The local butcher, baker and candlestick maker were among those whom supported an initiative by Fortwilliam Fishing and Irish Country Cottages, when 340 people gathered at Fortwilliam, Lismore, Co Waterford last week to help raise funds for vulnerable children and families in Ireland. Together they made a major Song and Dance for Barnardos and a great time was had by all.
Fergus Finlay Head of Barnardos supported with his attendance and explained the importance of Barnardos working to help families and children in the Waterford and Dungarvan areas and thanked all who supported the event. He was accompanied by Una Conroy who heads up their Waterford team based in their project centre in the Ballybeg Housing Estate.
The likely net proceeds will be in excess of 10,000 EUROS and donations are still being received. For anyone wishing to add to the worthy cause to help children in need please send cheques to “FORTWILLIAM re Barnardos, Lismore Co Waterford or contact 058 54251 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To launch the event, Fergus Finlay cut the ribbon and opened a unique Fortwilliam Barnardos Bandstand designed by organiser Philippa Evans Bevan and George Horsom of Villierstown Joinery, and the show began …
A variety of music song and dance was performed to a professional standard. The amazing and delightful contribution of Mags McCarthy from Cork who simultaneously played the fiddle and danced, was a great treat . Mags is well on her way to becoming a star and has danced at the White House for President Obama and the first lady !
Daniel Kearney the young concert pianist from Dungarvan, added a classical dimension and as the new winner of the Soloist Cross Border All Ireland Competition he has an exciting and his promising career ahead. Daniel also supported Emma Chammings soloist, whose performance of Beyonce’s version of Ave Maria was extremely beautiful and moving.
Fortwilliam Family members Patrick, Alice and Bert Evans Bevan all contributed. Patrick Evans Bevan thrilled the audience with his wonderful swing style singing voice and was accompanied on the piano by Ben Huskinson whose playing was superb. Seventeen year old Bert Evans Bevan acted as master of ceremonies and sister Alice led an enchanting rendition of “The Bare Necessities ” and provided essential logistical support.
Sinead Coneely’s tireless contribution was critical to the planning and smooth running of the event. Fortwilliam team members Chris Coady, Paul and Conor Whelan with Hugo Segrave worked hard to set the venue up and the decorations were breath-taking , especially the new bandstand decked with bunches of wheat and a with a roof of hydrangea blooms.
After a delicious bowl supper by Eunice Power, “The Booley House” led by Tom Hyland took to the stage, a top class display of Irish dancing was complimented by Irish music by the young O’Keeffe family and lovely singing acts.
Paddy Jordan of Jordan Town and Country Estates Agents achieved excellent bidding for a tour of Harty Oysters Dungarvan, and a gourmet supper and wine for 6 at the Farmgate Cafe in the English Market,Cork. Strong competition resulted in a top bid of 600 euros for a biscuit making masterclass at the reknown Summerhouse, Lismore.
Wonderful raffle prizes were generously donated including a leg of lamb from Mc Graths Butchers Lismore and lunch at Barons Bakery Cappoquin. FDI Lismore supplied elegant candlesticks which along with festoons of lights painstaking secured around the venue by Edward and John Fenton, created a lovely scene as darkness fell. If the ambient lighting was impressive, the lights and sound were technically perfect for the performers.
All thanks to Paddy Doheny and Connor his right hand man , from Premier Music Store who supported the event from start to finish. Not least providing the staging for the dancers and a special plinth for the grand piano which had an outing from Fortwilliam House to the stable courtyard marquee courtesy of Molloney Pianos where it was put to good use by Daniel Kearney and Ben Huskinson.
The dedication of a young team of some 20 volunteers was remarkable. Old and new friends, family all worked together and were recognisable in their green Barnardos tee shirts cheerfully parking cars, serving food and drink, ,clearing plates, selling raffle tickets, singing and looking after everyone. One visitor , Carlos, from Colombia had no idea that he would be quite so busy on his first night in Ireland !
Last but by no means least, “Raglan Trail ” a talented singing, guitar and fiddle playing duo,Niall and Goscha, found performing by Philippa Evans Bevan in a pub in Dublin, were the unforgettable reason why the song and enthusiastic dancing rolled into the early hours. Their repertoire was very popular, everyone joined in and literally danced the night away and the new day in, to round off a wonderful evening for Barnardos.
Barnardos, Una Conroy’s said that her husband asked her ” how will you thank them? ” to which she replied “I know in my heart the thanks that you want is the knowledge that you are genuinely helping the families that need support in Waterford.” That’s exactly what we wanted to do and no thanks are needed, agreed Philippa
“Positive Team work and the support of a very generous and supportive community created an evening which gave more pleasure than we could ever have imagined , above all it has generated funds which will make a difference to vulnerable children in Ireland who have not had the best start in life. “