IN what was another exceptional show of community spirit among locals across West Limerick, Friday night's charity céilí in aid of Chernobyl Children International raised well over €3,000.
The 13th annual event proved to be an extremely lucky one for organisers - the West Limerick Outreach Group - who said they were astonished by the level of support for Friday night's fundraiser.
Joint organiser, Mike Kiely, described the night as 'unbelievable' with almost 230 people coming along to the Devon Inn to support the event.
"It was absolutely unbelievable. We had a brilliant night and we are absolutely thrilled with the support we got on the night," Mike told The Kerryman. "This is an established event now and people across West Limerick are very good to us."
Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International relies on the support of outreach groups like that in West Limerick to finance the cost of bringing children to Ireland from affected areas of Chernobyl. In the past five years alone, the West Limerick Outreach Group have raised in excess of €120,000 and have given more than 400 children the opportunity to enjoy a holiday in the area.
In a recent letter to the group, Adi Roche paid tribute to everyone who makes these visits happen.
"This would not be possible without the continued support of the people of West Limerick," she wrote. "Thank you for caring about the world's most fragile, vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the affected Chernobyl regions."
The money from Friday night's event will also be used to send aid to the villages, orphanages and hospitals in the area affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and help with building projects there.