Newbridge trad group wows Germans

On Harp Ms Mary Keenan , On Bodhran and spoons  Ms Eimear OBrien, on button accordion  teacher Ms Ella Mahon , on guitar, pupil Karley Keane, on tin whistles were pupils  Katie OConnor and Elena Walsh  and Irish singing, pupil Sarah Harris
THE Holy Family Secondary School’s latest venture, a new Traditional Irish music group, have gone down a storm in Germany.

THE Holy Family Secondary School’s latest venture, a new Traditional Irish music group, have gone down a storm in Germany.

The mixed group of students and teachers travelled to the German town of Adenau to help celebrate 150 years of the Stations of the Cross in the small rural town near Cologne. The Irish group were accompanied by the the German teacher Ms Aoife Carey and 13 Holy Family exchange students.

The highlight of the week however was the 150th anniversary festival up the mountain at the stations of the cross. The Holy Family trad group were joined by a soprano and flautist trio from Tuscany, a male Italian choir, a group from Malta and numerous local brass bands and choirs from the region. “It was surely a first for the town to hear the lilting sounds of an Irish Harp, bodhran and spoon, button accordion, guitar, tin whistles and Irish singing wafting through the birch woods to a crowd of over one thousand visitors,” said teacher Eimear O’Brien who also plays the bodhran and spoons in the group.

“The group were a big hit with the crowd. The mayor of Adenau has invited them back for the Summer and October festivals. Well done to all.”

- Paula Campbell