A night for Manuela

16th October 2011

I had the pleasure of working at the "Night for Manuela" concert which took place last Saturday October 15th in the Salthill Hotel.
This was the third annual "Night for Manuela" where her life was honored and celebrated by a host of Ireland's most well know artists. Manuela's parents Hans peter and Arlette were present and received great support from those who attended.
Being the father of three young kids, I find it very difficult to absorb the inhumane death that poor Manuela suffered......I don't know how her parents get through this horrific ordeal. To every action though, there is a reaction, and I tip my hat to all those that are involved in the Manuela Riedo Foundation. Those people are the "do'ers" of this world......rolled their sleeves up and brought something extremely positive out of this tragedy....and indeed helped give fellow Galwegians an opportunity to express their sorrow and support to the Riedo family.

Below are a selection of images from the concert.

MCs for the night, Seán Power and Lucia Evans

The talented Sharon Condon

Sharon gets the night off to an energetic start by getting the crowd dancing!

Irish legend Frances Black

A powerful and energetic performance from Galway's Trad on the Prom

Eurovision runner up Marc Roberts (special guest with Trad on the Prom)

Local artist Owen Durkan presents a portrait of Mauela to her parents.

The brilliant Lucia Evans....what a voice!

Local legend Don Stiffe

Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh

Niamh and Lucia spurring each other to higher noted!!

Crystal Swing all the way from Cork

Very few words to describe Derek when he's in full flow. I had the pleasure of drumming with him at a gig about a year ago and it was a mighty experience....musicians really feed of the energy that he omits during a show

Cora Smyth and band

Sharon Shannon.....LEGEND

Well done again to all those involved with the organizing of this fabulous event, and in particular to my good buddy Shane Lennon. The work that's involved in an event such as this is trojan, many of us can find hundred's of excuses as to why we are unable to give time to work such as this.....Shane can give you hundreds of reasons why we should....well done buddy....respect!

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