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Harvest concert for church restoration

Mouth Organ player Fr Tommy Marrinan, P.P. with a timely reminder for all about the forthcoming harvest Concert at Shanaglish Church. He didn't rule out his own involvement in taking to the stage along with the host of musicians and entertainers, to raise funds for the church restoration. Photograph by John Kelly

A HARVEST concert is being held in St Anne’s Church next week to raise money for the church’s restoration.
The event on Friday, October 19 promises to be a very enjoyable evening with a variety of local musical and singing talents and also a special guest performer.

 

Mouth Organ player Fr Tommy Marrinan, P.P. with a timely reminder for all about the forthcoming harvest Concert at Shanaglish Church. He didn't rule out his own involvement in taking to the stage along with the host of musicians and entertainers, to raise funds for the church restoration. Photograph by John Kelly
A HARVEST concert is being held in St Anne’s Church next week to raise money for the church’s restoration.
The event on Friday, October 19 promises to be a very enjoyable evening with a variety of local musical and singing talents and also a special guest performer.

“The reason for running this event is to raise some funds for the restoration of the church. Included in this is some re-plastering of the external walls and a complete re-painting of both the exterior and some of interior of the church, along with upgrading of lighting and heating facilities,” outlined Michael Nestor, chairman of Beagh Parish Council for St Anne’s Church at Shanaglish.

“The concert will consist of 10 to 12 acts of mainly local or local associated talented musicians, singers and dancers with a few surprises,” he added.

Some of the performers taking part in the event are Kilbrencah, Coole Voices, Beagh Dancers, Yvonne Mulvey, the O’Hallorans, Lourda Killeen, the Keehans and Children’s Melody.

Local parish priest Fr Tommy Marrinan is urging people to come out to support the church and celebrate their local community.

“We would encourage people to come along. It is going to be a great night. We have very good acts. It will also be an opportunity for people to come out and support their own local community. There is a great community spirit in Shanaglish.

“The committee are brilliant and they want to build up their parish and their church for the future. There is a heritage group there too and a good Fás programme and they all work very hard to make Shanaglish a place you would really love to come to,” Fr Tommy commented.

The church is over 100-years-old and requires some remedial works.

“The most immediate thing is the plastering of the church outside. The consequence of the need to be plastered is dampness inside. If we let it go on, it will become more serious,” he explained.

“The reason we decided to hold a concert as a fundraiser is that it is an event to bring people together. We also have a lot of very talented musicians and people with great gifts in the parish. It would also build community and is a chance to bring people and their talents out on to a local stage.”

Fr Tommy added that the event was also particularly relevant given that this is the Year of Faith for the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

“This is the year of faith and it is a very special year. This event in Shanaglish is in some way contributing to the year of faith as well,” he said.

Tickets for the concert, which takes place on Friday, October 19 at 8pm must be purchased in advance and are available now at Gort Credit Union, from committee members and from Whelan’s Pub, Shanaglish.

 

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