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Lord Mayor Community Heritage Concert 2011



Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert 2011


Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Fitzgerald, and Deputy Lady Mayoress

Guest of Honour Dan Donovan,

Councillors, former Lords Mayor/s,

Mr Christopher Allander, President of Cork Lions Club.

Mr Ted Owens CEO, City of Cork Vocational Education Committee.

To you all who are our distinguished guests to night?

Now we await “the finale” the emotional piece you’ll never walk alone — urging you “to hold your head up high,and don’t be afraid of the dark”, which will be followed with March Blaze Away heralding a new beginning from “Ireland’s wows” and the conclusion of a wonderful and nostalgic evening which I hope you all enjoyed-anchored by that great son of Cork – Master of Ceremonies -Actor, Director, Lecturer, internationally renowned – Mr Michael Twomey.

With the combined Cork Barrack Street Band and Midleton Concert Band conducted by Captain Brian Prendergast and Noel Galvin

  • Both bands have given so much to Cork, City and County over the years.
  • Interesting to note the Midleton Band celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and the Barrack Street Band its 175th next year. 1837- that’s going back a long way – as far as the time of the Liberator, Daniel O’Connell,1775–1847

Again we thank Linda Kenny Cork’s wonderful Soprano and
Eoin Leahy Cork’s wonderful Baritone thanks to you both and accompanist Tracy Sy[C]mons.

With the Voices of Cork – to-nights four part harmony choir, with Cork’s Conductor Eamon Nash founded in 2005 when Cork was European Capital of Culture.

Thanks to all the Artists, who gave their effort & time voluntary, may I say we all had one wonderful night– a night to remember, nice to be brought back to the Ballroom of Romance, with the fab. Joe Mac and Declan Ryan and their backing group ?  May we have many more such nights?

Tonight’s concert was endowed with many experts

  • Our stage Manager Mr Ross Anderson.
  • Corporate Audio Visual Services on lighting and screen
  • Disco 2000 on sound.
  • Cormac Breanach on spot lighting
  • Catherine M Courtney for filming the event.
  • Simon Osbourne, Cornet Player,& film footage editor.
  • Sian Joyce on Projector Controls.

As this Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert comes to a close I’m delighted that we paid special tribute to Mr Dan Donovan in grateful appreciation for his immense contribution to the cultural, theatre and educational life of Cork during the twentieth century.I take personal delight in being part of this tribute. May we again salute Dan?

May I thank ,
Corporate Affairs staff including Mr Paul Moynihan and Nicky Carroll, Ger Kelleher, so patient with our demands?

Community and Enterprise – Social Inclusion Unit, Jim O’Donovan and Tony Power for making to-nights event possible.
To John Kennelly and our wonderful Porters, so flexible in their desire to secure a wonderful night for all.

To our Evening Echo who kindly acted as our Media Sponsors, 96.FM and Cork Community Radio who gave us wonderful coverage.

It was and is a pleasure to work as Chairperson of the Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert, with a small number of people who gave so much of the year to its organisation.

To our concert producer Mr Billy O’Callaghan who again put together such a magnificent production to-night, -as always.

To the Cork City Lions Club Donal Horgan, Teresa Dineen who managed the City Hall, seating and tickets ensuring community groups had primary access.  

To the soul of Cork–Historian Richard Cooke who chaired and organised our fellow, successful event – Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition now in its third year and is destined to grow and grow as more and more Cork people desire to discover their past in every locality in the City & County of Cork.
Special thanks to the Exhibition committee and, Naoibh Twomey Heritage officer, David Quirke Red Penguin, John Ryan Chief Fire Officer for his health & Safety advice and Catryrn Power, all of great assistance! 

As we say goodbye! We look forward – to hearing you sing – us – out to-night lifting the roof — off — Cork’s City Hall.We know that at the end of this economic storm there’s a golden sky, and the sweet silver song of the lark! 

So in apologising, if I left anyone out, May I thank you all for coming.

Councillor Brian Bermingham

Chairperson Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert  

Saturday, 01 October 2011


R. Rodgers and O. Hammerstein II

When you walk through the storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on, through the wind
Walk on, through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone 

MC Mr Michael Twomey

Dan Donovan