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271st anniversary of Handel's Messiah marked in Dublin

Our Lady’s Choral Society performed ‘Messiah on the Street’ onDublin’s Fishamble Street, where it was first performed in 1742.

Hallelujah Rings Through Capital's Cultural Quarter for Handel's Day 2013.
Hallelujah Rings Through Capital's Cultural Quarter for Handel's Day 2013.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

DUBLIN’S CULTURAL QUARTER celebrated the 271st anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s Messiah earlier today, which was first performed on Dublin’s Fishamble Street.

Our Lady’s Choral Society (OLCS) performed ‘Messiah on the Street’ in the Old City area of Temple Bar, ahead of tomorrow’s free celebration concert in The Church of Adam & Eve, Merchant’s Quay.

Starting at 6.30pm, the OLCS will perform the free concert in aid of the Merchant’s Quay Project and Focus Ireland.


(Pictured are members of Our Lady’s Choral Society performing ‘Messiah on the Street’. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

Speaking at today’s event, Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí said that the streets of the old city in Temple Bar provided “the perfect setting for this annual historic day of fun for all the family.”

“Handel definitely picked the best city in the world to premier his most famous piece and it’s great to see the on-going appreciation for this beautiful musical work,” he said.


(Roan Smyth, aged 4, from Dun Laoghaire pictured as members of Our Lady’s Choral Society performed ‘Messiah on the Street’. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

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