St. Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band have been given the honour of representing Kilkenny by providing the sacred music for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day live televised mass on RTE 1 AT 11.15am. This is a very prestigious opportunity for the Band as it is the first time that a brass band has been invited to play at this mass.
The band under the directorship of Mr. Norman Cree will be accompanied on the day by the world renowned Palestrina Choir from the Pro Cathedral in Dublin. The choir will perform vocal accompaniment on the day and consists of 24 school children from the Dublin region conducted by Dr.
Blanid Murray who hails from Carlow.The music will consist of traditional hymns in keeping with our National Saints Day such Hail Gloria St. Patrick, Ag Chriost an tSiol,Faith of our Fathers and Danny Boy.
Mass celebrant will be Fr. Richard Scriven formally of St. Johns Parish and now parish priest in the Rower/ Inistioge who will narrate the mass in Irish and English. The mass is broadcast live on RTE1 Television in prime viewing time just prior to the ST. Patricks Day Parade in Dublin.
The invitation to participate in the mass initially presented the Band with a dilemma as it was thought to clash with the Kilkenny St.
Patrick’s Day Parade
The Band has been honoured to lead the parade every year with the exception of 1982 when as part of it’s centenary celebrations travelled to New York for the parade there before rounding off with a visit to Chicago. Thankfully the Kilkenny Parade Committee deferred the starting time until 4pm to enable the Band return from Dublin and of course facilitate all the O’Loughlin supporters who no doubt will be glued to events in Croke Park for the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final.