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The Markievicz Minstrels choir was formed in 2012 and performed for the first time at the Christmas Party in Markievicz House, Sligo that year.
The choir has a core of about 30 to 40 HSE staff members including representation from a range of HSE Sligo/Leitrim Community Services including General Management, Finance,IT Services, Public Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Intellectual Disability Services, Physical and Sensory, Dental, Mental Health, Social Work, Area Medical Service, Social Care, Early Intervention, Home Support, and Clerical Officers.According to Maureen Howley, Choirmaster and Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing Sligo/Leitrim ' The broad range of staff representation means that, as well as sharing the joy of singing, the choir have friends in lots of different Community Care Services.
"We all agree that singing together is a very unique experience and well worth the effort. I have always sung in choirs or as part of Musical Theatre Groups and felt that the joy of singing together would be an ideal way to lift our spirits and relieve some of the work related stress. When we sang last year in the Hawkswell Theatre we had 16 different Community Care departments represented . This year we are delighted to welcome five new members to the choir.Venture
Rehearsals are weekly at lunch time and then one evening each week from the beginning of November. Their most recent venture was to sing at the launch of the Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) Area 1 Flu Campaign in the Ballyshannon Health Campus.
Maureen added ' I believe that singing can be a very effective way in which to communicate a message as well as being a lot of fun. I love to write lyrics for different occasions and find a suitable musical backing track to accompany the choir. We always use backing tracks for our Christmas Concert which allows us to avail of a full orchestra, brass band or single violin at the touch of a button!Their next performance will be in the Hawkswell Theatre on Saturday 26th November as part of Sligo Sings.
The choir took part last year and all really enjoyed the experience of singing on stage and meeting other choirs. The choir will also be performing at the annual Christmas party in Markievicz House.