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Monday 22 July 2019

Sell-out show raises €4,500 for hospital

New Ross singers present €4,500 to New Ross Communtiy Hospital. Front: Frances Ryan, Community Hospital, and Loretto O’Keeffe,New Ross Singers. Back: Myra Foley, Connie Tantrum, Brian Geoghegan, New Ross Singers, Michelle Murphy and Tom Clarkin, Community Hospital
New Ross singers present €4,500 to New Ross Communtiy Hospital. Front: Frances Ryan, Community Hospital, and Loretto O’Keeffe,New Ross Singers. Back: Myra Foley, Connie Tantrum, Brian Geoghegan, New Ross Singers, Michelle Murphy and Tom Clarkin, Community Hospital

Simon Bourke

A concert organised by the New Ross Singers in aid of New Ross Community Hospital has raised a total of €4,500.

Held in the Horse and Hound Hotel in Ballinaboola, the concert represented a departure from the singers' previous performances of works by Handel and Haydn, as the group chose to focus on more contemporary works and pop songs by well-known acts from the 20th century.

Those acts included Queen, ABBA, Billy Joel, Burt Bacharach and Aretha Franklin, and the concert proved hugely successful with the sell-out crowd, all of whom were there not just to enjoy the music but also to support their local hospital.

Another factor in the huge crowds was the appearance of local band The Nomads, featuring Sean Connick, Dermot Kehoe, Tomas Kavanagh, David O'Brien and Johnny Aylward, The Nomads had originally formed in the CBS for Slógadh in the Eighties and were appearing in concert for one-night only, this special occasion encouraging them to dust off their instruments and take to the stage again.

'They were super on the night, really, really good,' said Connie Tantrum, choir director of the New Ross Singers.

She thanked Brendan Murphy of the Horse and Hound for providing the room for free and local businesses for donating prizes for the raffle.

'The raffle itself made €1,000, which was astonishing,' Connie said. 'The choir committee was able to hand over a cheque for a total of €4,500 to Frances Ryan, chairperson of the Hospital Board. It was an amazing amount from one concert.

'It was a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxed evening of music. Everyone went out smiling.'

Attracting music lovers from all walks of the life, the night also saw 12 residents from the hospital make their way to the venue courtesy of Jean O'Leary and her staff who assisted them throughout the evening.

The choir, which started in 1982 and has donated to many local charities over the years, is now on its break and will meet again in September when the singers will settle down to learn something completely different.

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