Choirs in the Republic of Ireland
  • ANÚNA - Anúna was formed in 1987 by Dublin-born composer Michael McGlynn. The group perform material spanning 1000 years of history. Their name Anúna comes from the Irish An Uaithne, the collective name for the three ancient types of Irish music Suantraí [lullaby], Geantraí [happy song] & Goltraí [lament].
  • Cantairí Chonamara is a mixed-voiced choir with members from all over Connemara in the west of Ireland that has sung together since it was founded in 1999.  The choir is currently stepping up its contribution to the local community through more concerts and events. Cantairí Chonamara has a broad repertoire of short songs and longer choral works to draw from.  It is also learning new pieces suitable for specific events.  While the main focus is on classical works, the choir also has a range of lighter pieces in many styles.

  • Carlow Choral Society Since 1965 Carlow Choral Society has become one of the most eminent names in an astounding Irish network of choral music. This success has been the result of the many talented and skilled succession of musical directors that the society has befriended since its instalment. With over 60 members (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass) from all over County Carlow and surrounding counties, all singers come from many backgrounds but share in common a passion for choral music, singing and a commitment to performing to audiences throughout Carlow and Ireland. The choir rehearses every Monday evening between September and May in St. Patricks College, Carlow. Under the new musical direction and talents of Niall Kinsella since January 2014, Carlow Choral Society has become more determined to share with our audience a highly enjoyable choral expedience. We always welcome new members at the beginning of each term each Monday night. If you would like to join a diverse group of people of all ages who love to sing, we are always open to enthusiastic and interested singers. Although the ability to read music is not a requirement, it is an advantage. 

  • Carlton Singers - The Carlton Singers, a madrigal group, were formed in 1983. Five of the original members are featured on their first album. The group got its name from The Flying Carlton Showband. Currently, the Carlton Singers, is made up of people from 9 different Irish counties with representatives from Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Clare, Wexford, Roscommon, Tipperary, Kerry & Cork, it makes for a heady mix of banter & song! The group is based in Drogheda, as we all live in the greater Navan/Drogheda region.

  • Carra Choral Group - A four part Choral group with 20 members and  have been  established for over four years. The members come from an area covering  Belcarra, Balla, Manulla Castlebar, &   Carnacon. We meet once a week in Belcarra Church for practice  & we also enjoy frequent social occasions. Our aim is to strive for perfection in our music but also to enjoy the social and friendly aspects of meeting people with the same love of song and music.
  • Cathedral Youth Choir Waterford - The Cathedral Youth Choir was formed in 1983 with the majority of the choir being formed by secondary school students in the Waterford area. The choir grew in size and at its height, there were over 120 members in the choir. Today the choir is smaller in number but is still dedicated to providing music and song for the Vigil Mass in the Cathedral, Barronstrand Street, Waterford. Recently the choir supported the Harlem Gospel Choir at a very special performance in the Forum, Waterford.
  • Celtic Choristers - Formed in 1998, the Celtic Choristers is a relatively new Male Voice choir based in St Mary’s College, Rathmines Dublin. We have steadily established ourselves in the Choral World and our membership currently stands at forty. The choir has developed a diverse musical style, which encompasses popular, spiritual and classical compositions, in addition to the more traditional Irish and Welsh Hymn formats. We have performed in the National Concert Hall and in The Royal Hospital Kilmainham. We regularly perform at social, charity and religious events in Dublin and further afield. At competition level we have competed successfully in New Ross, Navan, Llandudno Wales and the Sligo and Coleraine International Choral Festivals.

