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At Christmas time, Rathkeale becomes the centre of attention as members of the Travelling community come to the town for the Christmas season and this can be portrayed in a negative way by the local and national media.
We, the students of Colaiste na Trocaire, decided to aim this attention towards a spectacle, something that showed Rathkeale in a much better light and for what it really is, something that would positively display this family community. Our music teacher Ms O’Brien came to us with an inspirational idea, a Christmas concert in Rathkeale’s own St Mary’s Church, — ‘an Irish Christmas’ featuring Moya Brennan accompanied by her band and the renowned choir of Colaiste na Trocaire.
I was asked to do a reading of The Nativity for this concert and I felt honoured to do so, but when the time came to witness all the rehearsing, all the hard work and imagination put into action, I was humbled at how amazingly our choir performed.
They represented Ms O’Brien, our school and, most importantly, Rathkeale, so well that nobody left the church that night focusing on the media’s criticism of Rathkeale, but at how beautiful the entire evening was in terms of our choir and the unusual musical arrangements of our favourite Christmas hymns by Moya Brennan and her band.
‘An Irish Christmas’ brought out all that is good about Rathkeale and about the Christmas season.
Alan Chawke (6A)
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