Full house for Baile Mhuire at Rose Hotel concert for new bus

Marian Barnes, Theresa Nash and Maureen O’Brien pictured at the Baile Mhuire Fundraising Concert in the Rose Hotel on Sunday evening. All photos by Fergus Dennehy
Marian Barnes, Theresa Nash and Maureen O’Brien pictured at the Baile Mhuire Fundraising Concert in the Rose Hotel on Sunday evening. All photos by Fergus Dennehy

Fergus Dennehy

The Rose Hotel was abuzz with activity on Sunday evening as locals enjoyed a great night of music for an even greater cause -  the Baile Mhuire Day Care Centre.

The evening, which was entitled "With A Little Help From My Friends", was all about helping the centre to raise funds to buy a brand new bus for the service; their current bus is now coming up on over 15-years old. 

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Over 180 people turned up to show their support and most importantly, these 180 people stayed for the whole night, joked Aidan Kelly, the Development Officer for the centre.

The whole night was the brainchild of the daughter of one of the centre's clients who after seeing all of the care and attention that her mother received, she felt the need to give something back.

Performers on the night included local choir Opus 96 under the musical directorship of Martina Ryan Murphy and accompanied by Ann Connolly, they were joined by special guests Ardfert Ladies Choir, local Tenor, Lloyd Fitzgibbon, and Friends of Baile Mhuire featuring Johnny Moriarty and Baile Mhuire service-user, Michael McCarthy.

Speaking about the success of the night, Aidan said that everyone had a great time and that as of Tuesday morning, they had managed to successfully raise approximately €4,000.

"A new bus is vital. It's hugely important for the service and for the comfort of our clients. We're looking at either buying a brand new one or going for a 151 model. We would easily get over 10 years out of the new bus and it will be well used," said Aidan on Tuesday.

"At the moment it is looking like we need to raise about €74,000 for a new one. This is just the very start of our fundraising efforts over the next few months and we are currently applying grants as well to help us with the costs," he continued.

For more information on what Baile Mhuire offers, head over to their website.

Kerryman

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