Sacred Harp Singers of Dublin

Shape note singing in Dublin

COVID-19 Further Update

On October 9th 2020 we held a meeting to discuss how we would organise singing going forward, taking into account Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 published by the government in September 2020. The recording of that meeting is available – please get in touch here or email if you would like to view it.

We have published two new documents on our WordPress site:

Our future singings will be run in line with these documents.

The health and safety of our singers is extremely important to us, and we thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

COVID-19 Update

From 29 July Ireland will enter Phase 3 of easing COVID-19 restrictions. Singing is permitted subject to specific guidance published by the government: We are keen to ensure the health and safety of our members and the general public and will follow these guidelines.

We will not be resuming our regular Friday night singings during Phase 3 as our venue has been used for other, very worthy, causes and it is not currently available to us. During Phase 2, some of our regular members have been trialing outdoor gatherings of fewer than 15 people, maintaining distance and wearing face masks. Our experience with this is that we can sing successfully and safely but due to weather and other people in the area we are not able to guarantee that singings will go ahead. For that reason, we will not publish times and dates of planned singings. If you are interested in attending, please get in touch with me or one of the other singers and we can discuss when and how we can sing together. As always, we are delighted to welcome beginners and newcomers (and old friends!).

Sacred Harp Singers of Dublin

All Day Cancellation

Friends, we are sorry to cancel our All-Day singing on 4th July due to COVID-19 and associated safety restrictions. However, we look forward to singing with you all again in the future.

Suspended Singing

Our regular Friday singings will also be suspended during April, and until further notice.
Please keep an eye on the Facebook, Meetup or WordPress sites for when we will resume.
Keep well, and thanks.

Pause in singing for March 2020

Hi everyone, we will not be holding our regular Friday singing during the month of March. Please keep an eye on the Facebook, Meetup or WordPress sites for further updates.



Firenze Fasola Frenzy!


On Saturday 15 February 2020,  41 attendees from six countries gathered to sing at St James Church, Florence, Italy.

We sang 100 songs, somehow had enough loaners, ate ALL THE PIZZA, found pond snails, mourned long-dead dogs of dubious nomenclature, and generally had a lovely time.

We can’t wait until our next adventure singing!

2020 Vision


Hello singing friends!

We have some exciting plans for this year, beginning with an adventure singing trip to Florence on 15th February.

We have just updated our All-Day tab to include information for our full day singing event on Saturday 4th July 2020. We are fortunate to be singing in the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks this year and we’re really looking forward to it.

Many of us will be making singing trips to other singing locations throughout the year – some of these include the Ireland Convention in Cork and the Paris All-Day.

We will also be participating in Culture Night in September.

We sing every Friday, 19.00 – 21.00. All voices welcome, especially newcomers and beginners.

Hope to sing with you soon!

Rome Singing Trip (the Hugh-bilee)

Hugh-bileeWe will be heading on a singing trip to Rome on 1st and 2nd June 2019 (June Bank Holiday weekend) – a.k.a. the Hugh-bilee.

Our proposed schedule is as follows:
Saturday 1st June:
13.30 – 17.30: Singing
19.30: Group dinner

Sunday 2nd June:
Morning free for personal activites
13.30 – 17.30: Singing or other group activity (TBD)

This should mean that, if you wanted, you would be able to get flights in on Saturday morning and back on Sunday night.
Ryanair: Dublin 06:50 > Rome Ciampino 10.55; Rome Ciampino 21.00 > Dublin 23.15
Aer Lingus: Dublin 06.20 > Rome DaVinci 10.30; Rome DaVinci > Dublin 22.55

Everyone will be responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation.

Everyone will be responsible for providing their own copy of The Sacred Harp. If you do not own a book and would like to attend, speak to me about options.

We would be delighted to have non-Dublin singers join us, if they are not planning to head to the undoubtedly excellent Olso All Day:

New Year, More Singing!

Happy new year! We have resumed our regular schedule of Friday night singings. We meet 19.00 – 21.00 in the Friary Centre, Cook Street. Newcomers and beginners are always welcome, please come along and sing with us!

We will be starting our alternative source singings again once a month, on Monday nights, 19.00 – 21.00 in the same place.

We will also be running or attending several special events during the year, which will include:

  • 8th February (Friday): Sacred Harp Singers of Dublin 7th birthday party
  • 1st – 4th March (Friday – Monday): Ninth Ireland Sacred Harp Convention in Cork
  • April (TBC): Adventure Double Most Day. Following the success of last year’s Tullamore sing, we’re planning to do it again, but somewhere else. Watch this space!
  • 6th July (Saturday): Dublin All-Day
  • 20th September (Friday): Culture Night
  • October (TBC): National Choral Singing Week event
  • 23rd November (Saturday): 3rd Annual Isaac Watts Day
  • December (TBC): ChristmaSing

Currently unscheduled but proposed:

  • Tayto Park field trip/singing
  • Summer park songs in St Stephen’s Green
  • Keying and leading workshops

We hope to sing with you soon!

Culture Night Singing 21st September

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We are very happy to be part of Culture Night 2018:

We invite you to join us, to listen or participate. Loaner books will be available. All voices are welcome, all levels of experience are welcome.