Director: 2012 – present
Áine took over directorship of this 70-voice, SATB choir in September 2012. The choir rehearses in Scoil Bhride in Naas on Thursday evenings. In 2013, the choir competed in the Kilkenny choral festival, winning the sacred music competition and receiving 2nd prize in the Open competition. In 2014, the choir travelled to the Arklow Music Festival, where they were awarded first place in the Adult Mixed Voices competition, and second in the sacred music competition. With Áine, the choir has also presented a number of themed concerts, including the highly successful “A Dickens of a Christmas” concert in 2012, which celebrated Dickens’ bi-centenary with readings from his works, Victorian carols, and songs from film adaptations of his work; “All Creation Sings” in 2013 featured a mix of classical and contemporary choruses celebrating nature; and “A Christmas Gathering” in 2013 marked the year of The Gathering with Irish carols and guest artists on traditional instruments.
In 2014, the choir collaborated with the St David’s Cathedral Singers, from Naas’ twinned town of St David’s, Wales, presenting a mix of Welsh and Irish music. Other collaborations included guest artists Zoe Conway (violin), John McIntyre (guitar) and Tristan Rosenstock (bodhran), up-coming Mezzo Soprano Gemma Ni Bhriain, Soprano Katy Kelly, flamenco guitarist Juan Jose Manzano, and Italian pianist Annalisa Monticelli. The choir also extended their outreach activities by performing a concert in aid of the music department in Scoil Bhride, which featured the Scoil Bhride school choir and Anam youth choir as guest artists.
In 2015, the choir took on some of their most ambitious projects to date, including releasing the CD “Rejoice and be Merry” in aid of the Friends of Naas Hospital, competing in the Cork International Choral Festival, and performing some of the great works of the choral repertoire (Brahms’ “Alto Rhapsody” and Stanford’s “Songs of the Fleet”) in Dublin and Naas. To top off the year, they were awarded second place in the Community Choirs’ category in Lyric FM’s “Choirs for Christmas”, with a track from the CD “Follow that Star”.
Director 2012 – present
This 30-strong male voice choir rehearses in St Patrick’s Hall in Rathgar, and maintains a busy performing schedule throughout the year. The choir perform their major concerts twice-yearly at the Mansion House in Dublin, and are frequently invited to participate in concerts in the greater Dublin area. Recent concerts include performances in St Patrick’s Cathedral at the annual concert for the Peter McVerry Trust, as well as participating in charitable concerts in aid of An Taisce, the Capuchin missions, the Coolmine Rehabilitation Centre, and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children. The choir regularly sing at church services in the Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar, and the church at Cathal Brugha barracks, Rathmines. The choir have had several collaborations with the Blanchardstown Brass Band at Draíocht in Blanchardstown, supporting the Coolmine Rehabilitation Centre in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The choir also offer platforms to young emerging artists, including Abigail McDonagh (violinist), a young string quartet from Sandford Park School, Ciaran Kelly (tenor) and Gemma Ni Bhriain (mezzo soprano). In 2015, the choir were awarded 2nd place in the Male Voice Choirs category of the Mayo International Choral Festival.
Director 2013 – present
The Mount Sackville Junior Choir was set up in 2013, and draws its members from first, second and third year students of Mount Sackville Secondary School in Chapelizod, Dublin. Although still a very new choir, the girls have already performed with the “Three Tenors of Ireland”, sung in a carol service at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, and broadcast on Lyric FM’s “Choirs for Christmas”.
In 2014, the girls competed in the Feis Ceoil, and participated in the school’s Centenary Concert in Christ Church Cathedral.
Director 2007 – 2016
As Director of Music in Mount Argus, Áine was responsible for all musical activities in the parish, including a family choir that sings at the Sunday morning 11am mass, and a Parish Choir that performs at major liturgical functions. Áine also managed a team of cantors, organists and instrumentalists.
In 2016, due to the pressure of other work commitments, Aine stepped down as Director of Music and will continue as a member of the Cantors’ team.
Director 2002 – 2010
Áine was the founding director of the AIB Choral Society, an SATB choir based in AIB Bankcentre and drawn primarily from the staff of the AIB Group. With Áine, the choir performed a broad range of repertoire, from classical to popular, and travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to perform in various concerts and festivals. The choir recorded a best-selling CD “Simply Christmas” in aid of Focus Ireland and Barnados, and participated in a number of trips abroad, including a choral festival in Cracow, Poland and to the Albert Hall in London. The choir won multiple prizes at various choral festivals, including Sligo Choral Festival, Arklow Choral Festival and Kilcoole.