A SERIES of fundraisers are currently taking place for Paul Darbyshire, Munster Strength and Conditioning coach for the past four years, who was diagnosed last September with Motor Neurone Disease, and chief among the events is a major night in Dolan’s Warehouse this Sunday.
Although diagnosed last year, Paul has continued to carry out his duties with the squad with courage and humour and is a popular member of the squad, and was present when Munster were presented with the Magners League trophy recently in Thomond Park.
The gig this Sunday night will feature appearances by Munster players Paul O’Connell and Jerry Flannery, while entertainment will come from Hermitage Green - featuring Barry Murphy - Mary Kate from Fight Like Apes, Mike Hanrahan from Stockton’s Wing, local bands Acoustra and Celtic Whisper, Eoin Coughlan and comedians Jon Kenny and Pat Shortt.
There will be a minimum donation of ten euro on the door and the proceeds raised will go to support Paul, as well as research into Motor Neurone Disease, and the event is being organised by Mick and Valerie Dolan in association with the Munster Rugby Supporters Club, whose chairperson, Ian Buckley, said it “promises to be a fantastic night”.
“The idea behind the fundraisers is to support Paul and also to support research into Motor Neurone Disease,” explained Ian.
“The main event is a cycle which kicks off on Sunday from Musgrave Park and will run up to Limerick, finishing in Thomond Park at 4pm, and continuing on and finishing the following week over in Warrington where Paul is from. We had a fundraiser last weekend in Ballina in Flanagan’s Bar, organised by Shaun and Michelle Payne and that was a great success,” he added.
“The main event for us this Sunday is down in Dolan’s and we have a great line-up and it promises to be a fantastic night, and we would urge anyone who can come down to do so,” Ian continued.
“We do need people to support this event, with fundraisers these days we feel that you have to give something back, the days of going out with a bucket and people throwing in money without getting something back are gone, and we feel that this event will do that,” he added.
‘A Night of Music for Paul Darbyshire’ takes place in Dolan’s Warehouse from 7.30pm.