For the love of music

Mon, April 4, 2016

Ossory Big Band

For the Love of Music and Good Causes

The Kilkenny music phenomena, the Ossory 13 Piece Big Band, is to treat the Kilkenny public to another night of their classic showbandstyle music this Sunday evening at the Neighbourhood Age Friendly Hall on the Butts Green.

The band originally formed by former butts men Tom Dollard and Liam Quigley nearly three years ago at the Fr. McGrath Centre has since gone on to play for a variety of good causes across the city.

Syl Knox, original band member and spokesperson, said the band doesn’t play for fees but was formed in and generously supported by the Fr. McGrath Centre for those who just loved music and playing with likeminded souls.

Its mix of young and old members have been rehearsing at the Centre every Tuesday night for the last three years and they have been honoured to be supported by some of Kilkenny’s best known and talented singers including Noel Power, Pat Ryan, Carol Knox, Johnny Hillman and the late and much loved Mary Moore.

The fundraiser this Sunday evening at 8.00pm is to raise funds for the major renovations that are been carried out in the old parish hall on the Butts Green as a future age friendly multi-facet neighbourhood hall.

This is one of a series of social events that will be held in the Hall this year to encourage its future use by older people in Kilkenny as a social and contact and support centre for older people experiencing isolation.

Tea dances, talks on wellbeing and mental health will be added this year to the art groups, men’s action groups, connect café and snooker, bingo and pongo services now running from the very revamped and modernised hall.

The Hall is also headquarters to the HSE supported Kilkenny Carlow Contact Services a befriending service for more than 130 older people living alone across both counties. It also helps install more than a hundred personal protection alarms in homes each year and has more than 130 active volunteers supporting its important social services.

Contact services coordinator, Eleanor Doyle said:

‘It’s great to see the Hall go from strength to strength and we are delighted to see that more activities for older people are being planned and encouraged as we see daily the effects that living alone and lacking social contact can have on our older citizens.’

Nearly a quarter of a million euros has been raised from Kilkenny Co. Council, the HSE Older People’s Services and local business and sponsors by the Fr. McGrath Centre who have overseen the refurbishment of Kilkenny City’s oldest parish Hall as an age friendly social centre.

Tickets for Sunday night’s concert with guest singers Pat Ryan and Sylvia Knox only cost €5 and are on sale at the Fr. McGrath Centre, The Neighbourhood Hall or the Parish Centre or at the door on the night.