Limerick bands to battle for charity

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

At the launch of Battle of the Bands: Mike Gavin, Brendan Ring, Brian O'Grady, Sean Lynch, Martin Hartnett, Tony Power and Finbarr Brougham
A NUMBER of local bands will be singing from the same hymn sheet on Saturday, April 6 next when they take part in a major fundraiser - The Battle of the Bands.

A NUMBER of local bands will be singing from the same hymn sheet on Saturday, April 6 next when they take part in a major fundraiser - The Battle of the Bands.

Two Limerick charities, Cliona’s Foundation and the Limerick branch of the Lourdes Invalid Fund, will host what promises to be a fantastic night in Bruff Rugby Club.

The bands performing on the night include Nightfall, Reverse the Hearse, Cáirde Ceol, Never the Less, Wonderwall and The 3 Chords.

All of the musicians have waived their fees for their performances and are delighted to be involved.

Speaking about the event and the intense planning involved, Brendan Ring, founder of Cliona’s Foundation said they were “delighted” with the support received from the bands and all those involved.

“It never fails to amaze me how generous people are in lots of ways. We rely on these fundraisers to ensure that families with critically ill children can be supported with non-medical expenses and in some way ease the financial stresses felt by these families,” he said.

The Battle of the Bands will start at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 and are available on the door on the night or by contacting Cliona’s Foundation on 061 400640 and or 087 1887700.

Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance to critically ill children and has recently secured TV presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan as its first ever patron.

Founded in 2007 by Brendan and Terry Ring, in honour of their daughter Cliona who died of an inoperable brain tumour, the Foundation has raised in excess of €335,00 already, helping more than 120 families across Ireland.

The Lourdes Invalid fund began in 2007 by Fergal Deegan, Finbarr Brougham and Eoghan Deegan who were trying to identify some fundraising ideas for the Limerick Lourdes Invalid Fund.

It was decided that a charity cycle would be a worthwhile venture, so a plan was devised to cycle from Nantes to Lourdes in 2008 as this would coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions which had a huge effect on the Southern French town. In 2011, the Lourdes Invalid fund supported Cliona’s Foundation and the Limerick branch of the motor neurone association raising over €40,000.

In June of this year the Lourdes Invalid Fund cyclists are planning to repeat this 800km cycle from Nantes to Lourdes over five days with a fundraising target of €50,000. For more details on Cliona’s Foundation, visit www.clionasfoundation.com. For more details on The Lourdes Invalid Fund visit www.lourdescycle.com