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.
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.
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!