Saturday, March 27, 2010

City Facts about Killarney

A beautiful landscape will welcome the Occidental College Glee Club when the singers stop over in Killarney during their 2010 Ireland Performance Tour with Incantato.
Killarney (from the Irish: "Cill Airne" meaning "church of sloes") is a town in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The town is located north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks, on the northeastern shore of the Lough Lein/Leane which are part of Killarney National Park. The town and its surrounding region are home to St. Mary's Cathedral, Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, Lakes of Killarney, Torc Waterfall and Gap of Dunloe. Killarney was awarded the "Best Kept Town" award for 2007 in a cross-border competition jointly organised by the Department of the Environment and the Northern Ireland Amenity Council. Owing to its natural heritage, history and proximity to the Dingle Peninsula, Skellig Michael island and its location on the Ring of Kerry, Killarney is a popular tourist destination.
"There's only the one Killarney" is a song that was recorded by Irish tenor, Patrich O'Hagan. The song was written by Irish songwriter, Dick Farrelly, who wrote the words & music. Killarney appears in another song, titled, "How Can you buy Killarney", written by Kennedy, Steels, Grant and Morrison, the song was recorded by Joseph Locke among others.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

City Facts about Cork

The Occidental College Glee Club will enjoy some great time in the Irish city of Cork with Incantato Tours. Let's have a closer look at this destination:

Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the island of Ireland's third most populous city. It is the principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city in the province of Munster. Cork has a population of 119,143, while the addition of the suburban areas contained the county brings the total to 190,384. Cork has a reputation for rebelliousness dating back to the town's support of the English Pretender Perkin Warbeck in 1491 following the Wars of the Roses. As a result, County Cork has earned the nickname of "the Rebel County", while Corkonians often refer to the city as the "real capital of Ireland", and themselves as the "Rebels". The city is built on the River Lee which divides into two channels at the western end of the city. The city centre is located on the island created by the channels. At the eastern end of the city centre they converge; and the Lee flows around Lough Mahon to Cork Harbour, one of the world's largest natural harbours. The city is a major Irish seaport; there are quays and docks along the banks of the Lee on the city's east side.
Music, theatre, dance, film and poetry all play a prominent role in Cork city life. The Cork School of Music and the Crawford College of Art and Design provide a constant throughput of new blood, as do the active theatre components of many courses at University College Cork (UCC). Highlights include: Corcadorca Theatre Company, of which Cillian Murphy was a troupe member prior to Hollywood fame; Cork Film Festival, a major supporter of the art of the short film; The Institute for Choreography and Dance, a national contemporary dance resource; the Triskel Arts Centre; Cork Jazz Festival; the Cork Academy of Dramatic Art (CADA).

Monday, March 15, 2010

Your Home away from Home: Carlton Hotel Galway City

When the Occidental College Glee Club stops in Galway, the singers, their family and friends arestaying at the Carlton Hotel Galway City.

The 3-Star Carlton Hotel Galway City is located 5 minutes from Galway City Centre. Galway is well known for it's great shopping and good food with plenty to see and do, including a great nightlife of dancing, concerts, funfairs, festivals and much more. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in public areas and free high speed internet access in bedrooms. You can have dinner at Rueben's Restaurant or grab a snack at Bar Solo. The rooms are equipped with a laptop size safe, a hairdryer and a Tea/Coffee Station.

The pictures are from the official hotel website.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Occidental College Glee Club meet the Galway Gospel Choir and a Norway Choir in Galway on Thursday, May 20 at 7.30 PM

Incantato Tours has arranged a very special event for the Occidental College Glee Club: They will join forces with the Galway Gospel Choir and a Norway Choir for a highlight exchange concert in Galway on Thursday, May 20 at 7.30 PM.
The venue is the beautiful Galway Franciscans Abbey. 'The Abbey' was founded in 1296. In 1781 the church was rebuilt and around 1836 the present building was opened.
Here is a picture of the Galway Gospel Choir, which you will meet in Galway:

The above picture is from the offical website of the Galway Gospel Choir.