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Sacred Music at Maynooth
The Chapel Choir of St Patrick's College Maynooth, directed by Dr John O'Keeffe, presents an evening concert of Sacred musical settings by Handl, O'Leary, Mawby, McDonagh and Ó Riada together with music from the Gregorian and native Irish traditions. It's on Sun 29 April 5 pm to 6.20 pm. Booking at Evenbrite here.

Bach Mass at NCH
The Guinness Choir returns to the National Concert Hall, Mon 16th April at 8 pm, to perform the ‘B Minor Mass’ by Johann Sebastian Bach. This setting of the Mass is widely recognised as one of the greatest compositions in musical history. Although completed in 1749, the year before Bach’s death, it wasn’t performed in full until 1859 and since that time it has become established in the repertoire of all the great choirs and performers. Booking and info here.

The next Nightfever event in Dublin will take place on Saturday 21st April in Clarendon St Church, off Grafton St Dublin, after the 6 pm Mass. Nightfever features street outreach, music, Reconciliation, Adoration, prayer and more. More info here.

A Celebration of Belonging

A Celebration of Belonging is an event for the World Meeting of Families, an evening of music and reflection. Venue Our Mother of Divine Grace Church Ballygall Dublin 11. It's on Fri 20th April 7.30 pm and will be led by Sr Marie Dunne with the Holy Faith past pupils and the St John of God Choir.

Beth Nielsen Chapman Concerts

Nashville singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman whose work often includes spiritual songs will perform two concert in Northern Ireland in April - Mon 2nd Portico Arts Centre Portaferry, Tues 3rd, The Studio, Waterfront Hall, Belfast. She will be backed by Ruth Trimble, whose songs and albums also feature spiritual themes.



Camross Passion Play
Based on the Oberammergau script and adapted for stage performances, a huge cast of amateur actors and a talented choir from Camross and several areas of the diocese will bring to life the story of Christ in Camross Hall in Wexford.. Under the stage direction of Michael Stafford and musical direction of Vicky Barron and Anita Cullen, it is expected they will transform the previously staged shows in 2000, 2006 and 2012 and portray the story before a diverse audience in Camross Hall on Good Friday, March 30, and Easter Sunday April 1. Cast members are as young as 11 to over 80 years old. More info in this Irish Catholic report.

Dublin Gospel Choir Benefit Concert
Sing for Jack – Benefit Concert – February 9th 2018 On Friday 9th February Dublin Gospel Choir and Kilcullen Gospel Choir will perform at a very special Benefit Concert in aid of baby Jack Ryan in Cill Mhuire Church, Newbridge at 7.30pm. ’Sing for Jack’’ are a group of staff in Naas General Hospital who have come together to organise a benefit concert for Jack Ryan. Jack is the son of one of their colleagues and he was born on 9th August 2016, with a major Exomphalos which is a stomach wall defect where his organs grew outside of his body. Because of this Jacks lungs did not develop which resulted in him having a tracheostomy and curvature of the spine. Jack spent 15 months in Temple Street and was discharged home just before Christmas. This concert will help to raise valuable funds to help support Jack and his ongoing care. Tickets are available from the Newbridge Parish Office – 045/431121 and from Anne on 087/6507973.

Music Workshop at Knock
For members or directors of a parish choir - 'Workshop for Choirs' with the Irish Church Music Association on Wednesday 28 February, 7.30 pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Knock Shrine. Resources will be provided. ‘A Joy for the World’ is the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018, composed by young Irish composer Ephrem Feeley. The workshop will provide choirs with music and resources to help them prepare for the World Meeting of Families in August. Choirs are advised to book in advance. Info here.

Lawton Concert

Liam Lawton will be in Concert at the Hawk's Well Theatre in Sligo on Sat 24 February at 8 pm. Concert is in aid of the theatre. renovation fund. Adm €22/20/11 (u 18's)

Laudate 2018
Laudate 2018 will start at, Knocklyon, St. Colmcille's Church on Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm. The aim of the programme is to make a musical link between school and parish so that the children in our schools and the parish communities may sing to God in prayer together. The list of hymns is available on our website and parish music groups/choirs are particularly welcome to come to the festival. It will also take place in Newtownpark Ave, Blackrock @ Church of the Guardian AngelsJan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm, and Ballymun Road @ Our Lady of Victories ChurchJan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm. This is a project of the Dublin Liturgy Resource Centre and the Education Secretariat.More info here.

Catholic Schools Week 2018

Catholic Schools Week for 2018 takes placefrom Sunday 28 Jan. A wealth of resources has been provided and these are available for download here. Suggested music resources are included in the materials.


Event for Lent

'Contemplation and Action for Lent - A journey with the Desert Fathers and Mothers' is an event combining prayer and music for Lent, at Mount St Alphonsus Monastery, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Mon 19 Feb at 8 pm. Music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.

Free Organ Recital at NCH
There will be a free organ recital at the National Concert Hall on Fri 2nd February at 6 pm, featuring Carole O’Connor organ. Programme: Franz Liszt (1811-86) Évocation à la Chapelle Sixtine, S658 (14’); Jean Langlais (1907-91) Hommage à Rameau, Op.134 (22’). This programme pays homage to Mozart and Rameau, the featured composers in the RTÉ NSO’s 7.30pm concert. Liszt’s Évocation à la Chapelle Sixtine is based on two works: Allegri’s Miserere and Mozart’s Ave Verum. Although restricted to performance by the Sistine Chapel Choir, Allegri’s Miserere was copied down from memory by fourteen-year-old Mozart following a visit to the chapel. Langlais’ Hommage à Rameau originally comprised six movements, titled to form an acrostic on Rameau’s name, two of which appear in the published version alongside Ostinato. It was completed in 1964 to mark the bicentennial of Rameau’s death. This is a free ticketed event, however, tickets are limited so early booking is advised. Booking and info here.

Arts and Rights

The Notre Dame-Newman Centre is pleased to announce a special event in conjunction with Field Day. Seamus Deane will speak on Hannah Arendt’s concept of the right to have rights and its importance today. In addition, there will be poetry from Christiana Obaro, Jessica Traynor and Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, and music performed by Neil Martin, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Paddy Glackin. The event takes place at University Church on Sunday, January 14, following the 6:15pm liturgy. It is free and open to the public. 

Sound of Music
Bill Kenwright’s production of The Sound of Music, will play this Christmas season at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from Tuesday 19 December 2017 until Saturday 6 January 2018. Irish West End star and The Voice (UK) finalist LUCY O’BYRNE will play the lead role of Maria in Bill Kenwright’s magnificent production alongside CELINE BYRNE who will play the role of Mother Abbess. More info and booking here.

Online Advent Calendars
Several online Advent calendars are available, often with arts resources and artistic merit. The official calendar of the Catholic Bishops in Ireland is here, with plenty of resources each day. The new Grotto Network has many new resources including this Advent Calendar. RTE's 'Reverse Advent Calendar' has many feelgood stories, including some that featured on a recent Would You Believe programme.

Culwick Choral Christmas

The Culwick Choral Society has a Christmas Concert at the National Concert Hall on Monday December 11th, 2017, with special guests, mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty and baritone David Howes, the Culwick Choral Society presents an unmissable celebration of the season with carols, music and songs from across the ages. This year’s special work is Vaughan Williams’ ultimate homage to Christmas, The First Nowell, which combines favourite carols for soloists, choir and orchestra in what proved to be the last music he wrote before he died in 1958. Info and booking here.

ESB Great Christmas Concert
The ESB Great Christmas Concert will take place at the National Concert Hall Wed 13th Dec 8 pm. For over two decades audiences have made the ESB Great Christmas Concert the start of their Christmas Season! Not only will you experience the joyful and uplifting sounds of the voices of children in Piccolo Lasso combined with their adult colleagues in The Lassus Scholars - all blended together with the Orlando Chamber Orchestra - but you will also have the opportunity of uniting your voice with theirs as conductor Dr Ite O’Donovan invites you to join in the audience carols! Info and booking here.

Palestrina Choir at NCH
At the National Concert Hall, Tues 19 Dec, experience the magic of Christmas with the Boy Choristers & Gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir. A heartwarming selection of traditional carols. Do not miss the opportunity to enter into the spirit of Christmas with these angelic choristers. Presented by St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral Dublin. Info and booking here.

Messiah at NCH
On Dec 17th Our Lady’s Choral Society and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with Proinnsias Ó Duinn and world class soloists present the ‘definitive’ performance of Handel’s Messiah at the National Concert Hall. Christmas starts here…to avoid disappointment early booking is advisable for these sell-out performances. Info and booking here.

New Dublin Voices Christmas Concert

The New Dublin Voices, with Bernie Sherlock, conductor, will perform a Christmas concert at the National Concert Hall, Mon 18th Dec 1.05 pm. Ireland's internationally renowned chamber choir New Dublin Voices invites you to step in from the cold and feel the warmth of the arrival of Christmas. Now an annual tradition, these lunchtime concerts bring seasonal cheer, and reflection, and the very best of Christmas music. Info and booking here.

Handel's Messiah in Wexford
At the National Opera House in Wexford the Irish Baroque Orchestra will perform Handel's Messiah on Thurs 7 Dec at 7.30 pm. Peter Whelan directs a first-class line-up of Irish soloists, including Sarah Power (Soprano), Sharon Carty (mezzo-soprano ), Peter Harris (tenor) and Brian McAlea (bass) and the wonderful Resurgam choir. More info and booking here.

Pipes of Christmas
The renowned Pipes of Christmas concert, which is a staple of New York Christmas events, will this year honour Knock visionary John Curry, who died in the US city in 1943. The Pipes of Christmas concert has taken place every year since 1999. It is produced by the Clan Currie Society, a non-profit educational and cultural institution which raises funds for music scholarships. The 2017 concert will see the world premiere of ‘Beautiful Things’, an original composition by acclaimed Celtic composer and harper Cormac de Barra of Dublin. The piece commemorates the apparition of Our Lady in Knock on the night of 21 August 1879. More info at Catholic Ireland Website.

Céline Byrne Christmas Show
Bord Gais Energy Theatre hosts the return of Celine Byrne this Christmas with a show for lovers of opera and Christmas Classics for one night only on Friday December 15th. 
More info and booking here.

Competition for Pope Francis Visit
The Irish Catholic newspaper is running a competition for primary schools to coincide with the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. Pupils will write a letter of welcome accompanied by a drawing. There are cash prizes and an icon of the Holy Family. Deadline Fri 24 Nov. More details here.

Lawton Christmas Tour
Liam Lawton has announced a Christmas tour. Details as follows:
November: 30th - Church of the Immaculate Conception Newcastle West
December :
3rd - St. Maur's Church, Rush, Co.Dublin
4th - St. Francis Xavier, Gardiner Street, Dublin
7th - The North Cathedral, Cork
9th - Sacred Heart Church , Upperchurch, Co. Tipperary
15th - Clonard Monastery, Belfast (With Karl McGuckin & Fra Free)
17th - St. Mary's Cathedral, Killarney
18th - Church Of Mary, Mother Of The Church, Saintfield, Co.Down
21st - Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney
22nd - The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow
23rd - The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow.
For Ticket detailssee

Knock Shrine - Faith Renewal Autumn Winter Programme 2017
The Winter Prgramme features some arts related events - To reserve a place at one of the Faith Renewal events below, please call (094) 93 75355 or email: . Early booking advised. See further details below or download the full programme here.
Friday 27 October – Music Workshop with Liam Lawton, 7.30-9.30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Knock Shrine. This workshop will introduce Liam’s new Mass setting ‘The Mass of St Patrick’ which was composed for the Octo Centenary Celebration of Ballintubber last year. 
Saturday 4 November – 'Art as a Doorway to the Divine' workshop with Artists Imogen Stuart & PJ Lynch. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the making of the Apparition Mosaic and the Holy Water fonts at Knock Shrine from the creators themselves. Taking place from 11am-3.30pm at Knock House Hotel. Fee €30 includes lunch. Find out more here.


The Star of Bethlehem: A Christmas Oratorio 

At the National Concert Hall on Mon 27 Nov Camphill Communities Ireland present a concert of new music to lift spirits into the Christmas Season. Following last year's sell out performance, renowned soloists Lynn Hilary (soprano), Niamh Ní Charra (concertina), Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) and Noreen O’Donoghue (Irish harp) return to the National Concert Hall and are joined by sopranos Edel Murphy and Sarah Waldron in a concert of beautiful new music by acclaimed composer Colm Ó Foghlú.  The concert will also feature 160 musicians and singers from Cantando, Cór Scoil Neasáin, Laetare Vocal Ensemble, CaraNua and The Orchestra of Ireland under the baton of Liam Bates. The concert will also feature a very special performance by The Bells of Camphill and will be hosted by Sharon Ní Bheoláin. Info and booking here.

Christmas Concert for Trócaire
A Christmas Gala for Trócaire will be held in Mount argus Church, Harold's Cross, Dublin on Sun 3rd Dec at 7.30 pm. Joe Duffy will be MC and performers will include the Nas na Rí singers, the Key Notes, Mont Sackville Girls' Choir and more. Admission is free by ticket but with donation of €10 suggested. Tickets available at parish office, call 01-5053269 or contact Gráinne Dunne at Trócaire.

Nightfever Dublin
The next Nightfever event in Dublin takes place on Sat 2nd Dec in Clarendon St Church (off Grafton Street). Nightfever is an open night of prayer for all, organised by young people who want to pass on the love of God that they have been experiencing for themselves. Passers-by are invited from the nearby streets to come into the Church and light a candle, enjoy the beautiful music and be in the loving presence of God. The event begins with Mass at 6pm but people are welcome to come and go during the evening from 7 pm on. Info here.

Advent Service
The Dublin Diocesan Advent Service will take place at Saint Gabriel's Church, Dollymount, Clontarf on Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm. The Liturgy will be prepared by the full-time Chaplaincy Students of DCU and the music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group. Info here.

Diocesan Remembrance Service
This year's Dublin Diocesan Remembrance Service will take place on Thursday 23 November at 8.00pm in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, 8 pm. Each year people gather to remember and to pray for those who have died in a gentle and prayerful space. The music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group. Info here.

Eilidh Patterson Concert

Eilidh Patterson is a singer-songwriter from Derry and her material often includes songs of faith. Likewise with her backing band, Cup O' Joe. They are in concert on Fri 24th Nov 2017 @ 9pm  at DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, DUBLIN 2, Ireland. Reserve tickets HERE to collect at the door on the night.  Postponed.


The Goethe-Institut Choir Concert
The Goethe-Institut Choir returns to the National Concert Hall with its popular annual Christmas concert, performing some festive all-time choral favourites on Monday 4th December at 8 pm, including
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Messe de Minuit pour Noël,
Joseph Haydn ‘Nelson Mass’ – Missa in Angustiis in D minor and a selection of International Carols. Info and booking here.


Bright Friday
The spirituality publisher Columba Press is teaming up with musicians, poets and mindfulness practitioners to hold a day of calm and reflection in opposition to the increasing dominance of so-called ‘Black Friday’, the annual shopping frenzy which sees customers queuing and shoving to get bargain deals. ‘Bright Friday’ which is on November 24th this year will be held in Newman University Church St Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin city on a day which retailers hope will kick-off the busy Christmas spending spree. It will have periods of reflective music, mindfulness, meditations and poetry readings.  Mindfulness practitioners such as Sr Stan Kennedy, Daniel O’Leary as well as monks from Glenstal Abbey and a growing number of musicians and poets have already signed up to attend the free event. People wanting an antidote to the consumerism of the day are being encouraged to drop by. More info here.

Knock Messiah
On Sat 27 Nov 2017 Handel's Messiah will be performed for the first time in the Basilica at Knock Shrine, featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn, with a 180-strong choir and an line up of international soloists. Doors open 6.30 pm, concert starts 7.30 pm. More info here.


Soundings for Simon
Soundings for Simon combines fundraising for the Simon Community with a nostalgic retrospective of some of the poetry from the Leaving Cert poetry text Soundings, which featured many religious poems from poets like Patrick Kavanagh and Gerard Manley Hopkins.This year's event will take place in the Yellow House, Rathfarnham on Mon 20 Nov at 7.30 pm.

Premiere of Patrick Cassidy's Latin Mass
In celebration of the Opening of the Notre Dame Newman Centre for Faith and Reason, the Centre presents the inaugural performance of Patrick Cassidy's The Mass. This is a free, ticketed event. Patrick Cassidy, Ireland’s most renowned and respected composer, now presents his own setting of The Latin Mass. This is the first major symphonic setting of The Latin Mass written by an Irish composer. It follows in the long and profound musical tradition of the great Masses. Tickets free but necessary...get them at Eventbrite here.



Arts Evening at Newman University Chuch
There will an arts evening at Newman University Church on Sunday 22 October after the 6.15 Mass. Titled: 'Poet, Piper and Harper' it will be a night of music and poetry with Stephen Rea (readings); Mark Redmond (uileann pipes) and Anne- Marie O'Farrell (harp). The poetry will be by Seamus Heaney and John Montague. See Newman Church website.

Portlaoise Course for Teachers

'Improve Your Powerpoints Part 1' is an it Course for teachers, at Laois Education Centre, Portlaoise, on Thurs 12 Oct 5-7 pm. A hands-on workshop to help teachers improve the quality of their Powerpoint presentations. New Powerpoints can be created or old Powerpoints freshened up. Topics include inserting video and/or audio into Powerpoint slides, useful shortcuts, working with images, animations, design templates, how Powerpoint interacts with other software, with lots of useful tips and tricks. It will be useful for RE teachers gathering and presenting arts resources. Booking - click here.


Music Ministry at Clonliffe College
In the light of many changes in parish music personnel in recent years, this is an opportunity to check in with those responsible for music at a parish level so that, despite the diversity of resources and traditions, some common principles and shared vision for music might be named. An evening of resources and discussion will be held in Clonliffe College on Thursday 5 October at 8.00 p.m. For more detailed info and booking options click here.

Liam Lawton Workshop
Liam Lawton will hold a workshop on Thursday 12 October in Clonliffe College 8.00-9.30pm. He will offer a variety of music for many occasions including ‘Joy For the World’ composed to mark the World Meeting of Families 2018. Booking is essential, forms available in our download section. €10 per person. For more detailed info and booking options click here.

The next Dublin Nightfever event takes place on Sat 16th Sept in St Teresa's Church, Clarendon St, Dublin 2. There will be street outreach, music, prayer, adoration, Reconciliation. For more information on the event click here.

Delights of Early Music

Tim Thurston, formerly of RTE Lyric FM's Gloria presents a series of talks on early music, incl chant and devotional music at the National Concert Hall, Dublin 2. Starts Tues 3rd Oct. More info here.

Culture Night
This year's Culture Night takes place on Fri 22 Sept and features a huge range of free event, incl events of a spiritual/religious nature. The Culture Night website can be searched by area.

The Encounter
Are you looking for more in life? Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) for a night of live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speaker on life, faith & purpose. Next event Fri 22 Sept. Followed by social, pizza & refreshments. St Paul's Church, Arran Quay. More info here.

The Lassus Scholars & Piccolo Lasso

At the National Concert Hall, Sat 23rd Sept, 8 pm - Dublin Choral Foundation celebrates an extraordinary musical achievement with soloists, choirs & orchestra - 21 years of music education through great choral music - a wonderful experience of music for choir families and a step for many towards a professional career.
In addition to great choral classics performed by The Lassus Scholars & Piccolo Lasso, past and present choir members will perform Instrumental and vocal solos.
Award winning Choir of St Brigid's NS Castleknock, many-times recipients of the Ite O'Donovan Prize at the ESB Feis Ceoil, will be special guests.
Pieces include: Mozart: Coronation Mass in C, K 317,
Mozart: Te Deum in C, K 141
Mozart: Ave verum & Laudate Dominum
Handel: Zadok the Priest
Seoirse Bodley: Missa Brevis in angustiis (Commissioned by DCF for Piccolo Lasso 2009)
Mozart: Concert Aria Ch'io mi scordi di te
Neruda: Trumpet Concerto (1st Movement)
More info and booking here.

Icon for World Meeting of Families
The icon for the World Meeting of Families, which was written by Mihai Cucu, will be accompanied by petition boxes, and contemplative communities around Ireland have agreed to take petitions collected from families and to pray for them during the coming year. The WMF2018 Icon of the Holy Family was unveiled and anointed by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin during Mass on Monday in Knock basilica. The Icon, which was written by Mihai Cucu with the assistance of the Redemptoristine nuns, will travel to the Irish Church's 26 dioceses as part of the preparation and awareness-raising ahead of the international gathering from 21–26 August 2018.
Read more at Catholic Ireland.

Faithfest 11

The Faithfest Team are delighted to announce that Faithfest 11 is on Friday 6th October, 6.00 – 9.30pm in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road. Faithfest is an event for teenagers.  It aims to help build spaces where teenagers have an experience of a peer community, explore faith, and encounter an experience of Welcome, Belonging, Discipleship, Worship and Prayer in a creative and fun atmosphere.  It is shaping up to be our best one yet with a Brilliant Band, Super Speakers and Wonderful Workshops. We are inviting all parishes to send a group of young people to FaithFest. Each young person is asked to bring €2.00, walking shoes, a warm jacket or coat and a signed consent form. Parishes are asked to contribute €5.00 per person to defray some of the costs involved.Contact:

RE Congress

This year's RE Congress has been announced for Sat 7th October in St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. There will be a range of workshops for secondary teachers, primary teachers and parish catechists. There will be arts content, and further details will be available soon.
Added 29/6/17: Among the workshop presenters will be liturgical composer Steve Warner of Notre Dame University, Indiana USA.
Added 10/8/17: New RE congress website up and running -



Tallis Scholars at NCH
Founded in 1973 The Tallis Scholars have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. They continue to develop their exclusive sound, praised by reviewers for its supple clarity and tone, and to bring fresh interpretations to music by contemporary as well as past composers. Their programme is built around composers who had a close association with Rome's Sistine Chapel, particularly Palestrina opens with what will be a unique performance of the famous 40 part motet by Thomas Tallis Spem in alium performed by The Tallis Scholars and 30 singers specially recruited from around Ireland. This initiative will be collaborated by the NCH Learning and Participation Department and The Tallis Scholars. They play the National Concert Hall Thurs 5th Oct 8 pm. There's a Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm in The Studio - Peter Philips, director Tallis Scholars in conversation with Tim Thurston (formerly of Lyric FM's Gloria.
Info and booking here.

Patrick Kavanagh Weekend

The Patrick Kavanagh Weekend and Poetry Weekend will take place Friday Sept 29th to Sun Oct 1st in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, ommemorating the 50th Anniversary of the poet’s death. There will be a launch of the CD 'Love's Doorway to Life - an Alternative Biography of Patrick Kavanagh' by Sr Una Agnew and Art Agnew. Among the events will be Dr. Una Agnew’s talk entitled Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967) & Seamus Heaney (1939-2013: From Shancoduff to Mossbawn – Lines of Convergence and Divergence. Dr. Agnew, a Louis Sister, Associate Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Theology, Milltown Institute, Dublin. Author of ‘The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh: A Buttonhole in Heaven’ (1998). On the Saturday at 7.30 pm tThe homily at the Commemorative Mass in Inniskeen will be preached by Fr. Tom Lalor, Parish Priest at Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow. Fr. Martin Treanor, P.P., Inniskeen will be the celebrant.Full programme and details here.

Book of Kells on Culture Night
Book of Kells - This is a rare opportunity for an intimate viewing of this Book of Kells. The limited edition Faksimile Verlag facsimile (1990) reproduces every page in perfect detail and is itself a rare book. Explore this remarkable manuscript in the company of Kells' scholar and author Dr Donncha MacGabhann. This is an interactive experience where questions and comments are welcomed. Session 1: 6pm-7.30pm, Session 2: 7.30pm-9.00pm. PLEASE NOTE: This event is free but must be prebooked due to limited places. (4 people per session). 6pm - 9pm,  Contemplative Centre (opposite the UL Student Union), University of Limerick, Castletroy 061 407363. Booking and info here.

Culture Night at Central Catholic Library
Writers to Remember in the Decade of Centenaries:Stephen Brown SJ and the Irish Literary Revival.An exhibition of works by some of the poets,dramatists, critics and novelists of the Irish Literary Revival, collected by the library’s founder Fr Stephen Brown. 5pm - 9pm,  74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2; 01 6761264. Also click here.

Culture Night at Clonliffe
Faith and Culture - An evening of archives, literature and music live from different ethnic communities, and a concert featuring the Dublin Diocesan Music Group singing songs where faith and culture meet.6pm - 10pm,  Clonliffe Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3. Click here for more info.

Culture Night in Cork

Church of the Annunciation - Enjoy a night of culture at the Church of the Annunciation Blackpool, with sculptures by Seamus Murphy and stain glass work by Harry Clarke. 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork,  021-4300518. For more info click here.


IT Course for Teachers
'Improve Your Powerpoints 2' - IT course for teachers of all subjects at Navan Education Centre, Thursday 28 Sept, 5-7 pm, particularly suitable for gathering and presenting arts resources for Religious Education. A follow-up course on Improving your Powerpoint Presentations, but no need to have done the first part. The course will feature hands-on exploration of some of the advanced aspects of Powerpoint. There will be a chance to revise some of the aspects of Part 1 (e.g. inserting video, tips and tricks for better presenting) along with new elements, how Powerpoint interacts with other programmes like Google Slides, Emaze and Blendspace. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices and create new presentations or freshen up existing presentations.  Booking here.

Autumn Liturgy Gathering
The Autumn Liturgy Gathering of Dublin Diocese will take place on Sat 30 Sept 9.30 to 1 pm. Among the workshops will be one on Emmanuel 2018 with Ian Callanan; Caroline Cutliffe will show how the Laudate Music Programme for Primary Schools can be used in a range of parish events; Pat O’Donoghue will lead an imaginative, prayerful and practical workshop on the importance of ‘welcome’ in our liturgies. For more detailed info and booking options click here.


Sister Act Musical

The hit musical Sister Act, based on the film of the same name, plays in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 29 Aug - 3rd Sept. Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Enchanted), dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco. Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.
More info and booking here.

Gospel Grooves
'Gospel Grooves 2017' features the Cabinteely Gospel Choir, with Leslie Dowdall, John Nolan, Jim O'Neill and Colm Hennessy and takes place in St Brigid's Church, Cabinteely on Fri 23 June at 8 pm. More info here.

The Encounter June 2017
At St Paul's Church Arran Quay, on Fri 16 June at 8 pm, the last Encounter for the summer. Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for live acoustic music by the Goretti Girls, reflective prayer in adoration and guest speaker, Meabh Carlin, on life, faith and purpose. Followed by pizza and refreshments. FREE EVENT. More info here.

Blind Boys of Alabama
Iconic American gospel group, The Blind Boys of Alabama, will perform in the National Concert Hall on Wed 19 July at 8 pm. More info and booking here.

Icon Writing
There will be an icon writing course at the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, July 23-29 and August 6-12. More info here.

Eilidh Patterson Concert

Eilidh Patterson is a singer songwriter from Derry who often includes faith based themes and material in her work. She will perform with bluegrass band Cup O' Joe in a special concert at the Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey, Belfast, on Fri 9 June at 8 pm. For more info and tickets click here.


The 36th Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course will take place 6-12 August, in Knockadoon on the south Cork coast. Knockadoon Music & Liturgy course is a one week course where participants get to learn a wide selection of modern liturgical music and use this music in a series of liturgies during the week. Participants get to learn new instruments, and are encouraged to develop their talents in addition to exploring new talents and resources.The course is under the auspices of the Dominicans, and run by a team of volunteers. It is fully residential, but some people who live closer can choose to attend on a day-by-day basis.The residential cost of the course is €210, and this includes bed & board, along with the course book. We also provide a bus from Dublin/Newbridge should people wish to avail of that option. (The bus costs €30. Finally, there is a course concert on the final night of the course (Friday 11th August), and all are welcome. For more info:

Matt Maher Concert

US singer-songwiter Matt Maher will attend the Fortify2017 Catholic Youth Ministry Conference on Sat 10th June in St Paul's Church Arran Quay. Tickets can be purchased for the full day, for the concert only or for the conference only - the options are available through Eventbrite - click here.

Hallelujah at NCH
HALLELUJAH is a new show portraying the lives of three saints who visited Ireland and inspired the nation: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Mother Teresa of Calcutta & John Paul Ⅱ. The event will take place at 8 pm on Sat 24 June at the National Concert Hall and will feature The Palestrina Choir
Simon Morgan, Sandra Oman, Melanie McCabe & very special guest star Mary Coughlan.  Musical director:  Andrew Synnott, with large screen, narration, historical images & archive footage. The evening will feature some of the finest spiritual music ever written:  Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Pie Jesu, Queen of the May, Sweet Heart of Jesus, I’ll Walk With God, You Raise Me Up & Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' to name only some. Written & Produced by Niall Morris. More info and booking here.

Red Hurley Gospel

Red Hurley will perform with the Castleyons Gospel Choir on Wed Aug 16th in Fr Ferris Park, Castlyons, Co. Cork at 8 pm. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.


St. Patricks College Maynooth - Wed 5th - Sat 8th July 2017. Theme: Joy for the World
Guest Director : Órla Barry, a graduate of University College Dublin and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. and founder of Cantando. The Summer School will feature: Organ Tutorials; Irish Composers workshops; Cantor training; Resources for World Meeting of Families 2018; Back to Basics workshop - how,why,what,when,who? Special Choir; Youth Track - NGY Choir.

Music Ministry Together

Music Ministry Together 2017, led by Ian Callanan, will take place form the 8th-13th August in Cistercian College Roscrea. The theme for 2017 is “Holy is Your Name”.  Music Ministry Together is a five-day summer school held at Cistercian College Roscrea, for youth and adult leaders who have a passion for liturgical music and the desire to serve as ministers in their parishes, schools and communities. More info here.

Trócaire Poetry Competition
The annual Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2017 is now open for submissions.Published or unpublished, spoken word poets and students are all invited to submit poems with the theme “Before the Storm” and which explore how people prepare for extreme weather events caused by climate change. Both postal and online applications are accepted. The deadline for applications is Friday 17 March 2017.
See: More info also at Catholic Ireland.

Mary - An Oratorio

This work is a performance of new sacred choral and orchestral music composed and conducted by Cormac O'Duffy and will take place in Knock Basilica on Sat 20th May 2017 at 7.30 pm. Tickets are €25 and the event is in support of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care Service.
More info here.
Ticket booking at Eventbrite.

Inspired - Retreat
Silent Retreat at Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry, Co. Down, Fri 26 May to Fri 2 June, with Fr Brendan Comerford SJ. Inspired and challenged by poets, pastors, mystics and martyrs
The Spirituality/Poetry of George Herbert. (1593-1633); Jane de Chantal (1572-1641)
Mary Ward (1585-1645); John Sullivan, S.J. (soon to be beatified); Oscar Romero; Ruth Burrows. More info here.

*Thurs 2 Feb: 'Improve Your Powerpoints 1', Navan Education Centre, 5-7 pm, Book with Breda at the centre Tel: 046 9067040 | Fax: 046 9067065 | Email:
*Thurs 9 Feb: Religious Themes in TV Drama (emphasis on Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle themes). Laois Education Centre 5-7 pm.
*Thurs 16 Feb: 'Improve Your Powerpoints 2', Blackrock Education Centre 5-7.30 pm.

New Year Liturgy Seminar
This seminar will take place on Sat 28 Jan in Clonliffe College 9.30 am to 1 pm. For more details 01 8087554, or email. Among the workshops is this one ' How Can I Keep From Singing?' Ciaran Coll, Director of the OLV Gospel Choir and Music and Religion Teacher in St. Mary’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Glasnevin will present a practical workshop using uplifting and soulful Gospel music. This would suit groups starting out to explore this genre of liturgical music or those looking to add to their repertoire.

The Encounter

This event for young adults takes place on Fri 20 Jan at St Paul's Church Arran Quay, and will feature contemporary Christian artist, Cormac Buckley & band, and inspirational guest speaker, Keith Kelly for a evening of music, reflective prayer, pizza and refreshments. FREE EVENT. Contact for more info:

This year's Emmanuel concerts will take place in the Helix, Dublin 9 Mon 6th March to Thurs 9th March, 7.30 pm each night. Emmanuel is the schools' liturgical music programme for Dublin Diocese. Check out the 'Updates' section on the liturgical music section of the diocesan website... click here.


Come to the Laudate Festival and join in an evening of music and reflection in Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road - Tuesday 31 January at 7.00 p.m. or in the Church of St. Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud - Wednesday 1 February at 7.00 p.m. This is a pilot project of the Education Secretariat and the Liturgy Resource Centre which brings together children from 21 Primary Schools of the Archdiocese to sing a shared repertoire of liturgical music and to mark Catholic Schools Week 2017. The Massed Choirs will be directed by Caroline Cutliffe in OLV, and Orla Barry in Kilmacud. All are invited to join in the singing and the prayer with these young people – entry is free.

Return of Hugh O'Flaherty Play
The play God Has No Country tells the story of Monsignor High O'Flaherty from Kerry who saved countless people on the run from the Nazis in Rome during World War 2. Written and acted by Donal Courtney it will return to Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 8 from Wed 18th to Sat 21st Jan, and to the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin, Fri 27th and Sat 28th Jan. Bookings: Smock Alley, Mill Theatre. The play has its own website also - click here.

Liv On Concert

Coming to the National Concert Hall Dublin on Mon 23rd January 2017 - An Acoustic evening with Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky, touring their new album Liv On (see below). Support act: Ruth Trimble. More info and booking, click here.




Youth 2000

The Youth 2000 annual Summer Festival will take place from 17th to 20th August 2017 in the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. There will be guest speakers, inspiring Talks & Workshops, music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today. More info here.

Beth Nielsen Chapman Concert

US singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, whose work often features religious material, returns to the National Concert Hall on Sun 30 July, where she will perform with another US singer Jim Lauderdale. More info and booking here.

Eric Bibb Concert
Blues and gospel singer Eric Bibb will perform at the National Concert Hall on Thurs 10th August at 8 pm. Bibb has appeared on the Transatlantic Sessions and has 36 albums to his credit. More info and booking here.

Mad Plan - Art With a Purpose

His Mad Plan is a group that organises events around faith and the arts. They are having a weekend event Fri 28th to Sun 30th July featurings talks, workshops on poetry, dance, drama, liturgy and more. Venue is Cuan Phadraig, Harbour Rd, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. Donations only. To book contact

Hopkins International Festival
This year's festival celebrating the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins will take place 21st-27th July in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare. It's a week packed with Music, Poetry Readings (especially the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins); Field-Trips including our Maynooth University Day. Join Poetry Readings each evening for free. More info and brochure here.

Limerick Retreats
July 17th-20th - Uplifting music will be part of the Residental Adult & Youth Retreat, St Flannan’s College, Ennis
Holy Mass, holy Eucharist Adoration, Spiritual Sharing, Confession, Spirit Filled talk, Healing and deliverance prayers, Spiritual Councelling, Confessions, Uplifting Music and worship.
Led by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly,  Br. Reji Kottaram, Rev. Fr. Antyson Anthony, Kairos Youth team USA & Rev Fr. George Agustine (OSB). For registration contact:
Kay 0879912047
Jomon 0894461284
Michael 086 8327844
Pratheeb 087 3159728; email

Christopher West and Mike Mangione
Author Christopher West who specialises in the Theology of the Body of John Paul II has a tour of Ireland coming up in July, and he will be accompanies by musician Mike Mangione. For details and venues see poster below. More info here.

Mozart at NCH
'Mozart Magnification' takes place at the National Concert Hall on Sat 10th June at 8 pm. It features the Tallaght Choral Society and works include Regina Coeli, Exultate Jubilate, Dixit Dominus, Magnificat and Requiem. Performers include Sandra Oman (soprano); Raphaela Mangan (Alto); Peter O'Reilly (Tenor); Brendan Collins (Baritone). More info and booking here.

The Encounter

Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for a night of live acoustic contemporary Christian music by Cormac Buckley & band, reflective prayer in adoration & guest speaker: Philip Mulryne (ex Man UTD footballer) on his life, faith, purpose. Followed by pizza & refreshments. FREE EVENT. At St Paul's Church, Arran Quay, Fri 26 May. More info here.

Poets, Pastors, Mystics, Martyrs

Event at the Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre a silent retreat entitled Poets, Pastors, Mystics and Martyrs, focusing on the spirituality and poetry of George Herbert, Jane de Chantal, Mary Ward, John Sullivan SJ, Oscar Romero and Ruth Burrows. Fri 26 May to Fri 2 June. Presented by Brendan Comerford SJ. More info click here.

God has No Country

Coming to The Source, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Sat 13th May 2017 - Dublin-based Killarney Actor Donal Courtney’s one-man show God Has No Country tells the true story of the struggles encountered by Irish priest Monsignor Hugh O’ Flaherty and his colleagues in Rome during the Second World War. The story follows O’Flaherty’s torment as he has to act in defence of those suffering under the tyranny of the Fascists. The play also reflects on his upbringing and education in Killarney and how joining the priesthood protected him from involvement in The War of Independence. Told with humour and sensitivity, ‘God Has No Country’ brings the heroic deeds and achievements of this extraordinary man to a wider audience. Booking and info here.

Lawton in Charity Concert

Liam Lawton, along with Soprano Victoria Massey (Mezzo Soprano)  with St. Judes Childrens Choir and the  Darren Holden, High Kings Star will perform in a charity concert in aid of the Children's Education Development Fund in Mount Argus Church, Lr Kimmage Rd, Dublin, on Thurs 6 April at 7.30 pm. Tickets at Eventbrite.
Added 30 March: Event Cancelled

Audrey Assad Irish Concert
Contemporary Catholic singer-songwriter Audrey Assad will perform in a concert in Dublin's Button Factory (Temple Bar) on Fri 19 May 2017. Audrey Assad is the daughter of a Syrian refugee, an author, speaker, producer, and critically lauded songwriter and musician. She releases music she calls “soundtracks for prayer” on the label Fortunate Fall Records, many of the accompanying videos are on YouTube.   She is also one half of the pop band LEVV, whose debut EP peeked at #17 on the iTunes Alternative chart. Tickets are €15, and are available at Eventbrite.


Caravaggio Exhibition
'Beyond Caravaggio' is an exhibition currently running in the National Gallery, Dubin, until 17 May. Four major works by Caravaggio will take centre stage in the exhibition: The Supper at Emmaus, 1601 (National Gallery, London); The Taking of Christ, 1602 (National Gallery of Ireland), as well as two works never exhibited before in Ireland: Boy Bitten by a Lizard, 1594-95 (National Gallery, London) and Boy Peeling Fruit, c.1592 (The Royal Collection). These will be joined by other significant masterpieces from the work of the Caravaggisti.
More info here. Advance booking is strongly recommended. More info and booking here

Gospel Rising Festival

The annual Gospel Rising Festival of Gospel music takes place in Galway Fri 12 May - Sun 14 May. There will be workshops and concerts in various venues. All info and booking here.

Fruits of the Spirit
A 'Prepare for Pentecost' event in the beautiful surroundings of the Chapel of the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, on Monday 22 May at 8.00 p.m. when a prayer service on the Fruits of the Spirit will take place. Music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group in this imaginative and reflective experience. This chapel has a webcam. More info here.

His Mad Plan
The next event for this group promoting the arts in faith will take place in St Mary of the Angels Hall, Church St, Dublin, on Sun 7th May 3-6pm. For those who wish there's a Holy Hour to follow, with Mass at 7 pm. If interested contact

The Encounter Dublin

The next Encounter Event for young adults takes place in St Paul's Church Arran Quay (on the quays, near Smithfield) on Fri 28th April at 8pm. Special guest is Kate Curran. The events combines music, testimony and pizza! More info here.

Nightfever Dublin

The next Nightfever event in Dublin takes place on Saturday 22 April in Clarendon St Church Dublin 2, from 7.30 pm, after the 6 pm Mass. There will be music, reflection, reconciliation, praying for loved ones.
It ends with benediction at 11 pm but people are willing to come and go.

Book of Kells Workshop
The Loyola Institute at Trinity College is organising a workshop on The Book of Kells for RE teachers - 'The Book of Kells, A Resource for Christian Faith', on Thurs 16 Feb 5-7.30 pm, at the institute. book by emailing, phone 01-8964790.

Art and Architecture Day
The Annual Day for Artists and Architects, organised by the National Centre For Liturgy in Maynooth, will take place in Renehan Hall, St Patrick's College, Maynooth on Thurs 9 Feb 2017. The main guest speaker is Rev Richard S. Vosko, a Sacred Space Planner from USA. There will also be a exhibition of 'Liturgical Art for Public Worship'. More information here.

Bruckner: Music and Faith at NCH
Coming to the National Concert Hall - RTÉ NSO Bruckner: Music and Faith, Fri 10th Feb 8 pm. Inspired by Dostoyevsky and written for choir and orchestra, RTÉ Composer-in-Residence Gerald Barry’s Humiliated and Insulted receives its first performance in a concert exploring the depths of despair and heights of devotion. Sung by Dietrich Henschel, whose ‘prowess as an interpreter is extraordinary’ (The Herald), Mahler’s Rückert Lieder are exquisite songs inspired by the immediacy of nature and the intimacy of love. Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen is a searing cri de cœur against the horrors of war, Bruckner’s Te Deum a monumental hymn of praise promising salvation and release from suffering. More info and booking here.

Ruth Trimble Album Launch

Singer-songwriter Ruth Trimble will launch her new album Before the Rain, which features some spiritual material, at the Island Hall, Lagan Valley Island, Lisbun, on Fri 24 March at 8 pm. Booking here.

His Mad Plan
The 'His Mad Plan' group are organising an afternoon of music, poetry and drama with a spiritual theme on Sun 19 Feb from 3 pm, in the St Mary of the Angels hall in Church Street, off the quays in Dublin. All welcome. Refreshments provided.

Nightfever Dublin
The next Nightfever Dublin event will take place on Sat 11 Feb in St Teresa's Church, Clarendon St, Dublin 2 (Off Grafton St.) There will be Mass at 6 pm as udsual, with adoration from 7:30, and benediction at 11. There will also be music, prayer and confessions for people throughout the night. People are free to come and go. Street outreach is also part of the event.


Good Friday at the National Concert Hall
St Matthew's Passion by Bach will be performed at the National Concert Hall on Good Friday 14th March 8 pm. The work is a compilation from St Matthew’s Gospel, with narration interspersed with chorales and arias. First performed almost 300 years ago, it’s become one of the most profound reflections on the Passion of Christ. The performers assembled could hardly be equalled either for their individual talents or their capacity to work as an ensemble: conductor Matthew Halls has an enviable European reputation as an early music specialist; Irish soloists Brendan Collins, Rachel Kelly and Aoife Miskelly are joined by Ben Johnson from England, Mark Wilde from Scotland, and Stephan Loges from Germany, all supported by the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, whose chorus master Mark Hindley has worked assiduously with them to prepare for this sacred presentation at the centre of the Christian calendar.
Preceded at 1.30pm by a performance by RTÉ Contempo Quartet of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross with a reading of Mark Strand’s Poem after the Seven Last Words which is free to those attending the 3.30pm concert. Booking here.

Taizé Prayer in New Ross
Taize prayer is held every Friday of Lent at at the Good Counsel Chapel in New Ross from 8.15 pm. Concludes with Prayer Around the Cross on Good Friday.

Taizé Prayer
Taizé prayer will be held every Wednesday for Lent at the Carmelite Monastery, Delgany, Co. Wicklow 8-9 pm.

Elijah at NCH
At the National Concert Hall, Sun 9th April 8 pm - Mendelssohn's ever-popular dramatic re-telling of events from the life of the fiery prophet Elijah,brings us beautiful arias, uplifting choruses, and colourful orchestration. Led by bass Gavan Ring as Elijah and the Culwick Choral Society, under conductor Bernie Sherlock. Booking and more info here.

His Mad Plan
The next Arts Afternoon organised by the 'His Mad Plan' group will take place on Sun 2nd April from 3 pm in Dublin (venue to be announced) [corrected 25/3/17]. This will feature music, drama and poetry with a faith perspective.

The Encounter
'The Encounter' is an initiative for young adults based in St Paul's Arran Quay, Dublin 7. The next event features music from Riaghan O'Callaghan, with a talk from Donncha Mac Cionnaith. It will take place on Fri 24th March. More info on the Facebook Page. [updated 16/3/17)

New IT Workshops
Two new workshops that may be of interest to RE teachers, gathering or presenting arts resources:

Thurs 23rd March, Laois Education Centre 5-7 pm - 'Improve Your Powerpoints'.
For info and booking click here.
Thurs 30th March: Blackrock Education Centre: Google Chrome - Books, Boxes, Bits and Browsers.
This workshop offers participants a chance to explore the Google Chrome operating system, and in particular the various handy and streamlined devices it works on - The Chromebook (small laptop), Chromebox (a mini-pc than connects with your TV or monitor and the Chromebit, an even tinier computer-on-a-stick that turns your HDMI TV or monitor into a computer. We'll also look at the possibilities offered by the Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. We'll also explore the range of Google Apps suitable for education that can run on these devices, and on the Chrome Browser on any device. 
Info and booking, click here.


