FUNDRAISER: Team Geaney will host a fun evening at Scott’s Hotel on Monday to raise funds for St Mary’s of the Angels.

By Sean Moriarty

Comic genius and YouTube sensation Bernard Casey and his ‘Local Gossip’ act will be the star attraction at a fundraiser for St Mary’s of the Angels in Beaufort this weekend.

The event takes place in Scott’s Hotel this coming Bank Holiday Monday, run in association with Team Geaney’s participation in next month’s Ring of Kerry Cycle.

Denis Geaney founded the cycle 36 years ago and each year he enters a team to support one local charity.

Monday’s music, comedy and barbecue event is an off-shoot of Geaney’s fundraising efforts and all proceeds will go the Beaufort care centre.

“All of the money raised from the barbecue will go directly to St Mary of the Angels,” Denis said. “Thanks to the generous support of the team at Scotts Hotel, the musicians and our many volunteers. We are looking forward to seeing you there.”

With live music from Rosie and Derry Healy, Dermot Moriarty, Pete Fleming, Michael O’Brien and band, Sam and Ina and more, as well as a special guest appearance by Bernard Casey, it promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Well-known local Glenflesk-based fundraiser and entertainer Derry Healy is one of the organisers.

“This is our second year having a barbecue and last year was an outstanding success after we raised €6,000 for the Ian O’Connell Trust,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “This year all of the money raised will go directly to St Mary’s of the Angels. We are grateful to all the musicians who give their time freely and are looking forward to a guest appearance by Bernard Casey.”

The ‘Local Gossip’ star will appear at some point during the afternoon.

“Expect comedy and burgers, that is all I can say,” Bernard told The Killarney Advertiser. “My girlfriend’s brother attends St Mary’s of the Angels, so I am well aware of the good work they do and happy to support it in any way I can.”

The barbecue costs €10 per person and takes place in Scotts Courtyard from 2pm until 6pm.