June 10, 2012
The last Eucharistic Congress in Ireland was 80 years and. And to celebrate that memory, there is a 1932 Exhibition at the RDS Library (open today in the morning only, but longer opening hours during the week). This blogger actually attended that Congress all of 80 years ago. And of course I found the exhibition fascinating. However it is hard for it to quite convey the how different times were back. My overarching memory as a 10-year boy is the stunning voice of the renowned signer, Count John McCormack, wafting through the air. For people at the time who would have had almost no access to radio or records, such singing was divine as it was unexpected. That’s maybe easy to forget with music so omnipresent today.