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Charity concert announced in memory of murdered Garda Adrian Donohoe

Elaine Keogh

Published 06/11/2015 | 17:00

A major fundraising concert in memory of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe has been announced today. At the launch of the concert aptly named 'Remembering Adrian' were Caroline Donohoe (Adrian's wife) and Fr Michael Cusack
A major fundraising concert in memory of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe has been announced today. At the launch of the concert aptly named 'Remembering Adrian' were Caroline Donohoe (Adrian's wife) and Fr Michael Cusack

The third anniversary of the death of Garda Adrian Donohoe will be marked by a special concert.

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Speaking at the launch of the event, his wife Caroline  said, “This concert is a fantastic tribute to Adrian and a beautiful way for us to celebrate who Adrian still is and will always be to us.

“Words cannot express how very grateful I am to everyone involved from the artists to the organisers and I wish them all every success,” she added.

Aptly titled ‘Remembering Adrian,’ it will be held in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church in Dundalk which is where his funeral mass was held and where the concert will be held.

It will be on Friday the 29th January, four days after the date of his death but three years exactly to the day - he was shot dead outside Lordship Credit Union in county Louth, on the night of the last Friday in January 2013.

His colleague Garda Tony Golden who was murdered last month in Omeath, a short distance from Lordship, was also remembered at the launch.

Musician Stewart Agnew is one of the organisers and he thanked the gardai for their support in organising the event “while they must yet again mourn the tragic passing of a colleague and friend, Garda Tony Golden.”

Stewart said the concert, “It is going to be a major event, which is only right considering it is Adrian we are remembering.”

“His death shocked everyone in this area to the core and now when we approach people in the community with an event that will honour him, we are pushing open doors.”

“We are delighted that Fr Michael Cusack and the Redemptorist Community are allowing us hold the event in the Church. I know from our discussions with Caroline Donohoe that this was the first and only option and we are very grateful for the help, support and involvement given,” he added.

Fr Michael, a family friend of the Donohoe’s, officiated at his funeral mass and speaking at the launch said, ‘in so many ways the tragic events of three years ago can’t be erased  from our minds or our hearts in anyway but they can be very strongly remembered.”

“I think it is so important for Caroline and her family and for the community to have some very concrete way of celebrating Adrian's life and keeping alive everything that is so good and so precious in their memory around Adrian.”

As well as international artists like The Priests and Fr Liam Lawton, the concert will also feature local artist Leah Kirwan (15) who became a YouTube sensation earlier this year singing ‘Titanium’ with her brother Noah (8).  Leah will be singing and playing the guitar.

The idea of a concert came from Stewart Agnew and local poet Kathleen Maddy.

Kathleen said, “We felt this concert is so important for Caroline and for the community (and) that as a community we wanted to do it the best we could and to do it with love and do it with the artists and the local artists in service to serve Adrian.”

Stewart said they were grateful for local gardai, led by Inspectors Brian Mohan and Martin Beggy, “for their input, support and advice in joining with us to organise this event while they must yet again mourn the tragic passing of a colleague and friend, Garda Tony Golden.”

“Most of all I must acknowledge the involvement of Caroline Donohoe in supporting this event and in helping us to identify where Adrian himself would have liked monies raised in his memory to go to,” Steward added.

Artists taking part are The Priests, Liam Lawton, Stewart Agnew, Kathleen Maddy, YouTube sensation Leah Kirwan (15) and St Joseph’s Redemptorist Senior Choir.

Monies raised will go toward charities close to Adrian’s heart and MC for the night will be RTE’s Eileen Dunne. 

Tickets go on sale from next Thursday, November 12th priced €40 from the following outlets: Photospeed, Long Walk Shopping Centre, Dundalk,; Carrolls Book Shop, Park St, Dundalk; McAteers Food Hall, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk,; St Patrick’s GAA Clubrooms, Lordship; Redemptorist Church, Dundalk.

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