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Hark, is that an angel I hear?

THE choirs were in fine voice as Christmas celebrations kicked-off in earnest at the Pro-Cathedral.

Hundreds of people turned out in Dublin's city centre for the cathedral's annual carol service.

They were treated to a performance by the Palestrina Choir and St Mary's Pro-Cathedral Girls' Choir.

There were smiles all around when the singing began at 3.30pm and a collection was held in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust, which supports the homeless.

The Palestrina Choir will travel to Rome to sing for the Pope in St Peter's Basilica for the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be the chief celebrant of the Mass of Christmas Night at the cathedral. It begins at 10pm and will also feature performances by the Palestrina Choir with the Orchestra of St Cecilia.

He will also celebrate the Christmas Day Mass at 11am.

Christmas Day service also begins at 11am at Christchurch while the cathedral's choir will help to celebrate the Eucharist at 11pm tonight.

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