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Seinn na nÓg 2014

images Bishop Kieran has invited Joe Searson (Killaloe Diocesan Advisor) and Karen Vaughan (Teacher and Musician) to develop a project that will assist teachers in our schools to explore the richness that our traditional music and culture could bring to Church life. The project is currently getting underway and Bishop Kieran has issued a letter outlining the impact that this project could make.

Dear Friends,

Having lived and worked in Africa- Liberia and Nigeria, for a number of years. I found it heart warming to witness the huge celebration at mass each week of the indigenous local people, celebrating their unique musical cultures through their worship, creating vibrant uplifting liturgical events.

There is a rich traditional musical heritage in our diocese with an abundance of  talent in our primary schools with Traditional Irish musicians, singers and dancers. I would like to encourage, celebrate, incorporate and promote the participation of children and their talents into our liturgies throughout the year.

To help promote this ideal I have asked Joe Searson, Kilaloe Diocesan Advisor and Traditional Musician, alongside  Karen Vaughan, Primary School Teacher, Traditional Musician and Part-time Music Lecturer at Mary Immaculate College, to develop  materials which will assist teachers in the classroom to  explore, embrace and celebrate the rich indigenous culture that our Irish music could bring to church life.

We will call this project ‘ Seinn na nÓg 2014’ . This project is especially unique because it encourages young children to play, sing and dance in Church settings using our Irish Traditional Music. As this is a new venture for the Killaloe Diocese it will be piloted in the primary schools within Joe’s area this year and extend across the diocese in the coming years.

Both Joe and Karen are passionate advocates for Traditional Irish Music for young children and believe in the power of music to enrich children’s lives and spiritual well being. They have put together a very rich, stimulating yet simple program of music for this project. A music booklet and CD will be available for each school with further assistance on the Seinn na Óg 2014 website. www. Killaloediocese.ie  and  www.seinnnnog.weebly.com

 To illustrate the quality of our young musicians singers and dancers a concert of the music will take place in the Cathedral in Ennis in April 2015.

It is hoped that all primary schools in the pilot will find they will be able to embrace some of this music and use it in their liturgical preparations. This selection of music may also be used as a support for the music in the Alive O programme in particular the sacrament of confirmation.  Joe Searson will be available  throughout the year to help assist any school which needs support in delivering this project.

This promises to be a very exciting musical adventure and resource within our Church. I look forward to the concert in the Cathedral in Ennis and I encourage all those involved in this pilot project to engage with this exciting venture.

 In psalm 98 we are invited to “Sing a New Song to the Lord”, now with Seinn na nÓg I hope many young people will find the opportunity to discover through singing and the playing of music the gifts they have to offer to their local church communities.

With every good wish.

+ Kieran

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