Norwegian Navy Band to play in Finglas

Dublin has definitely been the leading city for diversity and entertainment this year

by Rose Barrett
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From Bruce Springsteen in May to local festivals, big GAA games, food festivals, then Taylor Swift and her Eras Tour to the Saw Doctors, Shania Twain and Nathan Carter, to Dublin Pride events, theatre shows and musicals – what has Dublin not staged this year?

The Royal Norwegian Navy Band’s woodwind ensemble is the answer! Because members of the band are coming to Dublin to play in St Canice’s Church, Finglas on Thursday, August 1 at 7.30pm. 

Band members play two flutes, one oboe, six clarinets, one bassoon and two saxophones. Their repertoire includes baroque, romantic, Norwegian and Irish music and all the arrangements are by members of the group. 

Finglas has significant Viking links and in 2004 the buried remains of a late 9th century Viking woman was found beside St Canice’s Medieval graveyard with oval brooches, a wooden casket and a hair comb. The woman was between 25 and 35 years old when she died and recent research on her remains indicate a strong Norwegian connection. 

Like the big performers Bruce Springsten and Taylor Swift, the Navy Band has been here before when their brass quintet visited Clontarf in 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1. They returned in 2017 for two peace concerts and the dedication of a Peace Tree in St Anne’s Park. Now they will perform at St Canice’s Church, Finglas. All welcome to attend.

Tickets costing €5 each are available in the Parish Shop, Finglas or at the door on the night and the proceeds will support the Finglas Suicide Network and Rising Voices Dementia Choir. The Rising Voices Choir will also perform at the concert on Thursday, August 1. 

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