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Christmas concert to benefit Children’s Ark Unit

Kilfenora members Sinead Heagney, Anthony Quigney, Ann Marie McCormack, John Lynch and Anne Rynne with Socks in the Frying Pans Shane and Fiachra Hayes launching the concert

Kilfenora members Sinead Heagney, Anthony Quigney, Ann Marie McCormack, John Lynch and Anne Rynne with Socks in the Frying Pans Shane and Fiachra Hayes launching the concert

  • by Alan Owens
 

THE Children’s Ark Unit in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital has been selected as the main beneficiary of the free Christmas concert taking place in Shannon Airport this Friday.

Karl Spain and the Kilfenora Céilí Band are among the performers to take part in the free Christmas Music Celebration concert in the airport.

Joining the acts are trad group Socks in the Frying Pan and the Silvermines Choir from North Tipperary who will perform an ensemble of festive carols.

Attendance at the eagerly awaited annual celebration is free - but by ticket only - with all proceeds from the raffle and other donations on the night going towards the charity.

The 800 strong crowd will have the chance to win any of a number of very attractive prizes on the night, including two flights to Chicago from Shannon next summer, donated by United Airlines.

Shannon’s head of operations Niall Maloney said the Children’s Ark was an “ideal recipient” of proceeds from the event, hailing the unit as doing “amazing work looking after the needs of infants and children from Limerick and the wider region and we are delighted to be able to support them through our event”.

Dr Roy Phillip, founder of the Children’s Ark said: “We are delighted to be chosen by Shannon Airport as the recipient charity for proceeds from what everyone expects will be a wonderful night”.

“Our Paediatric High Dependency Unit (PHDU) is the first purpose-built unit of its kind developed outside of Dublin and looks after the critical care needs of infants and children in a child friendly environment closer to their home,” explained Dr Phillip. “We are constantly in need of funds to support and expand our services so this donation from the Shannon event will be put to good use and we thank the airport enormously for this.”

 

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