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The Darkest Midnight 2017 takes place in support of Rape Crisis Midwest

The Darkest Midnight 2017 takes place in support of Rape Crisis Midwest

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick is delighted to announce The Darkest Midnight 2017, an evening of song, poetry, and music in support of Rape Crisis Midwest. The concert will take place on Thursday, November 16 at 8 pm in Theatre 1 of the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick.

Following the success of last year’s concert the Irish World Academy will once again provide this fanatic musical experience with a series of incredible performances by a number of exceptional artists and ensembles including the Irish World Academy Gospel Choir, Sionna Vocal Ensemble, Mel Mercier and Oscar Mascarenas, Irish World Academy Choir, Sandra Joyce, Niall Keegan, Conal O’Cane, Cantoral Chant Ensemble and MA Ritual Chant and Song students, Garret Baker, Sean O’Neill, Padraic Di Fusco and Gerard O’Hanlon. 

Miriam Duffy, Executive Director Rape Crisis Midwest, said “We are so pleased that the Irish World Academy has organised this fantastic concert once again. It was an incredible night last year and we are very much looking forward to it. It not only raises much-needed funds but also helps us to raise awareness. This event is very symbolic for Rape Crisis Midwest, as the title of the event – ‘The Darkest Midnight’,  reflects the time of year we are facing and also, the feeling of many men and women when they come to us for help – with support and counselling, hope prevails and the dawn arrives.


Dr. Sandra Joyce, Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, said “We are absolutely delighted to support the important work of Rape Crisis Midwest again this year with a concert showcasing the vocal and musical talent of our students, faculty, and alumni. This event is an example of our continued commitment to community outreach and civic engagement”

All proceeds from The Darkest Midnight event will go towards the provision of services at Rape Crisis Midwest and all artists on the evening will provide their services free of charge. There will also be a mulled wine reception following the event.

Tickets can be purchased from the University Concert Hall box office on 061 331549 or and cost €10/ concessions €8.

To find out more about Rape Crisis Midwest click here

To read our story on last years Darkest Midnight event click here

To find out more about the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance click here






Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.