Irish tenor to return to St. Columba

YOUNGSTOWN — Irish tenor Emmet Cahill will make his third return appearance at St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Ave., with a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 5.

Cahill is one of the lead singers of Celtic Thunder, and he last played at St. Columba for two Christmas shows in December 2016 and December 2017.

This spring performance will be new and include a combination of Irish music and church hymns.

Colleen Harris, one of the program coordinators, said the two prior performances held during the Christmas season were well attended.

“He was here for Christmas in 2016 and 2017 and was quite popular. This time, he will be here for the spring concert,” she said.

Cahill said he looks forward to coming back to Ohio and has performances scheduled in Kentucky and also in Columbus.

“I have made many friends at the church when I was last there. I met the monsignor, the families and so many others. I look forward to coming back for the third time,” he said, noting he was warmly received by the church congregation.

Harris said Cahill’s concert in 2016 marked the first time parish council brought a soloist from outside the congregation to perform at the cathedral.

Cahill said he will perform various Irish traditional songs and also will accept requests for songs from the audience.

Harris said the concert is a major fundraising event for the mother parish of the Youngstown Diocese, which is nearing the end of its 75th anniversary celebration.

In addition to the concert on May 5, Cahill also be playing at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, which is the First Communion celebration for religious education students.

Tickets are $35 to $55 and can be purchased at www.emmet cahill.com or by calling the church rectory at 330-744-5233. The $55 price includes a meet-and-greet with the singer and there is a limited number of VIP tickets.

Cahill, 28, is from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. He received a university degree in music performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He auditioned for Celtic Thunder in June 2010 and was asked to join after Paul Byrom announced his resignation. After three years with Celtic Thunder, Cahill announced his decision to leave in 2014. His solo album was released in 2015 along with a U.S. tour. He rejoined Celtic Thunder in 2015.