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Thursday 21 August 2014

Students are the real shining stars at Our Lady's Greenhills Christmas concert

HUBERT MURPHY

Published 26/12/2012 | 21:55

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Students from Greenhills performing at the carol service in the Augustinian Church.

THREE OF the biggest Christmas stars in Drogheda appeared inside the Augustinian Church on Thursday and one of them wasn't even School Stars 2012 winner Saoirse Kavanagh!

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The church was packed for the first Our Lady's Greenhills Christmas concert and centre aisle were three enormous Moravian stars.

With an 8ft diameter, the stars took months of planning and design by the art department in the school and hours of work mounting them on Wednesday.

' The first Moravian star had its origins in a geometry project at the Moravian Boys' School in 1830's Niesky. One actually hangs over the altar of the Thomaskirche where Johan Sebastian Bach is buried in Leipzig,' stated teacher Ursula Murphy.

'So its great that all these years later a boys school in Germany is linked to our own school, here in Drogheda.'

The 90 minute performance showed off Greenhills to its best, with the orchestra and choir combining to produce a very seasonal feel from start to finish.

One of the highlights was a rendition of ' White Christmas' by Saoirse Kavanagh and the choir's classic 'Rains Down in Africa'.

Generously supported by 'Seasons' of Scotch Hall, the choir and orchestra were led by Gráinne Diskin and Liam Reilly with Art teachers Aine Curran, Helen Rafferty, Catherine McConnon, Karen Harmon and their students praised for their industry.

Fr Iggy O'Donovan and the Augustinian community were praised for their efforts and support and a number of speakers and actors graced the altar at various interludes.

But the stars were the students (especially the drummer!) with sound and set by Gerry Simpson and John McGovern.

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