Strange Boat - Organ Donation Awareness


Fundraising concert in Carrick-on-Shannon

The Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon was the venue for a very successful benefit concert on Friday, May 31st, which featured Eleanor Shanley with De Dannan and singer Sean Keane.  This concert was presented by the Bush Hotel and Strange Boat Donor Foundation to raise awareness of organ donation and help fund "Circle of Life" National Commemorative Garden to organ donors being planned for Salthill.

The event was inspired by the lives of two young men, Andrew Dolan and Éamonn Goggin, whose organs were donated following their tragic and untimely deaths.

It was a wonderful evening, a full house, great music, lovely atmosphere, and successfully raised awareness of the importance of organ donation as well as raising funds for the commemorative garden.

The two main performances on the night featured Sean Keane, and Eleanor Shanley with De DannanCharlie McGettigan made a guest appearance and sang a wonderful new song he wrote about organ donation, titled, "The Gift of Life", and Meadhbh McGivern, a liver recipient from Ballinamore, read her very special poem of thanksgiving.  All performances were stunning.

For this concert, founding member of De Dannan, Alec Finn, was joined by Eleanor Shanley,  who is regarded as one of the country's best female singers; Derek Hickey; Brian McGrath, Ronan O'Flaherty  and Alec Byrne.

Sean Keane, of the famous Keane family of Caherlistrane, was accompanied by Fergus Feely and Pat Coyne.

MC for the concert was Leitirm's own, Tommy Moran who kept the audience totally entertained with his jokes and off the cuff comments, but never forgot the purpose of the concert and constantly reminded the audience of the importance of organ donation.

Over 20 wonderful prizes, mostly of short holiday breaks from different hotels around the country, were also raffled as part of the evening's entertainment. 

Martina Goggin spoke on behalf of Strange Boat Donor Foundation and gave some information on the commemorative garden project, and Joe Dolan, on behalf of the Bush Hotel, thanked all in attendance and the many friends and associates who supported the event.

A net total of €5, 285 was raised during this fundraising concert. 

Many thanks to all who supported the event


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