The Tipperary Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association were delighted with the support received for the outdoor ‘Music Extravaganza’ and barbecue in Lonergan’s Beer Garden on Sunday afternoon, July 8. The weather held out, the music was great and the craic was mighty.
Members of the Wheelchair Association travelled from far and wide to the event, with one wheelchair user, John, attending from Alberta, Canada, who put on a fantastic display of dancing on the grass, out of his chair. An inspiring display of how one can have fun despite having a disability.
The local branch of IWA would like to thank proprietors, John and Roseanne Carroll, for the concept and the use of their beautiful garden premises by Fethard Town Wall – the first event ever held there and hopefully not the last! A special thanks to the terrific bands and musicians who all gave their services free of charge: ‘Wig Wam Glam Band’, ‘No Recession’, ‘Hooley’ ‘The Wise Guys’, ‘Midnight’, ‘La Chico’, ‘Leap of Faith’, ‘Sylvia from Hot Ice’ along with DJ and MC for the evening, ‘Roger Brown’. The above bands paid special tribute to Jack Kenny, a wheelchair user, and a huge music fan who attends all the music sessions at Lonergan’s Bar every week, where the bands regularly appear.
Thanks also to Peter Stocksborough and staff for manning the barbecue, John Ryan, for electrical installation, the Niall Higgins and his scaffolding crew for erecting the stage, Michael Walsh and ‘Leap of Faith’ for manning and providing the fantastic sound system used for the event, John Keane from Cloneen for supplying the Bouncing Castle that entertained the children all afternoon.
A total in excess of €1,900 was raised on the day for which the Tipperary Branch of the IWA are sincerely most grateful and to all their friends and supporters who bought tickets and came along to enjoy the day’s happenings. A day that will not be forgotten for a long long time!