Tuesday 20 February 2018

Cathedral to host concert for Jack

Jack Kavanagh.
Jack Kavanagh.

david medcalf

A PHENOMENAL line-up has been assembled for a great cause as the 'Jack Kavanagh Trust Gala Concert' takes over St. Aidan's Cathedral in Enniscorthy on the evening of Friday, October 11.

The event is being staged to support Jack Kavanagh, grandson of Pauline Kavanagh and the late Simon Kavanagh from Inglewood in Enniscorthy.

The young man was left paralysed and wheelchair bound after sustaining catastrophic injuries in a swimming accident last year. Despite his condition, Jack is an inspiration to all he meets as he is poised to return to college and remains determined to live an active life.

It is nevertheless inevitable that his trust fund will require hundreds of thousands of euros to ensure that he will be properly looked after in the years ahead. So his Enniscorthy supporters are promoting the concert, compered by broadcaster Alan Corcoran, to provide entertainment and raise funds.

Top of the bill are the ' Rev Tenors' trio of Fr. William Howell, Fr Jim Fegan and Fr Aodhan Marken. The programme will also include the Wexford Male Voice Choir and mezzo soprano Lorna Mahon, fresh from entertaining the Taoiseach at the recent conference of the Council of International Investigators.

Lorna was to the fore in recruiting talent for the evening. Among those signed up are the father and daughter double act of Colm and Máire O'Tiarnaigh covering the genres from tradition to classical and church music; singer and guitarist Stephen Murphy from Bree; and the mighty Quinns - Ted and Ann-Marie with their daughters Jen and Rebecca.

The concert will also mark the cathedral debut not only of the singing Kinsella sisters Clodagh (18) and Stephanie (14) from Clonleigh but also of Niall (10) and Grace (11) Kehoe, all four students of Deirdre Masterson for voice training.

Concert tickets cost €10 and they may be purchased from Kavanagh's Pharmacy in Enniscorthy, Whites for Music in Wexford, Steemers-O' Leary in Bunclody and Astor TV/Electrical in Gorey - prompt purchase advised.

Gorey Guardian

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