Milford Hospice Charity CD – Limerick ladies Andrea O’Rourke MacMahon and Tracy Costelloe O’Shea pictured above.
Two Limerick ladies release Milford Hospice Charity CD ‘Remember Me’
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy
Milford Hospice, like many businesses and charities, suffered heavily as a result of Covid-19 this year. Two local Limerick musicians Andrea O’Rourke MacMahon and Tracy Costelloe O’Shea recognised this and noticed that Milford Hospice hadn’t been able to hold their usual fundraisers, such as the Harvest Fair fundraiser, and could only hold a reduced capacity Milford Coffee Morning fundraiser. Seeing this and understanding the importance of the services that Milford Hospice provides, they decided to come up with an alternative way to fundraise for the hospice.
To help fundraise for Milford, Andrea and Tracy got together to record a CD in aid of Milford Hospice. These two Limerick women have sung for years around Limerick and are now mostly singing in Limerick Churches during masses, funerals, weddings, and any other kind of church occasion. Andrea in St. Marys, Athlunkard Street, and Tracy in St. Nicholas Parish, Corbally.
With their joint experience in music, the women decided to support the hospice by releasing a Milford Hospice Charity CD titled ‘Remember Me’.
Tracy has many years of experience singing with the Siamsa, John Player Tops of the Town, the all-woman band ‘The Experience’ and most recently with Red Hurley at the Redemptorist.
Andrea is a former Bunratty Entertainer and has been singing for many years including taking part in a Panto at LIT where she played the Fairy Godmother and Narrator for Cinderella.
When speaking of their motivation for the ‘Remember Me’ Milford Hospice Charity CD, Andrea said, “We were trying to think of an alternative way to help them fundraise as we believe that there isn’t a family in Limerick that hasn’t been helped and supported by Milford. Every person that has supported us in buying the CD for Milford has their own personal reasons, there are far too many people to mention.”
Many families in Limerick have had some connection with Milford Hospice, be it directly or indirectly. As a result, Andrea and Tracey have received massive support from the community of Limerick and from different Limerick businesses such as the Learning Hub, Dutec, and many, many, more.
“The ‘Remember Me’ EP is dedicated to all those families and friends that have been cared for by Milford. I was astounded at the support we have received everywhere” said Andrea.
They recorded four songs for ‘Remember Me’ including The Irish Blessing, Jealous of the Angels and Autumn Leaves. have already sold out their first batch of CDs and are expecting a new batch this week.
Andrea said on her Facebook, “Delighted to actually physically have the CD in aid of Milford Hospice in our hands. We will be singing a couple of songs from the CD in St. Marys Church, Athlunkard Street this Saturday evening, September 19 at 7.30pm mass and 11am morning mass on Sunday, September 20, the CD will be available to purchase afterwards for those who wish to do so, also you can private message us or text me directly @ 083 8847824. Thank you so much for your support for such a worthwhile cause. Special thanks to Lorraine MacMahon who gave so much time into putting together our beautiful cover, we love it! “
You can also buy the CD at theThe Pitstop on Corbally Road and it’s €10.
Any support would be much appreciated by the ladies and also of course by Milford Hospice.
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