For those planning a vacation in Ireland and the south west of the country, Kenmare town which is situated in County Kerry is well worth a visit. Not only does the town act as a gateway to the spectacular scenery and attractions of the Ring of Kerry, the popular tourist town of Kenmare is only a short drive from West Cork and the range of attractions it has on offer.
This month, from the 28th to the 30th November the town is also hosting the popular Kenmare Choral Festival. Now in its third year, the festival extends a warm welcome each year for choirs to come and participate in the event. In a bid to promote the beautiful art form of choral music to the public and to those planning a trip to Ireland, the festival organisers are hosting a range of concerts, competitions and other events during the three day long festival.
The festival opens on the 28th November with a school’s choir day, which is a non-competitive event for both primary and secondary schools from all around the country. The opening day of the festival also showcases the traditional gala concert including the festival choice and special guests. Saturday brings another day of festivities with Br Ben Hanlon leading a choral workshop called “Sing Good, Feel Good”.
New to this years’ festival is the ceremony of nine lessons and carols, which will held on Saturday in Holy Cross Church, which also happen to be celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The festival is set to close on Sunday 30th with the popular Christmas Carol Concert of massed choirs.