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Voices of South Dublin

DateSaturday October 21st
VenueThe Civic Main Space
Admission€10 / €8
Time 11am

It is well known that singing is good for your health and wellbeing. Choirs are an integral part of any community, and we are delighted to welcome a number of South Dublin Choirs to the Civic for a morning of music song and fun. 

Proceeds of this events will be donated to charities in South Dublin County.

Choirs Taking Part:

Kingswood Community Choir

The Kingswood Community Choir was established for the month of October 2019, Mental Health Month. The aim of the Choir was to encourage people to come together for the month in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and participate in a group singing workshop where the emphasis was on Mental Health and Wellbeing. By the end of the month they had over 40 members so it was decided to continue with the choir.

Under the guidance of our Musical Director, Pauline Dalton, the Choir presently has 50+ members. It is made up of a diverse group of people with ages ranging from early 20s to mid-70s. Pauline’s rules are very simple. Everybody can sing and everybody is welcome! There are no auditions, just turn up and we will find a place for you.

The Choir has sung at several events including Tallaght Community Arts Unwrapped project, International Women’s Day Concert, Electric Picnic, Limerick Sings International Choral Festival 2022 and 2023 and a sell-out concert at the Maldron Hotel Tallaght. They have also sung at Nursing Homes, Darkness into Light, and charity events.

Members of Kingswood Community Choir address each other as Choir Family and are always there to support each other during difficult or challenging times. They have formed strong social bonds. 

Kingswood Community Choir has brought people together and helped them feel connected through Singing.

Firhouse Singers

Founded in 1976 by Ray Ryan (he was in short pants then!), the choir has been entertaining audiences for nearly 50 years, as well as raising lots of money for charity. They've sung in the NCH a few times, and in various venues around Dublin. They've also ventured abroad to sing in Rome and Llandudno (Wales), and in Ireland in such places as Loughrea and Dungarvan.

In more recent years the choir has been fortunate enough to find a 'home venue' for concerts in the Firhouse Community College, where we've hosted many overseas choirs - from the USA, Denmark, Sweden, Norway,

Austria, London, Wales, The Netherlands, and more.

We're most grateful to the principal of the Firhouse Community College, and also to the principal of Scoil Carmel (our rehearsal venue for many years). The choir rehearses on Wednesday nights in Scoil Carmel from 8pm to 10pm. Details are on our website,

Rathfarnham Gospel Choir

Founded in 2017, Rathfarnham Gospel Choir is a mixed-voice choir. The choir performs a varied repertoire from Sacred and Gospel to Rock and Pop to Gospel. It is a friendly, inclusive, and welcoming group that loves to sing and have fun together, while also striving to reach the high standards set for us by musical director, Fiona Baldwin. The choir mostly performs at local community events and to raise funds for charity, however it is looking forward to travelling further afield in the coming year to spread the joy. New members are always welcome - just contact us at to find out more about our informal audition process. 

Maria Lane Choir

The Maria Lane Choir was the idea of a client, Maria Lane, who attended our cancer support centre who knew how good singing is for the people.  Unfortunately she died before it could happen so we took up the idea and named the choir in honour of Maria. The choir was founded in 2015.  We had our first performance in October 2015 as guests of The Firehouse Singers where Maria was a member. Every year since we try to hold an event in October Breast Cancer Month in her memory. we have 34 members in our choir now.  We rehearse every Wednesday morning in Rua Red 11-1pm and is open to anyone who has had a cancer  diagnosis or their family or friends.

Local Voices Choir

Local Vocals is a seniors singing group based In Clondalkin. Formed in 2017, the group now has 42 members and performs at local events as well as in local nursing homes, and is the resident choir in Clondalkin Library. To date the group has raised funds for Irish cancer, Focus Ireland, Tus Nua to name a few.    

Heartbeats Choir

Heartbeats TUH Choir are made up of staff from across Tallaght University Hospital (including retired staff), and directed by award winning choir director and Tallaght native, Michael Fay. We perform at events within the hospital and in the community throughout the year. Heartbeats love to sing and much more than that, the choir exudes a genuine sense of warmth and friendship, enjoying the fun and laughter that each rehearsal delivers while ensuring new members are as warmly welcomed into the group as they once were too.

Aontas Youth Choir was formed 6 years ago. We are based in the partnership of parishes of St Patrick's/St Mary's in Lucan, Co. Dublin. We sing at both religious and secular events. The group began with 3 members and we have now grown to 21 members. In recent years the choir have provided the music for the televised mass on RTÉ on three occasions, as well as featuring on Ireland AM in the build up to Christmas last year. Each year Aontas sing in various locations in order to help a wide variety of charities in their fundraising efforts, to include Dublin Simon Community and De Paul. Last Christmas, Aontas were also privileged to perform at the Lord Mayor's annual fundraising charity concert in the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin.  We also visited Creeslough in Co. Donegal this year, where we presented the community with a memorial frame as well as a cheque for €1400 for a project of their choice. The choir performed at the Lucan Festival, just a couple of weeks ago, and are very excited to be performing for you as part of the Red Line Arts Festival.