THE Tullamore Court Hotel was the venue for an extraordinary concert celebrating women’s talent. The MC for the night was Anne Boylan who is an award winning journalist and writes in Social & Personal. Scoil Mhuire International Group gave an example of all nations and cultures coming together in dance.
The current Rose of Tralee Clare Kambamett was the star of the show.
On March 8 each year, this particular day is set aside to celebrate the economic, social and political achievements of women across the world.
The concert was organised by the committee of Power4Good,an Irish NGO based in Tullamore, which has been working for the past 5 years to assist people with disabilities in countries such as Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, with a human rights project and a micro finance project enabling people with a disability to set up their own business.
The evening commenced with an International Group of Dancers from Tullamore’s Scoil Mhuire. The group is known as “Daltai” (pupils). They charmed everyone with a diversity of traditional dance reflective of Nigeria, Poland, India, Ireland, and then combine through the international language of ballet.
Next came Kotryna Koz Lovskyte who brought the voice of an angel with her from Lithuania and sang the delightful John Lennon composition ‘Imagine.’
The Academy of Music featured singers Dearbhla O’Brennan and Nicole Robinson. Dearbhla and Nicole both study singing with Ciaran Brady at the Tullamore Academy of Music. They have individually been chosen from 45,000 students to be recipients of a Permanent TSB high achiever award.
Nicole recently triumphed in the “Oratorio Cup in the 15-18 age category in last year’s Sligo Feis Ceoil, where she won first place with her performance of the Aria “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth” from Handel’s Messiah.
Dearbhla is a member of “The Academy Chamber Choir” who scooped first place at the recent “Navan Choral Festival” in the Chamber Choirs’ category, and for good measure was also a finalist on Lyric FM’s “Choir’s For Christmas”.
They performed “Ar Bruach na Carraige Báine”, “Ebben Nandrò Lontana” from the Opera “La Wally and the famous flower duet “Delibes” from the Opera “Lakme.”
The Tullamore Stage School were represented by Aisling Geoghegan and Caoimhe Ryan, who will performed two amazing pieces. By the way, the school is busy preparing for their production of “Jack and the Beantin,” which you can support next month.
Following the interval, the Rose of Tralee Clare Kambamettu stole the hearts of all present with her delightful account of how she became Rose of Tralee. Clare spent a lot of time speaking to people before during and after the Concert and is a remarkable young woman who is undertaking a PhD next year.
The Concannon Ganley School of Dancing, whose members are drawn mainly from the Clara, Horseleap and Athlone areas performed next. They are very popular at weddings and a variety of social functions.
Ann Tobin and Patricia Dunne, great storytellers, added humour and nostalgia to the evening.
Tullamore’s Sacred Heart School, who have a long tradition of choral and orchestral success throughout the island, delighted two pieces, under the direction of Regina McCarthy.
The Ceili Group, showing a great diversity of talents, ran through an exhausting repertoire from step to set dancing.
Karen Martin led the singing of ‘Heal The World’ joined by the performers and audience.
Molly Buckley, Chairperson of Power4Good, thanked Anne Boylan, who was an excellent MC, the Tullamore Court Hotel, all the performers and the audience, which made the night so special. She mentioned the craft exhibition at the end of the Hall where women exhibited their crafts and highlighted the great talent there is in our community. It is hoped and this will be annual event. The proceeds are helping people with a disability in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.