WE are only days away from the inaugural 'Castleisland Town Festival & Carnival' to be held over the May Bank holiday weekend.
The weekend's activities will culminate with the Gala Concert at the festival marquee at Castleisland Rugby Club, on bank holiday Monday.
If you listen very carefully around Castleisland these days, you will hear the soothing sound of school choirs busily rehearsing and preparing for the big day. Local talent, of all ages, are taking full advantage of a wonderful opportunity to be part of the exciting concert programme.
Castleisland Community College Choir was formed in 2010 and under the baton of teacher Marion O'Sullivan, gave their most recent performance in Siamsa Tire in February. Music has always proven popular in our local schools, and it is great to see that traditional music is also well promoted within the community college by Mairead Corridon.
The choir of Gaelscoil Áogáin has been an integral part of the Gaelscoil over the past 15 years. It has introduced the children to a wide variety of songs, from hymns to pop songs, as Gaeilge! Muinteoir Padraigin and Helen Lyons are the driving forces behind the choir, and are looking forward to the students displaying their full repertoire of songs.
Not to be outdone, seasoned musicians from Sliabh Luachra have put the finishing touches to their repertoire of music for the concert.
There are many who say that Sliabh Luachra is the home of traditional music, and anyone who has heard the beauty of our own music, in our own place, will readily acquiesce.
The organising committee pulled off a major coup in signing Anita Mahon and the renowned Munster Rugby Supporters Choir to headline the concert.
This world famous choir was formed in April, 2008 and has more than forty members throughout Munster.
The choir regularly performs at Thomond Park and Musgrave Park before Munster Home matches. They have also performed on the 'Late Late Show'and on National radio, together with Ireland Soccer internationals, and the opening of the Special Olympics national games.
This concert in a unique venue, is definitely not to be missed.
If you want a great night out with outstanding local and national talent, then where else would you go but the 'Con Houlihan Memorial Concert' on Bank Holiday Monday!