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Cork Singing

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Hall, Cork, Ireland

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The 9th annual Cork Sacred Harp singing was held on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in August. The class was brought to order by Ross Harbison leading 92. The morning prayer was offered by Colleen Jones.

Leaders: Michael Walker 31t; Amanda Parkes 88b; Colleen Jones 30t; Kevin Kennedy 30b; Katie Ahern 35; Dermot Peel 442; Niamh Madigan 330b; Kevin Beirne 410b; Laurie Skelton 106; Desmond O’Flynn 47t; Kate Kirwan 27; Bernhard Rauch 217; Ailish McMahon 65; Edwin Macadam 272; Brenda Harvey 133; Matthew Parkinson 67; Derek Buckland 68t; Aislinn Ahern 77t; Judy Whiting 454 (for Sonny Erwin); Aaron Kahn 95; Joanna Bennett 447; Ger Wolfe 268; Steph Malpass 505.

RECESS

Nathaniel Volfango called the class to order leading 183. Leaders: Kevin Kennedy 182; Nigel Bowley 32t; Laurie Skelton 148; Áine Uí Cheallaigh 101b; Chris Brown 296 (for John Stonnell); Dorothy Robinson 349; Sheila Girling Macadam 280; Jeri Segal 411; Claire O’Flynn 425; Dara Desmond 173; Vicki Elliott 315; Aislinn Ahern 553 (for Andy Ditzler); Michael Walker 369; Niamh Madigan 227; Derek Buckland 125; Colleen Jones 432; Dermot Peel 496; Kate Kirwan 375; Aaron Kahn 504; Joanna Bennett 345b; Edwin Macadam 372; Brenda Harvey 29t. Jude O’Neill offered the blessing before lunch.

LUNCH

Kevin Beirne led 388 to begin the afternoon session. Leaders: Matthew Parkinson 460; Vicki Elliott 215; Amanda Parkes 304; Mike Morrisroe 562; Sheila Girling Macadam 320; Rosalind Woods 350; Dorothy Robinson 506; Jeri Segal 448t; Judy Whiting 208; Sinéad Hanrahan 142; Nigel Bowley 458; Katie Ahern 269; Chris Brown 517; Steph Malpass 203; Ross Harbison 528; Edwin Macadam 236; Joanna Bennett 270; Derek Buckland 116; Ailish McMahon 500; Áine Uí Cheallaigh 126; Aaron Kahn 274t; Dara Desmond 214; Brenda Harvey 324; Ger Wolfe 569b.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Kate Kirwan leading 179. Leaders: Desmond O’Flynn 148; Bernhard Rauch 339; Sheila Girling Macadam 51; Matthew Parkinson 52b; Judy Whiting 43; Michael Walker 360; Nathaniel Volfango 49t; Dorothy Robinson 456; Kevin Kennedy 263; Aislinn Ahern 209; Rosalind Woods 344; Nigel Bowley 503; Steph Malpass 481; Chris Brown 176t; Colleen Jones 38t; Vicki Elliott 348t; Ailish McMahon 42; Dara Desmond 368; Niamh Madigan 103; Dermot Peel 455; Katie Ahern 340.

The Secretary reported that fifty-three people attended, of whom thirty-seven led, representing Ireland, England, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States, and ninety-five songs were sung during the day.

After announcements and thanks, Ross Harbison led 472 as the closing song. Áine Uí Cheallaigh offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Ross Harbison; Vice Chairman—Michael Walker; Secretary—Amanda Parkes