Monday 19 February 2018

Singing and dancing the centrepiece of Lions Club fundraiser

A fantastic evening of music and dancing in a huge marquee inside Swords Castle has helped raise money for an active local organisation.

For the third year running, Swords and District Lions Club, supported by Fingal County Council, organise a hugely successful event as part of the Swords Summer Festival.

The event featured The Rat Pack from the UK who enthralled the audience of three hundred with songs of the past from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr.

Performing individually at first each astounded with his excellent portrayal of his role; however the real magic came when they sang together. After two hours with a short break their finale 'New York New York' had the entire audience on their feet.

The second half featured singer Roy Taylor, who performed swing, rock, jazz, country and more, for another hour. The large dancing area was packed to capacity with the 'oldies' clearly outpacing the younger generation.

Ray hit the spot with one popular old hit after another, and needless to say all knew the words of his songs too. A wonderful night by all accounts and as many said when leaving 'the Castle is a fabulous venue' and 'we'll be back next year'.

The event was opened by the new Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley who made a presentation to out-going Mayor Cllr Daragh Butler.

She welcomed all to the event marking the start of the Swords Summer Festival, now in its third year.

Lions President Sean Quigley thanked all for attending and supporting the club's efforts, outlining the club's activities and emphasising that all proceeds go to the Lions' charitable projects - club administration is paid for by the members themselves.

Facilities on the night included a well stocked wine, beer and soft drinks bar, a prosecco bar and food, tea and coffee provided by the Gourmet Food Parlour, Swords. The Lions Club especially wants to thank Paul Barnes and his team from Fingal Co Council's Events Section for their support and assistance.

Fingal Independent

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