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We're delighted to feature in Alzheimer Europe Magazine - artcile posted below. You can also access the full magazine here.

SNOWFLAKES By Gerry O’Halloran Arr. Norah Constance Walsh As all our supporters know, The Forget Me Nots Dementia-Inclusive Community Choir Baldoyle, North Dublin is a seniors choir and counts many people with memory loss conditions and their carers within its ranks. Inspired by Kathleen Tierney in 2014, the choir has gone from strength to strength – featuring in performances from local nursing homes to The Olympia and even in an RTE Brendan Grace documentary – “Thanks for the Memories”. A member - Gerry O’Halloran – wrote this for his children to sing at Christmastime when they were young.  Gerry gifted it to the choir, and to celebrate his 90th birthday, our Musical Director – Norah Constance Walsh – who is also a renowned composer, created a musical arrangement with harmonies & piano. We presented a professional music score for all parts, with beautiful imagery by artist – Dara Ní Bheacháin, as a special gift to him and his family. They were delighted! We learned our parts through weekly zoom rehearsals we hold since COVID-19 arrived in March 2020.  We hope you enjoy this virtual Christmas work of love which was made possible by our amazing sponsor Member First Credit Union. It has Gerry singing the opening lines, the choir joining in – baritone, soprano, alto - and Norah playing out the final notes on the piano. “Love and Laughter All Around…..”

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We're THRILLED to announce that we are a part of a charity single by Mike Hanrahan, 'A River Rolls On', with the cream of Ireland's music industry. Featuring Mike Hanrahan (Stockton's Wing), Lisa Lambe, ALDOC, Sandy Kelly and the Forget Me Nots Choir, with musical arrangement by Norah Constance Walsh. The single was released on Friday 28th May, with all proceeds going to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The money raised will help support the role and importance of music and creative arts, to spark and nurture the lives of people with dementia and provide a joyous, shared activity for their families, friends and carers in ASI centres and communities throughout Ireland.  

Learn more about this wonderful project here
Grey Heron Media's cherished Sing! series finally took to the airwaves, each Friday from 7pm on RTE lyric fm from March 5th – April 30th, 2021. Sing! is an uplifting nine-part series, which takes listeners on an immersive journey to nine choirs across Ireland. Sing! captures the fun, solace, and laughter of singing together - a joy that we hope will soon again be possible. The series featured:
1. Glória – Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir – Friday 5th March
2. Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir – Friday 12th March
3. Serendipity Chorus Bray – Friday 19th March
4. Bravehearts Choir Cork – Friday 26th March
5. Move4Parkinson’s Choir – Friday 2nd April
6. Aspiro Choir Carlow – Friday 9th April
7. Garda Ladies Choir – Friday 16th April
8. Limerick Gospel Choir – Friday 23rd April
9. Forget Me Nots Choir – Friday 30th April

You can listen back to Episode 9 below to get a taste of the magic of The Forget Me Nots Choir at work (play!).

Recorded pre-Covid, Sing! is a series which allows choir-goers and music enthusiasts to reflect on the power of making music together!
Celebrating our 7th Anniversary on 11th March 2021

Our volunteer Fiona had the brilliant idea to create a "BIG BIRTHDAY TO US" card to mark our 7th Anniversary! She encouraged us to send in photos, thoughts, poetry, art, crafts, recordings, memories... whatever we'd like to contribute that helps tell the story of what the Forget Me Nots Choir means to us.

We didn't let her down!  Thanks Fiona for creating such a treasure in these distanced days so our 7th Anniversary is always remembered!

We'll Meet Again

And here it is! The Great Reveal of our virtual recording of We'll Meet Again (which we surely will!). Huge thanks to our treasured sponsor First Member Credit Union and to Fingal County Council and Dublin Bus Community Spirits Award who helped make this project possible. We had so much fun learning how to work remotely with each other and want to thank our amazing Musical Director - Norah Walsh, our uber-talented Pianist - Emmet O'Connor, and audio and visual Producer extraordinaire - Bryan Mullen in the making of this recording! Here's to all our choir members - many with dementia conditions and many of them senior carers (as young as 90 years old!) who managed to overcome their fear of technology so we could stay connected with each other during these strange COVID times. Onwards and upwards for The Forget Me Nots Choir! Please share and share and share!
Claire Byrne Live Blog Fri 25 October, 2019
A crescendo of noise emanated from the packed room on a gloomy Monday night earlier this month. It was more than noise, it was pure unadulterated joy.

