Past pupils' concert is hit for charity
Past pupils of St Peter's College have showcased their creative talent by coming together for a special concert to raise money for two very worthwhile local charity organisations.
The college's Past Pupils Union Christmas Concert was held in Rowe Street Church and was organised to raise money for Wexford MarineWatch (WMW) and It's Good 2 Talk (IG2T).
It was the fourth time the annual concert was held and as in previous years a capacity crowd gathered in the church for the event.
The organisers expressed delight to this newspaper at the success of the concert which they proclaimed as the best event to-date.
The MC on the night was Cllr George Lawlor and in welcoming everyone he acknowledged the significance of the concert in terms of enabling the two organisations to continue their respective good work in the community.
Cllr Lawlor is also chairperson of MarineWatch and along with Patricia Byrne represented the organisation at the event while Madeleine Quirke did likewise for It's Good to Talk.
Among the guests of honour at the concert were Cllr Tony Dempsey and his wife Gemma, and Bishop Denis Brennan.
The line-up of performers featured an eclectic mix of some of Wexford's foremost musicians including the Loch Garman Band who performed 'Stop the Cavalry', 'Away in a Manger', 'Procession of the Sirdar', and 'A Christmas Fantasy'.
The St Peter's College Choir was also among the star attractions on the night with a programme that included: 'Carol of the Bells', 'Somewhere Only We Know', and 'White Christmas'.
Michael D'Arcy, from Corner Boy, performed 'Me and Magdalena' and 'Fairytale of New York' while 'Wexford Carol' and 'The Christmas Song' were performed by Trish Gallagher.
The night also included readings by Alex Denby and Robin Jowett while seasonal favourites 'Let It Snow' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' were included in the set of Luke Donnelly.
Lorna Mahon showcased her formidable talent with 'Ave Maria' and 'The Holy City' while Emma Hore did likewise with 'Panis Angelicus'.
The St Peter's College trad group included a polka set and Christmas medley in their set much to the delight of everyone in attendance and towards the end of the night all of the performers, along with the audience, joined together for rousing renditions of 'Oh Holy Night', 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing', 'O Come On Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis)'.
The President of St Peter's College Past Pupil's Union (SPCPPU) Declan Clooney addressed the audience towards the end of the concert and highlighted how honoured his organisation was to have the opportunity to present such an event.
He described the two beneficiary organisations as 'wonderful' and highlighted how they both provide 'vital services to our community'.
Mr Clooney thanked all of the individual and group performers who participated in the event in addition to acknowledging the organising committee and V Rev Aodhán Marken for the use of the church.
Mr Clooney acknowledged the Principal of St Peter's College, Robert O'Callaghan, and Deputy Principal, Sean Foley, for their support along with the college's music teacher, Emma Kennedy, and pianist, Peter Griffin.
The organisers also thanked the members of the public for showing up in large numbers to support the concert and the two community organisations.