Tuesday 16 July 2019

A magical night of nostalgic tunes in aid of community hospital

Siobhan O’Connor, David Burke and Patricia Aspel, New Ross
Siobhan O’Connor, David Burke and Patricia Aspel, New Ross

David Looby

The 'Night of Nostalgia' in aid of New Ross Community Hospital certainly delivered on the nostalgia as promised, along with a good deal of good music and good fun.

Held at the Horse & Hound Hotel in Ballinaboola, the night was organised by the New Ross Singers who were joined by the highly popular New Ross band 'the Nomads'.

There was a great attendance, with standing room only for late-comers, and the atmosphere was electric from the beginning.

Good humour and neighbourliness abounded, with the raffle alone raising €1,000 for the superb cause. The New Ross Singers wish to say a sincere thanks to those who donated prizes.

The choir sang a selection of popular tunes from Abba, Queen, Billy Joel and other greats from the Seventies which got the crowd rocking and singing along.

The weeks of practice had paid off and the singers, along with their leader Connie Tantrum and pianist John Kissane, were enjoying themselves as much as their audience.

The Nomads, who were only starting out in the Seventies as youngsters, had matured like fine wine and duly intoxicated the crowd. In turn, Sean, David, Dermot and Johnny sang for the crowd, and Tomás Kavanagh performed on keyboard brilliantly throughout.

The highlight for many was Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah', with choir, band and indeed enthusiastic audience members participating, although their rendition of 'Táimse im chodladh' stole the show for others.

Feet were tapping and fingers clicking at this magical one-off night out.

Several New Ross Community Hospital residents attended, including John Monaghan who was celebrating his birthday. New Ross Singers wish to thank Brendan Murphy and staff for facilitating this event, as well The Nomads, and last of all those who came along and brought the show to life.

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