A Celtic Christmas Concert: fundraising event in aid of our Renovation Project

Friends of St. Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn, the Carrigbyrne Pike Choir bring their new Season of Joy production to Lismore, Co. Waterford on Sunday 16th December at 7pm at St. Carthage’s Catholic Church to help raise funds for St. Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn Building Renovation Project.

This new musical production was launched last April in America and will be sung for the first time in Ireland by the Carrigbyrne Pike Choir and Friends. Combining the passion and creativity of our Celtic musical traditions with the joyous celebration of Christ’s birth, Season of Joy offers a spectacular collection of new and beloved seasonal songs. The choir is challenged and excited by this new piece of work.

This one-of-a-kind musical combines such Irish classics as The Wexford Carol together with exciting new Celtic-inspired arrangements such as Chris Tomlin’s Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) and Travis Cottrell’s Jesus Saves.

A standout offering is the stunning overture, which features fiddles, penny whistles and bagpipes. No less than one dozen familiar carols artfully weave their way through the work, inviting the audience to fully join the celebration.

Songs include: A Celtic Christmas Overture, Christmas Pipes, Joy has dawned, Once Upon an Christmas, The Wexford Carol, The Carolin Reel, Emmanuel, How Suddenly a Baby Cries, Jesus Saves, By Faith, Celtic Christmas Blessing.

The Nuns of Glencairn are deeply grateful to the Carrigbyrne Pike Choir for their assistance and to all who will support this event in aid of the Abbey’s Renovation Project. Planning permission for the monastery’s renovation was obtained in autumn 2011 and is presently at fundraising stage.

Necessary work on the Abbey buildings, the earliest of which dates back to the seventeenth century, will ensure that the community can continue to provide a unique presence in County Waterford as Ireland’s only Cistercian monastic community for women.

Photo: Sr Lily, in charge of fundraising for the Renovation project together with Liz O’Hara, who is helping to organise the event with us.

To purchase a ticket for this event:
You can book tickets directly through the Abbey at (058) 56168 or contact Liz at (087) 770 4466. Tickets are also available at the following locations in the Lismore/Cappoquin area: Lismore Post Office, Barron’s Bakery Cappoquin, St. Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn. Tickets €10