Kerry songs to hit the right note for charity

Thomas O’Calllaghan presents his charity CD to Recovery Haven Kerry staff and volunteers, Philomena Stack, Maureen O’Brien, Siobhan MacSweeney (manager) and Dermot Crowley

A NEW CD featuring some of Kerry’s best loved songs has just been launched to raise funds for cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry.

The perfect Christmas stocking filler, Songs of Kerry and Others has been compiled by Dingle man Thomas O’Callaghan and the project was the brainchild of Bryan Lee from Tralee, a legend in music circles in Kerry for many years.

Featuring 14 beautiful Irish ballads, the CD, as the name suggests, has a very strong Kerry theme, with songs like Dingle Bay, Brosna Town, The Rose of Tralee, The Kingdom of Kerry and The Boys of Barr na Stáide all included.

It was produced by Martin O’Malley and Steve Flaherty and recorded at Martin’s Malbay Studios in Milltown Malbay.

Other artists featured include James Barry, James Fennessy, Anne Rynne, Dave Saunders, Tom Lynch and Elaine Hogan.

Recovery Haven: A worthy recipient

Thomas O’Callaghan explained that choosing Recovery Haven Kerry as the benefiting charity was a family decision and one he knows his late parents, Michael and Mary­ – who both succumbed to cancer – would be very happy with.

“Over the years, great advancements have come on stream to help people who are afflicted with the various forms of this illness. Such positive solutions include medical, after care and drop in centres such as those operated by Recovery Haven Kerry, who are beacons of light and hope for the many who are survivors of the illness,” Thomas said.

This is his third charity CD and Thomas has already raised thousands of euro for the RNLI in Clare and Kerry, as well as Dingle Coast and Cliff Rescue releases.

The CD, priced at €10, is now available from Recovery Haven Kerry, 5 Haig’s Terrace Tralee or online via Recovery Haven’s Facebook page shop. Volunteers will also be one selling the CD at Recovery Haven on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1 from 11am to 1.00pm.

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