Gal­way to play at Croke Park... Sir James in the line-up for Pope’s visit

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY STAFF REPORTER

SIR James Gal­way is in line to per­form for Pope Fran­cis dur­ing his visit to the Repub­lic in Au­gust, it was re­ported last night.

The Irish In­de­pen­dent said that the Belfast-born flautist will join Ital­ian tenor An­drea Bo­celli and per­form­ers from River­dance in the line-up of artists at the World Meet­ing of Fam­i­lies’ fes­ti­val at Croke Park on Au­gust 25.

River­dance was first show­cased at the in­ter­val of the 1994 Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test and wowed au­di­ences with the skills of dance duo Michael Flat­ley and Jean But­ler, per­form­ing to an up­lift­ing score by Bill Whelan.

Since then the show is be­lieved to have been seen by as many as 25 million peo­ple in more than 450 venues around the world.

Up to 15,000 over­seas vis­i­tors from 114 coun­tries are booked to at­tend the World Meet­ing of Fam­i­lies (WMOF) in Dublin be­tween Au­gust 21 and 26.

A spokes­woman for WMOF

Sir James Gal­way will per­form for the Pope, the Irish In­de­pen­dent re­ported

2018 said: “Fes­ti­val of Fam­i­lies in Croke Park will be one of the high­lights of the World Meet­ing of Fam­i­lies 2018.

“It will have a great line-up of com­mu­nity-based artists as well as some well-known lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists.”

How­ever, Brenda Drumm added: “We plan to re­lease full details of the Fes­ti­val of Fam­i­lies event shortly.

“Un­til then any ref­er­ence to any par­tic­u­lar acts or artists is spec­u­la­tive.”

It is be­lieved the full pro­gramme is al­most ready to be un­veiled and may be launched next week or, at the lat­est, the week af­ter­wards.

In a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view, World Meet­ing of Fam­i­lies or­gan­is­ers said: “We want peo­ple to leave up­lifted by the mu­sic and the pres­ence of the Pope and the prayer­ful at­mos­phere.”

The 81-year-old Pon­tiff is not ex­pected to at­tend the full two hours, but will leave af­ter about an hour.

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