Parish Variety Concert

Last night folks, I went to the Parish Variety Concert in St. Mary’s Hall and I cannot put into words how awesome the night was…it was simply AMAZING! It was such a beautiful concert with amazing talent on show it was just joyful and inspiring to watch. To see so many talented and wonderful artists on stage was a delight and thank you for showing us your wonderful gifts of music, dance, storey telling & acting. It was an unforgettable night and perhaps maybe the best concert we have ever seen and has certainly wetted the appetite for more nights like this.

The young members of the Rockcorry Dramatic Society got things off to a furious start with two fabulous songs entitled ‘Hey Ho St. Patrick’ and a true Irish classic ‘In Dublin’s Fair City’. A group of school kids conducted by Eileen McCormick then produced two awesome songs sang in the Irish language that was really beautiful to listen to. Continuing the St. Patricks theme the Rockcorry Dramatic Society gave a sketch about the storey of St. Patrick and it was a blast. Philomena Donohue and Susan Matthews then gave their version of ‘A Town I Know So Well’ and next up of stage were Mr. DJ himself Ben Duffy and his wife Bernie who produced a sketch entitled ‘Rock FM’.

We haven’t seen Irish dancers in the village for quite some time and it was a delight to see Nicole Brannigan, Katelyn Mooney and Leah Larmer give a fantastic performance of Irish dancing which was highly entertaining. Kayla Farrell gave a really smooth rendition of a beautiful song entitled ‘Shores of Lough Bran’. Every once in a while a group or a band will produce something memorable and the next act that included Alan Markey, Ellen Flynn, Kerri Flynn, Caoimhe McGorman, Aoife Markey, Lisa McPhillips, Emma McGorman & Breanna McGorman kept their mouths shut and let their instruments do the talking and you just couldn’t help but tap & clap along and get involved it was just jaw-dropping stuff and had the crowd yelling more, more!

The Corravacan Choir kicked started the second half of the concert with a number of songs that you wouldn’t normally associate them singing ‘Lean on Me’, ‘I Can See Cleary Now’ and ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’ and it was magic and perhaps in the future we can look forward to them jazzing it up in Mass! Lisa McPhillips produced a great version of a song recorded by Elton John entitled ‘Your Song’ and members of the Rockcorry Dramatic Society that included Gareth Smyth, Ryan Lynch, Kyle Brannigan, Aoife Markey, Niamh Cassidy, Shannon Hall and Sean Markey treated us to the old traditional Irish wake and the resurrection of Kate Finnucane that once again got a standing ovation!

Next up on stage was Emma McGorman who thrilled us with one of her favourite songs ‘Do You Love an Apple’ and our local P.P. Fr. White treated us to a theatrical performance when he delivered a full recitation and Aoife Byrne, from the RTE programme The Voice of Ireland, belted out an Adele classic ‘Make You Feel My Love’. Peter McCaul with  Vincent McCaul on keyboard then delivered two wonderful melodies entitled ‘My Love is Like a Red Red Rose’ and ‘Bendemeer’s Stream’. Mick McCormick concluded the night with two magical songs from Nathan Carter ‘Wagon Wheel’ and a Tina Turner timeless classic ‘Rolling Down the River’.

It was really an exciting and enjoyable show and well done to all the participants for their wonderful and blistering performances. Many thanks to Sean McCaffrey who was Master of Ceremonies and as always he certainly kept the audience entertained with his witty humour. It would be unfair to name people or single out any individuals so a massive well done to everyone who helped organise the event, sell tickets, do carparking etc. It just goes to prove that when you put your mind to something and get people involved anything is possible.

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