First Cloyne Music Festival to take place mid-September in aid of Round Tower Restoration

By Alan Sheehan

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Cloyne will see its first event Cloyne Round Tower Music Festival take place in just over two weeks’ time from Friday, 15 through Sunday, 17 September.
The Music Festival is the first fundraising event organised by the Cloyne Round Tower Restoration Committee (CRTRC), which consists of members of Cloyne's business community, Midleton & Area Chamber of Commerce, Ballymaloe House and Dean Alan Marley of Cloyne Cathedral.
The event will begin with a free-to-attend Celebration of Music and Local Talent beginning at 7pm on Friday, 15 September at Cloyne Cathedral, the host venue of the weekend’s events. Wayne McSweeney, well known Midleton musician and tutor at the East Cork Music Project, with local musicians and singers invited to join Mr McSweeney for an evening of song and music, held at the narthex of the Cathedral.
Those wishing to perform on the evening should message the Cloyne Round Tower Restoration Committee page on Facebook, or call Brian on 087 665 2667. Donations towards the Restoration Committee would be gratefully accepted on the night.
The Cathedral will host two events the next day, Saturday 16, with the first being a National Theatre Production Screening of Peter Pan. Admission is priced at €5 for children and adults, with tickets soon to be available both locally and online.
The second event on Saturday is a benefit performance by Red Hurley and his band from 8-10pm. Mr Hurley, with a career spanning five decades, is one of Ireland’s most successful solo male singers who will perform with a full band for this upcoming gig. Tickets are priced at €25 and will soon be available both locally and online, with the proceeds going towards the restoration of Cloyne’s round tower – one of only two in County Cork.
The final event to close out the Music Festival will be the Songs of Praise Service on Sunday, 17 September which will run from 4-5.30pm. The service of popular hymns and sacred music aims to celebrate the rich diversity and tradition of Cloyne Cathedral, and will be performed by Dean Alan Marley along with the Choir of Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral, the children of St John the Baptist National School, Midleton, the Chapter members of the Cathedral and Ecumenical guests.
For more information visit the Cloyne Round Tower Restoration Committee page on Facebook.

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