50 Shades of Green for Limerick charity gig

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Big gig: Dermot Sheedy and Barry Murphy of Hermitage Green plant a kiss on the cheek of Siobhan Mungovan of the Mid-West Spina Bifida Assocation. Picture: Paul Mullins
LIMERICK band Hermitage Green are showing the love to a local charity by giving up their Valentine’s night to play a special gig.

LIMERICK band Hermitage Green are showing the love to a local charity by giving up their Valentine’s night to play a special gig.

The band will play a rare gig in their home city this Saturday night in aid of the Mid-West Spina Bifida Association.

The gig will offer fans the chance both to support the charity and to see the popular local band perform unplugged in the Orchard Bar.

Barry Murphy of Hermitage Green said the band were “delighted” to give up their Valentine’s night to help the charity raise funds.

“It is for a very good cause and should be a great night,” he said.

The group - also featuring Dan Murphy, Dermot Sheedy, Darragh Griffin and Darragh Graham - who are gearing up to return to the studio next month to record a new EP for a planned release in April, will also offer an insight into their music and inspirations as they answer questions from the crowd.

Mid-West Spina Bifida, who work with 106 families with members who have Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus in Limerick and the wider region, will get 100% of the €20 cover charge, development manager Michelle Daly Hayes explained.

“We at the Mid-West Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association are delighted to have Hermitage Green here to offer this unique fundraiser,” she said.

“The guys have been so helpful and 100% of the ticket price is going to the charity, we are only 40% funded by the HSE so we are hoping this event will help us to carry on providing our vital services for our members,” added Ms Daly Hayes.

The charity has been in existence since 1982 and provides vital services such as physiotherapy, family support and counselling to those with the condition which causes incomplete development of the spinal cord.

“The effects of the condition vary from profound physical and intellectual disability to milder disabilities,” explained Michelle.

Tickets are available by calling 061-439990 or emailing info@spinabifida.ie. Tickets are also available on eventbrite.ie. Doors at 7pm.