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PHOTOS – St Marys Cathedral celebrates Europe Day with Ode2Joy Challenge Flashmob

Ode2Joy Challenge Flashmob took place in St Marys Cathedral, to celebrate Europe Day. Picture: Sophie Goodwin/ilovelimerick

St Marys Cathedral celebrates Europe Day with Ode2Joy Challenge Flashmob

Saint Marys Cathedral, Limerick celebrated Europe Day (9th  May) with an Ode2Joy Challenge Flashmob in the Cathedral of nearly 300 people.  The assembled crowd gathered from all walks of Limerick life and included Cllr Stephan Keary, Mayor of Limerick,  MEP Mr Sean Kelly in the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral to sing a portion of the European Anthem – Beethoven’s famous ‘Ode to Joy’.





Ode2Joy Challenge Flashmob

Rev’d Niall Sloane, Mayor of Limerick City and County Stephen Keary, MEP Sean Kelly and Director of the Hunt Museum Jill Cousin at the Ode2Joy Challenge Flashmob in St Mary’s Cathedral. Picture: Sophie Goodwin/ilovelimerick.

The event was held in response to a Ode2Joy challenge flashmob from Maestro Plácido Domingo President of Europa Nostra, on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.


The  Cathedral, which is celebrating it’s  850th anniversary this year, was packed to capacity for the event which included school, college and university students and celebrated the rich diversity of cultures present in Limerick.

Commenting on the event, the Dean, the Very Rev’d Niall J. Sloane, said ‘The City of Limerick and Saint Mary’s welcomes every nationality from all over the world.   The city which is the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way stands as one of the most Westerly cities in Europe and yet is proud to have possibly, every European nation represented in the City.  Today’s event highlights what a small planet we are and celebrates the rich and beautiful cultures of most parts of Europe.   Saint Mary’s has over its long history welcomed people from all over the world and today we had the opportunity, through music, to unite, sing and proclaim that all of us are ‘Eines Freundes Freund’ (a friend’s friend)”.

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Pictures: Sophie Goodwin/ilovelimerick

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.