Lions and Samaritans join forces to bring international renowned choir to St. John’s Church

Mary Cody


Mary Cody


Lions and Samaritans join forces to bring international renowned choir to St. John’s Church

There has been a great reaction to Kilkenny Lions bringing the internationally acclaimed 50-strong Welsh Brythoniaid male voice choir to St. John’s Church, on Sunday, April 9 at 4pm.


Tickets at €10 are selling well and can be purchased at the Samaritan shop, Kieran St. or at St. John’s Church before the concert.

This is the first occasion that Kilkenny Lions and the Samaritans have come together to organize such an event, all the proceeds of which will go to supporting the running of the Kilkenny Samaritans Branch.

In June 1964 the Brythoniaid male voice choir was founded and, since then, has become one of the most successful choirs in Wales.

In 1969 the Choir competed in National Eisteddfod. The Choir sang ' The 23rd psalm' and secured their first major success with the words of the adjudicator a glowing testament to the quality of the performance, as follows: “We were amazed by the superb singing and cannot find words to express our feelings. The whole programme is a circle of pure artistry”.

Since then the choir has had unprecedented success in all the competitions it entered. Their repertoire includes everything from traditional Welsh, hymn tunes, songs from film and shows, religious and classical.

Those who have heard the Brythoniaid male voice choir singing agree that it has a unique sound which has given enjoyment to a huge number of people over many years and we, in Kilkenny, are very privileged to have them visit our City.

Dr. Ivan Kennedy, the Director of the Kilkenny and Carlow Samaritans has said that “he is delighted to welcome this Choir to Kilkenny “and thanked the Kilkenny Lions Club for sponsoring this event. He sincerely hoped that the concert will be thoroughly enjoyed by all who attend and thanked everybody for their generosity in the support of our Branch.”

Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions, said that ‘’Kilkenny Lions Club are delighted to be in a position to host the Brythoniaid Choir Concert and wishes to thank St John’s Church, Ormonde Hotel and Lions members for their support in making this event happen. We are grateful to be able to support such a wonderful organization as the Kilkenny Samarians in this way’’.