  • Christ Church Cathedral Dublin - Christ Church cathedral choir enjoys an enviable reputation as one of Ireland's most outstanding choirs, and is constantly in demand to perform in concerts, on tours and on radio broadcasts nationwide. Tracing its origins back to 1493 with the founding of the choir school, the cathedral choir has always been highly regarded in Dublin's musical life and took part in the first performance of Messiah in Dublin in 1742.
  • Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Waterford The cathedral choir numbers some 20 singers and is robed. There is a weekly rehearsal on Thursays at 6pm and a short rehearsal before the 10am service on Sunday mornings. As is the tradition in many churches they sing a setting of the Eucharist and a communion anthem on the first and third Sundays on the month and Matins on the second with a setting of at least one of the canticles together with the psalm and other music. On the fourth Sunday (Service of the Word) a junior choir takes over in the morning while the choir sings a traditional Choral Evensong at 7pm with an introit, settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimmittis, an anthem, sung responses and special organ music. On Easter Sunday they will sing a special Festival Eucharist which will include the Coronation Mass and Laudate Dominum while the voluntary will be the Fantasia and Fugue in F minor. If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact the Cathedral at info@christchurchwaterford.com – new members are always welcome!
  • City of Cork Male Voice Choir - The City of Cork Male Voice Choir is an amateur TTBB choir founded in May 1968.The Choir is renowned for its versatility and dedication to good music and good fun. We currently have in excess of 50 members.

  • Cór Cois Abhann, Cork City - Cór Cois Abhann choir was founded in 1990 and takes its name from the river that flows through the centre of Cork.

  • County Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir We are a Male Voice Choir - all members of the Co Sligo Golf Club in Rosses Point. Sligo. Ireland. The choir was formed in 1993 under the musical directorship of Mrs Sheila Crowley. Their members and musical directors, as their name suggests, are members of the highly rated Co Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point in the Northwest of Ireland. They have participated with distinction at choral festivals throughout Great Britain and Ireland, securing many first prizes most notably at the North Wales Choral Festival in 2008 where they were first in their section and first in the overall festival. They have also secured prizes at the Cork International Choral Festival and the Sligo International Choral Festival.

  • Culwick Choral Society, Dublin - The Culwick is a large amateur choir whose members are drawn from all over Dublin (Ireland) and the surrounding counties. The choir under professional Musical Director Bernie Sherlock and Chorus Master David Leigh aims for a professional standard in performances in prestige venues such as the National Concert Hall, and engages professional soloists and musicians for these performances.  While the choir is versatile in its repertoire, performance of the classical choral works is undoubtedly dearest to the heart of the Society.  Standard performances each year include: a major choral work each Spring; an annual Christmas Concert; and since 1990 the choir has sung Handel's Messiah for two nights each December in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin to benefit a designated charity. Rehearsals: Thursday (7.30 pm for 7.45 pm start), Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 6.  Applications for membership welcome, enquiries to the Hon. Secretary.

  • Discovery Gospel Choir, Dublin - Ireland's first multicultural gospel choir.  The choir performs music inspired by its members who originate from different countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. Through its powerful performances, Discovery Gospel Choir aims to promote integration, multiculturalism and social justice in Ireland. The choir is based in Dublin and is directed by Róisín Dexter.
  • Dublin County Choir

  • Dublin Gospel Choir - Not too many Irish acts, let alone international ones, can boast of sharing the stage with music industry heavyweights such as Rod Stewart, John Legend, James Brown, Damien Rice, and The Chieftains. But that is exactly what the Dublin Gospel Choir has achieved over the last few years. From their modest beginnings as a local school choir in Dublin’s inner city 12 years ago, they have become a household name in Ireland, playing a host of concerts each year, plus a large number of corporate and charity events. Add to that their annual slot at Ireland’s internationally-acclaimed boutique festival Electric Picnic (at which they played on the Main Stage again in 2008) and a performance in front of 82,000 people at Croke Park in 2007, and you have a group of people who are really going places

  • Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir - The Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir was formed in the 1960s by a small number of Welshmen who had settled in Dublin. Over the years, many Irishmen (and even a few Scots, English and a Dutchman) have combined to form the present choir, which has retained a unique and authentically Welsh choral sound and repertoire - with Irish songs included for good measure.
  • Fingal Chamber Choir e-mail only:  contact: David Maxwell Based in Balbriggan in north county Dublin, Fingal is the largest of 4 administrative districts of county Dublin.  The choir has been in existence since 2006 and is an auditioned SATB choir of 15 voices, some of whom sing or have sung professionals and all are competent sight singers. FCC appears regularly on Irish television and performs at 6 or 7 concerts a years as well as appearing as guests at various events in the Fingal area. The choirs repertoire extends from Bach to Whitacre and many points in between.

