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Friday 22 March 2019

Groups benefit from festival

At the presentation of the proceeds from the Leo Carthy Weekend in Our Lady’s Island Community Centre to representatives from the RNLI, Rosslare Harbour, St Paul’s AC, Ballycogley Players, the Irish Heart Foundation, Our Lady’s Island GAA Club, Our Lady’s Island Community Centre, the local playschool, Schoil Mhuire in Broadway and Danescastle Music Group (from left) back – Trish Carroll, Tommy Carroll, Sean Carthy, Brian Breslin, Louise Morris, John Hayes and Terrance O’Byrne; seated – Trish Kavanagh, Bridget Sinnott, Suzanne Ellard and Trish Boyce
At the presentation of the proceeds from the Leo Carthy Weekend in Our Lady’s Island Community Centre to representatives from the RNLI, Rosslare Harbour, St Paul’s AC, Ballycogley Players, the Irish Heart Foundation, Our Lady’s Island GAA Club, Our Lady’s Island Community Centre, the local playschool, Schoil Mhuire in Broadway and Danescastle Music Group (from left) back – Trish Carroll, Tommy Carroll, Sean Carthy, Brian Breslin, Louise Morris, John Hayes and Terrance O’Byrne; seated – Trish Kavanagh, Bridget Sinnott, Suzanne Ellard and Trish Boyce

Anna Hayes

Eight community groups based in and around Our Lady's Island received a welcome boost when they received cheques from the Leo Carthy Festival recently.

This year was the fifth year of the family festival which featured music acts including Danescastle Music Group and Martina Keane, drama performances from Ballycogley Players, a 6km fun run, and kids entertainment.

The festival was established in 2013, in memory of the late Leo Carthy, the former local councillor who had been a great supporter and promoter of music and cultural life in Wexford.

In total, just over €5,500, a figure which was split between the RNLI in Rosslare Harbour, the Irish Heart Foundation, Our Lady's Island GAA Club, Our Lady's Island Community Centre, Ballycogley Players, St Paul's Athletic Club, Páisti Beag Childcare, and Scoil Mhuire NS in Broadway.

In the last five years, the committee has used the event as a local fundraiser, and has given out in excess of €30,000 to community groups in that time.

All performers took part free of charge and a large band of volunteers were on site throughout the weekend to turn their hand to any number of tasks.

Cllr Ger Carthy, who is a member of the organising committee, paid tribute to the performers without whom, he said, the event could not take place.

He also thanked the festival's many sponsors for their generosity and all those who helped out over the course of the event.

Finally, he thanked all those who had attended and supported the festival, helping to create a very special community event.

Wexford People

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