Bealtaine Events 2018

    The Association of Irish Choirs in conjunction with the Bealtaine Festival 2018 and Active Retirement Ireland are encouraging choirs and Active Retirement Associations throughout Ireland to participate in the Dawn Chorus. 


    The Dawn Chorus is a nationwide event developed following an extraordinary debut on the Culdaff beach in Donegal in May 2009. In 2010, the Association of Irish Choirs and Active Retirement Ireland developed a partnership with the Bealtaine Festival designed to bring choirs, active retirement groups and older people together across Ireland to participate in the Dawn Chorus.


    The Dawn Chorus is a choral event in which older people come together with a choir in their locality and sing at Dawn in a scenic area, ideally beside water and always outdoors. We are encouraging choirs and active retirement groups throughout Ireland to participate in the Dawn Chorus, by putting on their own local event on any date that works for them.

    Further info can be found HERE

    There is something for everyone from Dawn Choruses to Singing workshops, choral concerts and more! 

    Silver Threads Singing Workshop

    Organization: Silver Threads singing group

    Event location: Seamus Quirke Road

    City/Town: Galway / Galway

    County: Galway

    Event dates: 26 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018

    Event Venue: Westside Library

    Event time: 1-3

    Contact phone: 091 525846


    This workshop is a dementia friendly singing workshop. For this month and next we will be singing and preparing for the Dawn Chorus which we will be holding on the 20th of May.


    NUI Galway Staff Choir sing-a-long

    Organization: Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland, Galway

    Event location: Corrib Village

    City/Town: Galway / Dangan

    County: Galway

    Event dates: 03 May 2018 - 03 May 2018

    Event Venue: Institute for Lifecourse and Society

    Event time: 1 pm - 2 pm

    Contact phone: 0872830757


    NUI Galway Staff Choir will entertain members of the public with its repertoire and sing songs requested by attendees



    Lalala Pop-up Choir

    Organization: The Lalala Choir

    Event location: Temple Bar

    City/Town: Dublin / Dublin

    County: Dublin City

    Event dates: 05 May 2018 - 05 May 2018

    Event Venue:

    Event time: 1pm

    Contact phone: 0866043766


    The Lalala Choir is on a mission to prove that 'music is for everyone'. Join conductor Sam Kavanagh for an interactive group session where anyone can show up and learn to sing. No previous experience necessary!? Every event is different as we explore the unpredictable world choral improvisation, learn new songs, and create our own arrangements on the spot.



    Clamour and Roar - A Citizens Chorus

    Organization: South Dublin County Council

    Event location: Belgard Square East

    City/Town: Dublin 24 / Tallaght

    County: Dublin South

    Event dates: 05 May 2018 - 05 May 2018

    Event Venue: Civic Theatre

    Event time: 11 a.m to 1 p.m

    Contact phone: 087 979 0906

    CLAMOUR & ROAR - A CITIZEN'S CHORUS is an exciting theatre project that explores the landscape and people of South Dublin County. It will be performed by a community chorus made up of people of all ages, 18 to 80, who live in the South Dublin County region. You don't have to have any performance experience to take part. You don't have to be able to act or sing. Perhaps you've never done anything like this before but if you want to take part we want you to stand shoulder to shoulder with the other brave souls who are up for an adventure.



    Bealtaine Dawn Chorus Premiere

    Organization: Bealtaine Festival

    Event location: off Capel Street

    City/Town: Dublin / Dublin

    County: Dublin City

    Event dates: 06 May 2018 - 06 May 2018

    Event Venue: Grattan Bridge

    Event time: 6am - 6.30am

    Contact phone: 01 8535180


    To support and celebrate the many Dawn Chorus events nationwide which take place every year, Age & Opportunity is delighted to join with the Association of Irish Choirs to commission a new work for 2018. Tom Lane, composer and performer, is the recipient of this first Dawn Chorus commission and the premiere of his new work will take place in an outdoor Dawn Chorus event as part of Bealtaine@Temple Bar in a fun filled programme of music with The Line-Up Choir and conductor Roísín Savage. Tom Lane is a composer based in Dublin. He has been nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award on five occasions, most recently for his 2017 opera Front of House. His previous compositions have been commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe and Pipeworks Organ Festival.


