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Friday 18 October 2019

Barn dancers raise €26,000 for three charities to share

STUNNING GENEROSITY SHOWN AT ANNUAL KNEES-UP

CONOR CULLEN

THREE VERY WORTHY causes last week received the proceeds from this year's hugely successful Curracloe Barn Dance.

The barn dance, now a firm fixture in the county's social calendar, attracted over 1,000 people to Michael Cloney's farm last July, where they enjoyed a night of top class entertainment.

A total of €26,000 was raised and this year's chosen charities are Wexford Wheelchair Association, County Wexford Community Workshop and Console's 1Life Suicide Prevention Helpline, all of whom received their donations in Wexford's Crown Bar last Thursday night.

' The generosity of Wexford people knows no bounds. In times of economic challenge they have shown they can still step up to the plate and support local initiatives that make a difference to the lives of people who need additional supports,' said Mr Cloney.

' This collective expression of community spirit and support is what it's all about and what drives the Curracloe Barn Dance organising committee to keep going every year and support our own,' he said.

Denis O'Connor, Manager of the Console centre on Francis Street in Wexford, said they are extremely grateful for the donation. 'It will go towards training for volunteers to continue to give the people of Wexford a lifeline in suicidal crisis or those with any issue related to suicide or self-harm,' said Mr O'Connor.

Trevor Jacob from County Wexford Community Workshop also thanked the organising committee of Curracloe Barn Dance and all those who supported it. ' This injection of cash into our enterprise will make a huge difference to our work and the construction project we have planned,' he said.

Representing Wexford Wheelchair Association, Mary Farrell said they are delighted as this kind of donation doesn't land on their doorstep every day.

'As well as keeping the everyday practicalities of our work going, our clients had a great night at the barn dance and it gave everyone a night to remember,' she said.

Next year's Curracloe Barn Dance will take place on July 28 and the arrangements, theme and benefiting charities will be announced in the new year, said Kieran McGuinness, chairperson of the organising committee.

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