A special fund-raising concert in aid of the proposed Carlow Hospice will take place in Carlow Cathedral on Sat 7th Nov at 8pm.


Carlow Hospice

The concert is being held in aid of the County Carlow Hospice Charity which was formed in January 2009 and it is their mission that those in the county Carlow community suffering with terminal illnesses are provided with a care setting which enables dignity and comfort in their final days and is currently working towards raising funds to build a five bed hospice unit in Carlow.

for more information – www.countycarlowhospice.com


  • Saturday November 7th 2009 at 8pm
  • The Cathedral, College Street, Carlow
  • Tickets: 30 on sale from The Seven Oaks Hotel

The Concert will feature Aspiros performance of The Armed Man’, choral and orchestral recital with a very special performance by guitarist Alec OLeary.

Aspiro, led by artistic director and founder Mary Amond OBrien is best described as a music phenomenon that has mesmorised audiences nationally and internationally.

Alec O’ Leary is widely regarded as one of the foremost guitarists of his generation, Alec has spent many years studying guitar with Irish virtuoso John Feeley at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama and has had personal tuition from some of the world’s most distinguished musicians, including Manuel Barreuco, Scott Tennant, Sergio Assad, Roberto Aussel and Roland Dyens. He has also studied in Naples with Maestro Aniello Desiderio aided by the Arts Council Travel and Training Award.

‘The Armed Man’ Mass for Peace

The Armed Man is the name of a Mass by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, subtitled “A Mass for Peace”. The piece was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds for the Millennium celebrations and was initially dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis.

Armed Man: A Mass for Peace was premiered at The Royal Albert Hall, London on April 25 2000, performed by The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, National Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Julian Lloyd Webber and conducted by Grant Llewellyn.