Paddy Casey to headline fundraiser for Camphill Dunshane at the Moat Theatre on Friday, Feb 23

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Paddy Casey to headline fundraiser for Camphill Dunshane at the Moat Theatre on Friday, Feb 23
By Rose Barrett 17:40 Wednesday 14th of February 2018

Photos Ben Kelly

Popular singer-songwriter,  Paddy Casey will headline a show, along with daughter Saoirse in aid of new facility for Camphill, Dunshane.  Father and daughter will be joined by Gary Tiernan and the charismatic Kilcullen Gospel Choir.

Camphill, Dunshane provides residential and day services to persons with intellectual disabilities and are delighted to host the concert on February 23 at the Moat Theatre, Naas.

Shonach Hanaphy with Áine O'Connor (Camphill Dunshane) and Paddy Casey  at the Tree of Promise

Funds raised will be in support of a new  ‘Literacy and Learning Room’, which will promote increased literacy skills so that residents have better opportunities to seek employment, have more access to educational materials and can engage in new technologies such as Skype and other communication tools.

“We will hold a raffle with 4 ‘Camphill Dunshane Deluxe Hampers’ up for grabs” said a spokesperson on behalf of Dunshane.  “These hampers contain Dunshane Apple Juice, beautiful pottery, basketry, candles - and all handmade in Dunshane. We will also have a "Tree of Promise", where by upon purchasing a ticket, you will be guaranteed to win a prize to the value of at least that amount”.

Founded in 1985 and located near Brannockstown and Kilcullen, Camphill Community is a charitable organisation that has grown in reputation and size during its brief history. The centre currently caters for 26 residents, as well as five adults with disabilities who access Day Services. Camphill Dunshane works off the idea that every individual, no matter their disability, have a valued role to play in community life.

Currently, they offer a number of workshops that residents can avail of, including pottery, basketry, cooking, gardening, farming, candle making and craft skills. In recent years, Dunshane has expanded their ‘Community Inclusion’.

“This involves facilitating people with special needs to access the wider community in Naas, Kilcullen and Newbridge to do ordinary everyday things such as education courses, building relationships with community members, participating and becoming part of the wider community”.

Friday 23 February at the Moat Theatre, Naas. See www.moattheatre.com or Camphill Community Dunshane on 045 483 628 for ticket information.  For donations/ spot prizes please contact: Camphill Community Dunshane on 045 483 628 or Keith Hayes on 085-719 1303, all donations welcome!

Feature photo: Performing artists on the night - Paddy Casey (SingerSongwriter), his daughter Saoirse Casey (Singer), Lorna Brophy (Kilcullen Gospel Choir) and Gary Tiernan (Singer Songwriter)

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