Best of Brosna on show as lo­cals come to­gether to help re­duce church debt

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DEN­NEHY

IT sounds like Brosna is in store for one heck of a night next month as the vil­lage gets set to put on a show on the night of Fri­day De­cem­ber 8 at 8pm to help cover the costs of the lo­cal church ren­o­va­tions.

Mike Den­ver is set to be the main draw on the night and if the word of or­gan­iser John Mur­phy is any­thing to go by, ex­cite­ment is al­ready reach­ing fever pitch in the area.

“Fr Gunn came to me with the idea of do­ing a con­cert and he just said to me that could get Mike Den­ver and once we knew that, the whole night just started to take shape,” said John, speak­ing to The Ker­ryma non Fri­day.

“The tick­ets are fly­ing it at the minute which means that the big­gest prob­lem that we’re go­ing to have is that we won’t have enough space for every­one in the mar­quee; it’s a good com­paint!”

“The lo­cal com­mu­nity has re­ally come out in a show of sup­port to make sure that the night is a huge suc­cess; we’ve about 83 dif­fer­ent ticket sell­ers out and about at the mo­ment so the up­take and ex­cite­ment is mighty.”

Hav­ing seen the lo­cal church com­pletely ren­o­vated and re­fur­bished a num­ber of years ago, this lat­est con­cert is an­other in a long list of fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that the the lo­cal Brosna com­mu­nity has un­der­taken the help re­duce its build­ing debt.

“There was a huge job done on it [the church]. It was com­pletely ren­o­vated and all the old stone work was fixed up and re-done. There was around €1.5mil­lion spent on it now and so it’s look­ing im­mac­u­late,” he con­tin­ued.

With this re­porter quick to baulk at this daun­timg amount of debt, there’s a strong note of pride in John’s voice as he quickly points out that, of the €1.5mil­lion spent on the church, the lo­cal com­mu­nity has al­ready man­aged to raise back close to €1mil­lion of this, through a se­ries of walks, runs, dog nights and con­certs down the years.

“We’re well on our way to get­ting rid of it. We’re hop­ing to raise about €50,000 - €60,000. If we could man­age to get that amount, we’d be fly­ing it” John laughed be­fore go­ing on to tell me about all the ameni­ties that the pub­lic will be able to en­joy on the night.

“Well, it’ll be tak­ing place in the Square in Brosna and so we’ll have this big mar­quee tent there on the night; we’re go­ing to have plenty of park­ing, we’ve se­cured a bar li­cense for the mar­quee and sure we’ ll have the man him­self in Mike, so what else could peo­ple want,” he con­tin­ued.

Kerry Group, along with Galvin Mur­phy Hooper Dolan In­sur­ance Bro­kers, are the big­gest spon­sors on the night and John says that they, and the rest of the spon­sors of the event, must be given great credit for their fan­tas­tic sup­port.

“Tick­ets are avail­able to buy all over; they’re in Gar­vey’s Su­per­Valu in Castleis­land, they’re in Walsh’s Elec­tri­cal in both Tralee and Castleis­land and they can book through a few mo­bile num­bers as well if they wanted to,” said John.

Any­one look­ing to book tick­ets in ad­vance of the show can do so by call­ing John Mur­phy him­self on 0879286969, Marie Sheehan on 0879863663, Fr David Gunn on 0878119770 or through Lisa Cox on 0860791591.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to a great night,” fin­ished John.

Lo­cals in Brosna have ral­lied to­gether to help re­duce the debt in­curred by the church af­ter they ren­o­vated the build­ing a num­ber of years ago; IN­SET: Mike Den­ver will per­form

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