Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Dunmore East Trawler Tragedy Appeal

During the storms of 10/11 January, two fishing vessels sank in the Irish Sea with the loss of seven lives. All five seamen on the Pere Charles, from Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, and two from the Honeydew II, of Kinsale, Co. Cork, were drowned. The disaster shocked Ireland and had a further impact for the bluegrass community - Dunmore East has been the welcoming venue of the annual Guinness International Bluegrass Festival since 1995. In addition to local fishermen, one of the dead seamen was from Poland, and one from the Ukraine.

The Dunmore East Trawler Tragedy Appeal has now opened, with an account at the Allied Irish Bank, Ardkeen, Co. Waterford (sort code 93-44-02; account number 12200048). Contacts are: Fr Brian Power, Killea PP, Killea, Dunmore East; Joefy Murphy, lifeboat coxwain; Ciaran O'Mullain.

As well as presenting many bands from Ireland, the UK, and the USA, Dunmore East was the first Irish bluegrass festival to book bands from continental Europe, including the Blue Grass Boogiemen (NL), 4 Wheel Drive (NL), Fox Tower Bluegrass Band (D), Vabank Unit (CZ), New Section (CZ), Jack Danielle's String Band (F), and Blue Railroad Train (F).