Successful Concert in Clones
Successful Concert in Clones

The Protestant Hall in Clones, Co. Monaghan was full to its last seat, the atmosphere joyous and the spirit high when Clones Church of Ireland Parish last Saturday arranged a variety concert in aid of St Tighernach’s Church Restoration Appeal. An audience of over two hundred enjoyed a varied programme of entertainment, which appealed to young and old alike. The talent among the performers was excellent and it was great to see so many young people involved in music, singing and dancing.

The evening opened with a musical programme by the Sheridan family who won several prizes in the fleadh in Cavan this summer. Five sisters and brothers with extraordinary talent, who played, sang and danced with flair and gust. Indeed the initiative to the concert was taken by Mr Gregory Sheridan and his wife Patricia, and was organised by Mr Nigel Leech and Mr Stanley Hall. The other performers were: Emer and Conner Quinn, Mr Ian Hall, Mr Roy Crowe accompanied by Revd Dr Jean Mackrell, the well-known piper Mr Leslie Soden, Irish Dancers, Scottish Highland Dancers from Maguiresbridge, Inver Flute Band, and a comedy sketch by players from Derrylin. The MC for the evening was Mr Wesley Graydon, who made everyone laugh and feel at ease. Refreshments were served during the interval.

At the concert, a quilt made by Ms Eleanor Carleton was exhibited. Ms Carlton had spent more than 300 hours in making the quilt and the work has taken place over five months. The quilt is artistically and beautifully made in pink and green. Ms Carlton generously donated the quilt to St Tighernach’s Restoration Appeal and it is now the subject and prize of a competition. The person who can guess how many squares are in it, will win this gorgeous double bed quilt. Please contact the Revd Helene Steed, 047-56962, if you want to enter the competition.

Clones Parish would like to thank all who attended the concert and all performers for their support and for making the evening so enjoyable.