|Posted on February 16, 2018 at 8:20 AM|
Well known comedian, radio host and star of the small screen, PJ Gallagher, is to hold a night of fun and laughter with some of Ireland’s top comedians to raise funds for the RNLI.
Comedian PJ Gallagher with Dun Laoghaire RNLI. Photo: RNLI/Niamh Stephenson
The one-off event is being staged at Dun Laoghaire’s Pavilion Theatre on Sunday 4 March where PJ will be joined by friends, Deirdre O’Kane, Eric Lalor, Joanne McNally and more. The funds raised on the night will go to help the charity with their work in saving lives at sea and prevention.
PJ became aware of the work of the RNLI in Dun Laoghaire when he was passing the station and Lifeboat Mechanic Kieran O’Connell invited him in to look around. The pair struck up a friendship and PJ has been a regular visitor at the station since then. When he heard about he work of the RNLI he made up his mind to do an event to raise funds.
Speaking about his decision to hold the comedy night and to ask some of his famous friends to support it, PJ said, ‘ I live near the lifeboat station and was aware of the work of the RNLI but it was only when I met Colley (Kieran) that I really learned what it was all about. These men and women are volunteers and they leave their jobs and lives to come and help those in trouble at sea.’
‘We have a big beautiful lifeboat on view in Dun Laoghaire harbour but when it’s gone, sometimes in the middle of the night, that’s when they are doing their amazing work. I asked some friends if they’d help with a fundraiser and they jumped at the chance. In fairness you never know when this lot might need rescuing.’
Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat mechanic and long-serving crewmember Kieran O’Connell (Colley) added, ‘ We are really thrilled that PJ and his friends are holding this night for us. We get a lot of visitors into the station and they are always delighted to hear about the work we do and you hope it stays with them but PJ has stayed in contact and become a firm friend of the station. I just hope he knows what he is letting himself in for as most of the crew will be attending and if their pagers go off there could be a lot of people running for the doors suddenly. I hope they won’t take it personally.’
The gig is selling fast with only a small number of tickets remaining. Tickets are priced at €24 and are available from the box office directly www.paviliontheatre.ie or Tel: 01 231 2929.