Exciting line up for gala concert in Abbeyshrule

Longford Branch of Alzheimer Society

Longford Leader


Longford Leader



Exciting line up for gala concert in Abbeyshrule

A gala concert in aid of the Alzheimer Society (Longford Branch) will take place in the Rustic Inn Abbeyshrule on Saturday, April 1 next commencing at 8.30pm.

Guest artists on the night include, the 'Army Band of 2 Brigade Custume Barracks', the 'Donegal Gateway Singers' and the 'Innyside Singers'. MC on the night is Charlie McGettigan.

The Gateway Singers Choir was formed in 2005 and currently has 50 to 60 members. Their choral director is John Peoples and co-director is Claire Doherty. The group’s accompanist is Charlotte Logue.

This delightful group hailing from Donegal and Derry bring an uplifting sound, beautifully rich harmonies and a uniquely warm personality to their performance.

They are renowned for their wonderful support of community charity events and festivals. Their sound is as rich as the cultural heritage of their native Donegal but their range is universal and audiences can expect an eclectic and well-balanced set of choral works delivered with equal verve and skill.

The beautiful performances brought previously to BBC TV's Songs of Praise,St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Feis Dhoire Cholmcille will be shared with many on April 1 in The Rustic Inn.

It is a privilege to have the Gateway Singers on board for this concert in aid of the Alzheimer Association and the group thank them for their support and generosity.

The Band 2 Brigade (Custume Barracks, Athlone) was formed in 1936. The Army Band has been stationed at Custume Barracks since 1936 and performs a wide range of military, State, and civilian engagements each year. It is recognised as being an integral part of the cultural life of Athlone town, its environs and serves the upper part of the country from Wicklow to Donegal.

According to Captain Kelly, the Band 2 Brigade Conductor, “Recent visits abroad included parade and festival performances, and military tattoos in France, Belgium & Lebennon.”

They play at all state military engagements including Ministerial Reviews and Presidential Ceremonies at Āras an Uachtaráin. They were “honoured and proud” to perform at many recent 1916 centenary commemorations.

They host two Gala concerts each year; one in the City Hall, Cork and the other at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

The Alzheimer Society is honoured and delighted to have the support of the Army Band.

The well-respected Innyside Singers will also perform. This adult choir was established in 1995 and hosts approximately 25 members. The group’s choral director is Sr Maura Fay with Pádraig McGowan as accompanist. Rehearsals are held each Wednesday from 9 to 10pm in Skelly’s Restaurant, Ballymahon. Maura Belton is the chairperson.

This community group was established for people who like to sing for fun. The group performs at many local concerts and annually at the Goldsmith Summer School & Literary Festival.

Drumshanbo’s Charlie McGettigan will act as master of ceremonies and he is renowned nationally and worldwide as a singer, songwriter and indeed broadcaster. Looking forward to an eclectic night of music for a very worthy cause.

Concert tickets are on sale at €10 each from the Alzheimer Society (Longford Branch-043 33 48402) Office, The Rustic Inn (Abbeyshrule-044/9357742), Eileen Cooney (Teach na Leanaí, Ballymahon-09064/32505) or Kathryn Keenan, Abbeyshrule-086 8226894.