Nightfever Arklow
There will a Nightfever event in the parish church in Arklow, Co. Wicklow on Fri 24th March
8 pm - 10 pm, with music, prayer, reflection.

Gregorian Chant Workshop
GREGORIAN CHANT WORKSHOP USING GREGORIAN CHANT IN LENT - led by Blanaid Murphy, Director of The Palestrina Choir and Girls' Choir of St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Saturday 18th March 2017, Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mourne Rd. It's an afternoon for those interested in chant, those who think they might be interested or those willing to give it a go! This will include an overview of how to approach singing chant and rehearsing chant suitable for Lent. These pieces will be sung at the 6.30pm Vigil Mass and at Night Prayer directly afterwards - Attende Domine - Lenten Prose, Parce Domine, Ave Regina Caelorum, Mass XVII (Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei). 2.45pm Registration, 3 to 6pm (with coffee break) , 6.30pm Vigil Mass followed by Night Prayer. Cost: 10 euro. To sign up for this, please email or call or text 086 6838784.


Liturgical Music Workshop in Knock
The Irish Church Music Association hold the first of its Regional Gatherings in Knock, Co. Mayo on Thursday, 9 March 2017 from 7.30-9.30 p.m.  Co-ordinators for the event are Úna Nolan, Fr Turlough Baxter, Sr Moira Bergin and music director Ciaran Coll. The workshop will present music suitable for various liturgical events in the Liturgical Year. More info here.

Powerpoint Course For Teachers

At Navan Education Centre Thurs 9th March 5-7pm. A follow-up course on improving your Powerpoint presentations, but no need to have done the first part. The course will feature hands-on exploration of some of the advanced aspects of Powerpoint. There will be a chance to revise some of the aspects of Part 1 (e.g. inserting video, tips and tricks for better presenting) along with new elements, how Powerpoint interacts with other programmes like Google Slides, Emaze and Blendspace. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices and create new presentations or freshen up existing presentations.  Booking: Tel: 046 9067040 | Fax: 046 9067065 | Email:


RTAI Conference
The annual conference of the Religion Teachers Association of Ireland will take place on Saturday 11th March 2017 Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Roscommon All teachers and students of Religious Education are invited to attend. Places must be reserved in advance by emailing providing your name and the name of your school. Travel and subsistence is not available but the conference is free of charge, resources will be given, lunch provided and those attending can avail of the DES rate to stay overnight in the hotel.


Divine Mercy Conference
The annual Divine Mercy Conference takes place Fri 24th - Sun 26th Feb. Among the events is a Holy Hour with music on the Friday night after the 6.30 pm Mass. For full programme click here.

Donna Taggart - Jealous of the Angels Tour

Donna Taggart came to prominence in 2011 when her first CD was picked up by BBC Radio Ulster who helped make her single “Bright Blue Rose” a radio hit but it was her second CD, Celtic Lady Vol II, and the lead single from it “Jealous of The Angles”, that really got  people to sit up and take notice. Having chalked up a massive 35 million views on social media the song catapulted to the top of the iTunes Charts in the US, Canada, Australia and Ireland. Now Donna, along with her musicians, makes her National Concert Hall debut on Sun 26 Feb at 8 pm. Support Jenn Bostic & The O'Neill Sisters. Booking and more info here.

Nightfever Dublin
The next Nightfever Dublin event will take place on Sat 11 Feb in St Teresa's Church, Clarendon St, Dublin 2 (Off Grafton St.) There will be Mass at 6 pm as udsual, with adoration from 7:30, and benediction at 11. There will also be music, prayer and confessions for people throughout the night. People are free to come and go. Street outreach is also part of the event.

The Encounter - Dublin City

Dan Ram will be the next guest speaker and musician at The Encounter Dublin, on Fri 10 Feb at St Paul's Church Arran Quay, Dublin 7. This is an event for young adults (20's and 30's) featuring music, talks and pizza!. More info here.

Armed Man at NCH
Composed to mark the millennium in 2000 Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is a powerful and compelling phenomenon in contemporary music, bringing the audience on an inspirational journey from the cacophony of conflict to a final message of hope and peace. It is a dramatically engaging work, vividly setting to music extracts from the Christian Eucharist and using influences and inspirations from all over the world, including poems by Kipling and Tennyson. It will be performed at the National Concert Hall on Sat 4th Feb 8 pm. Info and booking here.

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week 2017 runs from Sun 28 Jan to Sat 4 Feb. There are lots of resources to support teachers for this special week and both primary and second level resource packs can be found here. There will be a special on RTE 1 on Sunday morning 28 Jan at 11 am, sto launch the event.


Carols in Carlow
The 'No Room at the Inn' Carol Service will take place on Sun 18 Dec at the Cathedral of the Assumption Carlow, 8.30-9.45 pm.
This will be a unique Cathedral parish community collaborative celebration featuring Carlow College Youth Orchestrea under the baton of Majella Swan, Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Youth Choir, Carlow Soprano Kathleen McDermott; Aspiro Choir, Scoil Mhuire School Choir, Bishop Foley School Choir, Anam Cairde with soloist Karen Kelly and Cathedral Soprano Julianne Woods. The choirs will sing a feast of beautiful Christmas carols, old and new, for all the family to sing and enjoy with seasonal scripture readings and reflections. DONATIONS ON THE NIGHT TO:  Trocaire Aleppo Crises Appeal &  St. Vincent de Paul. More info here.

Carols in Phibsboro.
There will be a carol service at St Peter's Church, Phibsboro, on Sun 18 Dec at 7.30 pm, featuring carols with the church choir, with mince pies and mulled wine.

Christmas Week at the Concert Hall

Click links for more info and booking. Carols for Christmas: The New Dublin Voices, Mon 19th Dec 1.05 pm; Christmas Crackers: Popular Festive Carols (with Girls' Choir of St Mary's Pro-Cathedral) Wed 21 Dec 1.05 pm; Carols By Candlelight Thurs 22 Dec 3.15 pm and 8 pm; The Glory of Christmas, Fri 23 Dec 3.15 pm and 8 pm.

Lawton Christmas Concert
Liam Lawton will play a Christmas Concert in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow, on Tues 20 Dec at 8 pm., with special guests Aspiro Choir. Tickets €22

Christmas Concerts at the National Concert Hall
There are several Christmas themed concerts at the National Concert Hall in the frst week of December. Click the links for more details. Thurs 1st Dec: Gold, Frankincense ... and Barbershop, also Thurs 1st Dec The ESB 'Great' Christmas Concert 2016; Fri 2nd Dec DIT Chamber Choir Annual Christmas Concert; Sat 3 Dec All Wrapped Up; Sat 4th Dec (11 am) The Piano Room Christmas Concert; Sun 4th Dec "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!"; Mon 5th Dec Culwick - 'tis the Season ...; Tues 6 Dec RTE NSO Christmas Lunchtime Concert.

The next Dublin Nightfever takes place on on Sat 3rd Dec from 7.30 pm, in Clarendon St Church off Grafton St - music, prayer, steeet outreach, reconciliation and more.

His Mad Plan
There's an arts event coming up Sunday afternoon, 4th December, at 3-5pm in the Hall at St. Mary of the Angels, Church Street, Dublin.  All welcome for an afternoon including Catholic Music, Poetry, Drama and Art.  It's a fundraiser for the Rosary Rally, so entry is €10 or €5 concessions and there'll be a raffle!  This is an event organised by the His Mad Plan initiative.

Ruth Trimble Concert
3rd December 2016 - Bronte Music Club, Rathfriland Co. Down- for tickets contact F.E. McWilliam Gallery on +4428 40623322. Ruth Trimble often includes spiritual music in her work, including a strong body of Christmas music. Her new album Before the Rain was released recently. More info at



At the Concert Hall
There are several Christmas themed concerts coming up at the National Concert Hall: Handel's Messiah, (Our Lady’s Choral Society) Wed 7th-Thurs 9th Dec; Carols for Christmas (New Dublin Voices) Fri 9th and Dec 19th Dec; Gloria (Mon 12th Dec); Choir of King's College, Cambridge Wed 14th Dec; Ailish Tynan Christmas Gala, Thurs 15th Dec.

Tommy Fleming Concerts
Tommy Fleming who often includes religious music in his live shows is touring this December 2016 and though some shows are sold out, tickets for some are still available - incl St Patrick's Church, Wicklow Thurs 8th Dec, Holy Rosary Church Murroe, Limerick on Sun 11 Dec. More info and booking here.


Star of Bethlehem
Monday 28 Nov 8 pm at the National Concertg Hall - A Christmas Celebration – enchanting new music with internationally acclaimed special guests, choir and orchestra including the haunting and uplifting new Christmas oratorio ‘The Star of Bethlehem’. In aid of Camphill Communities. Lynn Hilary soprano; Aoife Ní Bhriain violin; Noreen O’Donoghue harp; Niamh Ní Charra concertina with The Orchestra of Ireland, choir and special guests. Conducted by Liam Bates. Programme: Colm Ó Foghlú The Star of Bethlehem: A Christmas Oratorio; Colm Ó Foghlú The Island Lullaby: Suite for concertina, violin, harp and orchestra; Lynn Hilary Saturn Return Suite. Booking and info here.
Prices: €25 (Concessions: €20) 

Lawton Album Launch
Liam Lawton's new album Lumina II will be launched on Wed 30th Nov at St Clare's Church Graiguecullen at 7.30 pm. Proceeds of CD sales will go to Carlow County Hospice. For deals of booking/RSVP etc click here.

Advent Music and Mindfulness

On 25th November at Avila Retreat Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 at 7.30 pm there will be a launch of of the book Waiting in Mindful Hope by Martina Lehane Sheehan. This Advent themed event will include meditation, music and scripture. Also launched will be the CD Beyond Mindfulness. (Book by emailing On Sat 26th, also at Avila, there will be a day of Christian mindfulness and music with Pat and Matina Lehane Sheehan. (Booking - 01-6430200 or

Music and Faith at NCH
'RTÉ NSO Bruckner: Music and Faith' is the title of a concert at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on Friday 18 Nov at 8 pm. Wagner’s transcendentally hypnotic Prelude to the First Act of Parsifal ushers in a concert of sublime reflection that moves from myth to darkness and into redemptive light. Irish soprano Orla Boylan returns to Richard Strauss’s deeply moving, hauntingly beautiful Four Last Songs (with which she won the 1995 Veronic Dunne Singing Competition). James Feddeck  – ‘musicians of this calibre are gold dust’ (The Herald) – takes to the podium for Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony with its deeply profound slow movement surrounded by life-affirming vitality. Booking and more info here.

Sandra Oman
At the National Concert Hall Tues 15 Nov 8 pm - A concert celebrating the launch of well-loved Irish Soprano Sandra Oman’s new Christmas album “NOËL ”.  Following the SOLD OUT launch of Sandra’s Number One Debut Album, LIBERTY, in September 2016, Sandra is now releasing her Christmas Album.  Join Sandra and, most excitingly, some VERY SPECIAL GUESTS, for a beautiful pre-Christmas concert including all the tracks from the album, including O Holy NightSilent NightNoël de la RueHave Yourself a Merry Little ChristmasChristmas Story (from “On Moonlight
Bay”), River (Joni Mitchell), Berceuse de Noël, Petite Étoile de NoëlThe Wexford CarolNeige sur la Ville.  Her musicians, led by Musical Director David Wray, piano, are virtuosi of the Irish classical world:  Katie O’Connor, violin; Gerald Peregrine, cello; Joe Csibi, double bass, Dermot Dunne, accordion; Dave McCune, percussion.  

Remembrance Service
On Thurs 17 Nov there will be a Remembrance Service with the Dublin Diocesan Music Group at the Monastery of St Alphonsus, St Alphonsus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 at 8 pm.

Mullingar Concert
The Lynn Singers and the RTE Contempo Quartet will perform at a concert in St Paul's Church Mullingar on Fri 25th November at 7.30 pm. Adm €20 in aid of MRI Scanner for Mullingar General Hospital.

Fr Ray Kelly at NCH
'Hallelujah - An Evening With Ray Kelly'. National Concert Hall Sun 13 Nov 8 pm. Father Ray Kelly became famous in 2014 after a video of him singing Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah while officiating at a couple's wedding became a YouTube sensation. The words were modified to suit the occasion by 10 year old bridesmaid Lucy Pitts O'Connor. By December 2015, it had received over 46 million hits. Special guest Lucy O'Byrne is a classically trained soprano from Dublin. She recently finished as runner-up on The Voice UK 2015. Info and booking here.



Fiddler on the Roof
National Concert Hall Tues 8th Nov - Sat 12th Nov. Featuring instantly recognisable tunes such as Matchmaker MatchmakerTraditionSabbath PrayerTo LifeSunrise Sunset and of course the iconic, If I Were a Rich Man this show has wowed audiences the world over and is certain to entertain! Presented by Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society. Info and booking: click here.

Music Ministry Together
Ian Callanan and team will present a workshop for all those involved in Music Ministry in Cork on Saturday, November 12th, 2016, 10am-4pm. The workshop will take place in Ballincollig Community Centre, Ballincollig, Co. Cork - Cost €20. Booking: or by calling (086) 249 0779. More info and booking options here.
Also, Music Ministry Together will be providing the music and liturgy for RTE on the 6th November at 11am. Fr Richard Pucell OCSO will be the presider. The mass will feature some of the wonderful talent that has bee at MMT over the past 2 years,  as well as some friends of MMT. The mass will include some new music from Ciaran Coll and Ian. Be sure to tune in and let your friends know. You can also tune in live on the RTE website. The mass will also be available on the RTE Player following the boradcast.
The dates for next years summer course are set. MMT 2017 will run from 8th-13th August, once again in Cistercian College Roscrea. More details to follow in the coming months.

Requiem at Knock
'Marbha' - A Requiem Mass composed by Odhran O'Casaide Sunday 6th November. Taking place at Knock Basilica 11am November 6th and commemorating all those who died in 1916. The exquisite Requiem 1916 'Marbhna', in Irish, featuring the voice of Sibéal Ní Casaide, is a solemn expression of commemoration. It sets out to explore the beauty of sean nós voice, together with chamber choir and orchestra, classical solo voices, traditional and early music instruments.

Requiem For a Child

This is an evening of choral music to 'remember' and 'reflect' on the Children who died is 1916 and children worldwide who have lost their lives as a result of war and to 'reimagine' a future for the children of today and tomorrow. 'Remembering The Child' will feature the Irish and World premiere of selection from Liam Lawton's 'Requiem for A Child'. See poster for booking details.

Soundings For Simon

This annual poetry event to raise funds for the Simon Community will take place on Mon 14 Nov in The Yellow House Rathfarnham at 8 pm. Various poets will read from the old secondary shool poetry book Soundings and from their own work.

Aled Jones Concert
'How Great Thou Art' is a concert featuring Aled Jones (Walking in the Air, Songs of Praise) and guest Chloe Agnew, in the National Concert Hall, on Sat 22 Oct 8 pm. Booking and info here.

Event for Missing Persons

'A Candle For You' is an evening of music and reflection to remember missing persons, hosted by Fr Brian McKittrick and presented by Sr Marie Dunne CHF. It features the St John of God Choir, the Holy Faith Past Pupils' Choir, the Celbridge Gospel Choir and solo guests. Venue is St Patrick's Church Celbridge and it takes place Fri 21st Oct at 8 pm. Donations to the Missing Persons' Helpline.

Film in Religious Education
There will be a free workshop exploring the use of film in teaching Religious Education in Laois Education Centre, Portlaoise, on Thurs 20th October 5-7 pm. This will be a thematic approach, with lots of appropriate film clips. There will also be guidance on sourcing and using suitable film clips and there will be close links to the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle curriculum.
For booking click here.

Advent Resources Workshop
There will be an Advent Resources Workshop for second level RE teachers in Blackrock Education Centre on Thurs 10th November 5-7 pm. This IT course will feature a variety of resources suitable for exploring Advent in schools. Apart from finding resources, teachers will a hands-on opportunity to create their own classroom-ready resources, using a variety of software and online tools. 
Booking - click here.

Faitharts Concert - Concert Postponed!

The second Faitharts contemporary spiritual music concert takes place 8 pm Friday 14 Oct in St Paul's Church Arran Quay, near Smithfield, Dublin 7, featuring Rónán and Joanne Johnston with Emmaus. Rónán is well known in spiritual music circles for many years and had released many albums with Emmaus. Playing support will be singer-songwriter Rebecca Ryan (of Spirit Radio, Fair City and the
tickets, €10, are available at Eventbrite.

Arts and Spirituality Conference
The 2016 Arts & Spirituality Ireland (ASI) Conference will be held on Saturday 22 October 2016 in the Main Theatre at Clasac, in Clontarf, Dublin 3. Clasaċ is a new centre for Irish music, song, dance, drama and the Irish language, just minutes from Dublin's City Centre in Clontarf and is a regional resource centre of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, a movement promoting traditional Irish music and culture around the world.
With a title for this year's conference of "Art, Image & Spirituality", guest speakers including two international guests, Dr. Inigo Bocken from Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands and Professor Sheila Gallagher from Boston, U.S.A. Guest speakers also include Fr Patrick Moran, an art collector specialising in twentieth century Irish religious paintings, and Prof Jim Malone (Trinity College). EMAIL to register and reserve a place  (Payment can be made in cash or cheque ONLY on the day)
THEME: "Art, Image & Spirituality"
NEW Venue:  Main Theatre, Clasac, Alfie Byrne Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3.  (FREE parking at the venue & close to Clontarf DART station)
Full Day Conference:  Registration & tea/coffee from 9.15-10am & Conference 10am - 4pm.Cost:     €50   (25% Discount for ASI Members)  

Advent Service In Dublin
Diocesan Advent Service - This year's Advent Service is being hosted in the recently refurbished Church of the Good Shepherd, Churchtown on Saturday 26 November at 4.00 p.m. The liturgy will be prepared by the Full-Time Chaplaincy Students of DCU and the liturgical music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.

'Story of Love' Concert
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and ambassadors from around the world got in line recently for a photo shoot promoting The Story of Love concert. The concert, composed by Dublin-born musician Willie Hughes, will be streamed live to millions around the world and takes place in Knock Co. Mayo on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October, 2016. (Watch short video here). The concert brings together a production team of top Irish professionals including Niamh White former director ofThe Late Late Show; Mark Cahill music producer for Liam Lawton; Fiona Cunningham production designer The Voice of Ireland; Luis Peveda, Riverdance. After the performances in Knock Co Mayo, The Story of Love will tour the USA. - From Catholic Ireland, report by Pat Coyle .. read more here.

Two Lawton Concerts

Liam Lawton will perform two concerts in the near future - Ballintubber Abbey, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Fri 29 July 8 pm, with the Ballintubber Abbey Choir. More info here. Also at Cistercian College, Roscrea as part of the Music Ministry Together Summer School, Fri 19th August, also 8 pm.

Primary Teachers Seminar
The Association of Catholic Teachers is organising a seminar for primary teachers on Sat 5th Nov in the Mullingar Park Hotel 12.30 to 5 pm and it's all free. There will be workshops on sacraments and resources for teaching RE and lots of free resources for teachers. For more information and booking see

Soma Festival

As part of the SOMA Festival the Dublin Gospel Choir will perform at a concert in St Malachy's Church, Castlewellan, Co. Down on Sunday 17 July at 1 pm. Tickets are £5. More info about this event and the SOMA festival in general (includes Eddi Reader, Donal Lunny, Lisa Hannigan) -

Irish Post for Steve Warner
Steve Warner is a liturgical musician and composer and has been Director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir for the past 35 years. He has been appointed Associate Director of the new Notre-Dame Newman Centre for Faith and Reason based at University Church, St Stephen's Green in Dublin. More info here.

The Priests
The Priests singing group will give a concert as part of a faith festival in the Holy Trinity Church, Rathdowney, Co. Laois on Friday 1st July at 8 pm. Tickets are €20 and are available from the Parish Office 0505-046282. More details on the faith festival here.

iConnect Conference
The iConnect Conference takes place 18th-21st August in the Maynooth University Campus. It is an initiative of Jesus Youth Ireland and promises catechesis, reflection, concerts and theatrical performances. It is for teens and young adults and there will be two streams based on age - 13-17 and 18-25. For more info and booking click here.

Roger Scruton for Summer School
Roger Scruton, a philosopher who has written widely about art, beauty and faith will be chief guest at the first Edmund Burke Summer School, June 19th to 25th in Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar. The Summer School will comprise seminars, lectures and workshops, accommodation, gastronomic meals, full access to leisure activities. Each day, Professor Scruton will hold a seminar on various aspects of his writings on art, religion, politics, music and architecture. Irish writer and philosopher Mark Dooley and French Irish Studies scholar Alexandra Slaby will also feature.
More info and booking here.

Arts Conference
ACE (Art and Christianity Enquiry) International Conference, Dublin 4-8 July 2016  - ‘The Artist as Pilgrim, Saint, Scholar?' Arts and Spirituality Ireland have been busy liaising with ACE throughout the year to facilitate the hosting of the 13th ACE International Conference which will take place in Dublin, Ireland 4-8 July 2016. Keynote speakers include: Marcus Coates, London based artist; Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman, writer/teacher Glenstal Abbey ; Rebekah Pryor, Australian artist ; Una Agnew, writer/researcher in field of spirituality. The conference runs from Monday evening until Friday afternoon in and around Trinity College Dublin and includes guided tours each afternoon. Conference fees for the full four days are 170 pounds sterling. More info here.

Goretti Girls Album Launch

Méabh Carlin & Hannah McCauley, known as the 'Goretti Girls', invite you to the launch of their first album, 'I Will Wait.' The album is made up of ten original songs, inspired and written by the girls as they have travelled all over the world. They invite you to join them for an evening of music, celebration, sharing and tea on Friday the 3rd of June at 7.30 pm in Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church, Boher, Greenore, County Louth. The Album will be launched and supported by Archbishop Eamon Martin.; Tickets available in Cooley Parish office. Contact Number: 00353429376

Youth 2000

Lots of music in a worship and social context - the Youth 2000 Summer Festival is on 7th-10th July in the Cistercian Abbey, Mount St Joseph's Roscrea. For more information and booking options click here.

Bobby Fisher
Liturgical guitarist, performer and composer Bobby Fisher has been announced as one of the leaders of the Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course 7th-13th August (see below). His biography can be checked out here.

Notre Dame Folk Choir Tour

The Notre Dame Folk Choir from Indiana USA will be on a short tour of Ireland in late May. Events so far include: at Harold's Cross Church Dublin, A Celebration of Sacred Music, including on Monday May 30th at 7.30 pm a workshop and forum, and on Tues 31st May at 7.30 pm a full concert. Workshop participants from the Monday night will have a chance to sing with the choir on the Tuesday night. Those interested should contact - there is no charge but participants will be invited to give a donation to the St Vincent de Paul Society. The choir will also take part in an event in Wexford at the National Opera House. This concert, titled “The Faith of Ireland, the Faith of the World,” will take place 27 May at 7:30pm. Featured in the concert will be the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, the Ferns Festival Choir, and the Wexford Youth Chorus. This exciting musical venture celebrating Irish culture is sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, the Diocese of Ferns, and the Notre Dame Folk Choir. More info and booking here.

Phibsborough Parish Concert
Following the success of their recent concert in Madrid, the choir of St. Peter's Church, Phibsboro, Dublin, will be holding a concert in their home parish on Saturday May 28th. The concert will take place at 7:30pm in St. Peter's in Phibsboro and all are welcome to attend the evening. Guests will hear choral, soloist and instrumental works performed on the evening. The choir hopes to raise much needed funds towards the restoration of the church organ. It is not a ticketed event, people will merely be asked to donate what they can on the evening.

Knockadoon Liturgical Music Course
This summer's music and liturgy course in Knockadoon will take place 7th-13th August. The Knockadoon Music & Liturgy Course has been running for over 30 years with the purpose of helping young adults involved in music ministry, with a particular emphasis on contemporary church music and liturgy. The course is designed as an experiential week, where the participants not only learn new music but are also introduced to new instruments and participate in the Liturgy of Morning and Evening Prayer and the Eucharist. Every summer the Knockadoon Music & Liturgy Course course brings together 150 young people and adults to learn, celebrate and grow not only as musicians, but as ministers of music. More info here.

Bible Week Seeking Singers
Ecumenical Bible Week (EBW) has been running for the past 3 years and this year they are holding an ecumenical closing event in St Pauls, Arran Quay in Dublin on Sunday 22nd May at 7:30. So far there are 8 traditions taking part. They are trying to put together a group of singers to represent the Catholic tradition as well as be part of the mass choir formed from all traditions. It is an open invitation to anyone who is interested. All you need to do is sign up here There will be one rehearsal on the day of the 22nd at 2:30. We have a good band put together as well so it should be fun. Please do come along - oh and please share to all.

Irish Church Music Summer School

The Irish Church Music Association holds its 47th Summer School from Wednesday, July 6 to Saturday, July 9, 2016 in St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The theme for Summer School 2016 is ​God Full of Mercy. This years programme includes a blend of contemporary and traditional choral pieces with emphasis on Psalms, Sacraments, Ritual and Music for the Liturgical Year in schools.  The workshop repertoire will provide opportunities to develop the skills of cantors, organists and instrumentalists in addition to parish choirs and folk groups. Optional Tutorials such as Choral Singing, Instruments at Prayer and Organ Tuition. The New Generation Youth Choir will meet each day, providing them with a special time and space to learn and explore new music. The Music Director Team consists of Tony Alonso (USA), Fr Paul Kenny, Ian Callanan, Ciaran Coll, Karen O'Donovan, Sarah Waldron and Sharon Lyons. 

For more info click here.


Music Ministry Together Summer School
This year's MMT Summer School takes place in the Cistercian College Roscrea 16th - 21st August, under the direction of Ian Callanan. The theme for 2016 is “Make Your Home in Me”. We are reminded that no matter who we are or where we come from that we all belong under the same covering of the universal church. Christ came to call the outcast and marginalised. Very dear and central to Pope Francis is the plight of the poor and the very weak.  He has set as a clear wake up call to the world and specifically to Christians that we must be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, we must open our eyes and do something about those in our midst suffering all kinds of adversities. That the “preferential care of the poor” must go beyond good statements, rhetoric and symbolic gestures. For more info and booking click here.

Mount Merrion Concert

The parish of St Therese Mount Merrion, Dublin is celebrating it's 60th birthday. Celebrations include a concert in the church on Saturday 14th May at 7.45 pm. The church's own choirs will perform along with special guests the Dublin Gospel Choir. Adm is €10 and €5 for children. It is in aid of the charity 'Baby Max Wings of Love Fund'.

1916 Event at Pro-Cathedral

Celebrating 1916 - a newly composed suite Áille na hÁille - A Terrible Beauty by Charlie Lennon - at the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, Thursday 12th May 7.30 pm. Featuring music, song and readings from the accounts of priests who ministered to the injured, the dying and those sentenced to death.

Seinn celebration events for 2016 will take place in Ennis Cathedral on 27th April and in Nenagh Parish Church on the 28th. Both events will start at 7:30pm. Free admission, a good will offering will be taken at the end of the evening to cover costs.Seinn is an initiative to promote liturgical music in second-level schools. The aim of the programme is to provide RE departments with a resource of liturgical music for use at various school celebrations and by extension it teaches and promotes good liturgical music which will be of benefit to parishes.  The programme is directed by Ian Callanan, one of Ireland’s leading composers of liturgical music.

Dublin Gospel Choir and Focus Ireland
Summer Concert in aid of Focus Ireland – 21st May 2016. Dublin Gospel Choir are hosting a very special Summer Concert in aid of Focus Ireland at 8pm on Saturday May 21st in St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7. There will be no admission charge on the night but donations for Focus Ireland will be gratefully accepted.

Liam Lawton Concert

Liam Lawton will perform in concert on Sunday 24th April in Galway at St Patrick's Church Forster St. at 8 pm, with guests the Tribal Chamber Choir. See poster for contact details.

Music Ministry Together Weekend

There will be a Music Ministry Together weekend event, directed by Ian Callanan, in the Cistercian College Roscrea 30th April - 1st May. The theme is 'Through the Eyes of Mercy', and while it is aimed at World Youth Day preparations it is open to all involved in ministry. For more information click here.

Gospel Rising

The seventh annual Gospel Rising Music Festival returns to Ennis from 13 to 15 May 2016 with choirs from all over Ireland and beyond performing in venues throughout the Clare county capital. Leading Irish and international choral experts will facilitate workshops in gospel music, performance and singing for choir and non-choir members throughout the festival. The festival also will feature a Sunday morning church service that will be broadcast live on RTE Radio at 11am on Sunday 15 May. Early bird tickets are available. More info here.

Stations Returned
Gardaí in Tullamore have recovered six valuable paintings from a series of stations of the cross which were stolen from a Galway church in 2013. The parish priest, who was devastated at the theft of the oil paintings by the renowned artist Evie Hone, expressed his joy on hearing that they were recovered during a planned operation in Edenderry, Co Offaly on Tuesday (12 April). More info at Catholic Ireland.

Friar Alessandro Returns

Franciscan tenor Friar Alessandro will return this month for two Irish concerts - St Anthony's Church, Friary Lane, Athlone on Fri April 15th and Killarney Cathedral on Sun April 17th. Tickets at the door or from Eventbrite - Athlone, Killarney.

Awakening Event
'The Awakening' is a musical event for young people in the Diocese of Tuam. Based on Dublin's Emmanuel concerts it will feature hundreds of young people singing contemporary spiritual music and will take place in Castlebar on Thursday 5th May. More info here.

Vatican Artwork for Cinemas
From April 11-13 selected cinemas around the world will show film of the basilicas of Rome and their famous works of art. Some images are previously unpublished. For a list of Irish cinemas showing the 3D film click here. For background information click here.

Icon Tour
The Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is visiting Carlow Cathedral on April 12th & 13th with a nine day novena in preparation starting on April 4th. The icon is associated with the Redemptorist Order of Priests and Brothers. 150 years ago, this year, the original icon, which had been lost, was restored and entrusted to the Order to be kept in their shrine at the Via Merulana in Rome. In entrusting the icon to the Redemptorists, Pope Pius IX said "Make her known to the whole world." More info here. For all venues click here.

Ecumenical Bible Week
Bible Week

This year's Ecumenical Bible Week takes place in various Dublin Diocese locations May15th-May 22nd. The main themes will be will be Christian attitudes to the crisis of the environment and global warming, but there will also be a variety of arts based workshops:
God’s Song: a musical journey through the scriptures, Presented  by Ian Callanan, Mon May 16 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Margaret Aylward Centre, Old Finglas Rd, Dublin 11, also Tues May 17 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Kilcullen Parish Centre, Kilcullen Co.Kildare Ireland, also Wed May 18 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Killiney, St. Matthias' Church, Church Road , Killiney, Co. Dublin.
Movies that Matter - A glimpse at how biblical themes run through many main stream movies and how the moving picture is a connecting point for many modern issues (such as climate change) between faith and culture. Presented by Frank Brown Bio: Parish Pastoral Worker in the greater Clondalkin area. Frank has been a PPW in the archdiocese of Dublin for around 6 years. Mon May 16 at 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm; St Eustace Celbridge Parish Office, Main St. Celbridge, Co Kildare Ireland, also Wed May 18 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Dundrum Methodist Church, Ballinteer Road, , Dublin 16.
Consider the Lilies of the Field: Exploring Jesus and Nature in Modern Art; Presented by Amanda Dillon Bio: Amanda Dillon is currently a PhD candidate at the Mater Dei Institute in Dublin. She is researching in the area of the Bible and Art, Tues May 17 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Margaret Aylward Centre, Old Finglas Rd, Dublin 11, also Wed May 18 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Kilcullen Parish Centre, Kilcullen Co.Kildare Ireland.

Shout for Joy!
A joyful celebration of the Easter Season in song, word and prayer will take place in the Monastery of Saint Alphonsus, Dublin 9, on Monday 18 April at 8.00 p.m. The liturgy will be prepared by the full time Chaplaincy students of Mater Dei Institute of Education and the music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group. More info here.

Mass for Peace at Knock
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra is to perform in Our Lady’s Basilica, Knock Shrine, as part of a stunning peace concert planned for next May to commemorate the 1916 Rising and World War I.The concert, on Saturday, May 14th, will be the first such event to take place in the beautiful surrounds of the fully refurbished Basilica and is being staged by the Mayo International Choral Festival. The concert will feature the international choral sensation – The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, by the Welsh composer, Sir Karl Jenkins. The powerful and inspiring piece was composed to mark the millennium in 2000 and has since been performed over 1,000 times in more than 20 different countries with over 15 gold and platinum awards. In addition, the orchestra will perform a special piece composed by Patrick Cassidy for the 1916 commemoration. Booking and info here.

Tree of Life at the National Concert Hall
The National Concert Hall and Wordless Music present the world premiere of The Tree of Life, written and directed by Terrence Malick, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and choir performing live to a full screening of Malick’s 2011 masterpiece. For this occasion, Wordless Music has partnered with Fox Searchlight Pictures to produce a new, music-less print of the film for the orchestra to perform alongside. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, The Tree of Life was chosen by Roger Ebert as one of the ten greatest films of all time in Sight & Sound Magazine’s 2012 critics poll, and by over 300 critics and writers this year as the best film of the decade so far. It's on Fri 3rd June at 8 pm. More info and booking here.

Music and Religious Education Workshop

There will be a workshop on using music in the teaching of Religious Education in Navan Education Centre on Thursday 28 April 5-7 pm. A variety of music resources will be explored, with plenty of practical examples. Music apps for use in the classroom will also feature. To book email contact details to


Sounds of Spring at Ennismore
Event at Ennismore Retreat Centre Cork - Thursday 7th April - "Sounds of Spring" - An evening of nourishment for body and soul. Music, Poetry, Reflection and Dinner
7p.m. Cost:  €30. More info here.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
The Youth 2000 Summer Festival for 2016 will take place from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th July 2016 in Cistercian College in Mount St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary - music, worship prayer, community. More info here.

Lawton Concert
Lawton Carlow
Liam Lawton will be in concert with the RTE concert Orchestra on Fri 11th March at the Cathedral of the Assumption Carlow. Joining with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Karl McGuckin, Alex Sharpe & Liam Lawton at the Carlow Concert will be the combined Choirs of ASPIRO, the Carlow Cathedral Choir and Ladies and Mens Choir from Graiguecullen. Tickets: Customer Service Centre, Fair Green Shopping Centre, Askea Parish Centre , Tullow Parish Centre 
Leighlinbridge Parish Centre , Pat McGrath , Leighlinbridge 059 9721089, O' Briens Wine Shop, Potato Market, Carlow , Kennedy's Pharmacy, Hacketstown.

Duhan Concerts
DuhanSinger-songwriter Johnny Duhan includes many spiritual songs in his repertoire and has concerts coming up soon - Limerick 2nd April, Portlaoise 8th April, Castlebar 26th May. See review of his new album Creation here. More info and booking here.





Creative Spirit Competition
Dublin diocese is organising a creative arts competition for the Year of Mercy. Students submit Photo, Collage, Video, Artwork, Song, Story or Poem displaying their understanding of Mercy in Action. There are sections for Primary and Post-Primary students. Closing date for submissions at parish level is 7th March, while closing date at diocesan level is 7th April.
For more info click here.

RE Teachers Course in Laois
Using Film in Religious Education - Laois Education Centre – Tues 8th March 5-7 pm. 
Exploring the use of film in teaching Religious Education,  this will be a thematic approach, with lots of appropriate film clips. There will also be guidance on sourcing, making  and using suitable film clips and there will be close links to the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle curriculum.

Teaching English Visually - Laois Education Centre – Tues 1st March 5-7 pm
This course, suitable for all second level English teachers will explore different ways of teaching English visually using a variety of IT tools for sourcing, and creating resources. This will be a hands-on course and on the night teachers will get to prepare classroom ready resources. Participants may use the centre’s computers or bring their own devices. RE teachers can focus on the spiritual material on courses e.g. religious poetry.

Mosaic for Knock
Team of mosaic-makers from Italy are in Knock to assemble Irish artist PJ Lynch's depiction of the 1879 apparition - Next month, Our Lady’s Basilica in Knock Co Mayo is due to unveil its much anticipated new apparition mosaic – the centrepiece of the forty-year-old basilica’s €10 million renovation programme. The mosaic is reputed to be one of the largest mosaics of its kind in Europe and depicts the apparition in the West of Ireland village of Our Lady, St Joseph, and St John the Evangelist on the evening of 21 August 1879 to 15 men, women and children, whose ages ranged from five to seventy-five. 
Read more here:

Emmanuel 2016 @ The Helix - Feb 29, Mar 1st, 2nd, & 3rd @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Over 600 students per night from different schools around the Dublin Diocese, join together in an evening of liturgical music. St. Mary’s School for Deaf Girls participate every night. Booking at 01-7007000.

Parables of Mercy
There will be a presentation on the Parables of Mercy on February 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm - St. Johns Pastoral Centre, Waterfordwith Dr. Michael Mullins DD

More Culture Night Events
Adam and Eve's Church, Merchant's Quay, Dublin - In Penal times a small group of Franciscans formed a community close to a tavern in Cook Street called “Adam & Eves” where the owner let the friars use a back room in which to say mass. Enjoy music, guided tours and a photographic exhibition at the historic Franciscan Church of Adam & Eve on Merchants Quay. Tours take place at 7 & 8pm with live music from 6 – 8.30pm.
More info here.
St Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Sq, Dublin 1. Opposite the Rotunda Hospital is a quiet haven of peace and tranquility. Visit us on Culture Night and help us to celebrate the 800 Jubilee of the Dominican Order. Enjoy Gregorian Plainsong and take a free tour through our Moving Crib ahead of its 60th birthday this Christmas. All visitors will receive a free blessed relic of Saint Martin. More info here.
Discovery Gospel Choir: In a new, multicultural Ireland, this exceptional group of 30 singers and musicians from countries all over the world brings to life a vision of hope for this nation.
Discovery Gospel Choir will on Culture Night at Barnardo Square at 7pm for approx 30 min. More info here.
The African Irish Gospel Choir, Cork - singing afro beat songs and highlife music and performing an African cultural dance and instrumental display.Time: 6.30pm - 7.15pm Location Cork, Outside City Hall, Terence MacSwiney Quay. More info here.
Sacred Sound Through the Ages: - An exploration of Sacred Music through the centuries and how it has evolved over time.  With the help of various local artists we hope to do a whistle stop tour of the different styles from the early beginnings to the sacred music of today. Bandstand, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. 7 pm .. more info here.
Battle of the Organs! A concert of music for two organs, given by Raymond O'Donnell and David Grealy. Most people are familiar with Galway Cathedral's wonderful symphonic organ, but fewer would know that the Cathedral has a second, smaller organ which spends most of its time tucked away in a side-chapel. On culture night both organs get to speak from opposite ends of the nave, individually and in combination: a glory of sound and space! Galway Cathedral 7 pm. More info here.

RE Congress

The 2016 RE Congress for Ireland will take place on Sat 1st Oct in St Patrick's College Maynooth. There are lots of workshops, for both primary and secondary teachers, including - Creative IT for Religious Education; Connecting with Laudato Si' (Encyclical by Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home); Walking the Pilgrim Paths: Reconnecting Body, Mind and Spirit - An approach for schools ; Sacred Spaces in Schools; Celebrating First Communion and First Reconciliation: Connecting children, Parents and Parish; Christian Meditation; The Spirituality of Young Children; Social Justice in Action; Lighthouse - A Peer Ministry Programme for Post Primary & Primary Students; When the Dots don't Join – Religious Education in the Spaces Between. Booking and more info here.


Culture Night at Clonliffe College
Clonliffe College will participate for the 4th time in Culture Night on Friday 16 September from 6.00- 9.30 p.m. The Liturgy Resource Centre Team in collaboration with Archives and Crosscare have prepared another interesting contribution to this very successful national event:
• Clonliffe College Church (6-7pm). Talk by Damian McNeice at 6.30pm on its history and architecture with live sacred music. This Church is an important element in the religious and cultural heritage of our Diocese.
• The Marmion Room (7-8pm). Celebrate 75 years of Crosscare, the Diocesan Social Support Agency, with Conor Hickey and Team illustrating their innovative work that continues to this day.
• The Academy Room (8-9.15pm). Make a song and dance about 1941 with our Swing Band and the Dublin Diocesan Music Group led by Pat O'Donoghue and archival material from 1941 presented by Noelle Dowling. Spread the word and come along in clothes of the 40s to add to the atmosphere.

Autumn Liturgy Seminar

Dublin Diocese holds its annual Liturgy Seminar on Sat 1st Oct in Clonliffe College. Among the workshops: Ian Callanan will present the music for Emmanuel 2017; Columba McCann will bring to life in his workshop the most recent publication of the National Centre for Liturgy – Singing the Mystery of Faith - A Guide to Liturgical Music. Booking is essential (€10 per person) and forms are available here. There will also be a CD sale on the day with bargains galore promised.


The Encounter
The Encounter is a night of live acoustic music, prayer, adoration, guest speaker and pizza at St Paul's Church Arran Quay Dublin (beside Smithfield). It's aimed at young adults and takes place Fri 17th June 8 pm. and

Good Friday at NCH
A lunchtime event at the National Concert Hall - Ahead of the RTÉ NSO’s 3.30pm concert, the RTÉ Contempo Quartet perform the string quartet version of Haydn’s deep and darkly moving The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, composed as an orchestral work to serve as an aid to meditation during Good Friday religious services. This will be interspersed with Pulitzer-prize winning American poet Mark Strand’s Poem after the Seven Last Words. (Booking and more info here). Then at 3.30 pm - One of the most magnificent and moving of all choral works, Bach’s St John Passion is a compelling re-telling of the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday. Operatic in its scale and intensity, it’s a bold, dramatic and emotional experience that speaks of human frailty and divine redemption with overwhelming honesty. Bach specialist Nicholas McGegan leads the RTÉ NSO, RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and a fine array of soloists – including Ben Johnson (Evangelist) and Christopher Cull (Christ) – in a devotional masterpiece of searing power. (Booking and more info here).

St Peter's Passion

The students of Skerries Community College present: Peters Passion, a musical love story… a meditation on the Passion of Christ, performed by Skerries Community College students; past & present. It's on Sun 13 March 2016 at 7.30pm in St Patrick's Church, Skerries. Production lasts approximately 70 minutes and is followed by light refreshments.

Nightfever Arklow
Nightfever - a night of prayer and music will take place in Arklow Parish Church on Fri 18th March from 8 pm.

Faithfest 2016
The Faithfest Team are delighted to announce that Faithfest8 is on Friday 11th March, 6pm – 9.30pm in Holy Cross College, Diocesan Centre. Faithfest is an event for teenagers which aims to help build a sense of a peer community, explore faith, and encounter an experience of Welcome, Belonging, Discipleship, Worship and Prayer in a creative and fun atmosphere. It is shaping up to be our best one yet with a Brilliant Band, Super Speakers and Wonderful Workshops. More info here.

St Genesius Film Club
The St Genesius Film Club will feature the film Gravity at 7 pm Tues 16 Feb in 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2. The film's spiritual themes will be explored and a discussion will follow.

Gospel Concert
The Dublin Gospel Choir and the Shannon Gospel Choir will perform on Sat 6th Feb at the Lime Tree Theatre
in Limerick. Tickets €22 and €18. Info and booking here.

RE Course on TV Drama
Navan Ed Centre
A course for RE teachers, exploring the use of TV Drama, will take place in Navan Education Centre on Thurs 3rd March 5-7 pm. A thematic approach will be taken, linking to themes at Junior and Senior levels in second level schools. There will be plenty of inspiring and entertaining clips, with guidance on sourcing such clips. To book email

Resources for the Year of Mercy
There is a variety of resources available for promoting the Year of Mercy in schools. Among these are the Faitharts Mercy Page and the Resources page from the Religion Teacher website.

New Dublin Voices
At the National Concert Hall - The NDV lunchtime Christmas concert is a seasonal, one-hour favourite of music-lovers and Christmas shoppers, a delightful blend of Christmas words and music in the intimate surroundings of the John Field Room. First Prize, 2015 Cork International Choral Festival – the first Irish winner in 17 years. Fri 11th Dec and Mon 21st Dec, at 1.05 pm in both cases. Booking and info here.

Christmas Lunchtime Concert
At the National Concert Hall Tues 15th Dec 1.05 pm. - Mezzo Kate Allen (‘a force of nature’, LA Times) joins conductor Gavin Maloney for music exalting the majesty of the Christmas message (Bach’s ‘Bereite dich, Zion’, ‘O thou that tellest...’ from Handel’s Messiah) and revelling in its magical exuberance (Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers, Gluck’s Dance of the Blessed Spirits). Orchestra Leader Helena Wood steps up as soloist for the shivery beauty of Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Booking and info here.


