Cór Chúil Aodha.
Founded by Seán Ó Riada in 1964. Its original
was to sing at liturgical services in Cúil Aodha Church.
after its inception it started also to sing as a ‘claisceadal’ or
singing group which then commenced singing in public from the late
up to today. Some of their first public performances were at the
or Irish language Festival of traditions and songs.
In 1964, O Riada began arranging the mass for choir and organ (for
congregational singing) as the Second Vatican council was ending.
This work was at
the encouragement and aided by his friend an t-Athair D. O Concubhair
Thus, a vernacular version of the Mass was read, made and sung in
shortly after it became possible due to the dramatic changes wrought by
early sixties meeting of the worlds Catholic Bishops in
This Mass was first performed outside its home in Cúil Aodha
the Choir celebrated Mass in Maynooth College - Dr Tomás
Fiach being the celebrant. It was later recorded in the Dominican
Tallaght, Dublin. This recording is still available today.
After O Riada’s death on 3/10/’71 the choir came under the direction of
his son Peadar who still maintains that same position today. Many
illustrious names from the world of Irish Sean Nós singing and
Poetry have been
associated with this choir and the choir has been frequently called
to due duty at various occasions of historical importance. Their
have been limited to the churches and halls of Ireland with the one
exception of the Purcell Rooms of London, England. They have
become better known
through their regular television appearances.
Cór Chúil Aodha sing the Mass every Sunday and Church
Holiday in Cúil Aodha at 10:00 am. At present
they usually sing Seán Ó Riada's 'Aifreann 11' with
additional new material from Peadar Ó Riada. This
new material adds a constantly growing repertoire.
If trying to book the choir for a Mass or concert performance the
contact person is Cathal Ó Riada at Baile Mhic Corcoráin,
Cluan Droichead, MaighCromtha, Co Chorcaighe, Ireland (353 26 44117)
The Choir always travels to Co Clare for the Willy Clancy Summer School
and perform at the closing concert and at the Mass on the following
Sunday morning. This Festival is held during the beginning of
July every year.
The choir performs a limited number on concerts during the year both at
home and abroad. Last years foray was to the town of Zwolle
in Holland were we enjoyed a great weekend. We performed a
concert on the Saturday evening and a church concert on the
Sunday. The Dutch were a very nice and warm audience and
the choir really enjoyed that particular trip.
Here are some photo's kindly passed on by peter dees of the
Pict 1 of
Zwolle evening concert ('04)
1 of Zwolle Church concert ('04)
1 of choir in Cúil Aodha church ('04)
Pict 1 of Peadar in
Cúil Aodha ('04)
"Aifreann 1" 1967
"Go mBeannaithear Duit" 1987
"Ceol 's Cibeal" 1974
“O Riada Retrospective” 1987
“Bringing it all back home”
“Amidst these Hills” 1992
“Winds gentle whisper” 1995