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The Darkest Midnight from the Irish World Academy in support of Rape Crisis Midwest on November 25



The Darkest Midnight  From left to right  – Mary McLaughlin (Singer), Emma Kate Langford (Sionna Vocal Ensemble), Dr. Sandra Joyce (Director, Irish World Academy), Femke van der Kooij (Sionna Vocal Ensemble), Joni O Sullivan (Rape Crisis Midwest) & Hannah Fahey (Sionna Vocal Ensemble). Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22.

The Darkest Midnight is an evening of song, poetry and carols from the Irish World Academy in support of Rape Crisis Midwest which will take place on Wednesday November 25 at 8pm.

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick is delighted to announce an evening of song, poetry and carols in support of Rape Crisis Midwest. The concert will take place on Thursday, 25th November in Theatre 1 of the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick.

Following the success of last years concert the Irish World Academy will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland and this fantastic musical experience is guaranteed to get everyone in the festive spirit with a series of incredible performances and a mulled wine reception.


A number of exceptional artists and ensembles will feature that evening including the Kathleen Turner, the Bavad Gospel Choir, Denise Chaila, Cantoral Chant Ensemble, Róisni Ni Ghallóglaigh, Sandra Joyce, Sionna Vocal Ensemble, Diane Daly, Yonit Kosovske, the Irish World Academy Choir and many others. Students from the BA Voice and Dance, BA Irish Music and Dance, MA Irish Traditional Music Performance and MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance will also perform while students from the MA Festive Arts programme will be on hand to help produce the event as part of their module in festival development and production. This MA programme is all about designing and creating exciting events, and they are more than happy to get involved with this very important cause.

Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann, course director of the MA Festive Arts Programme said “The MA Festive Arts class are helping to produce the event, making sure that the Irish World Academy building is transformed for a night of magical performance and song”.

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 civil engagement”

All proceeds from the 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.

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance is the centre of academic and performance excellence housed at the University of Limerick, Ireland. It attracts academics and practitioners from around the globe and has come to find its true home on the banks of the river Shannon. The Irish World Academy offers a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in music, dance and related subject areas. Its research is at the forefront of these fields of enquiry worldwide. Founded in 1994 on the appointment of Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin as first Chair of Music at the University of Limerick, it occupies a central position in artistic and scholarly research and education in Ireland and internationally.

Tickets can be purchased from the University Concert Hall box office on 061 331549 or here.

Tickets €15/Conc.€12

VIP Tickets €30 and this includes private reception and performance by the artists at 7pm

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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.