Faitharts Concert
A new venture for Faitharts - contemporary spiritual concerts. First event will be a rare solo concert with Ian Callanan, liturgical composer well known from initiatives like Emmanuel, Seinn and Music Ministry Together. Special guest will be Eilidh Patterson, a singer-songwriter from Derry, with 2 CDs to her credit and one on the way. Venue is the historical St Paul's Church, Arran Quay, Dublin 7. The concert will be on Thurs 26 Nov 8 pm. Tickets availble at Eventbrite.

Callanan Concert

Christian Concert
Contemporary Christian singers Matt Redman and Kari Jobe will take their 'Unbroken Praise Tour' to Vicar St concert venue on Mon 23rd November. Tickets are €24 and €30. Booking here.

Palestrina Choir Concert
A selection of festive carols from around the world sung by the boys and gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir, conducted by Blánaid Murphy, with Marlborough Baroque Orchestra. Producer Noel McDonagh.
At the National Concert Hall Thurs 3rd Dec 8 pm.

Goethe-Institut Choir
The Goethe-Institut Choir returns to the National Concert Hall with its popular annual Christmas concert. This year, the choir celebrates its 50th anniversary.Johann Sebastian Bach Christmas Cantata ‘Christen, ätzet diesen Tag’ BWV 63; Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major; Georg Philipp Telemann Advent Cantata ‘Vor des lichten Tages Schein’; Werner J Blau – Peace on Earth – A European Christmas Celebration 2015 (Première); Plus a selection of European carols. More info and booking here.
National Concert Hall Tues 1st Dec 8 pm.

ESB Christmas Concert

The Lassus Scholars, Piccolo Lasso 
The Orlando Chamber Orchestra (Leader: Gillian Williams)
Ite O’Donovan (conductor)
Featuring ESB Feis Ceoil Prize Winners 2015 Cian Flynn (clarinet – former member of Piccolo Lasso)and Caoime Glavin (French horn)
Special Guest Soloist: Imelda Drumm, Mezzo-soprano.

At the National Concert Hall Wed 2nd Dec 8 pm.
More info and booking here.

Palestrina Choir Concert
A selection of festive carols from around the world sung by the boys and gentlemen of the Palestrina Choir, conducted by Blánaid Murphy, with Marlborough Baroque Orchestra. Producer Noel McDonagh.
At the National Concert Hall Thurs 3rd Dec 8 pm.

Goethe-Institut Choir
The Goethe-Institut Choir returns to the National Concert Hall with its popular annual Christmas concert. This year, the choir celebrates its 50th anniversary.Johann Sebastian Bach Christmas Cantata ‘Christen, ätzet diesen Tag’ BWV 63; Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major; Georg Philipp Telemann Advent Cantata ‘Vor des lichten Tages Schein’; Werner J Blau – Peace on Earth – A European Christmas Celebration 2015 (Première); Plus a selection of European carols. More info and booking here.
National Concert Hall Tues 1st Dec 8 pm.

ESB Christmas Concert

The Lassus Scholars, Piccolo Lasso 
The Orlando Chamber Orchestra (Leader: Gillian Williams)
Ite O’Donovan (conductor)
Featuring ESB Feis Ceoil Prize Winners 2015 Cian Flynn (clarinet – former member of Piccolo Lasso)and Caoime Glavin (French horn)
Special Guest Soloist: Imelda Drumm, Mezzo-soprano.

At the National Concert Hall Wed 2nd Dec 8 pm.
More info and booking here.


Gospel at the National Concert Hall
There's a lunchtime gospel concert at the National Concert Hall on Friday 13th November at 1.05 pm, featuring Kathy Nugent. Kathy Nugent is just in time to herald Christmas in this newly devised presentation which is part of her Nationwide tour. Immortal songs which have become favourites all over the world, and especially here. Done with her usual distinctive voice and her inimitable sparkle and partnered by the outstanding Seamus Brett, this promises to be a special treat in a time of special treats. You will hear the essence of the season in How Great Thou Art, Precious Lord, Amazing Grace and many more. Info and booking here.

Soundings for Simon 
soundingsSoundings for Simon
At The Yellow House, Rathfarnham
Wednesday 18th November 7.30pm -
An Evening of Poetry and Nostalgia to raise funding for Dublin Simon Community
Poets reading from their school days and responding from their own work
Special guests this year
Moya Cannon, Catherine Anne Cullen, Patrick Deely
Nessa O’Mahony, Maggie O’Dwyer, Tom Conaty, Seamus Cashman





Dublin Gospel Choir
The Choir is holding a celebration concert on Fri Oct 2nd in Vicar St … new material, old favourites and the launch of a new album.

Sing Out Sunday
Mark De-Lisser and the ACM Gospel Choir present the Sing Out Sunday event 31st Oct-1st Nov at The Helix. There will be warm ups, master classes for singers and conductors, a night of ‘informal music delights’ and a major concert. Individuals, choirs and musicians welcome. For booking and info:


Eucharistic Congress
The National Eucharistic Congress 2015 takes place at Knock 26-27 Sept. At 8.30 pm on the Saturday there will be a Concert of Praise and Worship with Elation Ministries in the Basilica. Details

The Sound of Music
The musical Sound of Music runs in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 17-29 Aug. Info and booking here:

Poet at Novena
The Knock Novena of Faith and Family is on 14-22 Aug – of interest for Faitharts –
Thurs 20th poet John F Deane speaks on “Mass: Bringing Mary Home” and gives a workshop: “Realising Mary: Faith and Family”. Sun 22nd – Dan O’Connell is giving a workshop: “Grow in Love: The New Religious Education Programme for Primary Schools”.

Retreats at Glenstal
Spiritual singer Nóirin Ní Riain will give two retreats in Glenstal Abbey, near Limerick city. Sat Aug 15th – exploring the topic of death from a personal perspective, and Sat 12 Sept will be a celebration of sacred names and our own names. Each retreat costs €85 .. more info: or ring 086-8137040

Gospel Choir Concert
North Dublin Gospel Choir will perform at a free concert on Sat July 25th in St Monica's Youth Centre Raheny where they will be joined by the Navan Gospel Choir and the High Hopes Choir (which featured recently in a documentary on RTE. Tickets are free but limited. More info here:

Dublin Gospel Choir
The Dublin Gospel Choir will be one of the groups playing at a benefit concert for the victims of the Berkely balcony tragedy. This will be on Thurs 23rd July at the Academy venue in Dublin. The lineup also includes Jape, the Fontaines and the Knights of Leon. More info here:

Eilidh Patterson
Derry singer-songwriter Eilidh Patterson will perform at Arklow Roots Music on Tues July 28th at the Upper Room, Harbour Bar, Lr Main St Arklow at 8.30 pm. Support act will be Brendan O'Regan. Tickets €10, €8 Concession (Student/OAP) and those on Faitharts email list can reserve a pair of tickets for €15 by replying to this email. Patterson often includes spiritual material in her work. Check out her music at

Culture Night
Dublin Diocese is planning an event for Culture Night on Sept 18th 6 pm to 9 pm featuring a range of interesting features in art, archives, music and poetry. More information here:

Arts and Spirituality Conference
The 2015 Arts & Spirituality Ireland (ASI) Conference will be held on Saturday 17 October 2015 at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. The title of this year's conference is Risking Mystery II: Artists and Mystics and distinguished speakers include Anne Thurston, writer, theologian and lecturer, Mary Greehan, Director of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), Fran Hegarty, a practising artist and Participant in the Open Windows art intervention for leukaemia patients, and Brian Dooney, Lecturer in All Hallows College/DCU, specialising in English literature and adult education.

Summer School

The annual Irish Church Music Association Summer School, with the theme 'Pilgrims for Christ', takes place 2nd-5th July in Maynooth. The brochure is available for download here. Guests include Liam Lawton, Ian Callanan and Ciaran Coll. There will be workshops, breakout sessions recitals and concerts.

New Music Ministry
Known for his musical compositions and work with Emmanuel, Seinn and Knockadoon music camp, Ian Callanan has launched a new initiative Music Ministry Together, featuring a music ministry week 4th-9th August in the Cistercian College Roscrea. More info: .

Art Course
New online course in 'Sacred Art and the New Evangelisation' . 5th to 8th November 2015. For more info click here.

Eucharistic Congress
The National Eucharistic Congress 2015 takes place at Knock 26-27 Sept. At 8.30 pm on the Saturday there will be a Concert of Praise and Worship with Elation Ministries in the Basilica. Details

The Sound of Music
The musical Sound of Music runs in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 17-29 Aug. Info and booking here:

Poet at Novena
The Knock Novena of Faith and Family is on 14-22 Aug – of interest for Faitharts –
Thurs 20th poet John F Deane speaks on “Mass: Bringing Mary Home” and gives a workshop: “Realising Mary: Faith and Family”. Sun 22nd – Dan O’Connell is giving a workshop: “Grow in Love: The New Religious Education Programme for Primary Schools”.

Retreats at Glenstal
Spiritual singer Nóirin Ní Riain will give two retreats in Glenstal Abbey, near Limerick city. Sat Aug 15th – exploring the topic of death from a personal perspective, and Sat 12 Sept will be a celebration of sacred names and our own names. Each retreat costs €85 .. more info: or ring 086-8137040

Gospel Choir Concert
North Dublin Gospel Choir will perform at a free concert on Sat July 25th in St Monica's Youth Centre Raheny where they will be joined by the Navan Gospel Choir and the High Hopes Choir (which featured recently in a documentary on RTE. Tickets are free but limited. More info here:

Dublin Gospel Choir
The Dublin Gospel Choir will be one of the groups playing at a benefit concert for the victims of the Berkely balcony tragedy. This will be on Thurs 23rd July at the Academy venue in Dublin. The lineup also includes Jape, the Fontaines and the Knights of Leon. More info here:

Eilidh Patterson
Derry singer-songwriter Eilidh Patterson will perform at Arklow Roots Music on Tues July 28th at the Upper Room, Harbour Bar, Lr Main St Arklow at 8.30 pm. Support act will be Brendan O'Regan. Tickets €10, €8 Concession (Student/OAP) and those on Faitharts email list can reserve a pair of tickets for €15 by replying to this email. Patterson often includes spiritual material in her work. Check out her music at

Culture Night
Dublin Diocese is planning an event for Culture Night on Sept 18th 6 pm to 9 pm featuring a range of interesting features in art, archives, music and poetry. More information here:

Arts and Spirituality Conference
The 2015 Arts & Spirituality Ireland (ASI) Conference will be held on Saturday 17 October 2015 at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. The title of this year's conference is Risking Mystery II: Artists and Mystics and distinguished speakers include Anne Thurston, writer, theologian and lecturer, Mary Greehan, Director of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), Fran Hegarty, a practising artist and Participant in the Open Windows art intervention for leukaemia patients, and Brian Dooney, Lecturer in All Hallows College/DCU, specialising in English literature and adult education.

Summer School

The annual Irish Church Music Association Summer School, with the theme 'Pilgrims for Christ', takes place 2nd-5th July in Maynooth. The brochure is available for download here. Guests include Liam Lawton, Ian Callanan and Ciaran Coll. There will be workshops, breakout sessions recitals and concerts.

New Music Ministry
Known for his musical compositions and work with Emmanuel, Seinn and Knockadoon music camp, Ian Callanan has launched a new initiative Music Ministry Together, featuring a music ministry week 4th-9th August in the Cistercian College Roscrea. More info: .

Art Course
New online course in 'Sacred Art and the New Evangelisation' . 5th to 8th November 2015. For more info click here.


Culture Night:
This year’s Culture Night takes place on Fri 18th September programmes and info available here:
There are many events that blend faith and the arts...This is just a sample of events, consult the Culture Night site for more details and any booking arrangements that might apply.

Central Catholic Library, Dublin: ‘Gold and Silver, Brass and Bronze: Irish metal work in church decoration. This exhibition draws on our book and journal collections to illustrate the use of craft and industrial metal work in Ireland's churches.
Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords: To celebrate Culture Night 2015 Emmaus will open its doors to host a unique and very special evening. During this special evening the team at Emmaus will create a beautiful experience where participants will have the opportunity to emerge renewed and spiritually refreshed. Whether you have visited Emmaus before or if Culture Night will be your first opportunity to visit this special place you will be most welcome and you are encouraged to attend.
Holy Cross College Clonliffe: ‘Learn about Marc Chagall (1887-1985) – 30 years after his death – an illustrated talk on his inspirational religious art by Father Damian McNeice, Art Enthusiast. (6.45 p.m. and 7.45)Savour the sounds as the Dublin Diocesan Music Group celebrates 30 years of liturgical music from plainchant to contemporary directed by Father Pat O’Donoghue, Diocesan Director of Music. (8.15 p.m. to 9.15 p.m.)’
St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin: ‘Savour a concert of reflective and inspirational contemporary sacred music. Biblical Authors and Providence. Illustrated by the History of Art. 'An Glaoch' featuring the melodies and poetry of Thomas Moore and Robbie Burns. 5.15 p.m. Vespers - with The Boys of the Palestrina Choir. 5.45 p.m. Sung Mass. Closing with Night Prayer.’
Trinity College: ‘The Book of Kells is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. The 9th century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. Visit the ‘Turning Darkness into Light’ exhibition along with two volumes of the Book of Kells, 1916 Proclamation, Brian Boru harp and walk the length of the Long Room – 65 metres – filled with 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books housed in oak bookcases’.
Glendalough: ‘An interesting gentle walk through the monastic city of Glendalough by poet and storyteller Martin Swords. The walk will cover the history of Glendalough, legends of Saint Kevin, folklore in the valley, daily life in the monastic city and more.  This event is free.Martin Swords is a poet and short story writer who lives near Glendalough.  Martin runs Glendalough Guided Walks all year and can be booked for guided group walks in Glendalough’s Monastic City and Valley.  Walks need to be booked in advance; they usually take 2 and a half hours.  Usual groups of 5/7+ people, prices by agreement’.

Lawton Concert
(TICKETS: 096 70905)


Arts Events in Ecumenical Bible Week
There are several arts based events this year as part of Ecumenical Bible Week at the end of May including: St Paul's Church Arran Quay: Mon 25 May Frank Brown: The Bible in Film 1 pm Tues 26 May Frank Brown: Movies that Matter 1 pm Tues 26 May Ian Callanan: A Musical Overture - The Connection Between the Bible and Music 7.30 pm Wed 27 May Frank Brown: Movies that Matter 1 pm Kilcullen, Co. Kildare: Parish Cenre Wed 27 May Frank Brown: The Bible in Film 8 pm Lutherhaus, Dublin 2 Mon 25 May Ian Callanan: A Musical Overture - The Connection Between the Bible and Music 8.00 pm Tallaght - Holy Rosary Church, Oldcourt Ave Tues 26 May The Bible in Film 8 pm Whitehall, Dublin 9 Holy Child Parish Centre Tues 26 May Amanda Dillon The Holy Spirit in Contemporary Art 8 pm Wed 27 May Conall O Cuinn Bible, Movies and the Movement of the Spirit. 8 pm

Sister Act

The musical based on the film is coming to the National Concert Hall 21st to 25th April. Music is by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Tickets 22-40 Euro. Booking and more info here.

Gospel Rising
This year's 'Gospel Rising' festival for gospel choirs will take place in Ennis 8th - 10th May. More info here:

Apostles Concert

Concert on Sat May 9th -The Apostles by Elgar, with the Guinness Choir and Orchestra. RDS Concert Hall 8 pm Tickets 25 Euro from 086 8818044 or email also see Guinness Choir.

Liam Lawton Concert
A concert with Fr Liam Lawton will take place in St Michael's Church Inchicore, Dublin 8, 8 pm with the St Michael's singers, on Sun 26th April, in aid of the Church restoration fund. Tickets 20 Euro ring 01-4531660, or 086-8543276 mornings.

Handel at the National Concert Hall
Our Lady’s Choral Society 70th. anniversary season, with The Dublin Handelian Orchestra conducted by Proinnsias O Duinn present a selection of G.F. Handel’s most beautiful music, in the National Concert Hall. Mon 13 April 8 pm. Our Lady’s Choral Society with Colette Boushell (Soprano) Sinead Farrell (Flute) Ray O’Donnell (Organ) Dublin Handelian Orchestra, Conductor Proinnsias O Duinn. Extracts from: Coronation Anthem, Samson, L’Allegro, Il Ponseroso, Organ Concert No.4, Judas Maccabaeus, Apollo, Ode for Queen Anne, Saul, Foundling Hospital Anthem and Messiah: all by G.F. Hande. Presented by Our Lady's Choral Society. Booking and info


Easter Passion
JS BACH's St. Matthew Passion - Bach’s magisterial telling of the Easter Story is arguably the greatest of all musical masterpieces. Deeply moving, and boasting dark-hued music of exquisite beauty, it’s a drama of tremendous urgency, profundity and overwhelming poignancy. Coming to the National Concert Hall Good Friday 3rd April, 3.30 pm. More info and booking here.

Emmanuel 2015
The 2014/2015 Diocesan Liturgical Music Programme for Second Level Schools is being rolled out at this time. In October there will be in-service workshops for teachers and at that time music books and CDs will be distributed to the participating schools. Students will begin their rehearsals and some will audition as soloists for the concerts which will take place on 3, 4 and 5 March 2015 in the Helix at 7.30 p.m. More info:

Arts/Faith Conference
This weekend 20th-22nd March in Dublin city centre there's a conference on arts and faith, part of the 'His Mad Plan' venture, for those Catholics interest in the interface between arts and faith. More info here.

Calvary Opens
The Irish film Calvary opens in cinemas on Friday 11th April . The film stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest in difficulties. Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh it also stars Chris O'Dowd and Dylan Moran. [Faitharts Review here]

Verdi's Requiem

The University of Dublin Choral Society with David Leigh, Conductor presents Verdi’s ever popular Requiem, a work which, as much as any of his operas, traverses the gamut of human emotion, from the terrifying and blood-curdling vision of the day of judgement to the consolation of eternal peace and rest. The Society is joined in this performance by orchestra and soloists drawn from the best of Ireland’s young singers. National Concert Hall 19th March 8 pm. More info and booking here.

Course for Cantors
There are many cantors leading music at liturgies throughout the Diocese. Well seasoned practitioners and those new to this ministry are welcome to a morning workshop on Saturday 7 March 2015 from 10.00 – 12.30 in Clonliffe College. Topics will include choosing repertoire, vocal exercises and helpful approaches to this developing ministry. Booking is essential so please return the booking form with appropriate fee.


Poetry Competition
With Poetry Ireland, Trocaire is running a poetry competition in conjunction with its Lenten campaign on climate justice. The competition closing date is Friday 13 March 2015 and winners will be notified by Friday 8 May 2015. Entries will be judged by Mary Shine Thompson, former Dean of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (Dublin City University), and by poet Theo Dorgan and Trócaire’s Trish Groves. As well as receiving prizes, the winners’ poems will also be published in booklet form, and distributed to arts festivals and community events, and through schools and poetry readings. More info here.


Nightfever Cork
The next Nightfever event in Cork takes place on Sat March 7th 8pm - 11 pm. at St Augustine's Church, Washington St. As usual there will be street outreach, live music, prayer, adoration, reconciliation and lots of candles!




St Hildegard of Bingen
There will be a talk on St Hildegard of Bingen, composer of music and doctor of the Church on Mon 9th March, Presentation Brothers Glasthule 7.30 pm. This is part of a Lenten series on women doctors of the Church. More info: 01-2300824 and here.




Seinn On!
This year's Seinn concert is on Thurs 19th March in the University of Limerick Concert Hall. The Seinn music project was launched in 2013 as a joint initiative of the Diocese of Killaloe and Limerick to promote liturgical music in second-level schools in the two dioceses. The aim of the programme is to provide RE departments with a resource of liturgical music for use at various school celebrations and by extension it teaches and promotes good liturgical music which will be of benefit to parishes. Musical director for the event is Ian Callanan. For the Seinn website click here.




Dublin Gospel Choir
January 2015 - 25 Jan at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7. DGC will also play at Masses on 8th and 22nd Feb.

Coursework Day
The Religion Teachers Association of Ireland ( is offering a coursework day for students preparing for Leaving Certificate Religious Education in 2016. As in previous years, the day will give students and teachers the opportunity to explore in depth the two prescribed titles for Leaving Certificate Religious Education Coursework. The titles for 2016 are taken from Section E: Religion and Gender and Section H: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text. The day takes place at Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin on Saturday 7th February. There is a student charge of ten euro. This enables students to attend any or all sessions on the day. A morning break and lunch are also included in the cost. RTAI members can attend free of charge. Non-RTAI members are welcome to attend for the same ten euro charge. To inform us of how many students from your school will be attending, and to confirm numbers for catering, please contact by Wednesday 4th February 2015.

In-service Evening
Leaving Certificate Coursework 2016 Thursday, January 29, 5 - 7pm Theology Room, Clonliffe College Section H: The Bible: Literature and Sacred Text is the title of most relevance to Faitharts. Gary Carley (R.E. representative of PDST) will, on Thursday, January 29 @ 5pm in the Theology Room, Clonliffe College, facilitate an inservice event. The focus will be on the Leaving Certificate Coursework titles for those currently in Fifth Year. If you would like to attend this event, please let Anna Maloney know -

Music Workshop

Taizé Night
St Kevin's Community will host an Evening Prayer with the meditative chants of Taizé for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Friday 23 January at 7.30pm in St Paul’s, Arran Quay. The LUAS Smithfield stop is close by and parking in the Smithfield area is free after 7pm. All are welcome, especially young people interested in going on pilgrimage to the ecumenical monastic community in Taizé. Further details are available on the “Taize Dublin” facebook page.

Faithfest is an event of music, crafts, dance and meditation for young people 12-18. The Priory Tallaght Fri 30 Jan 6-9.30 pm. More info here:

November Concert
Our Lady’s Choral Society, the Archdiocesan Choir, will present Mendelssohn’s Elijah on Wednesday 5 November in the National Concert Hall. The members of OLCS will be joined by Orla Boylan (Soprano), Kate Allen (Alto), Julian Hubbard (Tenor), David Park (Bass), Andrew Jones (Boy Soprano), Galway Baroque Singers, Wesley College Chamber Choir with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Proinnsías O Duinn. Tickets from

Nightfever Drogheda
There will be a Nightfever event in Drogheda on Sat 20 Dec, 4.30 to 6 pm, followed by a Youth Mass at 6.15 pm. There will be music, prayer, reflection, adoration and reconciliation. Venue is St Peter's Church, West St. More info here.

Friar Alessandro Concert
Italian singer Friar Alessandro whose album Voices of Joy is a best seller will perform a charity concert in Dublin on Sun Dec 14th - an afternoon concert in The Church of Adam and Eve, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin, doors open 3.30 pm, concert 4.30 pm. Adm 20 Euro. The supporting musicians at Friar Alessandro's concert will be Marina Cassidy, harpist and singer and organist Sr Anne O’Flanagan, a Mercy Sister. In 2011 Marina was made a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and singers in the UK. More info here, and booking here.




Christmas Crackers at NCH - Lunchtime Concert
At the National Concert Hall - Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir Blánaid Murphy (conductor) Darren Magee (accompanist) Favourite carols and seasonal music featuring all the traditional favourites and with audience participation. Presented by Saint Mary's Pro-Cathedral Girls' WEd 10 Dec John Field Room Prices: €15 (Concessions €12). More info and booking here.


Lawton Bethlehem Sky Tour
Liam Lawton is touring this December with his Bethlehem Sky album: Dec 5th – St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington Tickets: 086 4151770 / 087 9210559 / 087 9580558; Dec 7th – (Guesting) @ All Hallows College, Dublin in aid of Child Vision: Tickets 01 8373635 Dec 8th – St Josephs Monastery, Dundalk Tickets: 042 9334042; Dec 9th – St Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick Tickets: 087-9461193 / 087-9735794 Dec 10th – Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal Tickets: (074) 913 1840 Dec 12th – Ramour Theatre, Virginia Tickets: (049) 854 7074; Dec 15th – Siamsa Tíre, Tralee Tickets: (066) 712 3055; Dec 16th – St Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner street, Dublin Tickets: 01 8363411; Dec 18th – Glor Theatre Ennis Tickets: 065 684 3103; Dec 20th – The Source Arts Centre, Thurles Tickets: (0504) 90204; Dec 21st- (Guesting) @ St. Patricks Chapel Dungannon, Tyrone Tickets: 077562 10298; Dec 22nd – Holy Trinity Church, Rathdowney, Co. Laois SOLD OUT


Nightfever Dublin and Cork
Nightfever is a street outreach initiative featuring music, prayer, Eucharistic adoration, reflection and reconciliation. There will be a Nightfever event in Clarendon St Dublin 2 on Saturday 6 December starting after 6 pm Mass and finishing at 11 pm. There will also be a Nightfever event, also on Sat 6th in Cork at St Francis Church, Liberty St, from after 6.30 pm Mass until 10.30 pm. Facebook page here.

Silent Music
On Sat 13 December Eugene McCaffrey of the Avila team will present a day exploring the poetry of St John of the Cross at Avila Retreat Centre Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Cost is 15 Euro - info and booking info is here.




Bethlehem Sky
Concert with Liam Lawton; Gardiner St Church, Dec 16th at 8 pm. Tickets on sale for €10 at the Parish Office, the Pro-Cathedral Office, and Friends of the Elderly, Bolton St. Postal bookings may be made to St Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner St, Dublin 1, enclosing €10 per ticket and return address. After expenses, all proceeds go to Friends of the Elderly. A beautiful evening to prepare for Christmas is promised, and a chance to join with Liam and his support in Christmas carols, and will be mainly by candle-light.

Candlelight Christmas
'Candlelight Christmas' is a concert to be held in St Patrick's Church, Dungannon, on Sun 21st December at 7.45 pm. It will feature Liam Lawton, Karl McGuckin and Fra Fee with St Malachy's Edendork Youth Choir. Tickets 15 Euro. Booking and more info here.

Cormiosa presents their Christmas Choral Concert with guest soprano Kathleen Nic Dhiarmada in St Mary's Church, Haymarket, Carlow on Sunday 13th December at 8 pm. Tickets 10 Euro from choir members and Lamberts newsagents, Dublin St, Carlow.

Advent and the Arts
There will be a series of reflection nights in December combining the arts and Advent themes - with music, poetry, film clips and visual arts. This is organised by ACE, the Alliance for Catholic Education (an outreach of Notre Dame University, USA) and presented by Brendan O'Regan (editor Faitharts). Dates are Thursdays Dec 4th, 11th and 18th at 7.30 pm in O'Connell House 58 Merrion Square. Reflection time will be followed by refreshments and chat at 8.30 pm. Anyone interested please email

Advent Resources
A new Facebook page has been set up to highlight Advent resources and events. Clicking 'like' will ensure you'll be kept informed. It is available here.

Fuaimlaoi Concert

The acclaimed choir Fuaimlaoi will perform in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Harold's Cross on Sunday 30th November at 7:00pm. Tickets are €10 and will be available at the door. Fuaimlaoi regularly sings at Mass in Clarendon St, Dublin, and is directed by composer Ronan McDonagh.

Ruth Trimble Concert

Belfast singer-songwriter Ruth Trimble will perform a concert in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Tuesday 25 November at 8.30 pm. She has released two albums so far including a Christmas album and this concert will have a Christmas flavour. Her music often features Christian themes. She has recently toured with Clannad, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Kimmie Rhodes, and has featured with Chapman on BBC's Songs of Praise.

Downton Abbey Christmas CD

Due for release Nov 10th is Christmas at Downton Abbey, a double CD of Christmas music from among others Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson, Libera, Elizabeth McGovern and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. More info at Amazon.


Dublin Gospel Choir Events
The Dublin Gospel Choir will perform at the following events in November:09 Nov at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels, Church Street, Dublin 7 15 Nov at 8pm Night of Soul, St. Martin Church, Aylesbury 23 Nov at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels, Church Street, Dublin 7

Handel's Messiah at the NCH
Coming up on Wed 10th, Thurs 11th and Fri 12th December at the National Concert Hall - Handel's Messiah. Our Lady’s Choral Society and the RTE Concert Orchestra with Proinnsias O Duinn and world class soloists present the ‘definitive’ performance of Handel’s Messiah at the National Concert Hall. Booking here.

Beth Nielsen Chapman Sept Irish Tour
US singer-songwriter, who includes spiritual material in her repertoire is returning to Ireland in Sept for a short tour: Thurs 25 Sept Galway, The Black Box Dyke Road. Venue phone: +353 91 569 777. Fri 26 Sept Killarney, INEC Muckross Road. Venue phone: +353 64 667 1555. Sat 27 Sept Dublin, Whelans 25 Wexford Streed. Venue phone: +353 (0)1 478 0766.

Harlem Gospel Choir
The world reknowned Harlem Gospel Choir will perform at the Everyman Theatre in Cork on Sunday 16 Nov 2014 at 8 pm. Formed in 1988 they have performed for Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II, and recorded with Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores, Prince, Michael Jackson, Mr. T, and Isaac Hayes. Booking and info here.


Liam Lawton Concerts
Liam Lawton has plenty of concert dates from now until Christmas - details as follows: Nov 30th – Sacred Heart Church, Barraduff Tickets: 087 2707899 Dec 9th – St Pauls Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick Tickets: 087-9461193 / 087-9735794 Dec 10th – Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal Tickets: (074) 913 1840 Dec 12th – Ramour Theatre, Virginia Tickets: (049) 854 7074 Dec 15th – Siamsa Tíre, Tralee Tickets: (066) 712 3055 Dec 16th – St Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner street, Dublin Tickets: 01 8363411 Dec 18th – Glor Theatre Ennis Tickets: 065 684 3103 Dec 22nd – Trinity Church – Rathdowney SOLD OUT… -


Organ Re-Dedication
Organ re-dedication event at St Patrick's Church, Lisburn, Fri Nov 21st 7 pm. Guest artistes include: Jean Paul Lecot (world renowned French organist) Liam Lawton Singing Priest(s) Scola Cantorum- Lisburn Community Choir St. Patrick’s Church Choir and other acclaimed musicians. Compere for the evening: Frank Mitchell (UTV & U105) Tickets £5 each available at Parish Office (maximum 4 tickets per person please). Proceeds to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Contact Parish Office to book (028 92660206)

Advent Prayer Night
Naas Parish - An Advent night of prayer, music and scripture for young adults (16+) will take place on Friday 28th November 2014 in Ballycane Church at 8pm. All welcome and please spread the word.

Ebola Heroes Concert

Sr Marie Dunne CHFwill direct the St John of God Choir and solo guests at concert in memory of Ebola heroes - the Brothers of St John of God and their staff that have remained at the St John of God Catholic Hospital in Lunsar and the St John of God Community Health Centre in Lungi in Sierra Leone. This will be on Thurs Nov 27th at 7.30 pm in Terenure College. more information here.

Canadian Christian band Newworldson will perform a concert on Thursday 6 November at The Strand Belfast, Belfast. The band has been nominated several times for Juno awards and their style is Gospel, funk, soul and more. More information and booking here.

Mendelssohn's Elijah
Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ is the favourite oratorio of many music lovers. Mendelssohn, inspired by the text of the dramatic biblical account of the prophet Elijah in the Book of Kings, captured the contrasting surges of drama and magnificent calm in the story through his composition of this beautiful music. Presented by Our Lady's Choral Society. National Concert Hall, Dublin, Wed 5th November 8 pm. Booking and more info here.

Soundings for Simon
Remember the 'Soundings' poetry anthology? 'Soundings for Simon', at The Central Hotel Wicklow Street Monday 17th November 7.30pm is an Evening of Poetry and Nostalgia to raise funding For Dublin Simon Community. Poets reading from their school days and responding from their own work include Augustinian priest Padraig J Daly and special guests Moya Cannon, Catherine Phil McCarthy, Seamus Cashman Tom Conaty and Maggie O'Dwyer among others.

Storyteller in Town!

Lawton Workshop
Liam Lawton will present a workshop on his newly released collection ‘Eternal’ on Wednesday 15 October (7.45pm-9.45pm) in Clonliffe College. The €10 workshop fee will include a music book which contains full accompaniment and choral parts. CDs will also be available for sale on the night. Early booking is recommended to ensure that a sufficient number of books will be available on the night. Contact Grainne – Liturgy Resource Centre - at 01 8087554


Project Messiah
Handel's Messiah will be performed on Sat 29th November for the start of the Church year. Choirs from Dublin Diocese will be involved, and amateur singers are invited to participate. Director will be Blanaid Murphy, and the Orchestra of St Cecilia will also be involved. Rehearsals will begin in All Hallows chapel Drumcondra on Thurs 9th Oct at 7.15 pm. Those registering will pay 50 Euro. Contact

Patrick Kavanagh
Patrick Kavanagh’s Theology of the Common Place - This day will explore the essence of Kavanagh’s faith which was often more hinted at than given full expression. It is the lyrical strength of his poetry that carries his spiritual conviction and lures us almost unbeknownst into hints of a mystical interiority. He always ensures, however, that his feet and ours are firmly planted on the earth, preferably in muck or even cow-dung. Date: 30 October. Venue An Tairseach, Wicklow, Presenter: Úna Agnew Time: 9.30 – 4.00 pm Cost: €50 (includes conference, full meal, teas/coffees) Booking Fee: €20. Contact Phone: 00353 404 61833 Fax: 00353 404 65054 email:

Culture Night
There are plenty of religious events for Culture Night 19th Sept. All details at - check out your own area, too many to list here!

More BNC Dates

More dates have been added to the Beth Nielsen Chapman tour - Sat 20th Sept Royal Theatre Castlebar (click here for info and booking) and Wed 24th Sept in the Set Theatre Kilkenny (see here for info and booking). See news item below or pic for the rest of her dates. Chapman includes some spiritual material at her concerts and will be supported on the tour by Ruth Trimble from Belfast, whose albums also feature spiritual material.

Silent Night at Wexford Opera Festival
Commissioned by Minnesota Opera, Silent Night was first performed in 2011 to great critical acclaim and in 2012 won Kevin Puts a Pulitzer Prize. The opera’s multilingual libretto (by Mark Campbell) was inspired by the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, about the spontaneous Christmas truce between enemy combatants during the First World War. Its core message is that war is not sustainable when you come to know your enemy as a person. Kevin Puts, from St Louis, Missouri, is regarded as one of the most important composers of his generation. Silent Night, his first opera, tells the stories of French, German and Scottish soldiers who find themselves caught up in the war, and who rediscover their humanity as they lay down their weapons and sing messages of peace. 24 October performance now SOLD OUT! Seats still available for 27 October 8pm, 30 October 8pm, and 2 November 5pm! Early booking advised. Venue: Wexford Opera House. Booking and more info here.


Liam Lawton Workshop
Liam Lawton will present a workshop on his newly released collection ‘Eternal’ on Wednesday 15 October (7.45 p.m. – 9.45 p.m.) in Clonliffe College. One of the many popular pieces in this varied collection is ‘Holy Ground’ which was written for the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin last year. The €10 workshop fee will include a copy of the music book which contains full accompaniment and choral parts. Copies of the CD will also be available for sale on the night. Early booking is recommended in order that a sufficient number of books will be available on the night. Forms are vailable in the download section at




Service on War and Peace
War and Peace A Service of Prayer, Music and Reflection on the theme of ‘War and Peace’ will take place in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, St. Alphonsus Road, Drumcondra on Monday 13 October 2014 at 8.00 p.m. This is an opportunity to reflect prayerfully on the many conflicts in the world today and the challenge of those who follow Christ to be ‘instruments of peace’. The liturgy will be presented by the 3rd year Students of Mater Dei Institute of Education and the music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.
More info:

Film and Religious Education Courses
There will be a course on using Film in RE in Blackrock Education Centre on Thurs 25 Sept 7 pm to 9 pm. The course will feature a variety of approaches to using film in the teaching of RE, e.g. in classes on search for meaning, images of God and more. Plenty of practical examples will be used, with suggestions on sourcing relevant films and clips. Booking here. The same course is planned for Co. Wexford Education Centre in Enniscorthy for early October, details will be posted here as soon as available, and will be available at the centre's website.

REX Band

Jesus Youth Ireland presents a series of inspiring concerts by Rexband, one of most exciting contemporary Catholic bands. It takes its name from Christus Rex – Christ the King. With its vibrant, electric and dynamic message, the band celebrates the presence of Jesus, the King of Kings. The two hour concert involves live performance, integrating the best of music, theater and choreography. Musical styles range from ethnic Indian, to slow rock, hip hop and reggae. Irish tour: Cork Opera House Fri Oct 10th 7 pm, Helix Dublin Sat Oct 11th and Sun Oct 12th, both 6 pm. Booking at respective venues.


RE Congress

The National RE Congress for 2014, takes place on Sunday 18 Oct in the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin 9. Workshops include 'Godly Play' for Primary teachers and 'Teach, Pray, Love' a liturgical music workshop. Full details on all workshops and booking here:

[Added 29/8/14 - early bird booking extended to Thurs Sept 4th]

Arts and Spirituality Conference
Arts and Spirituality Ireland Conference 18 Oct: The Artist as Seer: Dreamer of Dreams. Saturday 18 October at the Chester Beatty Library from 10 am to 2:30pm. The time is inclusive of registration, the conference session and lunch at the Silk Road Cafe in the Library. Conference speakers: Maria Simonds-Gooding, member of Aosdana and the Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin where a retrospective exhibition of her work will being held from 5 September to 26 October; Arthur Duff, architect and designer at Duff-Tisdall/The Malthouse Design Centre and President, Friends of the National Collections of Ireland (FNCI); Michael Conway, Professor of Faith and Culture at St. Patrick's College Maynooth and Director of the Irish Centre for Faith and Culture; Una Agnew, Associate Professor Emerita at Milltown Institute, Dublin and author of The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh: A Buttonhole in Heaven?





The Knockadoon Music and Liturgy course (Cork) takes place this year August 10th to Aug 16th. Musical director is Ian Callanan and Course Director Aisling Reigh. The theme is 'Voices for Faith' and application forms are available now. All info and booking here:

Summer Festival
The Youth 2000 Summer Festival will take place Aug 14th to 17th in the Cistercian College Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Information, booking, free busses here:


Gospel Rising Festival
Next year's Gospel Rising Festival will be in Limerick, 9th-11th May 2014. Gospel Rising Music Festival is a social, fun and energetic gospel music festival featuring workshops and gigs while showcasing Ireland’s many gospel choir music styles. More details:


Megan McKenna Talk

Rend Collective Concert
The Rend Collective, a Christian Rock Band from Northern Ireland, will play a concert in Whelans, Dublin, on Wednesday 14th May 2014. Recently they gained a No. 1 hit on the iTunes Gospel Music charts. Tickets are Eur 13.50. More info and booking here.

Play about Hugh O'Flaherty
'God Has No Country' is Donal Courtney's one-man play about the life and times of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, a priest from Kerry who helped people escape from the Nazis in Rome during World War 2. It will be performed in the Conary Arts Centre near Avoca, Co. Wicklow on Tues 27th May. Conary Arts Facebook page here. [Postponed until Autumn 2014]

Church Music Summer School
The Irish Church Music Association will hold its summer school, with the theme 'The Joy of the Gospel', from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th July 2014. Venue as usual will be St Patrick's College, Maynooth, and guest director will be David Saint from Birmingham. For more details contact the National Centre for Liturgy at 01-7083478 or web:

Patrick Kavanagh Course
'Patrick Kavanagh's Theology of the Commonplace' is the title of a course directed by Una Agnew and Teresa Devine, 25 May-30 May in An Tairseach Dominican Farm and Ecolgy Centre, Wicklow. Phone 0404-61833.

Blind Boys of Alabama
The Blind Boys of Alabama return to Cork Opera House on Tuesday 20th May at 8 pm. The Blind Boys of Alabama are living legends of gospel music. Winning five Grammy Awards and four Gospel Music awards since the year 2000 alone, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. Info and booking here.


Bible Week Arts Events
'Together in One Place' is the theme for the Ecumenical Bible Week which runs June 8th to June 15th in various churches in Dublin, Leixlip and Arklow. Many arts related events are included: 'Bible and Film' Presbyterian Church Arklow Mon 9th June 8 pm; Zion Parish Hall, Bushy Park, Rathgar Tues 10th June 8 pm; Whitehall Parish Church, Dublin 9 Wed 11th June 7.30 pm; Methodist Church Hall Tallaght 7.30 pm; Our Lady's Nativity Parish Centre, Leixlip Fri 13th June. These will be presented by David Shepherd, Loyola Institute TCD or Frank Brown, Pastoral Worker from Rathmines. Also there are presentations on "The Bible and Music' with composer Ian Callanan: Whitehall Parish Mon 9th June 7.30 pm; Arklow Methodist Church Tues 10th June 8 pm; Our Lady's Nativity Centre Leixlip Wed 11th June 7.30 pm; Zion Parish Hall Rathgar Thurs 12th June and Methodist Church Hall Tallaght Fri 13th June 7.30 pm. For more info and updates:

Song for South Sudan
An evening of music in aid of the Holy Faith Sisters' Mission in South Sudan will be presented by liturgical composer Sr Marie Dunne CHF on Fri 13th June at 7.30 pm at St Oliver Plunkett's Parish Church, Finglas, featuring the St John of God Choir and friends, incl Patricia Bourke D'Souza, Alan Hynes and Linda Ledwidge. Suggested donation 10 Euro. Tickets from 087-2370221 or 01-7979364.


Beth Nielsen Chapman
Beth Nielsen Chapman returns to Ireland in Sept. Playing Whelans Sat 27th. More info and booking here.

Maynooth Organ
The organ at the chapel of St Patrick's College Maynooth has been restored, and to mark this there will be a seies of high-profile recitals: The first recital will be given by the world famous organist, Oliver Latry of Notre Dame, Paris on Sunday, 27 April at 4pm. Subsequent recitals will take place on: - Sunday, 4 May at 4pm, given by James O’Donnell (Westminster Abbey, London); - Sunday, 11 May at 8pm, given by John O’Keeffe (Director of Sacred Music, Maynooth) in association with University Chamber Choir; - Sunday, 18 May at 4pm by Professor Gerard Gillen (Pro-Cathedral, Dublin and Emeritus Professor NUIM). More info here.

Easter Song
Let Us Rejoice A celebraion of the Easter Season in song, word and prayer will take place in the Monastery of Saint Alphonsus on Monday 19 May 2014 at 8.00 p.m. Liturgical Music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.



Michael Card Concert
Renowned US contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter Michael Card will be in concert in Dublin on Friday 6th June at Liberty Hall Theatre, Eden Quay, Dublin 1. Card has released numerous albums, many of them scripture based. These include The Life an album on the life of Christ, Starkindler an album of Celtic hymns, The Promise, a Christmas album, and Sleep Sound in Jesus an album of Christian lullabies. Card has also recorded an album of duets with John Michael Talbot, Brother to Brother. This Dublin concert is hosted by the Nazareth Community and Spirit Radio. Ordinary tickets are €12.50, with VIP tickets (incl a chance to meet Michael Card) at €20. Booking here.


Matt Redman and Matt Maher
The two Matts, both well known in Christian music circles will be in concert at the Button Factory Dublin on Wed 21st May. Doors open 7 pm. More info and booking here. Matt Redman is UK based, while Matt Maher is one of the most prominent singer-songwriters on the contemporary Catholic music scene in USA and performed at World Youth Day. They will be at Ulster Hall, Belfast, May 22nd.

Raining Stones
In May the IFI is running a season of Ken Loach films. Included is Raining Stones, a poignant, funny and serious film about a working man trying to fund his daughter's first communion. There are several useful senes for RE - one where the father tries to explain Eucharist to the daughter, a scene where he visits his priest (Tom Hickey, excellent) who doesn't want him to feel he has to spend too much money, and a deadly serious Confession scene near the end. Showtime: Sun 25th May 4 pm. More info and booking here:





Lawton Concerts
Latest list of Liam Lawton concerts: MAY 16th Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey TICKETS: 074 9131840 JUNE 1st St Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan TICKETS: 047 81220 JUNE 6th Tramway Theatre, Blessington TICKETS: 087 6793159 JUNE 13th Church of the Assumption, Kentstown, Navan TICKETS: Tel:041 9825458


B Minor Mass
There will be a performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor in Dublin's Pro-Cathedral on Sat May 24th at 8 pm. Conductor is Blanaid Murphy, soloists include Cara O'Sullivan, Sharon Carty, Jacek Wislocki and Owen Gilhooly. Also taking part will be the Dublin Bach Singers and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. Tickets 25 Euro from the Parish Office 01-8745441 or at the door. Facebook event page here.