The first installment of Brendan Grace's documentary series was on air and we had invited the other stars of the show, the Forget Me Nots choir, to RTÉ to sing with Sandy Kelly on Claire Byrne Live. Before the show, they sat in a room together watching the Brendan Grace programme as it was broadcast on television.

I had worried about inviting in a group of mainly elderly people, some with dementia. Was it too much to ask of them to rehearse their song, wait around and then perform so late in the evening? My misgivings were completely unfounded. As they watched Brendan’s show, they greeted every new scene with cheers. Every time one of their own group appeared on screen, they whooped uproariously - it was infectious.

After their own beautiful performance on Claire Byrne Live, we all sang together in the TV studio as the crew attempted to pack up the set around us and the clock ticked on towards midnight. The experience of that night encapsulated the profound impact of Brendan Grace’s great service in changing how we see dementia. Anyone who has seen the documentary series knows how important music, dance, community and joy are to people who have dementia, and to those who care for them.

We heard from Professor Tim Lynch about the science behind the joy of listening to music for those with dementia, how the memories associated with melody and song survive when almost all else is lost. Brendan Grace has also taught us about community and dementia, and how coming together in the choir meant so much to both the dementia patients and their carers. There are plenty of people in Ireland who have experience of dementia, but who don’t have access to a choir or even day care services.

The documentary series powerfully showed the life-enhancing benefits of both, and will hopefully serve to inspire health professionals and community groups to seize the initiative shown by the people behind the Forget Me Nots. This week, we will see Brendan’s efforts to put together a show in the Olympia featuring the Forget me Nots choir come to fruition.

Sadly, he wasn’t there to see it, but his family should take great comfort in the knowledge that his final act has brought a much-needed awareness of what dementia patients and their families need, and of how much they still have to give. We’ll all be watching Brendan Grace: Thanks for the Memories on Monday night, and afterwards, we’ll hear more about it from Brendan’s great friends Ronan Collins and Fr Brian D’Arcy.

I hope you can join us for Claire Byrne Live on RTE One television, Monday at 10.35pm.

Watch Brendan Grace: Thanks for the Memories on the RTÉ Player.

Brendan Grace - Funny Man.  Dearg Films' RTE 1 Documentary

Sunday with Miriam featuring Brendan & Eileen Grace
Brendan Grace – The Dutchman
Actor, singer and comedian, Brendan Grace has created a wonderful new recording of The Dutchman with the Forget Me Nots Choir. It was only shortly before Brendan died in 2019 that he discovered that The Dutchman, which was a major hit for him in the 1980’s, told the story of a loving wife Margaret who was caring for her husband, who had Alzheimer’s.
All proceeds of the song go to Engaging Dementia.
The Forget Me Nots Choir WINNER
Allianz Community Art Award Category!
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Des Gallagher - Shortlisted Nominee - open eir Age Action Silver Surfer Award 2018 'Community IT Champion'.
Well done Des!
Henry McKean from Ivan Yates' 'The Hard Shoulder' 13/4/18 visits the hall to chat about the upcoming 'Moments of Joy' concert in The Helix sponsored by Sonas APC and Dementia Understand Together.  
Listen here - it features towards the end (last 1/6th section).  
Read the Northside People featuring the visit from California on
27th March, 2018 of La Jolla Country Day School Choir (page 18).
Listen Back to Nora Owen's open and moving interview on the Marian Finucane show Sat 17th February 2018 - "Living with Dementia". Nora and Brian are treasured members of our choir. The interview starts at about 3 minutes into the track.
Paul Reid, Fingal County Manager says a few words at the official launch on 8th April while Elayne Devlin, award-winning RTE Documentary Maker, records some clippings for a documentary she has started making about the choir.

The children from Miss Kelly's class in St Laurence's National School, Baldoyle also joined us for the launch and will come along periodically.

Karen Meenan, treats the choir and its volunteers to a celebration cake from the local bakery - Morning Fresh - at its inaugural rehearsal on 4th March 2014!
The Forget Me Nots...a choir to remember.
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