  • Galway Baroque Singers. We are a mixed 4-part choir with anything up to 70 members. Since their first performance of Handel's "Messiah" in December 1983, the Galway Baroque Singers have established itself as one of Ireland's most accomplished amateur choirs. We rehearse every Wednesday at 8:00 pm. We recently celebrated our silver anniversary.

  • Guild of Choristers of St. Mary's, Dublin.  We are a church choir, founded in 1904, which sings at 9:30 am Sunday mass in St. Mary's Church, Haddington Road, Dublin, Ireland from start October until end June each year, singing Latin polyphonic church music and Gregorian chant.
  • Jesuit Church Choir, Galway A mixed four-part choir which meets every Tuesday night at 8.00pm for rehearsals. The choir sings at 11.00am mass in the Jesuit Church Galway every Sunday morning at 11.00am. The choir also performs at other venues from time to time.
  • Lassus Scholars - The Lassus Scholars, named after the great virtuoso of Renaissance polyphony, Orlande de Lassus, seek to achieve excellence in musical expression and interpretation not only in the 16th Century polyphonic repertoire but also in all musical styles to the present day. The Lassus Scholars perform a wide repertoire of choral music at many venues in Dublin including the National Concert Hall, the RDS, The Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, the National Gallery, Adam & Eve's, Merchants' Quay, St Kevin's Harrington St and Christ Church Cathedral.
  • Limerick Choral Union - Limerick Choral Union was established in 1964 so that Limerick would have a choir to accompany the Radio Eireann Orchestra on their visits to the city and with the aim of bringing the best of choral music to Limerick. This initiative emanated from the Limerick Symphony Concerts Society and Radio Eireann. Limerick Choral Union was in fact one of the first manifestations of Ecumenism in the Mid-West.
  • The Mayo Male Voice Choir e-mail only: contact joenestorballyglass@gmail.com Since the choir was established in 2000 it has grown from strength to strength and now has a total of 48 men who travel from all parts of Mayo to rehearse and perform together. The choir has been under the direction of the very accomplished and talented Ms. Deirdre Lee since it's inception. Deirdre is a music teacher at St. Joseph's Secondary School so her expertise and experience are invaluable to the choir. The Choir has traveled to various countries over the years including England, Germany and Czech Republic, it has competed in various Choral Festivals, coming second at the Sligo International Choral Festival & The Mayo International Choral Festival. New members are always welcome, auditions are generally at the start of the choral year in September. 

  • Mornington Singers - Established in 1997 by a group of graduates from Trinity College Dublin who wished to continue singing together. Today, the choir has between twenty-five and thirty singers from a wide variety of backgrounds including Ireland, England, Wales, Estonia, Slovakia, Greece, Hungary, Australia and the United States.
  • National Chamber Choir of Ireland - The National Chamber Choir of Ireland is widely regarded as Ireland’s most distinguished choir. It is celebrated both in Ireland and internationally for its fresh and innovative sound. Founded in 1991 by composer and conductor, Colin Mawby and developed under the direction of Brazilian conductor Celso Antunes until early 2007, the National Chamber Choir of Ireland is the country’s only professional vocal ensemble. In 2008, the internationally celebrated and grammy-award winning conductor Paul Hillier joined the National Chamber Choir of Ireland as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor. The National Chamber Choir is made up of extraordinary vocalists drawn from the ranks of Europe’s leading choral singers. Each vocalist has a different and wide-ranging background in solo, opera and choral performance, which enhances the choir’s ability to undertake some of the most diverse and challenging choral work and contributes to the warm and special sound that is unique to this Irish ensemble.
  • Our Lady's Choral Society - Our Ladys Choral Society (OLCS) was founded in Dublin in 1945, after the Dublin Archdiocese brought together the best singers from all the church choirs of Dublin for a performance of Handels Messiah.  Today OLCS welcomes members from all religions and walks of life. The 120 choristers chosen for membership are united by a passion for singing great choral music at a professional level. 
  • Polyphonics Barbershop Chorus is a male choral group, specialising in the barbershop style. Established in 1980 they are ten times winners of the National Male Barbershop Chorus Championship.  They are also winners of Light Entertainment and Jazz Section of Cork International Choral Festival in 2006. With members from all over Cork City and County they are based in Carrigaline.  They always welcome new members. No prior experience necessary as long as you can sing in tune!
  • Riverside Chorus, Co Roscommon - A 40-strong SSA choir, formed in 2001. The age profile of Riverside Chorus currently ranges from 9 – 18 years. The main objective of the group is to develop young people’s interpretation and understanding of choral music to a professional standard. The choir has competed and been successful in many of the national choral competitions as well as participating in the West Wales Choral Festival. As well as performance opportunities, huge emphasis is placed on music education and sight-reading. The group rehearses from September to May, Friday nights 7-9.30 in the Old School House, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon. contact: email - only riversidechorus@yahoo.com

