Army Band gathered on Dublin's Grafton Street yesterday to raise awareness of next week's event.

The Croke Park event is being organised by Richard Mulcahy, who appeared on RTE show 'The Secret Millionaire' last year. He said that up to 1,400 parents of terminally ill children were struggling financially every year in Ireland.

"The State doesn't look after these people and they have so much emotional stress about their child dying," he said.

"To have financial bills and worries that you might not be able to spend a few days in hospital before your child dies is a terrible extra burden.

"Members of the Government are wasting our money on trips abroad and mobile phones."

The money raised will go towards Cliona's Foundation and mediation centre The Sanctuary.

Irish Independent

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