Children from Littleton National School and popular local musicians from the community will feature in the Littleton National School “Circle Of Life Christmas Concert” in the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles, on Thursday, December 20th, at 7.30pm. Very special guests will include members of the legendary awards-winning Sean Treacy Pipe band, Moycarkey Borris who are known to GAA enthusiasts nation-wide and, indeed, much further afield. They have for long been great supporters of community causes in many communities.
Talented local musicians produced a very successful CD in 2011 called ‘the Circle of Life -Music And Song From Littleton”. The Producer was local lady, Stella Quinn. All proceeds from the sale of that CD went to Laharden-born missionary priest, Fr. Paudie Moloughney’s exemplary mission work in Brazil. The CD was a huge success in the parish and beyond. Most of the musicians involved in the CD will now take part in the concert on December 20th. This concert is an opportunity to see these talented local musicians perform live in concert. The artists from the local community taking part in the show, which should set the mood for Yuletide celebration and community Christmas spirit, include Johnny Quinlan, Stella Quinn, Ellie Gooney, Fr. Joe Tynan, Pádraig Dwyer, Peggy and Melissa Morris, Mandy Fennessy, Linda Bryan, Bríd Dwyer, Noel Cooney, and John and Kay Ryan.
All 63 pupils in the school will take part in the concert and a raffle will be held with proceeds going to the local St. Vincent De Paul. The artistes who featured on the “Circle Of Life “ cd all have links with the school.
Songs on the night will include many well-known numbers like “Spancil Hill”, “I Have a Dream”, “Let it Be”, “Alleluia”, as well as several popular Christmas songs. And we shall also have the Littleton National School Choir to enthrall us.
“This is an opportunity for the community of Littleton to work together towards producing what promises to be a wonderful seasonal concert with variety, musical talent and harmony”, stated school Principal, Mr Christy Clancy, who looks forward to a bumper attendance at the Horse And Jockey Hotel.
Tickets are priced at €8 and they can be purchased in the school. This concert looks like being a show not to be missed. When Kiltegan Irish missionary priest and much loved personality Fr Paudie Moloughney, celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in style, he was led into the village of Littleton, on a donkey and cart by the Sean Treacy Pipe Band, Moycarkey/ Borris, to a rapturous reception from a huge crowd of local people.
The group of local people who produced the CD, “The Circle of Life”, took part in the parade also and attended the CD launch. A big screen set up was in the village showing nostalgic photographs. Now there is a further opportunity to enjoy live the talents of these local artistes and to salute daoine oga Bhaile Dhaith. Not to mention taking a break from budget fever and such mundane matters that will never affect the true spiorad na Nollag I gcroithe na ndaoine.
(By Tom Ryan)
It was still that night …
Great things are born in stillness-
And beginnings are of stillness born.
Nature held her breath in awe of a strange and beautiful thing.
Even then in other parts
The struggle of life and man raged,
And men wept and cowered in their dark thoughts ..
But some dreamed
And a dream for eternity was born in Bethlehem.
Hope stole into the world
In a rustic stable,
And the light stole over the earth,
And dreamers saw it,
And it shone in their hearts.
From Cherry Blossoms by Tom Ryan