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Friday 18 January 2019

Liam joins Sliabh Luachra students for festive show

Margaret Dennehy (Music teacher), Fr Pat O’Donnell, Liam O’Connor, Denis Kerins (Principal) and Norma Aherne (TY co-ordinator) at the ‘Musical Spirit of Sliabh Luachra’ concert at St Joseph’s Church
Margaret Dennehy (Music teacher), Fr Pat O’Donnell, Liam O’Connor, Denis Kerins (Principal) and Norma Aherne (TY co-ordinator) at the ‘Musical Spirit of Sliabh Luachra’ concert at St Joseph’s Church
Front (from left) Fiona Nagle, Mairead Fitzpatrick, Delia Foley, Anna Cashman, Sean O’Keeffe ,Chloe Breen, Abbey Sheehan and Yasmin O Brien. Second row: Tommy Bowler, Mark O Leary, Liam O’Connor, Denis Kerins (Principal), Margaret Dennehy (Music teacher), Norma Aherne (TY co-ordinator) Cathy Kiely and Mairead Mahoney. Third row are Dinny Murphy, Melanie Redic, Niamh Mc Sherry, Megan Kiely, Amelia Swiczewska, Cliona Cotter, Ellen O’Connor, Cathal O’Connor, Christian Horgan and Ben Murphy. Back row: Sean Burke O’Donoghue, Daniel Burke O’Donoghue, Fr Pat O’Donnell, Michael Mc Sweeney and Cian O Leary at the ‘Musical Spirit of Sliabh Luachra’ concert featuring students from Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra with musician Liam O’Connor at St. Joseph’s Church, Rathmore. Picture: Eamonn Keogh
Eilisha Creedon, Eileen Houlihan, Eithne Reen and Danitza Houlihan at the ‘Musical Spirit of Sliabh Luachra’ concert at St Joseph’s Church, Rathmore

Stephen Fernane

Festive feelings were in high spirits at the annual Sliabh Luachra Christmas concert which entertained crowds at St Joseph's Church, Rathmore.

This student-led event is organised by Transition Year students from Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, and it's an opportunity for pupils to showcase their skills before a packed audience.

Over 100 pupils were involved the event at every level from production to performance.

A Christmas Carol service, under the guidance of music teacher Margaret Dennehy, got the night off to a great start. This was followed by world renowned accordion player and Newmarket-born Liam O'Connor, who for a second year in succession performed at the concert.

To have such a high-profile performer as Liam is a huge inspiration to the pupils. The inspirational Liam was also accompanied by his son Oísín and daughter Saoirse.

"The night is about encouraging the children to be the best they can be," said Norma Aherne, TY Co-ordinator at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra.

"A more holistic approach is all part of the concert. Every pupil is given a chance to shine and it's the second year the TY students have organised it. I think to have Liam playing on the night also gave the pupils huge confidence."

The concert is well supported by parents and members of the local community as together they create a wonderful atmosphere. Rathmore PP Fr Pat O'Donnell also added to the event by singing to the audience.

"We would like to thank Fr Pat and the community for their support and helping us to make it a memorable night. The combination of singing, dancing and playing went down a treat as there was no shortage of individual talent on show," Norma said.

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