Wednesday 23 October 2019

Parish dance fundraiser is great success

Brendan Keane

The Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy provided the venue for a very special fundraising night recently which, in addition to raising money for two local parishes, also celebrated an icon of the Irish music scene.

The parish councils in Marshalstown and Castledockrell came together to organise the night to raise money for their respective areas.

However, the fact the event was headlined by Shawn Cuddy and his band added to the excitement leading up to the night.

One of the legendary names of the Irish music scene, this year marks the singer's 30th anniversary being at the forefront of the Irish dance hall music scene.

While there was a nostalgic atmosphere to the event from that point of view, it was a great occasion for everybody present who were treated to a wonderful night of music as Cuddy was backed by a phenomenal band of musicians.

The audience had the additional bonus of witnessing Ally Harron and Marian Curry in action and that added to the overall enjoyment on the night.

Parish councils all around the country depend very much on the support of people within their local communities to support their fundraising efforts if they are to be successful.

With that in mind the organisers of the night in the Riverside were very appreciative of the efforts people made to turn up for their event.

Originally from Co Laois, Cuddy began his foray into music playing alongside his two sisters.

However, after working in a hospital, driving a truck and playing solo he eventually formed his own band and has never looked back.

He has recorded 10 CD albums and five DVDs and has received numerous country music awards in addition to having many hit singles and albums in the Irish charts.

His latest album, 'Silver Gems', has gone down very well with fans and it contains four original songs in addition to some well-known standards.

One of hardest working artists on the contemporary Irish music scene his band tours Ireland and the UK on a regular basis, as well as the USA and across Europe, so the Enniscorthy gig was a very welcome addition to his busy schedule.

Enniscorthy Guardian