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Are you ready for the Hooley in The Hall?

Are you ready for the Hooley in The Hall?
County Mayor Cllr. John Paul O’Shea is to mark the end of his term as Mayor of the County of Cork by hosting a “Hooley in The Hall” and in aid of Cork charities, The Mercy Hospital Foundation and Pieta House.
The summer charity event will take place at County Hall, Cork, on Friday June 17th, and is kindly supported by The Kingsley Hotel, part of The Fota Collection.
Shaping up to be one of the biggest charity events of the summer, the Hooley in The Hall will have a line-up of awesome blue grass and cajun sounds from ‘Ray Barron & Friends’ and the hugely popular ‘The Whole Hog Band’. The night is perfect for groups of friends and neighbours, that office night out or just an excuse to don that Stetson, break out those blue jeans and strut your stuff. With finger lickin’ homemade BBQ, the Mayor’s Moonshine, fun games and DJ ‘til late, the evening is set to raise the roof while raising funds for The Mercy Hospital Foundation and Pieta House, Mayor John Paul O’Shea’s chosen charities.
Kicking off at 7.30pm, the whole ground floor of County Hall will be themed in a country-style, with the freedom to mill about the food and drink stations, join in the dancing with a lively DJ who will take the reins from midnight.
Tickets for the whole evening, including all of the above unique and memorable entertainment, are priced to please at just €40 per person.
Speaking at the launch of the charity event Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. John Paul O’Shea said ‘I couldn’t think of a better way to close my year as Mayor than celebrating it with the people of Cork County. We are celebrating a great year where communities, businesses, our colleagues and stakeholders and our supporters worked in unison to make this County the best we can be. Despite our challenges, we have so much to be proud of here in County Cork. We’re hoping to raise considerable funds for my two favoured charities this year, Mercy University Hospital Foundation and Pieta House. Funds raised on the night will go directly to developing a Cancer Care Centre where patients of the Mercy Hospital and their families can avail of a quiet, safe and supportive environment in the moments after their Cancer diagnosis and while on their Cancer journey at the Hospital.Cork’s Pieta House will put all funds raised towards continuing to provide a safe place for people who are in suicidal distress and/or self-harming. ‘The Hooley is our ideal opportunity to support these two organisations in the good work they do for the people of Cork while having a great night out with our colleagues, neighbours and friends. Everyone’s welcome!’ said the Mayor.
Mayor O’Shea went on to acknowledge the continuing outstanding support of The Kingsley Hotel, part of the Fota Collection as main sponsors, stating: ‘The team at The Fota Collection have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to this and several other worthy causes in Cork and County since their arrival in the region and they are to be congratulated on their willingness to row in behind good causes with such graciousness’.The Irish Examiner has also come on board as media sponsors, along with several other well-known entities sponsoring the event. ‘These businesses and organisations are demonstrating an understanding of their corporate social responsibility in a really unique way through these supports. They are embracing communities in their hinterland, while keeping the focus on the deserving charities we have chosen for this event. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for their generous support for the Hooley and we welcome more sponsors to come on board; we already have several other local businesses and organisations lending their support to the event ” Mayor O’Shea said.
You can purchase your tickets for the Hooley in the Hall at reception in The County Hall, at any of the Council’s eight Municipal District Offices or through the Mercy University Hospital Foundation website
You may also e-mail or call Edel (Howard) Bodie on (021) 4285367 for tickets. Group bookings most welcome.
Tickets are also available countywide in the Cork County Council Municipal offices in West Cork (028-21299), Bandon/ Kinsale (021-4772154), East Cork (021- 4631580), Ballincollig/Carrigaline (021-4285352), Cobh (021-4811307), Fermoy (025-31155), Blarney/ Macroom (026-41545), Kanturk/Mallow (022-21123).
A special overnight rate for the night of the Hooley is available at The Kingsley Hotel (just across the road from County Hall) – €145 based on 2 sharing, including breakfast. Bookings to – special event packages, or call 021 4800500.