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Sunshine welcomes Bealtaine Dawn Chorus

Waterford Libraries annual Bealtaine programme got off to a great start in glorious sunshine at the Dawn Chorus event this morning in the beautiful surrounds of Dunmore East Library at Fisherman’s Hall…an uplifting setting for an uplifting event!

In another first for Waterford Libraries, Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Choir was chosen as the Bealtaine Flagship Choir for a packed programme of Dawn / Dusk Chorus events. The Dawn Chorus is a nationwide Choral event in which older people come together with a choir in their locality to welcome the day and the season.

The event was officially launched by Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary.  The mayor was joined by over 100 people who gathered in the early morning sunshine for a melodic choral performance by the Library Bealtaine Choir led by Anne Woodworth.

Andrew Doherty of Tides and Tales performed his magic mix of nostalgia, history, and fantastical tales through spoken word. The event was followed by refreshments and a great opportunity to chat with friends, old and new.

The Bealtaine Choir will perform a dusk chorus in the sensory garden of Carrickphiersh Library. The garden opened in September 2022 and is an accessible space that is sensory rich, welcoming, and engaging for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy with their families and friends.

This will take place on Thursday 25th May at 6pm and all are welcome. If you can’t make it in person, the event will be livestreamed on the Bealtaine Facebook page.

The Bealtaine Festival is a partnership with Age and Opportunity, Sing Ireland and Waterford City and County Council.

For more details about Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Programme visit or email


Images attached: DGM Photographic

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