A fundraiser for Dundalk man Paddy McDowell aka Jesus Jones has succeeded in raising enough money to buy a headstone for the grave of his parents.
The headstone was recently erected in Dowdallshill graveyard for Charles and Norah who passed away in 2000 and 2001 respectively.
Paddy – or Jesus Jones as he is affectionately called – is from Marian Park and is well known for singing on the streets of Dundalk.
“It’s good. I was surprised we raised the money so quickly. It didn’t take years. I’m very happy the headstone is up,” said the 72-year-old.
“It’s somewhere to go and think about my parents. It’s a lovely location for a graveyard. It’s very peaceful here.”
After spending some time in a recording studio last year, he is due to release a single and video to help raise more money.
As well as paying for the headstone, Paddy is also hoping to raise money for local children in need through the Jack & Jill foundation which provide in-home nursing care and respite support for children up to the age of six, with a range of neurodevelopmental issues including brain injury, genetic diagnosis and severe cerebral palsy.
Paddy is hoping to raise €2,000 for the Jack and Jill foundation which could help give home care for up to five children locally.
The single titled ‘That Loving Feeling’ is due to be released on Soundcloud, while the video will be available on YouTube.
In addition to the single and video being released on Friday, June 24, a range of t-shirts and hoodies are on sale on the site www.tututut.com.
A portion of the sales of any t-shirts or hoodies – 15 per cent – will be donated to the Jack & Jill Foundation.
People can also donate directly to this very worthy cause by searching for ‘A headstone for Paddy’s Mom & Dad’s grave and J&J’ on gofundme.com.
Paddy is also planning to do a busking day either on the Market Square or Earl Street in aid of the charity.