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O Holy Night!

Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 4:27pm

It’s that time of year again, and what better way to get into the Christmas season then to spend a fabulous night of music, in the warmth and comfort of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral?

For the third year running, the St Luke’s Home Christmas Concert will take place in St Fin Barre’s, and this year will be extra special. Welcoming acclaimed soprano Majella Cullagh and the Band of the 1st Brigade, the concert coincides with the St Luke’s Home celebrating 25 years in Mahon.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s Christmas concert,” said Director of Fundraising, Oonagh O Driscoll. “It’s our third year in a row in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral and we are very lucky each year to have a super line up of artists and choirs. We’re absolutely thrilled to have Majella this year, she performed 'Tosca' recently in the Cork Opera House to a packed audience and she was magnificent. Accompanied by pianist Ciara Moloney and the Band of the 1st Brigade, we are assured of an incredible evening of music. Also in the line-up this year is Our Lady of Lourdes School Choir from Ballinlough and the Montforts Youth Choir, so all in all, if you are a music lover, it’s a concert not to be missed.”

St Luke’s Home is a modern purpose built residential care home, providing full time nursing cover and located in extensive grounds at Mahon on the banks of the River Lee, near Blackrock Castle. The 128-bed home is made up of three units of 30 beds and a fourth with 38 beds for the dedicated Dementia Unit.

Residents with dementia often experience a decline in social and communicative skills which can make living in a general assisted environment difficult. Everything about the dedicated dementia unit has been designed to reduce such stress and confusion, enabling the person living with dementia to function effectively on a day to day basis, enhancing their quality of life.

Providing this model of care takes funding and currently this funding is not provided by the HSE. St Luke’s Home do not charge its residents for the Therapy and Activity Program available at the home and so, it relies on fundraising events throughout the year. The proceeds of the Christmas concert for the last two years have helped hugely in allowing St Luke’s Home to continue to provide a range of therapies and activities and hopefully this year’s concert will do the same.

Tickets are €25 and are available from St Luke’s Home on 021-4536551. Tickets can also be purchased from the Examiner office and Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street.

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