Felling Male Voice Choir took to the air in 1965 and their destination was to kiss “The Blarney Stone”!
The Choir, after raising funds, chartered a plane from Midlands Airways to fly to Ireland and take part in the Cork International Choral Festival. Their test piece was the dramatic music by the Hungarian composer Kodaly, “Songs from Karad”.
Felling were really made welcome by the people of Cork and the reception by the Mayor. Mayor Healy who praised the value of such good-will visits in breaking down past problems said “When you came as soldiers we hated you, but as friendly visitors we give you a sincere welcome, especially if your purses are full.”
The choir won the male-chorus class, beating a first class Italian choir, and received a thunderous applause in Cork Town Hall.