Neil Young backs Limerick guitar project for cancer research

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

Neil Young (above) and actress Daryl Hannah expressed their support for the Rescue Guitar project after Limerick native Dr John O'Connor met them at an anti-fracking demonstration in Canada
ROCK god Neil Young and Hollywood A-lister Daryl Hannah are the latest big names backing a campaign by a group of Limerick musicians and artists to raise funds for cancer research.

ROCK god Neil Young and Hollywood A-lister Daryl Hannah are the latest big names backing a campaign by a group of Limerick musicians and artists to raise funds for cancer research.

A Fender Telecaster copy salvaged from a Limerick dump is the basis of the Rescue Guitar project - the idea being to add to the instrument’s value by having it played by as many musicians as possible before it is auctioned off.

The project has already struck a chord with Paul Brady and indie rock legend and former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore, both of whom were happy to pose with the axe.

Others to have played, posed with or otherwise endorsed the Rescue Guitar are Johnny Fean of Horslips, Josh Ritter and Limerick’s own Hermitage Green.

It was Corbally native Dr John O’Connor, who works as a GP in Alberta, Canada, who secured Neil Young and Daryl Hannah’s backing for the Rescue Guitar. Dr O’Connor was at an anti-fracking event in Canada where he met the guitarist and the actress-activist. And both were happy to stand with a photo of the Telecaster, with Young signing a personal endorsement on a poster.

“Since this guitar has been rescued, perhaps it could go on to rescue others,” said one Limerick artist involved with the project.

“Perhaps, if enough famous musicians and other stars could be photographed holding it, the guitar would develop a provenance all of its own. It might become very valuable by association with these great names and in the end, it could be sold at auction to the highest bidder, with all proceeds going to cancer research. Therefore, this is an appeal to raise funds from rich people or big business, not the general public who have enough demands on their scarce funds these days.”

He stressed the group was seeking no money from the general public. To find out more, see www.facebook.com/RescueGuitar