Benefit in miners’ honour this Friday

The annual Castlecomer Coal Miners’ Christmas benefit show will take place this Friday evening in the Castlecomer Discovery Park.

The annual Castlecomer Coal Miners’ Christmas benefit show will take place this Friday evening in the Castlecomer Discovery Park.

From 7.30-10pm, the Jarrow Cafe will be the setting for the family-friendly fundraiser. Beginning with a wine and cheese reception, the evening will include musical performances and an art and fine craft auction of original, handcrafted one-offs. All proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital in honour of the Deerpark miners and their families.

Pieces up for auction will be gold and silver jewellery from the show’s organisers, Tia and Dani Vellani, and their apprentice, Paige Hagenov; a painting by Eugene Conway; a stone sculpture by Aileen-Anne Brannigan; a mixed-media drawing by Thomas Campbell; a portrait photo session with Claire Dunne and David Donnelly; a coffee table by Daithi Massey; wood sculpture by artists working under the instruction of Peter O’Carroll; a replica of a medieval battle sword by Harry Harris; photographs by Cara Byrne, Maline Campbell, Deirdre Haughney, Shaelin Vellani and Seamus Walsh; ceramics by Rhiannon and Susan Boland; a collage by Sadie Cramer; and a piece of home decor from Selina Gittins of Eclectic Interiors.

Included in the e5 price of admission is a raffle ticket for prizes from Kilkenny and Carlow businesses: a scarf and a Marilyn Monroe umbrella from Discover Fashion, a mug and chocolates from The Chocolate Garden, a gift from Red Jasper Candle and Soap Makers Gift Store and gift certificates from Curl Up ‘n’ Dye Hair Salon, Dick Dooley Family Butcher and the Jarrow Café. Fonsie Mealy of Mealy’s Auctioneers has will facilitate the auction once again.

Twice thwarted by snow and ice in 2010, the organisers were determined to beat the weather by scheduling this year’s event in October. There will be free admission to those who showed up last year despite the weather!