Fundraiser ‘thank you’ Concert Trad


The crème de la crème of traditional Irish music take to the Inishowen stage for a concert in aid of the Gavin Glynn Foundation.

The foundation helps families battling childhood cancer in Ireland to travel abroad for treatment.

The concert, which takes place at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday May 13 at 7.30pm, is a ‘thank you’ to Burnfoot’s foundation Eimear and Thomas Strain, whose young daughter, Caitlin, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor l ‘last year.

Funds raised will be used to help the Gavin Glynn Foundation continue its incredible work.

Artists performing tonight include: Gerry O’Connor, Ciaran Tourish, Cathal Hayden and Kevin Doherty, Thomas Strain and Ciaran O’Kane, Brid Harper, Roisin McGrory, Paul Harrigan and Michael Gallanagh, Martin McGinley, Edel McLaughlin, Clodagh Warnock and Jack Warnock, Teresa McClure, Siobhan Peoples and Blackie O’Connell.

Speaking to Inish Times, Caitlin’s uncle and godfather Fabian Gibson described the Gavin Glynn Foundation as “absolutely amazing”.

Fabian said: “They contacted Eimear and Thomas when they heard of Caitlin’s diagnosis. Caitlin underwent her initial treatment at Temple Street Hospital in Dublin and after that Eimear and Thomas were informed that they were going to Germany, so that Caitlin could receive further treatment. The Gavin Glynn Foundation took care of everything. And they continued to support and care for the family while they were in Germany.

“Eimear and Thomas always said they would try to do something for the Foundation, that’s why the fundraising concert was organized.

Tickets for the concert cost €20 and are available at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel.

Encourage as many people as possible to come as it promises to be a fantastic evening.

According to Fabian, Caitlin, now nine, is doing “incredibly well” considering everything she’s been through.

“She spent 8 weeks in Germany where she received proton radiotherapy and she has just completed nine months of chemotherapy at Crumlin Hospital in Dublin.

“Caitlin is happy to have been able to return to school, St Aengus’ NS in Bridgend, because she can be with all her friends. I think his bubbly personality really held him off throughout.

The family would also like to thank the continued help and support they have received from the community and local businesses.


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