21 May 2013

Fitzgerald Sings Youth Band’s Praises

Local T.D. and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, attended Clondalkin Youth Band’s Gala Concert this week in the Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin. Clondalkin Youth Band played host to over 200 members of Ohio University’s Wind Ensemble and Marching Band, who are on a European Tour, and delighted a packed audience with their musical skill.
“It was a great joy and privilege to witness the energy and talent of both our own Clondalkin Youth Band and Ohio University’s Wind Ensemble and Marching Bands. Ohio’s Marching Band got us off to a lively start and both Bands played a beautiful programme on the night. It was also particularly apt to welcome Ohio to Clondalkin in this, the year of the Gathering,” said Fitzgerald.
“Clondalkin Youth Band has been an integral part of our community for 27 years. They bring great pride to Clondalkin every time they play, whether it is at Championships, the St. Patrick’s Day parade or hearing them practice around the Village. In recognition of all the work they do, I was pleased to approve a €5,000 grants last year to them for musical instruments.

“My father founded a community band so I know the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. I would like to thank Band Leader, Vincent Dolan, and all the volunteers for the opportunities the Band have given young people in Clondalkin. It is also important to note the phenomenal support from parents and friends that has also been vital to Clondalkin Youth Band’s success over the years.
“I look forward to cheering on Clondalkin Youth Band for many more years to come and wish them the best of luck for the World Marching Band Championships in Holland this July,” concluded Fitzgerald.