Music in the Church
With the decline of traditional music in pubs - caused in part by the decline in drinking culture, stricter drink-driving laws and the intrusion of sports television into every pub in Ireland - the music needs to find new places to flourish.
A venerable gentleman in Galway has come up with the idea of music in the church and has been running sessions in St Nicholas of Myra in that city with much success. Here’s a link: http://www.tunesinthechurch.com/
It would be a great thing if other churches could also be used for similar events. There are hundreds of fine buildings throughout the country with great acoustics and, let’s face it, with dwindling customers.
I was at a funeral recently for a musician in a local church and there was a great session with half a dozen relatives and friends belting out jigs and reels between the prayers and the readings and it was a wonderful thing. It means that the Catholic Church has no objection in principle to allowing music in its churches and all we need is the spark.