Charities benefit from Scarriff event

Charities benefit from Scarriff event


Clodagh Nash presents a cheque to UCD Volunteers Overseas Staff

Two charities have benefitted from an event held in Co Clare last month.

On Easter Sunday night, April 16th, fourteen “Lovely Ladies” took to the stage in Rodgers Marquee, Scarriff for what proved to be a hilarious event.

The event was organised to raised much needed funds for the joint charities of UCD Volunteer Overseas and the Alzheimer Society’s Watermans Lodge, a dementia-specific respite centre in Killaloe.

MC for the night, Jim O’Brien, took charge of proceedings in a jovial manner as he interviewed the men dressed up in various rig-outs, from Miriam O’Callaghan lookalikes to air-hostesses to Garda Commissioner Noreen O’Sullivan.

The men completed on stage challenges including ironing and flower-arranging and were awarded marks by the judges. A fantastic €10,000 was raised on the night and will now be split between the two charities, with money going towards the provision of free respite beds for dementia patients in Clare as well as going towards education projects in the Morogoro region of Tanzania.

Event organiser Clodagh Nash from Scarriff, who is volunteering this summer in Tanzania said: “We have been blown away by the support we have received by local businesses and communities both tonight and prior to the event.  Everyone has been so generous – in their time, their commitment, their support and of course through donations.

We started off as a team of four but accumulatively, more than a hundred deserve to be thanked for their efforts. So thank you all. An auction was held as audience and judges votes were counted, led by veteran auctioneer Matthew McMahon. After all proceedings, Killanena representative Declan Noonan was crowned East Clare’s Loveliest Lady,” Ms Nash added.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.