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Hitting high note: Choir's message of hope for migrants

Group boasts 100 members from 24 different countries

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Jelvon Doran, of Kilworth, north Co Cork via Antigua and the UK, sings on the choir’s video

Jelvon Doran, of Kilworth, north Co Cork via Antigua and the UK, sings on the choir’s video

Jelvon Doran, of Kilworth, north Co Cork via Antigua and the UK, sings on the choir’s video

A choir with 100 members from 24 countries has remotely recorded a multilingual Christmas carol to offer a festive message of hope.

The group released the song on social media for those left stranded away from home during the lockdown.

Fermoy International Choir, which was founded by Graham Clifford and Lisa Dunphy, recorded their version of Silent Night for Irish people who cannot get home and for new Irish citizens worried about relatives and friends in their native countries.

As part of the recording, special Christmas greetings were included in more than a dozen languages for loved ones in countries including Brazil, Poland and China.

Choir members also designed special Christmas cards.

The choir was set up two years ago to reflect the fact that one in four people now living in Fermoy, Co Cork, were born outside Ireland.

Mr Clifford said they wanted to do something to show solidarity with those away from home.

Many choir members are missing loved ones who are overseas and unable to return to Ireland for the festive season.

Others are unable to return to their home countries.

"This project, though a huge logistical challenge, has given our town a big lift," Mr Clifford said.

"There were a lot of tears shed in the making of this song and video.

"So many had loved ones away - sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

"Not to forget others, originally from elsewhere, who won't be able to see their friends and family in their home country."

Motto

The choir regularly gives multilingual performances.

With 23pc of Fermoy's population born outside Ireland, the choir has adopted the motto "One Town, One Voice".

Silent Night was recorded, under current health and safety guidelines, at the Blackwater Studios in Glanworth, Co Cork.

The choir has been backed by the Government's Community Integration Fund 2021.

The recording can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGYuvJZS34Q


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