Cratloe Set Dancers have raised €6,000 for two deserving charities, the Free Dinner Trust Limerick and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

The group meets each Monday night from September to April at Cratloe Community Centre to learn and dance sets, guided by Michael McInerney who volunteers his time because of his love of set dancing. Every year the groups hold two annual ceilidh, at Christmas and Spring. All proceeds together with a percentage of their weekly €5 fee are donated to charity.

Limerick’s Free Dinner Trust is a voluntary group that provides valuable nourishment to people in the community who have fallen on hard times. It’s representative Catherine Cowpar received a cheque for €1,000. Both Catherine and Siobhan Wheeler have been volunteering for ten years now.

Throughout the year the group prepares and serves around 120 dinners every Sunday and on Christmas Day. The Free Dinner Trust depends totally on donations and was very appreciative of the donation from the Cratloe Set Dancers. 

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust was set up on June 16th, 2013 following the tragic death of Kevin Bell aged 26 years in New York. Kevin’s father, Colin Bell, told how the organisation has repatriated 486 loved ones to their families in Ireland following their deaths in countries across the globe. To date, the Trust has assisted seven Clare families and twenty in Limerick. 

The Kevin Bell Trust repatriates between 10 and 15 loved ones each month and operates on a 32 county basis regardless of circumstances of death.   Costs can be up to £12,000 in each case depending on hospital release costs, circumstances of death and local charges. 

Speaking at the presentation by Cratloe Set Dancers, Colin Bell said it was very appropriate to accept the cheque for €5,000 at a set dancing class as Kevin himself had been an accomplished set dancer and an All Ireland set dancing winner at Scór na nOg. Kevin was extremely grateful to the set dancers for their very generous donation.

Members of the Cratloe Set Dancers were delighted to have raised €6,000 for two such deserving causes while doing something they really enjoy. The club hopes to continue its charitable work well into the future.