Balbriggan Gospel Choir group photo
The choir's founders: Dave Flood, Ciaran Melia, Jonathon Collins, Edel Murray, Jayne Robinson and Sharon Kelly

A mum-of-four has told how she’s found new purpose in her life – thanks to singing with a Gospel choir.

Jayne Robinson (35) from Balbriggan was in the depths of depression when the idea of setting up a singing group came to her late last year.

Encouraged by pals she put out the word seeking members and together with co-founder Sharon Kelly has seen the choir swell in numbers to well over 100 members.

Former soldier Jayne told Dublin Gazette: “I was feeling very down. I was lost and I didn’t know what to do with myself.

“I’d always loved music because it lifts you up when you’re feeling low. Three months ago I was so negative I didn’t even want to leave the house. But now the feeling of joy I get is just amazing.”

The newly-formed Balbriggan Gospel Choir is the talk of the town and Jayne says she’s inundated with requests from people looking to join its ranks.

There were well over 100 people at its inaugural rehearsal in the Bracken Court Hotel
last week and members are already working towards their first public performance in
March.

Dave Flood, who is also involved with the High Hopes Choir for the homeless, is director
with support from local musicians Ciaran Melia and Edel Murray.

Jayne said: “Members are from all faiths and all communities. We have people coming
down from Laytown in Meath and our drummer travels over from Lucan.

“It’s a great way of socialising but we’re also striving to be the best we can. People have been telling me they’ve never felt so happy as when they’re in that room.

“I’m on cloud nine. To go from being so unhappy to have found your place in life, it’s like
a dream. I used to sing in front of the mirror as a kid but who’d have thought it could lead to this?”

Anyone interested in joining can come along to rehearsals on Wednesdays from 7pm to
8.30pm in the Bracken Court Hotel or visit the Facebook page, Balbriggan Gospel Choir.