Miriam O’Callaghanto lead Guinness World Record Attempt on Thursday 19th December 2013

‘Stars, Choirs & Carols’ will see over 500 choirs gather together @ Croke Park, in aid of Cliona’s Foundation and The Sanctuary

Event will be televised on RTÉ Television

Today Wednesday 18th saw Miriam O’Callaghan join Transition year students from theLarkin Community College, Dublin to launch a special event which will see Ireland and its carol singers sing their way into the Guinness Book of Records.

Stars, Choirs and Carols is a unique event which will take place in Dublin on Thursday 19th December 2013. The event will see over 500 adult and school choirs gather together under the Croke Park roof to break a Guinness World Record to become the world’s largest group of Christmas Carol singers whilst raising funds for two Irish charities.

Cliona’s Foundation, a unique charity providing financial assistance for families with critically ill children in Ireland, and The Sanctuary, a charity bringing stillness and harmony into peoples’ lives will both benefit from the event.

As Patron of Cliona’s Foundation, RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan will lead the record breaking event. ‘Stars, Choirs and Carols’, will feature choirs from all over Ireland performing alongside The Celtic Tenors, soprano Celine Byrne, the Dublin Gospel Choir, RTÉ’s Cór na nÓg, Tallaght Choral Society, the Army Number 1 band. And no stranger to the world of music – Louis Walsh will be lending a hand to the proceedings on the night- more stars will be released in the coming months.

Speaking about ‘Stars, Choirs and Carols’, Miriam O’Callaghan said:

“Stars, Choirs and Carols promises to be an unforgettable festive evening of carols and fun while at the same time helping to support the work of two unique charities – all performing Christmas favourites, old and new. Cliona’s Foundation which gives a financial lifeline to families with a critically ill child and the Sanctuary which brings peace, calm and hope to the lives of thousands of people including the most vulnerable young people in our society”

Stars, Choirs and Carol is the brainchild of Richard Mulcahy who appeared on RTE’s Secret Millionaire in 2012. Richard spent ten days in Limerick undercover. He spent time with various organisations and charities and was so inspired by the Cliona Ring Foundation he decided to dedicate his time to help raise funds for the charity.

“This is a perfect ending to the Year of The Gathering. We are a nation of storytellers and songwriters. No other medium brings hope and raises the spirits like the power of song. I hope people will partake in this worthy event.”

SrStanislaus Kennedy, founder of the Sanctuary, said about the event;

“Christmas is a time of peace and goodwill and we are delighted that the Sanctuary is associated with this great festival”

Croke Park through the auspice of the Gaelic Athletic Association has generously given the stadium free for this worthy cause.

To find out more about ‘Stars, Choirs and Carols’, Cliona’s Foundation and The Sanctuary, please visit www.starschoirsandcarols.ie, www.clionasfoundation.com, www.sanctuary.ie


For further information please contact: 

Deirdre Crookes Lindsey Homes Publicity The Rere, 6 Cullenswood Park |Dublin 6 T: 01 4970313 | E: deirdre@lhpublicity.ie

About Cliona’s Foundation

Cliona’s Foundation is a remarkable Irish charity set up in 2007, by Limerick couple Terry and Brendan Ring, following the death of their daughter Cliona, from a brain tumour.  Over the years, as Cliona underwent numerous different treatments in hospitals around the country, Brendan and Terry were struck by the number of families, facing enormous financial hardship, on the brink of financial free-fall, blindsided by non-medical expenses piling up and already struggling to cope with the nightmare of a having a seriously ill child.  They saw at first-hand the enormous toll it took on these families, already struggling to cope with the nightmare of having a seriously ill child. They decided to take action and set up Cliona’s Foundation, in honour of their daughter, a charity that uniquely provides financial assistance to families with critically ill children. Since its launch, Cliona’s Foundation has raised in excess of €400,000 and has helped more than 150 families. It is Brendan and Terry’s intimate understanding of the stress brought upon these families that explains the diversity of expenses covered by Cliona’s Foundation – from rent, food and utility bills to transportation for chemotherapy or alternative therapies, a treat for a sibling and even covering the cost of a child’s funeral.An estimated 1,400* children are living with life-limiting conditions in Ireland.  The ordeal of a child’s grave illness or injury tests families far beyond their endurance, taking an enormous toll emotionally, physically and financially. Cliona’s Foundation wants to help these families to cope and soften their heartbreaking journey, providing financial support, when all other resources have been exhausted.  Cliona’s Foundation believes that no family should have to face any added financial stress, when already struggling with the devastation and trauma of a seriously ill child.

About The Sanctuary

Founded by Sr. Stanisluas Kennedy, the Sanctuary is a meditation centre in Dublin’s city centre. Its vision is to be stillness in the world. In our stressful, frantic world the Sanctuary brings peace, calm and hope through its programmes, courses and activities offered to thousands of people of all ages, including some of the most vulnerable young people in our society.

About Croke Park

Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years. Boasting a capacity for 82,300 people, the stadium is the home of Gaelic games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

About The Current Guinness World Record

The current Guinness World Record for the largest group of carol singers in one place stands at 15,100 people in Seoul, South Korea on the 25th December 2010.