When 9 year old Conor McSweeney of Countryside Montessori, Doneraile, son of Kanturk cattle-dealer Andrew and Norma O’Brien, went to Ardpatrick for his first ukulele lesson on January 9th this year, he took with him a list of songs that he wanted to learn.

His teacher, Fran Stone, was surprised when she read that list, expecting to see modern songs from current artists. Instead, the list read: 1. Katie Daly, 2. Aon Focal Eile, 3. My Little Honda 50, 4. Nancy Spain, 5. Dirty Old Town, 6. I’ll Tell Me Ma, 7. Whiskey In The Jar, 8. Life In The Auld Dog Yet and 9. Show Me The Way To Go Home!

Conor told Fran that when he could play all those songs really well, he wanted to hold a concert to raise money for Marymount Hospice, in memory of his Nana and Granddad, may they rest in peace.

On Sunday June 21st that concert took place at Conor’s home in Rossa, Doneraile, with up to 100 people passing through the house that day.

The result was a brilliant Rambling House with adults and children all jamming and supporting each other. Conor played all nine of his chosen songs and joined in with lots more! Many other friends supplied sandwiches, buns and cakes, ensuring that the musicians, singers and crowd were well fed. Everyone played their part with Conor’s grand-uncle even driving his horse and cart down from Kildorrery. Two donation buckets were quietly placed at the front and back door and unbelievably €1,570 was raised for Marymount Hospice.

Conor McSweeney is an admirable and determined young man and living proof that music unites all ages. His actions have made his family and friends extremely proud.

Conor and his family would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who supported this venture.