Samaritan Christmas Concert tonight

The walls of the Franciscan Friary church, Athlone will reverberate tonight (Thursday, December 8 ) when the Samaritans hold their 25th anniversary concert.

The concert will feature the Army Band of the Second Brigade, tenor David Martin, soprano Niamh McCormack, the Athlone Pipe Band, and St Brigid’s Community Choir, and the compere on the night will be RTÉ’s Cathal Murray.

Niamh McCormack is a native of Shercock, Co Cavan. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, the UAE, and Egypt, as well as Ireland, as the vocal soloist with Riverdance.

She has performed on The Late Late Show and was invited to sing for former President Mary McAleese and current President Michael D. Higgins. Most recently, she was a soloist with the Castle Consort who performed in the Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, a recording of which was aired on Lyric FM and features on the debut recording from newly formed choir Lassus.

Tickets, priced €12, are available from the Friary, Cunninghams Chemist, Midland Sound Equipment, and The Castle Gift Shop, and Athlone Printing.com

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day on Freephone 116 123, for anyone who is troubled, despairing, or just needs to talk to someone in confidence.

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