Category Archives: Christmas

Festive Fix #3 – choirs, carols and Christmasness

I had a fabulous time at the Gloria annual Christmas concert last night. It was my first time hearing them and my gosh can they sing?! They had a lovely repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs, some of which I’d never heard of before and made the experience all the more refreshing. If you missed the gigs this week well you’ll be tickled to know they’ve got a special Christmas album that you can order via the website or download on iTunes.

Looking forward to their 15th anniversary gig at the National Concert Hall in June 2010 already. By the way, they’re looking for sopranos and basses to join them – all the info is here.

If you fancy catching some carols over the next while here’s some of what’s on around Dublin:

National Concert Hall

  • Wed 16, Thurs 17 & Fri 18 at 8pm – Hanel’s Messiah (returns only)
  • Sun 20 Dec at 3.15 PM & 8pm – Christmas Carol Singalong
  • Mon 21 Dec at 3.15 PM & 8pm – Carols by Candlelight
  • Tue 22 Dec at 3.15 PM & 8pm – The Glory Of Christmas

Tickets for all these events can be booked at

Christchurch Cathedral

Pro Cathedral

  • Sun 20 at 3.30pm – Carol Service with The Palestrina Choir & St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir (in aid of Temple St. Hospital)

Dublin Gospel Choir

  • 19 Dec at 11.30am – 12pm at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre
  • 19 Dec at 1 – 2pm at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre

Immanuel Church

If you know of any more choral goings on over the next week or so, pop em in a comment below – would love to add them in.

Happy singing!

Festive Fix #2 – Christmas wouldn’t be the same without…

It’s the season of top 5 lists more than ever this year as we crawl to the end of a decade. Here’s my list of the things that are essential to my Christmas:

  1. David Parkes’ Christmas Hits on repeat (cassette version too for a nice old school crackle)
  2. Fixing the Christmas tree lights
  3. Myself and the sisters wearing Santa hats *all* the time
  4. Drinks and chats at my Nana’s before midnight mass on Christmas eve
  5. The annual Christmas day swim fundraiser for the RNLI after morning mass in New Quay

The first one on that list is particularly close to my heart. It was an RTE production of the classic Christmas songs along with a cracking ‘disco’ medley at either end. The cassette has been wheeled out and left in the stereo every Christmas for as far back as I can remember and has been the sound I associate with being at home in Clare for the festive season.

I had a look online last week to see if perchance it ever came out on CD or there was still some way of getting a copy of it as I’m sure the cassette is bound to wear through sooner rather than later. To my delight and surprise it’s available on iTunes for €8.99! You can even get the individual medleys on their own if that’s your pleasure. Can’t believe it was released in 1992 – where the heck do the years go? I was still writing letters to Santa then!

Happy disco dancing :)

Festive Fix #1 – Christmas dates to remember

Last posting dates for Christmas

Today December 8th is the last date to get your cards to USA and Canada! The rest of the dates are below:

Last order date is December 20th for standard delivery, 21st for priority delivery both depending on the availability of items.

Last order date is December 19th, again depending on item stocks.

Most big products (Mac, MacBook) need to be ordered by the 11th, smaller items (iPod etc) by the 20th. Full list is here.