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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Three local charities share Curracloe barn dance cash

JULY 23 HOOLEY TAKES PLACE ON MICHAEL CLOONEY'S FARM

CONOR CULLEN

THREE LOCAL CHARITIES have been chosen to benefit from this year's Curracloe Barn Dance.

This popular annual fundraiser has raised a massive €250,000 since it began six years ago, thanks to the generosity of Wexford people, and the organisers are hoping to raise €40,000 this year.

This year's three chosen charities are Wexford Wheelchair Association, County Wexford Community Workshop and Console's 1Life Suicide Prevention Helpline.

The 2011 Curracloe Barn Dance is being held on July 23 next at Michael Clooney's farm in Curracloe.

The money raised this year will go towards funding a new bus for members of the Wheelchair Association and helping fund a construction project for County Wexford Community Workshop.

Console Wexford has earmarked the funds it will receive to train five local volunteers to man its 1Life 24 Hour Suicide Prevention Helpline.

Speaking at the announcement of this year's chosen charities last week, Michael Clooney - who along with his partner Jenny was a recipient of a 2011 Person of the Year Award for their charitable endeavours - said 'it is more important now than ever in these challenging financial times that we support local charities which offer vital services to the community'.

'Once again we are asking the people of Co Wexford to get behind this event and support three very worthy causes to allow them to continue to serve the people of the county,' said Michael.

' This Barn Dance is unique and has something for everyone and this year's event promises to be bigger and better. Over the past six years it has been a great success and we thank everyone most sincerely for their continued support,' said the Curracloe man.

The theme of this year's Barn Dance is Apache Indians and people are invited to come in fancy dress with a special prize awarded for the best costume. There will also be spot prizes and a raffle.

On arrival people will be greeted by Apache Indians on horseback and the night starts off with a 'Monster Barbeque' served until 10 p.m.

The entertainment is second to none, including Hank Wadel's toe-tapping casein style Rhythm and Roots music accompanied by a six piece band, live country and western music and an amazing 'Riverdance' routine with performances by Sharon and Vicky Clancy.

Authentic Brazilian Samba dancers will provide an energetic demonstration of traditional samba dance, supported by a six-piece Wexford Samba Band. A DJ will follow the live entertainment until late. There will be a taxi hub at the venue to ensure get people home safely.

Tickets are €30, with all proceeds going to the nominated charities. Tickets are available from Cloney's Shop, Curracloe; the Crown Bar, Monk Street; Carry Out, South Main Street; Bugler Doyle's, South Main Street; Maggie Mays, Monk Street and Kinsella's of Killeens, Wexford.

People can text or call 087-2568534 for further information or check out the Curracloe Barn Dance page on Facebook.

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