Sunday 22 September 2019

Marie's love for music recalled during Knocknagree concert

The Sliabh Luachra Set Dancers who performed at the ‘Music For Marie’ concert in Knocknagree
The Sliabh Luachra Set Dancers who performed at the ‘Music For Marie’ concert in Knocknagree
John Dineen, Killarney;Janet Robertson, Ballydehob, and Carol Finn, Buttevant
Marie’s brother Benny Joe O’Connor and his wife Lorraine

Sheila Fitzgerland

The serene ambience in the Church of Christ the King, Knocknagree, provided the perfect setting for the 'Music for Marie' concert, a fundraiser for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

The superb music of the Shandrum Céilí Band, supported by a whole host of talented local acts, celebrated the life of a woman who was very much loved by her family, friends, and everyone who knew her throughout North Cork and beyond.

The late Marie Collins from Doon, Kiskeam, and originally a native of nearby Knocknagree, was one of a kind, she always had a smile on her face,  a kind word for everyone and was well known for her volunteer work in many organisations throughout Duhallow.

She set up her own business DigiPulse Marketing which provided a Digital Marketing Consultancy for small businesses in the Cork/Kerry area but sadly, at the height of her success, Marie passed away suddenly on January 1, 2018 leaving her family shocked and bereft. The concert was organised by her son Timmy, a gifted musician, and a member of the Shandrum Céilí Band.  "We celebrate her life at this special event," said Timmy.

 "She was adored by many, she loved music and bestowed upon me my love for Sliabh Luachra music. I also got my skills for organisation and social media from her long before she set up her own business," he added. Speaking to The Corkman, Marie’s husband Danny said that the family wish to thank everybody for their kindness and support. 

It was a fantastic way to honour Marie in her own church where she often sang in the choir," he said. 

"Also, it was an honour for myself and my fellow musicians in Kiskeam Brass Band to share the stage with such fantastic talent," added Danny. Musicians who took part in the concert were: The Shandrum Céilí Band, Kiskeam Brass Band, Nasc, The Sliabh Luachra Dancers, Anne Marie O'Riordan and Marie's son Patrick Collins.