13 March 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Large crowd at Glencarn assured that well over half the cost of life-saving DNA equipment for Mater Hospital has been raised over the last year



A GOOD CROWD of horseracing enthusiasts defied the inclement weather on Tuesday night to attend the Oliver Brady Memorial Cheltenham Preview 2016 in ’Blayney’s Glencarn Hotel, where they were given the best betting tips for next week’s big event and were also assured that well over half the money needed to fulfil the late Oliver’s promise to provide life-saving “gene-sequencing” to the Mater Hospital in Dublin has already been raised.

Tuesday night’s event was the eighth such annual Cheltenham Preview hosted at the Glencarn, and the second since the big man’s passing in September 2014.

The night itself marked another success for the Shabra Charity Foundation, raising €17,480 and counting (the organisers hope it will add up on €20,000 to the cause when all the money is in).

Oliver Brady’s business partner and soulmate Rita Shah confirmed to the Northern Standard yesterday that the money raised on Tuesday night comes in addition to a commendable sum of around €25,000 raised by the Shabra Charity Foundation over the last three weeks through events supported by people like Bernie Courtney and celeb chef Neven Maguire.

On this occasion, some of the entertainment extras like comedy sketches and music and dance were pared down, giving the hundreds in attendance an opportunity to focus on the main issue, which was to get…


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