“The Irish scholars had an openness to knowledge that was unique in Europe. They combined this with a warmth and respect towards people and towards the older ideas from before Christianity. They were not confined within cities but living in communities close to nature. These were centres of scholarship that were beacon lights of knowledge in a world going through stormy times.”
The Sunday evening concert in the Cathedral, with the Mayfield Singers and Paisley Abbey organist George McPhee and readings by Dave Grieve, is always something to look forward to keenly, and this year they were joined by the visiting Irish musicians Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Daire Bracken and Eamonn Galldubh.
The theme was the great tradition of scholarship in Ireland, from Celtic bards and medieval thinkers to modern times, and the readings ended with a quote from the quantum theorist John Bell.
And the concert ended unforgettably with Lorcán Mac Mathúna’s composition The Walls of Dublin, led by the soaring voice of Sheena Wellington, with fiddle and pipes joining in, and then the choir and the deep and powerful sound of the organ – it was unforgettable!