April 21, 2009

U2 Charity Night

From fingal-independent.ie

Wednesday April 22 2009

SKERRIES residents have turned out in force at a fundraising event to ensure that it will be a beautiful day for the disadvantaged in the African country of Malawi. The poignant fundraiser was held in memory of the late Peadar Keane who died a few years back. One of U2's most fanatical fans, Peadar misses the supergroup's concerts at Slane and so to overcome his disappointment, he planned a special 'U2 Night'.

Unfortunately Peadar passed away before his dream for his special night came to pass and so earlier this month, friends and family got together to organise the event with all proceeds going to Peadar's mother Marie's charity trip to Malawi.

Marie is involved in the Billy's Malawi Project, set up by Margaret Riordan following the tragic drowning of her only son Billy in Lake Malawi, aged just 25, and helps local communities there.

Tickets for the night sold out quicker than U2's Croke Park gigs and an unbelievable € 13,000 was raised as a result of ticket sales, a raffle and an end of night auction.

Speaking on the night Marie Keane said: 'I am completely overwhelmed by the success of the event but given the enthusiasm of all the people that planned and organised the event, I can't say that I am surprised.'

Marie was presented with the cheque lat Thursday Ollie's Place.

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