Cratloe set dancers recently presented €4,000 which they raised for two local charities, Clare Haven Services and the Cratloe Benevolent Fund.

Cratloe set dancers

Cratloe set dancers at the presentation of cheques

The set dancers group meets every Monday night in Cratloe Community Centre. Twice a year they hold a ceilí, at Christmas and in Spring. All proceeds, together with a percentage of their weekly €5 (Cead Isteach) are donated to a charity.

Accepting €2,000 on behalf of Cratloe Benevolent Group, Kathleen Brislane explained that the group was set up by volunteers during the economic downturn to help families in need of assistance.

The group depends on voluntary contributions for their funds. Kathleen said they are extremely grateful for the generous donation from the set dancers and she complimented them on their great community spirit.

According to Mairead Mannion, Clare Haven Services have been supporting women and children who experience violence and abuse in their own homes for over twenty years. Last year 58 women and 113 children sought refuge in the shelter while 230 women availed of outreach support services throughout the county.

Mairead commented, “it is truly heartwarming for the staff and clients of our services to know that the work we do is recognised as being valuable by members of the public who so selflessly raise funds on our behalf.”

She added, “Your kind donation will be ring-fenced for the development of our facilities and support services for children traumatised by the effects of abuse which is urgently required.”

Cratloe Set Dancers were delighted to have raised €4,000 for two such deserving causes while doing something that they really enjoy.