Emmanuel 2014
Details of next year's Emmanuel event for school choirs have been sent to schools. Emmanuel is back in the Helix Theatre again on Tue 4/Wed 5/Thu 6 March 2014 and the music book is now going to print with a completely new programme. The in-service workshops for teachers will take place on Tuesday 24 September in Gort Mhuire, Dundrum and on Wednesday 25 September in Clonliffe College from 1.30-4.00 p.m. - booking form is enclosed. In 2013 2100 secondary students from 60 schools all over the Dublin Diocese sang their hearts out in the Helix for the 'Emmanuel Live' Concerts in February. The concerts are run by the Liturgy Resource Centre of the Dublin Diocese and are unique in Ireland with thousands of children between the ages of 12 and 17 all singing Church music, live in front of a full orchestra. The programme began with a pilot project in 2004 for about 350 students and took place in the National Concert Hall. Because of the large numbers now involved the Helix has been the venue for this annual church music festival since 2008. There is a range of liturgical music styles in the programme and this year's theme celebrated the Year of Faith and 40 years of Trocaire.

Beth Nielsen Chapman Concerts
US singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman will play some concerts in Ireland in April and May. Chapman has recorded some spiritual albums as well as contemporary, reflective and country albums. Dates: 25 April Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo; April 27th Grand Opera House Belfast; May 1st - Arklow Bay Hotel, Co. Wicklow. Her latest album, Uncovered, has her own recordings of songs she wrote for other singers, including the song 'Pray' which also features gospel singer Amy Grant and virtuoso guitarist Muriel Anderson.



Stained Glass and Theology
'Stained Glass and Theology: The Clarke Studios Collection' is the title of a lecture given by Dr Marta Bustillo, on Wed 30th April at 7.30 pm. Venue is Lecture Theatre G16 at the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin. Adm free.

Elation Concert
Elation Ministries have a concert on Holy Thursday 17 April at 8 pm in the Emmaus Retreat Centre, Ennis Lane, Lissenhall, Swords, Co. Dublin.

Dublin Gospel Choir at Button Factory
DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR will give a concert on Friday April 11 in the Button Factory, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Tickets for this very special event are on sale from ticketmaster and and priced at €17. Doors open 7.30 pm.

Night Fever Back in Dublin

Night Fever returns to Clarendon St Church Dublin 2 (off Grafton St) on Sat 12 April, following 6 pm Mass. This is a night of prayer, music and street outreach. More info on Facebook.

[added 10/4/14: music for the 6 o'c Mass that evening will be provided by contemporary liturgical music group Fuaimloai directoed by composer Ronan McDonagh]

Noah and the Cinema
'Lights, Camera, Deluge - Noah in the Cinema' is the title of a talk by David Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Trinity College Dublin. It's an illustrated lecture on the depciction of the deluge on film, from the advent of cinema to Aronofsky's latest film Noah. It's on 11th of April at 7:30 at the Long Room Hub at Trinity and includes a drinks reception.

Voci Nuove
The Voci Nuove choir from Cork will perform a concert in the Unitarian church St Stephen's Green in Dublin on Saturday April 5th at 8 pm. The choir's repertoire is varied but features much spiritual/liturgical music. The choir won the international section in the recent City of Derry Choral Festival.

Night Fever

The next Night Fever event - music, prayer, streeet outreach, takes place at The Friary in School St, Wexford, on Sat 29th March. It starts after the 7.30 pm Mass and runs until midnight.

Poetry and Faith
The Bill Casey Lecture Series - Seamus Heaney and Catholicism - Prof Eamon Duffy, 7.30pm Wednesday March 19th; Name and Nature: Who do you say that I am? - John F. Deane, 7.30pm Wednesday March 26th; The Way Up and the Way Down: Two Paths to Poetry, Art and Divinity James Harpur, 7.30pm Wednesday April 2nd. Venue: Lecture Theatre G16 The Irish School of Ecumenics-Loyola Institute Building Trinity College Dublin. Admission is free. For information contact For the location on campus see the map at

Gospel Group Touring
US Gospel group The Isaacs will be touring Northern Ireland in late March -
Mon. 24th Mar.: Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, 7.00 p.m. Tues. 25th: Craigavon Civic Centre, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, 7.00 p.m. Wed. 26th: The Spires Centre, Belfast, 7.00 p.m.




Seinn is anew initiative of the Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe to promote liturgical music in second-level schools in the two dioceses. The aim of the programme is to provide RE departments with a resource of liturgical music for use at various school celebrations and by extension it teaches and promotes good liturgical music which will be of benefit to parishes. The programme is directed by Ian Callanan, one of Ireland’s leading composers of liturgical music. RE teachers and students are being invited to learn new liturgical music and to participate in an exciting concert in the UL Concert Hall with a full orchestra on Thursday, 3rd April 2014! More info at

Friar Alessandro Concerts

The Italian Franciscan tenor Friar Alessandro will tour Ireland in March - Mon March 17th 7.30 pm at Merchant's Quay Friary Church; Fri March 21st 7.30 pm Galway Cathedral; Sat 22nd March 7.30 pm in St Francis' Friary Church Cork. More info and booking details here.

Discovery Gospel Choir
The multicultural Discovery Gospel Choir is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a concert at Christchurch Cathedral Dublin on Sat March 15th at 8 pm. Tickets from, limited number on door.

Sing the Mass
Monday March 10th @ 7pm This wonderful opportunity has been arranged by The Irish Church Music Association in conjunction with Le Chéile; here are the full details: Sing the Mass: Music for use in Schools and Parish, March 10th 2014, Time: 5pm – 7pm, Venue: Avila Carmelite Centre, Bllomfield Ave, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Presenters: Karen O’Donovan and Ciaran Coll. This workshop is for teachers of Music, Religious Education and students who are involved with liturgical music in schools. The workshop will present four Mass settings that are being used in parishes around the country which were specially commissioned for the introduction of the new translation of the Mass. Participants will also be presented with four psalm settings appropriate for use during the academic year. This workshop is being offered free of charge as it is being run in conjunction with the Irish Church Music Association and Le Chéile Schools Trust Further details can be obtained from Fr. Turlough Baxter:

FaithFest 4
Friday March 28th @ 6pm - This event returns for a fourth occasion in Clonliffe; here are the full details: Faithfest 4 which is on Friday 28th March in Clonliffe College from 6-9:30pm. Open for all at secondary school age. Faithfest is an event for teenagers. It’s a place where you can meet and talk with other young people from all over Dublin exploring faith and life in a fun and creative way. Elements of FaithFest include – Fun, Music, Prayer, Creative Workshops, Chat 'n' Chill. Bring €2, wear something BLUE, a coat & warm jumper and like us on . To register email

Night Fever
The next Night Fever in Galway is this Saturday 1st of March after the 7.30 pm mass in the Franciscan Abbey church. This is a night of music, prayer, adoration, reconciliation and street outreach. Next Dublin event (in Clarendon St) Sat 12 April.

Elation Open Day
Elation Ministries are holding an open day on Saturday 1st March 11.30 am to 5 pm at St Mary's Bloomfield Ave, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Elation is a popular music ministry and invites along anyone who wishes to know more about their work.











Emmanuel Updates
This year’s Emmanuel Concerts at theHelix will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday 4, 5 and 6 March (note early starting time of 7.30 p.m.) Over 2,000 second level students (approx 700 per night) from 63 schools ranging from Arklow to Balbriggan and Clondalkin to Dalkey around the Diocese will sing their hearts out in the Helix in front of an orchestra. Tickets this year are only €10 . Booking here or 01 700 7000.

Dublin Gospel Choir
Upcoming Events: 02 Feb at 7pm - Candlelit Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7; 16 Feb at 7pm - Candle lit Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7 23 Feb at 3pm - Open wedding showcase - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7

The American Spiritual Ensemble
The American Spiritual Ensemble is a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical music world. The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers. They will perform in the RDS Concert Hall on Monday Jan 20th, and in the Wexford Opera House Sat 18th Jan. Booking at Ticketmaster (for the RDS), and at Wexford Opera House.


Red Hurley in the Gaiety
The Red Hurley gospel concert comes to The Gaiety Theatre from 3rd to 8th February 2014. Tickets from €20 to €55 Available at Ticketmaster Outlets nationwide PH: 0818 719 366 . Also appearing - Aled Jones, Soprano Sandra Oman and guest choirs all accompanied by The Eugene McCarthy Big Band & Singers. This is an evening of Spiritual Hits, Religious & Pop songs. Songs featured to include Our Father, I Walk With God, Amazing Grace, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Be Not Afraid, The Living Years, Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, How Great Thou Art and many more. More info here.


Liturgy Gathering
Dublin Diocese is holding a Liturgy Gathering with a varety of workshops on Saturday 1st February at Clonliffe College. Some of the workshops: Ian Callanan will introduce the music of Emmanuel 2014, our Diocesan Programme of Liturgical Music for second level schools. This year’s content offers a variety of music from contemporary songs such as Lead Us To TheWater (Tom Kendzia/Gary Daigle) to Vidi Aquam (Plainchant) also including music by Irish Composers featuring Lúireach Phádraig by Sr. Marie Dunne CHF and 'In God I Live', a new composition by Fr. Liam Lawton. Apart from offering music ideas for liturgies in second level schools the Emmanuel programme can be incorporated into parish celebrations. Fionnualla Gill is a harpist and singer who leads sessions and workshops on mindfulness. She will give an experience of this way of taking care of ourselves with a blend of music, reflection and meditation. More info and booking form download here.

Night Fever in Dublin
The next Night Fever Event will take place on Saturday 1st February in Clarendon St Church off Grafton St Dublin 2, starting with 6 pm Mass celebrated by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown. Night Fever is a combination of street outreach, prayer, meditation and music ... all welcome. See also Facebook page here.




Film Course
The Soul of Cinema, Contemplating the Inner Journey through Film - 6 Thurs Evenings Starting - a new course starting on 6th Feb in Emmaus Retreat Centre Swords. 6 Thurs nights , Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm Price: Euro 65.00 in Total for Six Weeks or Euro 12 per night. Facilitator Maria O’Loughlin, A graduate of the University of Southern California’s MFA in Writing for Screen and Television, Maria O’Loughlin has more than 16 years’ experience as a screenwriter, producer and educator. More info and booking here.

Noth Dublin Gospel Choir
From the North Dublin Gospel Choir: NEW MEMBERS NIGHT TUESDAY 28TH JANUARY - We are taking new members from the 28th January what a year we have planned for 2014 just some of what you are looking forward to are Big Concerts, Competitions, Workshop with the best gospel directors in the gospel industry and much more......... if you would like to be part of North Dublin Community Gospel Choir and can hold a tune please email

Night Fever Galway

Night Fever is a mixture of street outreach, music and prayer. The next event is in Galway Sat 18th Jan at the Franciscan Abbey on Francis St, 7.30 pm to 11 pm. See also Facebook page here.



Early-Music Christmas
tonos - An Early-Music Christmas with Róisín O’Grady (Soprano) and Eamon Sweeney (Baroque Guitar). Christmas-time is one of the few festivals of modern times that continues to nurture a distinct musical tradition. This concert features some of the most evocative Christmas music dates from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. FRIDAY 6 DEC, MAIN STREET, TINAHELY, CO. WICKLOW Courthouse Arts Centre 8:30 pm, €16 / €14 (including a glass of mulled wine and mince pie) 0402 38529 or - Promoted by Tinahealy Courthouse Arts Centre. More info, and booking here.

National Concert Hall Events
On Monday 2nd December, 8pm, violinist Vladimir Jablokov will return to the National Concert Hall for a Christmas concert. Also performing on stage will be special guest stars, soprano Claudia Boyle, tenor Sean Costello as well as eight members of Vladimir’s musically gifted family. There will be a celebration music from the Strauss Family, Franz Lehar, Sergei Prokofiev along with familiar Christmas songs and carols. Booking and info here.

The "ESB Great Christmas Concert' takes place on Wed 4 Dec, featuring among others the Lassus Scholars, Piccolo Lasso, The Orlando Chamber Orchestra (Leader: Gillian Williams), Ite O’Donovan (conductor); Featuring Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil Prize Winners 2013. Special Guest Soloist: Claudia Boyle, soprano. Booking and info here.

The Palestrina Choir and Dublin Brass will perform at the NCH on Thursday 5 Dec. Organist – Gerard Gillen Junior Probationer Choristers Conductor – Blánaid Murphy Producer – Noel McDonagh. Booking and info here.

'A Glorious Choral Christmas' on Mon 9 Dec features the Culwick Choral Society. The Culwick celebrates the coming of Christmas with a traditional blend of words and music for the season, and also a special treat: Respighi's delightful but rarely performed Christmas miniature, Lauda per la natività del Signore, his intimate re-telling of the nativity with chamber players and chorus of angels and shepherds. Booking and info here.

Our Lady’s Choral Society team up again with the RTE Concert Orchestra and Proinnsias O’Duinn to perform Handel’s Messiah at the National Concert Hall - Wed 11th, Thurs 12th, Fri 13th Dec. Our Lady’s Choral Society with Marie Friederike Schöder (Soprano) Madeleine Shaw (Alto), Eamonn Mulhall (Tenor) Jeffrey Ledwidge ( Bass.) RTE Concert Orchestra Conductor Proinnsias O Duinn. Booking and info here.

The annual 'Carols by Candlelight' concert takes place on Mon 23rd Dec. 3.15 pm and 8 pm. HANDEL Zadok the Priest, Christmas sequence from Messiah CORELLI Allegro and Pastorale from Christmas Concerto BACH Air on the G String HANDEL Let the Bright Seraphim, Eternal Source of Light Divine CULLEN Joy to the World, Of the Father’s heart begotten MOZART Exultate Jubilate DARKE In the bleak midwinter and CAROLS FOR ALL including Good King Wenceslas God rest you merry, gentlemen O come, all ye faithful It came upon a midnight clear The First Nowell While shepherds watched O little town of Bethlehem Hark! the Herald angels sing Celebrate in the most elegant way with this exquisite concert of carols and seasonal classics, staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. Booking and info here.

Check out the full November/December programme here.

Stars, Choirs and Carols
The deadline to register a choir or group for Stars, Choirs & Carols @CrokePark has been extended to Friday, 22 November 2013. It's a charity fundraiser and a record breaking attempt - to have the most carol singers together at the one time. More info here:

Liam Lawton Christmas Tour
A CELTIC CHRISTMAS TOUR for December: 1st - The Cathedral of SS. Patrick & Colman, Hill Street, Newry – Tickets: 028 302 62586; 4th - The Civic Theatre, Tallaght – Tickets: 01 4627477; 5th - Weford Opera House – Tickets: 053 912 2144; 6th - Excel Theatre, Tipperary: 062 80520; 7th- Temperance Hall , Loughrea – Tickets: T.B.C.; 10th - St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church, Dundalk – Tickets: 042-9334042; 12th - St Comgall’s Parish Centre , Bangor – Tickets: 02891465013; 14th- St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry, Co.Offally – Tickets: 087 7476007; 15th- St Finbar’s Church, Bantry – Tickets: 027-56398; 16th- St Munchins Church,Clancy Strand, Limerick – Tickets: 086-8187268; 19th - St Mary’s Grammar School,Magherafelt, Co. Derry – Tickets: 028 796 32320; 20th – Church of Assumption, Delvin, Co.Westmeath – Tickets: 087 6858143.

Carol Singing
Carol Singing at The Mansion House 2013 The Annual Ecumenical Carol Singing on the steps of the Mansion House, organised by the Diocesan Council for Mission and the Archdiocese Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism, will take place on Saturday, December 14 at 2.30pm. This year the singing will be led by “Teenspirit”, a group from the Archdiocese. There will be seasonal readings given by The Lord Mayor, Miriam O’Callaghan of RTE, Dublin footballer Gerard Brennan and Anne Lodge, Principal of The Church of Ireland College of Education. Everyone is invited to come and join in the singing of favourite carols and seasonal songs

Dublin Gospel Choir Concert
The Dublin Gospel Choir will perform on Friday December 13th at the Civic Theatre Tallaght at 8 pm. Adm is 17 Euro, 15 Euro concession. More info and booking here.

Song for Missing Persons
"A Candle for You", a song dedicated to missing people, has been recorded by internationally-renowned soprano Celine Byrne to help mark Ireland's first national Missing Persons Day, 5 Dec. Composed by Sister Marie Dunne, the song was performed by Celine at a commemorative ceremony at Farmleigh House, Dublin,yesterday. The song will be released on iTunes and CD on Friday 6th December 2013. Available on iTunes and CD,all proceeds from sales will go to MISS (Missing in Ireland Support Service) through the Missing Persons Helpline (1890442552). It will also be available for purchase at Veritas, Abbey Street, Dublin. According to Marie , the lyrics of "A Candle for You" were inspired by Alice Cairns, whose son Philip, aged 13, went missing in 1986. Alice said that lighting a candle often for Philip gave her the strength to face the pain experienced by her and by so many others whose loved ones have gone missing.

Carol Services
There are many carol services coming up in churches across the country, for details see diocesan and parish websites. For Dublin many of the events are listed here.


Handel's Messiah will be performed at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Mon 9 Dec at 8pm. Performers include the Dublin Bach Singers, the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Brophy and Claudia Boyle Soprano. More info and booking here.

Another performance of the Messiah will take place in the Church of Good Counsel, Mourne Rd, Drimnagh, on Sat 23rd Nov at 8 pm. This is a special project for the end of the Year of Faith. Blanaid Murphy will conduct the choir and also taking part is the Orchestra of St Cecilia. Adm 10 Euro and tickets are available from the parish office on Mourne Rd.

Film and Spirituality Day
Can anything good come out of Hollywood? - 09/11/2013 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - A day of reflection on the relationship between film and spirituality with: Noel O’Connor, OCD a member of the Avila Carmelite Centre community who leads the monthly Silver Screen sessions at the Avila Carmelite Centre and Robert Opala, OCD, a Discalced Carmelite based the Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford, England who is currently doing doctorate studies on the relationship between the spirituality of Edith Stein (St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) and that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He has a long time interest in film and spirituality. Mass will be available at 12.00. Lunch: 1.00 – 2.00 pm. Please bring a packed lunch – tea and coffee are provided. Suggested offering: €15.00. Booking and info here.

Sligo Choral Festival
The 25th Sligo International Choral Festival takes place
Nov 7th to Nov 10th. Sligo Gospel Choir performs at the 'Feast of Sligo Choirs' concert on Thursday 7th at 8 pm in Summerhill College, while there are Gospel and Sacred Music competitions on Saturday 9th November in the college and in the Gilooly Hall. On Sunday morning Nov 10th choirs will sing in various churches in the area. More info here.

Liam Lawton Concerts
November 7th – The Marketplace Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh – Tickets: 028 3752 1821 28th – Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire – Tickets: 01 231 2929

Liam Lawton Celtic Christmas
At Wexford Opera House: Fr. Liam Lawton - A Celtic Christmas SEOL MUSIC Concert - 5 Dec at O'Reilly Theatre A Celtic Christmas Every culture celebrates Christmas in their own unique way drawing on the traditions, beliefs and customs of their people, and the Irish culture is no different. A Celtic Christmas reflects the great affection of the Irish heart for the Christmas story and all that happens around it. Using beautiful songs from the tradition, in Gaelic, English and Latin interspersed with well known traditional Christmas songs and carols and some new original songs from Fr.Liam Lawton the Christmas story is told. Booking and info here.

Culture Night
Friday 20th Sept is Culture Night - events include:

Holy Cross College Clonliffe - an exhibition of Archives, Irish 20th c.Religious Art and Sacred Music at . Adm is free and time is 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm. More info here.

St Mary’s Pro Cathedral Marlborough Street Dublin 1. Programme: 5.15pm Vespers – with The Boys of the Palestrina Choir, 5.45 pm - Sung Mass, 7.00pm–8.30pm ‘ Holy Darkness’ – Concert of reflective and inspirational sacred music; 9pm–10.30pm - Dublin Bach Singers – Selection of Madrigals and choral arrangements of Irish tunes.

UCD Newman House: A unique listening experience for one in the bedroom where the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins lived in Newman House Dublin in the 1880s. Directed by Dylan Tighe and composed by Seán Mac Erlaine, No Worst There is None is a sonic journey into the psyche of Hopkins as he approaches death. Booking essential – see Time 5pm–8pm Address Newman House St Stephen’s Green Dublin 2.

Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality: Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality houses five stained-glass windows by Irish modernist Evie Hone. Culture Night will feature a lecutre on Evie Hone, delivered in the presence of paintings by her and by her contemporaries. Visit our website for further info. Time 5pm–9pm Address 426 Clontarf Road, Dollymount, Dublin 3.

St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra: Attend a jazz inspired concert by The Fidelio Trio, artists-in-residence at the Music Department, taking place in the atmospheric Belvedere House (oldest part of St Pat’s campus); take part in guided tours of Belvedere House and view rare books and manuscripts from the Library collection. The concert begins at 6.30 pm Time 5pm–8pm Address Drumcondra Road Dublin 9.

Autumn Liturgical Event
Venue: Holy Cross College, Clonliffe on Sat 28th September. Among the workshops is one by Sr Marie Dunne on Liturgical Music, presenting her 5 Mass Settings. Sr Marie has composed (and where appropriate revised) 5 Mass settings which are published in one compilation - called LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD. More info here.

Songs of Praise in Derry
THe BBC programme Songs of Praise will be recording two episodes in the Guildhall in Derry on Saturday 31 August, with rehearsals on Thurs 29 August. The first programme will celebrate the UK City of Culture and will be transmitted on Sunday 15 September 2013. The second programme will be recorded for Saint Patrick's Day next year. More info here

Sacred Art Conference
'Sacred Art: A Spiritual Affair?', Saturday 19 October 2013 - Conference organised by Arts and Christianity Ireland. Christ Church Cathedral Music Room, (with lunch in the cathedral's medieval crypt). Speakers will include: Graham Howes (Trustee of Art & Christianity Enquiry, London), Jim Malone (Professor Emeritus of Medical Physics, Trinity College and ACI committee member), Pamela Hardesty (Artist and Lecturer at Crawford College of Art and Design), and more. Details will be added at:



Sacred Harp Singing Event
An All-Day Singing Event will be held in the Franciscan Friary on Merchant's Quay, Dublin 8, on Saturday 7 December, 10 am to 4 pm. Registration will be at 10.00 a.m, breaking in the afternoon for a pot-luck lunch. There will be visiting singers from Cork and the UK, and afters at Chaplin's pub on Hawkins Street that evening.

Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Gospel Choir will perform in the National Concert Hall on Monday 18 November at 8 pm. Tickets from 22 Euro to 48 Euro. More info and booking here.

Dublin Choral Foundation
On Sat Nov 16th the Lassus Scholars will perform Mozart's Requiem at St Kevin's Church Harrington St, Dublin 8 at 11.30 am.

Gala Concert
Celebrating 125 Years of the Sared Heart Messenger magazine. Sun 3 Nov St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St, Dublin 1. Adm 10 Euro. Ring Vera on 01-6767491, or email

Derry Choral Festival
For Derry's City of Culture there's an inaugural choral festival. Events/competitions include: Saturday 26th October Discovery Gospel Choir Workshop, St. Columb’s Hall, 3.45pm – 4.30pm; Gospel Music Competition featuring a special non-competitive performance from Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Gospel Singers Incognito, St. Columb’s Hall, 4.30pm – 5.30pm. Sunday 27th October Sacred Music Competition, First Derry Presbyterian Church, 2pm – 4.30pm. More details here.

Dublin Gospel Choir
The choir will perform as part of the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival - 25 Oct at 7pm: Wexford Spiegeltent Festival

The Sixteen at the Concert Hall
The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra; Harry Christophers, conductor; Lucy Crowe, soprano will perform as part of the International Choral Series on Sunday 13th October 2013, 8pm - at the National Concert Hall. “For many listeners, The Sixteen isn’t just another chamber choir it’s the living embodiment of the great sacred music of the Renaissance. This choir now defines the sound of the music, as the Clerkes of Oxenford and the Tallis Scholars did a generation ago” - The Telegraph. It's a Handel programme - Let thy hand be strengthened ‘Coronation Anthem’, Silete venti, Nisi Dominus, Dixit Dominus. More info and booking here.

Night Fever
The next Nightfever Dublin is on Saturday September 21st at St. Teresa's Church, Clarendon Street, beginning with Mass at 6pm. Nightfever is an open night of prayer, reflective music and Eucharistic Adoration during which teams of volunteers go out into the nearby streets and invite people to come into the Church and light a candle, enjoy the beautiful music and be in the presence of the Lord. There is an opportunity for confession or to talk with a priest. More info here.



Summer Organ Concerts:
There will be a series of summer organ concerts - every Sunday night at 8 pm in Dun Laoighaire Chuch (beside Main St) as follows: Sunday 30 June 2013 - Guy Bovet (Switzerland); Sunday 7 July 2013 - Maynooth Schola Gregoriana, director: Darina McCarthy, John O'Keeffe (organ); Sunday 14 July 2013 - Desmond Hunter; Sunday 21 July 2013 - Martin Baker (Westminster Cathedral); Sunday 28 July 2013 - David Connolly; Sunday 4 August 2013 David Baskeyfield; Sunday 11 August 2013 - Maya Homburger (violin) and Malcolm Proud (organ); Sunday 18 August 2013 - Thierry Escaich (France); Sunday 25 August 2013 - Tristan Russcher; Sunday 1 September 2013 - David Adams.

Spirituality Summer School
'Journeying with the s/Spirit' is the title of a Spirituality Summer School at All Hallows College in Drumcondra, Dublin 9. It's on 19-23 August and numbers are confined to 15. Topics include: Exploring the Concept of Reflective Practice, The Evocation of Reflective Practice Poetry/Story/Song and the Spiritual Journey, Writing as a Spiritual Process, Spiritual Autobiography. Cost is 200 Euro and the brochure/booking form is here

Knockadoon Concert
The participants of the Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course are inviting all to their annual concert on Fri 16th Aug 8 pm at Knockadoon Camp, Ballymacoda, Co. Cork. This is the 32nd year of the course the theme this year is ‘A Future of Hope’ and this is reflected throughout the course through the music and liturgies. Led by musical director, Ian Callanan, young people (and some not so young!) from across Ireland will fill the night air with songs to lift the spirit and soothe the soul. The concert will showcase the music learned throughout the week and will be delivered by the music team and course participants. Guest musicians and vocalists include Bobby Fisher and his daughter Serenity. The concert is free of charge and includes a cup of tea and maybe even a slice of cake afterwards!

The Priests in Concert
The Courtyard Concert - An Open Air Musical Evening with The Priests and Wexford Soprano Alison Doyle. Fri 3rd August Our Lady's Island, Co. Wexford. Adm €27.50. Tickets from Our Lady's Island Parish Office (053-9131023) and shops in Wexford, including Babooshka, North Main St and Blazing Embroidery, Crescent Quay. More info at





Youth 2000 Summer Festival
This year's festival takes place 15-18 August in the Cistercian College, Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. It's for young people 16-35 and is a donation only event. Great music is promised, along with inspiring talks, workshops and prayer. See

Glenstal Organ Workshops 2013
From August 1-4, Glenstal Abbey will host an organ workshop with world-renowned organist Douglas Hollick of Clare College, Cambridge. He will provide individual and group tuition for organists. Meanwhile Ansgar Wallenhorst returns for the fifth time to Glenstal to provide an organ improvisation workshop from August 13-15, with group sessions in the morning and individual lessons each afternoon. This year's workshops series sees a focus on dance, with an evening lecture by Dr Mary Nunan of Daghda Dance Company on August 14. More information and booking forms can be downloaded at

Hopkins Summer School
Hopkins Festival - The 26th annual Gerard Manley Hopkins festival will take place in Newbridge College July 19-26. Building on the wide range of Hopkins's interests in the Arts: in Music, Drawing, and even Conservation, the Festival offers not just Poetry but also, Art Exhibitions; Classical Music Concerts, Traditional Irish Music Concerts; Workshops, Fieldtrips and above all: an atmosphere of friendships around shared interests. Full programme here.

Rio in Dublin
Rio in Dublin is especially aimed at young people who have either attended a World Youth Day or would like to savour some of the atmosphere of what takes place at World Youth Day. It will take place on the weekend of 27th/28th July in Church St Friary, Dublin 7. Registration is now open and demand is already high. Parishes with young people wishing to take part should e-mail as soon as possible. More info:

L'Angelus, the Cajun band that includes spiritual music in their set, returns to Ireland in July. So far all gigs are north of the border, full listings here
Especially worth trying out are asppearances at the Ulster Folk Pary 4th July Festival, and at the Passionist Monastery, Crossgar Co. Down on July 10th. You can see some of their spiritual material on the Faitharts YouTube Channel.

ICMA Summer School
The Irish Church Music Association (ICMA) has announced details of its annual Music Summer School. Taking place at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from July 1-4, the event, now in its 44thyear has taken its theme, ‘Credo Credo Credo: Amen!’ as a result of 2013 being the Year of Faith. Application forms for the ICMA Summer School can be downloaded from the association’s website at and requested by email to tel: 086 2366 521.


Nightfever is a new initiative marrying prayer and music - so far two events are planned for Clarendon St Church off Grafton St in Dublin. 6 pm Mass is followed by music, prayer and reconciliation until 11 pm. A similar event is planned for Thursday June 20th from 7 pm. The event has its origins in street ministry at World Youth Day. For more information see this article in the Irish Catholic, the Nightfever website or the Event page on Facebook.

Night Fever
Clarendon St Church Thurs 20 June 7 pm - 11 pm Nightfever - Open Church - Open Heart - Light a candle - be still - pray - listen to music - reconcile with God - bring questions before God - encounter Him – reflect - talk to a priest - receive a blessing. More info:

New Ross Choral Festival
17th - 19th May 2013 will see New Ross host its 29th AIMS Choral Festival with 20 competitions across two days for Junior and Adult competitions. The liturgical music competition is on Sun afternoon in the Parish Church as follows: Competition H 1.50pm Sacred Music; Competition A 4.10pm Mixed (40 voices & over); Competition K 4.40pm Gospel Music; Competition G 5.40pm Chamber Choir.

Free Gospel Concert
On May 11th the All Hallows College Gospel Choir will perform a free concert in St. Brigid’s Church, Blanchardstown at 8pm. It is a night of gospel music tracing the origins of gospel music up to present day. There will also be three other guest choirs singing at it. The event is free but if people would like to make a donation, it will go to cancer support.

Liam Lawton Concerts
Two more Lawton shows: Wednesday 8th May ~ Birr Theatre and Arts Centre; Friday 10th May ~ St. Mary's Cathedral, Kilkenny.

TeenspiriT Events
Teen SpiriT is A celebration of Teen Talent & Christian Faith, featuring the teen choir singing gospel music and secular songs with a positive message. The next events will take place as follows: Sunday 28th April @ 8pm Parish Assembly Hall - Navan Road Parish, Dublin 7. Saturday 4th May @ 7.30pm Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow, Co. Wicklow For further information contact Marie: 0872415603 / (Laurel Lodge Youth Choir) Tarny: 0872627424 / (Marley and Ballinteer Youth Choir) -

Gospel Rising Festival
The Gospel Rising Music Festival takes place on the 10th - 12th May in Bray Co Wicklow. Full Weekend Early Bird Tickets will be €50, available until the 5th April, and this one ticket will give you access to 3 selected workshops sessions, all group workshops and all the gospel music gigs you can get to over the whole weekend. More info here:

Fr Liam Lawton will be performing at the Moat Theatre in Naas and the Dunamaise Theatre in Portlaoise in April. The concerts will include some songs from his new collection which is due out in the Summer. Moat Theatre, Naas on Tuesday 23rd April,2013. Tickets are on sale from theatre directly or box office at 045 883030 or Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise on Wednesday 24th April, 2013. Tickets are on sale from theatre directly or box office at 057 8663355 or Further information on all concert dates around the country available from

Visiting US Choir
The Tantasqua High School Chamber Choir from USA are shortly starting an Irish tour - dates as follows: St Kevin's Church Glendalough 12.15 pm, Mon April 15th, St Patrick's Cathedral Armagh, 1 pm Tues April 16th, Good Shepherd Church, Ormeau Rd Belfast 7.30 pm (Mass) Wed April 17th, All Soul's Church, Elmwood Ave, Belfast, 7.30 pm, Thurs April 18th.

Art Exhibition
On now at The National Gallery of Ireland-- Imagining the Divine: The Holy Family in Art Room 1 26 November 2012 – 1 April 2013 This exhibition shows how artists through the ages have imagined and depicted the early life of Christ. It features 13 paintings and drawings, comprising colourful and delicate works by Lorenzo di Credi, Guercino, Murillo and Fra Bartolommeo, among others. Highlights include The Dawn of Christianity: The Rest on the Flight into Egypt by JMW Turner, on loan from the Ulster Museum, and an early Renaissance painted relief of the Virgin and Child from the workshop of Florentine sculptor, Lorenzo di Ghiberti. Admission free.

J.S. BACH St John Passion
Friday 29th March, 3.30pm Room: Main Auditorium National Concert Hall. Prices: €30, €20, €10 Concessions €27, €18, €9 10% discount for Groups of 10 or more 5% discount for RTÉ NSO Season Subscribers Mark Wilde Evangelist Nicholas Merryweather Christus Gavan Ring Pilate Sarah Power soprano Sharon Carty mezzo soprano Eamonn Mulhall tenor RTÉ Philharmonic Choir (Mark Hindley chorus master) RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Michael Rosewell conductor J.S. BACH St John Passion, BWC 245 (134’) On Good Friday 2013 (29 March) RTÉ presents two master works associated with the solemnity and drama of Holy Week: Bach’s sacred oratorio, the St John Passion and Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ Sometimes called ‘sermons in sound’ Bach’s cantatas and passion settings are works of extraordinary scale, range and intensity. His vivid setting of the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of St. John, with additional passages from St Matthew, was written for performance at the Good Friday service in St Nicholas Church, Leipzig in April 1724 and was the centrepiece of Bach’s year-long cycle of liturgical cantatas. Expansive opening and closing choruses, moving chorales and solo arias make this an immensely powerful, dramatic and emotional work. Tickets and booking: Buy a ticket for the St John Passion and enjoy The Seven Last Words of Christ, performed by the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, and the poetry of Mark Strand, for FREE. Please note separate ticket required for entry for both concerts – enquire when booking Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Haydn Seven Last Words of Christ
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet presents Haydn Seven Last Words of Christ Friday 29th March, 1.30pm Room: Main Auditorium Prices: €5 Free to customers who book for the 3.30 p.m. performance RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet Philip O'Sullivan (narrator) Haydn Seven Last Words of Christ (60’) On Good Friday 2013 (29 March) RTÉ presents two master works associated with the solemnity and drama of Holy Week: Bach’s sacred oratorio, the St John Passion and Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ The RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet has attracted considerable public interest in venues around Ireland for its performances of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. On Good Friday 2013, it will perform the string quartet version of the orchestral original composed by Haydn in response to a commission for an orchestral work that would serve as an aid to meditation during the Good Friday religious services. This will be interspersed with Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Mark Strand’s poem Poem After The Seven Last Words read by actor Philip O’Sullivan. A dark and deeply moving work, The Seven Last Words of Christ consists of seven movements framed by an introduction and a dramatic final ‘Earthquake’ movement depicting the earthquake that rocked Calvary after the crucifixion. The poetry accompanying the performance was commissioned by the American Brentano Quartet. Writing about the commission, Brentano Quartet violinist Mark Steinberg says: ‘The poetry of Mark Strand shares with the Haydn a surface of relative simplicity betraying underneath a piercing understanding of the human spirit. His is poetry which is quite musical in its cadence, lending itself to well to being read aloud. There is a complete lack of pretense in his poetry, which has the sincerity so immediately apparent in the Haydn.’ Tickets and booking: Hear this concert for free! If you have bought a ticket for the St John Passion, you can enjoy the The Seven Last Words of Christ for FREE (Please note separate ticket required for entry for both concerts – enquire when booking). Coming to The Seven Last Words of Christ only, then all seats are €5 Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. More info here.

Passio - Avro Part
Arvo Pärt’s Passio Sunday 24th March, 4.00pm. Venue: St. Canice's Cathedral, KILKENNY Monday 25th March, 7.30pm. Venue: St Peter's Cathedral, BELFAST Tuesday 26th March, 8.00pm. Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, DUBLIN Prices: St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny: €15, Concession €10 St Peter's Catherdral, Belfast: €20, Concession €15 Christ Church Catherdral, Dublin: €20, Concession €15 Please Note: Tickets for St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast will be available on the door at a price of £15stg (£12 concession) Tickets for all 3 events will be available to purchase on the door on the day of the events. Conductor: Paul Hillier The hauntingly simple soundworld of Arvo Pärt’s setting of the St John Passion or Passio is the quintessential example of the tintinnabuli style for which the composer is best known. Lasting little over an hour, Passio is scored for tenor and bass soloists, Evangelist Quartet, instrumental quartet and choir. Conducted by the National Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director, Paul Hillier, the series is presented with the award-winning Theatre of Voices, Denmark and YXUS Ensemble, Estonia. Presented by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland with Theatre of Voices and YXUS Ensemble, Estonia. Booking info here.

Beth Nielsen Chapman Concert
US singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman will perform at the Seamus Ennis Centre in the Naul Co. Dublin on Saturday 30 March at 8.30 pm. Adm 18 Euro. Chapman's albums include Hymns, an album of religious songs, mostly in Latin, Prism, a double album of spiritual songs from several traditions and If Love Could Say God's Name a DVD (pic on left) of a live performance from St Paul's Cathedral, London. More info and booking here. This is a small venue and tickets are likely to sell out fast.




James McMillan and the BBC Singers
BBC Singers - James MacMillan Saturday 23rd March, 8pm Venue: St Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Prices: €24 Concessions: €20. BBC Singers & Fergus Sheil (Conductor) Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia Irene Buckley: Sanctus John Tavener: Funeral Ikos James MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross A rare opportunity for Irish audiences to encounter the BBC Singers, one of the world’s leading professional choirs with a programme of astonishingly rich choral music for the week before Easter, headlined by James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, described by the Guardian as "probably MacMillan's masterpiece... the maturity in this composition is astounding”. The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) will host a workshop on choral composition with internationally acclaimed composer James MacMillan and the BBC Singers on Sunday 24 March from 12–3pm in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall. This workshop is open to the general public to attend and is FREE of charge. Presented by Wide Open Music Supported by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. More details here

Emmanuel 2013
The Diocesan Liturgical Music Programme for Second Level Schools will shortly get under way with inservice days for teachers to introduce the new programme which will contain many pieces not used in previous years. The choice of music will be inspired by the Year of Faith and the 40th Anniversary of Trocaire. Information has been sent to schools. More info from

ADDED 7/10/12: Emmanurel 2013, which will take place in the Helix Theatre DCU 26/27/28 February. Workshops for teachers are coming up in October. 5th Oct was the deadline for applying but Grainne Clinton in the Emmanuel office will accept late applications for a few days after that. Gráinne can be contacted at, 01-8087554, or at .

Lawton Rescheduled
Cancelled before Christmas due to illness, Liam Lawton's concert in Warrenpoint, Co. Down, is back on for Sat 19th January, 8 pm. Also featuring is the Kilbroney Contemporary Worship Choir and St Dallan's Primary School Choir. Tickets 15 Euro from Warrenpoint Parish Office and Veritas Newry.

Emmanuel 2013
Emmanuel 2013, featuring a range of litugical music with massed school choirs, will take place in the Helix on 26/27/28 February at 8.00pm. This year there are 58 schools involved with over 2000 students. Audience tickets can be booked soon at the Helix box office or website.

Catholic Schools Week 2013
Catholic Schools Week for 2013 takes place in the week beginning Sunday 27th January. There are resources for Primary and Secondary schools, which include music and other arts resources. The Post-Primary resources are here while the Primary resources are here. Further information is available on the website of the Irish Catholic Bishops, click here.

Liturgy Seminar
Clonliffe College Saturday 26 January 2013 (9.30am to 1.30pm) Registration 9.00 to 9.30am. Topics include: Faith and Art - As the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, wrote: “One effect of Christian believing is always seeing the world in a new way.” Art has helped over the centuries to deepen our understanding of the mysteries of our faith. Damian McNeice will use the medium of Art and images as a key to open doorways through which we can explore anew elements of the Apostles Creed; Faith and Music - Using the music of the Emmanuel 2013 Programme, Ian Callanan will offer suggestions for music to highlight aspects of our faith during the year. He will also focus on music for Lent that reflects the call of Christian people to act for justice and peace. More info and booking here.

O Riada Re-Imagined
Louth Contemporary Music Society in association with Temple Bar Trad Festival and Cois Cladaigh present a new arrangement of Seán Ó Riada’s Mass by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky performed by the EQ Singers with Zoe Conway on fiddle, Siobhan Armstrong on harp and Robbie Harris on bodhrán, conducted by Eamonn Dougan in St.Werburgh’s Dublin on Thursday 24 January 2013 and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church Galway, on Friday 25 January 2013. Iarla Ó Lionáird will appear as a special guest for the Dublin performance. LISTINGS INFORMATION: St. Werburgh’s, Werburgh St, Dublin 2 Thursday 24 January 2013 | 8.00pm | €15(including booking fee) Tickets – 01 7030709 | St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway Friday 25 January 2013 | 8.00pm | €15 & €12 Concession Tickets: 091 756812 | FOR MEDIA INFORMATION OR PICTURES PLEASE CONTACT Eamonn Quinn T: +353 86 2632408 | E:

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Palestrina Choir to Sing for Pope
It has been confirmed that the Palestrina Choir of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, will sing at the Papal Mass celebrated by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Basilica on the Feast Day of the Epiphany, Sunday January 6th 2013. Invited by the director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, 32 Boy Choristers and 12 Gentlemen from the ranks of the Palestrina Choir will join and sing some repertoire with the prestigious Sistine Chapel Choir while also singing some repertoire on their own to showcase the best of Irish liturgical choral music. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be attending the ceremony in St. Peters. More info here.

Dublin Gospel Choir
October events for the Dublin Gospel Choir: 06 Oct at 12.30pm Irish Kidney Association Service - Corpus Christi Church, Griffith Avenue; 07 Oct at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7; 13 Oct at 8pm Ritas Carers Benefit Concert - KMH Kilmuckridge Tickets 05391 – 30635; 21 Oct at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7.

Jesus Christ Superstar
A new production of Jesus Christ Superstar will tour Ireland and UK in October - including 9 October in the Odyssey Arena Belfast and Fri 12th and Sat 13th Oct in the O2 Arena in Dublin. Tim Minchin plays Judas, Melanie C plays Mary Magdalen, Chris Moyles plays Herod and Ben Forster plays Jesus after winning the ITV Superstar competition for the role. Booking and more info here.

New Advent
A Diocesan Advent Service has been celebrated for many years now at the Pro-Cathedral. Before that this prayerful service took place in different churches and Clonskeagh Parish Community have kindly agreed to host this year's service on Saturday 1 December at 3.30 pm. Music groups from the area will get together to prepare the music programme and graduate students from Mater Dei Institute will participate in the liturgy preparation. Those enjoyed being part of the Pilgrims Choir at the Eucharistic Congress are urged to contact Grainne Clinton in the Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre office to find out how they can be involved in this Diocesan event.

We Remember Them
The 27th Annual Remembrance Service will take place in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, St. Alphonsus Road on Thursday 15 November at 8.00 p.m. Students of Mater Dei Institute will prepare the service as part of their continuing assessment and the music will be provided by members of the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.

Let Your Heart Sing
Sr. Marie Dunne of the Congregation of Holy Faith has organised an evening of reflective music and song in association with the Liturgy Centre on Thursday 4 October at 7.30 p.m. in Clonliffe College Church. Sr. Marie will present the evening which will feature her own compositions performed by Patricia Bourke D'Souza, Alan Hvnes, Emma Humber, Linda Ledwidge and Brenda McGivney with the St. John of God Choir and friends. A new compilation CD The Spirit Speaks My Name will be launched on the night. Tickets € 10 are available from the following sources: • CORL Bloomfield avenue, Dublin 4. Tel. 01 6677322 • St. Peter's Church Parish Office, Phibsboro, Dublin 7. Tel. 01 8389708 • Martha Fealy Granada House, Stillorgan, Dublin 4.

