Even though most of the country had settled down after the parades to watch Ireland take on England and win the 6 Nations Grand Slam, in Balbriggan another large crowd gathered to see Balbriggan Gospel Choir take to the stage for their debut performance.
Now, normally I would be several pints into the rugby on a St Patricks Day in The Balrothery Inn however Jayne Robinson Brogan is a very persuasive young lady, difficult enough job she had to get me to join the choir in the first place, she convinced be to get on the stage to perform with them. Not sure if I was lucky or the audience was to have Cllr Malachy Quinn standing in from of me.
I only played a very small part, I helped make up the small male contingent at the centre. There continues to be a call for more Balbriggan men to get involved. I really enjoyed the experience a great encounter to be part of something so special. I am proud and taken aback by everyone involved and the rehearsals every Wednesday night are a welcome distraction from all the other stuff that goes on. Looking forward to the next gig now.
Jayne Robinson Brogan told Balbriggan.net that herself, Sharon Kelly, Edel Murray,
Ciaran Melia, Dave flood, and Tommy Dullaghan worked very hard along with all the choir members and are very happy with how things are going. Every one of them should be so proud of themselves. We look forward to performing at Darkness into light 12th may Skerries 4 am. A great cause that is very close to our hearts.
"We are overwhelmed with the support from the community in Balbriggan. The enthusiastic response has highlighted the lack of facilities like this in the town in general for adults and children. We are providing an interactive and uplifting weekly event that allows anyone, regardless of musical ability or passed experience, to take part in a creative and stimulating experience.
Our first performance was a proud moment for all Members, this was a culmination of hard work by our committee members and our singers. The atmosphere spoke for itself with each member leaving with a giant smile. Every week we are growing in numbers, in friendship and musical ability, watch this space our next performance will be bigger and better
Video by Jonathan Waters
We are still in need of male voices for our choir, but if anyone is curious about the work we do please drop by any practice and see what we're about, all toe tappers and hand clappers welcome, Let us put a lift in your week with a sing song." - Edel Murray
“Happy to be part of Balbriggan Gospel Choir. We had our Debut performance on St Patrick's Day that went really well.
It's a stepping stone to greater things. I enjoy highlighting and promoting the choirs journey as I believe in its future.” - Jonathan Waters
“When I first seen Jaynes call for a choir I was eager and enthusiastic to find a like minded soul. We had a shared dream and Vision and on St Patrick's Day this dream and Vision was finally realised. It was the best feeling in the world being up on Stage with the choir that we founded and to be part of something quite amazing.
Onwards and upwards we are looking forward to and excited for the future of Balbriggan Gospel Choir which has already brought the community together and made so may people Happy. I'm so happy to be one of the founders and being responsible for the creation of something so special to so many people.” – Sharon Kelly