  • Rockmount Choir - Rockmount Choir was formed in 1977 from the amalgamation of two smaller local choirs. Averaging 34 members, the Choir's repertoire has covered every style of music from light entertainment and musicals, through sacred music, classical choral works, madrigals and plainchant. In the 27 years of its career, the Choir has developed a high standard of choral performance and interpretation, enjoying a significant level of success in choral competitions and festivals throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. The latest addition to a long list of wins and placings is a bronze trophy from Concorso Internazionale di Canto Corale in Verona, Italy 2005.
  • St. Patrick's Choir, Celbridge A mixed adult choir has been in existence for over 150 years singing for the local community at Mass each Sunday and also performing in concert's and choral festivals in Ireland, Wales and Italy. email only: contact only:  St.Patricks.Choir.Celbridge@gmail.com

  • Suaimhneas Choral Singers, Co Roscommon - A 40-strong SATB choir, based in Co Roscommon and formed in 2003.  In a short space of time, the choir has performed a broad range of music encompassing oratorios, opera, musical theatre and Irish folk music. These concerts have been achieved alone or in collaboration with other choirs/ soloists. Most recently, we performed Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, Rutter’s ‘Requiem’ and Rossini’s ‘Stabat Mater’. The choir has a particular interest in choral competitions and hope to develop this further in the future. We rehearse from September to May, Tuesday night 8-10 in the Old School House, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon. contact: email - only suaimhneas.choral@hotmail.com

  • Tallaght Choral Society Tallaght Choral Society was formed in 1967, when Tallaght
    was still a small village at the foot of the Dublin mountains.  A group of singers came together under the direction of  Fr. Donal Sweeney OP to form a church choir based in the Dominican Priory.  Under a succession of music directors, the small church choir gradually took on the mantle of a choral society and now has a membership of over 100.  The current music director Mark Armstrong was appointed in 2002 and under his baton the society has continued to flourish and now has a reputation as one of Ireland’s strongest choral societies.
  • Ulysses Choir - Ulysses Chamber Choir (Dublin) is a four-part 25 strong chamber choir, founded in 1992. The choir has, over the years, developed a wide and challenging repertoire, which is constantly being expanded
  • University of Limerick Choir - The Choir is formed by around 30 singers (students and staff). The Choir is conducted Gerard Culloty, a percussionist and conductor specialised in Gopsel music. A small Committee of singers are involved in the running of the choir.
  • Waterford Male Voice Choir now in its sixth year and since its inception has created quite a stir in music circles in the South East. From an initial group of just ten members, the choir has grown from strength to strength and now boasts a membership of over forty members. However the choir soon realised that it had the potential to be far more than originally thought, performing in two concerts and competing in the New Ross AIMS Festival in its first year. Since then it has performed in many local concerts including the annual Male Voice Choirs of Waterford Concert, performed with the Garda Band and various visiting international groups and has travelled twice to perform in festivals in Wales. The choir has also had many successes at competitions; last year alone it received first places in both the Arklow and New Ross Choral festivals and was in the prizes in the Cork choral festival