about us

Dunshaughlin Choral Society was formed in 1975 by Roisin De Blacam and Marie Naughton. It has a membership of around 45 singers. The Musical Director is Clare Dixon.

history

Bringing live music to the village of Dunshaughlin was the main aim of the Society and its whole ethos was, and is, about local involvement and development.

In the early years, we staged Musicals including “Oklahoma!”, ” Calamity Jane”, “South Pacific”, “Viva Mexico”, “Oliver”, “The Sound of Music” and “Singing in the Rain”. In recent years, we have competed at choral festivals in New Ross, Sligo, Cork and Navan.

We have sung in the National Concert Hall for President Mary Robinson, in “3,000 Voices in Concert” in Lansdowne Road under the baton of Gearoid Grant and again with him in “Voices of the World” in Rome. We were honoured by the presence of President Mary McAleese at our thirtieth anniversary concert.

We celebrated our 40th year in existence in 2015 with a very successful 2 night concert in the ‘Solstice Theatre’ in Navan accompanied by Eurovision winner, Paul Harrington.

Guest artistes who have participated in our concerts included Bernadette Greevy, Louis Browne, The Garda Band, Ronan Tynan, Paddy Cole, Kenneth Rice, Honor Heffernan and Joanna (of Tequila Sunrise fame).
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During the period of Covid lockdown in April 2021, Róisín Freeney and the 45 members of Dunshaughlin Choral Society were awarded a grant by the Irish Hospice Foundation to support creativity in the community and went on to record an original collaborative piece to reflect the loss of members and loved ones in their village.

'Absent Voices' is a poignant piece of music that pays tribute to lost loved ones in the community including choir member Joe Fitzpatrick who sadly passed away at the end of January 2021 from the virus. The piece is called Absent Voices because covid has pushed us online rather than rehearsing in St Patrick’s Hall as we would normally do very Monday.

Roisin Freeney, who composed the song along with Suzanne Keegan, explains how the project came together: ”It is an original piece compiled in collaboration with the choir. Our musical accompanist, Ciara Vaughan, put it into 4 parts and the choir recorded the piece completely by zoom under the guidance of our musical director, Clare Dixon.”

We rehearse every Monday evening from 7.45pm from September till May. At the moment, practise takes place in the Pastoral Centre, behind SS Patrick & Seachnall Church. We hope to return to our usual practise venue in St Patrick’s Hall from January 2022. New members are always welcome!

Musical Directors

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Clare Dixon

Current Musical Director
Newry born Mezzo-Soprano, Clare Dixon is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, where she completed her BMus and MA Degrees. In 2010 Clare was awarded the IKS Scholarship, which enabled her to study Voice and Pedagogy at the Kodály Institute, Hungary. A post-graduate scholarship from the Balassi Institute, Hungary enabled her to continue her studies from 2011-2012. In 2016 Clare completed a further Masters of Performance Degree (Voice) at DIT Conservatory.

Following completion of her MMus Performance Degree, Clare performed regularly as a recitalist and concert soloist. Performances include the Alto Solo in Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, and... more >

Former Directors

Grace Bergin
Musical Director 2018
Karen Jasinski
Musical Director 2017-2018
Eithne Mooney
Musical Director 2008-2017
Roisin De Blacam
Musical Director 1975 - 2008

current members

Sopranos

Deirdre Kilrane, Eimear Kirwan, Evelyn Naughton, Fionnuala Fitzpatrick, Grainne Fitzpatrick, Isabella Molloy, Jennifer O’Dowd, Margaret Keane, Mary Connolly, Mary Hickey, Mary Connaughton, Moya Brady, Patricia O’Reilly, Roisin Freeney, Suzanne Keegan, Una Callan.

Altos

Carol Englishby, Catherine Jennings, Jenny Copeland, Joan Rawdon, Karen Jazinski, Rosanne Meenan, Sarah McIntyre, Suzie Farrell, Trish O’ Loughlin.

Tenors

Brian Sheridan, David Tyrrell, Liam MacRaghnaill, Martin Kelly, Michael Donnellan, Peter Fahy, Shay Fitzpatrick.

Basses

Billy Hughes,Brendan Leonard, David Mercer, Jim Ryan, Liam Brazil, Peter Geraghty, Tony Brady.

Accompanist

Ciara Vaughan

Former 
Members

who have passed away in recent years

Alice Kenny
Anne Murphy
Benny Downes
Betty Carey
Ciaran Murray
Clare Browne
David Gleeson
Des Grey
Dympna Lynch
Frank Conlan
Geraldine Wickham
Gerry O’Sullivan Snr.
Helen Moran
Imelda Smith
Joe Fitzpatrick
John Donnelly
Liam Carey
Marie Naughton
Mary Dennis
Mary McEntaggart Snr.
Nancy Bennett
Nancy Englishby
Patricia McAuley
Phyllis Smith
Regina Kenny
Robert Clarke
Ron Bennett
Rose Tormay

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