Darren's cheque for church
Tenor Darren Mooney's star may be on the up and up but he certainly hasn't forgotten his roots. On Monday, the talented singer took the time to present a cheque for €3,650 to Newtown and District Tidy Towns Association to support their ongoing work at Kilmurray Church.
Back in February, Darren organised a fundraising concert of classical and Irish music in St Matthew's Church which delighted the capacity audience. The aim of the venture was to raise as much money as possible to continue the work of stabilising the ruins of the ancient Kilmurray Church near his native Newtownmountkennedy and, on Monday, Darren was on hand to present the proceeds of the concert to architect Huw O'Toole, representing the local Tidy Towns group.
Kilmurray Church was built c1775 but it's believed there may have been a church on this site as far back as 1650. The remedial work at Kilmurray Church ruin has been ongoing for some time. Phase one stabilization is complete and phase two is due to start, as soon as funding is secured.
The Tidy Towns group and the people of Newtown have sent a huge 'thank you' to Darren for his support.