Festivals, Events & Initiatives

National Choral Singing Week, in association with Mental Health Ireland, will take place from 8th to 15th October 2017.

Choral events will be organised all over the country by choirs, schools and other groups to mark World Mental Health Week and to highlight the fact that choral singing is good for your mental health!

Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins. The release of these endorphins can leave you feeling completely rejuvenated. 

Please get involved by sending AOIC your events - it can be an open rehearsal, a performance or a coffee morning with singing as part of it! Please get in contact with us if you'd like your event added: aoic@ul.ie.


How group singing can help promote mental wellbeing

Positive feelings: Singing has been shown to be a joyful and uplifting experience. It generates a sense of positive mood, happiness and enjoyment. Such positive feelings also counteract feelings of stress or anxiety and help to distract people from internal negative thoughts and feelings.

Expectation and hope: Enjoyable activities such as singing with others are things people will look forward to each week. They can become highlights of the week and positive memories remain alive for hours and days afterwards. Where an activity involves working towards a goal such as a performance, there are enhanced expectations of rewarding outcomes.

Self-belief: A change of identity can occur for people with mental health issues by participating in group singing, from thinking of themselves as choir members. This can raise a sense of self-esteem and confidence and performance events can bring a sense of social recognition and status. Performances help to reduce stigma and labelling by others.

Abilities and skills: Confidence is brought about by the ability to repeat previously learned tasks or skills (including social skills), with a high degree of accuracy. Successful skills might also help to improve success in new, related skills, when tried for the first time. Learning new songs or harmonising parts of songs, can help concentration and focus, and stimulate learning and memory. Concentration can also provide a distraction from other concerns, leading to respite from them.

Social support and networking: Singing in a group offers the opportunity to build social capital, encourage social inclusion and raised status of the members, and creates an opportunity for communities to come together.

Organisation and structure: Structure is something that is easily lost when ill. People can feel adrift and disconnected. Having the purpose and goal of attending a weekly group can be motivating and create an anchor upon which other weekly activities might build.


Event Listings 2017


As part of National Choral Singing Week, Dunshaughlin Choral Society are planning to hold an Open Practice night on Monday 9th October 2017 in St. Patrick's Hall, Main St., Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath starting at 8.15pm.



West Sligo Singers in conjunction with Beltra Market host a sing along on sat Oct 14 at 11am to celebrate National choral singing week.

FUN FUN and more FUN with Sing Along Soical and Shells Cafe

Join us for a communal feast of chicken wings, sides and awesome desserts

Then we'll clear the tables and hit the decks for a pop battle like no other.

Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir. You don't need to practice. You don't need to know the words. Heck, you don't even need to be able to sing. It's about singing along to some of your favourite tunes in the company of friends and strangers.

Fri 13 October 2017


19:00 – 22:00 IST

Feasting from 7pm-8.30pm

Singing from 8.30pm - 9.30pm (ish)



The Cantate Choir will perform at Hayfield Manor on Friday 13th of October from 3.30pm as part of National Choral Singing Week, in association with Mental Health Ireland.
The price for Hayfield Manor’s Traditional Afternoon Tea is €34.00 per person. Those enjoying the entertainment on the day will also have the option to make a voluntary contribution to Pieta House, who do incredible work in the prevention of suicide and self-harm.
Should you wish to join this wonderful afternoon of sweet, savoury & song, please call us on 021 4845900 or alternatively email events@hayfieldmanor.ie.

Catch a Choir Day

In recognition of World Mental Health Month, Ceol na Laoi-Ballincolligs’ Community Choir, in collaboration with the West Cork Big Sing Project will be staging an event to celebrate and promote singing as an activity that enhances community well-being on Saturday 14th October .

Local community choirs will be performing in a number of venues around Ballincollig, providing an opportunity for the groups to share their songs and visibly demonstrate the benefits of participation to the wider community.

We are delighted to be hosting the Voices of Cork, the Westgate Choir and the West Cork BIG SING! Choir alongside Ceol na Laoi. The participating venues are: Castle West Shopping Centre (various times); Ballincollig Library (2.30pm and 3.30pm); Nosh and Coffee Cafe (4pm); and The Plaza Bistro in Times Square (2.30pm). These times are approximate and all the choirs will start off singing together at 2pm in Castle West Shopping Centre.

So whilst you are out and about in the town centre on the afternoon of Saturday 14th between 2-4.30pm, try and CATCH A CHOIR and enjoy some fabulous singing!

Details of the full programme can be seen locally through posters and public news magazines, on our Facebook page and at www.cazjeffreys.com


 Cantoral will sing on this Friday 6th as a lunchtime treat at 1.10 in the Limerick City Gallery of Art - the concert very much ties in with the theme of the current exhibitions and it will be beautiful , inspired by the Brendan Voyage. 


All are welcome and it's free of charge


Concert for Mental Health

October 13th at St Marys Cathedral, Limerick at 7.30pm featuring

Limerick choral union

Zion choir

The Gunas

Killaloe male voice choir


St Marys cathedral choir

Admission free

The Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir where friends and strangers gather together to sing along to their favourite tunes.

