Friday 29 August 2014

Major concert to mark 30 years of fundraising for St Patrick's

Bill Browne

Published 24/10/2013 | 05:26

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At the launch of the concert were (back, from left): Noel Hickey (East Cork Oil), Tom Barry (Vice Chairman, S.P.H.F.A.), Paul O'Regan (S.P.H.F.A.) and Charlie McCarthy (McCarthy Insurance) Front Row: Catherine Dorgan (Cork Marts), Dave Ryan (Amber Service Station Fermoy), Tom Higgins (Chairman S.P.H.F.A.),Tony Glavin (Glavin and Ronan Accountants Fermoy), Sheena O'Brien (Secretary S.P.H.F.A.), Owen O'Keefe (International Swimmer) and Cllr Tadgh O'Donovan

FOR the past three decades the St Patrick's Hospital Fundraising Association has been central to the development of the Fermoy facility.

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Those 30 years of unstinting commitment will be celebrated at a musical evening taking place at the Corrin Events Centre on Wednesday, December 4 featuring some of Ireland best loved singers.

The event was officially launched this week at the centre by young Fermoy cross-channel swimmer Owen O'Keeffe in the presence of association committee members including Chairman Tom Higgins and PRO Cllr Tadgh O'Donovan.

The evening will kick off with a wine reception at 7pm followed by a fully seated concert in the company of veteran Irish country singer Louise Morrissey with support from The Ryan Turner Band and Gary Gamble.

Guests will then tuck into some party food before dancing into the wee hours to music from East Cork based cover band Allegro.

Mr Higgins said it promised to be a fantastic night of fun and entertainment.

"The event will be ideal for a company Christmas night out or as an opportunity for friends to meet and enjoy the music," he said.

"Tickets are limited and early purchase is advised to avoid disappointment," he added.

Tickets priced at €25 are available from retail outlets in Fermoy, the Corrin Event Centre, Dooley's in Rathcormac and Alan's Supermarket in Araglin.

The association was founded in 1983 to help cover the day-to-day costs of running the community hospital.

In 1999 it launched a campaign to raise €300,000 toward the cost of the new Dochas wing at the hospital, which was finally built in 2009

The hugely successful appeal eventually realised an outstanding €460,000, with the balance being used to fund other initiatives.


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