Events at Saint George’s

Saint George’s Arts Centre hosts the second of its four-part series of concerts to help raise funds towards a new roof for the former church this coming Friday night when Ali Price and Eugene O’Callaghan will perform with Before the Ghosts and Grace McMahon in what promises to be a really enjoyable night.

Last week’s concert with The Fógues was a huge success and tickets are almost sold out for Friday night’s performance with Before the Ghosts. The group members are Don Rothwell on bass, David Tate on percussion, Eugene on guitar and Ali on violin. They perform a range of folk rock, including popular music by Bruce Springsteen, John Ritter, REM and Radiohead.

Tenders for the re-roofing of Saint George’s have been advertised and work on the roof will commence in September. The centre’s ‘Donate a Slate’ campaign is proving to be a great success, with hundreds of slates having been sponsored by the people of Mitchelstown and far beyond. For a donation of €25, anyone can have their name or the name of someone else written on the back of a slate which will be going on the roof.

Many slates have been sponsored in memory of deceased friends and family members, as well as for children. Individualised certificates of donation are issued for each slate and the details will be recorded in a Book of Donations which will be kept in perpetuity at Saint George’s. In that way, the donor or their nominee become a part of the history of the restoration.

Donations can be made by emailing or phoning 087-8113611. Ballyhoura is running a donation page on behalf of the centre and donations can also be made at Doody’s Pharmacy, The Favourite, Reidy’s Kitchen Garden and Roche’s SPAR.

The Donate a Slate concerts are managed under Covid-19 guidelines and audiences are strictly restricted to forty tickets. After this week, the next Friday concert will feature Eamonn Walsh and his band, Dakota. In the last of the concerts, Cork singer and songwriter, Jimmy Crowley will perform with his partner, Eve Telford. Jimmy’s concert will feature many of his popular songs such as ‘Salonika,’ ‘The Boys of Fair Hill’ and ‘My Love is a Tall Ship’.

Tickets and slate donations can be made via the usual outlets or by calling 086-1987813 or 087-8113611. Jimmy Crowley’s concert will be the last scheduled event in Saint George’s until after building works are completed next summer.