Tuesday 12 December 2017

Huge support for Rory at festival in Saltmills

Seamie Kehoe entertaining the crowds
Seamie Kehoe entertaining the crowds
Amanda Finn and Jackie Sinnott
Cody Whelan, Jack Cullen, AJ Drought and Tiernan Heneghan at the bouncy castle
Emma O'Grady, Brian Furlong and Megan Murphy
Jimmy Cullen playing skittles

A music festival for seriously ill Tintern youth Rory Whelan attracted over 400 people to Saltmills recently, raising €3,900 to help meet his parent's costs as they stay by his bedside in a Dublin hospital.

Family friend Dick Keating organised a skittles fundraising tournament, which mushroomed into a music festival at The Vine pub in Saltmills.

Rory is a Sixth Class pupil in Poulfur National School. He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome in April and is being treated in Temple Street Hospital.

Among the acts who volunteered their time and talents were Mark Monaghan, Stephen Cullen, Seamie Kehoe, The Rogues and Don't Fret.

Dick said he was overwhelmed by the support the festival received.

'To get between 400 and 500 people in such a small place was incredible.'

The perfect summer's day began with a skittles tournament, followed by music and a barbecue. People donated at the event, which was sponsored by local businesses.

Dick thanked everyone who volunteered on the day and businesses and anyone who donated, saying Rory (13), is improving in Temple Street Hospital and is aware of how well the festival went. He said Rory's parents Helen and Paul are overwhelmed by the support they received from the community.

New Ross Standard

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