The famous soprano Rita Lynch was born in Macroom 100 years ago this year.
In 1939 she won the renowned Count John McCormack Competition, the final of which was broadcast live on radio and attracted huge interest and record listening figures. For the final Rita sang Thomas Moore’s ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ the song with which she was afterwards always associated.
One of the first musicians of worldwide acclaim to come out of Cork, Rita Lynch was educated at the Ursuline Convent in Blackrock, where her vocal talent was first recognised. Her career as a soprano, both in Ireland and around the world.
The last rose of summer The spinning wheel The fairy tales of Ireland I will walk with my love Home sweet home Lullaby She is far from the land Danny Boy Jimmy mo mhíle stór Perfect day Galway Bay My lovely Celia O that it were so Domhnall Óg Love thee dearest.