You don’t have to practice, you don’t need to know the words and you don’t even need to be able to sing. Sun 15 October 2017 11am – 2pm, Canteen, 26 Catherine Street, Limerick

Facebook Link: www.facebook.com/singalongsocial


 The Kastellaun Youth Choir from Germany, the Burren Children's Choir and Miltown Malbay Community Choir will be performing an evening of choral classics, folksong and world music. 

Wed 11th October, 8pm, Lisdoonvarna Parish Church, Co. Clare. Entry 10 EUR. Half of the proceeds will go to Elevate Mental Health Charity which brings wellness programmes to young people in Co. Clare.


The Line-Up Choir presents

The Line-Up Choir's Fifth Birthday

The Olympia Theatre

Sunday 8th October 2017

The Line-Up Choir announce an Olympia Theatre date on Sunday 8th October to celebrate their fifth birthday.
Tickets priced from €20 including booking fee & €1 restoration levy are on sale now via Ticketmaster.ie, usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330.
The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.
Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served. 


The Festival of Inclusion

08th Oct 2017
2 - 4PM
Dun Laoghaire

The Festival of Inclusion continues with another of our core events, The Big SIng. Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre welcomes singers of all abilities to join in and sing along to your favourite songs at our fun, free, family event featuring community choirs and a live orchestra. Music and lyric sheets will be provided – just turn up and sing your heart out.



Have you ever wanted to sing in a choir, or

would you like to find out more about

how a choir works?


invite you to come along and sing with us , or just listen, on

Saturday 14th October 2017


CantÓirí Choir will also perform some of their repertoire.

Join us at:

The Band Stand, East Pier,

Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

As part of the National Choral Singing Week

in association with Mental Health Ireland.




FUN FUN and more FUN with Sing Along Soical and Shells Cafe Strandhill, Galway
Join us for a communal feast of chicken wings, sides and awesome desserts
Then we'll clear the tables and hit the decks for a pop battle like no other.
Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir. You don't need to practice. You don't need to know the words. Heck, you don't even need to be able to sing. It's about singing along to some of your favourite tunes in the company of friends and strangers.
The Sing Along Social are on the hunt for singers who were kicked out of karaoke bars and told to mime in their school choirs to join us for a raising the roof session at the Inn To The West, one of the coolest places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Are you ready to be crowned Clifden's best worst singer?
Join us on Saturday 14th of October when we will be taking over the Inn to the West to caterwaul with Clifden's most enthusiastic, best-worst singers. Doors are at 8pm and singing kicks off at 9pm sharp.
We'll be pitting some pop royals against each other in the ultimate Pop Royalty Battle. Think Whitney vs Mariah, Fleetwood Mac vs Abba and Prince vs Queen. Good singers are welcome, too, but this is more about a collective karaoke of craic than a solo performance opportunity.
Tickets are €9 and we'll be donating 20% of our proceeds to Connemara Therapeutic Riding. Buy your tickets online at https://singalongsocial.eventbrite.ie to avoid disappointment on the night.


An ‘Amazing’ choir from the Netherlands to perform in Mayo!

Fri 13 October 2017

20:15 – 21:45 

Christ ChurchCastlebar

Amazing Popkoor

Hailing from Holten, a village in the north east of the Netherlands, ‘Amazing Popkoor’ will visit Mayo in October upon the invitation of the Mayo International Choral Festival. Their trip will involve a tour of the West of Ireland culminating in a concert in Christchurch, Castlebar, together with the ‘Mayo Male Voice Choir’ and the traditional Irish music youth group ‘The Rolling Waves’ on Friday 13th October.

Formed in 1994, this mixed adult choir has 40 members and their repertoire consists of beautiful renditions of many of the all-time favourite pop-songs, in four-part a cappella arrangements. Directed by Marion Mulders the choir performs regularly at choral festivals and events in the Netherlands and in Europe including Finland and Germany.

Mayo Male Voice Choir

The popular Mayo Male Voice Choir, under the direction of Deirdre Lee since it's inception, has travelled and performed all over Ireland, the UK, Germany and Prague. The choir performs at many local concerts, and have a busy winter programme including a welcome home to passengers at Ireland West International Airport at Christmas.

The Rolling Waves

The dynamic Irish traditional music youth group ‘The Rolling Waves’, guided by John Killkenny, has earned first prize under Grúpaí Cheoil, 12-15 age-group, at Fleadh Ceol na h-Eireann 2010 and All Ireland Champions U-12’s, Cavan 2012.

Tickets for the ‘Amazing Popkoor’ concert, Christchurch, Castlebar at 8.15pm, Friday October 13th -

€12 (adult) and €8 (child).

Available from Downtown Records, Castlebar and Westport or online at www.eventbrite.ie


To mark National Choral Singing Week, Inishowen Gospel Choir is holding an open rehearsal on Monday, October 9th at Café Banba, Malin Street, Carndonagh from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

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