Music fundraiser for historic Mayo abbey

AN Irish night is being held to raise funds for repair works to a historic Mayo abbey.

The Ballyhaunis Abbey Preservation Fund is inviting Mayo locals and those from further afield to an Irish folk and country night with renowned singer James Kilbane, taking place at The Friary in Ballyhaunis on Saturday evening, June 15, at 8.30 p.m.

The concert aims to raise funds for essential repairs and maintenance of the historic Friary building.

Established by the Augustinians in the 15th century, this 600-year-old friary is a vital community resource, serving today as a venue for music performances, arts and various community events.

The preservation fund was established two years ago with the goal of raising €200,000 for necessary structural work, rewiring and a new heating system. While government grants are available, significant local fundraising is required to support the grant applications.

“The Abbey Preservation Fund organisation is incredibly excited about this concert with James Kilbane and the opportunity it provides to bring our community together for such an important cause,” said an organising spokesperson.

James Kilbane, multi-platinum, award-winning artist, will perform an array of beloved Irish ballads and country classics in his unique way. Attendees can look forward to renditions of favourites such as 'The Fields of Athenry', 'Danny Boy', 'Go Lassie Go' and 'Grace'.

Kilbane’s talented musicians will ensure a night of memorable entertainment and sing-along moments.

Tickets are €15, available at The GEM shop, Murphy’s Garage,, from organising members or direct from (087) 6434206.

All are welcome, and every contribution is appreciated.