There was standing room only in the Castle Arms Hotel on Saturday, November 24 for ‘Stars in Your Eyes Concert’ presented by Durrow Development Forum.
The event now in its 5th year was attended by just over 300 people and included 24 acts from Durrow and its environs. With an act to suit all tastes, the over-riding theme of the night was fun! A number of new faces joined the cast this year with members from the Durrow Development Forum joining in the fun to do a rendition of Bruno Mars ‘Lazy Day’..........because you can’t ask people to do something you wouldn’t do yourself!!
All proceeds from the event will be used to finance the purchase of hedging and daffodils for the approach roads into Durrow from Kilkenny and Cork. Although the concert attracted a similar number of people to previous years, door receipts were down on 2011 as the cost of entry was reduced in light of the economic situation. The generous donations received from the local community in recent weeks towards the cost of the daffodils enabled DDF to drop the entry fee whilst still raising the required funds.
Durrow Development Forum would like to thank most sincerely all the participating acts without whom the event would not be possible. Special thanks to Billy White who worked with acts over the last 9 weeks and to the compere for the evening, Fergal Hassett. Thank you to all those who provided raffle prizes and also those who helped on the night. Thank you also to the Castle Arms Hotel who provided the venue for the event and are always supportive of our fundraising efforts.
Bette Midler – Jenny Dempsey; Tony Christie – Jack Donohue; The Commitments – Billy Holland, Caroline Sheppard, Bernie White and Stephanie Phelan; Adele – Aisling Begadon; John Denver – Tom Dunne; Garth Brooks – Paugie Begadon; Eddi Reader – Anne Conroy; Josh Groban – Luke Dunne; Mamma Mia – Mary, Ethel and Susan Lawlor; Sting- Michael Conroy; Mary Hopkin – Gabby Dunne Das; Pat Shortt – Julie Ryan; Shane McGowan – Michael Creagh; Sister Sledge – Caroline Sheppard, Stephanie Phelan and Anne Conroy; Johnny Cash & Emmy Lou Harris – Gerry Murphy and Emma Spencer; Phil Lynott – Ollie Clooney; Peggy Sue – Laura Starnes; Alanis Morrisette – Demi Clancy; Pat Shortt/Dixie Walsh – Billy Holland; Des’ree –Siobhan Bowe Brennan; Bruno Mars and the Lazy Day Monkeys – Delphine Lawlor, Evelyn Clancy, Marian Mahony, Carmel Murphy and Kathleen Drennan; Eric Burdon of The Animals – Brendan Foley; Irene Cara – Anne Marie Deegan; Boyband Tribute Act – Marie Clancy, Eimear Stapleton, Nadine Martin and Lisa Lang.