Saxophone quartet help raise €60,000
On the May Bank Holiday weekend as temperatures soared over to over 25 degrees members of the Ballymore Eustace concert band (Est 1875) were blessed to play at the Laragh car boot sale in the Brockagh Centre. The saxophonists, including Robert O’Brien and Hilary Jackson from Baltinglass, normally seeking shelter from the rain, played under the welcome shade of the trees.
The musicians have undertaken a massive fundraising project to insulate their band-hall. They require in excess of €60,000 to future proof the historic home of the band. The band has grown to over 60 members including the junior band, and vary in age from six to 86. The players endure very uncomfortable cold conditions during the winter months during long rehearsals. Eamonn Deegan from Poulaphuce has been a member of the band for 65 years and has even traveled to the US to play, commented that he wasn’t used to playing in such fine conditions.
Ian Bachhouse from Knockananna sold raffle tickets on the day for the bands up and coming Monster Raffle which has in excess of 60 prizes, including flying lessons, hotel stays, concert hall tickets, cash prizes and vouchers for local businesses to name but a few. The members are not only confident in their music abilities but believe that communities pulling together can get the job done. Musicians from all over Leinster play with this award winning band who are heading to Clonakilty this July for the South of Ireland Band Championships where they are no strangers to scooping awards.