Hendrick Verwey, Gwen O'Halloran, Ruth Ring, John Colman, Mary Byrne and Wendy Bradshaw.

In a real spirit of giving, the Cobh Community Centre held a fund-raising concert on the 9 December, which is now helping two worthy local causes, Cobh Tidy Towns and the Cobh Lourdes Fund.
On Friday, 19 January, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Cobh Community Centre, John Colman, presented cheques to Mary Byrne, representing the Cobh Lourdes Fund, and to Hendrick Verwey, who attended on behalf of Cobh Tidy Towns with Ruth Ring. John noted that the Centre was delighted to be able to support these hard-working community groups to help them in their worthwhile volunteering endeavours.
Event organiser, Wendy Bradshaw, was thrilled with the outcome and the massive amount of support for the concert. She recounted, “We had a full house with over 250 attending the event. It was a brilliant evening, full of seasonal goodwill and Christmas melodies.” Wendy went on to note. ”Under the musical direction of Alan Carney, well-known Welsh tenor, Ryan Morgan, gave a tremendous performance, supported by The Carrigaline Singers. Other musicians on the night included Patrick O’Donoghue and the young gifted star of the future, Sean Hurley.”
The event ran for approximately two hours, commencing 7.30 pm with wine, refreshments and delicious mince pies. The concert was sponsored by the entire community, who provided a terrific range of prizes for the raffle, which took place at the Interval. The staff at the Centre did a fantastic job of setting up the venue, and sincere thanks must go to Wendy, Martha, Harriet, Nuala, Jan and all Cobh Community Centre staff and volunteers who gave of their time so willingly to run such a successful fund-raiser. The primary sponsors were the Cobh Credit Union, Frank Kowalski, of Safe Haven Marine, the Port of Cork and Doyle Shipping.
The concert was a real example of what a community can do together with benefits for all. A most enjoyable evening’s entertainment, that also raised much-needed funds.