Monday, November 29, 2021

By Joe Barrett

Portlaoise Musical Society are counting down as they prepare to raise the roof of St. Peter and Paul’s, Church Portlaoise for their Carols by Candlelight event on Saturday 4 December. Proceeds from the carol service will go towards the Saint Vincent de Paul Christmas 2021 Appeal and the society’s 2022 production.

The event is the perfect way to kick start Christmas in Portlaoise and will provoke the senses as Portlaoise Musical Society’s Choir Ensemble treat the audience at the church to their spectacular renditions of some of the most beautiful Christmas songs of all time.

Musical Director for the night is Kevin Reade, ably assisted by Joan White, Aishling Rohan and Suzanne Lillis. They have assembled a wonderful and atmospheric synthesis of festive music for all to enjoy.

The repertoire of tunes for the evening which will be hosted by Fr. David Vard. The concert features everything from classic festive favourites to more popular numbers and a movie classic from Home Alone to name but a few.

Portlaoise Musical Society Chairman JJ Tynan said: “The past couple of years have hit us hard but we know that the local community of Portlaoise and beyond have missed experiencing the spectacular productions we bring to the town every year.

It’s an honour and pleasure to be able to sing again and give something back to the community by bringing them the joy of Christmas with our Carols by Candlelight.

We would like to thank Monsignor John Byrne at Portlaoise Parish, Fr. David Vard, Musical Director Kevin Reade and all involved in helping us make this wonderful evening possible. We are also delighted to be able to support Saint Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Appeal.

We encourage all to come out and enjoy some festive cheer but also to support this amazing charity.”

Portlaoise Musical Society was disappointed that it had to make some hard decisions in terms of their 2020 and 2021 shows. The AIMS award-winning society’s next planned musical show will now take place in November 2022. It is sure to be another amazing production.

In the meantime, the group are determined to use their talents to bring the joy of music to their members and give something back to the community.

The society has enjoyed much success over the years and has been awarded for its productions – which included ‘Best Overall Show’ (Gilbert Section) for Titanic -The Musical in 2019 as well as Runner-up in ‘Best Overall Show’ (Gilbert Section) for their latest show – Ragtime in 2020.

Tickets are priced €12, €8 (children and concessions) and €35 for a family ticket which must include a combination of adults and children). They can be purchased from or by phoning the Dunamaise Arts Centre Box at 057 8663355.

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