Ballinacurra Weston youths show their art is in the right place with hospice donation

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

WEST End Youth Centre in Ballinacurra Weston has shown its art is in the right place with a donation of €650 to Milford Hospice.

WEST End Youth Centre in Ballinacurra Weston has shown its art is in the right place with a donation of €650 to Milford Hospice.

The colourful building on Childers Road is itself a work of art and was an appropriate location for an auction of works by local artists as part of a fundraising night for the Limerick care centre.

Part of the youth centre’s first ever Christmas showcase, the art auction was the main fundraising element of the event but by no means the only culture on offer.

Those who attended were treated to the wit and wisdom of funnyman Concy Ryan and to a performance from local dance troupe “L’s Angels”, with these West End girls ably choreographed by Sarah McCormick.

“The dance group had been training non-stop for a long time and it’s brilliant that their friends and family came along to see the performance. We’re very proud of their hard work. I think it’s important that young people have positive role models and are actively engaged in their communities,” said Evan O’Grady, a Weston native and participant on the youth worker apprentice programme.

“We’re delighted that we’ve raised so much for the hospice. It’s the first time we tried anything like an art auction and it was great that so many people were willing to donate their time for such a good cause,” said youth worker Pamela Keogh, the event’s chief organiser.

Proceeds from the event night have been presented to Milford’s Sr Phyllis Donnellan. For more information on West End Youth Centre, see West End Youth Centre or call 061 441078.