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Donor Awareness.


The Madhatters Tea Party, organised by Sean Forde and friends, was in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, on Sunday night, June 6th. There was a great crowd and the event had a lovely atmosphere. It began with a very tasty supper ands there was as much as you could eat available and two or three trips to the table were encouraged. Then the entertainment was introduced by Claire Kerley. Claire, a very popular Radio presenter, was very professional and did an excellent job in her own homely way. The first act was a performance from Margo -  Queen of Irish Country. Not only did she enchant the audience with her singing but had them laughing with her stories. Margo knows how to entertain.
Next up was Jackson Cage from Belfast, performing for the first time in Monaghan. This was a different style of music and the four members of the band presented a varied programme of music and song, which went down great with the audience. Local girl, Edelle McMahon, is a member and she thrilled all with her choice of songs.
Then the Judge for the Madhatters, Brenda O’Reilly Hughes, was given an opportunity of seeing all the hat wearers as they paraded around the dance floor for all to see. It was obvious that many had put a lot of time, effort, creativity and work into their creations. The winner was Amelia McCormack, with her light and beautiful hat. There were two runner-up prizes and these went to Mary McGrane and Patricia Murphy. The Man’s Prize was won by Keith Murphy. Sean presented the prizes.
It was dancing time then and the Gene Bannon Trio struck up and had the toes tapping. Gene, Eamon and Tony were excellent. There was a short break during the dancing when the tickets were drawn for the raffle which had 12 prizes. The winners were found and got their prizes. Sean then thanked everyone for the assistance he received in organising the event – the businesses who donated prizes, the ticket sellers, the people who worked on the night, the entertainers and all who came to the event, all who bought tickets and the Hillgrove Hotel, who had been very helpful throughout.
Fabian’s Disco took over from Gene and the dancing continued until the early hours. He played the right sort of music and succeeded in keeping the dancing feet on the floor till the final number.

All in all a great night and the proceeds will be donated to the Renal Dialysis Unit in Cavan and the Support Unit at Beaumont Hospital. It is also hoped that more people will carry a signed donor card so that more and more people will be donors and more people will have the chance of a renewed life. We are confident too that the money raised will be of great benefit to the patients and families attending Cavan and Beaumont. Even in these difficult times the response from people to this appeal has been fantastic and a sign of the continued generosity of people.

The winner who received a €100 voucher from Magills Jewellery.

Patricia and Mary were Runner-ups

Male winner - Keith.

Four donor kidney recipients pictured at

the Madhatters Tea Party:

Sean Forde,

Martin Thornton,

Noel Allister

and Owen Treanor.

Some photos supplied by Gregory Murphy and Paula McAree