Ormond Octaves Raise Spirits and Funds for GROW


The Ormond Octaves four-part choir, under the superb direction and guidance of its founder Niamh Ryan, decked the halls with music and song when they performed in St. Mary’s of the Rosary Church, Nenagh on Friday, December 9th in aid of GROW Mid West.

Each year, since the choir was founded in 2008, they have very generously donated the proceeds of their annual Christmas concert to various charities and GROW Mid West was the very grateful recipient of almost €3,500 this time.

Tommy (Regional Chairperson GROW Mid West) and Mackey, two loyal and faithful members of the Nenagh GROW group, are members of the choir. Tommy suggested GROW Mid West as a charity that could benefit from the proceeds of the concert a couple of years ago, but other charities had got there before him. Not a man to give up easily, Tommy renewed the request each year until he got the green light and what a night we had!

The concert was superb in every way. The surroundings and acoustics in St. Mary’s made it a magical place to appreciate this superb choir. The Church was packed to capacity, with GROWers from all over the region in attendance, as all eagerly awaited the performance and were not disappointed.

In fact, those in attendance were spellbound from beginning to end. The choir were heavenly, the solo performances incredible and we would have been more that satisfied with all that they treated us to…but there was more, Mary Meagher from Toomevara, winner of the Munster Final Fleadh Cheoil ballad singing competition performed the beautiful Breath of Heaven and Derek Ryan, Baritone, was back again, to perform with the Choir, as he does most years.

Derek has a magnificent voice and reached heights that only seasoned mountains climbers could dream of!!

A great night was had by all and we made our way home with the many well-known and not so familiar hymns and songs in our hearts and we were certainly into the spirit of Christmas.

A sincere thanks to Tommy and Mackey for making this happen, to Niamh and the choir for their generosity, to the people of Nenagh and surrounding areas for their support of the evening and to the many GROWers who travelled from far and wide to share in what was a truly lovely evening.

Thank you to Mary for submitting this piece and to Sharon for the photo.