Bealtaine Festival Dawn Chorus 2024

Bealtaine Festival Dawn Chorus 2024

Sing Ireland is delighted to partner with Age & Opportunity and the Bealtaine Festival for this year's Dawn Chorus with Drimoleague Community Choir in Cork.

Event Time: 7:30am

Event Date: Sunday May 5th , 2024

Venue: Old Station Car Park, Drimoleague, Co Cork (opp. the Drimoleague Inn)

Event Description:

Drimoleague Community Choir are this year's Bealtaine Festival Flagship Dawn Chorus Choir. Come and share in the joy of song as they raise their voices and welcome the day. This event is free, all are welcome.

About the Bealtaine Festival Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus is nationwide choral event in which older people come together with a choir in their locality and sing at dawn to welcome the day and the season. This Age & Opportunity Bealtaine Festival event works in partnership with Sing Ireland. Drimoleague Community Choir are delighted to open this year’s festival and celebrate the Bealtaine Festival theme of Lust for Life in style.

About Drimoleague Community Choir

Drimoleague Community Choir was founded in 2018 as an initiative of the Drimoleague Singing Festival. The choir is open to all and encourages participation in singing, friendship and fun with no previous experience necessary. They meet weekly to sing a wide repertoire of pop, folk, spirituals, classical and Irish traditional songs. The sharing of the joy of song is at the core of all they do.

The choir aims provide a year round means of nurturing the towns singing culture and is seen by its members as an important social outlet as well as being an interesting and creative collaborative activity. Drimoleague Community Choir has performed in a number of concerts in its home village, raised money for charity singing Christmas carols, performed as a pop-up choir during the Drimoleague Singing Festival and performed with Jack O’Rourke (2019), Jessie Lloyd (2023) and Jack L (2023). They most recently performed at Singing for our Sisters in Kilgarriffe Church, Clonakilty in April 2024.

“We’re delighted to be hosting this year’s Flagship Dawn Chorus. The benefits of singing are well documented and we get to experience those together as a choir on a weekly basis. Drimoleague is the perfect stage for the Dawn Chorus given its long and strong history of singing in the community. The sharing of a song is an art much appreciated in this town so I’ve no doubt that we’ll be joined by great voices on the day. All are welcome so be sure to come along” says choir director Susan McManamon.

About the Bealtaine Festival

Established in 1995, Age & Opportunity's Bealtaine Festival is one of Ireland’s largest co-operative festivals and the world’s first national celebration of creativity in older age. The Festival has inspired a number of international festivals including Luminate in Scotland, Gwanwyn in Wales, the Age of Creativity in England, and others across the world.

Bealtaine takes place each May for the entire month. The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, and heralded the start of summer. The word Bealtaine is still used in the Irish language and translates as the month of May.

The Festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people.

Useful Links:

Bealtaine Festival:

Bealtaine Festival Flagship Dawn Chorus:


Drimoleague Community Choir:

Drimoleague Singing Festival: https://www.drimoleaguesinging...

Published 26 April 2024
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