Garda Band concert in Clonmel raises funds for STGH and CARE

By Aileen Hahesy


By Aileen Hahesy


A Clonmel charity concert starring the Garda Band has raised more than €15,100 for South Tipperary General Hospital's Paediatric Unit and the Clonmel-based CARE Cancer Support Centre. 

The €15,196.60 proceeds from the show at Hotel Minella last December, organised by the Clonmel Garda District, were handed over to representatives of the two worthy causes at a ceremony in South Tipperary General Hospital last week. 

The Garda Inspector in charge of the Garda Band, Pat Kenny and Clonmel-born Garda Band member Siobhan Cahill presented the two cheques for €7,598. 

Almost 500 people attended the pre-Christmas concert that also featured performances from the Sisters of Charity National School Choir of Clonmel, the Tipperary Gospel Choir, Cashel singer Thomas Grogan and members of the McCarthy Pipe Band from Littleton. 

Representatives from An Garda Síochána presenting a cheque for €7,598.36 to Cancer Care, Clonmel. Back L to R: Inspector James White, Cllr Richie Molloy, Superintendent Willie Leahy, Patricia Bradley, Rena Duggan, Seamus Anderson (Cancer Care), Sergeant Kieran O'Regan, Garda Siobhán Cahill (Garda Band). Front L to R: Deirdre Barry (Cancer Care) accepting the cheque from Inspector Pat Kenny (Garda Band).

Clonmel Garda Supt. William Leahy said the concert raised an estimated €4000 more than the previous year's show, which meant the two causes received an extra €2000 each. 

He thanked all involved in organising the show, and all who supported the event and the two local causes, by either attending or donating funds.

Meanwhile, arrangements are being made for Clonmel Garda District's third annual fundraising concert.  

Supt. Leahy said the Garda Band is booked to perform at the show at Hotel Minella on Friday, December 1st. The CARE Cancer Support Centre and a second local charity yet to be named will be the beneficiaries of the proceeds.  

"We look forward to the people of Clonmel's support for the concert," he added.