Groups ben­e­fit from fes­ti­val

Wexford People - - GENEROUS WEXFORD! -

EIGHT COM­MU­NITY groups based in and around Our Lady’s Is­land re­ceived a wel­come boost when they re­ceived cheques from the Leo Carthy Fes­ti­val re­cently.

This year was the fifth year of the fam­ily fes­ti­val which fea­tured mu­sic acts in­clud­ing Danescas­tle Mu­sic Group and Martina Keane, drama per­for­mances from Bal­lycog­ley Play­ers, a 6km fun run, and kids en­ter­tain­ment.

The fes­ti­val was es­tab­lished in 2013, in mem­ory of the late Leo Carthy, the for­mer lo­cal coun­cil­lor who had been a great sup­porter and pro­moter of mu­sic and cul­tural life in Wex­ford.

In to­tal, just over €5,500, a fig­ure which was split be­tween the RNLI in Ross­lare Har­bour, the Ir­ish Heart Foun­da­tion, Our Lady’s Is­land GAA Club, Our Lady’s Is­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Bal­lycog­ley Play­ers, St Paul’s Ath­letic Club, Páisti Beag Child­care, and Scoil Mhuire NS in Broad­way.

In the last five years, the com­mit­tee has used the event as a lo­cal fundraiser, and has given out in ex­cess of €30,000 to com­mu­nity groups in that time.

All per­form­ers took part free of charge and a large band of vol­un­teers were on site through­out the week­end to turn their hand to any num­ber of tasks.

Cllr Ger Carthy, who is a mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, paid trib­ute to the per­form­ers with­out whom, he said, the event could not take place.

He also thanked the fes­ti­val’s many spon­sors for their gen­eros­ity and all those who helped out over the course of the event.

Fi­nally, he thanked all those who had at­tended and sup­ported the fes­ti­val, help­ing to cre­ate a very spe­cial com­mu­nity event.

At the pre­sen­ta­tion of the pro­ceeds from the Leo Carthy Week­end in Our Lady’s Is­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the RNLI, Ross­lare Har­bour, St Paul’s AC, Bal­lycog­ley Play­ers, the Ir­ish Heart Foun­da­tion, Our Lady’s Is­land GAA Club, Our Lady’s Is­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, the lo­cal playschool, Schoil Mhuire in Broad­way and Danescas­tle Mu­sic Group (from left) back – Tr­ish Car­roll, Tommy Car­roll, Sean Carthy, Brian Bres­lin, Louise Mor­ris, John Hayes and Terrance O’Byrne; seated – Tr­ish Ka­vanagh, Brid­get Sin­nott, Suzanne El­lard and Tr­ish Boyce.

Anna O’Leary, Eleanor Quilty and Ann Anglim at a cof­fee morn­ing in Bog­gans, New­town Road in aid of Wex­ford Hospice Home­care.

Conor and Louise McCleane tak­ing part in a ta­ble quiz hosted by Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers in aid of Wex­ford Hospice Home­care at the River­bank House Ho­tel.

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