Clonmel Busking Festival raises
over €11,000 for
Children’s Hospital

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

The weekend’s Clonmel Busking Festival raised €11,250 for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin – and the planning for next year’s event is to start this week.

There was music on the town’s streets and in the pubs throughout the weekend, with local acts mingling with guest artistes such as Jack L, Don Baker, Loudest Whisper, John Spillane, Mick Hanly, Rob Strong and Ben Reel in the series of free performances.

“I couldn’t believe it, I was shocked with the amount of money raised”, said one of the organisers, Eelco Beckers, who revealed that the tally will increase once all the collection boxes have been returned.

“I was hoping we could double the €4,500 raised last year (from the one-day Buskathon) but it was great to go way beyond that figure, especially in the midst of the recession”, said Eelco, who extended the organising committee’s thanks to everyone who donated money to the appeal and all who helped in any way to make the weekend such a success.

They include the local Scouts, who were on the streets collecting throughout Saturday and Sunday.

While the big name visitors went down a treat he said that great credit was due to all the local acts, some of whom played five or six gigs over the three days. The youngest busker was 6 year-old Michael Morrissey from Kilmanahan.

He said there was no doubt that the festival would become an annual event. More people have already expressed an interest in joining the committee and a meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday, to start planning for next year.

Eelco opted for the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin as the charity to benefit from the festival, after his two and-a-half year-old son Josh spent eight months in the hospital almost two years ago, when he underwent a bone marrow transplant.