The St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir performing at the Tholsel on Friday night.
The first Fleadh Cheoil took place in 1951 and five years later, Eugene Mooney founded St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir. Last week these two venerable Irish musical institutions were united for the first time, as St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir proudly represented Drogheda’s choral traditions during Fleadh week with a selection of well-loved Irish ballads.
Beginning the week, viewers of a special edition of RTE’s “Nationwide” dedicated to the Fleadh, saw the choir discuss their musical history with presenter Mary Kennedy and sing “The Minstrel Boy” in the beautiful surroundings of the High Lanes gallery.
By Friday the Fleadh was in full swing and the choir was first on stage at the Coca Cola Dome, delighting the audience and kickstarting a wonderful night’s entertainment.
On Saturday, their afternoon concert of traditional Irish songs brought Scotch Hall to a halt as shoppers stopped to enjoy songs like “Danny Boy” and “Molly Malone”, topped by a polished performance by John Kirke of “An Poc ar Buile” and a rousing choral rendition of “Ireland’s Call”.
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Later that night the choir assembled outside the Tholsel and were introduced to audiences watching Fleadh TV by none other than Navan’s own Hector Ó hEochagáin, delivering a stirring performance of their iTunes topping hit, “Noreen Bawn”, accompanied on piano by current musical director Edward Holly.
Choir chairman Paul Delaney paid tribute to all concerned, saying: “We were absolutely delighted to have been invited to take part in the Fleadh and to represent our great town of Drogheda by bringing our rich repertoire of traditional Irish songs to our guests and to all those watching Fleadh TV here at home and around the globe.
"We are very grateful to the Fleadh Committee for this signal honour and we’d like to commend them for all their hard work in making this year’s Fleadh one of the most successful Ireland has ever seen.”