Gorey Dis­trict Hospi­tal re­ceive €5,585 from O’Keefe fam­ily

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

The fam­ily of Jimmy ‘Dig­ger’ O’Keefe who passed away in July from can­cer have raised a gen­er­ous amount of €5,585 for Gorey Dis­trict Hospi­tal.

A ben­e­fit night was held in his mem­ory at Fer­rycar­rig Ho­tel in Wex­ford re­cently, where a room full of peo­ple en­joyed clas­sic en­ter­tain­ment from Theresa and The Stars, Mary D’Arcy, Louise Jones and Cow­boy Larry, who trav­elled from Ty­rone to play for his num­ber one fan – Dig­ger.

‘My fa­ther loved Cow­boy Larry’s mu­sic,’ said Fiona O’Keefe. ‘He sang his favourite song ‘Red River Rosie’ which we also played at his fu­neral ser­vice.’

The fam­ily de­cided the money they raised would go to a lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion. Gorey Hospi­tal will buy a much-needed hospi­tal bed with the funds and place a plaque on it in Dig­gers mem­ory.

‘They were very good to him lead­ing up to the time of his death,’ said Fiona.

Fiona said the fam­ily would like to thank Wex­ford Gen­eral Hospi­tal and Gorey Hospi­tal.

ABOVE: Fam­ily mem­bers of the late Jimmy O’Keefe with €5,585 cheque for Gorey Hospi­tal. LEFT: the late Jimmy ‘Dig­ger’ O’Ke­effe

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