One year on from the tragic death of Doireann O’Brien, her friends and family will once again gather at the Townhall Art Space in Cavan Town for a concert celebrating her young life and the colour and joy she brought to those around her.
This year’s concert will raise funds for local bereavement services, with Doireann's father, local musician Lee telling The Anglo-Celt: “Her happiness, her thoughtfulness, her willingness to love and help others, they're all things that made Doireann so great. They're the are parts of her we all still hold onto. They keep us going.”
Taking place March 11, 'All the Colours of the Rainbow' will runn from 5-8pm, with tickets are priced at €10 for adults and available from Multisound Cavan. Entry for children under 12 is free.
Once again, the best in local musical talent have signed up to appear at the event from Daragh Slacke to Karina Charles and Fiona Fitzpatrick, as well as individual performances from Grainne Conaty, the Jobseekerz, Cian Rock, Ferdia O'Brien and Ciaran O'Neill and Co.
Other musicians set to play include Jamie Byrne, Lee O’Brien, Peter Denton, Andy Hilton, Ray Fitzsimons, Andy Hilton, and Dwayne Kiernan, for what will be an uplifting and energetic show.
An alcohol free family-fun event, the concert will involve a host of accompanying entertainment for young and old, with refreshments also set to be served on the day.
“After last year we always said we'd do it again. I mean, the feeling, the absolute emotion from that, I can still feel it, if we can tap into half of that it'll be a job well done,” explained Lee, who admits to his family being left overwhelmed by the support from the community in the wake of their daughter's death. “There was a lot of healing in that room, you could feel it, and feel Doireann was there too.”
As a result, her family and friends are determined that her great loss and lasting memory will serve to help others through difficult times into the future.
“When things like this happen it goes to show there is always something that can be taken from it. If you don't find it, quite often the grief can swallow you up. Its important to have a positive outlet, especially when the person you're remembering was so positive. For us, to find people willing to be there, and to have that support from the local community, it was really incredible.”