Busking festival raises more than €12,000 for Children’s Hospital

The annual busking festival in Clonmel is on target to at least equal last year’s donation to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

The annual busking festival in Clonmel is on target to at least equal last year’s donation to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

Tht three-day event, held last weekend, has so far raised more than $12,000 for the Dublin hospital and with more money to be collected there’s every chance that last year’s figure of $12,800 will be surpassed.

Eelco Beckers, one of the organisers, said that more than 100 gigs were performed in the pubs over the weekend while the buskers also took to the streets.

He said that most of the gigs were well supported and people availed of the opportunity to move around to different venues and witness performances by acts including Juliet Turner, Ray Lynam, The Four Of Us, Bipolar Empire, Charlie McGettigan, Rob Strong and Don Baker.

A new feature this year was the open-air ceili held on Sunday afternoon which proved a great success and which, in common with the rest of the festivities, was blessed with fine weather. Many onlookers joined in the fun and dancing which made for a great spectacle on Clonmel’s main street, most of which was closed to traffic for the afternoon.

Eelco said there was great feedback from people who said that Clonmel needed such a festival.

He said that the local bands had kept the whole show rolling by busking as well as playing between three to four gigs over the weekend, while the Scouts also made a great contribution by helping with the collections.

The festival,which is in its second year, is now well extablished on the calendar and plans are already in place for next year.