THE man behind the stunning Limerick On Record album - a collection of the finest in local music - has handed over a cheque for €20,100 to Milford Hospice.
Paddy Brennan, who spent two years painstakingly assembling the 62-track collection, handed over a cheque from the proceeds of the record this week.
The compilation, which features the best of Limerick music from a 50-odd year period, was sold in shops over the Christmas period, and with just 1000 copies printed, is already a collector’s item.
“We were delighted to hand the money over to Milford and to Sr Phyllis, who was thrilled,” explained the Corbally man, who drove the project along with the support of his wife Geraldine.
“It is a huge amount of money and they were delighted with it. We spoke to Pat Quinlan, the CEO of Milford, and the fundraising committee and they are very appreciative of it. To get it straight after Christmas is a boost to them as well I think.”
Paddy also revealed that he is “almost 100% sure” there will be a release of another limited edition batch of the CDs, after getting permission from the many record companies involved.
The move could potentially raise more money for Milford if it goes ahead, with no sign of interest waning in the three-CD collection, which features Bill Whelan’s Riverdance, Richard Harris’ MacArthur Park, Grannies Intentions’ Sandy’s On The Phone, The Cranberries’ Dreams, Reform’s You Gotta Get Up and more from Limerick’s musical history.
“The demand is still there. I have been onto a half dozen record companies and we have got the go-ahead now to do a limited run of the albums again.
“We want to do it while the demand is there. People are asking me all the time, they are still looking for it,” explained Paddy.
“I have been onto the manufacturers and if everything goes well, I might have a small amount of them in around ten days or so. We will put it back into the same places and let it sell then and it will make a bit more money for Milford as well.
Milford occupies a special place in the Brennan’s hearts, with several family members using palliative care services in the facility in recent years, while the Rock and Roll club he founded also has a long association with it.