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Hollywood comes to Clogherhead as locals act to fund new lifeboat

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 8:40 AM

Members of Clogherhead RNLI have been overwhelmed with the local support for ‘The Night at the Oskars’, a major fundraising event being staged to raise funds for the station’s new Shannon class lifeboat, which is due to arrive in 2019.

A night at the Oskars. Photo: RNLI/Clogherhead

The event which is being held on Saturday 3 March at the TLT in Drogheda will see local people star in seven short films recreating some of the most well-known and successful blockbusters over the last few years.

An initial casting call issued back in January saw 65 people successfully audition and receive parts in mini film versions of The Field, The Snapper, The Hangover, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption and Bridesmaids. Each of the local actors has a starting role in the short films that will be screened in front of a packed auditorium in Drogheda. The screening will end with a short awards ceremony, honouring what a panel of carefully selected judges, will deem as the best performances in a range of categories.

The red-carpet event is formal or black-tie dress and tickets are priced at €30. The high quality production is being produced by Kevin Rowe Events who do these across the country and run as a ‘Fundraiser In Aid of Clogherhead RNLI’.

Speaking about the event, Clogherhead RNLI Coxswain Tomás Whelehan said, ‘We have been completely overwhelmed by the support for our lifeboat appeal. This major event to raise funds for the new lifeboat is a great way to bring the local community onboard and we are thrilled so many people have come forward to play a part in it. Our new Shannon class lifeboat is a huge investment by the RNLI on the east coast and we are honoured that so many people living here want to help fund it.’

‘Holding an event where our friends and neighbours can get involved and see themselves on the silver screen is a great way for the community to help us raise funds for our new lifeboat. We can’t wait to see everyone on screen and there will of course be a few familiar lifeboat faces taking part. We want to thank the organisers for holding this event for us and for their support for the appeal.’

Last June Clogherhead RNLI launched a €150,000 fundraising appeal at the Drogheada Maritime Festival. The total cost of the new Shannon Lifeboat will be in the region of €2.5 million and the majority of the funding will be provided through an Irish legacy. Clogherhead RNLI and affiliated branches in Meath and Monahan are making a commitment to raise €150,000 towards the cost of the project through a community appeal.

Tickets can be obtained at the Clogherhead lifeboat station each Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm until March 3rd or through phoning Tomas on 086 809 4690.

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