The balloon has gone up – let’s celebrate!

It is hard to believe but Dr. Noel Donnelly – biblical scholar, musician, choir director, lecturer, husband and father, and much more – will be 80 on 26 December 2012. So the St.Mungo Singers decided to turn their annual Christmas Party into a birthday party.

Around 70 of the choir and friends joined Noel and his wife Kathleen in St. Leo’s Hall for the celebration on 14 December. They enjoyed a wonderful meal with, inevitably, plenty of music and singing. Noel was presented with a gift and birthday cake from the choir, in thanks for his part in their lives. They also presented a bouquet to Kathleen. Being the St.Mungo Singers, they also made sure there was a second birthday cake for them to share!

Noel and his wife Kathleen

Noel seemed somewhat taken aback by all the fuss and the demonstration of the affection in which he was clearly held by everyone – but that is Dr. Noel: quiet, gentle and unassuming. Ad multos annos, Dr. Noel!






Some of the choir composed and sang a ditty for the occasion