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Church acoustics boosted by comedy act


Well-known comedian Fiona O’Loughlin will share some of the quirks of Irish Catholic family life in a fund-raiser for the Brooklyn Park/Richmond parish.

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The 2018 winner of I’m a Celebrity…Get me out of here, is performing during this year’s Adelaide Fringe and has taken up an invitation from parish priest Fr Peter Zwaans to perform at St Mary’s College Performing Arts Centre on Sunday March 3 at 2pm.

A Cabra Dominican College old scholar, Fiona was born into an Irish-Australian Catholic family at Warooka, South Australia, and is a mother of five children, four of whom boarded at Sacred Heart College.

Fiona lived in Alice Springs for 27 years but relocated to Melbourne in 2012.

Fr Zwaans said the proceeds from the performance would go towards paying for the sound system upgrades recently completed at St John Bosco and St Aloysius churches.

“Words have the power to bring us together and unite us in one mind and one voice,” he said.

“At Mass God gathers his people to hear his word and sing his praise, and we’re greatly helped by the amplification of voices and projection of words.

“Fiona is generously taking time out of her busy Adelaide Fringe schedule to spend the afternoon with us – how fitting that we are seeing the effect that words can have in bringing people together in a common experience of laughter.”

In 2010 The Southern Cross interviewed Fiona after her battle with alcoholism was revealed in the national media.

In the interview, she expressed her gratitude to her parents Deidre and Denis Taheny, who still live in Warooka on the Yorke Peninsula, for their support.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 from For further information contact the parish on 8352 3561 or


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