All associated with Cór Gaelscoil Aogáin appreciated and felt the honour that went with the invitation from Thomond Park last November.
It was an opportunity they rose to and grasped with open arms and a devil’s own load of work went into the preparation and rehearsal.
The invitation was to sing at the Heineken Cup game between Munster and Perpignan on Sunday, December 8. They accomplished their mission with style and must have made some impression because – Guess What – they’ve been invited back to Thomond Park for the coming Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash between Munster and Toulouse – it can’t get any bigger than that.
All these invitations came from the resounding success of their choral performance at the Castleisland Rugby Club Concert – as part of the Con Houlihan Festival last May.
During their December 8th visit to Thomond Park there was an on-the-pitch performance where they accompanied the Munster Rugby Supporters Choir in singing ‘Roar’ by Kathy Perry and the Rugby war cry ‘Stand up and Fight’.
The choir and management of Gaelscoil Aogáin felt extremely honoured to be representing their school and town on this great sporting occasion. Now they’re simply over the moon with the re-invite.
They also made their own little bit of history as they were the first school choir to perform before a game in Thomond Park.
Singing le Seo Linn
Needless to say, but excitement levels among the four dozen or so strong dedicated choir members is mounting. Their ages range from nine to 13 years of age.
News that they were to sing along side Seo Linn – the world famous Gaeltacht superstars from Coláiste Lurgan in Galway – has only driven excitement levels skyward.
Muinteoir, Padraigín Ui Chonaill and their accompanist, Helen Lyons are extremely proud of their enthusiastic and committed singers and are looking forward to enthralling the Thomond Park crowd again with their repertoire of songs.
Gaelscoil Aogáin would like to thank the Munster Rugby Club and the MRSC and especially their choir director, Anita Mahon for this wonderful opportunity and for all their help and support in recent times. Go n-éirí leo. ‘Mol an oíge agus tiocfaidh said.’ – John Reidy 29-3-2014©