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Fly the Limerick flag this summer – wherever you are!

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As the sun went down on a balmy June evening on the Costa
Blanca a little bit of Limerick prepared to serenade locals and holidaymakers
with a special choral performance worthy of any sunset.
I took a few days holidays last week in the Spanish
district of Torrevieja and was invited to attend the second concert being given
by Limerick’s own Curraghgower singers as part of their mini-tour of the
region.
The first concert had taken place Sancta Maria del Mar
Church in La Zenia earlier in the week with all proceeds donated to the
church’s building fund.
On Wednesday night over 300 people gathered at the
Torrevieja Fellowship Church for the Gala concert presented by the Curraghgower
singers who were joined on the evening by Torrevieja’s own Fellowship Christian
Choir.
It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces as family
and friends of both choirs gathered together to hear 60 sun-kissed Limerick
voices deliver a taste of our talent and culture to the shores of Eastern
Spain.
Introduced by the effervescent Pastor Roy Davies, a
Welshman with a delightful tenor voice, the Curraghgower Singers presented a
choral programme that showcased this relatively new choir’s versatility and
ever-growing repertoire.
Soloists during the two-hour concert included Deirdre Connolly,
Margaret Madden and Theresa Cosgrove -collectively known as Aontas- who gave a
moving rendition of Bright Blue Rose. Soprano Bernie Tynne also performed her
own version of The Sunshine of Your Smile which she dedicated to Tony, her
husband of 50 years.
The Curraghgower Singers were led on the evening by their
Musical and Artistic Director Timothy Schinnick who along with accompanist Paul
Chawke brought the very best out of this wonderful group of singers.
Over €600 was raised on the evening with proceeds going
to the charity ‘Reachout’, a recently established body which helps poor and
homeless people in the Torrevieja area providing food and clothing along with
other supports.
What really struck me about that evening in Torrevieja
was not just the love of music and sense of community that this choir exuded
but the passion that each and every choir member has for their home town.
Before leaving the church the Curraghgower singers
presented Pastor Roy Davies and the Fellowship Choir with a bronze replica of
Limerick’s iconic Treaty Stone. It was moving to see such a united group of
singers all showing immense pride in where they come from.
Over the course of the 6-day trip the Curraghgower
Singers acted as ambassadors for Limerick in Eastern Spain. So many other
groups and communities do the same for our city on an annual basis. They invite
those who have never been to Limerick to come and enjoy the beauty, the
history, the fun and the great people our city boasts.
Perhaps we all should keep Limerick in our hearts and
minds this summer whether we travel somewhere in Ireland, Europe or further
afield.
Invite people to Limerick. Speak of your hometown with
fondness and pride. Do your bit to promote Limerick and it’s surrounding region
as the wonderful place it is to come, rest and enjoy.

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One Comment

  1. Angela South

    25th June 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Well done to all associated with the choir, We are blessed in Limerick with a wealth of local talent including a certain Mr. Nigel Dugdale who has been known to sing a song or three ! so I hope that you joined in too Nigel and quite rightly so, you had every reason to feel proud that beautiful evening and thanks for sharing this story. A lovely treat for everyone who was there.

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