Jordanstown Concert Recalls Wartime Sacrifices


At the concert are, from left: The Revd Canon Nigel Baylor, rector; Thomas Hogg, Mayor of Newtownabbey Borough; Jonathan Rea, New Irish Arts; Etta Halliday, New Irish Arts; and the Revd Jonny Campbell–Smyth, curate.

As part of the 100th anniversary commemorations of World War I, St Patrick’s, Jordanstown hosted a concert with the New Irish Choir and Orchestra called ‘Greater Love.’

The concert, on 7 November, included music and true stories reflecting on the lives of Irish men and women who gave so much for others from 1914–1918.

New Irish Choir

A packed audience toe–tapped to well–known songs like It’s a long way to Tipperary, Colonel Bogey and Pack up your Troubles. The real stories of lives lost were gently weaved in and out of the music, climaxing with a reflection on Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Also present were the Mayor of Newtownabbey and representatives from the Whiteabbey Branch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, which received the profits from the event.

Jordanstown curate and event organiser, the Revd Jonny Campbell–Smyth, said: “It was wonderful to see the church completely full, and to hear such positive feedback about the evening.

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