Dunmanway’s Victorian Christmas

Dunmanway’s Victorian Christmas

The Friends of Dunmanway Hospital Group are going all festive this year in their fundraising efforts for Dunmanway Community Hospital. This year instead of a Victorian Tea Party, the group have arranged two events which are truly festive according to organiser Michelle O’Mahony.

Members of Friends of Dunmanway Hospital with Andrew Healy (sponsor) and Bernadette Milner winner of over 60’s singing competition and Cllr Declan Hurley
Photography by George Chambers

The Community Hospitals provide a vital service in rural Ireland and the people of Dunmanway are both proud and supportive of this important facility. Indeed Sam Maguire’s hometown can lay claim to being the warm hearted centre of West Cork with a community which wholeheartedly supports local good causes such as the wonderful Community Garden, Men’s Shed, Family Resource Centre and much else. It is pity then that the website www.Dunmanway.ie which should be publicising these events and much more appears to be as dead as a Dodo! However to its great credit and the enlightened support of many Dunmanway has preserved its Victorian and Georgian ambiance and it is apt that that the town celebrates Xmas and raises funds with warm-hearted Victorian themed events.

A festive CD and a Victorian Christmas Concert will showcase the very best of Dunmanway’s local talent. Exceptional musical talent and performances like none ever heard on CD before nor seen before in St. Patrick’s Church which will take place on December 9th. On December 1st at 11.am the CD, Christmas in Dunmanway 2016 will have its first of two launches, at Supervalu Dunmanway , the artists of the eight track CD will be there and perhaps even the host of the launch , Andrew Healy of SuperValu (who features on the CD), may even be persuaded to sing a bar or two. Refreshments and seasonal nibbles will keep everyone entertained.

Dunmanway Community Hospital

Dunmanway Community Hospital
That same evening at the Parkway Hotel at 8.30pm those unable to attend during the day are invited to come and meet the “stars” of the CD at a festive event, a great night assured. The evening launch is being sponsored by the Parkway Hotel, whose proprietor , Martin Maybury features on the CD. The Friends of Dunmanway Hospital hope the CD will prove a popular Christmas gift and hope it will be snapped up prior to the postal deadlines to ensure all our relatives and friends get to hear the voices of those from home on Christmas morning. It contains a mixture of old and modern tracks, something for every taste.

The CD will be priced at €5 per CD in a specially designed sleeve for the occasion. The idea of a CD replaces that of having a raffle. Rather than running a raffle at the Victorian Christmas Concert , which the group are also hosting on December 9th at St. Patrick’s Church, the organising committee felt that people needed a change from raffles and this way “everyone gets something” , according to a member of the committee. The CD will be available locally and in Supervalu Dunmanway and other local outlets.


On December 9th at 7.30pm at St. Patrick’s Church you are invited to attend A Victorian Christmas a wonderful night of festive old world carols, classical musical with a few modern Christmas songs included also. Admission is just €10. Tickets will be available from the end of November at local outlets including Supervalu. This year this event replaces the Victorian Tea Party, however the theme still remains , Victorian, and the organisers are hoping to make this musical event as old-worldly as possible both in ambience and music. It will be an opportunity to hear some of those singing on the CD (but different songs) together with choirs, tenors and other singers. It will also include a children’s choir comprised from the various schools in the area. It will be a wonderful musical evening in a transformed wonderland, an old world candlelit setting of candles and the festive colours to the sounds of the old pipe organ and the grand piano.

Proceeds from the fundraising activities will go back into the local community hospital. Proceeds to date have assisted in purchasing furniture for the hospital day room, different types of chairs for residents, exercise equipment, bedding, curtains, garden equipment, medical equipment, and shower chairs, items which make the life of residents and day care patients a little more like home and comfortable.

So come to St. Patrick’s Church and buy this delightful good value CD to support Dunmanway Community Hospital, a wonderful facility historic Dunmanway, the warm hearted centre of West Cork and the hometown of Sam Maguire.

KEY DATES
Launch of Christmas in Dunmanway, 2016 – Thursday, 1st December Supervalu Dunmanway at 11am and 8.30pm at the Parkway Hotel also 1st December. Price per cd -€5

A Victorian Christmas Concert- Friday, 9th December, 2016 St. Patrick’s Church Dunmanway, 7.30pm , tickets available locally from the end of November , Admission – Adult €10, Child €5.