Monday 19 March 2018

Soprano Cara on stage for last Duiske concert

Soprano Cara O’Sullivan
Soprano Cara O’Sullivan

Esther Hayden

Friday night marks the end of an era in Graiguenamanagh as the curtain falls on the Duiske Concerts after an epic 23-year run.

Soprano Cara O'Sullivan, who has developed a long-standing personal relationship with the committee over the years, will fitting take to the stage to give the final concert.

The Duiske Concerts were launched on a cold wet November evening by the late Mgr Sean Swayne on a makeshift stage in Duiske Abbey and since those humble beginnings the concerts have attracted the crème of national and international musical talent to Graiguenamanagh every November for its four week season.

In later years the concerts also ran in July and in total over 700 musicians from all corners of the globe have performed to critical acclaim over almost 130 nights.

Despite the success, the Duiske Concerts, heavily reliant on funding, have been the victim of financial cuts and for the past number of years has struggled to balance the books. With funding dried up the organisers led by chairman Sean Hardie have made the difficult decision to bring the curtain down.

Friday's final fling, 'Time to Say Goodbye' with Cara O'Sullivan, will mark the end of a very successful run which germinated from a tiny idea.

Friday night's concert will also honour founding committee members Mgr Sean Swayne and Dr Marian Tierney, who gave selflessly to the concert season, coaxing, convincing and generally cajoling musicians to make the journey to Graiguenamanagh in wet, windy Novembers to have Duiske Abbey ring out in song.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. and is guaranteed to be a night to remember. Tickets costing €20 are available on the door.

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