IEC2012 reveals Headliners and Hosts for Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Wednesday June 06, 2012. A number of world class Irish acts and well known hosts will participate in the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) which takes place in Dublin from 10th until 17th June.
The Three Tenors will perform at the opening ceremony in the RDS on Sunday 10th June. They will feature alongside the Palestrina Choir, Our Lady of Victories Choir, and The Maynooth Gospel Choir among many more.
International trio The Priests, Fuaimlaoi, award winning soprano Celine Byrne, and world renowned composer Father Liam Lawton are among the acts that will feature alongside the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the closing ceremony taking place at Croke Park on Sunday 17th June.
Speaking ahead of their performance at Statio Orbis the closing ceremony, Father Eugene O’Hagan of The Priests said: “Singing at the closing Mass will be a thrilling but daunting experience. The IEC comes at a critical time in people’s lives in Ireland. The IEC will strengthen our faith, our vision and our commitment to make real what we believe is at the heart of the Eucharist. We will be with so many pilgrims and it will be a unique experience for us and we’ll be that little bit more nervous and anxious to give of our very best.”
Celine Byrne who has performed with the world’s best orchestras and conductors in venues as prestigious as Covent Garden and Carnegie Hall said: “My faith means a lot to me and to be invited to participate in the International Eucharist Congress is both an honour and a blessing for which I am grateful.”
The Opening Ceremony on 10th June will be hosted on the arena stage by RTÉ newscaster Bryan Dobson along with TG4 presenter Roisin Ní Thomain. Events commence at 1pm and continue until 4.45pm. Events will be broadcast live on RTÉ.
The closing ceremony, Statio Orbis, in Croke Park on 17th June will be hosted by Liveline presenter Joe Duffy and newscaster Eileen Dunne. Events commence at 1pm and run until 5.15. This event will also be broadcast live on RTÉ.
During the week a selection of presenters will take to the arena stage, including broadcaster Joe O’Shea, TV3 newscaster Siobhan Bastible, Spirit Radio presenter Rónán Johnston, broadcaster Brenda Power and TV3 presenter Paul Connolly.
Throughout the week music will be heard from Ireland’s top intercultural choral group Discovery Gospel Choir, who have performed for the Rev Dr Jesse Jackson, and the Dalai Lama.