By Jennifer Cantwell
It was Claire Henriques’ version of ‘Gloria’ by Linda Branigan that stole the show at the fundraiser for The Susie Long Foundation, The Hope Foundation and Kilkenny Kats Special Olympics. Claire Henriques’ ‘shimmy’ left the audience screaming for more and after a three-way sing-off against Jedward and Gemma Brennan aka Amy Winehouse, Claire took the top spot.
Green councillor Malcolm Noonan swapped the council chamber for the stage with his rendition of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ for the Susie Long Hospice Fund.
Also representing the hospice fund were Arthur Drohan and Tom Kennedy. Arthur, who is best known for keeping the pints flowing in Ryan’s Bar, lit up the stage with ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’. Tom, who admits to being a Spice Girl fan, sang Billy Brag’s ‘Between the War’.
Fionn Gardner and Alan Hayes from Thomastown made sure the night did not pass without a taste of Jedward, wearing the act’s trademark bright pink and green costumes, and hairstyles while performing ‘Lipstick’.
There was no sign of Simon Cowell or Louis Walsh but former Kilkenny Rose Orla O’Shea, Kilkenny People deputy editor Sean Keane, and music man Canice Kenealy were judges on the night.
The Susie Long Hospice foundation was set up in October 2007 to provide the highest quality of end-of-life care for patients and their families through the establishment of a 12–bed hospice in Kilkenny for people of Kilkenny and Carlow.
If you would like to help the Susie Long Hospice fund you can donate directly to the fund at AIB, High St, Kilkenny. The fund is meeting this challenge through fundraising, increasing awareness of the need and benefits of local hospice care and by lobbying Government for support. Account number 3462705, sort number 93–31–98. The Susie Long Hospice Fund is a registered charity, number CHY17950. Further details from www.susielonghospice.com