Saturday, November 1st will go down as a night that few who were in the University Concert hall in Limerick will ever forget.
A full house enjoyed an incredible night of music, song and dance that reflected everything that makes us who we are.
The forty weeks of preparation that went into the night were quickly forgotten as the house lights went down and eighty young musicians from North Tipperary led us off on journey of delight through a select of traditional music that lifted the spirits of everyone present.
Ably backed by an older group of musicians one could see how the tradition was being passed on to a new and willing generation. However the night was not just of music, the O’Rourke school of Dancing and Club Rince Uí Chráith gave us a marvellous display of sets, Jigs, reels and polkas.
While not wishing to single anyone person out, a truly amazing display of step dancing was given by David Geaney, from Dingle, a special guest on the night. Still a teenager himself, his ability was indeed jaw dropping. And through all this our young ensemble kept time and rhythm, filling the auditorium with wonderful sounds.
Among the highlights of the first half were the chosen young musicians from: Ardcroney, Barnane, Ballinaclough, Burgess, Carrig, Lissenhall and Templederry national schools, 140 in all, who accompanied Seán Ó Sé as he sang Cill Cais.
Well done to all involved.