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| ||One of the most vibrant and vocal groups in the parish of Glendermott is the Trench Road Folk Group which sings every Sunday at the 10.30am Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The folk group, which has been in existence for more than 25 years is open to young people between the ages of 11 and 21 and presently has around 30 members, both male and female.|
Under the direction of parishioners, Catriona McFeely and Eamon Owens, the folk group sings at various community and hospital events throughout the year in addition to its musical ministry at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
This summer the folk group will have the privilege of taking part in the 150th anniversary celebrations in Lourdes when it travels to the French shrine in July as part of a pilgrimage group led by Father Michael McCaughey. This will be the folk group's second pilgrimage to Lourdes having previously visited the shrine in 2005. During that first visit the folk group had the honour of leading the singing in the Underground Bascilica of St. Pius X at the international Anointing of the Sick ceremony before thousands of people from all around the world.
This year's pilgrimage will take place from July 3rd to July 10th and while in Lourdes the folk group is hoping to take part in the various ceremonies including the weekly International Youth Mass,
In order to finance the pilgrimage the folk group has been busy fundraising since last September. Various fundraising events, including a fashion show, quiz, prize draw and flower shows have been organised and the folk group also shared the proceeds of the very successful Christmas parish rickety wheel.
Fr. Michael McCaughey and Fr. Chris Ferguson also did their bit for the fundraising by taking part in a sponsored slim along with folk group leader, Eamon Owens. The slim took place throughout Lent and the trio managed to lose a grand total of sixty six and a half pounds. More importantly however, they raised the fantastic sum of £2,000 for the Lourdes fund!
On behalf of the folk group Catriona and Eamon expressed thanks to the priests, the very enthusiastic Fundraising Committee and everyone who so generously supported the various fundraising events.
Catriona and Eamon would like to pay a particular tribute to the young people within the Folk Group for their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm over recent years and especially this past year.
The folk group meets for rehearsal every Wednesday night from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the parish hall, Chapel Road.
They will welcome new members and any past members who wish to rejoin, in September, after the summer break. The date will be announced in the Parish Bulletin or if you wish, contact the leaders.
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