Concert for late garda Adrian Donohoe to create sports scholarship

A concert to mark the third anniversary of the murder of detective Garda Adrian Donohoe is on course to sell out.

Concert for late garda Adrian Donohoe to create sports scholarship

It has also been confirmed that the funds raised by ‘Remembering Adrian,’ concert will be put towards a sports scholarship which reflects the love Garda Donohoe had for sport and young people participating in sport.

The finer details of the scholarship are a work in progress but it is understood that it will not be confined to any particular sport or any particular college and that it will be for a young person.

“We are also looking at identifying possible recipients who may come from a disadvantaged area where funds maybe particularly hard to find. We believe this is something Garda Donohoe would support himself,” said one of the organisers of the concert, Stewart Agnew.

The decision to use the money to fund a scholarship came after much consideration and also mirrors the contribution Garda Donohoe, who loved Gaelic football, made to the community he lived and worked in. He was a member of St Patrick’s GAA club in Lordship, Co Louth and after his murder the club became a focal point for mourning and tributes.

‘Remembering Adrian,’ takes place in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church in Dundalk which is also where his funeral Mass was held.

Funds from a major fundraising concert in memory of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe will go towards a sports scholarship. Pictured at the launch of the concert aptly named ’Remembering Adrian’ were Caroline Donohoe (Adrian’s wife) and Fr Michael Cusack. Picture Ciara Wilkinson.
Funds from a major fundraising concert in memory of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe will go towards a sports scholarship. Pictured at the launch of the concert aptly named ’Remembering Adrian’ were Caroline Donohoe (Adrian’s wife) and Fr Michael Cusack. Picture Ciara Wilkinson.

It will be on Friday January 29, four days after the date of his death but three years exactly to the day he was shot dead outside Lordship Credit Union in Co Louth, on the night of the last Friday in January 2013.

At the launch of the event his wife Caroline said: “This concert is a fantastic tribute to Adrian and a beautiful way for us to celebrate who Adrian still is and will always be to us. Words cannot express how very grateful I am to everyone involved from the artists to the organisers and I wish them all every success.”

As well as international artists like The Priests and Fr Liam Lawton, the concert will also feature local artist 15-year-old Leah Kirwan who became a YouTube sensation earlier this year singing Titanium’ with her brother Noah (8). Leah will be singing and playing the guitar.

Yesterday, Mr Agnew, who is also a musician, said, “Almost all of the 550 tickets have now been sold and the response to the concert has been phenomenal.

“We believe that this concert, as a tribute to a garda who died in the line of duty, has stuck a chord with everyone in this area and particularly those who knew Garda Donohoe.”

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