Raising the roof on a special night

Kevin Hughes

ST BRENDAN'S College Chapel in Killarney was transformed into a heavenly music wonderland last Wednesday night as internationally acclaimed musician Liam O'Connor staged an intimate night of music, song and story, assisted by several very special guests.

Over 200 packed into the historic chapel and Liam's music was complemented by the words of Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh as the legendary GAA commentator put the 150-year-old venue into context in terms of the proud history of the college. Of course Liam and Mícheál are already good friends after performing GAA anthem 'The Morning Dew' together.

Also joining Liam on the evening was one of Ireland's leading tenors Dominic McGorian, Lisa Aherne, several renowned traditional musicians and the college's traditional group and college choir, the latter the result of close collaboration between Liam and the college's musical and cultural department led by Miss Mish O'Donoghue and Noreen O'Sullivan.

The show signed off with a massive crescendo of 'Irelands Call' and, afterwards, Liam said the evening had reminded him of performances in intimate venues such as Muckross House in 2005 and The Friary just a few years ago.

"It was an amazing and special night, the atmosphere was electric but of course I knew it would be after attending a Christmas concert which was very special. Gigs sometimes take on a nature of their own and develop an energy that can't be contrived and this was one of those nights," he said.

"I adapted the set to include slow airs and hymns such as Amazing Grace before I was able to bring up the tempo as the evening progressed. The idea really was to get some of the pupils to perform in front of an audience too and that was an important part of the show, he added.

Proceeds from the night will go towards the college fund and with many unable to get a ticket for the night, well it may be one to watch out for again into the future as there were hints from the Killarney based musician afterwards.


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