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Commemorative Recital World War 1 - Tuesday 26th Nov 1pm in Aula Maxima - Great Success

20 Nov 2013

The 4th annual lunchtime concert commemorating the impact of First World War in UCC took place on Tuesday 26th November in the Aula Maxima. 



This is just to say a big Thank You to everyone who made the commemorative concert possible – UCC staff team, performers, supporters and audience.   It went very well and all who were able to attend on the day seemed to enjoy themselves.  Thank you also to all those who emailed or spoke to me expressing their enjoyment or regret at not being able to make it on the day – all much appreciated.  


The organising group was a ‘Town and Gown’ initiative, with people from UCC and from the city of Cork,  generously supported by members of the School of History since the first concert.   The contributors were also a combination of UCC and external performers, without whose unpaid efforts there would be no concert.


A special thanks is due to the departments of Italian and German, whose students performed a song in Italian and a poem in German.  These were very well received and it was great to see our present students remembering their predecessors.  I hope that we can continue and expand the student contribution in future.


Finally, I would like to remember our late colleague, Tomas O Canainn RIP, who played the uilleann pipes at last year’s concert during the reading of the names of UCC’s casualties from ‘the War to end all Wars’.   His rendition of ‘Mise Eire’ was a beautiful accompaniment to the roll-call of our staff and alumni who never again came home for Christmas.      


Kind regards,

Michael Holland.

Buildings and Estates Office

Foirgnimh agus Eastáit

Western Road, Cork