Roll up as Kean buys 500 circus tickets for children

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds will be among 500 Cork youngsters who will get a free day out at the circus next year thanks to solicitor to the stars, Gerald Kean.

It emerged yesterday that Mr Kean had handed the tickets over to the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Catherine Clancy last Friday.

They are for a performance of Fosset’s Circus, which is due to take place in the city next June.

The solicitor said he regularly attends a number of charity auctions around the country and bids for lots.

“I was recently at one for (former Boyzone star) Keith Duffy’s autism charity and I bought a few items.

“One of them was a free day out for 500 people at Fosset’s Circus in Cork. I purchased that because I wanted the children in Cork to benefit from it,” Mr Kean said.

He handed the gift to a very pleasantly surprised Cllr Clancy when the two met at last Friday’s annual Secs in the City charity event at the Clarion Hotel, at which he was MC.

“It’s such a generous offer, but I know it’s not unusual for him to do these kind of things,” Cllr Clancy said.

“I will look at giving the tickets out to disadvantaged children, youth clubs and to the Cork Lions Club who organised the Secs in the City fundraiser,”

Cork Lions Club spokesman Pat O’Brien said that he was also very appreciative of Mr Kean’s gesture.

“He received a standing ovation for his generosity at the event.

“The fundraising day was a hugh success and raised much needed funds for the two charities, Eating Disorder Cork and National Council for the Blind.”

Mr Kean was in Cork again last night, this time he was acting as MC at a Cork Constitution RFC fashion show in aid cancer support group ARC.

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