A JOHNNY Cash and Garth Brooks tribute night to be held in the Millennium Centre in Caherconlish on Friday May 16 will generate a huge buzz around the community, according to the two students organising it.
LIT students Aoife Carroll and James Quinn decided to organise the event in order to raise money for the centre, which has been open since 1999.
The centre has recently received a lottery grant allowing it to expand and refurbish its interior. It has also installed state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology, a stage area and a full bar.
“We wanted to give the centre new ideas of what they could do and how they could benefit from the refurbishment work,” Ms Carroll said.
“They’ve built on a huge extension, so we thought that now they have all the new technology in as well, it’d be a great time to have some sort of a concert,” she added.
With between 350 and 400 people expected to be there on the night, Mr Quinn says that the concert will bring a sense of community spirit to the parish.
“Hopefully we can bring everyone closer together through the concert and preparing for it, especially considering the actual Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin aren’t too long after that,” he said.
The act on the night, from Newcastle West, have seen their bookings skyrocket since the announcement of the Croke Park concerts.
“It was a real coup to be able to book them to come to Caherconlish,” said Ms Carroll.
“They’re fully booked until 2015. They really interact with the crowd and go all over Ireland.”
The students also believe that the concert is an affordable, entertaining way to spend a night during the tough economic climate.
“Tickets are €10, so for anyone over 18 it’d be an ideal, cheap way to spend a Friday night, especially for people who missed out on going to the concert itself,” said Mr Quinn.
Two tickets for the Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park will be auctioned off on the evening, with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the centre.