Sheila and Mike to ‘Sing For Africa’


The Corkman - - NEWS -

BO­HER­BUE Church will re­sound to a feast of fes­tive mu­sic at the 7.30pm Vigil Mass on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, when Sheila Fitzger­ald and Mike Shee­han will stage a ‘Sing for Africa’ fundraiser for Fr Martin Mc­Cor­mack’s projects in Swazi­land.

Fr Mc­Cor­mack, who is home in Bal­ly­desmond for six weeks, will cel­e­brate the Mass and will him­self per­form some wellloved Christ­mas car­ols.

Sheila and Mike will be joined by Bo­her­bue Par­ish Choir, chil­dren from the lo­cal na­tional school, and harpists Ciara Hart­nett, Iso­bel Hynes and Sarah O’Ke­effe.

“It’s won­der­ful to come home and re­con­nect with your hospi­tal­ity and hu­mour; no mat­ter where I am in the world, I am proud of my her­itage and the place that in­spired me to be a mis­sion­ary. I do what I do be­cause peo­ple gen­er­ously sup­port my work in Swazi­land” Fr Martin told the Cork­man.

“As soon as I get back to Africa in mid-Jan­uary, there will be a long queue of young peo­ple look­ing for school fees. It’s im­pos­si­ble to help ev­ery­one who comes; last year 300 came to me in the first two weeks of the school year,” he ex­plained.

“The generosity at our var­i­ous fundrais­ers last Christ­mas was as­tound­ing and so ap­pre­ci­ated, the dif­fer­ence it makes to the lives of those I min­is­ter to is ex­tra­or­di­nary, and I thank you all sin­cerely,” he added.

Projects com­pleted in the past year in­clude five soup kitchens in ru­ral pri­mary schools which feed 2,000 twice daily; three new class­rooms; four schools painted; and elec­tric­ity and 12 blocks of toi­lets in­stalled for chil­dren, in­clud­ing spe­cial needs units.

Sheila and Mike, who have recorded nu­mer­ous CDs and DVDs over the years, mark this fes­tive sea­son with the re­lease of a new sin­gle, ‘Silver Bells’, which can be heard on all ra­dio sta­tions from this week.

‘Silver Bells’ is the brand new Christ­mas Sin­gle from Sheila Fitzger­ald and Mike Shee­han. The cou­ple will host a Sing for Africa fundraiser for Fr Martin Mc­Cor­mack’s projects in Swazi­land at the 7.30pm Mass in Bo­her­bue Church on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15.

A lo­cal woman work­ing in the soup kitchens, which feed 2,000 chil­dren twice daily.

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