CEIST Schools Reach Co-operation Ireland Regional School Choirs Finals

The inaugural All-Island schools choir competition involving 80 schools from Ireland and Northern Ireland has now been whittled down to 20 schools competing in 4 regional heats.

St. Joseph's Rochfortbridge reached the Sligo regional finals and five choirs reached the Cork regional stage, two of which are CEIST schools; Presentation Secondary school, Ballyphehane, and Presentation Secondary School, Loughboy, Kilkenny.

They competed with Urusline Convent Secondary School, Thurles, Newtown School, Waterford and Clongowes Wood College who moved the audience with their almost Welsh-choir like voices.

Pictured on left, Anne Cassin, who compered Co operation Ireland National Choirs regional final at the Cork school of Music.

Joan Farrell, daughter of CEIST Faith Development Co-ordinator, Margaret, led the Ursuline Convent Secondary School, Thurles in a magnificently delivered rendition of Maria Matrem & the complex Las Amarillas.


Newtown School, Waterford, delighted the audience with "The Long & Winding Road" and a moving Traditional entitled "Every time I Feel the Spirit".

Presentation Secondary School Ballyphehane, did themselves proud with a lively rendition of "Gershwin for Girls" and delighted the audience with their interpretation of "Geibheann", composed by Rhona Clarke.

Principal Sheila Kelleher was present and justifiably proud of the schools achievement.

To the delight of everyone, Presentation Secondary School Loughboy, Kilkenny, were the outright winners and will participate in the National Finals on Nov. 15 th, in Belfast, which will be televised live on RTE1.

Under the animated direction of Ms. Veronica McCarron and with accompanist Veronica Collier , the school stole the show with their magnificent rendition of "La Cumparsita", an Argentinian Tango by Rodriquez and a second entry entitled "Gaudete", a 16th Century Madrigal by Cantiones.










Pictured above are Presentation Secondary School, Loughboy girls in action, with Veronica Collier conducting.

The School Principal, Shane Hallihan and Deputy Principal, Mary Ryan , were present at the event, as well as former Principal, Cathal Cullen.

Pictured on left are the adjudicators with the Principal & Deputy Principal, Presentation Secondary School, Loughboy, Kilkenny, following their win.

The CEIST CEO, Anne Kelleher, also attended the final and was delighted to see Presentation Loughboy winning and looking forward to watching them competing in the National Final in the Ulster Hall in Belfast on the 15th November, which is to be televised live on RTE1.


Click here to view further details from the Co-Operation Ireland website.

We will be adding Video's to this page of the various regional finals shortly.