In memory of my mother

Anna Fahey (11), Helena Hennessy and Linda Fahey at the Night of Celebration last Sunday, at the Church of Immaculate Conception, Castlecomer to raise funds for the  Irish Cancer Society and Relay for Life Kilkenny. Photo: Pat Moore.
A woman who lost her mother to cancer organised a charity concert and raised €11,400 for The Irish Cancer Society and Relay for Life.

A woman who lost her mother to cancer organised a charity concert and raised €11,400 for The Irish Cancer Society and Relay for Life.

Eithna Coogan, was the driving force behind the event, which took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and starred the former winner of the hit TV show, The Voice, Pat Byrne.

Eithna was delighted with the show of support on the night and said she was ‘overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of everyone who contributed.

“This was a very personal journey for me and my family as my mom, who was my best friend died of cancer in recent years and my Dad is living with cancer and fighting it bravely every day.

“Everyone has been affected by the disease in some shape or form and the support services available are wonderful when you need them. Of course you only know about them when you need them and so that is why it is so important to support these services when the opportunity arises. I would like to thank everyone who took part on the night,” said Eithna.

Other performers included set dancer Paul Dargan and local dancers, the community school choir, the Male Voice Choir, The Dowling Family, Trish Carroll, Aine Brennan, Tomas Jackman, Anne Brennan’s senior and junior set dancing troupe and of course Pat Byrne.

Nickey Brennan also gave an insightful keynote speech about GAA and the community and how behind the scenes much work is done to help people in need by the GAA.