Longford children benefit from photo exhibition

Longford children benefit from photo exhibition

A fundraising photography exhibition took place in Newtowncashel last weekend in aid of two local children.

Hosted by Vicki Riley, the Centenary Photographic Exhibition was held in The Hill and featured prominent local faces from the youngest to the oldest members of the community. 

Vicki explained that it was a three-fold event; a fundraiser for the children, a celebration of a century in Newtowncashel and a launch of her new photography business.

Still awe-struck at the event's success, Vicki told the Longford Leader: “the exhibition contained 90 prints of local residents from the newest baby boy and girl in the village at the time of print, to the oldest resident, 96-year-old Paddy Farrell.

“It also displayed different pockets of the community including historical buildings, clubs, groups, the school and everything in between.”

All proceeds raised from the night and from a  special  calender containing all the prints, which is now on sale, will go to five-year-old Patrick McDonagh, who is battling leukaemia,  and three-year-old  Rosie Kelly, who has autism. 

“Rosie's parents are trying to fundraise to get her a specialised, highly-trained assistance dog for children with autism, so this will help,” Vicki revealed.

She finished by offering “a heartfelt thank you for the generosity and outstanding support from the local community. 

“All communities are good but the people in Newtowncashel are particularly good and giving.”

The exhibition was such a success that plans are already afoot to run it again on  Friday, September 16 from 6-10pm in The Hill, Newtowncashel. 

The accompanying calendar is also available to buy for €10 from The Local bar in Newtowncashel or from Vicki by calling 087 1921929 or emailing vickster1881@gmail.com.