Newbridge's Gael Scoil Chill Dara records CD for Jack & Jill

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Leader reporter


Newbridge's Gael Scoil Chill Dara records CD for Jack & Jill

Some of the members of the choir of Gael Scoil Chill Dara

The Curragh plains were alive with the sound of music on October 22, as relays of more than 200 volunteers arrived at Gael Scoil Chill Dara, on the Green Road on the outskirts of Newbridge.

Parents, teachers, pupils and past pupils gathered to record a CD of music in the Irish language, led by the choir of Gael Scoil Chill Dara.

The school was delighted to host the event, and to welcome two well-known local choirs who also donated their time and skills to this worth-while project.

In Caelo choir of Newbridge performed wonderfully under the watchful eye of their director Cora Coffey and the Nás na Rí Singers with director Áine Mulvey also added their special sound to the recording.

The project aims to raise several thousand euro for the essential work of the Jack and Jill foundation which provides home care nursing to brain-injured babies and children all over Ireland. Currently the foundation is supporting the families of approximately 250 ill children, 14 of whom are based in Kildare.

The project is kindly part-funded by a bursary from Kildare County Council Arts Service.

Well-known local musicians Frankie Lane, Conor Mahony, Philip Scott and Ruth O’Hara have all kindly agreed to appear on the CD which will make a wonderful addition to any collection.

The CD, entitled Ding Dong Dedero! will be available for purchase during December and again during Seachtain na Gaeilge in March 2017.

All proceeds go to Jack and Jill.

The project will gratefully accept any additional sponsorship or corporate assistance and contact can be made with Orla McAlinden 086-8073860, musical director of Cór Gael Scoil Chill Dara.