Coastal choir represents Cornish singing and mining at Irish gathering
A COASTAL choir has represented the county’s singing and mining heritage in Ireland.
Cape Cornwall Singers recently returned from a trip to Allihies in the southwest of the country where they performed as part of an Irish tourism initiative called The Gathering.
The choir’s participation was part of the island’s push to send its residents overseas to be part of specially organised sessions, events and festivals in celebration of culture, history and genealogy.
Chairman Keith Giddens said his west Penwith group was invited due to Cornwall and Allihies having strong mining ties.
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He explained many of the county’s workers crossed the Irish sea in the 1800s to assist in the development of six copper mines.
Mr Giddens said the trip meant a lot: “To be able to sing in recognition of the contribution of the Cornish actually at this principal mine was a truly emotional experience for all involved."
Mr Giddens added the choir was met with “immense hospitality” and two highlights of the tour were singing to a packed audience of nearly 300 at the main concert, as well as an impromptu performance at a mine overlooking the village.