Mors et Vita
Gounod's wonderful work Mors et Vita will be performed by Our Lady's Choral Society in the National Concert Hall on Thursday 22 November at 8.00 p.m. The soloists are Orla Boylan, Martha Bredin, Andrew Boushell and Park Ki-Hyun and the Choir will be accompanied by the RTE Concert Orchestra directed by Proinnsias 6 Duinn. Tickets from N C H at 01 4170000 or

Liam Lawton Christmas Tour 2012
November: 30th – Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballinlough,Co. Roscommon (Tickets:094 9640411 ); December: 2nd – St James Church ,Grange,Carlingford,Dundalk,Co.Louth (Tickets: 042 9376105 ); 3rd – Holy Family Church Youghal ,Cork (Tickets: 087 7638062 ); 5th – Siamsa Tire,Tralee, Co.Kerry (Tickets: Box office Ph:066 712 3055); 6th – Christ the King,Turners Cross,Turners Cross, Co. Cork (Tickets: 021-4963629 (School hours) 086 2323940); 7th – St Michaels Church, Ballyagran, Kilmallock, Co.Limerick (Tickets:087-1351047 / 086-6379413 ); 9th – NCH, Dublin (Special guest appearance Christmas with the Palestrina Choir) Tickets: +353 (0)1 417 0000; 11th – Church of Mary Immaculate,Collon, Co.Louth (Tickets: 086 2217044); 12th – St Joseph’s Church, Kildimo, Co. Limerick (Tickets: 085-1740599); 13th – St Patricks Church, Clogh, Castlecomer, Co.Kilkenny (Tickets: 086 0614829); 14th – St. Patricks Church, Bandon, Co. Cork (Tickets: 086 1022030); 16th – All Saints Church, Ballymena, Co. Antrim (Tickets: 07709 840444); 19th – Church of The Sacred Heart, Kilmainhamwood, Kells, Co.Meath (Tickets: 086 8228757); 20th – St Cronans Church, Brackenstown, Swords, Co. Dublin (Tickets: 086 6086088 ); 23rd – St Patricks Church, Celbridge, Co.Kildare (Tickets: 01-6288827 9am – 3.30pm Mon – Fri).

Dublin Gospel Choir Events
November 2012 - 04 Nov at 7pm Candlelight Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St @ 7pm; 15 Nov at 8pm The Olympia Theatre - DGC & Paddy Casey; 18 Nov at 7pm Candlelight Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St @ 7pm; December 2012 - 02 Dec at 7pm Candlelight Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St @ 7pm; 04 Dec at 7pm Festival of Carols - Law Society, Blackhall Place; 09 Dec at 7.30pm Killarney Christmas Festival - St. Mary's Cathedral, Killarney 16 Dec at 7pm; Candlelight Gospel Mass - St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St @ 7pm; 31 Dec Christ Church Cathedral New Years Eve.

Lawton in Warrenpoint
Singer, song writer Liam Lawton will perform in St Peter's Church Warrenpoint for one night only, Saturday 15th December at 8 pm, with special guests the Kilbroney Contemporary Worship Group. Booking at

The Priests - Christmas Concert
Christmas with the Priests will take place at the National Concert Hall on Monday 3rd December. Booking and info at and Tel: 01-4170000.

"Risking Mystery" Conference Update
"Risking Mystery: Contemporary Arts and Sacred Worship" is a conference organised by Arts and Christianity Ireland, on Saturday, 20 October 2012 9 am to 4 pm at the Avila Retreat Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Cost: €35, includes light lunch (30 without lunch and 25 for students). Speakers: Reaching Stillness: Art and Sacred Mystery - Dr. Brian Dooney, a lecturer in All Hallows College/DCU, specialising in English Literature and Adult Education. Among other programmes, he is involved in the MA in Applied Christian Spirituality and the MA in Leadership and Pastoral Care. Risk And Mystery: A Reflection on Discovery in Physics Illustrated in a Compelling Painting - Jim Malone is Professor Emeritus of Medical Physics, Trinity College, Consultant with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Professor at the European School of Medical Physics in Geneva, and formerly Dean of Medical School/Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of Graduate Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. He also took the Milltown Institute MA in Applied Spirituality and has published and lectured regularly in the area. Creative Risk and the Soul of Sheffield Revd Ric Stott is a Methodist minister, artist and art psychotherapist. He works in Sheffield UK as a Venture FX pioneer for the Methodist Church where he is exploring new ways of being church based around the visual arts. Also featured will be The Women’s Choir of All Hallows College with Stefan Andre Waligur. Those coming to the Conference are invited to bring a poem to read that relates to the theme of the conference. It could be a poem you’ve written or one by a beloved poet that you want to share. For information on the 2012 Conference contact Donna


Handel's Messiah - Two Productions
Handel’s Messiah Featuring the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Brophy Tickets from €28.50 on sale this Friday 12th October Two performances only: Sunday 23rd December at 3pm and 8pm Internationally-renowned soprano Celine Byrne makes a welcome return to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at the end of a wonderful year which saw her make her Covent Garden début in addition to other notable performances throughout Europe, North America and Mexico. Handel’s Messiah was first performed in Fishamble Street in Dublin on April 13th 1742 and is an essential part of the Christmas festivities so come and enjoy this magnificent music with the Irish Philharmonic Choir, the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra and world class soloists all under the baton of the ever charismatic David Brophy. Celine Byrne, soprano Sharon Carty, mezzo-soprano Dean Power, tenor John Molloy, bass Irish Philharmonic Choir Irish Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Brophy Tickets: €36.50, €32.50, €28.50More info and booking here.

Lawton Evening
Fr Liam Lawton will lead a musical evening in St Killian's Church, Kingswood, Tallaght, Dublin, on Friday 9th November at 8 pm. This is in aid of the church renovation fund. Adm 15 Euro, contact parish office for more information: 01-4515570

Fuaimlaoi Event
Fuaimlaoi, a liturguical music group led by Ronan McDonagh will perform at the Sacred Heart Church, Western Road, Cork City on Saturday, November 17th at 8.15pm at the invitation of the Presentation Brothers. The programme will feature a broad range of scriptural settings from the group's distinctive repertory. Fuaimlaoi will be joined on this occasion by a guest string quartet. More info about Fuaimlaoi here.

National Concert Hall Events
Mors et Vita - Thursday 22nd November, 8pm, Main Auditorium Prices: €30, €25 Orla Boylan (Soprano) Ulrike Schneider (Alto) Andrew Boushell (Tenor) and Park Ki Hyun (Bass). Presented by Our Lady’s Choral Society. The RTE Concert Orchestra Conducted by Proinnsias Ó Duinn. Mors et Vita (by Charles Gounod) is a continuation of Gounod’s work “The Redemption”. It has a Prologue and three parts. Vivid and graphic choruses include the “Sanctus”, the celestial chorus “I am the Alpha and the Omega” and the final “Hosanna in Excelsis”. World class soloists with the RTECO make this a memorable performance. Info and booking here.

Glorious Handel by Candlelight Saturday 10th November, 8pm, Main Auditorium Prices: €44.50, €42, €37, €25(Choir Balcony) Adrian Partington director / harpsichord Rachel Nicholls soprano Crispian Steele-Perkins trumpet, Mozart Festival Orchestra in full 18th Century costume. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Let the Bright Seraphim Overture | Rejoice Greatly, I know that my redeemer liveth, Messiah Sarabande, Trumpet Suite Lascia Ch’io Pianga Rinaldo Largo Xerxes WATER MUSIC SUITE A sublime programme of Handel’s masterpieces performed in full 18th century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. Presented by Raymond Gubbay. Info and booking here.

Culwick Choral Society:
This Messiah takes audiences back to the origin of Handel's first performance, as he rehearsed it in St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin in 1742. The Culwick Choral Society is proud to present their 23rd annual charity performances of Handel's Messiah on Wed. 21st and Thurs. 22nd November 2012. The Choir of over one hundred voices will be joined by four wonderful soloists in the glorious medieval St. Patrick's Cathedral, a mere stone's throw from Fishamble Street, site of the first performance of Messiah in 1742, proceeds from which were donated to local charities. The Culwick Choral Society continues that great tradition by donating proceeds from their annual Messiah performances to selected Irish charities. This year's charity is MS Ireland ( the only national organisation providing information, support and advocacy services to the MS community. Tickets: Euro 27.50. Available from: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland, 80 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4. Tel.: 01-6781609; email:; web: No booking fee. Tickets can be bought/collected from MS office, or posted for fee of €1.50. ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL. Tel.: 01-4539472. Telephone bookings only.

Return of Notre Dame Folk Choir
There will be a public Mass at 9:00am on Sept 1st in the courtyard of Dublin Castle. This open-air "Mass of Thanksgiving" will be celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown and Rev John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame. Music will be provided by the Notre Dame Folk Choir who toured Ireland in early summer. This is part of an American Football weekend, followed by the Notre Dame vs Navy American football game at the Aviva Stadium.

International Gospel Music Festival for Kilkenny
The Kilkenny Gospel Choir is delighted to announce the inaugural International Gospel Choir Festival, from Thursday August 30th – Sunday September 2nd 2012. There will be workshops hosted by experts in the field on song writing, performance and running a successful Gospel Choir. To see the programme of events click here, and to register or book click here. The main venue for the weekend is the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, and choirs wil also sing at various churches around the city.

Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course
This course is now in its 31st Year, and takes place this year 12th-18th August at the Dominican centre in Knockadoon, Co. Cork. The purpose of the course is to assist young adults in music ministry, especially in contemporary church music and liturgy. It is an experiential week, where the young participants learn new music, are introduced to new instruments, and join in the Liturgy of Morning and Evening Prayer. There's plenty of fun and entertainment as well. The minimum age is 13, the cost is 190 Euro. Tutors this year include Ian Callanan, Liam Lawton, Boby Fischer and Paul Tate. For more information see video on left, and contact Aisling Reigh, Director, Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course, 24 Ferns Crescent, Ferns Bridge, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare. Email:, web:, Facebook:


Knockadoon Concert
One of the highpoints of the Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Summer Camp (see below) will be an open concert on Friday 17th August, 8pm at the Knockadoon Dominican Summer Camp Knockadoon Head, Ballymacode, Co Cork. Admission is free though donations are welcome. Led by musical director Ian Callanan, young people from across Ireland will fill the night air with songs that will lift the spirit and soothe the soul. The concert will showcase the music learned throughout the week and will be delivered by the music team and course participants. Guest musicians and vocalists include Bobby Fisher, Eileen Bird and Serenity Fisher.


Dublin Gospel Choir
Dublin Gospel Choir will play at the Dun Laoighaire Fusion Festival on Sun 29th July at 5 pm, in The People's Park, and at The Electric Picnic on Sunday 2nd Sept at 12pm.

Elation Ministries
Elation Ministries will play at the following summer festivals: Jul 28th 2012: Knock Youth Festival, Knock Shrine, Co Mayo; Aug 9th 2012: Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Clonmacnois, Co Offaly.


Hopkins Summer Festival
This year sees the 25th Hopkins Festival July 21 - 27, 2012, in the Theatre, Newbridge College. The festival promotes the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins through poetry, music, film and art. This year's poets attending include: Sen Sudeep (India) Salah Niazi (Iraq) Tomas Kafka (Czech Republic) Robert Simonisek (Slovenia) Dermot Healy (Irl) Desmond Egan (Irl) Diarmuid Johnson (Wales) Michael Woods (UK) Donald Gardner (Netherlands) Alfred Yuson (Philippines). Musicians include Frankie Gavin and Michelle Lally, Hans Palsson (Pianist) Sweden, Diarmuid Johnson, Flute. There will be a film premiere: The Wreck of the Deutschland Dir. Shane MacGrath, and workshops with Michael Woods (Creative Writing) Conor Mahony, (Guitar). There will be numerous speakers and book launches. For more info and booking:

Knock Summer Festival
The Knock Summer Festival is for all people between the ages of 17-30. It is a chance to come away and experience something different. Hundreds of young people will join together on July 28th for a day with a difference. Drumming, Gymnastics, Elation Ministries, Trocaire, Magis, inspiring speakers, practical workshops, celebration of the Eucharist, chill out time, a chance to meet new people. Explore what ONE: Love, ONE Community, ONE: Body means. For more info and booking:


"There Be Dragons" Showing
Tues 17th July at 7 pm - the film There Be Dragons, directed by Roland Joffé (The Mission, The Killing Fields) presented by the St Genesius Film Society at Ely House, 8 Ely Place Dublin 2. Donations only, refreshments and discussion. All welcome - you don't have to be a member. The film is based in part on the early life of St Jose Maria Escriva founder of Opus Dei, and on various political and personal conflicts during the Spanish Civil War, intercut with the story of a modern author researching family history. The film has many scenes/set pieces suitable for Religious Education. Faitharts review of There Be Dragons here.

Irish Church Music Association Summer School
This year's Summer School of the Irish Chhurch Music Association takes place in Maynooth, July 2nd to 6th. Guest Director this year is Marty Haugen, a liturgical composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist & author from Eagan, Minnesota. For the past 25 years, Haugen has presented workshops and concerts across North and Central America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. He has over 35 recordings and more than 400 separate printed editions available through GIA Publications. A number of his published songs, including "Shepherd Me, O God," "Gather Us In" and "All Are Welcome" are well-known to many religious denominations. More info here.

Lawton Tour
Details of Liam Lawton's 2oth Anniversary Tour:
April 11th St. Michael's Theatre, New Ross, Co.Wexford Tickets: 051 421255; April 13th The Church of the Assumption, Collooney,Sligo Tickets: 071 9167235; April 18th Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal Tickets: (00353) 74 9131840; April 27th St. Andrew's Church,Kilfinane, Limerick Tickets: 087 2849582; May 8th Birr Arts Centre, Birr, Co.Offally Tickets: 057 9122911; May 9th Strule Arts Centre,Omagh Tickets: +44 28 82247831; May 18th Church of Mary Conceived Without Sin, Mitchelstown Tickets: 025 84062.

Halleluia Gospel Choir
The Halleluia Gospel and Show Choir presents their first ever concert at The Helix The material ranges from from glee to classical. This choir has performed with and alongside artists such as Westlife, JLS, Hot Chocolate, Brian Kennedy, and Mary Black. Joining them is Niall O’Sullivan whose album recently topped the iTunes classical charts along with up and coming vocalist Simon Morgan, who has just finished recording his orchestral album. Details: Sat April 14th at 8pm. Tickets 17 Euro. Booking at The Helix Box Office (01-7007000), or online.

Music for IEC2012
The music programme for the Eucharistic Congress encourages everyone in the congregation to participate as much as possible in the liturgies during the week. Congregational singing is a key component in this. Particular emphasis is placed on the celebration of the Eucharist and the singing of the various parts of the Mass. These have been chosen from the anthology: Sing the Mass [Veritas 2011] produced on behalf of the National Centre for Liturgy and the Advisory Committee on Church Music. Read more here. Also, the full list of music for the week is available now as a PDF document here.


Summer Youth Fest
Maranatha Prayer Ministry is holding a Summer Youth Fest on Sat 30th June 11 am to 5 pm, in the South Court Hotel, Limerick, followed by Christian Rock with Metanoia - rock, rap, reggae and pop. Maranatha prayer ministry is a Catholic Community, committed to developing a caring environment in which the transforming graces of the Holy Spirit can renew persons into the likeness of Christ

Veritas Sale
Veritas shops are having a 7 Day Sale with 25% off everthing except magazines, newspapers, papal blessing parchments and school books. The sale starts at 9 am Monday 2nd July.

Liam Lawton Concert for Niall Mellon TrusT
Liam Lawton will perform a concert in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust on Fri 6th July at 8 pm, with guests Breege and Eddie Quinn and the Kilskyre Adult Choir, in Kilskyre Church, Kells Co. Meath.

New Setting of Mass - Premiere
Missa Caro Mea, a newly commissioned Mass setting by Colin Mawby will have its premiere in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, on Tuesday June 12th at 7 pm. It will be performed by the Palestrina Choir. On the night there will also be a performance of Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus featuring the Orchestra of St Cecilia. Adm free.

Voices By the Sea
A day of choirs and family events organised by the Greystones Rugby Football Club at Dr Hickey Pk, Sat June 30th, noon to 9 pm, 10 Euro for adults, 5 Euro for children, featuring the Dublin Gospel Choir, the Bray Gospel Choir, the Hallejujah Gospel Choir, Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir and more. For more info click here.

IEC Music
IEC Updates - More Info on Performers this week at IEC2012: Liturgical and Musical Performers in the Main Arena, RDS:
Tuesday 12 June Performers: · Liam Lawton - Directing Diocesan Choirs · Diocesan Choir: Kildare & Leighlin · Diocesan Choir: Ossory & Ferns · Diocesan Choir: Waterford & Lismore · Gardiner Street Gospel Choir · Composer Ian Callanan · Kisi Kids: International Catholic Movement
Wednesday 13 June Performers: · Derry Cathedral Choir – Conducted by Sister Perpetual McNulty · During Procession: Dublin Diocesan Lourdes Choir & Foxrock Parish Choir & Maynooth Brass Band · James Kilbane · Ennis Gospel Choir · Singer Sarah McCourt
Thursday 14 June Performers: · Congress Choir · The Vard Sisters · Full Set: Young Musicians · Liam Lawton: Composer & Musician · St Laurence’s Children’s Choir · Vocalese Singers
Friday 15 June Performers: · Meath Diocesan Choir – Directed by Jim Walsh & accompanied by Ephrem Feeley · Colleen Gormley: Spiritual Singer · Elation Ministries · St. Ultans Orchestra · Ian Callanan & Choir
Saturday 16 June Performers: · Tommy Fleming · Corpus Christi Texas Cathedral Choir – Director Br Padraig McIntyre & Abbot Richard Purcell · Fr Columba McCann, Organist & Composer · Killaloe & Limerick Diocesan Choir · Roscrea Parish Choir · Singer Dominic McGorian · Singer Danielle Rose
Sunday 17 June Performers (Croke Park): · RTE Concert Orchestra · The Three Tenors · Liam Lawton · The Priests · Celine Byrne · Fuaimlaoi · Palestrina Choir · Fr Marino Nguekam · Jacek Wislocki · The Dublin Deaf Choir · Micheal O’Muircheartaigh St Mary’s School Choir (school for the Deaf, Cabra)

IEC Exhibition
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE APOSTLES ‘COME AND SEE’ CAPERNAUM - THE CITY WHERE JESUS LIVED WITH HIS FRIENDS There will be an exhibition at the Eucharistic Congress called "Through the Eyes of the Apostles". This is a life size, 3D representation of parts of the town of Capernaum at the time of Jesus, including Peter's house and the synagogue.It's at the Simmonscourt Complex, RDS, June 10 – June 17 and admission is free. Produced by Communion & Liberation and The Icarus Foundation, thanks to many donors. For further information (or donations) please email:

IEC Fringe Events
There are some arts related events in the fringe events for the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012), under the heading "The Congress Extends to the City": Tues 12th June 7.30 pm - One Act Play Servant at the Supper, written and performed by Eleanor Glen, at the Church of the Assumption, Booterstown; Wed 13th 4pm to 6 pm Drama Workshop for Young People Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Merrion Rd; Thurs 14th 7.30 pm - Concert with the Goethe Institute Choir at the Church of the Assumption, Booterstown; Fri 15th 7.30 pm - Organ Recital by David Connolly, St Agatha's Church, North William St; Fri 15th 8 pm - An Evening of Prayer with Our Lady in Song - featuring singer-songwriter Danielle Rose from USA (see video clip), St Mary's Church, Haddington Rd. Also, every day for Congress week there's an art exhibition "Faces of Christ", St Paul's Church, Arran Quay.

More IEC News
A number of world class Irish acts and well known hosts will participate in the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) which takes place in Dublin from 10th until 17th June. The Three Tenors will perform at the opening ceremony in the RDS on Sunday 10th June. They will feature alongside the Palestrina Choir, Our Lady of Victories Choir, and The Maynooth Gospel Choir among many more. International trio The Priests, Fuaimlaoi, award winning soprano Celine Byrne, and world renowned composer Father Liam Lawton are among the acts that will feature alongside the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the closing ceremony taking place at Croke Park on Sunday 17th June. The Opening Ceremony on 10th June will be hosted on the arena stage by RTÉ newscaster Bryan Dobson along with TG4 presenter Roisin Ní Thomain. Events commence at 1pm and continue until 4.45pm. Events will be broadcast live on RTÉ. Throughout the week music will be heard from intercultural choral group Discovery Gospel Choir.

Dublin Gospel Choir
Dublin Gospel Choir in Concert in Church St. The 50th Eucharistic Congress is coming to Dublin this year and to mark the occasion; on the 16th of June the choir will be holding a Night of Soul concert in St Mary of the Angels Church, Church St., Dublin 7. Church St. is also the home of the Capuchin Day Centre for homeless people. They do amazing work to help the suffering of the less fortunate of society. With food bill alone of €60,000 per month, they need all the help they can get. It is hoped to raise some much needed funds for the centre by running this event. Doors at 7.30pm Tickets: Adults; €15 Concession; €10 Family: €40 Doors open at 7.30pm, concert starts at 8pm.

Gospel Gathering
As part of Love:Live Music - Ireland's National Music Day on Thursday 21st June, Waltons New School of Music presents a Gospel Gathering at St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre from 6.30pm to 7.15pm. For more info:

Updates for International Eucharistic Congress 2012

The Eucharistic Congress will talk place from June 10th to 17th in Dublin at the RDS, Dublin 4 and Croke Park (final Mass). Among the talks/workshops that include an arts component are:
Mon 11th, Play: The Trial, written by Glenn Gannon, directed by Frank Allen. (7 pm)
Drama in the Youth Space with Net Ministries. 8.10 pm
Silent Prayer with Music, Youth Space 10.30 pm.
Tues 12th, Monica Browne - "Religious Music for Children" (11.30 am)
Workshop, Youth Space: "Write Your Song", with Sean Feeney, Elation Ministries 12 midday.
Dr Friedhelf Hoffman - "Evangelisation and Church Art" - in German, (7pm)
Play: The Trial, written by Glenn Gannon, directed by Frank Allen. (7 pm)
Drama in the Youth Space with Net Ministries. 7.10 pm
Concert, Youth Space: Gardiner St Gospel Choir 8 pm
Concert, Youth Space: Sagrra, Christian Music from Brazil. 9 pm
Silent Prayer with Music, Youth Space 10.30 pm.
Wed 13th, Fr Paul Murray OP - "An Amazing Grace: The Poets of the Eucharist" (10 am)
and Fr Peter Hannon SJ - "Film and Faith" (10 am and 11.30 am)
Thurs 14th: Youth Space: "A Life in Time with the Heartbeat of God" - Simon Edwards and The Psalm Drummers, Belfast 1.30 pm and 6.30 pm
Silent Prayer with Music, Youth Space 10.30 pm.
Fri 15th, Fr Liam Lawton - "Sacred Song" (Concert - 10 am)
Sr Una Agnew - "Spirituality in the Writings of Patrick Kavanagh" (11.30 am)
Play, Servant at the Supper, written and performed by Eleanor Glennon, (11.30am)
Youth Space: "A Life in Time with the Heartbeat of God" - Simon Edwards and The Psalm Drummers, Belfast 1.30 pm and 6.30 pm
Concert: Our Lady's Choral Society and Dublin Diocesan Choir (7 pm)
Youth Space, Concert: Rend Collective Experiment, UK. 9 pm
Silent Prayer with Music, Youth Space 10.30 pm.
Sat 16th,
Youth Space: "A Life in Time with the Heartbeat of God" - Simon Edwards and The Psalm Drummers, Belfast 1.30 pm and 6.30 pm
Concert: Sr Bernadette Sweeney and Ms Joanna Crooks, with the St Agnes Community String Orchestra. (3.30 pm)
Drama in the Youth Space with Net Ministries. 4.10 pm
Youth Space, Sacred Dance Workshop, Sr Bernadette Purcell, 4.30 pm
Youth Space: The Move of Faith, Dance Donking Ireland 6.30 pm
Silent Prayer with Music, Youth Space 10.30 pm.
Sun 17th: Final Mass, Statio Orbis, with Pilgrim Choir

Note: Book early as some events may be oversubscribed.
For latest events check here.
Full details of Youth Programme here

Gospel Rising
The Gospel Rising Music Festival, which is being hosted in Bray Co Wicklow this 11th-13th May is now ready for booking. all the information you need to get yourself, your friends, and your music group (if you are part of one) ready to head to Bray. There is an extensive list of workshops available this year You can reserve these by paying €30 per ticket through the online booking system using a PayPal account or Credit Card Book before Friday 13th April, to get the Early Bird Full Weekend Ticket for a total of €50 (€20 balance payable on arrival at festival). Apply to Perform: There are number of performance opportunities over the weekend and the organisers would love to see and hear as many choirs as possible performing! Download application form and instructions here.

Teen Spirit
The INEC Killarney will see the appearance of the spectacular musical youth movement Teen SpiriT on Tuesday the 6th of March. There will be two concerts on the day - a school's one at 11.30am (only €5 per student, teachers free) and an evening one at 8pm (adults €20, students/OAPs €10). "Teen Spirit", is currently recruiting singers for a concert in the Grand Canal theatre on April 29th this year, please visit for more details.

Tommy Fleming Concert
Tommy Fleming will perform at St Brigid's Church Newry on April 22nd in a concert organised by the Knights of Columbanus to fundraise for restoration work on the churches of St Brigid and St Mary. Tickets are available from Newry Parish Office and Ticketmaster.

Emmanuel 2012
The Sixth Emmanuel programme of liturgical music in Second Level Schools will culminate in the Mahony Hall, Helix Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday 13 & 14 March 2012 at 8.00 p.m. [Added 13/10: Workshops for participating teachers are on: Gort Mhuire, Dundrum, October 18th; Clonliffe College, October 20th, both 1.30 to 4 pm, booking form available by emailing Faitharts, or contact Grainne Clinton, Secretary, Liturgy Resource Centre, Tel: 8087554]

International Eucharistic Congress 2012

The Eucharistic Congress will talk place from June 10th to 17th in Dublin at various venues especially Croke Park and the RDS. Among the talks/workshops that include an arts component are:
Mon 11th, Imogen Stuart - "Reflections of an Artist on Communion"
and Maeve Louise Heaney - "Whoever Sings Prays Twice" (both 7 pm)
Tues 12th, Monica Browne - "Religious Music for Children" (11.30 am)
and Dr Friedhelf Hoffman - "Evangelisation and Church Art" (7pm)
Wed 13th, Fr Paul Murray OP - "The Poets of the Eucharist" (10 am)
and Fr Peter Hannon SJ - "Film and Faith" (10 am and 11.30 am)
Fri 15th, Fr Liam Lawton - "Sacred Song" (Concert - 10 am)
and Sr Una Agnew - "Spirituality in the Writings of Patrick Kavanagh" (11.30 am)
Download full programme here.
[see above for updates and revision]

Summer Retreat for Music Ministers
Summer Retreat for Music Ministers 12 July – 19 July 2012 Pontifical Irish College, Rome. The retreat will be directedc by Fr Liam Lawton of Kildare and Leighlin Diocese. Liam will be accompanied by Julianne Woods B.A. Mus., Grad. Dip. Ed. Mus., H. Dip. Theol., M.A. Chant and Ritual Song. Julianne teaches music at the Royal School in Cavan. More information on the event and venue here.

Ó Riada Re-Imagined
Louth Contemporary Music Society presents a new arrangement of Seán Ó Riada's Mass by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky performed by the EQ Singers with Zoe Conway, fiddle, Laoise Kelly,harp & Mel Mercier, bodhrán conducted by Eamonn Dougan with a special guest performance by Iarla Ó Lionáird in St.Nicholas' Church of Ireland (The Green Church) Dundalk Saturday 10 March 2012. Additionally, Tomás Ó Canainn, author of 'Seán Ó Riada - His Life and Work', will give a talk on Ó Riada, his music and the masses in the Space,Town Hall Crowe St, Dundalk at 5pm on Saturday 10 March 2012. The talk is free but it is advised to book tickets in advance. Booking at Central Ticket Bureau


New Films
Two upcoming films may be of interest: Stella Days, due for release in September 2011 stars Martin Sheen as a priest in rural Ireland promoting a cinema and running into conflicts. It is directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan and also stars Stephen Rea and Amy Huberman.
More information here.
Calvary, from Guard director John Michael McDonagh, will star Brendan Gleeson as a priest in rural Ireland (Easkey, Co. Sligo) runing into difficulties with his parishioners. As of mid-July 2011 this has yet to go into production. More information here

IEC 2012: Pilgrim choirs in the RDS and Croke Park - Deadline for Choirs extended! The International Eucharist Congress Oorganisers would like to invite choirs and music groups to participate in the main liturgical celebrations in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) during 10th - 16th June as members of the Pilgrim choir. If your choir or music group is interested in joining us, music directors are invited to book for the Congress as a group on or before 18th April 2012. Your choir or music group can book to attend the Congress as a group for one, three or seven days. IEC2012 has also allocated a limited number of tickets for the Croke Park Pilgrim Choir. Read more. See also

Notre Dame Folk Choir
Notre Dame Folk Choir Tuesday 22nd May, 8pm Room: John Field Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin. Prices: €20 (Concession €15) 25% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall The Notre Dame Folk Choir is composed of young men and women's voices, along with flute, organ, violins, guitar, Celtic harp, and bodhrán. The choir exploits the traditional choral repertoire, drawn from all over the globe, with a particular emphasis on Ireland, France, and Mexico. Choral music from the African continent, exuberantly performed in four-part harmony, is featured prominently. The choir has performed many and highly successful international tours.
Background: .Presented by The University of Notre Dame Sponsored by Keough Naughton Centre, Dublin. Info and booking here.
Other venues for the Choir Tour:
Workshop, 1:00pm St. Louis School Primary, Rathmines; Wednesday, May 23
Workshop and Concert, 10:00am Blakestown School Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin:
Concert of Sacred Music, 7:00pm with St. Louis Highschool Charleville Rd. Rathmines, Dublin
Gorey: Thursday, May 24 Concert of Sacred Music, 8:00pm (free will offering) St. Michael's Church Gorey, Co. Wexford
Clonard, Wexford: Friday, May 25 Primary School Presentation, 11:15 AM
Kennedy Park School Primary School Presentation, 1:15 PM
Scoil Mhuirez Coolcotts, Wexford, Concert of Sacred Music, 7:30 PM (free will offering)
Church of the Annunciation Clonard, Co. Wexford Wexford & Our Lady's Island Saturday, May 26 Choral Workshop, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Bunclody Pastoral Centre (cost is €10 or €40 for a group of 5)
Vigil Mass, 7:00 PM Our Lady's Island
Clonard and Enniscorthy Sunday, May 27 (Pentecost Sunday) Pentecost Mass, 11:15 AM Church of the Annunciation Clonard, Co. Wexford
Diocesan Service of Send-Off to the Eucharistic Congress, 8:00 PM St. Aidan's Cathedral Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Ireland
Wednesday, May 30 Concert of Sacred Music, 7:30pm Church of the Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Attymass, Co. Mayo.

Pentecost Mass
Instruments of Peace are absolutely joy-filled to announce that the PENTECOST SUNDAY MASS will be broadcast not only nationwide in Ireland but in different parts of the European Union - Sun 27th May 10 am. The mass will be celebrated at the Glenstal Benedictine Abbey Murroe, Co. Limerick Republic of Ireland. PRINCIPAL CELEBRANT Abbot Patrick Hederman OSB; DEACON AND HOMILIST Br. Martin Browne OSB; MUSIC PLAINCHANT Monks of Glenstal Abbey accompanied by the Glenstal Boys Choir; ORGANIST AND DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL CHOIR Fr. Columba McCann OSB; FIRST CHANTER AND CHOIR MASTER FOR THE MONKS Fr. Senan Furlong OSB; LUCERNARIUME Ensemble from University of Limerick for two chants; ADVENIT IGNIS Soloist: Wolodymyr Smishkewych; QRISTE AGSDGA (Georgian) Soloist: Sydney Nicoletta Freedman. Pic of Glenstal: © M O'Brien.

New Ross Choral Festival
18th - 20th May 2012 will see New Ross host its 28th AIMS Choral Festival with 20 competitions across two days for Junior and Adult competitions. The AIMS Choral Festival is noted for its high competitive standards set by our renowned panel of adjudicators together with its friendly informal atmosphere. Overall, the festival attracts over 1,000 participants with the best of choral music in all its many forms. There is a sacred music competition on the Sunday - 20th May. Venue: St. Michaels Theatre, Pastoral Centre & The Parish Church, New Ross.

Good News to Go!
Good News To Go! is an Invitation to Young Adults, an initiative of the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism of the Archdiocese of Dublin. It Will take place on Thursday 17 May - in Clarendon Street Church, Dublin 2, at 7:30pm. Music will be led by Ian Callanan, Prayers by young people, Catechesis will led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Young people from around the Archdiocese of Dublin are invited to attend. For more information contact: email - - and on Facebook -

Teen SpiriT IV took place in the INEC Killarney on March 6th and it is reported there was a full house at both morning and evening shows (almost 3500 in total). The Teen SpiriT project will be taking on a new direction in the future, and the big shows are coming to an end in their present format. However, Teen SpiriT is coming to Dublin with a show on Sunday 29th April in the Olympia Theatre, and the team has been working with a number of Leinster based choirs for the past number of months. The Irish Catholic will be running a feature on the project next week and RTE's Would You Believe has been covering the progress to date also and will be airing their show on Sunday April 22nd. All the information on the upcoming show can be found online at here, along with concert footage of the Killarney Show last year, photos of this year's TSIV show, as well as other parish resources and reflections that can be downloaded. Contact details for those who wish to know more are also on the website as well as info on other projects the Teen SpiriT choirs have been involved in over the past number of years.

Handel Days
Handel's Days 13th & 14th April 2012 - On April 13th 1742, Handel’s 'Messiah' premiered on Fishamble Street here in Temple Bar. This year, Temple Bar Cultural Trust invite you to join themagain as theycelebrate Handel and his Dublin connections including the annual performance of 'Messiah on the Street' on Friday 13th April at 1pm. The following day, Saturday 14th April, at Adam and Eve's Church on Merchant's Quay there's a special performance by Our Lady's Choral Society in a Handel Celebration concert. More info here.

Another Sr Rose Talk
Sr Rose Pacette (see item below) will give a talk on Catholicism and Film Sun 15th Apr 6:30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1.

Family and Media Talk
Saturday 14th April at 7pm , at Dal Riada Faith and Family Centre, Avoca Ave, Blackrock, Co. Dublin . Sr. Rose Pacatte will be speaking on the topic of Media and the Family. In this session Sister Rose will present and explore the strategy of “media mindfulness” — a method of engaging the media and popular culture through the eyes of faith and responsible citizenship in a globalized world. Sr. Rose Pacette is a Daughter of St Paul and Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies, Los Angeles. Sr. Rose holds an M. Ed in Media Studies from the University of London (UK) and a Certificate in Pastoral Communications from the University of Dayton. She is the co-author of the Lights, Camera…Faith! Series. Her other titles include: The Nativity Story: A Film Study Guide for Catholics and Into Great Silence: A Film Study Guide (both Pauline Books & Media). She is also the editor of The Nativity Story: Contemplating Mary’s Journeys of Faith (Pauline, 2006). Host for the occasion: Douglas Fahleson, a Catholic filmmaker, international film festival judge and an artistic associate of SIGNIS – the World Catholic Association for Communication. For more information, please contact Douglas, 085 2468311,

Passion Play at Ballintubber Abbey
There will be a Passion Play at Ballintubber Abbey, Calemorris Abboey, Co Mayo, from April 2nd to April 4th, in the Abbey grounds at 9 pm each night.

Prayer, Reflection, Music
There will be an Evening of Prayer, Reflection and Music at St. Mary’s Dominican Church, Pope’s Quay, Cork. Sat 3rd March 7-10pm for the 16-35 age group. Music will be provided by Youth 2000.

Course for Cantors
Patrice O'Connor will present a course for cantors on a series of three Wednesday evenings - Feb 22nd, Feb 29th and March 7th, at Clonliffe Colle, Dublin, 8 pm to 9.30 pm each night. Cost is 15 Euro. Contact the Liturgy Resource Centre 01-8087554


The Way Screening
Screening of The Way, film with Martin Sheen about the Camino de Santiago, Tues night 20th March 7 pm St Genesius Film Club, 8 Ely Place Dublin 2. Includes a talk by Fr Eamon Monson. Discussion and drinks after wards.

TV Mass from Knock
On Saturday, 17th March at 11:30 in the morning, RTÉ ONE will broadcast live from Knock Shrine, the Mass for Saint Patrick’s day. This live transmission will be received in 144 national media territories around the globe, delivering it to 148 million viewers. Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Richard Gibbons, Parish Priest of Knock Composer of AIFREANN MHUIRE AN CHNOIC (The Knock Mass): Sr. Marie Dunne, CHF. Choir: Cantairí Óga Chnoc Mhuire (The Young Knock Singers) Soloist: Patricia Bourke D’Souza Produced and Directed by: Kairos Communications, Divine Word Missionaries, Ireland Executive Producer: Roger Childs, Editor - RTÉ Religious Programmes (Radio and TV)
The Mass will be introduced by a 5-minute film, in English, to contextualise both the place and the participants. This unprecedented international broadcast of St. Patrick’s Mass from Ireland provides opportunity for the Irish, their relatives and friends around the globe, to connect with loved ones at home through the celebration of the Eucharist on Saint Patrick’s Day.

St Matthew Passion at the Pro-Cathedral
Bach's St Matthew Passion will be performed at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral on Sunday March 25th. Performers will include: The Dublin Bach Singers, the Pro-Cathedral Girls Choir and the Orchestra of St Cecelia. Tickets cost 25 Euro and are available from the Central Ticket Bureau and the Pro-Cathedral Office (01-8745441)


Emmanuel 2012
Tickets are now available for the Emmanuel concerts - massed school choirs singing religious music in the O'Mahony Hall at
The Helix in the grounds of DCU. It's on 13th, 14th and 15th March. Booking from the Helix Box Office (01-7007000) and online. Emmanuel is a project of the Dublin Diocesan Commission for Sacred Music and promotes the use of Sacred Music in Secondary Schools. Over 40 Schools and their choirs will participate in a spectacular evening of music from this programme. The orchestra, massed choirs will be conducted by Ian Callanan, a member of the Music Commission.

Camross Passion Play
On Saturday March 10th, at Wexford Opera House, The Camross Passion Play will be performed in conjunction with the Ferns Diocesan Committee as part of the International Eucharistic Congress which takes place in Ireland in 2012.The Play is based on the world famous Oberammergau script and Camross first performed it as a Millennium Project in 2000. They performed it again in 2005 and were part of the RTE Easter ceremonies which were televised in St Aidan’s Cathedral in 2008. More info and booking here.

Sacred Symphonies
The Sacred Symphonies by Gabrieli will be performed in the Domed Hall at Dublin City Hall on Sat Feb 18th at 6pm. The concert will feature the Resurgam Choir. Adm 15 Euro.

Gospel Concert
GOSPEL VOICES is an event bringing in one place, on one night a taste of some of Ireland's favourite gospel sounds - from traditional to contemporary sounds, RnB sounds; sounds from Ireland and sounds and rhythms brought to Ireland from Africa, South America, Europe and US and beyond. featuring live performances from a diverse line up including: SIMPLE FAITH, the AFRICAN GOSPEL CHOIR & ADENIYI, KHANYAH, NONO, DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR, GRACE AMAH, VICTORY GOSPEL CHOIR, RCCG PRAISE TEAM and more... SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2012 VICTORY CENTRE, TALLAGHT. Doors open 6:30pm Show starts 7:00pm. More info here.

The Way
The Way film, featuring Martin Sheen, which is now available on DVD, will be given a special showing at the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, The Naul, Co. Dublin on Thurs 26 Jan at 8.30 pm. More info and booking here. The film focuses on a journey on the pilgrim way of Santiago de Compostella.

Dublin Gospel Choir in Navan
Dublin Gospel will perform in Navan
, Co Meath, on Friday 16 December 2011 at the new Swan Lane Music Venue , beside the Ardboyne Hotel, Dublin Road. Starts 8.00pm Tickets: €18

Nativity Film
The St Genesius Film Society meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Knights of Colombanus, Ely Place, Dublin 2, at 7pm. This month's film is Nativity! (2009) a comedy about a school nativity play. All welcome for film, chat and refreshments.

Carol Service
There will be an ecumenical carol even at the Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin on Sat 17th December at 3.30 pm. The singing will be led by Cantaraí Avondale. The event is orgainsed by the Catholic Archdiocese's Office of Evangelisation and the Church of Ireland Diocesan Council for Mission.

Advent Youth Festival
There's an Advent Youth Festival on Sat Dec 10th in Clonard Monastery in Belfast. Clonard and Down and Connor folk groups will provide the music.

Palestrina Concert
The annual Christmas concert of the Pro-Cathedral's Palestrina Choir will take place on Dec 8th in the RDS. Booking from Ticketmaster.

Christmas Presentation in Tallaght
The story of the first Christmas features in The Church of St Martin de Porres, Oldbawn, Tallaght from December 10th. A model of Bethlehem has been constructed for the occasion. Adm is free, school groups are welcome - phone 01-4510160.

The Priests - December Concerts
"The Priests" singing group will perform three Christmas concerts in December; Cork Opera House, Sat 10th Dec, Wexford Opera House Sun 11th Dec and RDS Concert Hall, Dublin Wed 14th and Thurs 15th Dec. (Tickets for RDS from Ticketmaster).

Handel's Messiah will be performed in the Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin on Sundays 4th and 11th December, featuring Cara O’Sullivan, soprano ; Tara Erraught, mezzo ; Ross Scanlon, tenor ; John Molloy, bass; Galway Baroque Singers; Irish Philharmonic Orchestra; David Brophy, conductor. Concert starts 8 pm and tickets are available from Ticketmaster from 25 Euro.

Christmas at the National Concert Hall
Some events coming up at the National Concert Hall: Sun 18 Dec 3.15 pm and 8 pm: Carols by Candlelight; Mon 19th Dec 8 pm: Christmas Carol Singalong; Tues 20 Dec: The Glory of Christmas. Details and booking at

All Hallows Christmas Event
On Fri 16th/Sat 17th Dec All Hallows College is hosting a Liam Lawton concert with stayover. On the Friday night there's dinner, a recption and Lawton concert. There's B and B, with a morning workshop "Reflections on the Journey" with Sr Moya Curran. Cost is 80 Euro - booking info (deadline Dec 9th) here.

Tinahely Event
THE DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR @ ST KEVIN’S PARISH CHURCH, Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre, Sunday 18 December @ 8pm With Special Guests -
joining the Dublin Gospel choir for the very first time are ANTHONY MORGAN’S INSPIRATIONAL CHOIR OF HARLEM, (A.M.I.C.O.H.) New York. The group comprises 6 vocalists, gifted singers who have travelled the world singing and performing for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. A.M.I.C.O.H’s distinct collaboration of voices, known for its versatile sound, brings their unique and carefully handpicked talent to the stage with a soulful and unique style. Booking info here.

Liam Lawton 20th Anniversary Tour.
Celebrating 20 years - This year marks 20 years since Liam's music was first published, in the USA. From Edenderry, Co Offaly, Liam went to study arts in Maynooth, then took a different route and studied Theology. In 1984 he was ordained as a Priest for Kildare & Leighlin. Dates and venues for Tour (some venues can be booked online at Ticketsireland) November 27th St Patrick's Church, Lurgan Tickets : 07879 662588 December Saturday 3rd Iontas, Castleblaney Co.Monaghan Tickets: 042 9753400 (Not available @ - Box office only) Thursday 8th Knock Shrine (St John's rest & care centre) Co.Mayo Tickets: Knock Shrine office : 094 9388100 Sunday 11th Holy Family Church, Newington Ave,Belfast Tickets: Holy Family Church Prestbytery : 9074 3119 Tuesday 13th Church of the Immaculate Conception, Castlecomer,Co.Kilkenny Tickets: Parish Office: 056 4441262 Wednesday 14th St Jospeh's Church Limerick Tickets: Parish Office: 061 313401 / 087 2348226 Thursday 15th St Peter & Paul's Church, Porlaoise Tickets: Dunamaise Art Centre: 057 866 3355 / Parish Centre: 057 8621142 (Not available @ - Box office only) Friday 16th All Hallows College Church Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland. Tickets: 041 98 25793 / 087 74760078 Sunday 18th St Colman's Church, Massforth, Kilkeel Newry Tickets: 07792006678 Monday 19th Cork Opera House Cork Tickets: (0) 21 - 427 0022 (Box Office) (Not available @ - Box office only) Wednesday 21st The Moat Theatre,Naas Co. Kildare Phone: 045 883030 (Box Office) (Not available @ - Box office only).

Palestrina Choir
The Palestrina Choir of Dublin's Pro-Cathedral has released a recording of sacred music and reflections. Linked to the International Eucharistic Congress of 2012 in Dublin, the recording features the origial performance of Panis Angelicus by John McCormack from the congress of 1932, and a new version by current Palestrina tenor Jacek Wislocki.

Lucan Gospel Singers
The Lucan Gospel Singers, under Musical Director Ian Brabazon, will perform a concert in the Helix Glasnevin, Mahony Hall, on Fri 9th December. The choir will perform well kniown gospel songs like Happy Day and Joyful Joyful, and songs specially arranged for the choir. More info and booking here.
Tickets €12.50.


