Over 50 singers take to the water to launch theÂ 2017 Mayo International Choral Festival
The beautiful Lough Corrib and Inchagoill Island was the setting for the launch of the 2017 Mayo International Choral Festival. Last Saturday saw over 50 members of different Mayo choirs take to the waters of Lough Corrib to sing-in the 6th Festival. The atmosphere on the day was one of relaxation, fun, and a sense of adventure. For many, it was the first time onboard the Corrib Cruises craft â€“ an 80 seater purpose built cruising boat operating daily from Cong Village. The day included a guided tour of the lake and of Inchogill Island â€“ a most beautiful and serene place and home to many ancient monuments. A work scheme has been ongoing on the island in recent years and many overgrown paths and ruins have been rediscovered.
The day was filled with song and there were representatives from Ballyhaunis Church Choir, Castlebar Gospel Choir, Castlebar Musical Society, Cong Church Choir, Cor Mhaigh Eo, Gracenotes, Kiltimagh Choral Society, Mayo Male Voice Choir, Rocks nâ€™Roses Choir, Sligo Male Voice Choir and the Westport Singers. Edward Horkan, Festival Chairman praised and thanked all involved for making the day such a success. The festival director, Declan Durcan also praised the various businesses who had subsidised the costs of their services on the day to make the trip so affordable – in particular Corrib Cruises, Hilda and Luke Kavanagh Coach Hire and Ryanâ€™s Hotel in Cong.
The festival takes place at the end of May each year and has become in only a very short time one of the most popular Choral Festivals in Ireland and has attracted choirs from Canada, England, Finland, Germany Norway, Portugal, USA and Wales. The festival has now become a contact point for choirs who are touring outside of the festival dates and the festival has hosted many concerts for International choirs with local choirs. Cor Meibion Penybontfawr, a Male voice choir from Wales, will visit in October, and a concert is currently being organised in Mayo, for Saturday 22nd October, more details soon to be announced. The festival has become a very big part of the tourism sector in Mayo realising, after costs, one million euro to the Mayo economy over the last 5 years and a staggering 7,540 bednights. The festival is supported by Mayo County Council and FÃ¡ilte Ireland.
Next yearâ€™s festival runs from 24th to 28th of May 2017. Closing date for choir entry is December 31st and all events are open to a public audience. For further details contact Festival Director, Declan Durcan on 094 90 2 30 40 or visit www.mayochoral.com