Clonmel busking festival aids children’s hospital

This year’s Clonmel Busking Festival is on target to surpass last year’s total of €13,350 raised for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

This year’s Clonmel Busking Festival is on target to surpass last year’s total of €13,350 raised for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

And since it started three years ago the event has now raised in the region of €50,000 for the hospital’s Children’s Medical and Research 
Foundation.

The town was one of the country’s musical hotspots throughout last weekend, as busking sessions took place on the main streets while 141 free gigs were staged at night in the pubs.

“Thursday and Friday are always that bit quieter but on Saturday the town was hopping and every venue was packed”, organiser Eelco Beckers said.

Bagatelle, Johnny McEvoy, John Spillane, Loudest Whisper, Ham Sandwich and the Niall Toner band were among the acts that performed.

“Sunday was a lovely family day, with the heritage events also taking place in the Gordon Street car park. The open air ceili in O’Connell Street was twice as big as last year and the Beat on the Street was also a great success”, 
said Eelco.

The good weather also brought people out, as they were encouraged to join in 
the fun.

The Busking event combined with the Heritage Festival and the Suir Valley cycling race to form the inaugural Festival Cluain Meala.

The Busking festival was the brainchild of Eelco Beckers as a means of raising funds for and giving something back to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, which he says saved the life of his young son Josh, who’s now four and-a-half, when he was a baby.

Eelco said that special thanks were due to all the local musicians who took part, as well as the Scouts and everybody else who helped 
in any way.