The St. Patrick’s National School Slane school concert took place this week within the school hall on Wednesday. It was a great occasion, filled with musicians, playing instruments ranging from saxophone, accordion, recorders, flutes, guitars and drums. There were over twenty five acts, both individual and also in groups.
The guitar groups were backed by Óran Murray for the first time on drums, which made a big difference, and he was busy throughout. His arms must have been exhausted by the end of the day! It was sad in a way, to see the sixth class pupils performing for the last time, but also great to see the progression from pupils from third class all the way to sixth with their various instruments.
Many thanks to all of the parents who came in for the event, and as usual, it was a big hit with the pupils as well, with Junior, Senior and First Class coming for the first half of the concert, and classes from second to sixth present for the second half.
The concert rounded up with the school trad band playing out some tunes relevant to the theme of Francis Ledwidge and his one hundredth anniversary commemorations, including a lovely rendition of ‘The Blackbird of Slane’. The school marching band and trad band take part in Sunday’s event in the Conyngham Arms hotel, which is a poetry recital, so they get another opportunity to show off their talents. We look forward to the concert again next year.
Many thanks to Mr. Gerry Kelly, Mr. Keiron Holt, and Mr. Keiran McDonnell, who provide the music tuition in the school, for the great work that they have done.