The recent rampant surge of the COVID contagion has once again hit the local social, music and entertainment scene hard with Christmas fare once again likely to be a serious casualty as a consequence of this latest spike.
The Drogheda Male Voice Choir has made the agonising decision to cancel this year’s Christmas concert for the second year running, which was due to be held in St Mary’s Church on Friday December 17th.
“This was a heart-breaking decision to take on behalf of the choir and all the performers and musicians who are our friends and were also looking forward to once again putting on another seasonal concert which we all enjoy so much,” explained the choir’s chairperson Tommy Finnegan.
"Since resuming singing, we have been so careful in observing the COVID regulations and were really enjoying ourselves once again. We had several engagements lined up and completed two of these when we sang on the Rebecca Storm Show which celebrated the return of entertainment to the TLT. We followed up last Wednesday with an appearance on the wonderful Tommy Leddy Retirement tribute.
"However, we began to realise that the COVID contagion was once again very serious and in the interest of the Health & Safety of our choir members, performers, musicians and the general public, we made the agonising decision to cease singing until we review matters in the New Year”.
The COVID infection rates in the country have reached their highest levels in nearly a year and Health Officials are warning that the health system is under “inconceivable strain”.
Whilst the contagion is serious nationwide, according to the latest official figures, Drogheda is the most COVID infected part of the Republic.
Figures revealed recently had the Drogheda Urban local electoral area reporting 2,415 cases per 100,000 people over a two-week period. The infection rate in Drogheda has more than trebled from three weeks ago when the area had 691 cases per 100,000.
Whilst neighbouring areas in Louth, Meath and Dublin have seen case rates surge over recent weeks, with Drogheda Rural (1,964) Laytown/Bettystown (1,897) and Balbriggan (1,717) all among the most infected areas in the country.
The expected return to some sort of (new) normal social and entertainment activity, following the countrywide vaccination process, and the relaxation of the restrictions, has taken a major setback. The present contagion surge is now reaching a far wider spectrum locally than at any time since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
The Drogheda Male Voice Choir had resumed congregational singing when the COVID restrictions were relaxed last October and were practicing hard and looking forward to resuming their annual Christmas Concert this year, having had to forgo the event last year because of lockdown. Once again they find themselves casualties of the recent surge and last weekend they made the decision to cease all choral activities and postponed engagements for the rest of this year which unfortunately included their “Christmas at St Mary’s” concert.
Refunds for tickets sold will apply.