Family honour tragic cousin

Dundalk Stadium is set for a spectacular night of rock this Saturday night as some of the town’s most celebrated bands get together for a special fundraiser.

Kenyon (Kenny) Meyler, a cousin of the events’ organisers, brothers Daire and David Stanley from Blackrock, was attacked in Perth, Australia in early February and tragically passed away a week later. His body was transported back to Ireland to be buried in Wexford only last week.

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David who is a bassist with one of the featured bands said that the repatriation could have taken much longer if not for the effort of the Claddagh Association, who help raise money for Irish emigrants in Western Australia during times of need.

Claddagh Association, he says, were instrumental in Kenny’s repatriation and his family wanted to repay their kindness and help them continue their work Down Under. A concert fundraiser was their first instinct and fundraisers are being held in both Dundalk and Wexford.

“We are trying to raise the money that they spent, so that if, God forbid, they have to help someone in the same way again, the funds will be there,” said David.

On the night Dundalk bands Permanent De’ja Vu, RichardRichard, The Curtain Thieves and David’s group Bulls On Parade will all take to the stage.

But there is a wave of excitement growing following the announcement that Dundalk’s original funk-rockers, The Realm, are making a return to the stage after a long absence.

The members, Ciaran Wynne, Paddy Martian, Ian Harold and Liam Molloy have all been involved with various bands after The Realm called it a day in 2004. But the catchy guitar riffs and clever lyrics on songs like ‘C’est Jean Baptisie’ and ‘Man Machine’ that pumped from venues like the AOH and Rock the Planet are still fondly remembered.

They got back together last year to help out DkIT video students who wanted to record a video for one of their best known songs, ‘St Paddy.’ This time the boys will be back with a full set of tracks.

The event kicks off at 9pm in Dundalk Stadium, and all proceeds go to the Claddagh Association.

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