Homebirds Festival Committee Host Official Launch

Article By Claire O’Donoghue Photos by Andrea Cunningham

Anne Barry (The Nook Bar) Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, Alison Lawlor, Mike and Claire O Brien ( Parents Together in Autism) Linda O Connell (C.R.Y) Art Supple , Shane Supple , Jason Lenane ( The Walter Manager), Kay Supple, Paul Dempsey ( Berties) and Darragh Parker(C.R.Y Manager).

The upcoming Youghal Homebirds Musical Festival hosted by CRY104fm and in association with Parents Together in Autism, was officially launched in the Walter Raleigh Hotel in Youghal on Wednesday last, 17 April.  In attendance was CRY104fm Station Manager, Darragh Parker who welcomed everyone and spoke of some of the plans for the Festival which will take place over the weekend of 17-19 May.   Also present were committee members of Parents Together in Autism, and Chairperson of the local charity group, Alison Lawlor said, “We are very thankful to CRY104fm for considering us as beneficiaries of this year’s Festival. We originally started out in 2014 as a parents support group but over time, and due to a complete lack of service, we started fundraising to try and offer some therapies, activities and outings for the children in our group. We have been extremely fortunate to have had continuous support from our local community over the past 5 years and we are most grateful for it.  We’re looking forward to the buzz around town for the Festival and taking in all the fantastic line-up of local talent that will be on show.”

Appropriately, to follow that and no stranger to a microphone was local showband icon, Art Supple. Art and his band, together with the infamous Johnny Carroll “The Man with the Golden Trumpet” and special guest Carrigtwohill’s “Crystal Swing”, will be providing a night of music, craic and dancing in the Walter Raleigh on Saturday, 18 May. Doors open at 9pm.

This is one of two ticketed events along the weekend’s music trail. The other takes place on Sunday, 19 May in St. Mary’s Collegiate Church. Performers on the night in such an idyllic setting are Caroline Fraher and Gina (from Gina Dale Hayes and The Champions fame). Doors open for this event at 5.30pm.  Last year, this concert was an absolute sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early. Tickets for these evenings are available at Cree’s Card shop, The Walter Raleigh, CRY104fm or online at www.homebirdsmusic.com

Other artists are lined up to play in venues all over town. Flyers and information on the weekend’s music trail will be available in the coming days. Please support CRY104fm and Parents Together in Autism by having a great time over the weekend and donating a few bob into the buckets that will be at each music venue.

Darragh Parker (C.R.Y Manager) and Art Supple (Musician).