Wednesday 21 November 2018

Heavens open - but Singing Priests reign

THE HEAVENS opened but it was The Priests who reigned at the candlelit Courtyard Concert in Our Lady's Island last Friday night.

Torrential rain affected numbers attending the outdoor concert set against the illuminated Norman castle.

However, the awful weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the audience of over 400 undeterred music lovers who did turn up.

It is unlikely that The Priests aka Fr. Eugene O' Hagan, Fr. David Delargy and Fr. martin O' Hagan or their guest artist Alison Doyle from Kiltealy, have ever performed in worse conditions.

But their talent and professionalism won through and ensured that the audience had an enjoyable night.

The concert orchestra was under the direction of Fergus Sheil and MC was Alan Corcoran.

The first half consisted of the religious music best known from their CDs, which have sold over two million copies worldwide.

After the interval , it was a surprise for the audience to be treated to music from the Beatles, Les Miserables, Westlife and Percy French.

Audience demand for an encore led to the finale 'An Irish Blessing' which received a standing ovation.

The Courtyard Concert began with a zero budget and was made possible by sponsorship from local businesses, Wexford County Council and a huge commitment from a committee and a small army of volunteers.

The proceeds are going to Our Lady's Island parish and the youth development section of Our Lady's Island GAA Club.

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