John Spillane returns to Cork for mental health charity gig

John Spillane returns to Cork for mental health charity gig
John Spillane will perform a charity gig for Grow Mental Health Recovery on Friday, February 21. Pic: Shane J Horan, First Fortnight Media.

Famous entertainer John Spillane is performing a charity gig to help Grow Mental Health Recovery get back on its feet after a fire in their Cork City office.

The concert will take place on Friday, February 21 in An Spailpín Fánach on South Main Street in Cork city.

Grow Mental Health Recovery is a community-based organisation that helps people recover from mental health issues. 

The fire in Grow's Grand Parade office occurred last November and caused severe disruption.   

According to the charity, funds are urgently needed to repair the damage at the office, in order to allow GROW to carry out their work across the county.

John Spillane is a Cork native and an award-winning singer/songwriter and is expected to draw a big crowd. 

Tickets cost €20 and available online from Eventbrite.

Local Grow Area Co-ordinator, Finola O'Callaghan, is calling on Cork people for their support. "The fire was a huge blow to us and a lot of work will be needed to repair the damage, so we are calling on people in the area to lend their support to allow us to continue offering this vital service. 

"We have always been able to rely on the generosity of the people in GROW in the past and I am sure they will get behind us once again.

"We are hoping that people will come along on the night to enjoy the fun, [and] we are also appealing to individuals and businesses to make donations to help us with the costs," added Finola.

Grow Mental Health Recovery is a community-based organisation that provides support and education around emotional and mental wellbeing through free weekly meetings.

These meetings provide mutual help, understanding and encouragement to those who are struggling with any aspect of mental health, from depression, stress, anxiety, loneliness or isolation.

Grow is celebrating 50 years in Ireland this year and there are currently 130 groups across the country.

For further information visit www.grow.ie or call 021 427 7520.

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