On Sunday December 1st a capacity audience was treated to a magnificent Christmas Concert at the

Cathedral. Our own Cathedral Choir were joined by the Dundanion Singers and the fabulously talented Junior Cork Youth Orchestra to mark musically the start of the Advent Season as we begin our journey towards the great feast of Christmas.

We were honoured that our Lord Mayor, Cllr. John Sheehan and his wife Eadamar took time out of their busy schedule to be with us.

Carols both old and new were sung by the choirs and assembled congregation while appropriate readings read by Anne Twomey, created an atmosphere of wonder and awe in our Cathedral. Special lighting effects were provided by ' Spain Audio Visual Services ' and this added dramatically to the Concert highlighting the beauty of this Sacred Space.

The musical directors and accompanists, Ann Roche, Joe Higgins, Terry McCarthy and Ann Healy Mayes have worked so diligently in preparing the music over many months deserve our special thanks while soloist, Paula O Keeffe, from our Cathedral Choir sang ' O Holy Night' with the voice of an angel.

The Concert was streamed live on the Internet and Cork People all over the world were able to tune in and join in the celebration.

The Organising Committee would like to thank all those who so generously sponsored the Concert and to the many people who worked behind the scenes to ensure its success. Plans are already underway for next year, looking forward to seeing you there. Nollaig Shona.

The Concert was sponsored by

KPR Electrical Ltd (Main Sponsor)

Cathedral Credit Union

Cllr. Thomas Gould

Cllr. Kenneth Collins

JSK Eco Cleaning Solutions

GeoData Chartered Land Surveyors

John Buckley Sports

Michael Cunneen & Sons

Hillside Nurseries

Dr Jacinta Barry

Nolan’s Butcher’s

Parking People

Quinlan’s Bar

The Tower Bar

Murphy’s Takeaway

Shandon Business Association

Irwin’s Pharmacy