Over €50,000 has been raised for the Ardee Hospice over the last five years – all from the annual Country Music Concert held at the Nuremore Hotel which this year saw proceeds bring in €14,415 for the worthy local cause.
Michael English and Brendan Shine were the star turns at the fifth annual show held two weeks ago – and this year, it was the most successful yet – bringing in almost €3,000 more than in 2016. It’s all thanks to ticket sales, raffle sales and kind donations.
Speaking at Thursday evening’s cheque presentation at Moorehall Lodge in Ardee, organiser Paddy Sherry (pictured above with Alice Hennessey, Una Woods and Bernie Sherry) said the popular event – sold-out and full to capacity – had drawn visitors as far away from UK.
He thanked the communities in Louth and Meath for coming together, as they do yearly, to support the Ardee Hospice.
“To the people who bought tickets for the show, who made donations, gave spot prizes – thank you for your generosity and help towards a great cause, “Paddy Sherry said. “A lot of people who sold the tickets were cancer patients themselves, thanks to them as they were so eager to help and sell tickets for the night.
Describing the amount raised as “magnificent”, Sherry added, “Thanks to everyone for their amazing generosity and help. So many gave their time willingly, to aid an organisation that makes such a difference to people’s lives.”
“I really have to thank Michael English and his special guest Brendan Shine who just took the house down [with] an absolutely brilliant show to a packed house,” he said. “They played to suit all ages and gave a beautiful tribute to Josie Duff and Kathy McDonald who were so much involved and are a great loss to Ardee Hospice.”
Sherry also paid tribute to those who helped bring the event together – including Brendan Campbell, Minty’s and Finlay’s for providing transport, raffle ticket sellers, local media, Pat Dignan and they staff at the Nuremore and Pat Ward, who was MC on the night.
A grand total of €51,150 has been handed over to Ardee Hospice, as proceeds of concerts in the last five years.
Last year, Mike Denver headlined the concert whilst back in 2015, Jimmy Buckley was star of the show. Derek Ryan headlined in 2014.