Singing through our Liturgical Seasons

Our music workshop for choirs will take place on Saturday 1st October.  Registration will begin at 10am with the workshop starting at 10.30am.  It is envisaged that it will end at 1pm approximately.  The fee for the workshop is €10 which will include the music handout and light refreshments.  To book, please email [email protected] or call 051-874199. 

The theme for the workshop is “Singing through the SeasonsA collection of Common Music for the Liturgical Seasons”. – Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter.  

The workshop will be presented by Karen O’Donovan and Ciaran Coll.  Both Karen and Ciaran are well known for their work in Liturgical music.   They recently facilitated very successful workshops at the Irish Church Music Summer School in Maynooth.  As we meander our way back to parish life after the restrictions of the last few years, this is an ideal way to re-invigorate your choirs and offer them the facility of continuous formation which is so important for all of us.

Ciaran Coll
Originally from Donegal, Ciaran is a Secondary School teacher of Religion and Music in St. Mary’s Holy Faith, Glasnevin, Dublin. He is a graduate of Theology and Philosophy from All Hallows College, DCU & Education from Trinity College Dublin. He is the former Director of the Our Lady of Victories Gospel Choir also in Dublin. He has led the New Generation Youth Choir at Summer School and was a presenter at the Religious Education Congress in Mater Dei. Over the past few years he has begun composing Liturgical Music.

Karen O’Donovan
Originally from West Cork, Karen is a Deputy Principal in Rosmini Community School, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.  She graduated with a B.A. in Theology and a Masters in Theology (Specialising in Liturgy) from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  Currently, Karen is a member of Ronan McDonagh’s choir Fuaimlaoi and Cantando under the direction of Orla Barry. She has much experience in the area of Liturgy, having worked as the Director of Liturgy for the Redemptorist Order in Marianella, Rathgar, Dublin.  Karen also has a lot of experience in the area of Music, in particular Sacred Music, having worked with Liam Lawton, Kevin O’Carroll and Ronan McDonagh.  She was also a soloist for the Statio Orbis during the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 2012 and was a member of the special choir for the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park in August 2018.  Karen has much experience as a Cantor in St. Michael’s Church in Dun Laoighaire, St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral and on many occasions at the National Centre for Liturgy.