Stars pull out all the stops for wee Rory

Stars pull out all the stops for wee Rory
A star-studded cast of musicians are coming together in support of Baby Rory Gallagher’s Wish to Walk Appeal with a special concert at the Abbey Arts Centre in Ballyshannon on Thursday, January 8.

A star-studded cast of musicians are coming together in support of Baby Rory Gallagher’s Wish to Walk Appeal with a special concert at the Abbey Arts Centre in Ballyshannon on Thursday, January 8.

Among the acts performing at “A Night for Baby Rory” include Johnny Gallagher & the Boxtie Band, Tabby Callaghan, the Seamie O’Dowd Band, Moonchild, The TruTones and Laura May Lenehan – the third placed finalist from Voice of Ireland 2014.

The concert will feature all genres of music from Blues to Country to Pop and Classic Rock ‘n Roll. Several more guest artists will be performing on the night at the Rory Gallagher Theatre with doors opening at 7pm for a wine reception and the show starting at 8pm.

Advanced tickets are on sale from O’Neill’s Next Door Off Licence, Ballyshannon and at Mullaney’s Super Valu in Grange or online on the appeal website www.rorygallagherswishtowalk.com

Two and a half year old Rory Gallagher from Cliffoney has cerebral palsy spastic diplegia. His parents, Shauna and Gerard, were told by doctors the prognosis was for him to be in a wheelchair by the age of three.

However, the family have discovered that a leading neurosurgeon in the USA has performed life changing operations on children with similar conditions. Dr T.S Park is confident that Rory will be able to walk following surgery and hence the fundraising that will require in excess of €100,000 is now underway.

Shauna Gallagher says “We are so pleased with the great response to date from people in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and indeed across the world. We really appreciate everything that has been done by so many people to date from charity football matches to cake sales to fundraising nights, it’s just been great. We are really looking forward to a big night in Ballyshannon and we thank all the bands for coming forward to perform and hope there will be a full house.”

To date in excess of €16,000 has raised for the appeal, including an online appeal that has seen generous contributions from across the world from music legend’ Rory Gallagher’s fans as Baby Rory was named after the world renowned blues rock guitarist.

The concert in Ballyshannon is being organised by the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival Committee.