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Songs of support: Focus Ireland celebrates 20th anniversary at St Mary’s Cathedral

Focus Ireland held a Thanksgiving Choral Concert on Thursday, November 22 to celebrate its 20th anniversary at St Mary’s Cathedral.

Councillor James Collins attended the event as a guest and delivered a brief speech in which he highlighted what Focus Ireland has done to help the homeless in the in the city and county for the past two decades.

Major Collins at the event. Photo: Aaron Pang, Limerick Voice

Performing on the night was hugely popular soprano Sinead O’Brien accompanied by Tenor Derek Moloney. Also performing was Limericks Unity Gospel Choir, Mary Immaculate College Community Choir, Cantette Children’s Choir, Parteen NS Choir, and St. Marys NS Choir.

Derek Moloney. Photo: Aaron Pang, Limerick Voice

There was something for everyone’s musical tastes on the night, with favourites from ABBA to Phantom of the Opera, The Greatest Showman to Sister Act.

Unity Gospel Choir. Photo: Aaron Pang, Limerick Voice

The event was hosted by Focus Ireland Ambassador Celia Holman Lee and SPIN South West Presenter Meghann Scully.

Refreshments were served at the interval and a prize draw with some superb donations from local businesses closing the evening.

Mary Immaculate College Choir. Photo: Aaron Pang, Limerick Voice

By taking part in the concert, performers and supporters will help Focus Ireland to provide continued support to Limerick families at risk of homelessness, and help those already directly impacted.

Unity Gospel Choir. Photo: Aaron Pang, Limerick Voice

Focus Ireland manager Tríona O’ Connor said: “Focus Ireland is a national charity. The services we provided is to prevent people from homeless, to fight homes for people and help them.

“We are here in Limerick for 20 years. It’ our 20th anniversary tonight. I suppose it’s the best to celebrate it is through music and songs, and invite people in to join us.”

Focus Ireland manager, Triona O’Connor. Photo: Aaron Pang, Limerick Voice

Focus Ireland

Focus Ireland has been challenging homelessness and changing lives in Limerick since 1998.

It works with people who are homeless or are at risk of losing their homes across Ireland and provides services in Limerick City and County, and nationally as it works to end homelessness in Ireland.

For more information: www.focusireland.ie.

Photo: Aaron Pang, Limerick Voice

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