The London Irish community choir broke the record for the most children to ever perform a rendition of ‘Fields of Athenry’ before the St Patrick’s Party fixture against Gloucester Rugby at the Madejski Stadium.

360 pupils from 15 schools across the region performed the traditional hymn led by Ronan McManus from the BibleCode Sunday’s.

The day was a huge success, with the youngsters treated to an action-packed Aviva Premiership match as well as a variety of entertainment in and around the ground. “Congratulations must go to Bill Pulling, our marketing and events co-ordinator who put in some serious hours to make this event a success,” said London Irish head of community Andy Keast.

Bill Pulling, London Irish’s marketing and events co-ordinator said: “It was a fantastic performance from the choir and they really got the 15,000 plus crowd going before the big game.

“The different colour uniforms from each school made it look brilliant. Huge thanks to all of the teachers, parents and singers who made the occasion possible.”

Alex Reffell, teacher at Claycots School said: “Thank you to London Irish for having us – both pupils and parents had a fantastic day and we enjoyed a good game of rugby.”

If you are interested in entering your school into the 2023 choir and maybe even break the record of 360 singers, please contact the Community team on [email protected].

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