Singing in Croke Park for the Pope

On Saturday 26th August, I joined the Mornington Singers as the anchor choir for the World Meeting of Familes Festival of Families concert in Croke Park.

There was an estimated 80,000 people in attendance at the stadium, and a further 400,000 people watching on RTÉ television. And of course we had his holiness Pope Francis, who attended as part of his 2-day visit to Ireland.

The view from backstage

It was an exhilarating if exhausting occasion. On top of all the weeks of preparations before the event, the choir were putting in 13-hour days on both the Friday and Saturday for rehearsal and technical run-throughs at Croke Park.

My view from the stage during rehearsals

It was worth all the effort to take part in such a huge and iconic event – and also to be able to share the stage with Andrea Bocelli, The Riverdance Troupe, Nathan Carter, Daniel O’Donnell, and Celine Byrne – to name just a few.

All credit needs to go to Musical Director David Brophy for pulling together such a huge event!