Friday 9 December 2016

Top Irish comedy talent launch Vicar Street gig for sick children in Temple Street

Published 14/05/2015 | 18:16

Top Irish comedians visited the children in Temple Street hospital today as part of the official launch of an event organised to raise much-needed funds for the redevelopment of the hospital’s Renal and Neurology Outpatients Unit.

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Funnyman PJ Gallagher is among the comedy talent who will be taking part in the 'Laugh Out Loud' gig at Vicar Street next month, led by MC Kevin Mc Gahern.

Today, the two joined Al Porter, Joanne McNally, Eric Lalor and members from Totally Wired at the Dublin children's hospital to speak to the children who will benefit from the fundraising, in association with The Lisa Richards Agency.

"It's good fun - it always is, getting to walk the wards and meet everybody again," PJ Gallagher told independent.ie.

"I think you build up a relationship with the place, you start to wonder why you're not doing stuff sometimes. Apart from all the work that goes on in the hospital, it's always a good laugh. It's a really nice thing to be part of," he added.

Kevin McGahern said the visit "has been a lovely mix of emotions".

"It's great seeing the kids, some of them are amazing, they're great craic. But then there's money that needs to be raised. It's a weird mix of emotions but there's money that needs to be raised, get that cash in and get them dollars flowing."

Other comedians who will be featured in the Vicar Street event on June 13 include Colm O’Regan, Chris Kent, The Improv, David O’Doherty, Karl Spain, John Colleary, and Gearoid Farrelly.

Denise Fitzgerald, Temple Street’s Charity CEO said: "This event has raised over €115,000 for sick kids since it started and is a night not to be missed! I would like to thank all the comedians who have supported us over the years and a special thanks to the Lisa Richard’s Agency for their continued support – you have helped us to make a real difference to our patient’s lives.”

In 2014, over 6000 children attended the hospital’s renal & neurology clinics and outpatient services for these critical specialties are currently run in cramped and crowded environments.

The Vicar Street event starts at 8.30pm and tickets cost €21 (including booking fee). For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.ie.

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