    Dawn Chorus

    Organization: Skreen Dromard Community Care ARA

    Event location: Aughris

    City/Town: Sligo / Templeboy

    County: Sligo

    Event dates: 06 May 2018 - 06 May 2018

    Event Venue: Aughris Beach

    Event time: 9am

    Contact phone: 087-9579250

    Out Active Retirement Group is joining the West Sligo Singers to take part in a Dawn Chorus at Aughris Beach. We will have our performance on the beach and then refreshments will be served-the event is open to the public.


    Singing at the Metals

    Organization: Rockmount Choir

    Event location: Entrance at Teddy Icecream

    City/Town: Dublin / Dunlaoighre

    County: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

    Event dates: 06 May 2018 - 06 May 2018

    Event Venue: The Metals. People's Park Dunlaoighre

    Contact phone: 0879356949

    Rockmount Choir is an all female choir based around the Blackrock area of Dublin. We celebrated our 40th birthday last year and continue to sing a wide variety of song. We sing because we love to sing and for the joy that singing brings to both the singer and the listener. Recent research tells us that singing is good for our mental health, but we in Rockmount Choir, already discovred that 40 years ago. We are singing at the "Metals" on May 6th as part of the Dawn Chorus. Between the hours of 1.00 to 2.00pm.. actual singing from 1-.00 to 1.20pm and 1.40 to 2.00pm. A late dawn chorus you say! Well, yes, it is. Hopefully the sun will be shining and you can get a 99 ice cream and sing along to your hearts content. Let's decide that Summer starts on May 6th with sunshine, song and icecream.


    Songfest 6

    Organization: BARA Singers

    Event location: Main St.,

    City/Town: Ballinasloe, Co Galway / Ballinasloe

    County: Galway

    Event dates:10 May 2018 - 10 May 2018

    Event Venue: Gullanes Hotel

    Event time: 8pm

    Contact phone: 0909643213

    Web: BARA Singers FB page

    Annual inter- community celebration in song and music


    Tea Time Sing along with Teresa - Trim Library

    Organization: Meath County Council Library Service

    Event location: High Street

    City/Town: Trim / Trim

    County: Meath

    Event dates: 11 May 2018 - 15 May 2018

    Event Venue: Trim Library

    Event time: 2pm

    Contact phone: 0469436063


    Reminiscing session with tea, cake and songs Pre Booking is essential please contact the library 0469436063



    Veronica McCarron Masterclass with Choirs

    Organization: Mayo Arts Service

    Event location: Various

    City/Town: Castlebar and Swinford / Castlebar

    County: Mayo

    Event dates: 12 May 2018 - 12 May 2018

    Event Venue: Various

    Contact phone: 094 9047558


    Mayo Arts Office are delighted to organise a masterclass with Veronica McCarron with the Mayo Male Voice Choir and Harmonica Choir as part of the Bealtaine programme. Renowned Choral Director Veronica McCarron lead the Presentation Secondary School Choir, Kilkenny for over 22 years winning numerous Choral competitions in Ireland and were finalists at Britain’s Got Talent 2016. Choirs Performing in Care Settings: As part of the Bealtaine Programme Mayo Arts Service have organised two choir performances in local care settings: Mayo Mayo Voice Choir perform in the Sacred Heart Hospital on the 12th May. Established in 2000, this popular choir has grown from strength to strength with a total of 54 members from all parts of Mayo. Under the direction of Deirdre Lee since it's inception they have performed all over Ireland, the UK, Germany and Prague. The choir has also hosted many concerts and have won prizes at Sligo International Choral Festival, Kiltimagh Choral Festival and the Mayo International Choral Festival. Swinford Choir perform in Swinford Hospital in May. Consisting of approximately forty Mayo retired teachers, the choir rehearses every Thursday in Swinford. Members come from all over Mayo and the rehearsals have become somewhat of a social outing. The choir have built up an extensive repertoire including Church music/seasonal (carols), secular songs, folk songs and Irish songs. Dr. Úna Quinn is their Musical Director.



