Our History

A 1975 performance of Handel’s Messiah that brought together singers from many of Northside Dublin’s interdenominational choirs, led to the founding of the Third Day Chorale.
Against a background of spiralling violence in Northern Ireland, the concert was a positive statement of solidarity with the troubled communities from both traditions.

The venue for the event was the parish church at Bayside in Dublin which is dedicated to the Resurrection.

The name of the choir  is also inspired by this article of faith common to all Christians.

The Chorale’s founder Marie O’Shea, a native of Cork, studied music in U.C.C. with Dr. Aloys Fleischman and Sean O Riada. She stepped down as musical director at the end of 2009.

In early 2010 the musical directorship was taken up by Ruaidhri O Dalaigh. Ruaidhri was succeeded as by Dr. Edward Cetto in 2015 and in 2018 our current director Dr. Marion Doherty Hayden took over. The story continues…

Dr. Marion Doherty Hayden