The annual Christmas concert of Colàiste Pobail Osraí took place in the spectacular Set Theatre of Langton’s on Thursday, December 20.
As a new teacher this year in Colàiste Pobail Osraí, my expectations – as I’m sure were those of some new parents to the school – were for an average school concert full with choir renditions of Christmas hymns, with one or two translations in Irish to make it a uniquely Gaeilscoil performance. Needless to say this is not what I got.
The array of talent that filled the stage was simply indescribable. Among them was sixth year student, Rebecca Ní Churnáin-Duibhir, who gave a magnificent performance of ‘Sweet Nothing’, accompanied by an impressive piano solo by Suin Ní Chathasaigh, a star-like performance from the talented Transition Year band, ‘Skinny White Boys’, and a simply flawless performance of ‘At Last’ by 4th year student, Emma Nic an tSionnaigh, who would undoubtedly give the newest X Factor winner a run for his money.
Other acts included modern hits, fantastically translated into Irish, a rendition of the Spider-man theme tune on the trombone, and even a performance of ‘We Will Rock You’ on the bagpipes. The night was then topped off by the school’s tremendous choir, which stunningly led us into the Christmas celebrations.
I am sure that I speak not only for myself when I say this was an event to remember. The enormous talent and creativity of these students deserves nothing but the highest praise; talents and creativities which would go unrecognised without the efforts of their music teacher, Deirdre.
If anything can be learned from this magnificent display, it is that there is a broad range of youthful talent that echoes throughout our small city that deserves to be celebrated. What better way to ring in the Christmas cheer than through the sounds of our local youth?
Maith sibh go mór ag na daltaí go léir!
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