A fundraising initiative to generate money for St. Brigid’s Hospice at the Curragh raised more than €6,000.
The money was collected at a coffee morning hosted at McCormack’s pub, Naas, as well as a raffle and a bucket collection in the town. It was part of the Drive to Survive campaign which brought two vintage cars -Ford Model T’s- and four bagpipers to Naas as part of their trip around Ireland.
The campaign raises money for individual hospices with all the money collected in individual areas going directly to the local hospice. A total of €6,163 was generated in Naas in mid-August.The fundraising was organised by Naas residents Mary Hanley and Carol Byrne, both originally from Emly, Co. Tipperary. Ms. Byrne said: “Mary Hanley was the key promoter of this successful event and the people of Naas gave an immensely positive response. Thanks to all involved including the McCormack family for their support and the use of the premises, Marie Kane and all who turned up to help make tea, coffee, cakes and sell tickets but mostly to the people of the Naas area for their support.” The campaign was set up in memory of John Gallahue by his son Dan in Co Limerick to raise funds for Irish hospices. Below are: (starting second from left) are: Carol Byrne, Mary McGrath, Marie Kane, Mick Hanley, Conor McCormack, and Mary Hanley.