Killaloe gigs aim to combat cancer

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

WHATEVER about the Killaloe/Ballina divide, the two towns have come together to raise funds for breast cancer charities through a series of events this month.

WHATEVER about the Killaloe/Ballina divide, the two towns have come together to raise funds for breast cancer charities through a series of events this month.

This Thursday night, May 3, Killaloe will host a concert featuring choirs from Limerick and Killaloe, for the ‘Big Pink Gig’. Among the performing stars will be local rugby hero, Damien Varley, who sings with the Killaloe/Ballina Gospel choir, in the Pop-UpPlayhouse based at the Kincora Marina. The gig starts at 8pm, with a €15 admission charge.

The event will also see the launch of this year’s Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk which takes place in the town on June 16.

Limerick grandmother, Alice O’Farrell from Corbally, who missed out on last year’s walk due to chemotherapy, said: “This year I’m feeling great and I’m ready to put on those walking shoes myself.”

Alice has been indefatigable in her efforts to raise funds for cancer. Last year she raised €76,000 for the Mid Western Development Trust by producing the Hope Calendar in which she, her friends and even her little grand-daughter, two year old Sadhbh, were featured. The money went to the symptomatic breast unit at the hospital. “There is hardly a family who isn’t touched by cancer,” she Alice. “My own family was no exception. That’s why I became involved with fundraising. Then on the June week-end of 2010, I discovered that I had breast cancer myself. The discovery was devastating but it had to be dealt with and here I am,” she said.

A fashion and beauty fair will also be held on Thursday, May 24, in the Lakeside Hotel. See www.pinkribbonwalk.ie to register