Sunday 15 September 2019

Greenhills girls will shine for the Fleadh

Hubert Murphy talks to Liam Reilly about a very special night for the girls from Our Lady's College, Greenhills, taking to the main stage at The Dome on August 14

Another great show, Carol of the Bridges
Another great show, Carol of the Bridges

They pride themselves on a professional attitude to everything they do, but when Wednesday August 14th comes, expect that aura of achievement to flicker slightly when the eyes of the world beam down on the girls from Our Lady's College at Greenhills.

They will share the Coca-Cola Dome stage with stars of the music business - although some might argue these world names should be grateful for the chance to perform alongside the ever remarkable Greenhills crew.

On the night, they'll have a full orchestra, a choir and a trad group performing. They'll have up on 90 young people taking part....they are threatening to be the talking point of the Fleadh.

'Cherish the Ladies - Heart of the Home concert' takes place at 8pm and features 'Cherish the Ladies' - an Irish American group who will have a number of guests with them, not least the five times dancing champion of the world, David Geaney from Dingle.

But Greenhills will have their moment as teacher Liam Reilly explains.

'We have had some great performances in the past with our Christmas carol service and the Carol of the Bridges in the Augustinian,' he states.

Donal Lunney, who has guested with them on those nights, will be back in support this time too, along with another special guest. Their performance promises to be magical too.

Featuring as part of the night will be Clodagh King from Drogheda who will perform the magical 'Curra Road' and that is likely to bring the house down.

Liam explained that during the year, the idea arose that the school would like to play a part in the Fleadh and what better than a slot at the Dome, that will also house the likes of Nathan Carter for the week.

It was agreed that they'll do Riverdance and the Curra Road and they'll get their chance to show off what the town has when it comes to our youth.

'You could see we decided to aim big - it was the Dome or home...and we got the Dome,' Liam enthused.

They will also give the public a chance to see them on Thursday August 15 at 3pm when they perform in Scotch Hall.

'You have to believe in yourself and the girls are great and they've worked for this. The parents are on board too which is wonderful.'

He also explained that Ireland's UN ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason visited the school earlier this year and invited the school to come to perform at the UN in New York and that could happen next year too.

''In the summer we'll go walking Way down to the river down the Curra road,

' There's a blue sky we'll walk under Listen to the humming bees and on we'll go,

We won't worry about the traffic Worry about the way to go, worry about the phone,

' In the summer we'll go walking Way down to the river down the Curra road.

Drogheda Independent