A special evening is in store for music-lovers in St Muredach’s Cathedral on Fri April 6th. Renowned Ballina tenor, Gda Alan McGinty, is headlining an Anthony Golden Concert in aid of the Anthony Golden Community Park, Ballina. The park will be a community and sporting facility. Comprising of an all-weather football astro pitch, hurling wall and a community centre, it will facilitate all ages. This park is a fitting tribute to the life of Garda Anthony Golden, a native of Ballina. In 2015, in uniform and unarmed, he died in the line of duty serving his country.
Alan McGinty is a member of An Garda Síochána stationed in Dublin. He will be joined in the concert by his colleagues in the St Muredach’s Cathedral choir. The beautiful choir of Culleens N.S., where Tony Golden went to school, will also be performing. The cathedral choir’s superb soloists and talented instrumentalists will also feature. Musical director for the evening is Regina Deacy and accompanist is David Caulfield.
Alan McGinty started singing in St Muredach’s Cathedral when he was 17 years old with the Cathedral choir. He quickly became recognised as a talented soloist within the choir and as a cantor with Mrs Patsy Doherty. He has since sang solo many times with the choir in their concerts. Along with soprano Debbie McCole, he has wowed the crowds with his Italian opera renditions at the Ballina Salmon Festival’s International Evening. His greatest moment to date was singing with the Garda Band at the festival’s Heritage Day, gaining accolades nationally.
Having the Anthony Golden Community Park in Ballina will be a wonderful reminder of the life of Anthony Golden. As a result, people are advised not to miss this very special night of music. Tickets are €15 and are available at Ballina Garda Station, Rouses Pub, Culleens N.S., Timmy McGrath’s and Ballina Tourist Office. Ph 089 2406124 for more information. Doors open at 7.30pm, concert starts at 8pm.