A huge crowd turned up at Larkin’s Lounge, Edenderry recently for the launch of a new CD entitled ‘A Life Well Lived’ which is dedicated to the Late Kevin Farrell.
Well known journalist Kevin who worked previously with the Leinster & Offaly Express, The Sunday World and The Irish Daily Star, died on Monday, July 2 after a very brief illness. In 2009, Kevin underwent a liver transplant at St Vincent’s Hospital and had made a remarkable recovery.
Over the past few years, Kevin and a group of musicians and singers from the town came together and formed the Edenderry Entertainers Commemorative Committee.
Kevin was the founding member and was also the Committee Chairperson at the time of his death.
The aim of the committee was to pay tribute and remember all the deceased entertainers from Edenderry who took part in many charity concerts down through the years for various needy causes.
An annual commemorative mass was held in St Mary’s Church and the committee held numerous open air music shows. During these events, bucket collections were held and the money was given to the Edenderry Lourdes Fund.
In 2010, the Commemorative Committee erected a plaque at St Mary’s Cemetery to the memory of all the deceased entertainers.
This event and ceremony was unique as it had never been done anywhere in Ireland.
On Thursday, September 13, Kevin’s friends in the Edenderry Entertainers Commemorative Committee launched a CD, which contains songs from Edenderry Entertainers and some close friends of Kevin.
Visiting artists on the night were Ben Dolan, Mick Foster and Moyra Fraser.
Also present for the launch of the CD were Michael O’Kane, Editor of The Irish Daily Star and Eddie Rowley of the Sunday World.
The singers on the 22 track CD are; Joe Dolan (RIP), Foster and Allen, Jane McNamee, Thomas Nolan, Tara Shamrock, Joey Ryan (RIP), Mag Brady, John Quinlan, Shane Hynes, Sean Norman and his Ceili Band, John Nolan, EDEN, Gerry McCormack, Albert Flynn, Geraldine McCormack, Liam Gibson (RIP), Gerry Seery, Pauric Browne, Karen Dolan, Uncle Arthur, Greg Traynor and Danny Slevin.
At the end of the night, the Edenderry Entertainers Commemorative Committee presented a Gold Disc of the CD to Kevin’s wife Eileen and family.
Kevin’s daughter Sinead McCarthy spoke on behalf of the family and thanked the Edenderry Commemorative Committee for organising the event and to all the artists who performed on the night and for the making of the CD.
New Chairperson of the Commemorative Committtee, David Lynch thanked everyone for attending and also thanked all the Edenderry entertainers and visiting artists for the making of the CD.
The CD ‘A Life Well Lived’ is now available in Edenderry in all the usual outlets at €10. The proceeds from the sale of the CD are going to the Offaly Hospice Foundation and the Edenderry Lourdes Fund.