Tree of Life
New film The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World) opens in Ireland on Friday 8th July, featuring much spiritual and religious content. The Book of Job provides some of the inspiration. It won the Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Fiona Shaw. The film dates from 2009, but distribution problems have delayed it. The IMDB entry is here, and there's a perceptive review from Decent Films here. There are several clips (including clip on left) at Click play button on bottom left of clip to watch the clip on this page.
[for review of this film see blog]

A Capella, In Capello
Cork Chamber Choir presents its first concert since winning the Premier National Competition for Chamber Choirs at the Cork International Choral Festival 2011. The concert will to bring to Triskel's exquisite new venue Christchurch the kind of music that was written for such a space - A Capella music, composed to inspire and honour the divine with the power of the human voice alone. The choir has chosen some of their favourite sacred works by renaissance and modern composers, from Lotti's magical Crucifixus written in 1717 to John Taverner's The Lamb written in 1985. The concert takes place on Sat 19th November 6pm-7pm. €10 / €7 (concession). More info here.

Catholic Underground
The next event from Catholic Underground Ireland will be on Saturday the 19th of November 2011 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. The location is in St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St., Dublin 7. There will be Holy Hour with Fr. Columba Jordan CFR, followed by a concert of praise by The Dublin Gospel Choir. All are welcome and it is a donation only event.

Creative Competition
The Irish Missionary Union, as one of its initiatives for Mission Month October and Mission Sunday (Oct 23rd) has announced a competition for second level schools. The theme involves inequality and injustice, combined with the call to "Love Your Neighbour" and students can do an essay, produce a creative work or a piece based on original photo(s). There's a 200 Euro 1st prize and a 100 Euro 2nd prize in each category. Deadline is Dec 1st and brochures can be downloaded from here.


Army Carol Service
There will be a carol service at the Church of the Defence Forces, Arbour Hill, Dublin on Wed 7th December at 8 pm.

Arts Talk
"The Church as Patron of the Arts in the New Republic" is the title of a talk coming up in All Hallows College, Drumcondra on Wed 30th November 7.30 pm. Adm 10 Euro. It's subtitles "A case study of All Hallows in the 1940s and 1950s", and will be given by Sighle Breathnach-Lynch, former curator of the National Galery. The focus will be on works by Sir John Lavery and Evie Hone among many others and there will be a chance to view various art works.

Poetry Lecture
Continuing the Autumn lecture series in the Central Catholic Library, 74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2: Tuesday 22nd November, poet John F. Deane on: “Ecce Homo : of Revolution and of Poetry” Further details: or 01-676 1264

Movies with Meaning
(Diocese of Cork and Ross) Four evenings exploring themes of Faith, Loss, Hope and Transformation using the medium of story and film Four evenings exploring themes of Faith, Loss, Hope and Transformation using the medium of story and film, taking place at the Ennismore Retreat Centre November 8th 15th, 22nd, 29th at 7.30pm Facilitators; Fr. Ben Hegarty. Fr. Stephen Cummins. Mr. Pat Sheehan.

Liam Lawton Concert
"Liam Lawton - A Night in November" - concert in the Grand Canal Theatre Dublin on Sat 12th November 2011. Tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster (book here)on Fri 24/6/11 at 9 am.

Fuaimlaoi Concerts
Liturgical music group Fuaimlaoi have two concerts coming up this Autumn: Fuaimlaoi will perform at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, on
Sunday October 16th at 8pm as part of the town's Féile an Fhomhair festival. The programme will feature a broad range of scriptural settings from the group's distinctive repertory. Fuaimlaoi will be joined on this occasion by a guest string quartet. Fuaimlaoi has also been invited to perform at St Joseph's Church, O'Connell Ave, Limerick City on Sunday, November 13th at 7.30pm by the Limerick Choral Festival Society. The group will be joined on this occasion by a guest string quartet.

Dublin Gospel Choir
Among the Choir's upcoming dates : Dublin Gospel Choir in Concert. Siamsa Tíre Theatre, Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry Saturday 12th November at 8pm.

Glendalough Mass
There will be a workshop featuring the music of Liam Lawton's Glendalough Mass on November 9th at 7.30 pm in the Holy Rosary Church, Bohernabreena, Co. Dublin. Contact Breda Carroll at 01-4141838.

RE Congress for Tralee
The theme of this year's RE Congress is "Come be Nourished - Share the Good News!" The third National Religious Education Congress is for persons involved in the ministry of religious education, evangelisation, liturgical ministry, and other related ministries . This year it will be held in the Brandon Hotel Conference Centre, Tralee 7 - 9 October The first two congresses (2007 and 2009) attracted almost 500 participants from national and international communities. This year it is hoped to improve on the number of participants and again there will be a 'Youth Day' on Friday 7 October for post-primary students and their chaperones. To book your place at the 2011 RE Congress download the Congress flier, print it off and post it to: Brendan O'Reilly. Please find the direct link to the RE Congress flier as follows: Further information will be available on the RE Congress website at soon.

Tree of Life
The Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray Co. Wicklow will present a showing of the recent Terrence Malick film Tree of Life on Mon 7th November at 8pm. For the Faitharts review of this film see the blog entry for 12/7/11. More info and booking here.

Harlem Gospel Choir
The renowned Harlem Gospel Choir will play the following dates in Ireland:
Tues 25th Oct Navan, Solstice Arts Centre Tel: 046 9092300/, Wed 26th Galway, Town Hall Theatre Tel: 091 569777; Thurs 27th Blanchardstown, Draiocht Tel: 01 8852622; Fri 28th Ennis Glor Tel: 065 6843101; Sat 29th Cork Opera House; Sun 30th Dublin, National Concert Hall Tel: 01 317000.

St. Mochta’s Concert
"Songs for a Winter's Evening" Following last years very successful concert, Mary Flynn, Soprano, together with Harpists Mary & Teresa O’Donnell have come together with friends for ‘Songs for a Winters Evening’ II. All proceeds will be donated to the Dublin 15 Hospice and The Rise Foundation. The concert will take place in St. Mochta’s Church on Friday 21st October at 8pm. Tickets €15 available from the Parish Office between 9.30am and 12.30pm Mon-Fri, from the Sacristy after all Masses or please contact Sally at 085 2869380 or Mary at 087 2585398. The Rise Foundation is a registered charity, founded by the singer Frances Black in 2008, focused on the family of those in addiction.

"I Confess" at St Genesius
The St Genesius film society will meet on Tuesday October 18th at 7 pm, for a showing of the Alfred Hitchcock film "I Confess" (1953), a thriller with the seal of the confessional as part of the plot. Main stars are Montgomery Clift, Karl Malden and Anne Baxter. All are welcome to the event for the film, discussion and refreshments. Venue is knights of Colombanus, Ely Place, Dublin 2. The Internet Movie Database entry for the film is here, the US Catholic Conference review is here, and the review at Decent Films is here.

Brooke Fraser Concert
Brooke is a singer-songwriter from New Zealand, with several best selling albums to her credit. She has worked with the Hillsong group and her songs sometimes feature Christian elements. She will play a concert in The Academy, Middle Abbey St, Dublin 1 on Sun 9th October. For more info on this event click here, and for a thought-provoking interview with Brooke, about Christian music and her charity work, click here.

Another Lawton Workshop
Workshop for Teachers: Liam Lawton is offering a workshop for Teachers : Date: Thursday October 6th Time: 7:30p.m -9:30p.m. Venue: Mt St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, Portarlington. Cost per person €15. Each participant will receive a book of the Glendalough Mass and CD. The book contains Choral Parts, Piano Accompaniment and Guitar Chords. The introduction of the new Missal will begin in September of this year. As well as learning new prayers there will also be a need for new music. Liam Lawton has written a new setting for the prayers of the Mass called The Glendalough Mass. This music is very suitable for use with children and will be a great resource for teachers and choir directors as they plan for First Communion, Confirmation and other celebrations of the Eucharist throughout the school year. The Glendalough Mass is also the music used for the Mass on the DVD accompanying the new resource for teachers ’Come, Gather and Celebrate’; Praying the New Missal with Children’ written by Maeve Mahon and Elaine Mahon.

Live Angotti Concert

US singer-songwriter John Angotti who toured in Ireland this time last year, and who played at World Youth Day in Madrid recently, will feature in a live concert on the web on Wed 5th October. This can be viewed on at 9.30 pm (Irish time) 1.30 pm Pacific Standard Time). The concert, streamed from St Monica's High School in Santa Monica California, will be followed by a Q and A session, and then a repeat of the show at 12.30 am (Irish Time), 4.30 pm PST)

International Day of Peace Event
Wed Sept 21st marks the UN International Day of Peace, and this year, Irish group Instruments of Peace are hosting an event in the National Convention Centre on the quays in Dublin near the O2 and Financial Services Centre. Last year's event involved singers and artists with same goal of world peace. This year there will be keynote speakers and workshops. There will be musical performances in between the speeches, each person performing their talent with utmost care to enhance the spirit of the Conference which is that of experiencing Peace rather than just of talking about Peace issues. These musical pieces hope to knit together the different themes and topics on Peace. More info and an opportunity to register here.

Liam Lawton Workshop
Liturgical composer Fr Liam Lawton will give a workshop on his "Glendalough Mass" on Wednesday 28th September in St Joseph's Church, Templerainey, Arklow. This Mass setting will be used at the Eucharistic Congress in June 2012 in Dublin. Liam will sing the Mass and teach the parts. All are welcome, the cost is 15 Euro, which includes a book and CD. Just turn up on the night - no need to book in advance.

Icon Painting Sale and more ...
A congregration of sisters from St Elizabeth convent, Minsk, in Belarus will set up a stall on Friday, September 30th after 6.15 mass (which will be at about 7pm) .... in Mt Argus church , Kimmage , Dublin They will be selling pottery (cups, bells, angels, candleholders), birch bark boxes, hand-painted icons and pictures on semiprecious stones, wood-carved crosses, small wooden and leather crosses, Russian Christmas tree decorations, wooden Russian painted spoons and jars, Russian dolls, painted boxes and other items. The proceeds are to support their work with adults and children in Belarus with mental and physical disabilities. This is their site .... with pics of icon painting etc

Kate Campbell Concerts
American singer-songwriter Kate Campbell will perform two shows in the North of Ireland - Fri Sept 23rd in the Bronte Music Centre, Rathfriland, Co. Down and Tues 27th Sept in the Errigle Inn, Belfast. Campbell includes gospel songs (some quirky) in her performances and lists Thomas Merton and Theresa of Avila among her influences. More info on her website.

Dublin International Gospel Festival
This year's INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL takes place on Saturday 24 September, 6:30pm, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1. The festival will feature major gospel choirs, and artists including Zanillya Farrell (daughter of Bobby Farrell from the group Boney M), Dublin Gospel Choir, The Redeemed Christian Church of God Praise Choir, multi-talented musician and songwriter Adeniyi Allen Taylor. More info here.

Storytelling Week
Once upon a time...a week of storytelling and pilgrimage in the West of Ireland with Megan Mc Kenna - some RE teachers will have seen her appearances at RE Congresses. It will take place in the Gaeltacht area of Corca Dhuibhne in South-West Kerry, Ireland. 21-27 August 2011. Booking form, brochure and more information here. Experience Skeilig Michael - a related event, with Mark Patrick Hederman and San O'Duinn, monks of Glenstal Abbey, with music by the monks of Glenstal and Nóirín Ní Riain. Dates Aug 24th - 25th. More info here.

On August 13th, The Dublin Gospel Choir will perform a Night of Soul concert in aid of The Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless people in our home church, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7. The Capuchin Day Centre provides meals and day care facilities for people who are homeless or in need, and food parcels for those on the poverty threshold. In 2010 the centre provided 190,000 meals and 50,000 food parcels. They offer medical assistance, showers and clothing as well as advice and a friendly ear. The centre is not just about feeding people, but also giving them a chance to regain their dignity and feel a little love. With this concert we hope to raise both awareness and badly needed funds, to help the centre continue its outstanding work. All profits raised from this concert will go directly to The Day Centre. Tickets: Adult €15, €10 concession, €40 family Email:

Knock Youth Festival
This year's Knock Summer Festival will take place from 24th to 26th June. There will be workshops on music, drumming, prayer, clay and pottery and more. Music will be provided by Elation Ministries, and among the speakers will be Ronan Johnston (of Emmaus band and Spirit Radio). For more details contact Knock Youth Ministry at 094-9388100, 087-6927850. More info here.

Youth Festival
The annual Youth Festival in Clonmacnois, organised by Youth 2000, will take place 4th-7th August. Music always forms an important part of the celebrations. For information and booking click here.

L'Angélus Revised Schedule
Cajun band L'Angélus returns to Ireland this July. The band plays a wide range of music, including Cajun, Gospel, roots, Americana. The revised tour scedule is now as follows:
Wed 13th July: Bastille Day Celebration Whelan's Live, Dublin; Fri 15th July 7pm Dungiven Throwdown! Gortnaghey Community Centre Dungiven Co. Derry; Sun 17th 9 pm [corrected] Gig Rig, The Lodge Cultural Centre, Castlewellan, County Down; Wed 20th July 7.00.PM Tobar Mhuire Concert Series, Tobar Mhuire Monastery, Crossgar Co. Down 22nd to 24th July Phil Murphy Weekend Colfer's Pub Carrig-on-Bannow Co. Wexford, including Sacred Songs Concert Fri 22nd at 8 pm in local church in Carrig-on-Bannow.
Other dates, if any, will be added here as they arise.

Irish Church Music Summer School
This year's Summer School will take place in St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Monday 4th to Friday 8th July. Guest director is Orla Barry, while tutors/composrers attending include Monica Brown, Liam Lawton, Chris de Silva, Ronan McDonagh, Bernard Sexton, John Columba McCann OSB and Ephrem Feeley. Website of Irish Church Music Association here.

Marian Exhibition
An exhibition "There's Something About Mary", will be on display at the Body and Soul festival at Ballinlough Castle Co. Meath on weekend 18th and 19th June, and at the Electric Picnic festival on Sept 24th. It is a collection of over 400 images, paintings, icons, sculptures and statues relating to Our Lady. Included are a Durer print of Mary, a "Madonna of the Roses", "Our Lady of Limerick", an image of Mary from the Vistoria and Albert Museum in London, and an Innisboffin Mary by Marianne Heemskerk. The exhibition was previously on show in Ranelagh in Dublin, and some of the items are on sale.



Cabinteely Gospel Choir Concerts

Faith and Arts Conference
A Conference, "The Baptised Imagination", will be held on Saturday, 25 June, at the Avila Carmelite Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, featuring two prominent keynote speakers: Fr. Michael Paul Gallagher, esteemed theologian and author, and, from the U.S.: Mr. Gregory Wolfe, flying in from Seattle to share his own vocation as writer and editor/publisher of Image—Art, Faith, Mystery: a Journal of Arts and Religion ( ) The Conference will also have a special visual presentation on the work of the Irish Iconographers Society for the upcoming Eucharistic Congress. The AGM of the Irish Art/Faith Forum will bring the day to a close - the Forum aims to bring about an active, well-organised and structured Irish network to nurture the dialogue between contemporary creative arts and the Christianity of today. Brochure and booking form can be sent on request (use contact details on left).

Bluegrass Gospel
This year's Athy Bluegrass Festival features Bluegrass Gospel session at 12 noon on Sun 10th July. The festival is hosted at the Carlton Abbey Hotel. For more info see the festival website:

L'Angélus Return
Cajun band L'Angélus returns to Ireland this July. The band plays a wide range of music, including Cajun, Gospel, roots, Americana. Gigs arranged so far include the following: Whelans Dublin, Wed 13th July, Fri 15th July: Gortnahey Community Centre, Dungiven; Sun 17th - Castlewellan, Co Down; Mon 18th and Tues 19th Tobar Mhuire Monastery Crossgar, Co. Down; Carrig-on-Bannow, Co Wexford 22nd, 23rd and 24th July (Phil Murphy Weekend); Rosstrevor (Fiddler's Green Festival) Mon 25th July.

St Genesius Film Club
St Genesius Film Club, Dublin - Of Gods and Men, will now be shown at 7pm Tue 28th June, Knights of Colombanus, Ely Place, Dublin 2. All welcome. Normally there's a significant film on the third Tuesday of each month, all welcome. St Genesius is a martyr, actor and a patron saint of the arts. The Fraternity of St Genesius is an approved spiritual association in the Catholic Church, members commit themselves to praying for those involved in the theatrical and cinematic arts, of which St Genesius of Rome is the patron. The St Genesius Prayer Group meets in St Mary’s Church, Drogheda, on the third Monday of each month 8pm. The St Genesius Blog is here.


Notre Dame Choir in Pro-Cathedral
On Thursday 9th June , the acclaimed Notre Dame Glee Club will be performing at the Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. The sixty-four strong male choral group is recognised as one of the finest amateur musical ensembles in America, and this exciting event will be a celebration of the musicianship and brotherhood the choir embody, as well as of the Irish connection to the University of Notre Dame. Events begin at 5:45 pm, and are free to the public. The choir will sing at Mass first and perform a concert afterwards.

Pentecost in Newbridge
Saturday 11th June: Vigil night in Newbridge for the feast of Pentecost It will start at 9pm and run through to 1am The Maynooth Gospel choir are scheduled to play, also a local Taize group, Newbridge Folk Group And other local groups ....... A Night of Worship and song in the presence of Blessed Eucharist. Fr Ruairi O Domhnaill (head of vocations in the Dioceses) will be celebrant for Holy Mass at midnight It is in Cill Mhuire church in Newbridge.

Bible Musical in Dublin
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Live at the Grand Canal Theatre Tuesday 31st May - Saturday 11th June 2011 Tickets priced from €20.00 on sale now. Keith Jack will take the title role. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this familiar musical is full of well known songs including Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.

Armed Man
Karl Jenkins' acclaimed work "Armed Man - A Mass for Peace" will be performed at several venues after Easter. The work will be conducted by the composer himself and will feature the RTE Concert Orchestra. Details: Cork (City Hall) on Wednesday 27 April, Galway (Leisureland) on Thursday 28th, Dublin (NCH) on Saturday 30th and Limerick (UL) on Sunday 8 May.

Sirin Choir in Dundalk
The Sirin Choir from Moscow Russia sing church chants and spiritual verses in St. Nicholas Church (The Green Church) Dundalk on 5 May 2011 … "beautiful to hear and deeply affecting" (Irish Examiner, Ireland). The programme will include modern day choral masterpieces such as Louth Contemporary Music Society Commissions Arvo Pärt's The Deer's Cry and John Tavener's O My People along with a selection of Church Chants and Spiritual verses from the 15th and 16th centuries and a contemporary work by Ivan Moody.Some of the Church Chants will be performed a cappella with a selection of the spiritual verses accompanied by hurdy-gurdy, psaltery or violin. There will also be a choral workshop in Orthodox Chant given by Ivan Moody. Tickets for the Sirin Choir are available from The Ticket prices is €10 0818 205 205. See also Tickets for the choral workshop are available by emailing Tickets for the choral workshop cost €10 The choral workshop will take place in St. Nicholas from 2-5pm on 5 May 2011.

Passion Play in Mayo
Ballintubber Abbey in Mayo is hosting a Passion Play on Monday 18th April to 20th April at 9pm in the grounds of the Abbey. It is the 23rd anniversary of this passion play.

"Of Gods and Men" in Newbridge
A screening of the highly acclaimed film ‘Of Gods and Men’ will take place in the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge on Mon 18th April at 8pm. Des hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) by Xavier Beauvois of France has won the first Prize for Best European Film of 2010 offered by the European region of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication and Media. Riverbank Arts Centre Main St. Newbridge Co. Kildare 045 448327

Handel's Messiah
HANDEL'S MESSIAH will be performed at the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Balbriggan on Saturday 16 April 2011, 8pm by THE CULWICK CHORAL SOCIETY; Nicola Mulligan, soprano; Laura Murphy, alto; Brian Gilligan, tenor; Gavan Ring, bass; The Culwick Ensemble (leader Brona Fitzgerald); David Leigh, organist; BERNIE SHERLOCK , conductor. TICKETS €12. Available from: The Parish Office. Monday to Thursday from 9.30 to 5.00pm. The Parish Shop, after 10am Mass Monday to Thursday and at each Mass at weekends. Goughs Shop (Vision Radio), Dublin Street, Balbriggan. The Bagel Bar, Drogheda Street, Balbriggan. Bookings through Michael Grimes, (01) 8413100 or Mobile 087 7618082 (any time).



TeenspiriT is a project of the Diocese of Kerry for young Catholics to be involved in journey of faith through music, word, scripture and image. On Sunday 10th April over 100 young people will take to the stage of Cork Opera House at 8pm for the TeenpspiriT III concert featuring music, image and reflection.TeenspiriT is a project of the Diocese of Kerry for young Catholics to be involved in journey of faith through music, word, scripture and image. Their music selection ranges from contemporary Christian songs, to well known classics and the latest chart music with a message. The evening is for all ages to come and experience teenagers celebrating their faith together in this unique way. Preview of the evening will be on Nationwide on RTE 1 on Wednesday 6th April. Tickets available from Cork Opera House. See for more.

Liam Lawton Tour
Details of Liam Lawton's Spring Tour are as follows:Friday 8th April Cyms, Killorglin, Co Kerry Tickets: Cyms, Killorglin Ph: 086 9762053; Thursday 12th May Main auditorium, Christian Brothers College, Sidney Hill, Cork Tickets: Veritas, Caryes lane & Christian Brothers College Cork Ph: 021 4501653; Friday 15th April Iontas Theatre, Castleblaney Tickets: Box office is 042 9753400; Friday 06th May Church of the Resurrection, Farranree, Cork Tickets: Parish office Phone: 021 021 4932230.

The Sound of Music
A new production of The Sound of Music will take the stage in the Grand Canal Theatre, 5th-30th April. Most performances will feature Jason Donovan as Capt von Trapp , with Verity Rushworth as Maria. More information and booking here.

Eucharistic Congress Project
A day on the theme of the International Eucharistic Congress for CEIST schools in the Cork area. Venue: Sacred Heart Missionaries Western Road Cork. Date: Tuesday 29th March 2011 Time: 9.30 - 2.30 Speaker: Fr. Julian Greene, Director I.E.C. England and Wales. Students are invited to bring musical instruments for the day. As part of the initiative there's a Transition Year project, which could have an arts component. Officially dattes have passed but there may still be vacancies and a chance to get involved. For more details: Lloyd Bracken, CEIST Faith Development Co-ordinator. Phone: 0861704643, and here.

Gospel Rising Festival
This year's Gospel Rising Festival will take place in Portlaoise on weekend 6th - 8th May. There will be concerts, gigs, street performances and workshops on Southern Gopel, Solo singing, African drumming and more. More information here.

L'Angélus Coming Back to Ireland
Cajun band L'Angélus ( a family band that includes spiritual material in their set) are returning to Ireland for a short tour at Easter. All gigs are north of the border this time around. So far the only date confirmed is for the Bronte Centre in Rathfriland Co. Down for Holy Saturday night, 23rd April. More venues will be posted here as they are confirmed. Venue information is also available here.
[ADDED 13/2/11: full tour: April 21st: 08.00.PM - 10.00.PM Real Music Club Real Music Club @ Errigle Inn Belfast Co. Antrim; April 23rd: 12.00.PM - 02.00.PM Ulster American Folk Park Ulster American Folk Park Omagh Co. Tyrone; 08.00.PM - 10.00.PM The Bronte The Brontë Rathfriland Co. Down; April 24th: 12.00.PM - 02.00.PM Ulster American Folk Park Ulster American Folk Park Omagh Co. Tyrone ; 08.00.PM - 10.00.PM The Lodge The Lodge Cultural Centre Castlewellan County Down 25th April: 12.00.PM - 02.00.PM Ulster American Folk Park Ulster American Folk Park Omagh Co. Tyrone ; 08.00.PM - 10.00.PM Gortnaghey Community Centre Gortnaghey Community Centre Dungiven Co. Derry April 26th: 08.00.PM - 10.00.PM Tobar Mhuire Monastery Crossgar Co. Down]

Tom Kendzia, Liam Lawton and Carlow Cathedral
Events to celebrate the organ restoration in Carlow Cathedral: Sunday February 20th, 4pm Concert with Tom Kendzia & Friends - Tom Kendzia , composer of sacred music and liturgical musician will host this afternoon of music. Sunday March 6th, 8pm Formal Blessing of the Organ & Inaugural Concert This concert will feature renowned Organist, Professor Gerard Gillen, Emeritus Professor of Music NUIM & Organist at the Pro Cathedral, local choirs, Cathedral Parish Choir, Cathedral Youth Choir, Cathedral Schola, Carlow Choral Cór Míosa and Aspiro. Soloists: Liam Lawton & Kathleen McDermott. Thursday March 31st, 8pm Musical Meditation on the Gospels of Lent This evening of reflection will be led by Fr. Columba McCann OSB, and will include readings and congregational singing. Sunday May 8th, 8pm Gala Organ Recital Featuring David Adams , Professor of Organ at RIAM Friday June 3rd, 8pm Concert with Liam Lawton & Friends. Booking information The Cathedral Parish Centre, College St, Carlow. Phone: 059 9164087 E-mail: Website –

Film: Of Gods and Men
Now showing in Dublin, at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin, the film Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes et des Dieux)which tells the true story of French monks who refused to leave their monastery in Algeria, despite threats of violence from Islamic extremists. Currently it's showing at 3.15pm and 8 pm daily. More info and booking here. The National Board of Review (USA) voted it Best Foreign Language film for 2010, and in the Independent Spirit Awards it was nominated as Best Foreign Film.
[added 27/1/11: the film has also been nominated for a BAFTA Award as Best Film not in the English Language]


Together As One - National Concert Hall
16 April 2011 8:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM, Dublin County Choir and Choeur Polyphonique de Lévis, Quebec - Schütz Magnificat for 2 choirs and Orchestra, Handel Hallelujah Chorus, Mascagni Easter Hymn plus a widely varied & entertaining selection of music Two choirs from two cities, Dublin and Quebec, celebrate their craft and cultures. From the stunning multi-layered sonorities of the Schütz Magnificat to the exuberance of When the Saints go Marching in. Presented by Dublin County Choir.

Armed Man - A Mass for Peace
30 April 2011 08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Our Lady's Choral Society, Karl Jenkins, conductor. An Irish first – The Armed Man conducted by its composer Karl Jenkins. In an evening of his music, experience his powerful, stirring ‘mass for peace’ live with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Our Lady’s Choral Society, against a backdrop of evocative images expressing the horror and futility of war. Part of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra Signature Series 2011.

Poetry and Christianity Conference
This conference will take place in Rome on 5th-6th May 2010. From the event's official website: A decade’s distance invites us to take stock of the Catholic dimension in 20th-century literature and film, through the works of novelists, poets, playwrights and screenwriters. Rather than focus exclusively on “Catholic” authors, we also intend to examine the many works of non- Catholics and non-believers in which Catholic habits of thought remain powerfully present, as these authors wrestle with questions of moral conscience, sexuality and love, the search for meaning, grace, sin, redemption, the problem of evil, etc. Papers are invited for the conference. More info here.

The Priests and the Brits
The Priests' album Noel has been nominated for best album award in the Classic Brit Awards coming up on 12 May. The Benedictine Nuns of Notre Dame and Aled Jones are also nominated.

Messiah on the Street
April 13th is Handel Day in Dublin. That evening the much-loved performance of Messiah on the Street takes place in the Old City area of Temple Bar at the original performance site of the old Musick Hall on Fishamble Street, where Messiah premiered. The popularity of this outdoor event is illustrated by the number of families, people young and old and passers-by that gather, sing-along and raise their arms in celebration to the popular Hallelujah Chorus. Conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn, this unique choral performance by Our Lady’s Choral Society with guest soloist Ross Scanlon and the National Sinfonia is an unforgettable and joyous experience.

Emmanuel 2011
The 5th Emmanuel celebration of liturgical music in Second Level Schools will come to a glorious conclusion in The Mahony Hall, Helix Centre on Wednesday & Thursday 23 & 24 March at 8.00 p.m.
With 45 schools and 1500 young people taking part it is necessary to have two celebrations with half the number of singing students each night. Book tickets at The Helix to fill the venue and show support. Dublin Diocese is constantly trying to integrate the music from the Emmanuel programme into diocesan and parish celebrations. More info here.

Limerick Choral Festival
The Limerick Choral Festival (previous the Festival of Church Music will take place on the weekend on 25th to 27th March, in various locations in the city, especially the Redemptorist Church on South Circular Road, the Augustinian Church in O'Connell St, and St Joseph's Church in O'Connell Ave. The festival features competitions, concerts, workshops and a festival club. The composer-in-residence is John Columba McCann OSB, while the organist-in-residence is Paul McKeever. For more information click here.

Ruah is an evening of Prayer and Praise created to give a consistent experience of worship to all who wish to attend. Its will consist of Prayer through music, time of silence, and a reflection on scripture from various guest speakers. All are welcome. For more details please contact 0879404299. Details: Friday, March 25 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm, Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone. The event will also take place on on April 29th and May 27th, same venue. More information from Elation Ministries, and on Facebook.

Gaither Vocal Band
The Gaither Vocal Band is a renowened, and Grammy winning, American Southern Gospel group. They will give a concert at the Odyssey Area in Belfast, on Wed March 9th. Tickets from Ticketmaster.

Festival of Praise
The Elijah Fellowship have a Festival of Praise in Clarendon St Oratory, Dublin 2 on Mon 21st March at 7 pm. There will be music, prayer, healing and a cuppa. Facebook page for the event here.

RE Congress
This year's high-profile RE Congress from Anaheim in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is broadcast live on the web 18th-20th March. The live webcast is here; full schedule and link to webcast is here. A worshop with Liam Lawton is included, there's an interview with film critic Fr Richard Leonard SJ; Friday night features a concert "Festival of Cultures".

Liam Lawton Workshop
Reflecting on Hope: A day with Liam Lawton, for teachers in schools of the CEIST trust - a day of Story, Song and Prayerful Optimism 9.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. Tuesday 8th March 2011 - The New Theatre, Temple Bar; Wednesday 9th March 2011 - Ferkin Crane Art Centre, Cork. Join Fr. Liam will present a time of music, reflection and discovery of “the hope that lies not on distant shores, but at the very heart of your own soul” (Liam Lawton – The Hope Prayer) Bookings please, ideally, (there may be places after that) by Friday 18th February to: Lloyd Bracken, email:

Spirit Radio
Spirit Radio is Ireland’s first national Christian radio station. It will launch officially on Thurs 27th January 2011 [corrected!], and is currently available online only, at . This from the statiion's website: "Spirit Radio plays a mix of contemporary Christian and positive secular music. We play a more contemporary mix of upfront music in the evenings from 7-10pm (local Irish time/ GMT) aiming at a new generation. "

Emmanuel 2010
Details of Emmanuel 2010 have been circulated to schools. The mailing includes a songbook for this year's material, which includes songs by Liam Lawton and John Angotti.
This is a high profile gathering of school choirs and singers in Dublin Diocese. The major event will take place in The Helix theatre on 23rd and 24th March 2011. Inservice days for teachers will take place on November 23rd (Clonliffe College) and November 25th (Gort Mhuire, Dundrum). Application forms should be sent in by November 5th. For more details contact Grainne Clinton at the Liturgy Resource Centre, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3. Tel: 01-8379253

John Angotti Christmas Album
Welcome Home for Christmas is John Angotti's Christmas album and features new songs and Christmas classics like Away in a Manger, Mary Did You Know, Ave Maria, and What Child is This. Audio samples and download at iTunes , and it's now possible to order the album at €13.99 from a private supplier in Ireland - just email Faitharts for details.



Miracles on Christmas Day
This is a new Christmas album from US roots singer Kimmie Rhodes, due for release Mon Nov 15th. Most of the tracks are original, with two old favourites Carol of the Bells and What Child is This. Samples of the songs can be heard at Amazon. Kimmie Rhodes will be on tour in Ireland to promote the album with a series of Christmas concerts: 28th Nov in Coleraine, at The Flowerfield Arts Centre; 2nd Dec in The Naul, at The Seamus Ennis Centre; 3rd and 4th Dec in Rathfriland, Ireland at The Bronte Center. Check venues for details and booking.


Transatlantic Sessions
The popular TV series The Transatlantic Sessions is coming live to the Grand Canal Theatre on Sat January 29th. The performers include US gospel singer Ashley Cleveland. God Don't Never Change, her most recent album (2009), features songs rooted firmly in a " of traditions -- black spirituals, folks songs, 18th century hymns, gospel blues, and jubilee." The disc was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album. At the time of writing a free MP3 download of one of her songs is available here. More information, and booking options at Ticketmaster.

Ruah is a praise and worship event for young people featuring music group Elation Ministries. It will take place in the Prince of Wales Athlone Friday, January 28, 2011 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm. More info on Facebook. Elation also feature in a Music Ministry Workshop on Nov 21st 2010 in Whitefriar St, Dublin 2. See the Elation Website for more details.


"Human Experience" Film Showing
On Tuesday 15 February there will be a showing of the film The Human Experience at the St Genesius Film Club, 8 Ely Place, Dublin (off St Stephen's Green) at 7 pm. This is an award winning documentary on the meaning of life. The Faitharts review of the film is here - see entry for 11/12/09. The event will include an introduction by Fr Paulus of the Greyfriars in Moyross.

Liam Lawton for Eurovision
This year the songs competing to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest will be performed on the Late Late Show on Friday Feb 11th. Among the entries is Send Me An Angel, written by liturgical composer Liam Lawton and sung by the Vard Sisters.

Gospel Voices 2011
GOSPEL VOICES 2011 is a gospel compilation CD showcasing gospel music from Ireland. GOSPEL VOICES 2011 will feature gospel hits from Discovery Gospel Choir, Dublin Gospel Choir, Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, Ennis Gospel Choir, Adeniyi and the African Gospel Choir, Gospo Remix, Debsandy, Anton Cullen, Victory Gospel Choir, Chris Kabs, Dorcas More O'Ferrall, and The Proof. The CD will be launched at a gospel concert featuring Dublin Gospel Choir, Ennis Gospel Choir, Discovery Gospel Choir, Victory Gospel Choir, The Proof, Gospo Remix, Alva, Adeniyi and more, in the Victory Centre in Tallaght on Sat 29th January at 6 pm. More info here.

Liam Lawton Concerts Re-Scheduled
Some of Liam Lawton's pre-Christmas concerts were cancelled due to snow. These have now been re-scheduled as follows: Venue: St. Marys Church, Kilsaran, Co. Louth - January 7th Venue: St. Colmans Church, Claremorris, Co. Mayo - January 6th Venue: St. Marys Secondary School Gym, Edenderry - January 22nd Venue: Holy Cross Church, Dunmore East, Co Waterford – January 16th Venue: Christ Church Cathedral Dublin - February 17th All concerts at 8pm. Please note that all tickets purchased for original concert dates will be valid for new dates

Christmas Stamp Issue
Religious artwork appears on this year's
Christmas stamps from
An Post. They are designed by Steve Simpson and feature images of stained glass windows from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St Brigid's Church in Roscommon. More info and online ordering here. Also from An Post: Christmas carols will be sung every weekday lunchtime in the GPO.


Carlow Cathedral Event
On Sunday 19th Dec at 8.30 pm there will be a carol service - "Love Came Down at Christmas" in Carlow Cathedral. The event will feature the Cathedral Parish Choir, Youth Choir and Schola, Cór Míosa, Aspiro, the girls from Scoil Muire Gan Smál and the boys from Bishop Foley N.S. accompanied by Carlow Youth Orchestra. This year also welcomes back the voice of the refurbished and restored organ of the Cathedral.

Chant Workshops
In Glenstal Abbey, Limerick, Noirín Ní Rian has been hosting a number of chant workshops . The workshop on November 6th, is for those who have died. The day is dedicated to the memory of John O Donohoe. There are also Advent/Christmas related workshops in December: * December 11th will explore this celebration through a new lens of insight and experience on those popular Advent and Christmas songs which have become lifeless and dull through an age-old, over exposure through the media. * December 18th will focus in on the O Antiphons, the marvellous Plain Chant sound of this time. More info and booking here.

Christmas Arts Workshops
Emmaus Retreat Centre are running a series of 4 Tuesday evenings workshops on creative ways to plan Christmas prayer services, carol services and nativity plays. The sessions will involve general drama skills including mime, role play and the art of story telling. These session will hopefully appeal to teachers, youth leaders, parish liturgy groups and parish volunteers. Facilitator: Sean Beckett November 16th, 23rd, 30th & December 7th. More info and booking here

Carols for Peter McVerry Trust
The 2010 Carol Service will take place on Sunday 5th December in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, at 7.30pm. Pat Kenny will host this special event again this year. Music includes: Appasionata String Quartet; Christmas carols performed by Dublin Gospel Choir, Tallaght Choral Society, Nikki Foy Kavanagh and RTE's Cór na nóg. Father Peter McVerry will also be addressing the crowd with his Christmas message. This is a ticket only event. Tickets cost €25/€20 concession and can be purchased by telephoning the fundraising office 01 8230776 or you can pay and order tickets online, and they will be posted to you - Click here for more details.

Hotel Handel's Messiah
The Culwick Choral Society presents their 21st annual charity performances of Handel's Messiah on Wed.1st and Thurs.2nd December 2010. The Choir of over one hundred voices will be joined by four soloists in the medieval St. Patrick's Cathedral, a mere stone's throw from Fishamble Street, site of the first performance of Messiah in 1742, proceeds from which were donated to local charities. The Culwick Choral Society continues that great tradition by donating proceeds from their annual Messiah performances to selected Irish charities. This year's charity is One Family, provider of specialist support services for one-parent families in Ireland. Tickets €30 from One Family, St Patrick's and Ticketmaster.

Catholic Men's Conference
The Ronan Johnston Band will be providing the music at the Catholic Men's Conference Meant4More on Sun 21 Nov 2010 in the Ballsbridge Inn, Pembroke Rd, Dublin 4. Speakers will include Mickey Harte, Manager Tyrone Football Team, Rob Clarke, CEO of Spirit Radio and Bishop Donal McKeown of Down and Connor. More info on the event's Facebook Site.

Carlow Choral Society
The Carlow Choral Society will be performing – Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor. Faure’s Requiem with the Kilkenny Choir – musical director Philip Edmondson. This will be the first public event that the newly refurbished organ in the Cathedral will be played. Next year the Cathedral will be hosting a number of events to celebrate the newly restored organ. Details of these events will be announced shortly. Conductor – Blanaid Murphy Organist – Datten Magee Venue Carlow Cathedral Date and Time Sunday November 21st 2010 at 4pm (sharp) Cost €20 ( or €15 with concession) Tickets are available on door or contact Stephen on 086-2448718

School Chaplains' Conference
The School Chaplains' Association of Ireland is holding their annual conference Wednesday 24th - Friday 26th November 2010. Place: Heritage Hotel, The Town Centre, Portlaoise. Conference Theme: "Walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8) Guest Speaker: Sr. Ann Teresa - "The Story of our Time".Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shane Martin - "Help to manage ourselves on our own faith jouney." A sing somg is promised for the Thursday night after dinner. There are several workshops available. Conference Fee: 90 euro; Conference Dinner: 35 euro; More information from the Association Website.

Paul Tate Concert
American gospel singer Paul Tate will play a concert at Mary Bellew House, Dominican Campus, in Cabra. It's at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 27. Paul Tate has work on some of Liam Lawton's material for GIA publications. Samples of his own music can be heard here. Tate's latest album Unto Us is a collection of songs for Advent, Christmas and beyond. More info on the album here.


The Feast of Life - Musical Event
The Feast of Life is a musical written by Maty Haugen based on St Luke's Gospel. It will be performed as part of the ending of the Year of Evangelisation. Performers are from the members of Brackenstown and Whitehall parishes, with Pro-Nuova from the Pro-Cathedral. Venue is the Pro-Cathedral, on Thurs 25th November at 8 pm. Adm €10, €5 Concession. Details: 01-8379253 ext 239. More info here.


The Jeweller's Shop
The St Genesius Drama Company presents The Jeweler's Shop (a play by Karol Wojtyla) Saturday 27th November ... 7:30pm Sunday 28th November ... 7:30pm Fatima School Hall, Dublin Road, Drogheda Tickets: 5 euro

Dublin Gospel Choir Dates
27 Jul at 8pm Enchanted Summer Evening - John Field Room, National Concert Hall; 05 Aug at Time tbc Clonakilty Waterfront Festival, Clonakilty; 08 Aug at 8pm FAI National Awards - RTE September 2010; 04 Sep at 8.30pm Night of Soul - Roundwood Parish, Wicklow; 05 Sep at 12pm Electric Picnic; 24 Sep at 10pm Galway Oyster Festival; 25 Sep at 8pm International Gospel Festival - The Helix, Dublin; 02 Oct at 8pm TLT Drogheda; 09 Oct at 8pm Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo - 071 916 1518; 23 Oct at 8pm Belfast Festival at Queens - May Street Church.

Liam Lawton - The Hope Prayer Tour
Following on from his book ‘The Hope Prayer’ Liam Lawton will present a series of performaces which explore the stories and songs behind the man and his book. Such themes as Love, Loss, Hope and Healing are presented with anecdotes and reflections from the Book linked with some new and old songs. Dates: 12th September St Carthages Church, Lismore, Co.Waterford Tickets: 087 7704466 (after 6pm); 16th September Moat Theatre, Kildare Tickets: 045 883030; 24th September The Barbican, St. Peters Parish Centre, Drogheda,Co.Louth Tickets: 046 90 51814; 25th September Patrick Kavanagh Theatre, Inniskeen, Co.Monaghan Tickets: 042 937 8560; 26th September Backstage Theatre, Longford Tickets: 043 3347888; 30th September An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Tickets: 074 91 20111 / 074 9120777; 2nd October The Venue Theatre Ratoath, Co.Meath Tickets: 01 6895600; 7th October Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise Tickets: 057 866 3355; 8th October The strand theatre, Carrick on suir Tickets: 051-645050; 9th October The Ramor Theatre Virginia, Co.Cavan Tickets: 049 8547074.

Cabinteely Gospel Choir
The choir singing in a concert in Bray on the 5th of November to fundraise for Bray Cancer Support Group who have to move offices. Also performing are the Bray Gospel Choir and Niamh Murray. Watch this space for updates on time and location of the concert.

Gospel Festival in Waterford
This year as part of the Waterford Festival of Light Opera, there's a Gospel Festival included. Among the performers will be the famous London Community Gospel Choir (Saturday 6th November, Cathedral of the most Holy Trinity, Waterford ) and the Dublin Gospel Choir (Friday 12th November, Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford). For more information check here.

John Angotti Concert
Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster this coming Friday 23rd July for the John Angotti Sept 19th concert in Vicar Street. There's now also a Facebook page for “John Angotti’s Irish Tour”. Full itinerary: Sept 15th: Mission Day Lurgan/Craigavon/Banbridge Schools Sept 16th: Mission Day Newry/Bessbrook/Ballygawley Schools Sept 17th: Mission Day Arklow Schools Sept 18th: 2nd Chance Mass; St Andrew's Westland Row, Dublin Sept 19th: Vicar St Concert. John Angotti is a full time music missionary who travels throughout many parts of the world providing inspirational music and witness to all ages through concerts, workshops, retreats, missions, conferences, and worship.

John Angotti
Catholic gospel singer and recording artist John Angotti will be on a short Irish tour with his band this September. Angotti, who performed at this year's Religious Education Conference in Anaheim, California, will be involved in workshops and performances. Main event will be in Vicar Street, Dublin, on Sunday 19th September. More details to follow. Contact Áine for more details.

Caravaggio Exhibition
Running March to June 2010 in Rome is an exhibiton of the work of renowned artist Caravaggio. For more information and an article on the works on show click here.

Whistle Down the Wind
This stage musical will play in the Grand canal Theatre Dublin, from 11th to 22nd May 2010. Jonathan Ansell, lead vocalist in X-Factor runners-up G4, has been cast in his musical debut, starring in Bill Kenwright's production of Jim Steinman and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Whistle Down The Wind, a stage adaptation of the 1961 novel by Mary Hayley Bell, which was also made into a film starring Hayley Mills and Alan Bates. The stage version is set in the American deep south just before Christmas, and follows three children who discover a man hiding in the barn on the farm where they live. Thinking him to be Jesus, they hide him from the adults in their community to protect him from harm, not realising that he is in fact an escaped criminal. More info and booking at Ticketmaster. Soundtrack available from Amazon.


Vacancies at Spirit Radio
Presenters (Full-Time and Part-Time) are sought for music driven radio shows on Spirit Radio. Successful candidates will engage with the listener through real life experiences and have the ability to sound natural on air – Topical and observational links come with natural ease. The ideal candidate must have a grasp of adult contemporary radio and of the contemporary Christian music scene. Strong communication skills and an ability to connect with the listener are essential. A minimum of 2 years on-air radio experience is preferred. Willing to work within a formatted radio environment. Contact Closing date for receipt of applications is October 31st 2010

Divine Vocal Harmonies
An Evening of Divine Vocal Harmonies, featuring the Irish Sopranos and the Wicklow Male Voice Choir, will take place in St Mary's and St Patrick's Church in Avoca, Co. Wicklow on Friday 29 October at 8 pm. Adm €20.

