Friday 19 January 2018

Motor neurone event to go ahead despite death of admired fundraiser

AFTER the death of well-known fundraiser Johnny Reidy, members of the Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone Disease wondered whether they should go ahead with their major fundraising day.

But after talking with the Reidy family and many of Johnny's friends, it soon became apparent that if Johnny's spirit -- long admired in Kerry footballing circles -- was to prevail, then the event must proceed.

When the idea of such a fundraiser was first proposed by Johnny himself, he insisted that other sufferers of motor neurone disease (MND) and their families in Co Kerry be enlisted to help heighten awareness of MND and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and organise a successful fundraiser.

The main event of the fundraising campaign is on Sunday, June 26, at Darby O'Gills in Lisivigeen, Killarney. Please come along and support a very worthy cause.

Summer music with the Morningtons

The Mornington Singers and their conductor Orla Flanagan invite you all to 'Music for a Summer's Evening' this Wednesday, June 22, at 8pm at St George's & St Thomas's Church on Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin.

The concert offers sacred music by Schütz and expressive madrigals by Monteverdi to the bitter intensity of Poulenc's Four Motets for Lent and Whitacre's evocative Three Flower Songs.

Tickets are priced €10 and €5 concessions and are available at the door. (See

Harper Collins buys 'Paperboy' rights

Dublin publishing house Y Books has announced that it has sold the international rights for Paperboy by Tony Macaulay to Harper Collins.

This major publishing deal was brokered by Prizeman & Kinsella Literary Agency and comes on the back of the sale of the film rights to Titian Red Pictures.

Harper Collins plans to release the new edition of the memoir of growing up in Belfast in the mid-Seventies in November 2011 in the UK and Australia.

Walking tour of Dublin's architecture

Discover Dublin's architectural icons with a walking tour of the city, the next of which takes place on Saturday, June 25. Tours cost €10, typically last 90 minutes and numbers are limited to just 25. For bookings, see

Comedy night in aid of suicide charity

The Big Bash -- a fundraising comedy night for suicide awareness charity Sosad -- takes place in the Laughter Lounge in Dublin on Wednesday night at 7pm.

It should be noted that this is an over-18s event. Tickets are priced at €20 and the price of admission includes a free cocktail. For bookings see or

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