The funeral Mass for our President, Danny McGuinness took place yesterday, Thursday the 2nd Feb, 2017, at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar at 11 am. The Mass was well attended by his family and former work colleagues and of course the Mayo Male Voice Choir was in attendance. In addition to the usual hymns we sang A Mhuire Mháthair and Homeward Bound (words and music by Marta Keen, arranged by Jay Althouse). At the end of the service as Danny’s remains were removed from the Church a beautiful rendering of ‘I did it my way’ was performed by tenor choir member Joseph Garvey who accompanied himself on the piano.
An obituary will follow.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the death on Christmas Day of 60 members of the Red Army Choir in an air accident whilst on their way to Syria to perform for the troops.
A Russian military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, killing everyone on board.
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TapSnap #welcomewest A couple of images by TapSnap at the Homecoming Ireland West Airport, Knock
David Loring (Left) Mrs Dillon (Middle) and Don Dillon(Right)
Ethereal floating David and Don because we were wearing the green jackets. The photo is taken on a green screen background which is replaced by a graphic, but as we were wearing green much of us was also replaced!
Left to Right: Frank Larkin, David Loring, Musical Director Deirdre Lee, Don Dillon, Chairman Jim Tiernan.
You can see the background through the stripes in the ties!!
More of these to come.
Mayo Male Voice Choir are looking forward to helping with ‘The Homecoming’ at Ireland West Airport, Knock 2016 on the morning of Friday 23rd December.
This has been a regular annual happening for a few years for the choir now and is a ‘fixture’ on our calendar that we greatly enjoy.
May we take this opportunity to wish all connected to the choir and all those who we have, and will in the future, entertain, a very Happy Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Fröhliche Weihnachten, счастливого Рождества, Buon Natale, Wesołych Świąt, Nadolig Llawen and of course Nollaig shona dhaoibh.
We are sorry to learn of the death of Liam Gavin of Manor Close, Kingston, Galway and formerly of Castlebar, brother of MMVC choir member and stalwart Sean Gavin. Our most sincere condolences to Sean and the family on their loss.
Reposing at his home on Friday evening from 4 o’clock until 8 o’clock.
Private Removal on Saturday to St. Ignatius Church, Sea Road, Galway to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11 o’clock.
Burial afterwards in Rahoon Cemetery.
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A Mass for our departed members was held at St Saviour’s, Castlebar on the evening of 10th November, 2016 and the full choir was in attendance.
The list of deceased members was read by Colin Kneafsey.
Amazingly, it’s the beginning of yet another year of singing and concerts for the Mayo Male Voice Choir. Our choir will begin rehearsals on Thursday September 8th in the Regional Training Centre, Mayo County Council at 7.45 pm but from then on, every Thursday night at 7.45 pm in GMIT, Castlebar.
The secret of success for any sports or social club, social gathering, family outing or suchlike has to be the chemistry between members; how do members get on with each other and enjoy each other’s company. Well, after the two gatherings over the last week, it is certain that the Mayo Male Voice Choir has such chemistry. Unsurprisingly, the members like to sing and don’t need much encouragement to begin a sing-song! The simple joy of singing together ensures that a good night out for the choir is exactly that – a good night out, or in the case of Louisburgh – a very good night out. This will be explained later!
Due to the very sad demise of the Welcome Inn Hotel, the Mayo Male Voice Choir committee members were left scratching their heads (and many don’t have much on top to scratch!) as to where to find a venue at short notice for their Annual Spring Concert. The date had been selected and the ever popular Sean Costello, tenor, and the equally popular Frank Forde, compere, were invited to keep the night free on their diaries. After much deliberation and suggestions the choir have finally settled on a date change in order to avail of the excellent facilities of Breaffy House Hotel, the MMVC annual concert is now to be held on Thursday, April 28th at 8 pm.
By Adrian Keena
It’s hard to believe Michael is gone. He was a man of music, Mr. Music Man, Castlebar. Whether it be Castlebar Town Band, the Youth Orchestra, the Holy Rosary Church Choir or Mayo Male Voice Choir, Michael’s life was dedicated to music. It is important to record that he wasn’t one to delegate from on high, Michael was a worker, a man who had no difficulty being the first to arrive early in order to have instruments or stands set up and ready to go. He was also one to volunteer for committees. He served on the Mayo Male Voice Choir committee every year since the choir was founded.
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