Photos by Aoife O’Neill
The Set Theatre on John Street was packed to capacity when an all-star concert was staged on Christmas week. Produced and presented by Lake Productions, the two hour show saw the audience treated to music, singing and comedy.
Benefiting from the proceeds of the concert was Irish charity Kilimanjaro Direct run by Kilkenny woman Sheila Ryan.
A former music teacher at the Presentation Convent Kilkenny, Sheila thanked the artists and audience for their generosity in giving of their money and their time.
Kilimanjaro Direct was founded in 2005 by Sheila Ryan, as a response to the poverty she witnessed during a holiday to the area.
She has been directly involved in helping build ten houses for families along with supplying food and animals to countless others.
Her vision has been to alleviate poverty through education.
Performers on the night included Castlecomer male choir, Members of St Patrick’s Brass band, Lake Productions, The Involvement Centre, Oksana Kuorvets, Lilia Niemtsova, Billy Carrigan and friends, CBS choir, Derek Dooley, Peter Madden, Ali Comerford, Jennifer Murphy, Sola, Declan Taylor, Emma McGuinness, Eoghan Fingleton, Claire Henriques, Nicola Brennan, Paul Clifford, Pat Shortall, Niamh Holohan, Sé Nicholson.
Speaking on behalf of Lake Productions, committee member Clare Gibbs said they were thrilled to be able to put their shoulder to the wheel and help support such a worthy cause.
Sheila Ryan addressed the attendance at The Set Theatre and thanked everyone for their support.
Sheila’s son Damien, who works on the Kilimanjaro Direct team was also in attendance.
Sponsors on the night included, UPMC, the Leader Project, Langtons Hotel, The Kilkenny Observer, Fran Grincell, and Market Cross Shopping Centre.