Famous friends join Ard Chúram choir in major fundraising concert

Singing sensation, cleric and star of Britain's Got Talent Fr Ray Kelly is among the great friends of the Ard Chúram Day-Care Centre for the elderly to join its resident choir in a major fundraising concert for Writers' Week.

The Co Meath-based priest takes to the stage at the Listowel Community Centre for the big concert on Thursday, May 30, that is in aid of one very important cause - the establishment of a special Dementia Unit for all of North Kerry.

That is why the Ard Chúram is urging everyone to support the great performance which also features Killarney soprano Mary Culloty O'Sullivan as well as Listowel's very own literary talent Cyril Kelly - who will read some of his much-loved pieces on the town.

Fr Ray, who shot to fame after a video of him singing Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah while officiating at a couple's wedding, became a YouTube sensation. He auditioned for Britain's Got Talent in 2018 singing 'Everybody Hurts' and made it to the live shows.

The Ard Chúram Community Choir comprises over 90 members who are all over the age of 55. They hail from every area of North Kerry and recently cut a CD 'Together in Song'.

"The Ard Chúram is a voluntary charity body which provides day care for older people and is currently in the process of building a new purpose built Dementia Unit in Listowel," founder member Finbar Mawe said, adding: "The proceeds of the concert will go to the funding of this new Unit and Ard Chúram is very grateful to Writers Week for its partnership in this evening of music."

The choir has meanwhile been rehearsing diligently for months under the expert guidance of soprano Mary Culloty O'Sullivan. Mary, who studied voice in the Cork School of Music as well as with Dr Veronica Dunne will sing a number of her favourites on the night. Tickets €20 available from Writers' Week and the Parish Office.