Curragh Defence Forces Gala concert to be launched today

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Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


St Brigid's Church, the Curragh Camp

St Brigid's Church, the Curragh Camp

The Defence Forces Training Centre (DFTC) will host it annual Gala Evening of Music & Song at St Brigid’s Church, Curragh Camp on Sunday November 5 at 8pm.

The concert will feature the Baldonnel Singers and the Army No. 1 Band with special guests including tenor, Paul Linehan and soprano, Emer Barry.

Paul has performed throughout the country, from The Waterfront (Belfast) and Cork Opera House to The National Concert Hall and The Mansion House in Dublin. He has also performed in the UK, France, Spain, and Syria.

A former winner of the Tenor Solo Competition at the Feis Ceoil, he toured for two years with “The Master Tenors”.

Emer is one of Ireland’s most popular performers such is the versatility of her voice and her rapport with her audience. A dynamic and experienced singer, she has performed operatic roles with Opera Ireland, Lismore Opera and Glasthule Opera and has performed internationally with award winning classical crossover group Affiniti.

The group has completed sold out tours of Washington State, Oregon and were described by The Boston Globe as ‘full of soul, sass and sophistication as well as exquisite technique’.

The programme will also feature the Pipe Band of the Defence Forces.

The event is due to be launched today at 2pm with The Army No. 1 Band and the Baldonnel singers will be in attendance to promote the event.

The proceeds from this concert will go to the Curragh Lourdes Fund and the Curragh Military Museum.

The Curragh Lourdes Fund was established in 2010 to bring children with special needs from the surrounding localities on the Military pilgrimage to Lourdes.