VOICES FOR SAINT GEORGE'S
It's been a busy four weeks as we prepare for our inaugural concert on 18th May 2019. Works over recent weeks have made the place into a very beautiful venue (with a few wrinkles) and we're really looking forward to hearing Eamonn Walsh and the Lismore Choir in concert. There's been huge interest in the event and the works done in recent weeks, especially cleaning up the front, laying flower beds, re-gravelling the front churchyard and painting the doors, has transformed the appearance of the centre.
Now all we ahve to do is write the speaches, drink the mulled wine and enjoy the music.
The new heritage town trail for Mitchelstown was launched by Cork County Council, in association with Mitchelstown Heritage Society, in Saint George's on Monday, 13th May. The launch had several key speakers and gave our visitors a chance to see our new arts and heritage centre.
The first concert at Saint George's Arts and Heritage Centre promises to be memorable and in keeping with our plans to give the historic building a new lease of life. The audience will be treated to a remarkable evening of song and music by the Lismore Choir and the singing talent of Eamonn Walsh. The choir, which has been in existence for over thirty years, is one of the best known and most respected in Ireland. Eamonn Walsh is a scholarship student at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he is currently studying music. His talent has been gaining rapid appreciation throughout Ireland, not least in his native Mitchelstown. We are very thankful to both Eamonn and the Lismore Choir who have very generously offered to hold the evening and to donate all funds raised to Saint George's.
But the night isn't going to be all about music. Guests will be treated to light refreshments, mulled wine, some delicious treats and a few surprises.
We have some surprises in store for the audience who will get to see something very beautiful in Saint George's that has not been seen for over 130 years.
Another surprise will be if the summer makes another unexpected appearance in Ireland this year and we have a hot and balmy evening in Saint George's. But just in case it forgets to appear, we urge you to wear warm wollies, a coat and even a blanket for your knees (now you know why we're giving you mulled wine to warm you up). Afterall, Saint George's is only at the beginning of its restoration and is not yet a fully fledged arts centre. Facilities are not exactly up to par, but we will have temporary heating installed for the event. That's why we're hoping summer comes early, or that you do the sensible thing and wear warm clothing. Please be assured that we'll give you a warm welcome and guarantee that the atmosphere will be warm in spirit.
Tickets available from any Board member, or at Reidy's Kitchen Garden shop in George Street, Diva, The Favourite and Scullery, Flowers by Una and The Treasure Chest in Lower Cork Street.
Between May and September 2019, a series of walking tours will be held in association with Saint George's Arts and Heritage Centre. The Saint George's Tours will start at the centre. Keep an eye here for further details.