Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Welcome to Dublin

Dublin is the largest city and capital of Ireland. It is officially known in Irish as Baile Átha Cliath or Áth Cliath; the English name comes from the Irish Dubh Linn meaning "black pool". It is located near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin Region. Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island's primary city following the Norman invasion. Today, it has one of the fastest growing populations of any European capital city. Dublin is a historical and contemporary cultural centre for the island of Ireland as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administrative function, economy and industry.
The writings of the Greek astronomer and cartographer Ptolemy provide perhaps the earliest reference to human habitation in the area now known as Dublin. In around A.D. 140 he referred to a settlement he called Eblana Civitas. The settlement 'Dubh Linn' dates perhaps as far back as the first century BC and later a monastery was built there, though the town was established in about 841 by the Norse. "

City facts about Killarney

A beautiful landscape will welcome the St. John’s Choir in Killarney during their 2012 Ireland Performance Tour with Incantato.
Killarney (from the Irish: “Cill Airne” meaning “church of sloes”) is a town in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The town is located north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks, on the northeastern shore of the Lough Lein/Leane which are part of Killarney National Park. The town and its surrounding region are home to St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, Lakes of Killarney, Torc Waterfall and Gap of Dunloe. Killarney was awarded the “Best Kept Town” award for 2007 in a cross-border competition jointly organised by the Department of the Environment and the Northern Ireland Amenity Council. Owing to its natural heritage, history and proximity to the Dingle Peninsula, Skellig Michael island and its location on the Ring of Kerry, Killarney is a popular tourist destination.
“There’s only the one Killarney” is a song that was recorded by Irish tenor, Patrich O’Hagan. The song was written by Irish songwriter, Dick Farrelly, who wrote the words and music. Killarney appears in another song, titled, “How Can you buy Killarney”, written by Kennedy, Steels, Grant and Morrison, the song was recorded by Joseph Locke among others.

Hear and see the Occidental Glee Club sing at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin

Proposed travel map

Größere Kartenansicht

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Proposed venue in Dublin: St. Patrick's Cathedral

We thought you would enjoy seeing some of the proposed venues for the 2012 St. John's Choir Tour to Ireland throught experiences of fellow singers. Let's start with St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Santa Barbara City College Concert Choir in June of 2008.

St. John's Choir, please meet the Santa Barbara City College Concert Choir at their pub concert in Killarney

As you know, Killarney is known for its many music pubs and what better way to experience this unique feature of this lovely Irish town, than taking the stage yourself. Here is a short video of the Santa Barbara City College Concert Choir at their pub concert in Killarney in the summer of 2008 featuring "Dúlamán" by Michael McGlynn with solist Treasa McGettigan.