Sacred Music Workshop
Well known liturgical musician Tom Kendzia will facilitate a sacred music workshop in St Patrick's College, Killymeal Rd, Dungannon on Wed Oct 13th 8pm to 10 pm. This event is organised by the Armagh Diocesan Liturgy Group. One of Kendzia's best known songs is Stand by Me. Recently he was the guest conductor at the Irish Church Music Association summer school in Maynooth. More info here.

Fuaimlaoi is a musical group formed by composer Ronan McDonagh in 2006 to promote and develop liturgical music that grows out of our native tradition. The group is based at St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin (often playing at the 6 pm vigil Mass on Saturdays) On Monday, October 4th at 7.30pm, College Chapel, Maynooth, Fuaimlaoi will be among the artists invited to perform at a concert to celebrate the Fortieth Anniversary of the Schola Cantorum of St Finian's College, Mullingar. The Schola Cantorum was founded by the Irish bishops in 1970 to provide music scholarships for young boys, and in recent years girls, to be trained in organ playing and other skills related to church music. Fuaimlaoi's director Ronan McDonagh, and one if its members Hannah Evans were recipients of these scholarships. The concert will be attended by the Patron of the Schola Cantorum, Uachtarán na hÉireann, Mary McAleese. On Sunday, October 10th at 7pm, St Nathy's Cathedral, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, Fuaimlaoi will present the music of their new recording Ancient Promise. The parish choirs of the Achonry Diocese will attend this event which seeks to promote liturgical music that is rooted in our native tradition. Fuaimlaoi will be joined on this occasion by a guest string quartet. All are welcome, free admission.

Catholic Underground Ireland
Advance notice of dates for forthcoming events from Catholic Underground Ireland - prayer/music events. Saturday 20th March 2010 Location: Our Lady of the Angels Church, Church St. Dublin 7. Saturday 22nd May 2010 Location: Our Lady of the Angels Church, Church St. Dublin 7. Artist details to be confirmed in both cases.


Free MP3 Download
At the time of writing (28/12/09) there's a free MP3 download available from Liam Lawton. For your free version of his song The Darkest Midnight go to and follow the simple instructions.

Dublin Gospel Choir - 2010 Dates
22 Jan at 8pm The Venue, Ratoath - Tel 01 689 5600; 20 Feb at 8pm SET Theatre, Kilkenny - Tel 056 776 5133; 27 Feb at 8pm An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny – Tel 074 912 0777; 12 Mar at 8.30pm Night of Soul, Shankill; 13 Mar at 8pm Saturday 13th March - Tenerife Musicematico Festival, Tenerife, Spain; 20 Mar at 8pm Hamlet Court Hotel, Johnstown Bridge, Co Kildare – 046 954 1200; 02 Apr at 1.30-3.30pm Paddy Power Irish Poker Open - Burlington Hotel; 10 Apr at 8pm Jerome Hynes Theatre, Wexford - Tel 053 91 22144; 16 Apr at 8pm St. Agnes Church, Crumlin - 75 year celebration. 29 May at 8pm Draoicht, Blanchardstown. More info here.

Gerard Manley Hopkins Summer School
The 23rd Annual Hopkins Festival, will be moving to Newbridge College for 2010 - July 24 - 30. There will be poetry readings, study and a wide variety of other cultural activities. At least, 20 countries will be represented and there will be a strong presence by leading Irish Writers, Artists and Scholars. More info at the festival website.

Conference on Sacred Music
St Colman's Society for Catholic Liturgy will hold its third International Liturgy Conference from 10th to 12th July 2010 in Cork and Fota. The title for the Conference is "Psallite Sapentier: Benedict XVI on Sacred Music". An international panel of experts will discuss theological, historical and practical issues relating to sacred music in the Roman rite. Details and booking from colman.liturgy @ or from the Secretary at Leeview, Rushbrooke, Cobh, Co. Cork.

Works of Art
This week (Issue 2/10/08) the Irish Catholic has started a series on great works of art - this week it's The Vale of Rest by Sir John Millais Everett.

Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards Feb 2008: Joint winners in the Gospel section this year were - Blessed & Highly Favored The Clark Sisters Track from: Live - One Last Time [EMI Gospel] and Never Gonna Break My Faith Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige (Featuring The Harlem Boys Choir) Track from: Bobby: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Island Def Jam].
More detailed info here.

Job Vacancy
Organist at University Church: A vacancy has arisen for an Organist and or Choir Director in this beautiful and historic church. The Parish is seeking applications from musicians with extensive knowledge of liturgical music. Band B of the National Guidelines for payment of fees to Church Musicians will apply. Please send your letter of application to Fr. Ciaran O’Carroll, Administrator, University Church, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, no later than 5pm on Friday 15th October 2010. See also

Papal Visit to UK
On Thursday 16th September the first Papal mass of Pope Benedict's visit to Britain will take place in Glasgow. Huw Edwards and Sally Magnusson will introduce the mass which includes music specially composed by Glasgow based international composer James MacMillan (Armed Man: A Mass for Peace) as well as a special performance from Susan Boyle, who has expressed a sense of privelige at being requested to sing. The event will be live on BBC 2, and there is extensive live coverage also on EWTN, including their live web tv service.

Gospel Music Festival
An International Gospel Music Festival will take place at The Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, Dublin on Saturday, 25th September, starting with workshops from 10 am and music from 7 pm. Artists include the Dublin Gospel Choir (left), Discovery Gospel Choir, and many more. More info and booking here.

Arklow Gig!
On Tues 28 Sept there will be a concert in Arklow featuring Amy Gallatin and her band Stillwaters from USA ( . She plays bluegrass, gospel, country, swing and folk music. This is the last chance to see the band (guitar, dobro, bass, mandolin) as they fly back to USA on Wed 29th. Venue is the Mary B Lounge Lr Main St, Adm 10 Euro. Tickets on sale from 0402-23963, the Next Door Off Licence. Tickets will also be available atthe door.


Clonmacnois Youth Festival
This is a lively 4 day festival with workshops, concert, inspiring talks, great music and prayer. And plenty of time for relaxing, chilling out and meeting new people! During the festival, you can get some spiritual R&R, meet other young Catholics in the same boat and give your faith a boost. It takes place in Clonmacnois, Co Offaly from 12th – 15th August 2010. The theme for the festival is: "You did not choose Me, no I chose you" John 15:16. Details and registration at

Bluegrass and Gospel
On Wednesday August 4th there will be a concert with Tricky Britches, a bluegrass group from USA that includes old time gospel music in their repertoire. Venue is the Mary B Lounge, Lr Main St, Arklow, time 9.15 pm, Adm 5 Euro. More info on the group can be found on their MySpace and Facebook pages. Their musical influences include Hank Williams, The Dillards, Bill Monroe, John Hartford and many more.


Sacred Hymns Concert/Phil Murphy Weekend
This year's Phil Murphy Weekend in Carrig-on-Bannow Co Wexford will start with a Sacred Hymns Concert with L'Angelus, the US Cajun band currently touring Ireland (see below). This will take place at Carrig Church on Fri 23rd July at 8 pm. Adm €10. L'Angelus will also headline in the Festival Marquee on the Sat and Sunday nights. On Sat 24th there will be an Ó Riada Mass in the church at 7 pm, and on Sunday morning (25th) at 11 am there's Mass with music by Jim Boyce, Statia Redmond & Friends. Full programme here.

The Brendan Voyage
Celebrating the voyage of St Brendan to the new world, Shaun Davey's The Brendan Voyage will be performed in three venues this July. Taking part will be Liam O'Flynn, Rita Connolly and The National Youth Orchestra. Venues: St Canice's Cathedral Kilkenny, Fri 16th July (booking NYOI ); Cork City Hall Sat 17th July (Booking from Pro-Musica 021-4271659); and National Concert Hall, Dublin Sun 18th July (booking NCH).

L'Angelus Tour
Current tour list for Cajun Band L'Angelus, who include spiritual material in their set list. 7th July 8 pm: Anaverna, Ravensdale; 9th July: Spar Centre, Enniskillen, Ireland; 13th July: Dunlewey Centre, Donegal; 14th July: The Crane Bar Trad Music Room Galway; 15th July: Mary B Lounge, Arklow, Co. Wicklow; 16th July: Daemar Court Hotel, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary; 17th July: The Cherry Tree, Walkinstown, Dublin; 19th July: Fiddler's Green Festival, Rostrevor; 23rd and 24th July: Phil Murphy Weekend, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford

Liturgical Music Course
The 41st annual Irish Church Music Association Summer School of Church Music takes place at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, from 5-9 July 2010. This year's Guest Director, Christopher Walker, is an internationally known lecturer, composer and conductor whose works encompass children’s music for liturgy and catechism plus a wealth of material for all liturgical celebrations. The Summer School comprises five days of immersion in church music and liturgy, with plenty of opportunity to meet people, renew friendships and have lots of fun! Participants may attend the whole week or participate on a daily basis. All participants receive a full pack of liturgical music to take home with them. This year a range of stimulating tutorials and workshops are on offer. More information here.

At the Abbey Theatre there's a new version of Shakespeare's tragedy of good and evil, conscience and betrayal, this time set in Ireland at the time of Cromwell. Aidan Kelly and Eileen Walsh play the lead roles. Abbey Theatre, previews Mar 30-Apr 6 7.30pm €20/€18 Opens Apr 7- May 15 €18-€38 01-8787222. More info and booking here.

The Priests - Tour Dates
14th May 2010 Wexford Opera House; 15th May 2010 Royal Theatre Castlebar; 23rd May 2010 Grand Canal Theatre Dublin; 26th May 2010 UK Tour - Newcastle; 27th May 2010 UK Tour - Glasgow; 29th May 2010 UK Tour - Birmingham ; 30th May 2010 UK Tour - Cardiff; 1st June 2010 UK Tour - Bournemouth; 2nd June 2010 UK Tour - Manchester; 7th June 2010 Cork Opera House; 11th June 2010 INEC Killarney; 12th June 2010 University Concert Hall, Limerick; 15th June 2010 Millennium Forum Derry; 16th June 2010 Millennium Forum Derry; 19th June 2010 The Waterfront Belfast. More info here . Video clip is Amazing Grace, which features on The Priests album "Harmony" (2009)


L'Angelus July Tour
US Cajun group L'Angelus will tour Ireland again next July. Their unique brand of good time American traditional music combined with mature song writing and spiritual material has already gone down a storm on their last two Irish visits, where among other events they have played for the Catholic Underground group and appeaered on the Today with Pat Kenny show on RTE Radio 1. Among their Irish appearances will be a gig in the Mary B Lounge in Arklow, Co Wicklow on Thursday 15 July. More details to follow. See review of earlier Irish concert here.


Liam Lawton Concert
Liam Lawton will perform in Sligo Cathedral on July 2nd at 8 pm. . Tickets: Third Wave Music, O Connell Street Sligo. Contact +353 (0)71 916 2944. The event is part of the Lovin' Life Festival.

MAD Festival
MAD - Make a Difference, now in its third year, is a Christian Rock and Gospel Festival held in Glenealy Co Wicklow. This year it's on Sunday 20 June 2 pm to 10 pm. Among the performers this year are the Dublin Gospel Choir and Emmaus. See MAD website for full details and ticket info. MAD was the brainchild of Tim Phillips who sadly passed away this year. For Faitharts review of last year's event click here.

Dublin Gospel Choir
May and June Dates: 02 May at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St; 16 May at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St; 21 May at 8pm Riverside Theatre, Coleraine; 23 May at 7.30pm Clonard Monastery Belfast / Féile an Phobail & Suicide Awareness; 29 May at 8pm Draoicht, Blanchardstown June 2010; 06 Jun at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St; 11 Jun at 8pm Novena in honour of St. Anthony, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Merchants Quay; 20 Jun at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St; 20 Jun at 8pm MAD Festival - Glenealy, Co. Wicklow; 25 Jun at 8pm Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

National Concert Hall
RTÉ Concert Orchestra & the Galway Baroque Singers - Friday 11th June @ 8pm T joined by mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty, tenor Gardar Thor Cortes and bass-baritone John Molloy for Puccini's Messa di Gloria and Duruflé's Requiem Op. 9.

Knock Summer Festival
This year's festival will take place June 25th to 27th for people 18 to 35. There will be music from Elation Ministries and speakers will include Andrew O'Connell and Sr Helen Prejean) writer of Dead Man Walking. Visit the festival website for more details.

New Dublin Voices
This group will perform a series of concerts in late May/early June: Friday 4 June - St Paul's Church, Glenageary (8 pm) Saturday 5 June - St Thomas's Church, Mount Merrion (8 pm) Tuesday 8 June - St Andrew's Church, Malahide (8 pm) Saturday 12 June - St Ann's Church, Dawson Street (8 pm). Tickets €10, available at the door. Among the choir's regular pieces are Salve Regina by Hungarian György Orbán with which NDV was the overall Grand Prix winners in Budapest in 2009, and a sublime Laudatio Domini by Joonas Kokkonen.

Eurovision Winner
The current issue of the Irish Catholic is reporting that this year's Eurovision winner for Germany, Lena Meyer-Landrut, is a big fan of the Taizé community, which she says, had a profound spiritual and musical influence on her. She wore a Taizé cross during her performance.

Special Concert
The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Saturday 19 June, 2010: Christy Moore, The Dublin Gospel Choir and many more will join broadcaster Eamon Dunphy and author Deirdre Purcell in a top line-up of Irish entertainers hosted by Marian Finucane, at the only Irish event to celebrate the 65th birthday of incarcerated Burmese activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Freewoman of Dublin Aung San Suu Kyi. More info and booking here.

Saturday seminar: A series of conversations focusing on the relationship between visual art, religion and notions of Sacred. Date: June 26 Venue: The Clinton Centre, Belmore Street, Enniskillen Registration: 10am Start: 10.30am Admission: Free Booking is essential for this event. Please email to book. Includes: Rev. Gary Mason and Philip Napier (Artist and Head of Fine Art, NCAD), Karl Burke, Miriam De Burca, Daphne Wright Chair: Helen Carey (Independent Curator), Seamus Nolan (Artist), John Zerzan (Philosopher). More info on Facebook page.

Fuaimlaoi Music Event
Fuaimlaoi was formed in 2006 to promote and develop liturgical music that is rooted in our native tradition. This group of singers and instrumentalists is based at St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon St, Dublin. They have recently launched a CD, Ancient Promise, and in connection with this will have a concert on Thurs 1st July in Clarendon St Church in Dublin at 7.30 pm.
Video clip: Come Adore This Wondrous Presence: Setting in English of Tantum Ergo Sacramentum - launch of ANCIENT PROMISE at Maynooth. Admission to 1st July Concert is free!

Culwick Choral Society
The Culwick Choral Society will perform Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers on Wednesday 19th MAY 2010 at 8pm in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, accompanied by leading soloists and a special gathering of period-instrument musicians. Tickets from Ticketmaster, Opus II and St Patrick's.

The Priests Tour
Singing group The Priests are currently on tour - some of the venues are as follows: 23rd May 2010 Grand Canal Theatre Dublin; 26th May 2010 UK Tour - Newcastle; 27th May 2010 UK Tour - Glasgow. They also appeared on a Nationwide special on RTE 1 on Friday 21st May. The programe can be watched here.

St Genesius Film Society
The next film will be The Miracle, starring Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson. It will be shown on Tues 18th May at the Knights of Columbanus Centre in Ely Place Dublin 2 at 7 pm. All welcome - there will be an introduction and chat afterwards.

Mount Argus Event
The Guinness Choir and the Ulster Orchestra directed by David Milne will perform Hymn of Jesus by Gustav Holst and Hymnus Paradisi by Herbert Howells on Sunday 16th May 8 pm in Mount Argus Church, Harold's Cross, Dublin. Tickets are 25 Euro. Contact: 086-8818044. See also

Handel's Day
On Tuesday April 13th there's a celebration of music, history and Handel rooted in the anniversary of the 1742 world premiere of Messiah in Temple Bar. Connecting the people and places of Handel’s time, this day long programme will involve a journey, from Handel and the Baroque to Irish traditional music. A full programme of events including booking and ticket details will be available on the Temple Bar Cultural Trust website and throughout Temple Bar and the city from Monday 15th March 2010.

Pro-Cathedral Musical Event
Sing Alleluia! The Lord is RISEN! An evening of Sacred and Inspirational Music to worship the Lord! By Rev. Fr. Marino Nguekam, C.S.Sp. And Friends In St Mary's Pro-Cathedral (Marlborough Street, Dublin 1) on Thursday 15th of April 2010 @ 8pm Tickets available in Pro Cathedral parish office, cost €10 More info:

Byzantine Iconography Course
Byzantine Iconography Course using the traditional technique of egg-tempera & gold leafing. Venue - The 'Old' St. Clement's School, South Circular Road, Limerick (entry via Redemptorist Church Car Park). Dates - April 19th to 24th. Contact - Mihai Cucu email - Tel - 086 369 2037

Lourdes Film
The film Lourdes which was shown during during the Dublin Film Festival is now showing at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin. Read Faitharts review of the film here (entry for 26/2/10). For booking and more info go here.

(added 3/4/10: Lourdes is also showing at the IFI Cinema in Dublin)

Andrae Crouch Gospel Concert
Renowned Gospel singer Andrae Crouch will give his first ever Irish concert in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Dublin, on Sunday May 9th. Tickets from and Ticketmaster. Andrae Crouch has 8 grammies, multi- GMA Dove awards, NAACP award, ASCAP award, Bilboard awards. Crouch has worked as a producer and arranger with Michael Jackson, Madonna (Like A Prayer), Quincy Jones, Mika (We Are Golden), Diana Ross, Elton John, Rick Astley (Cry For Help) and Prefab Sprout. He also co-wrote the title song to CeCe Winans' award-winning "Throne ...Room" album in 2003.His film credits include Once Upon A Forest, The Color Purple, The Lion King, and Free Willy. Also of mention is his collaborations with Quincy Jones, specifically the rendition of Maybe God's Trying to Tell You Something from The Color Purple (featuring Tata Vega on lead) as well as appearing on Jones' Back on the Block album. Crouch was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame in 1998.

Philip Carty Concert
Philip Carty is doing a concert in St Agnes Church, Crumlin Village, on Tuesday 11th May. He will do about 10 mysteries of his Rosary Concert (piano music). The rest of the concert will be the church organist launching their new church organ This is a Free concert.

Gospel Rising in Ennis
The Gospel Rising Festival will take place in Ennis, Co. Clare from May 7th to May 9th. 2010. There will be workshops and concerts, with the help of the London Community Gospel Choir, Andrae Crouch and Jack L. Also feature are the Valley Gospel Singers, An Glór Gospel Choir, and gospel choirs from Maynooth, Ennis, Ballymun, Shannon, Celbridge/Straffan. Full weekend tickets cost 60 Euro. For more info see clip on left and the event website.

New Magnificat, Beethoven and Rossini
National Concert Hall: Beethoven Mass in C/Rossini's Stabat Mater 24 April 2010 08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM Dublin County Choir• The Serenata Orchestra - Ingoldsby: Magnificat Beethoven: Mass in C Rossini: Stabat Mater. This Première of a setting in Irish of the Magnificat, by Brian Ingoldsby (a member of the choir's basses) precedes Beethoven's dramatic first setting of the Mass. Rossini's flamboyant Stabat Mater includes some unusually cheerful suffering in the Cujus Animam. Presented by Dublin County Choir. More info and booking here.

Days of Christian Culture
This is a cultural-Christian event in Cork 16-18 April. Some of the events are listed below. For more info go here. Cork, 16 April (Friday) 8.30PM-10PM Songs and prayer from Taizé (in English and Polish) Place: St. Augustine's Church, Washington Street/Grand Parade; 17 April (Saturday) 10AM Final of the picture competition for children "My Family" Place: City Library, Grand Parade; Cork 18 April (Sunday) 10AM-11.30AM (after Mass in Polish); 2PM-4PM Movie screening "Decalogue IX" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski (with English subtitles) After screening discussion about marriage and family Place: The Half-moon Theatre (Opera House building), Emmet Place, Cork 7.30PM (door 7PM).

Dublin Gospel Choir Dates
04 Apr at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St; 09 Apr at 7pm FM104 Help a Dublin Child 'The Gig' in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital; 10 Apr at 8pm Jerome Hynes Theatre, Wexford - Tel 053 91 22144; 16 Apr at 10am-12pm East Coast Fm - Coffee Morning in aid of Cancer Support Centres; 16 Apr at 8pm St. Agnes Church, Crumlin - 75 year celebration; 17 Apr at 8pm Concert: Saggart; 18 Apr at 7pm Candlelit Gospel Mass, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church St; 23 Apr at 7-9am Special Olympics Ireland National Collection Day - Grafton Street; 23 Apr at 8pm Parish Centre, Ardee, Co. Louth: 087 – 2839 792.

Armed Man at the Concert Hall
The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins will beperformed at the National Concert Hall on Sat 10th April at 8 pm, along with Mozart's Coronation Mass in C. This event is presented by the Enchiriadis Treis Choir, with Marion Doherty Hayden - Conductor, and the National Philharmonia Orchestra, Leader: Clodagh Vedres. More info and booking here. Video clip shows segment: Hymn Before Action, by a choir and orchestra from Slovenia.


Dublin Gospel Choir
On Friday April 16th the DGC play St Agnes's Church Crumlin to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Church this year. Tickets available from Parish Office on 01 4555368 /

Play by John Paul II
The Jeweler's Shop - a play by Karol Wojtyla will take place on Friday, April 9 at 8:30pm at Áras Treasa, Dublin (junction of Clarendon St and Coppinger Road, opposite the Church). There will be further performances of this Play on Sat 10th Apr and Sun 11th Apr BUT PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME OF 7:30PM Admission €5. Presented by the ST GENESIUS DRAMA COMPANY. For more see Facebook page for this event.

Ballylinan Pasion Play
The renowned Passion Play production in Ballylinan, Co. Laois returns this year. Bookings now being taken for the six performances which begin on 26th March and conclude on Good Friday. The Ballylinan Passion Play is a unique community event where almost 200 neighbours stage a moving production of the Lord’s Passion in the small country village in Co. Laois. Previous productions took place in 2000 and 2005. Advance booking necessary due to small venue: 059-8625125

Sound of Music
Connie Fisher, winner of BBC's How Do Solve a Problem Like Maria?, stars in The Sound of Music in Belfast at the Grand Opera House Until Mar 20 7.30pm (Mon 7pm, Thurs & Sat mat 2.30pm) £16-£45.50 Info: 028-90241919

Emmanuel 2010
The Fourth Emmanuel programme of liturgical music in Second Level Schools will come to a glorious conclusion in the Mahony Hall, Helix Centre on Wednesday & Thursday 24 & 25 March at 8.00 p.m. 40 schools from around the Diocese have been preparing for this programme of contemporary liturgical music. On the day the students will participate in a range of workshops on the Clonliffe/Mater Dei Campus before going to the Helix for the orchestral rehearsal and performance
If you have any questions do contact us in the Liturgical Resource Centre 01 8087554 or feel free to call either Gerard 087 2347220 –Paula 0868514867 or Ian 0862490779. Tickets are now on sale directly from the Helix ( 01 – 7007000 ) More info here.

The Path of Beauty
The path of beauty is a special way to God, says Fr Sergio Marcanzin, the President of the Russia Ecumenical Centre. This is in the context of a conference series "The Epiphany of Beauty" being held in Rome in February and March. There will be a strong emphasis on icons. More info here

Mass in B Minor
Our Lady's Choral Society 21 March 2010 08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM Our Lady's Choral Society • Colette Boushell, Soprano • Chloe Hinton, Alto • Robin Tritschler, Tenor• Ian Caddy, Bass National Sinfonia• Proinnsias O' Duinn, Conductor.
J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor The Mass in B Minor is widely regarded as one of the supreme achievements of classical music. The work is in the repertoire of Our Lady's Choral Society over the past 60 years and will be performed on the day of the 325th anniversary of Bach's birth. More info and booking here.

Tracing the History of Christian Art
Lecture at Lismullin Conference Centre Co. Meath Thursday 25th March 8 pm - 9 pm.
The lecture is intended to weave the loose threads together to reveal the glorious tapestry that is Christian Art. In the process, it is hoped to discern some of the influences that informed Irish medieval art.
Presenter: John O’Riordan MA Art History UCD. For the last four years he has taught Art History for the BA in both UCD and DCU. He has also taught the subject in several Colleges of further education in Dublin. More info here.

Conference for Teachers
TEACHERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE ONLINE "Positive, practical responses in the classroom to what students are doing online", Saturday 27 March 2010, Lismullin Conference Centre, Co Meath, with speakers from Google and National Council for Technology Education (NCTE), and also student speakers. Time: 10.30am - 5.00pm [Registration: 10.00am] Cost: €50 (includes lunch and refreshments). Brochure here. Booking here

Songs of Joy for Haiti
Saturday 27th March St Mary's Church St, Dublin 7 (Our Lady of the Angels), two of Ireland's most popular gospel choirs, The Dublin Gospel Choir and the Discovery Gospel Choir, will join forces to raise badly needed funds for The Irish Red Cross in Haiti. TICKETS €20 (concession €15) – Doors open 7.30 – Concert 8PM sharp See or you can also buy in person from the Capuchin Friary office on Church St. Tickets also available at the door on the night. While the audience will enjoy each choir’s own individual blend of gospel and soul, they will also be treated to a very special collaboration between the choir groups on a Haitian Creole song which is guaranteed to be one of the most unique experiences that any Irish audience will hear in 2010. More info here.

Emmanuel '10
Emmanuel is an initiative of the Dublin Dioces that aims to celebrate liturgical music in schools. Deadline for application is Friday 6th November - application forms and brochures were recently sent to schools. Teachers wil be invited to workshops in late November where they will get music and CDs for the 2010 event, which will take place in the Helix Theatre on 24th and 25th March. In 2009 around 1,200 students sang with an onstage orchestra. Websites for more details: Bebo and Dublin Diocese. Email: or ring 01-8379253 ext 241.
Added on 19/11/09: further invites for late applications sent to schools.

Art Competition
The Life Socety of NIU Glaway is holding an art competition open to secondary students on the theme - Life, The Ultimate Work of Art. Deadline for recipt of entry forms is 12th March. The ideal submission should be moving, beautiful, and unique. The winning artist will receive a plaque as well as a cash prize of 150 euro. For more information or to enter the competition 'Life: The Ultimate Work of Art' please contact Life Society, Societies Office, Áras na Mac Léinn, E-mail: Phone: 0876217702 (auditor).

Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof. Famous musical about romance, talking to God and Jewish traditions in Tsarist Russia at by Naas Musical Society. Moat Theatre Mar 8-13 8pm €20/€ 15. also being revived by Limerick Musical Society. University Concert Hall Mar 11-13 8pm €22/€20

Lucan Gospel Singers
The Lucan Gospel Singers will be in concert at the RDS Concert Hall, Merrion Rd, Dublin on Sat 27 Feb 10. Tickets are €20 - booking at Ticketmaster. Lucan Gospel Singers was formed in February 1998, Based in Lucan, West Dublin the Group is Multi-denominational with members from all religious backgrounds.

L'Angelus Tour
US Cajun and Gospel group L'Angelus will be touring Ireland again this February. Last time round they visited Catholic Underground events. Tour dates so far: 17th and 18th Feb: 8.00.PM - 10.00.PM Shine Variety Concert Millenium Forum Derry Co. Derry; 20th Feb 8.00.PM - 10.00.PM The Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul Fingal, Co. Dublin; 27th Feb 8.00.PM - 10.00.PM The Lodge Cultural Centre Castlewellan County Down; 28th Feb 7.00.PM - 9.00.PM The Brontë Rathfriland Co. Down; 2nd March 8.00.PM - 10.00.PM The Hawkswell Theatre County Sligo. More detailed info here.


New Date for L'Angelus Tour
Cajun/Gospel group L'Angelus have added another Irish date to their February/March tour - it's at Colfer's Pub, Carrig-on-Bannow Co Wexford on 25/2/10 8.30 to 10.30. See below for other dates, or get More detailed info here.

Church Music in Limerick
The annual Limerick Festival of Church Music will take place in various venues in the city from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th March 2010. On the Friday there will be schools' competitions and an opening liturgy and concert. On Saturday there will be church choir competitions and an organ master class. On Sunday there will a Workshop/Masterclass with theComposer-in-Residence and a solemn festival Eucharist. More info here.

University Ideas
Newman's Idea of a University: Then and Now, address by Áine Hyland, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION,UCC, Wednesday, 3rd March, 7.30 pm Renehan Hall, St Patrick's College, Maynooth Response: Professor Tom Collins, Vice President for External Affairs/Dean of Teaching and Learning, NUI Maynooth All welcome. Áine Hyland is a well known Irish educator, a former Professor of Education and later vice President of University College Cork. Jointly sponsored by St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Department of Education and An Foras Feasa, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Dublin Gospel Choir
DGC will be performing their first Kilkenny show of the year this Sat 20th Feb in the wonderful new SET Theatre. Like all Dublin Gospel Choir shows, this promises to be a fantastic night of foot-stomping, hand-clapping fun, and one gig that’s definitely not to be missed!! Doors 8pm and Tickets available from Set Kilkenny: 056 7721728 or at This weekend also sees the Choir perform at the 2010 Meteor Music Awards with Brian Kennedy who will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. It is completely sold out but The Meteors will be broadcast this Sun 21st on RTE2 at 9pm.

Lourdes Film
The film Lourdes, by Austrian writer/director Jessica Haussner, will be screened as part of this year's Dublin Film Festival - at Screen 1, D'Olier St, Dublin 2 on Mon 22 Feb at 8.30 pm. The film tells the story of a young woman, wheelchair-bound and not of very strong faith, who heads for Lourdes. Christine is played by Sylvie Testud. It has been at various film festivals, including Sundance, has won seven international awards and is due for release in UK in March. One review describes it thus: "Jessica Hausner's 4th feature casts a sceptical eye over the commercial excesses of Lourdes but neither chastises nor mocks those who make the pilgrimage there." For full review see here. Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry here. NOTE: end of clip on left includes spolier - to avoid it stop clip at 2 min mark!

Drama on Lourdes
Bernadette is the story of Bernadette Soubirous, the Lourdes visionary. This dramatisation is by the Duleek Players and Aisteoirí na Boinne. It's at the Stockwell St Theatre, Drogheda, on Mon 22nd Feb. Adm 15 Euro. Info: 041-9833946

Liam Lawton at Divine Mercy Conference
The Divine Mercy Conference takes place this weekend and will be broadcast live from the RDS, Dublin this Saturday 20th February on including liturgical composer Liam Lawton at 7.15pm.

St Genesius Film Society
The society's next film, The 13th Day, a new film about the appearances of Our Lady in Fatima is on Tues 16 Feb Knights of Colombanus Centre, Ely Place, Dublin 2 Tue. 7.00pm All Welcome. More info on this film here: For trailer see below.

St Genesius Film Society
The next film will be Sophie Scholl, the story of a young student who opposed the Nazis in Germany. It's at Knights of Colombanus Centre, Ely Place, Dublin 2 on Wed 20th Jan, 7.00pm All Welcome for viewing and discussion. The Fraternity of St Genesius was founded on 19th January 2007 in Drogheda, Ireland, and was formally approved as a Catholic Private Association of The Faithful on 27 August of the same year. The Fraternity was founded in response to the calls of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI for the renewal of culture, and as a means of supporting the men and women of the theatrical and cinematic arts through spiritual accompaniment.

Music for Confirmation Workshop
Thursday, November 12th Mt. St. Anne’s Retreat Centre Killenard, Portarlington, Co Laois. 7:30p.m.-9:30p.m. Workshop will be hosted by Liam Lawton, Marian Gaynor and Maeve Mahon This workshop is designed to help teachers and Choir Directors with planning the music for the Confirmation Liturgy. Music will be provided on the night. Bookings It is essential to reserve your place at this Workshop. Cost: €15 per person Contact Christine at Faith Development Services Cathedral Parish Centre, College Street, Carlow Tel: 059-9164084 Fax: 059-9164020 Email

The Catholic Novel
The Irish Catholic newspaper is currently running a series on "The Catholic Novel". This week's edition (16/7/09) deals with The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. An accompanyimng article outlines aspects of Hemingway's biography, including his conversion to Catholicism. The article can be read here on the IC website. Registration is required but it's free.

Artists to Meet Pope
On 21st November 2009 Pope Benedict is to meet a group of over 500 from the artistic community in the Sistine Chapel, including our own Bono of U2 and film composer Ennio Morricone. It is organised by Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi who said: "The meeting is aimed at bridging the gap that has developed between religious faith and artistic expression over the last century".

Tommy Fleming Concerts
On the fifth anniversary of the recording of the “Voice of Hope” Concert at the world famous Knock Basilica in 2004 Tommy Fleming is returning to perform a once off anniversary special Christmas show at the Basilica on Saturday 12th December 2009. The Concert will feature special guests, Orchestra, Band and Choir. More info here. Bookings at Ticketmaster. He will also perform at St Aidan's Church, Ferns, on Sunday 15th November. For bookings, ring Parish Office 053 9366514.

Rosary Music
Philip Carty will perform the Rosary for piano in the University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Derry, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception 8th December. A review by Yvonne Walsh of his August recital of this work in the National Concert Hall can be read here.


At the The Helix, DCU, Dublin 9, Mon 15 December at 7.30pm. The Locrian Ensemble returns to present a magical programme of music for Christmas, attired in lavish period costume, framed in a stunning and evocative candlelit setting. This is the ideal evening to experience, and enjoy, the true spirit of the festive season. Information and booking here.

Liam Lawton Tour
Liturgical composer Liam Lawton has announced an extensive Autumn tour. Fuller details re booking are available here. Locations and dates as follows: 22nd October The Church Of The Immaculate Conception, Ballymote, Co. Sligo; 23rd October St. Brigid’s Church, The Curragh, Co. Kildare; 25th October Liam will perform as special guest on Mary Duff's album launch "Voice Of An Angel" Holy Family Church, Ballsgrove, Drogheda, Co.Louth; 10th November St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner Street, Dublin; 22nd November Ballintubber Abbey, Co.Mayo; 26th November Our Lady's Nativity, Leixlip, Co.Kildare; 27th November Immaculate Conception, Oughterard, Galway; 28th November St. Beacons Church, Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny; 29th November Knockerra Church, West Clare; 2nd December Waterford Cathedral, Waterford; 04th December St. Josephs's Church, Kildimo, Limerick; 07th December St. Pauls Church, Glenageary; 08th December Kilshanroe Church, Johnstown Bridge, Enfield; 10th December Liam will be guesting at The Croí Fundraiser, Radisson Hotel, Galway; 11th December Fairways Hotel , Dundalk, Co. Louth; 13th December St. Peter in Chains Church, Ballymacoda, East Cork; 16th December Church of the Nativity of the B. V. M. Kilbeg, Carlanstown, Kells, Co.Meath; 17th December Tuarard Art Centre, Moate, Co. Westmeath; 18th December The Church of the Holy Family, Kiltimagh, Co.Mayo; 20th December Graiguecullen Parish Centre, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow

Praying with Icons
A reflection day based on praying with icons, led by Dom Gregory Collins of Glenstal Abbey, will be held in the Dromantine Conference Centre in Newry on Sunday Dec 5th. The event is hosted by the Irish Association of Iconographers and the Armagh Prayer and Spirituality Group and costs €25. For details and booking contact

Joy to the World Concert
A special concert featuring Cara O’Sullivan and the RTE Concert Orchestra will take place in Newbridge Parish Church, (St Conleth’s) Co. KIldare, on Friday 4th December at 8 p.m “Joy to the World” is an evening of classical and popular Christmas favourites. Featuring Cara O’Sullivan and the RTE Concert Orchestra, New Dublin Voices and conductor David Brophy. Tickets €20 (Concessions €18) Bookings Breffini O’Rourke, Newbridge Parish Centre o45 431121

Sale at Hutchison Music
There's a pre-Christmas sale at Hutchison Music - all their albums for $5 plus postage. This includes their recent release Songs, as well as their Christmas Album. The genre is acoustic folk, and the material includes familar as well as new songs. Samples of the songs can be played from their website.

Carols by Candlelight
21 December 2009 03:15 PM and 8 pm - MAIN AUDITORIUM, National Concert Hall, Dublin: Mozart Festival Orchestra in full 18th Century costume •Mozart Festival Chorus Gareth Hancock, conductor• Gail Pearson, soprano - Bach Air on the G String, Corelli Allegrao and Pastorale from Christmas Concerto, Mozart Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate, Pearsall In dulci jubilo, Cullen Joy to the World, Handel Let the bright Seraphim, Zadok the Priest, Christmas sequence from Messiah Carols for all including O little town of Bethlehem, Hark! the herald angels sing, The first Nowell, O come, all ye faithful, While shepherds watched, O come, o come Emmanuel. Herald Christmas in the most elegant way with this joyous concert of carols and seasonal classics presented with all the grace and charm of the 18th Century in an evocative candle-lit style setting. More info and booking here.

Handel's Messiah
Our Lady's Chroal Society presents Handel's Messiah in the National Concert Hall, Dublin Wed 16th - Fri 18th Dec 2009 at 8 pm. The event will feature the RTE Concert Orchestra, with Proinnsias o Duinn, Conductor. More info and booking here.

A Glorious Choral Christmas
14 December 2009 08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM, National Concert Hall, Dublin: The Culwick Choral Society with guest soloists •Hannah Macaulay, soprano •Suzanne Savage, soprano Duncan Brickenden, countertenor• Fearghal Curtis, tenor• Tristan Caldwell, bass • The Culwick Ensemble, Leader Brona Fitzgerald• David Leigh, Organ And Chorus Master• Bernie Sherlock, conductor. A great Christmas tradition continues as The Culwick Choral Society returns to The National Concert Hall for its popular annual celebration of Christmas. Featuring Charpentier's charming Messe de Minuit, favourite moments from Handel's Messiah, and the very best of carols, old and new. Supported by the Cultural and Scientific Service of the Embassy of France in Ireland. Info and booking here.


Dublin Gospel Choir
The Choir has a busy schedule for Christmas -
Friday and Saturday 11th and 12th Dec - The Civic Theatre Tallaght – (only a handful of tickets left – call 01 462 7477)
• Saturday Dec 12th – Easons, O’ Connell St Dublin - Performance 2pm!
• Sunday Dec 13th – The Square Shopping Centre, Tallaght –Performance 12PM to 1PM
• Sunday Dec 13th - Kildare Village – 2PM to 5PM
• Thurs Dec 17th – The Café on RTE2
• Sat Dec 19th – Liffey Valley Shopping Centre – Performance 11AM to 12.30PM
• Sat Dec 19th – Blanchardstown Shopping Centre – Performance 1PM to 2PM
• Sun Dec 20th – The Wide Angle on Newstalk FM

Liam Lawton Special
Nationwide this Friday (RTE 1 - 18th December) is a special programme about Liam Lawton and his spiritual music. After broadcast it should be available on the RTE Player and the Nationwide web page.

Christmas Eve Gospel Choir
The North Dublin Community Gospel Choir is performing at a new mass at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve at St. Paul's Church, Ayrfield ( just off the Malahide Road near Tesco's Clarehall). Expect a lively gospel sound as well as the classic Christmas carols we all love. The Choir hopes to make Christmas even more special. Their Facebook page is here.

Catholic Underground
Next Catholic Underground Ireland event is on Sat. 28th November 2009, St. Mary of the Angels Church Church, St. Dublin 7. 7:30pm - 10:30pm A well as prayer time this event features music group Elation Ministries. Catholic Underground is a cultural apostolate of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. It is a direct response to a call that began with Pope John Paul II, and is continued by Pope Benedict XVI.

Teen SpiriT
Teen SpiriT, an initiative of Kerry Diocese to promote teen faith and talent, first took place in the INEC Arena, Killarney, Co Kerry on April 30th 2009. The evening was a celebration of the talents and Christian faith of teenagers from all around the Kerry. Teen SpiriT returns to the INEC on November 26th at 8 pm (school show 11.30 am). Starring: Killarney Youth Choir .... Church of the Resurrection Folk Group .... Teen choirs from Beaufort, Killorglin, St. Brendan’s Tralee .... and guests, the Doneraile Youth Choir. Featuring music by .... Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Leona Lewis, Take That, High School Musical and many others.... as well as Contemporary Christian music that deals with a range of real issues such as: struggling to believe in God, seeing our true value as through God’s eyes and being real with ourselves and God. For more info and booking details check out the Teen SpiriT website.

The Human Experience - Screening in Limerick

A new documentary on the human experience and search for meaning will be shown in Limerick on Sat 21st and Sun 22nd Nov at 7.30 pm in the LIT Millennium Theatre (near Thomond Park). All are welcome and it's free (donations welcome). It has won 27 film awards, and three of the film makers will also attend for a Q and A session after the screening. See trailer above and the film's official website is here.

Kirk Franklin Concert
US Gospel singer Kirk Franklin will perform at a concert in the National Show Centre Swords on Friday November 13 2009. Kirk Franklin is a five times Grammy Award winner (nominated in 2008 for two Grammys, including Best Gospel Song for "Help Me Believe" and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for "The Fight Of My Life.") Bookings at Ticketmaster or Gospel Music Ireland.



Concert to Launch Dublin Gospel Choir Album
The Dublin Gospel Choir will launch it's new album, Doing Their Thing, with a show in Tripod, Harcourt St, Dublin 2 on November 7th. The songs on the new album will be performed on the night, mixed with the usual classic gospel numbers. Seated tickets are €25.00 - while standing tickets are available for €20.00. Booking at Ticketmaster - click here.
See also the choir's website


Catholic Underground
Coming events from Catholic Underground: Saturday September 26th 2009 Artist: To Be Confirmed, Location: Our Lady of the Angels Church, Church St. Dublin 7; and Saturday November 28th 2009 Artist: Elation , Location: Our Lady of the Angels Church, Church St. Dublin 7. These events involve a combination of prayer and artistic performance.

Jesus Christ Superstar
National Concert Hall 28 October 2009 08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM RTÉ Concert Orchestra• Steve Balsamo, Jesus Christ • David Shannon, Judas Jacinta Whyte, Mary Magdalene• Pat Shortt, Herod • Scott Davies, Pilate• Stephen Hill, Conductor
This is a concert performance rather than a stage production. Originally released in 1970 as an album before becoming the hit Broadway and West End show, Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, chronicles the last seven years of Jesus' life as seen through his apostles. With Steve Balsamo, who starred as Jesus in the London West End Revival production at The Lyceum, Irish West End Stars Jacinta Whyte, David Shannon and a 'cameo' role by Pat Shortt as Herod. This concert production with chorus features songs such as Gethsemane, Everything's Alright, I don't know how to love him and of course Superstar. More info and booking here.

Roisin O'Reilly Concert
In a Celtic and spiritual themed concert, Róisín O'Reilly performs the music which has inspired her from childhood and throughout her music career. This concert features a collection of traditional and contemporary songs, both Irish and Continental. Róisín is probably best known to Irish audiences for her appearances with Liam Lawton as she recorded and toured with Liam Lawton from 2004 to 2007. More info and booking here.
[The concert is on 2nd October 2009, 1:05 PM - JOHN FIELD ROOM]

Radiant Light Exhibition
London Exhibition – July to October – “The Mystery of Faith” An exhibition of new and rarely seen religious pictures by Elizabeth Wang runs in London from 15th July to 31st October. It takes place at a new venue: The Carmelite Church, 41 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London W8 4BB, which is five minutes walk from High Street Kensington tube station and ten minutes walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station. The Church is open every day from 7am to 7pm. Most of the pictures are recent works, and will be new even to those who know Elizabeth’s work well.
Illustration by Elizabeth Wang, ‘Christ walks amongst hiis people ...’, copyright © Radiant Light,


The Rosary - by Philip Carty
A recital of Philip Carty's piano composition The Rosary will be held in St John's Cathedral in Limerick, on the feast of the Rosary Wednesday 7th October at 8 pm. Philip is scheduled to perform The Rosary in Derry in December and next year in Galway and Cork. A review by Yvonne Walsh of his August recital of this work in the National Concert Hall can be read here.

