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Singing for the Pope

Yesterday (Sunday) marked a once-in-a-lifetime moment for talented young singer with close links to the south Armagh area when she sang during the Papal Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. 

Dearbhla Thornton’s school choir – St. Louise’s Comprehensive in Belfast – featured as part of the liturgical celebrations at the ceremony attended by more than 500,000 people. 

Fourteen-year-old Dearbhla is a regular visitor to the home of her grandparents’ Bernadette and the late Patsy McVerry in Carnally, Silverbridge, from where her proud mum Deirdre moved to live in Belfast.

Speaking to The Examiner ahead of the event, the talented teenager said she was both “nervous and excited” at performing in front of the huge audience on such a momentous occasion.  Unsure if she would actually get to meet Pope Francis in person, Dearbhla was nonetheless looking forward to experiencing the first Papal visit to Ireland since Pope John Paul II in 1979.