Ballina Theatre group conquer Europe
The Green and Red flags were flying high in Manchester and Dublin for the visit of Ballina's Heroes for Hospice theatre group first European tour.
The 152 strong group certainly went beyond the barricades when they came, they saw and yes they truly conquered Manchester and Dublin with their sell out shows for the 'Heroes for Hospice Musical' in aid of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Appeal.
The UK premier was staged at the Z arts centre and launched by the Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Paul Murphy OBE, who congratulated the group and the sponsors - Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group, the Levenshulme Pub Company and the Levenshulme Festival on sponsoring the Manchester Show.
The Dublin show was sponsored by the Dublin Mayo association and supported by Mayo.ie and The Western People.
Hospice CEO Cynthia Clampett was overwhelmed by the welcome that the charity and the group received in Manchester "They couldn't have made us more welcome here in Manchester, it not only generated a considerable amount of funds for the hospice but it gave us a massive media profile and presence. It was one surprise after another with the Father of the House of Commons – Sir Gerald Kaufman MP welcoming us with the new Lord of the Dance – James Keegan in Levenshulme and then the Lord Mayor of Manchester launched our UK premier."
Tony Hennigan the director of Mayo Manchester added
"Lavinia Gilmartin the director of the show and all the 152 members of the group should be proud of their achievements. The show deserved their standing ovations in Manchester and Dublin. It was certainly one of the best musicals I have ever been to. We were delighted to play our small part in supporting the group for this historic UK premier."
To date 'The Heroes for Hospice Group' have already raised over Thirty Thousand for the hospice and tour to the UK and Dublin has generated a further £60,000 worth of press and media exposure for the Hospice Foundation in the UK and Ireland.
For more information on the work of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice visit www.hospice.ie