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Magical evening of classical music at Ballinree Church

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Tipperary's Dylan Rooney to hit high notes in Christmas concert

A magical evening of music featuring multi talented Toomevara baritone Dylan Rooney will be staged across two nights at St. Joseph's Church Ballinree this December.

This classical concert features a delightful programme of Christmas music from Rooney who will perform alongside Kildare soprano Caroline Behan, Dublin mezzo Katie Richardson McCrea, Tullamore tenor Phillip Keegan on December 21 and 22.

International concert pianist Máire Carroll from Dublin will also accompany the singers.

Rooney recently completed his BA in Music Performance at the RIAM with Virginia Kerr and is now pursuing an MA in Music Performance at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He first began singing solo as a boy-soprano with his local primary school choir at just 12 years old, encouraged by his principal and choir mistress, Joan O’Meara.

Dylan later sought singing lessons with Deirdre Hanniffy in Birr, Co. Offaly, and continued to perform more frequently in public at various church venues and competitions around the locality, including Nenagh Choral Society.

In recent years he has achieved many national awards and bursaries and has been a multiple prize winner in various classical singing competitions throughout Ireland including first prize in the Vincent O’Brien Cup, Baritone Solo Cup, Sligo Cup, John McCormack Cup, the John McCormack Society Bursary and the Hazelwood House Bursary.

In addition, Dylan was the recipient of the Canto al Serchio award at this year’s Trench Award in Birr, Co. Offaly.

The concert will take place in St Joseph’s Church, Ballinree, Toomevara, on Saturday, December 21, and Sunday, December 22, at 8pm on both nights.

Tickets cost €20 and are available at Caseys Service Station in Toomevara, and Una’s Flowers, Friar Street, Nenagh. For information: phone 085-7079171.