Star-studded cabaret to raise funds for restoration of The Abbey

Attending the launch of Cabaret by the Bay, a fundraising event for The Abbey Church restoration were Fr Pat, Guardian of The Abbey, Tess Emerison, Christy Kelly and Johnny Carroll . The concert will take place on  Wednesday, December 2 in the Salthill Hotel with a big lineup of popular singers and performers, including Brendan Shine, TR Dallas and Johnny Carroll. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessyl

Attending the launch of Cabaret by the Bay, a fundraising event for The Abbey Church restoration were Fr Pat, Guardian of The Abbey, Tess Emerison, Christy Kelly and Johnny Carroll . The concert will take place on Wednesday, December 2 in the Salthill Hotel with a big lineup of popular singers and performers, including Brendan Shine, TR Dallas and Johnny Carroll. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessyl

The Abbey will hold a star-studded cabaret next month as part of its fundraising effort to improve and repair the church.

The Abbey is aiming to raise €150,000 for extensive repairs to the building’s interior including repainting, rewiring, new lighting, replastering, and damp proofing.

The Cabaret by the Bay, the first of a number of fundraising events, will take place in the Salthill Hotel on Wednesday December 2 and will feature a host of big names in entertainment both locally and nationally.

The evening will feature stars such as Brendan Shine, Johnny Carroll, TR Dallas, Marc Roberts, and The Conquerors. Jimmy Buckley, Shaun O’Dowd, John Hogan, Seán Costello and Frank Naughton of Duo Vocis, and Glór Tíre finalist Bernie Heaney will all feature at the event. MC for the night will be Don Colleran.

Tickets are €25 and are available from The Abbey Church, Des Kavanagh Electrical, Jaycee, Tom Dempsey Oranmore, the Salthill Hotel, and Salthill Post Office. All proceeds will go to the Abbey Church Restoration fund.

The Franciscan Friars have been in Galway since the 13th century, and the Abbey Church building will be 180 years old next year. No structural changes to the building are planned, and all works are essential maintenance.

Donations to the works can be made in the church, or by cheque in the Abbey office. People can also donate to the restoration online to Franciscan Friars Building Account, Bank of Ireland, Eyre Square, Galway, Sort code 90 38 16, account no 41789722, IBAN IE15 BOFI 9038 1641 7897 22. Those wishing to pick up a standing order form for regular donations can do so by contacting the Abbey Office.

The Abbey Church Charity is a registered charity (number 5388 ).

For more information contact The Abbey Church at 091 562518.

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