    Dawn Chorus Bealtaine Celebration

    Organization: Waterford City & County Library Service

    Event location: Fishermans Hall, Dunmore East

    City/Town: Dunmore East Co. Waterford / Dunmore East

    County: Waterford

    Event dates: 13 May 2018 - 13 May 2018

    Event Venue: Dunmore East Library

    Event time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    Contact phone: 0761 10 2755

    This year Waterford Libraries Bealtaine festival will run from Dawn to Dusk. Starting with the Dawn Chorus and Breakfast in the beautiful grounds of Dunmore East Library. We are inviting all to join us with the Beataine choir to sing some songs and greet the dawn, this is a free event and refreshments will be provided. We are hoping to have 100 voices to greet the dawn


    Songbirds: Singing for over 50s with Cathy Jordan

    Organization: Hawk's Well Theatre

    Event location: Temple Street

    City/Town: Sligo / Sligo

    County: Sligo

    Event dates: 14 May 2018 - 18 Jun 2018

    Event Venue: Hawk's Well Theatre

    Event time: 3 - 4.30pm

    Contact phone: 0719161518


    Singing is a wonderful gift and has been scientifically proven to promote, health, happiness and general well being. Above all singing is fun and has a wonderful social impact. We all have a song or two in the back of our minds waiting to be brought back to life. If you would like to rekindle your joy of singing with old traditional gems as well as uncovering and learning new songs and increasing your repertoire in a joyful social environment then join this Songbirds course with Cathy Jordan every Monday at 3pm in the Hawk’s Well as part of the theatre’s Bealtaine celebrations.



    Everybody Sings

    Organization: Bealtaine Festival

    Event location: 6-7 Exchange St Lower

    City/Town: Dublin 8 / Temple Bar

    County: Dublin City

    Event dates: 15 May 2018 - 16 May 2018

    Event Venue:  Smock Alley Theatre

    Event time: 8pm

    Contact phone: 01 853 5180


    'Everybody Sings' is a candid and poignant examination of the relationship between intimacy and ageing and was developed in collaboration with a group of older citizens whose stories and experiences are presented through music, film and live performance. It is led by artist, Shaun Dunne, in close collaboration with film designer, Luca Truffarelli. Commissioned by Age & Opportunity. Supported by Dublin City Council Arts Project Award. Co-Produced by Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray. Curated by Brokentalkers & facilitated by Ozanam House, Dublin.



    Musical Sing Along and Story Telling

    Organization: Macroom Senior Citizens/Active Retired

    Event location: Lucey's Lane

    City/Town: Cork / Macroom, Co. Cork

    County: Cork

    Event dates: 16 May 2018 - 16 May 2018

    Event Venue: Fr. Ryan Hall.

    Event time: 3.00pm to 5.00pm

    Contact phone: 0872662192


    Musical Evening Sing Along


    Bealtaine concert

    Organization: The Firhouse Singers

    Event location: Rathfarnham Rd.

    City/Town: Dublin 16 / Rathfarnham

    County: Dublin South

    Event dates: 16 May 2018 - 16 May 2018

    Event Venue: Rathfarnham Castle

    Event time: 7pm to 8pm

    Contact phone: 0879195012


    Summer choral concert



    Tus Nua - Morning of Song

    Organization: South Dublin County Council

    Event location: 15 Tower Road

    City/Town: Dublin 22 / Clondalkin

    County: Dublin South

    Event dates: 18 May 2018 - 18 May 2018

    Event Venue: The Round Tower

    Event time: 11 a.m to 12 p.m

    Contact phone: 01 414 9270

    Please come along and enjoy the joyful tones of some of the County's amazing Choirs.


    Dawn Chorus

    Organization: Moorehall Lodge Retirement Village &Ardee Active Retirement Association

    Event location: Hale Street

    City/Town: Ardee / Ardee

    County: Louth

    Event dates: 20 May 2018 - 20 May 2018

    Event Venue: Moorehall Lodge Retirement Village

    Event time: 9 am

    Contact phone: 086-4669509


    Moorehall Lodge annual Dawn Chorus will be held on Sunday 20th May at 09.00h, in the grounds of Moorehall Lodgeretirement Village, along the bank of the River Dee. Ardee Liturgical Choir, with Paddy Neary and members of Ardee Active Retirement Group, will sing and recite poetry. The event will be followed by breakfast in Ferdia House.




