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Orlaith raises over £2,000 for flood-damaged church

Fresh from her Glór Tíre success Orlaith Furey has helped raise some £2,293 for the restoration of the Sacred Heart Church in Plumbridge.

A ROOF raising, fund-raising concert organised by Plumbridge singing sensation Orlaith Furey has been a toe-tapping success.

Taking place in March, Orlaith’s night of musical magic raised a grand total of £2,293 for the restoration of the Sacred Heart Church in Plumbridge, which suffered considerable damage during last August’s floods.

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Well in excess of her intended target, Orlaith extended her thanks to the benevolent locals of Plumbridge and beyond.

“The generosity of local people never ceases to amaze me,” she said. “The concert was a roaring success and while I set out to raise £1,000, more than twice this was collected. It was a big success and I was blown away.”

According to Orlaith, the venue for the event, Leo McCullagh’s Bar, was filled to capacity representing a crowd of over 90 people.

“It is fair to say everyone had an excellent night, and it is clear everyone was keen to donate to such a worthwhile cause.”

While Orlaith’s journey on TG4’s Glór Tíre contest may have come to an end, the Plumbridge singer says it is always a pleasure to perform at any venue, big or small.

“Whether it be on the Glór Tíre stage or at home in Plumbridge, I never let the pressure get to me. I was immensely happy to have gotten to far in Glór Tíre, and am thankful to everyone who voted for me at the time. It has opened up alot of doors for me and I have been performing along with the likes of Robert Mizzell as a result.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be like Orlaith to forget her roots from the Glenelly Valley village.

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“Throughout the whole journey, everyone had my support. I will always be thankful for this, and the community spirit that is alive in Plumbridge and beyond was evident during the fund-raising night!”

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