One Churchill man was so impressed with the level of treatment that he received at St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin that he wants to repay them by launching a CD to raise funds for the caring establishment.
The CD entitled ‘The Town I Will Never Forget’ which both John Friel and his daughter Sinead sing on will be launched at the Station House Hotel on Saturday, October 22.
John was born and raised outside Letterkenny in a small place called Magheran. He comes from a family of nine and is son to the late Joe and Mary Ellen Friel. At the age of 23 he went off to Scotland where he spent 17 years working here and there. He met his wife Maureen in 1982 and they were married that same year. He became a father in 1987 to his first child, Siobhan and later he and his family came back to Ireland to live. He now resides in Churchill and is father to five children and grandfather to two grand daughters.
In October 2009, John was diagnosed with cancer. He was treated in St. Luke’s for seven weeks where he was treated extremely well. The CD includes 16 tracks with many local favourites including ‘Letterkenny Town’ and ‘Glenswilly’ as well as other traditional classics such as ‘Spancill Hill’ and ‘Skibereen’. He will also sing a duet of ‘The Fields of Athenry’ with his daughter on one of the tracks.
“The care was brilliant and I wanted to give something back so I decided to record this CD by way of gratitude. I would have sang at home a lot but this is the first time that I ever recorded a CD,” he said.
John is exceptionally well known throughout Letterkenny having been extremely active in the Tidy Towns organisation and having had his very own hit on YouTube with ‘Letterkenny Town’.
Fergus Cleary will be MC on the evening and everyone is welcome to attend. The CD will be on sale on the evening and will also be for sale from all local outlets.