Shauna Lindsay and Maeve Madden BFF Event


Clare’s Wish Foundation ambassador and model Shauna Lindsay, along with her friend, fitness model and blogger Maeve Madden are hosting a Beauty, Fitness and Fashion (BFF) event in the Bunratty Castle Hotel, January 8.

Mark Rogers from Benefit Ireland will be teaching how to achieve perfect eyebrows, and celebrity make-up artist Fiona Murphy (who was trained by Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist), will be demonstrating her top beauty secrets.

Maeve will talk about her personal fitness training and nutrition, and Shauna who was voted VIP magazines most Stylish Girl, will be sharing her top street style tips.

There will also be a fashion show, goodie bags, afternoon tea, tutorials, questions and answer sessions, and more than a 100 spot prizes to be won.

Open from 12pm-5pm, attendees will receive Champagne upon arrival, and €5.00 per ticket sold will be donated to Clare’s Wish Foundation.

Named after founder of Clare’s Wish, Kevin Clancy’s sister, who was born with Spina Bifida and died at twenty four years of age, Clare’s Wish Foundation is a Limerick based charity that was established in 2013, and is the only Irish charity that is dedicated to providing wishes exclusively to adults with terminal illnesses.

Tickets are €75.00 to book tickets on Eventbrite click here

To learn more about Clare’s Wish Foundation click here


Jingle Bells for Joseph


Jingle Bells for Joseph, is a fundraising concert for Joseph Monaghan a little boy from Castletroy, who recently underwent pioneering surgery in Leeds for his Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, in order to relieve the severe pain he endures 24/7 and to help him walk.

The concert which will take place at Milford Church, Castletroy, December 2, is to raise funds for Joseph’s rehabilitation, which will cost approximately €30,000.

“Joseph is the son of one of my neighbours, and I have known of his condition for some time, and the extraordinary journey he and his parents, Geraldine and Joe are on. We had spoken in the choir about doing a big local fundraiser and Councillor Marian Hurley and her friend Mary Glynn came to me with the idea that Joseph was the ideal candidate.

“Joseph requires intense, long term rehabilitation to ensure this surgery is a long term success for him, so we are trying to do what we can to help the Monaghan family with that cost,” said organiser of the event and proprietor of the Mid-West Vocal Academy and Music School, Owen Gilhooly.

Owen, an internationally renowned vocalist who is well known to Limerick audiences, is currently pursing doctoral studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he teaches, established the Mid-West Vocal Academy and Music School in 2011.

The concert of popular and seasonal favourites will feature Owen’s choir Aoide, a mixed voice community choir with 70 members, as well as singers Martha O’ Brien, Conor Gibbons, David Howes, Kelli-Ann Masterson, pianists Conor McCarthy, Irina Dernova and harpist Janet Harbison.

“The concert will feature Limerick born singers returning home to give of their time and talent for this special cause. There will also be some special guests popping in to say hello, and special prizes on the night thanks to some wonderful donations from very generous locals.

“Everything seems to be going well. The choir are frantically preparing some new and exciting repertoire and tickets are moving fast. We are delighted too that University Concert Hall are handling the ticketing for us and our posters are being shared all over social media and in the press,” added Owen.

Tickets are €20, (Family Ticket €40 2 Adults 2 Children) and are available from University Concert Hall Box Office on 061- 331549

Killaloe Wedding Fair in aid of Clare’s Wish Foundation


Clare’s Wish Foundation Wedding Fair, in the Killaloe Hotel and Spa, on November 6, is the ideal event for couples who are looking for ideas or help with organising their wedding.

Open from 1pm-5pm, attendees will receive a complimentary glass of wine on entry, and meet representatives from a number of well known wedding suppliers and businesses from Bridal wear to musicians.

The Sweet Treat Cakes, Kitture weddings, Coleman Photography, MM Cookies, O’Hara Video’s, Moss & Mushroom Flowers, Forever Living, South Bound wedding Band, Ebber Wedding Band, and singer Lorraine Galvin are just some of the suppliers that will be there on the day.

“If you are either engaged or planning to marry in the future, then this is a must see event. You will get fantastic advice from all suppliers on the day. This is the foundation’s longest-running and most impactful fundraiser of the year, we receive a €5 donation, on entry. We hope to raise as much funds as possible so we can grant more wishes that are on hold,” said founder of Clare’s Wish, Kevin Clancy.

Named after Kevin’s sister, who was born with Spina Bifida and died at twenty four years of age, Clare’s Wish Foundation is a Limerick based charity that was established in 2013, and is the only Irish charity that is dedicated to providing wishes exclusively to adults with terminal illnesses.

“My dad passed in 2011. That changed my outlook on life, I wanted to give back, and I started to do some volunteer work for two charities in Limerick, which lead on to setting up Clare’s Wish, also in memory of my own sister,” explained Kevin.

If people would like to nominate someone they know for Clare’s Wish they can send an e-mail or fill out the application form on the website, where the charity prioritise emergency requests.

“Wish Requests are usually wish’s to go somewhere on a break or to meet a celebrity or idol. Our last two wishes were pretty special. A wish to go to Killarney for a Family turned out to be their first picture together as a family in 25 years and also their last picture, as Annette passed away just a few weeks later.

“We also just granted a, ‘wish to put a smile back on my kid’s faces’, so we sent a family to Tayto Park for a family day of fun and a stay in the amazing Pillo Hotel for the family.

“We need Volunteers in all counties to spread the awareness of the charity. We also have a Text Clare to 50300 campaign for any one who would like to donate €4,” added Kevin.


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