26 August 2018

Greek Fires Fundraiser
in Dublin on Saturday

Patrick Comerford

In response to the tragedy that swept through Greece last month, friends and members of the Greek community in Ireland have organised a special night of Greek and Irish music and poetry next Saturday evening [1 September 2018] to help raise money for families, communities, schools and people whose lives have been devastated by this tragedy.

A month ago, on 23 July, wildfires ripped through idyllic swathes of Eastern Attica, near Athens. At least 91 people lost their lives that day, 23 children were injured, over 700 people were rescued from the sea after jumping in to escape the flames, and thousands of people have lost their homes.

A line-up of Greek musicians and Irish artists are taking part generously in this musical evening in the Loft at the Grand Social in Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.

The musician and singer Donal Lunny, who plays the bouzouki and has been and guest musician of the Paxos music festival, and the poet Paula Meehan top the line-up at an evening introduced by the poet Theo Dorgan.

The programme includes Traditional Arts Collective, including Alison O’Donnell who played in Mellow Candle in the 1960s and 1970s, who will provide vocals, Darwin’s Daughter and an exciting ensemble of Greek musicians from Crete, including Iordanis Sidiropoulos, Vasilis Drakakis and Antonis Kalamoutsos, playing a selection of modern and traditional Greek music.

Doors open at 7.30 pm, and tickets cost €25. Tickets are on sale at the door or bookings can be made through greecefires_at_gmail.com .

Saturday evening’s fundraiser has been organised by Stacy Fieldmann, Michael Youlton, Treasurer of the Hellenic Community, Styliani Xenopoulou, Patrick Sammon, and other members and friends of the Hellenic community in Ireland. The Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes has already raised €350 for this cause at the parish barbecue, and the evening is also supported by the Hellenic Community of Ireland and the Greek Orthodox Community of Ireland.

Please come along and enjoy this special night of Greek and Irish music and poetry next Saturday and to support this worthy cause.

This is a majority standing event, with very limited seating.

Donations towards this event can be sent to a special account for which I have been asked to be one of the signatories and that will be used only for this purpose. The objective is that the money arrives directly in the hands of people who really need this support:

Attica Fires Account in AIB

Account number: 26256158

Sort Code: 931012

IBAN: IE50AIBK93101226256158


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