Saturday 18 August 2018

A musical feast at St Mary's Church

Sisters Stephanie and Clodagh Kinsella
Sisters Stephanie and Clodagh Kinsella
Cllr George Lawlor, Rev Nicola Halford, Bishop Denis Brennan and Fr Odhran Furlong
Marie and Colm O'Tiarnaigh

Pádraig Byrne

A capacity crowd arrived at St Mary's Church of Ireland recently for a musical treat in aid of the Church Organ Restoration fund. Organised by lead soloist in St Aidan's Cathedral, Ms Lorna Mahon and supported by Enniscorthy Lions Club, the concert brought together some of the county's best known talent for one night only, raising a significant amount of money in the process.

Among those performing on the night were the Kinsella Sisters, Eric Hayes, George Lawlor, The Castlebridge Community Choir, Ciara Cullinan and Colm and Marie O'Tiarnagh while in the audience were esteemed guests Bishop Denis Brennan, TDs Paul Kehoe and James Browne, Chairman of the Municipal District Cllr Keith Doyle and District Manager Liz Hore.

Welcoming the large crowd, Rev. Nicola Halford, Rector at St Mary's, said she was 'overwhelmed' by the response received to date for the organ restoration project.

'Your attendance here this evening is a clear indication of your desire to see the organ restored to full working order,' she said.

'And it is my earnest wish that this be done.' She went on to give a brief history of the musical instrument, saying it had been in St. Mary's Church since the late 1800s, having been brought there from Dublin Castle. It was built in 1815 by William Gray of London, she said, and is one of his few remaining organs in existence today.

Mr. Eric Barron, President of Enniscorthy Lions Club, spoke of the pleasure it was for him and his colleagues in the Lions Club to assist in the fund raising effort to restore the organ to full working order.

He hoped the figure required for the restoration work to be completed would be reached and he assured Rev. Halford and her community of the Lions Club continued support for all future fund raising efforts.

The exact figure raised from last Sunday night's concert has still to be determined but the organisers are satisfied the sum will surpass the target set when the concert was first announced.

Enniscorthy Guardian