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Home 2008 Events

Midsummer Dinner and Opera

Council Hosts A MidSummer Night Dinner in Dublin
And A Concert Performance of An Irish Opera – The Bohemian Girl

Mezzo-Soprano Fiona Murphy
Mezzo-Soprano Fiona Murphy (daughter of Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy) who sang the role of The Gypsy Queen in the concert performance of The Bohemian Girl.

A spectacular evening of entertainment was on tap for the Council's 2008 MidSummer Gala evening when the Council hosted a concert performance of Michael William Balfe's Opera, The Bohemian Girl, presented in conjunction with the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) at its Ballsbridge Concert Hall. After the concert, a Gala black-tie dinner was held at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The opera performance was the third and final part of a trilogy celebrating the founding of the RDS 275 years ago. Council President Michael J. Gibbons, in his welcoming remarks, said "The Council is delighted to partner with our friends in the Royal Dublin Society in this staging of the third and final part of a trilogy of performances celebrating this important anniversary of the Society's founding. We are very pleased to use this occasion to herald the bonds of friendship between America and Ireland. I wish especially to thank the President of the Society, Dr. Tony Scott and President-Emeritus Dr. Austin Mescal and their many colleagues at the RDS who have made such detailed preparations in the staging of tonight's performance."

President Gibbons also made special mention for thanks of the conductor of the concert, Proinsias Ó Duinn, in addition to the talented and celebrated performers, singers, musicians and narrator. The participation of Our Lady's Choral Society was also singled out for praise.

At the dinner following the opera, staged at The Four Seasons Hotel, the President of the Council's Ireland Chapter, Brian Goggin welcomed Council members and guests with a special welcome extended to visitors from the United States.

He added "This is a notable occasion also because tonight's Special Concert Performance of Michael William Balfe's The Bohemian Girl helps mark this important 275th Birthday of The Royal Dublin Society. By happy coincidence, this year also marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth in Dublin of the opera's composer."

Brian Goggin also introduced a special award, which was made by Martin Cullen, TD - Ireland's Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism. The Council's Award was presented, in conjunction with the Irish Arts Review, to Ireland's greatest sculptor, John Behan, to mark his notable and outstanding contribution to the arts.



Council President Mike Gibbons
Council President Mike Gibbons welcomes the audience to the RDS Concert Hall just prior to the performance of The Bohemian Girl.
Ireland’s greatest sculptor, John Behan with the Chief Executive of the Irish Arts Review, Sonya Perkins.
Ireland’s greatest sculptor, John Behan with the Chief Executive of the Irish Arts Review, Sonya Perkins.


Michael & Mairéad Greene with Roddy Feely.
Michael & Mairéad Greene with Roddy Feely.
The splendid occasion was enjoyed by Sinead O'Doherty of Gerry Lombard Public Relations, Ita Cadwell, Lisa Wall and Kathy Carrigan.
The splendid occasion was enjoyed by Sinead O'Doherty of Gerry Lombard Public Relations, Ita Cadwell, Lisa Wall and Kathy Carrigan.


Council Board Member Tom Ryan on right, with guests Dr. Nicholas Walsh of The Blackrock Clinic and his wife Catherine.
Council Board Member Tom Ryan on right, with guests Dr. Nicholas Walsh of The Blackrock Clinic and his wife Catherine.
Council-member Dr. Michael Somers, his wife Dr. Deirdre Somers with John Corrigan
Council-member Dr. Michael Somers, his wife Dr. Deirdre Somers with John Corrigan, Director of Ireland’s National Pensions Reserve Fund at the National Treasury Management Agency


 Orchestra, chorus and principals delivered a memorable and engaging concert performance of Balfe’s work.
Orchestra, chorus and principals delivered a memorable and engaging concert performance of Balfe’s work.


Brian & Finula Goggin
Brian & Finula Goggin
Henry McGarvey seen with Minister Martin Cullen, Honoree John Behan and Brian Goggin.
At the presentation of the Council’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, Prudential Financial’s Chief Executive in Ireland, Henry McGarvey seen with Minister Martin Cullen, Honoree John Behan and Brian Goggin.


Cathy Gavigan, Marie O'Connor and Lorraine O’Dwyer
Cathy Gavigan, Marie O'Connor and Lorraine O’Dwyer


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