Laois gaelscoil and orchestra to hold Oiche Cheoil Christmas concert

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Laois gaelscoil and orchestra to hold Oiche Cheoil Christmas concert

Students at Gaelscoil Shlí Dála rehearsing for their gala festive fundraiser in St Molua's Church, Ballaghmore on December 15

A special night of beautiful music will herald in the festive season in Ballaghmore in Laois this December.

For the first time in its history, Gaelscoil Shlí Dála national school is holding a gala fundraiser where the children will perform with the In Tune For Life orchestra.

Gaelscoil Shlí Dála in association with Ned Kelly is holding an Oiche Cheoil na Nollag as a fundraiser for a new autism unit the school.

It takes place on Saturday night December 15 in Saint Molua’s Church in Ballaghmore, at 7.30pm.

The atmospheric evening will feature the children performing with the In Tune for Life Orchestra.

The traditional Irish youth orchestra is made up of over 80 young people from North Tipperary, with a reputation of offering terrific musical entertainment for worthy causes.

The principal is Roise Maire Nevin.

“It will be guaranteed to satisfy with a wonderful mix of Christmas cheer and Irish tradition,” she said.

All 32 children from Naíonáin Bheaga to Rang 6 plus five from the Naíonra will perform on the night.

Rehearsals are taking place every day in each classroom. The children will sing in Irish and English and also play instruments alongside the orchestra.

The orchestra will also perform many of their own pieces.

“The children and staff are full of excitement and enthusiasm for the upcoming concert,” said the principal.

The school is thankful to the priests of St Cronan's parish and the PPC of Ballaghmore for allowing it to use the church on the night.

“The parents of the school have also been so incredible for their support. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our many sponsors who have supported with cash donations and prizes for the free raffle which will be held on the night.

“This concert will raise much needed funds for the running of our incredible school, particularly as we set on on a new journey with our second ASD unit,” said Ms Nevin.

Tickets are on sale in the school, from parents and from Phelan's shop in Ballaghmore, at a cost of €20.