    Dawn Chorus

    Organization: Silver Threads singing group

    Event location: Salthilll Promenade

    City/Town: Galway / Salthill

    County: Galway

    Event dates: 20 May 2018 - 20 May 2018

    Event Venue: Ladies Beach Pavillion

    Event time: 5.30am

    Contact phone: 091 525846


    A friendly gathering of people who would like to greet the dawn with some simple songs, some tea and cake. Those who would like to go for a swim will be encouraged.


    Sligo Academy of Music Gala Concert

    Organization: Hawk's Well Theatre

    Event location: Sligo

    City/Town: Sligo / Sligo

    County: Sligo

    Event dates: 20 May 2018 - 20 May 2018

    Event Venue: Hawk's Well Theatre

    Event time: 8pm

    Contact phone: 0719161518


    Sligo Academy of Music is joining forces with a delectable selection of local choirs to present a feast of music and song at the Hawk’s Well this May. A wonderful line-up features the Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta, Junior Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra and Voice Squad who will be joined by Sligo Gospel Choir, Sligo Golf Club Choir, No Half Measures Barbershop Chorus and choirs from the Ursuline College, Sligo Grammar School, Mercy College Sligo and Grange Post Primary School. This epic line up will culminate in a roof-raising finale featuring all involved in the concert. With all proceeds going to the current Academy fundraising drive, this celebration of local musicianship will no doubt deliver a performance to remember.


    Move 4 Parkinson's Voices of Hope Choir- Open Rehearsal

    Organization: Move 4 Parkinson's

    Event location: Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Cedar Road

    City/Town: Dublin 16 / Balally

    County: Dublin South

    Event dates: 24 May 2018 - 24 May 2018

    Event Venue: Balally Parish Centre

    Event time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

    Contact phone: 0863888460


    One and all are invited to Be Our Guest at our yearly Open Rehearsal for Bealtaine! Come see what the Move 4 Parkinson's Voices of Hope are all about, and be inspired by this amazing group and organisation, while learning about living well with Parkinson's. You do not need to have Parkinson's Disease to attend, all are welcome! Come for the craic, stay for a cuppa! Children (supervised) are welcome.



    The Dusk Chorus

    Event location: Grand Canal Dock

    City/Town: Dublin / Dublin 2

    County: Dublin City

    Event dates: 27 May 2018 - 27 May 2018

    Event Venue: Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre

    Event time: 8pm - 9pm

    Contact phone: +353 (0)1 805 7709


    The Dusk Chorus is a new event launching this year following the success of the nationwide Dawn Chorus. The Dusk chorus event to close the festival will take place in the Waterways Visitor Centre at Grand Canal Dock with the Forget-Me-Nots Choir and conductor Norah Walsh. To support and celebrate the many Dawn Chorus events nationwide which take place every year, Age & Opportunity is delighted to join with the Association of Irish Choirs to commission a new work for 2018. Composer Tom Lane is the recipient of this first Dawn Chorus commission and this new work, The Little Waves of Breffny, will feature in the Dusk chorus event alongside a fun-filled programme of music. This is an indoor and outdoor event. Please come prepared. Admission is free but places are limited.



    Smashing Times Tea Party.

    Organization: Ballyphehane/Togher Community Development Project & Tory Top Library

    Event location: Tory Top Road

    City/Town: Cork City / Ballyphehane

    County: Cork

    Event dates: 30 May 2018 - 16 Jun 2018

    Event Venue: Tory Top Library

    Event time: 2.00PM

    Contact phone: 021 4319085

    Web: BallyphehaneTogher CDP Facebook Page & twitter@btcdp

    Ballyphehane/Togher Community Development Project is linking up with Tory Top Library Ballyphehane to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival 2018. This event is focused on celebrating the centenary of the vote for women and the achievements of women over the last 100 years. It also seeks to honour the commitment and achievements of local community women through the decades. There are three elements to the event. 1) The opening of the new revamped summer community garden in the library grounds with a 'Smashing Times Tea Party'. 2) A performance by Cór Na Laoi, Cork City and County Community Choir to coincide with the celebrations. 3)The opening of a Community Art Exhibition within the library with local community artists depicting their own take on important events that have occurred over the last 100 years which were due in some way to women’s involvement. A number of collaborative pieces representing the groups working with and learning from each other will also be displayed. The goal of this collaboration is to celebrate women’s achievements and to combine a number of community art forms in acknowledging and recognising the contribution of women in communities into the future

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