IEC2012 Blog

Has the Rhondda really moved to the RDS?

June 16, 2012

Strolling through Hall 1, relaxing between blogs on Thursday 14th June, I thought perhaps I was asleep? “All I have to do is dre-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-eam.” No, I was wide awake and it was the sound of the Valleys, wafting through the air and bringing me back to the terraces of the old Landsdown Road with ‘Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah’ (AKA ‘Bread of Heaven’) ringing out to the enraptured crowd. We were then treated to "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves," Va, pensiero, from "Nabucco" by Verdi; ‘You raise me up’ and, for our American friends, ‘Dixy/Glory glory halleluiah’ - similar to Elvis, but with more harmonies!

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Interview: James Kilbane

June 13, 2012

James Kilbane has played his music on several stages including the Voice of Ireland, on Pilgrimages to Knock Shrine, at the Inspirational Country Music Convention in Nashville, and now he has added the Main Arena of the 50th Eucharistic Congress to that impressive list. For him it is a great celebration of Faith, but also a great honour to have country music play a part in the Congress.

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Interview: Fiona Walsh, Choir Director Ennis Gospel Choir

June 13, 2012

During the week of the Congress, readers, singers and dancers from all over the world perform in the main arena between one and two o’clock. One of the groups taking part on Wednesday was the Ennis Gospel Choir from Co Clare.

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I will give you water - no more shall you thirst

June 12, 2012

In the bright sunshine of the main arena in the RDS, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were in a large cathedral. With little wind, every musical note, chord and spoken word struck with clarity.

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RDS Arena ready for Opening Ceremony Kickoff

June 09, 2012

Preparations for the Opening Ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in the Main Arena of the RDS began over two years ago when Arcana’s tender for preparing the stadium was accepted but the transformation of the arena really stepped up a gear in the space of the last seven days.

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Voices of angels herald start of Eucharistic Congress

June 09, 2012

The angelic voices of the Palestrina Choir echoed across the wide expanse of the huge warehouse that contains the rehearsal and volunteer areas at the back of the Simmonscourt building, next door to Dublin’s RDS complex.

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