Ballymun Concert
CONCERT AT OUR LADY OF VICTORIES CHURCH, BALLYMUN ROAD TO CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER AT 8PM TICKETS €10 FROM THE PARISH SHOP The Palestrina Choir and Codetta Chamber Choir A programme of liturgical favourites. A chance to hear these two outstanding choirs. The Palestrina Choir was founded through the patronage of Edward Martyn from Tulira, Co Galway, the Choir was formally installed in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in January 1903. Since then it has provided liturgical music at the Pro-Cathedral, singing at the 11.00 Latin Mass each Sunday as well as many weekday liturgies and has contributed to countless Church and State occasions. It has been an invaluable source of music education for generations of boys. Many have gone on to pursue careers in music. The most well know is John Count McCormack. The Choir’s most recent CDs, The Bells of the Angelus (hymns and anthems of Ireland), and Christmas with the Palestrina Choir are available on line at and at the Pro-Cathedral shop.
Codetta is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir based in Derry, N. Ireland. Its member are all originally from Derry but now live, work and study in towns and cities throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. The wide-ranging repertoire that the choir performs is prepared at intensive weekend rehearsals held monthly throughout the year. Codetta has given many concerts both locally and nationally, participated in the Advent Festival in Prague, successfully competed in a range of international choral festivals, and broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and Television.


Play About Hopkins
No Worst There Is None, a title taken from one of his poems, is a play about Gerard Manley Hopkins, running in Dublin from 1st to 7th October 2009. No Worst, There Is None is at Newman House, St Stephen's Green, Dublin. The show lasts for one hour, and audience numbers are restricted to 25 per performance. Read more about it here.

Songs of Freedom: Castlebar Gospel Choir
National Concert Hall: 01 October 2009 08:00 PM - JOHN FIELD ROOM "Songs of Freedom" celebrates the spirit of freedom that has evolved in the USA from slavery, through the Civil Rights Movement, to the inauguration of President Barack Obama. This period of history has produced some of the most enduring songs ever written. Castlebar Gospel Choir now present their unique interpretation of these songs. The programme includes a short audio visual presentation, a selection of contemporary and traditional gospel songs, and a narrative on the historic significance of gospel music.

Emmanuel in the City is a Singing Marathon in aid of the homeless which will take place on Friday 25 September in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street from 7.00-10.00 p.m. It is organised by the DUBLIN DIOCESAN LITURGICAL RESOURCE CENTRE. Holy Cross College Clonliffe Road Dublin 3.

St Genesius Film Society
The film society of the Frasternity of St Genesius is back in action this Sept with a screening of The Scarlet and the Black, starring Gregory Peck as Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty who helped many on the run from the Nazis escape through Rome. The screening will be followed by discussion as always.
Venue: Knights of Colombanus Centre, Ely Place, Dublin 2, Tue. 15th September, 7.00pm All Welcome.


Indian Catholic Music Group on Tour
Jesus Youth presents a series of concerts by Rexband, a contemporary Christian band from India, a band that has made several World Youth Day appearances. Jesus Youth is an international Catholic movement with a charismatic spirituality. The two and a half hour Rexband live shows are designed to integrate different styles of music, dances, skits and sharings. Most of the songs are set to choreographed movements, making them a layered, richer experience. The musical styles truly reflect the eclectic, international styles of today ranging from ethnic Indian music to hymns, slow rock, hip hop and various combinations of contemporary popular music. Venues: CORK 28th August, Time:6.30pm Venue: Concert Hall, City Hall, Cork; DUBLIN 29th August, Time:6.00pm Venue: RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin4; CASTLEBAR 30th August, Time:5.00pm Venue: Royal Theater, Castlebar. (Local contact 094 9388245). Bookings Please contact Phone: 087 2351294, , 0879077377, 0876380676 Email : Tickets also available on

Year of Evangelisation
This is a new initiative in Dublin Dioces. As part of the venture there is a song writing competition: New Song for Evangelisation The Diocesan Commission for Sacred Music in association with the Year of Evangelisation has invited submissions from composers for a new hymn/song to mark the occasion. The chosen song is for use in the Archdiocese of Dublin. More info, conditions, submission details click here. Deadline July 31st 2009.

Libra with the RTE Concert Orchestra
National Concert Hall: 31 July 2009 08:00 PM. The angelic, hauntingly beautiful sound of Libera has seen them storm both the classical and the mainstream charts. The boys, aged 7 to 16, have performed for Pope Benedict XVI, sung with Björk and Pavarotti and featured on the soundtracks to hit films including Romeo + Juliet and Hannibal. Tonight they join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for the first time, taking to the stage in their trademark flowing white robes to share their extraordinary, uplifting renditions of well-known classical, sacred and popular melodies. For more info and booking click here

The Rosary for Solo Piano
National Concert Hall 10 August 2009 08:00 PM - John Field Room: The Rosary for piano is a new classic piano work composed and performed by the distinguished Irish pianist and composer, Philip Carty. The composition in twenty movements presents a musical journey into the twenty mysteries of the Rosary prayer. This is the world premiere of a unique and intimate piano composition. The recital takes us through significant events in the life of Christ and Mary his mother. These are presented to us in the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Mysteries of Light. For more info and booking click here

Image of God Conference
SIAC, the International Society of Christian Artists, will hold its 2009 conference The Image of God at Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, County Limerick, Ireland on the 17, 18 & 19 of July 2009. Registration is now open. Program details, attendee information, and the registration form are all available on the events section of the SIAC website. Linked to this there will be a meeting to discuss the establishment of an interdisciplinary Christian artists' organisation in Ireland, which will be held on the 17th of July 2009, in Glenstal Abbey. This meeting is being facilitated by the monks of Glenstal and S.I.A.C., the International Society of Christian Artists.

Marimba Spiritual
National Concert Hall, Tues 7 July 8 pm. Ireland's most talented young percussionists join forces with Dame Evelyn Glennie to perform the vigorous fast section of Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki. This section conveys a lively sense of resurrection. The concert also includes other percusion pieces, and features the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. For more info and booking click here.

Icons Exhibition
Icons in Transformation: Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin presents an exhibitions of Icons by Ludmila Pawlowska, 11th June to 19th July. On Saturday 27th June: Icons in liturgy & culture - a series of lectures held in the crypt to mark the history and relevance of Icons down the years. Speakers include: Dom Gregory Collins OSB, author of the Glenstal Book of Icons. Dr Sarah Smyth, Senior Lecturer, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, Trinity College Dublin. Mr Tim Thurston presents the ever-popular Gloria on Lyric FM. Canon Patrick Comerford is Director of Spiritual Formation, the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin. The lectures start at 11 a.m., there will be 2 lectures in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. At 5pm, the Cathedral choir will sing a special service reflecting the theme of the exhibtion.

Catholic Underground
This is an initiative of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal from Moyross in Limerick. Coming events (a combination of music and prayer) include: LIMERICK: Corpus Christi Church, Moyross Friday 3rd July 2009 7:30pm - 10:30pm Artist: L'Angelus. Generation Catholic DERRY: Long Tower Parish Saturday 5th July 2009 7:30pm - 10:30pm Artists: L'Angelus & The Bronx Brothers. For more info see the Catholic Underground Website.


Taizé Prayer and Music
As part of the Days of Christian Culture initiative there will be Prayer and Song from Taizé on 26th June (Friday) 8:30PM-10:00PM - in English and Polish. Venue: St Augustine's Church, Washington St. Cork city. Taizé prayer is a quiet simple way of prayer designed for people of all Christian traditions. These meditative candlelit services include simple chants sung repeatedly; rich silence; and prayers of praise and intercession.

MAD 2009
Mad 2009 is a Christian Music festival which will take place in Glenealy Co. Wicklow on Sun 21st June. Acts include Elation Ministries who have worked with Youth 2000 and Knock Youth Festival, Ronan Johnston and the Emmaus group who were prominent in the 80's and 90's and have a new album, from Britain Ben Cantelon and Soul Survivor, Shel Perris, and from USA This Beautiful Republic. Booking details and more info here.

St Genesius Film Club
The St Genesius Film Society will meet at Knights of Colombanus Centre, Ely Place, Dublin 2 Wed. 17th June 7pm for a showing of the film : A Man for All Seasons (1966) The Life of Sir Thomas Moore, starring Paul Scolfield, directed by Fred Zinnemann. This film won six Acadamy Awards. All welcome! There will be a discussion after the film. For more info see the website of the Fraternity of St Genesius, a Catholic group devoted to film and theatre.

Music Workshop with Fr. Liam Lawton
HEALING SONG: You are invited to a music workshop with Liam Lawton on Monday 15 June 2009 from 8.00 – 9.30 p.m. in Clonliffe College Church, Dublin, (registration from 7.30 p.m.). Healing Song is the title of Liam Lawton’s new recording of liturgical music suitable for times of healing throughout the year. Those who attend will receive the full music book with S.A.T.B. parts plus keyboard and guitar accompaniments. The fee for the evening is €20. The booking form can be downloaded here.

Gardiner St Gospel Choir
Concert in The Helix Sat 6th June 8 pm. A showcase of traditional gospel, contemporary, joyful & uplifting music, with everything from U2 to Macy Gray, Bob Marley to Jewel, traditional gospel to new twists on old classics. The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir promises a great night's entertainment, that will have you dancing and singing along. Info and booking here. The choir's website is here.

Choir Workshops
In conjunction with the launch of his new album (see below) Liam Lawton will conduct a series of Choir Workshops throughout the country; including Graiguecullen - St. Clare’s Church on Thursday, 14th May at 8pm Clane - St. Patrick & St. Bridget’s Church on Friday, 29th May at 8pm. Each participant will receive a Book of the new music which includes Piano and Choir Parts with Guitar Chording. CD’s of the new music will also be available. Bookings Admission to Workshop -€20 (incl. book of the new music) Bookings for Graiguecullen & Clane through Christine at Faith Development Services Cathedral Parish Centre, College Street, Carlow Tel: 059-9164084 Fax: 059-9164020 Email:
There will also be a workshop in Armagh - Synod Hall, St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, Wed May 27th 8-10 pm. Adm: £15stg. Book with Pierce Fox, Armagh Diocesan Youth Service by Fri May 15th ph: 028/048 37525592.

Gala Concert at The Helix
Irene Thompson-Trenier presents A GALA CONCERT IN AID OF THE IRFU CHARITABLE TRUST - VENUE: THE MAHONY HALL, The Helix, Tue 28 April 2009 8pm, €35, €32.50 Popular West End Musical Star Peter Corry will be joined by the band of An Garda Siochanna for a wonderful evening of music. Also joining them will be the N.U.I. Maynooth Gospel Choir and a chorus of 200 voices. Compered by George Hook, television and radio personality. Proceeds in aid of The Irish Rugby Football Union Charitable Trust. Presented by Irene Thompson-Trenier. More info and booking options here.

National Concert Hall Events
Wed 18 March - Hymns and Songs with Aled Jones and the RTE Concert Orchestra
Sat 21 March - Handel's Dramatic Oratorio Samson, with the Handel Anniversary Players
Sat 28 March - The Priests in concert, with the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sat 4 April - The Greatest Story Ever Told - Music from Biblical Epics.
Sun 17 May - Verdi Requiem with The Culwick Choral Society

For more information and booking go to

Liam Lawton Concert
Liam Lawton is doing a concert in Pro Cathedral on Fri 1st May. Its for the end of the year of vocations. Fr Liam will be performing some of his best known songs and he will also be performing some songs from his new CD Healing Song (see below) which is due to be released in Ireland shortly. The St John of God Choir with Patricia Bourke D’Souza will perform the Year of Vocation Song - You will be my witnesses - on the night also. Mary Kennedy from RTE will be the guest presenter on the night. Doors at 7pm. Bookings Tickets are available @ €25 each from the Year of Vocation Office - 01 505 3013.

Liam Lawton Concert
Liam Lawton will give a concert on Friday 27th March in UCH, Limerick. This will be a charity night for Children First. Tickets: or Box office Tel: 061 331549. More information on the artist's official website.

The Seven Last Words of Christ
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (left) April tour - Haydn The Seven Last Words of Christ. At times joyous, at times solemn, Haydn's famous musical meditations on the seven last words of Jesus Christ for string quartet is one of his best-known works. After each movement a short meditation will be read by the Very Reverend Gordon Wynne, Dean of Leighlin. Wednesday 8 April, 8pm St Iberius Church, Wexford Tickets: €15 (concessions €12, students €5) Booking: Booking: 053 912 3672 (9-5pm) / 087 970 3377 (10am-1pm) or at the door. Also Tuesday 7 April All Saints' Church, Castleconnell, Limerick, 8pm Tickets: €15 Booking: At the door Further Information from Limerick County Arts Office: 061 496498 and Friday 10 April (Good Friday) Church of Our Lady and Saint John, Carrigaline, Co. Cork, 9pm No tickets are being sold for this concert, for further information call Mary at 087 232 5913.

The Soul Psalmists
In response to St Paul's encouragement to the Ephesians to "sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs", The Soul Psalmists create an inspiring musical fusion of different styles. Drawing from a range of influences including gospel, soul, jazz, latin, hip-hop and R&B. They will perform as part of an event organised by Catholic Underground, an initiative of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, to promote the arts among young Catholics. It's on Saturday 28th of March 2009, from 7:30pm - 10:30pm in St. Mary of the Angels Church Church Street, Dublin 7. The first part of the evening is Eucharistic adoration, and begins with Vespers (Evening Prayer), while the second part showcases Catholic artists. It's a donation only event.

Emmanuel 2009 is a celebration of liturgical music in schools. This year's event will take place in The Helix at DCU March 11-12 at 8 pm. The massed school choirs will be joined by the CYC choir and an orchestra. More information and booking at

Lawton, Haugen and Alonso
Liam Lawton, Marty Haugen and Tony Alonso will lead an evening of music and reflection on Friday 30th January at 8pm in the newly renovated Portlaoise Parish Church. Cost: €10 per person which can be given at the door. More info here
It will be broadcast live on the web at

The Lassus Scholars
The Lassus Scholars Choir, established in 1996, will give several concerts over Christmas, including on Sun 21st Dec a service of lessons and carols at 3.30pm in St Kevin’s Church, Harrington Street, Dublin. On Christmas Day, along with their junior section, Piccolo Lassothe they will sing Puccini’s Messa di Gloria in Adam & Eve’s church, Merchants Quay at 11.30am. Soloists Catalin Lazurca and Jeffrey Ledwidge will be accompanied by the Orlando Chamber Orchestra. Piccolo Lasso, the junior section, caters for boys and girls aged from nine to 16, and recently performed at Westminster Cathedral in London.

Palestrina Choir
Christmas with the Palestrina Choir of St Mary's Pro-Cathedral- 4 December 2008 8:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM, National Concert Hall. The Palestrina Choir, Orchestra of St Cecilia, Gerard Gillen, organist, Sylvia O'Brien, soloist Alison Browner, soloist Blanaid Murphy, conductor Vivaldi Gloria Lübeck Christmas Cantata Selection of Seasonal favourites. NCH Website for booking.

Goethe-Institut Choir
Christmas Concert 1 December 2008 08:00 PM - MAIN AUDITORIUM, National Concert Hall, Dublin 2. Goethe-Institut Choir with John Dexter, conductor. Schutz, The Christmas Story - Traditional German and English Christmas carols incl Messiaen, O sacrum convivium, Messiaen Dieu, parmi nous, Bach Christmas Oratorio Part 4, along with music from Messiaen and well-known German and English Christmas carols. NCH Website for booking.

Soweto Gospel Choir
A celebration of African gospel music, from this Grammy Award winning group - in concert at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Sun 30 Nov 8pm. FRom £19.50. For details ring 048-90334455.



Liam Lawton concerts
November 8th - Dominican college Wicklow Tickets: Contact 0404 68111
November 14th - The Venue Theatre, Ratoath Tickets: The Venue Theatre Box office Tel: 01 6895600 or
November 21st - The Maritime Hotel,Bantry Tickets: Contact Nora @ 086 1948074 or Hotel reception @ 027 54700
November 28th - Church of the Immaculate Conception, Derry Tickets: (028)071 342303 or from The Republic Of Ireland Tel: (048) 71 342303
December 3rd - Radisson SAS Hotel, Galway (Christmas Gala night for Croí The West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation) Tickets: Contact Mary : 085 1490320 or Hotel Reception Tel: 091 538 300
December 4th - UCH, Limerick (Charity night for Children first) Tickets: or Box office Tel: 061 331549

Harlem Gospel Choir
Harlem Gospel Choir - returning to Ireland for 2 concerts -
Fri 5 Dec Hillgrove Hotel Dingle,
Sat 7 Dec Vicar St. Dublin. 7.30 start times in both cases.

Choir Workshops
Workshops for Church choir and liturgy group members will take place in St John's Church Carraroe Co Sligo and St Patrick's Church Knockroghery Co Roscommon on Nov 10th 8 pm to 10 pm. The workshops will feature Fr Turlough Baxter and Derek Mahaddy, and will concentrate on seasonal music for Christmas and Advent.

The Messiah
- by George Frideric Handel Back by popular demand at the Helix at DCU, Sat 6th December, featuring the return of Enchiriadis Treis Choir with their much loved annual performance of Handel's Messiah. This year, acclaimed soloists: Mary Hegarty (Soprano), Cliona McDonough (Alto), David Revels (Tenor), and Charles Jonhston (Bass) join the choir to sing this most popular seasonal favourite. Enchiriadis Treis Choir and National Philharmonia Orchestra (Leader Clodagh Vedres) conducted by Marion Doherty Hayden. You can join with the 130 choir voices singing at full volume, the magnificent Hallelujah Chorus. Booking details here.

Dublin Gospel Choir
The choir has some high profile events on the way, and is now available for weddings. Upcoming 2008 dates include: Sun 03 Aug at 8PM - Ardoyne Fleadh, Belfast; Sun 31 Aug at 12pm - Electric Picnic; Fri 26 Sep at 10.30pm - Galway Oyster Festival; Fri 17 Oct at 8PM - Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire; Sat 18 Oct at 8PM - Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda; Thu 20 Nov at 8PM - Mermaid Arts Theatre, Bray. For more info see the choir's website.

Pueri Cantores
Pueri Cantores is a group that aims to promote peace and fellowship among children through singing and to foster quality church music. Their national conference takes place in St Patrick's College Maynooth on Sat Nov 15th, with rehearsals from 12 pm. Contact Ite O'Donovan for details - 01-4539663 or 087-2340151

Emmanuel '09
Those of you in Dublin schools will have got a brochure about Emmanuel '09, an initiative whereby schhols are invited to take part in a celebrating liturgical music. Deadline is Fri Nov 7th. There is a choice of inservice workshops at the end of November and it all leads to a special day for students in The Helix on March 12th. For info contact Grainne Clinton at the Liturgy Resource Centre, Clonliffe College, Dublin 3 - 01-8379253 ext 241. There is no cost to schools. -

Liam Lawton
Liam Lawton is back - at the National Concert Hall on Tues 28th Oct 8 pm, with the Irish Session Orchestra. There will be new as well as familiar material. See for details and booking.

‘Good Morning Good People!’
Sunday October 5th, 3.00pm, THE FRIARY WEXFORD €7 or €5 unwaged—at door. This presentation weaves story, music and song to tell the life of St. Francis—the little poor man of Assisi “whose heart did not break until it embraced the world entire.” (G.K. Chesterton). An inspiring, loveable and challenging man. This will be the final Irish performance of ‘Good Morning Good People’. Peter Kearney the composer narrates, sings and accompanies on guitar. He has been invited to present this work in Franciscan Friary Churches in many cities and towns including Dublin (Merchants Quay), Galway, Killarney, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In September 2008 Peter is to take GMGP on a nine-concert tour of Franciscan venues in England. Irish Franciscan Br. Niall O’Connell OFM has described ‘Good Morning Good People!’ as “a moving and prayerful journey”. It is mainly for adults but would also be enjoyed by secondary and upper primary students. Duration—80 mins. Peter Kearney is an Australian songwriter for whom music has been a full time work and ministry for over 20 years.

Gospel Concerts
Sat 18th Oct 8 pm - Ennis Gospel Choir Glor Irish Music Centre Ennis, Co. Clare
Sun 19th Oct - 8 pm Mornington Gospel Choir, St Michael's Church Clogher Head Co. Louth. In aid of church restoration fund.

Irish Sacred Arts Summer School
Inis Oírr, Aran Islands 21 – 25th July 2008. ‘Towards the Divine through Irish Sacred Arts’ A week of Lectures, workshops, walks, prayer and meditations exploring the mystical beauties of Irish Sacred Art as pathways to the Divine. With: Dr Peter Harbison, Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe, Dr Muiris Ó Suilleabháin, Tim Ó Neill, Padraigín Clancy, Eoin Ó Suilleabháin Lecture Topics: Ancient stone art, high crosses, round towers, illuminated manuscripts, sacred metalwork, church architecture, Irish stained glass, Irish monastacism. Workshops: Calligraphy, Rushwork, Sacred Singing and Sacred art. More info at

Liam Lawton
The Liam Lawton concert scheduled for Knock basilica on Easter Monday has been postponed and will now take place on Sunday 26th October 2008 instead.
See The Liam Lawton website for more details. Note: this OCT concert has been cancelled.

Art and Faith Conference
An exhibition and conference on the links between contemporary art and the modern Church will be held Oct 17-19 in the Carmelite Friary, Kinsale, Co. Cork. Called the "Faith in Form" event it will feature print, photography, ceramics, textiles and sculpture. Artists and theologians will attend. For more info contact: Pamela Hardesty, 021-4774837, 085-1478069 (

John Michael Talbot
JMT returns to Ireland for a series of concerts. JMT is a Catholic singer of reflective spiritual music from USA and is always a popular visitor to Ireland. To sample his style check out the 3rd and 4th videos on this page. His latest album is The Troubadour Years, a 2-disc compilation with 34 of his best known songs from the last 25 years.

Here are the tour details:
10/12/2008 8:30:00 PM Derry The Playhouse, St. Columb's Theatre Tel 028 7126 6888 or 028 7135 1233 Orchard St.
10/15/2008 8:00:00 PM Termonfeckin Church of the Immaculate Conception Tel 041 982 2121 Co Louth E-mail:
17/10/2008 8:00:00 PM Dublin Church of the Resurrection Tel 01 832 3150 Bayside, Sutton
18/10/2008 8:00:00 PM Dublin St. Mary of the Angels Church Street
19/10/2008 8:00:00 PM Lucan Church of the Divine Mercy Tel 086 824 7132 Balgaddy Rd., Co Dublin

Art from Veritas
From 6-31 October there's an exhibition of the photography of Sr Rose Marie Tulacz SND. It's in the Veritas Gallery in Monaghan.

As some of you in Dublin Diocese might have been informed there will be an inservice on poetry in Religious Education on Tuesday 7th Oct in Glendalough, given by Faitharts editor Brendan O'Regan. Some places may still be available - if interested ring the Diocesan Advisors at 01-8379253. If you're already coming please say hello! For those who can't make it the resources are available on request.

Hopkins Festival
The 21st Gerard Manley Hopkins Literary Festival takes place in Monasterevin from 19th to 25th July. There are loads of workshops, lectures and concerts, with literary and musical themes, as well as a Youth Programme. For more details check out the Festival Website.

Make a Difference 2008 is a Christian Music Festival taking place on Sunday June 15th 2008 in Ballinacoola in Glenealy village – close to Wicklow Town. Bands include Elation Ministries who have played for Youth 2000 and Knock Youth Festival rallies, along with Ben Cantelon and the Soul Survivor Band among others. More info here.

Soweto Gospel Choir
The Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir will be in concert at the National Concert Hall on March 10th 2008 at 8 pm. Ticket prices range from €20 to €40, and are available from the box office or online.
They will also play the Waterfront Hall Belfast on March 9th - see Ticketmaster for details.

Visit of Richard Leonard SJ
The Jesuit Communication Centre in Ireland has organised a number of public events this month for Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard, lecturer in cinema and theology. Richard’s recent book, Movies that Matter: reading film through the lens of faith, will be launched by Peter Sheridan on Wednesday 20 February 2008 at the Uí Chadhain Theatre in the Arts Building, Trinity College, at 7.30pm. On Tuesday 19, he will be a guest on the Ryan Tubridy show, which starts at 9.00am on RTÉ Radio 1. And on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm, he will be a guest of Slí Eile at one of their monthly debates. For more details about the Slí Eile event, contact Fernando Galligo at 086-1021490 or the Slí Eile office (01-8880606). Some of Fr Leonard's writings can be found here.

Dublin Gospel Choir
The Dublin Gospel Choir will bring their music to many venues this year, including the Wicklow Arts Festival (Fri May 9th 8 pm) and Éigse Festival Carlow (Sat June 7th 8 pm). Their "Night of Soul" event will take place in Darndale (Fri Feb 22nd 8.30 pm), Cornduff (Fri March 7th 8.30 pm) and Celbridge (Fri April 11th). They play at Mass every second Sunday in the church of Our Lady of the Angels, Church St Dublin, from Sunday February 17th 7 pm. More details on their website.

Dove Awards
The Dove Awards recognise achievements in Gospel music in the USA. This year's ceremony will take place April 23rd 2008 in Nashville. More info, including past winners, here.

Handel Festival
The Dublin Handel Festival will take place from Sunday April 13th until Friday April 18th 2008. Our Lady’s Choral Society and the National Sinfonia, conducted by Prionnsías Ó Duinn, will once again open this year’s Handel Festival with a performance of “Messiah on the Street”, beside the original site where the Messiah received its world premiere in 1742. Members of the audience are encouraged to join in and sing along with the choir to the well known excerpts, including the ever-popular Hallelujah Chorus. Taking place from April 13th – 18th in 2008 this year’s Handel Festival will include a programme of FREE concerts, talks, tours, interactive activities, and family events in Temple Bar including a full length, FREE performance of Messiah in Christchurch Cathedral by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir. A special treat will be "Messiah on the Street, in Fishamble St, Temple Bar. More general info here. There is also a competition for schools as part of this event, based on the life and/or works of Handel. Competition details here.

BBC Passion
Starting on Palm Sunday 2008 is yet another film enactment of the life of Christ. It is produced by the BBC and HBO (USA) and runs for six nights during Holy Week. Jesus will be played by the relatively unknown Joseph Mawle.

The Passion on BBC
This Easter BBC 1 is broadcasting a major series, The Passion, dramatising the Holy Week and Easter Story. Joseph Mawle (left) plays Jesus. For more information, including broadcast dates and times see the previews page, and for regular reviews of the series as it develops see the blog.

High Crosses
Currently at the National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin, there's an exhibition of replica high crosses, from the 9th to the 12th centuries.

Angela Hutchison
The Hutchisons from Canada (see Music page) have set up online sales on theirwebsite. The albums Grace Child, Hope for Sure and Christmas can all now be purchased through the secure, PayPal-powered shopping cart, which you can find out more about at

Beth Nielsen Chapman
This fine US contemporary singer/songwriter will give a concert in Whelans Dublin on Friday Dec 7th at 8 pm - tickets from Ticketmaster and usual outlets. She will also perform at the Console Christmas Celebration of Light in Maynooth at 4 pm on Sunday Dec 9th (see here for details). Her new double CD, Prism, is an album of spiritual songs from many religious traditions, some new, some traditional. Review coming soon!

Gregorian Chant
There's a workshop on on Satrday Oct 20th 2007, in Belfast. It is organised by Schola Gregoriana, a group originating from Queen's University. Info: scholagregoriana at

Religious Art Exhibition
"THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS" PAINTINGS BY JOHN DUNNE Edit Stein room St Teresa’s Pastoral Centre Clarendon Street Church, Dublin Opening Reception 18.30 Thursday 1st November 2007 Exhibition runs until 10th November 2007 10.00am -16.30pm Daily

John Michael Talbot
Contemporary Gospel artist John Michael Talbot is coming to Mt Argus Church in Kimmage Dublin on 20th October to lead a night of Prayerfulness and Song centered around his music. He has just released his 50th recording called 'Living Water'. ...There are no tickets and no cost for this evening - just a collection to defray expenses. It should be a very special evening.

St Francis Musical
Good Morning Good People! is a musical presentation of the life of St Francis of Assisi by Australian singer songwriter Peter Kearney. It will be presented on Friday October 5th in St Kevin's church Glendalough Co. Wicklow, 7.45 - 9.30 pm. Admission free, but donations welcome.
Other venues:
BUNCLODY, Co. Wexford "Tuesday October 9th., 8.00pm
Church of the Most Holy Trinity. Euro10 or Euro 7 unwaged. Proceeds to WYD Fund. KILDARE- Tuesday October 16th., 7.30pm. St. Brigid's Parish Church, Bride St., Kildare. Female vocalist: Shauna Boyle. Admission: Euro 5
CLONMEL-Wednesday October 17th., 7.30pm. Franciscan Friary Church, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Female vocalist: Shauna Boyle. Admission: Euro 10 or Euro 8 unwaged DUBLIN "Priorswood, Friday October 19th., 7.30pm. St. Francis of Assisi Church, Clonshaugh Drive, Priorswood, Dublin. Female vocalist: Shauna Boyle. Admission: Euro 7 or Euro 3 child.
WEXFORD- Sunday October 28th., 3.00pm. Church of the Annunciation, Clonard, Wexford Town. Solo presentation. Admission: Euro 7 or Euro 5 unwaged- at door. LOUGHREA "Ballyduggan Friday November 9th., 8.00pm. St. Jarlath's Church, Ballyduggan (near Loughrea). Euro 10 or Euro 7 unwaged- at door.
NAAS - Ballycane. Tuesday November 13th., 8.15pm. Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballycane. Solo presentation. By donation.
DUBLIN - RATHFARNHAM. Friday November 16th., 8.00pm. Solo presentation. The Divine Word Church, Marley Grange, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Euro 10 or Euro 7 unwaged- at door.
CASTLEBRIDGE, Co. Wexford. Wednesday December 5th., 8.00pm. Solo presentation. St. Ibar's Church, Castlebridge, Euro 10 full / Euro 8 unwaged - at door

Gospel Music at the Cork Jazz Festival 2007
Gospel Double Bill CORK OPERA HOUSE, Emmet Place, Cork SUNDAY OCTOBER 28th at 8.15pm SHARP ADM €40 (plus booking fee) For tickets call the Box Office at (021) 427 0022 Or book online at No refunds. This is a fully seated concert – doors open at 7.30pm
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Formed some six and a half decades ago, The Blind Boys of Alabama are the Iron Men of music. They predate Elvis, Little Richard and Al Green yet, even in their 70s, they are still at the top of the gospel charts and have won an impressive four consecutive Grammy Awards in the past four years. THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS The Campbell Brothers present a compelling, rich variety of material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal gospel repertoire with a new twist: the wailing, shouting, singing voice of the steel guitar, played as you have never heard it played before. First time in Ireland.

New Play on Saintly Priest
As part of the Dublin Theatre Fringe Festival (Sept 07) there will be a new play on the life of Titus Brandsma, a Dutch journalist priest who fell foul of the Nazis and was executed in Dachau. Written by Aidan Harney, it runs from 10th to 15th September in The Carmel Hall, Whitefriar's Church, Aungier St Dublin. For bookings phone 1850 374643.

Religious Education Congress
There is a major RE congress coming up from 5th to 7th October 2007 in St Patrick's College Drumcondra. There is a Congress Poet, Tom Hamill, and some of his work is available at the Congress website , along with information on congress worshops and a booking form. The workshop by Clare Maloney - Teaching from the Boat: Language, Faith, Imagination should be of interest to visitors to Faitharts.

New song and painting for Blessed Charles of Mount Argus
Blessed Charles of Mt Argus is going to be canonized on 3rd June. Mount Argus of where Blessed Charles was a passionist priest are having a big celebration mass on that day at 3pm. The canonization itself is going to be televised from Rome by RTE, but Mt Argus itself is also having a Novena of Hope running up to the canonization. This will start on 26th May. Log on to for other details of times etc. (go to Novena of Hope on Left side of Main page) This Novena is hopefully going to be broadcast through internet television so people from all over the world can log on to see the speakers etc. One of the guests is going to be Fr Liam Lawton. He has written the new song for St Charles and he will be guesting at the novena on Monday 28th at 7.30pm to sing the song, which is called 'Come to Me'. Liam has recorded this on to CD along with one of his other pieces 'Sing of a Lady' (this song is to Our Lady of Hope who St Charles had great devotion to) The CD will be available for sale during the Novena. Fr Kieran Creagh (the Passionist priest who was shot in St Africa a few months ago ) will also be one of the celebrants and speakers during the novena. Dublin Artist James Hanley was comissioned to paint the new portrait of St Charles, this portrait is to go on one of the national stamps in the next few weeks and it can also be seen on the Mt Argus website.

Hopkins Summer School
The 20th Gerard Manley Hopkins International Summer School will take place in Monasterevin from July 21 – 27, 2007. Internationally, it will offer its widest range of visitors with 24 countries represented from Japan to Slovenia, Russia to Sardinia. It claims to be the only Summer School to offer a specially tailored Youth Programme geared to students. Some scholarships are still available. Apply immediately. See the Hopkins Society website for details.

Musical on St Francis of Assisi
Australian singer-songwriter Peter Kearney has written a musical about the life of St Francis of Assisi, Good Morning Good People! which he will perform with flute player Roma Dix in St Michael's Church Gorey, Co. Wexford on Thursday May 31st at 7.30 pm. Go along for some aesthetic nourishment! Download the poster here (pdf file). For more information on Peter's work see his website

Harlem Gospel Choir
This renowned choir will return to Ireland, for a convcert in Vicar St, Dublin, on Sunday 11th November 2007 at 7.30 pm.

Education in Faith Sunday 2007
The material for is now available on line at The website contains various materials designed to facilitate the celebration of Education in Faith Sunday - which this year is on 4 February. Among the materials available on the catechetics website are: A Liturgical Pack, Resources for Schools, Resources for the home and materials dealing with Deus Caritas Est. An extensive Web Directory of favourite religious sites is also included. The theme for Education in Faith Sunday 2007 is Put Out Into the Deep and a poster illustrating this theme has already been sent to every parish in the country.

Christmas CDs
Liam Lawton has a new Christmas CD - Christmas Song. Here's some of what he says on his website: "In my collection of music I have many Cds of Christmas Music down through the years but I was really delighted to be asked by EMI Ireland to record my own Christmas collection which we have called …..Christmas Song . These are the Songs and Carols that I heard since I was a young boy , the songs that evoke their own mystery and simple beauty. These are the songs that tell the story of the birth of Love. " There's a detailed interview about the Christmas season with Liam in this week's Irish Catholic

The Children First charity and singer Tony Kenny have a new CD Mary Did You Know. Price 15 Euro from Tony Kenny CD, Children First, Millennium House, 37 Beaumount Rd, Dublin 9. Proceeds to the charity which helps vulnerable and homeless children.

Canadian singer Angela Hutchison (see music page) has a new CD "Christmas", desribed by the publicity as follows: An acoustic and acapella journey into the past and around the globe in celebration of the breathtaking miracle we call "Christmas." There is a comprehensive audio sample at

Milltown CD
'A Choral Christmas' Milltown Parish Chamber Choir have launched a Christmas CD, 'A Choral Christmas', which includes a varitey of seasonal hymns and carols. The CD costs ?10 and is on sale from: Milltown Parish Centre, adjoining the church on Milltown Rd. D6 The National Concert Hall Shop Veritas Cathedral Books and Easons.

Blind Boys of Alabama
The Blind Boys of Alabama and Ben Harper's "There Will Be A Light" has been Grammy nominated for "Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album" and the title track for "Best Gospel Performance." The Blind Boysl released their new studio alubm, "Atom Bomb," on March 15. For more info see their website

CD Releases
Most prominent is U2's new album, How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. There's always a good chance of spiritual content with U2 and this album is no exception - of particular interest is the track Yahweh, a striking musical prayer. On the Island label.
Biscantoret - Sound of the Spirit is the latest release from the monks of Glenstal Abbey and features songs, meditations, chants, hymns and features Noirin Ni Riain, John O'Donoghue, and Marie-Bernadette O'Connor. On Hummingbird label.
Anúna's new album is Winter Songs, a collection that features mostly Christmas carols. Included is the Wexford Carol, Oh Holy Night, Pie Jesu, Silent Night and more. On the Danú label.
Another Day's Journey is a new album by Eleanor Shanley and Ivan Leparr. Songs include Give Me a Clean Heart and Heaven Help Us All. Leparr's dedication on the album cover suggests strong gospel committment. On Hummingbird label.
Liam Lawton's new CD Another World is now available. The new collection features such guest artists as Brian Kennedy, Moya Brennan, The Celtic Tenors, Eimear Quinn, Fionnuala Sherry of Secret Garden, Roisin O Reilly and Sharon Shannon among others . Standout songs include Labyrinth, The Cloud's Veil and In the Quiet.

Faith in Shakespeare
28/10/04: At a ceremony in Microsoft Ireland Head Office this year's Teachnet Projects were launched. These are online projects by and for teachers. The project linked to this site is Faith in Shakespeare, a look at the religious themes in some of Shakespeare's plays. It's at

The Passion of the Christ
The DVD/Video version of this powerful and controversial life of Christ, dircted by Mel Gibson, is now available. This will make it available for school use, but how suitable is it for the younger age groups? Using selected clips may be a way into it for teachers reluctant to show it all. For example he opening sequence is powerful in its imagery and deals dramatically with the whole idea and nature of temptation. The Way of the Cross sequence is rough, but there are many striking scenes - e.g. Jesus meeting his mother as their paths cross and Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus to shoulder the cross.

Beth Nielsen Chapman - Recent CD
This great American singer songwriter has just released Hymns, an album of old Catholic songs, mostly in Latin, but it's contemporary in style and great for meditation. It is available from her website (, and should be in the shops, on the Sanctuary label.

Tommy Fleming Album
Tommy Fleming has released a new album of spiritual and inspirational songs on CD and DVD, on the Dolphin label: Here's the official blurb:
Voice Of Hope 2 CD & DVD A spectacular double CD recorded live in the Basilica, Knock, Ireland Featuring a collection of uplifting songs performed by Tommy and guest artists in a concert event that marks the first time an entertainer has been allowed access to the magnificent Basilica. Recorded before an audience of 5,000 people, the concert offers many stirring moments which are enhanced by the magnificent setting. The performance features Tommy with his band supported by an orchestra and choir. Guest soloists include Phil Coulter and Eileen Ivers (of Riverdance fame). Cara Dillon and Naoise Stuart-Kelly also perform wonderful duets with Tommy. Disc 1 • From A Distance • Morning Has Broken • Bright Blue Rose • Steal Away • Love Can Build A Bridge • You Raise Me Up • Ships Are Sailing • Bygone Days • Bridge Over Troubled Water • You've Got A Friend • The Rose •Amazing Grace • Lady Of Knock • Disc 2 • Danny Boy • The Prayer • Sand And Water • Hard Times • Something Inside So Strong • Angel • Ave Maria • Lady Of Knock • She Can't Really Be Gone • Song For Ireland • The Things We've Handed Down – The Rose • True Companion • Check out the Dolphin Website for ordering details - follow this link and go to end of page.

Another New John Michael Talbot Album
John Michael Talbot has released a new album - Monk Rock, a sort of return to his rock roots and the Jesus Movement. Check out his own story of the album here.

John Michael Talbot Album
City of God is a recent John Michael Talbot new album. Like Table of Plenty from 1998
it is a collection of well known folk hymns from the Catholic tradition, including Earthen Vessels, Abba Father, Here I Am, Sing to the Mountains and City of God. Click here for audio samples on the artist's website.

New Gibson Film
It is reported that Mel Gibson's next project may be a film on the appearances of Our Lady at Fatima. A spokesman for his company indicated that he would like to do this. Gibson met the late Sr Lucia before she died and arranged a special showing of The Passion of the Christ for her and the sisters in her convent. Gibson has acquired the rights to the book Stealing From Angels by Brian Dullaghan, and shooting is tentatively scheduled for 2006.

From 2007:

Angela Hutchison
The Hutchisons from Canada (see Music page) have set up online sales on theirwebsite. The albums Grace Child, Hope for Sure and Christmas can all now be purchased through our secure, PayPal-powered shopping cart, which you can find out more about at

Liam Lawton - New CD/DVD
The Liam Lawton 'Song of the Celtic Soul' DVD and CD is on sale in the shops from Friday 9th Nov 2007. The DVD and CD will be sold as a set. The DVD was filmed in the Docklands of Dublin last year Set in Dublin’s docklands this event was the first of its kind to be staged on water in Ireland’s capital. The unique special event, with a stunning stage designed around the theme of Angels by Alan Farquarson, featured guests Roisin O’Reilly and the boy soprano Joseph Mc Manners, the full Irish Film Orchestra and Chorus along with traditional Irish instruments. The event was attended by almost 5,000 people. The orchestral arrangements were done by the world renowned composer and arranger Nick Ingham whose films include Shakespeare In Love, Cold Mountain, Billy Elliott and Finding Neverland. The collection on this DVD and CD include many of the old favourites - Cloud's Veil, Benedictus, Lament of the Virgin, Voice of an Angel and more - there are also a few new pieces - 'Secret Land', 'I Heard an Angel' 'Field of Dreams' - and Destiny (only on the DVD).
See a sample video here.

New Bruce Springsteen DVD/CD
The new Bruce Springsteen music DVD, Live in Dublin features most of the songs from his Seeger Sessions concerts, and some gospel numbers are included - e.g. Oh Mary Don't You Weep, Jacob's Ladder, When the Saints Go marching in, This Little Light of Mine. This comes in DVD only edition or Audio CD edition or combined DVD/double CD. Bruce's website features links to video samples from the DVD.

New Film on the Resurrection
The Investigation is the title of a new film on the Resurrection. The Pope recently received a private screening, has opened in Spain and will shortly be released in the USA. It tells the story of a Roman official given the job of investigating the disappeance of the body of Jesus from the tomb.

In Praise of Mary
This is the title of a new CD of Marian hymns and chant from the Cistercian Nuns of St Mary's Abbey, Glencairn, Co. Waterford, who worked with singer Nóirín Ní Riain on the project. Click here for a video report on the abbey and the CD from RTE's Nationwide series.

Amazing Grace
This new film on William Wilberforce's campaign to end slavery in the British Empire, released in March 2007 to coincide with the 200th Anniversary on the abolition, is now available on DVD. Wilberforce was motivated by his Christian faith, which also features in the film, as does his connection with John Newton, the writer of the hymn. The official site for the film includes trailers, resource materials and study guides dealing with the film and with the issue of slavery in general -
There's also an Irish site for the film ( where you can find cinema information and some resources relating to Ireland.

CD and Concert - James Kilbane
James Kilbane has released (March 07) a new album of spiritual songs - Life's Miracle aims to be a collection that will be, according to the singer, "practical for Christians in their everyday prayer". In style it's praise and worship with a Country feel.

The Nativity Story
The Nativity Story film is now available on DVD. For trailers, video clips, screensavers and even an interactive Advent calendar go to the official website for the film. The US Catholic Conference review is here; a review from the Catholic Education Resource Centre is here.

Road to Memphis
Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor is one of the novels on the Leaving Cert English Course (for 2007 at least). It's also useful for R.E. teaching, using extracts, to deal with the issue of racial prejudice (it's set in the deep south USA around 1941). There are some religious elements as well as the central characters, the Logan family are religious, pray together, go to church. Notes are available on this theme of prejudice in the novel using key scenes as a way of breaking it down into manageable sections. These are available as a Word document, or as plain text, on request - will send them by email as an attachment - use contact details over.

Da Vinci Code
With the release of the movie on DVD there's an Irish site to deal with the issues raised - features, among other resources, free Powerpoint presentations and FAQ sheets to download, with the offer of speakers to deliver the presentations if required. There's also a comprehensive site from the U.S. Catholic Conference -

Hopkins Poems Set to Music
Singer Sean O'Leary has an album of Hopkins poems set to music. There are samples to listen to on the website dedicated to this project - follow the link to "Play Demo". If the clips don't work first time try the link to "Help" at the bottom the demo page and you'll get an alternative way to play them. Particularly striking are his versions of "I wake and feel the fell of dark" and "Spring". There is a link on the site to buy the album.

Religious Art in Tallaght
Five sculptures inspired by St Luke's gospel have been dedicated at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin. The five scenes of healing are in bronze and ceramic and depict Jesus healing illnesses and restoring peopl to their communities and are in the chapel at the hospital.

Music CD
Faith Alive is a group founded in England by Irish priest Fr Con Foley. They are young people aiming to pass on the faith to other young people. From One Generation to the Next is their new CD. Included are parts of the Mass and new songs also. The CD can be ordered from their website, which also has samples of the music to download:

Wedding Album
This is the title of a CD from Veritas, featuring appropriate music for the Sacrament of Marriage. Read more.

Hollywood and Religion
A new study by the Parents' Television Council in the USA looks at Hollywood depictions of religion - finds negative depictions of religion but more positive depiction of faith in general. Read the full story here.

Gospel Movies
Hollywood producer Jake Eberts is to be involved in producing more gospel movies, in association with Visual Bible International. In the short term The Gospel of Mark will follow the most recent movie The Gospel of John which gained cinema release. Eberts previous credits include Chariots of Fire and Driving Miss Daisy.