Internationally renowned singer and academic Nóirín Ní Riain is to sing on two occasions for His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama on his visit to Ireland this coming April.
The Dalai Lama visits Dublin on Wednesday 13th April and Limerick Thursday April 14th. Nóirín has been invited to sing at both occasions. For the Dublin event at Citywest Conference Centre, she has been invited to conclude His Holiness’ address with a blessing in song after which the XIV Dalai Lama will leave the platform. Nóirín will lead the assembly in a traditional Irish chant from Donegal and will be joined by her son, Moley (Mícheál P.), who will play bodhrán.
The following morning, Thursday April 14th, Nóirín will sing with the Benedictine monks of Glenstal Abbey for the packed UL arena of 3,000 people before His Holiness arrives at 10am. They will sing two hymns; one a Lenten hymn of forgiveness from the Gregorian Chant tradition, Attende Domine (picking up on the theme of the Dalai Lama’s address which is on the Power of Forgiveness) and Nóirín will lead the schola in a traditional religious hymn also on the theme of forgiveness: Gol na dTrí Mhuire.
Nóirín has a lovely statement about these, her third and fourth time performing for His Holiness respectively, which she posted on her blog last night! For more information, drop Nóirín and her wee team an email.