Martin Hayes concert

Martin Hayes
Martin Hayes

It’s always good to see top musicians putting something back into the community.

That’s certainly the case with Martin Hayes and Steve Cooney. Hayes is six times All Ireland Fiddle Champion; Steve Cooney is a highly talented guitarist who’s performed with some of the world’s top artists. He’s also married to Sinead O’Connor.

Hayes and Cooney are performing a gala concert to raise money for a children’s centre in Ireland.

The concert is at 4pm on Sunday 12th June at Scarriff Community College. It’s in aid of

Brigit’s Hearth Children’s Centre, Sunday 12th June at 4pm.

Their previous encounters are legendary

The event’s publicist Amy Garvey takes up the story…

Their previous encounters are legendary and Sunday’s concert is much anticipated by fans of both Hayes and Cooney. Expect pulsating rhythms, sweet gentle notes as well as foot stomping musical fireworks. This could be the concert of the year!

Tickets can be bought in advance from Brigit’s Hearth, Scarriff Community College, Centra, Banes and The Grainey, Scariff as well as An Siopa Beag in Killaloe or call 087 644 5085.

Brigit’s Hearth offers holistic care to children

Brigit’s Hearth started 10 years ago as a small initiative wanting to offer holistic care to young children. We believe in the need of young children to be at home. As this is not always possible we took the initiative to create a space and to design a programme that would meet the needs of the young child at such a critical time in their life.

Our daily programme includes on average 2 and half hours of play in the nearby woodland, a wholesome home cooked meal, the experience of domestic life including baking, knitting, gardening and other activities related to housekeeping.

In contrast to the hectic pace of modern life we offer the children the experience of a warm, quiet environment where the presence of their careers is the most required quality.

Traditional East Clare style building

Three years ago we received Government funding to establish our work as a Community Developed Centre. Following our belief in the importance of healthy building for children and after attending a conference on Building for Children in Ireland we co-designed a “home”- traditional East Clare old style building with modern environmental solutions.

The property, adjacent to the Community Hospital and Nursing Home at Raheen Estate, includes 2 acres of land where we plan to develop kitchen gardens. As well as the children having a real experience in the gardens we hope this project can develop into a inter-generational opportunity for the elderly members of our community.

Part time and full time care for children

The facility can accommodate 26 children ages 6 months to 6 years old in a mixed aged family setting. We provided part time and full time care.

As a community developed project we offer both the Early Childhood Care and Education subsidy for 3 and 4 years old and the CCS subvention for low-income families.

We are also holding an open day on Saturday June the 11th from 11am to 1pm for families interested in places for September.

Hayes and Cooney performing

By Patrick Kehoe

Pat Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily. His favourite Irish music bands are the Dubliners and Planxty.