The inaugural Cloyne Round Tower Music Festival commences this Friday, 15 September with an all-encompassing programme of music-themed events running through to Sunday, 17 September.
The weekend of popular music, film and songs of praise is the first major fundraising event organised by the recently assembled Cloyne Round Tower Restoration Committee, with the Music Festival aiming to highlight and fundraise for the restoration of Cloyne’s round tower.
The opening event of the festival is a free-to-attend Celebration of Music and Local Talent beginning on Friday, 15 September at Cloyne Cathedral, which will host all of the weekend’s events. This first event will see Wayne McSweeney, the well-known Midleton musician and tutor at the East Cork Music Project, perform an evening of song and music along with local musicians and singers.
Donations towards the Restoration Committee would be gratefully accepted on the night. Local musicians wishing to perform on the evening should message the Cloyne Round Tower Restoration Committee page on Facebook, or call Brian on 087 665 2667.
The following day, Saturday 16 September, will see two events held, the first being a National Theatre Production Screening of Peter Pan.
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.
The second event on Saturday is a benefit performance by Red Hurley, whose career spans five decades, and his band from 8-10pm. Mr Hurley is one of Ireland’s most successful solo male singers and will perform an evening of spiritual, gospel and pop music with a full band. Tickets are priced at €25 and are available available via Eventbrite on the Ballymaloe Grainstore website www.ballymaloegrainstore.com.
The final event of the Cloyne 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.
The proceeds from this festival will go towards the restoration of Cloyne’s 30-metre tall sandstone round tower, which is one of only two in County Cork. This is the first major fundraiser organised by the Cloyne Round Tower Restoration Committee, which consists of members of Cloyne's business community, Midleton & Area Chamber of Commerce, Ballymaloe House and Dean Alan Marley of Cloyne Cathedral.
For more information visit the Cloyne Round Tower Restoration Committee page on Facebook.

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