The Mervue Folk Choir (Galway), which was established over 30 years ago, released their debut CD “Amazing Love” last December. The choir is predominantly made up of a group of friends that grew up together in Mervue, and formed a lasting bond through being part of “the choir”, and who continue to love singing together as an expression of shared friendship and faith. The choir sing regularly on Sundays at the 12.30pm Mass in Mervue Church, and they are known far-and-wide for their vibrant choral arrangements of both classic and modern Christian songs.
The choir’s CD has been available for sale through the Mervue Parish office, and through members of the choir. To date, €14,500 in sales has been achieved. On Sunday 19th June 2011, presentation of cheques was made to the four benefitting charities, Galway Hospice Foundation, Mervue Senior Citizens, Enable Ireland (Galway) and Rosedale School (Renmore).
The photo shows Mary-Hanniffy Walsh (Choir Committee) presenting a cheque for €8,500 to Sean O’Healy, Chief Executive of Galway Hospice.
Choir members Front row (l-r): Delia Boyce, Denise Cooke, Melissa Daly, Patricia Keenan, Geraldine Fegan, Regina Flaherty, Audrey O’Toole, Maeve Gilchrist. Second row (l-r): Bridie Melody, Susan Healy, Debbie-Ann O’Toole, Margaret Laffey, Sharon Kelly, Martina Hosty, Irene Scully, Cliona Burke, Mandy Healy, Alison Creane. Third row (l-r): Mary Boyce, Anne Egan, Linda Finnerty, Edel Connolly, Martina Moran, Patricia Flanagan, Jackie Healy and Ronnie Lawless (Director). Back row (l-r): Carolann Murphy, Emma Murphy, Emer Fleming, Fr Willie Cummins PP, Marie Donohue, Jackie Forde, Annemarie McSweeney, Kathleen Neary, Bernie Connolly, Antoinette Elwood, Kim O’Grady.
Many thanks to the choir for choosing Galway Hospice to be the major beneficiary from the CD sales. A special thanks to everyone who purchased the CD, to the businesses that sponsored the recording of the CD so that all profits would benefit the charities, and to Fr Willie Cummins, PP Mervue, for making it all possible.