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Battling qualities of cancer survivors shine through at Naas concert

Mary Farrell, Mary Gunning, and Janet Quirke, Parish Office staff, Naas and Caragh, pictured at the concert.  Photo Tony Keane.

Mary Farrell, Mary Gunning, and Janet Quirke, Parish Office staff, Naas and Caragh, pictured at the concert. Photo Tony Keane.

A third concert produced by The Bic C Choir at the Church of Our Lady and St. David, Naas, on Friday, May 9 was both a successful fundraiser and tribute to people who have suffered from the disease.

Previous concerts have been staged in Caragh and Ferbane (also in churches) and this year’s event in Naas was held in memory of Alice McHolmes, a former member of choir whose husband Tommy brought a memorial candle to the altar, shortly after the start of the event which had the church more than three quarters full.

Ms. McHolmes of Sarto Road, Naas, passed away last January - 12 days before her 72nd birthday and is also survived by children Stephen, Miriam, Jimmy, Anna and Tommy.

The event was organised by Caragh woman Christina O’Connell and the choir was composed of sopranos, tenors and altos, from all over County Kildare who have suffered from cancer or people who are close to somebody who has.

The participants included well known Naas singer Mark Trundle (winners of the Association of Irish Musical Societies’ Best Male Singer award in 2011) and the Le Cheile Choir, formed four years ago by Ms. O’Connell and has 16 members ranging in age from 12 to 50 who perform at mass every month in Caragh church

The idea behind the concert is to celebrate the survivors and show that it is possible to survive the disease, which it’s estimated affects 1 in 3. The organisers wish to thank anybody who helped organises the event, particularly staff at Naas Parish Office, as well as those who bought tickets and parish priest Fr. John Brickley, for the use of the recently renovated church.

See more photos from the night on page 54.

 

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