Opening CeremonyThe school was alive with the sights and sounds of all things Arts related on Tuesday October 8th, for the opening concert of our Arts Week. Our Lady’s Bower is proud of the fact that our school has been at the forefront of girls’ education since its foundation in 1884. Celebrating the Arts has always been an important part of life in the Bower. Every Bower girl will experience one Arts Week during her time with us. In 1984 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of our school with our very first Arts Week and now in 2019 and marking our 135th year, we have our 7th festival of creativity to enjoy.

Our opening night concert was introduced by Principal, Mr Noel Casey with Head Girls Carla Cooney, Kate Duffy and Katlyn Murray. Mr Casey highlighted that one of the school’s goals is to always ensure that our girls experience the wonder of learning through a variety of approaches. Arts Week is the perfect opportunity for each member of the school community to experience the creative process first hand.

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We were honoured to have Senator David Norris join us to open proceedings. Mr Casey summed it up perfectly when he said that Senator Norris has the power to thrill, charm and delight. He is a powerful advocate for human rights and his love and appreciation of the Arts has travelled alongside his political and advocacy work. This colourful and charismatic wordsmith did not disappoint as he regaled the audience with his unique and animated style of delivery, sharing highly entertaining memories of his own extensive experience of the Arts. He highlighted how impressed he was at the fact that the school was “humming with art” and how important this is, as “a place without art has no soul”. He concluded by hammering home the point that when it comes to the Arts, “never give up, no to disillusion, don’t listen to the art master who says you’ll never be able to learn to draw; just go ahead and do it.”

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This set the scene perfectly for what was to come. The audience was treated to a mix of music and song from our own choir and orchestra, the Athlone A Cappella group, Mr Brendan Shine and tradition Irish airs. Student talent was also on display through traditional and sean nós dancing, ballet, the performing of dramatic monologues and Irish poetry.

We thank all those who joined us on the night. We are sure you will agree that the future of the Arts in Athlone looks very bright indeed.