Cill Mhuire Folk Group “RUAH”.
It began in the spring of 2000. The brainchild of Sr Eileen Murphy. Sr Eileen was keen to start a folk group in Cill Mhuire church but was finding it difficult to get people to commit to the project. Sr Eileen had been let down in previously attempts to start a folk group. She had been discussing this with one of the other sisters in the convent, Sr Joan, who was not well but promised to pray for Sr Eileen’s wish.
The Cill Mhuire folk group was conceived out of a chance meeting between Sr Eileen and the wife of Michael Ormonde, Trish. Sr Eileen subsequently contacted Michael and managed to gather some singers together from the Holy Family Secondary School. Cill Mhuire Folk Group was born and its first mass was the celebration of the beginning of exams that year.
Over the years the group has gone through many changes. Many members have come and gone but the group has continued through its ups and downs. The group grew from a handful of people to boasting almost 25 members at one stage. This has varied over the years. The central aspect of the group is its informal nature. Even though its members over the years have been committed to the group there has never been a strong regime or strict rules about membership. In its earlier years the group consisted of mainly teenage girls and one or two boys and in its latter years and up to the present time the group has evolved into a mainly adult membership.
The group has developed into a vibrant and lively group who have gelled together musically and there is a beautiful contrast of voices within the group. A Saturday never passes without some member of the congregation commenting on the group’s enhancement of the liturgy. Taking part in the liturgy of the mass is the main objective of the group so when a comment is made it is felt to be all the more worthwhile.
The Cill Mhuire Folk Group has taken the name ‘RUAH’ which means Spirit of God, and is under the musical direction of Michael Ormonde and Kathleen Elliot. They shall celebrate their twentieth year in 2020. Over the years the group has had its challenges but RUAH has flourished and grew stronger with time and have become a well appreciated addition to the liturgy of the mass in Cill Mhuire Church. They sing and play their hearts out every Saturday at the seven o’clock vigil mass and plan to do so for a long time into the future.