The young voice of Sibéal Ní Chasaide is set to enchant an audience in Kilkenny next month.

The 17-year-old captured the imagination of the nation with her stunning rendition at the Centenary Concert of Mise Éire as part of the 1916 commemorations

Sibéal will be joined by the legendary traditional singer Sean Ó Sé who turns 80 this year.

The event will be celebrated when he is joined on stage at Duiske Abbey , Graiguenamanagh by Na Casaidigh on Friday, May 20.

A special feature of this gala concert will be excerpts from Odhrán Ó Casaide’s Requiem Marbhna 1916 . Thousands packed O Connell street to hear a full concert by Sean and Na Casaidigh on the Sackville Street Stage beside the GPO on Easter Monday.

That same evening Sibéal enchanted the public with her stunning rendition at the Centenary Concert of Mise Éire ,a masterpiece written by a cousin of the lads, renowned compose Patrick Cassidy.

Sibéal is the daughter of Odhrán who plays pipes and fiddle in Na Casaidigh.

Seán Ó Sé ,who was the original voice of Mise Éire under Sean O Riada 50 years ago, and Sibéal -the voice of Mise Éire in the Centenary year- will join together on stage in Duiske Abbey.

Na Casaidigh are old friends of Duiske and were delighted to be asked to honour Sean who is singing better than ever.

They will accompany him and play some music of their own including a few numbers that they wrote and performed live on TG 4 Ceolchoirm an Oireachtais late last year.

The concert is the brainchild of local GP Dr Val Lonergan, husband of the late Dr Marian Tierney who co-founded the hugely successful Duiske Concert series which ran for more than 20 years in Graiguenamanagh. This year’s concert takes place by coincidence on the fifth anniversary of Marian’s death, and is dedicated to her memory.

Seathrun O Casaide, who will be playing on the night said: “We are really looking forward to returning to Duike Abbey with Seán Ó Sé. He really is singing better than ever. Sean was the voice of the 50th commemorations and Sibéal is the sound of younger people today remembering the Rising.

“The night will definitely be great craic and a touching tribute to the late Marian Tierney for all the work she did on the Duiske Concerts. It is fitting that the concert is being held on her fifth anniversary.

The concert starts at 8pm. Tickets €15 (Concessions €10) on the door or phone 0599725893 9.30-12.30 Monday-Friday.

The concert is made possible through the generosity of Nolan Transport (New Ross) and Kilkenny County Council Arts Office.

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