Fr Liam Lawton returns again to the National Concert Hall on 28 October 2008 to perform some of his best loved songs and new material accompanied by the Irish Session Orchestra.

Music Ministry

Following his ordination in 1984, Fr. Liam served in Carlow Cathedral Parish and Knockbeg College before the late Bishop Ryan gave him the opportunity to pursue his music ministry full-time; a ministry that Bishop Moriarty has continued to endorse and support.

His music has been used in such places as the Vatican, The White House and The Chicago Symphony Hall. Liam’s mass settings and other liturgical pieces are used by choirs all over the English speaking world. His work has been translated into Spanish, German and Swedish.

In March 2004 Liams talents were recognized by recording giant EMI who signed him for a number of albums. His EMI debut Another World was released in Ireland later that year featuring guest artists as Brian Kennedy, The Celtic Tenors, Fionnuala Sherry of Secret Garden, Moya Brennan, Eimear Quinn, Roisin OReilly amongst others. This album achieved double platinum status and was followed by his second album Time which also was hugely successful. Time was recorded with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the beautiful city of Prague with arrangements by well known Chicago Symphony arranger Gary Fry. Liams third album Christmas Song includes a collection of Liams own favourite Christmas pieces with some new original music also.

For more information –

Psalm 122


It is planned that Liam’s setting of Psalm 122 will be used in our Advent liturgies this year because the line from the Psalm – ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ is one of the motifs for our Christmas REACH OUT Holy Land project.

Upcoming workshop – 1st February 2009 in Carlow Cathedral

Liam is a tremendous supporter of music ministry in our diocese. He regularly leads our local music/liturgy workshops and takes charge of the diocesan choir. Please note – Next rehearsal –
13th November at 8pm at Ballycane Church, Naas to prepare for 175th anniversary Mass in Carlow Cathedral on Sat 29th Nov at 6.15pm.

In January, Liam has arranged that the American composers Marty Haugen and Tony Alonso will conduct some workshops here in Ireland including one in Carlow Cathedral on Sunday 1st February. Marty Haugen is probably the most prolific and best respected composer of Church music in the U.S. today while Tony Alonso works as a composer especially with young people. On the previous Friday night – 30 January – there will be an evening of song at the newly renovated St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church, Portlaoise.

Tour Dates October-December 2008

Along with the concert in the National Concert Hall (NCH) on October 28th, Liam is performing at a range of venues up and down the country between now and Christmas. The schedule includes Clane Parish Church (Decmber 7th) and Graiguecullen Parish Hall (December 20th)

October 28th –
NCH Dublin
Tickets: or Tel +353 (0)1 417 0077

November 8th –
Dominican college Wicklow
Tickets: Contact 0404 68111

November 14th –
The Venue Theatre, Ratoath
Tickets: The Venue Theatre Box office
Tel: 01 6895600 or

November 21st –
The Maritime Hotel,Bantry
Tickets: Contact Nora @ 086 1948074
or Hotel reception @ 027 54700

November 28th –
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Derry
Tickets: (028)071 342303 or from The Republic Of Ireland Tel: (048) 71 342303

December 3rd –
Radisson SAS Hotel, Galway
(Christmas Gala night for Cro The West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation)
Tickets: Contact Mary : 085 1490320 or Hotel Reception Tel: 091 538 300

December 4th –
UCH, Limerick
(Charity night for Children first)
Tickets: or Box office Tel: 061 331549

December 5th –
St. Anne’s Parish, Sligo
Tickets: Tel: 071 9145028

December 7th –
Clane Parish Church
Tickets: Tel: 086 0619086.

Also Available at:
The Parish Office
Clane and Prosperous
Q & M Menswear
Clane and Marron’s Pharmacy
Mardec Clothing, Naas

December 8th –
St. Paul’s Church Glenageary ,Dublin
(In Aid of The Suzanne House, St. John of God Hospitaller Services)
Tickets: Contact Martha Fealy @ 086 8801421

December 10th –
Killarney Cathedral

December 12th –
Eniscorthy Catheadral
Tickets :Contact Kathleen @ 087 6873682

December 14th –
Tickets :Contact John @ 087 9394484

December 15th & 16th –
Solice Art Centre, Navan
Tickets: Solstice Box Office at (046) 909 2300

December 17th –
Church of the Holy Family,Kiltimagh
Tickets: Tel 094 9374600

Also available from:
Mick Higgins, Main St, Kiltimagh
Mayo School of Music, Kiltimagh
Foxford Pharmacy
Bohola Post Office
White House Swinford
Tarpeys Kilkelly
Roaches Balla

December 19th –
St Cianans Church, Duleek
Tickets: T.B.A

December – 20th –
Graiguecullen Parish Hall
Tickets: T.B.A.