Great Gatsby night at Quigley’s Point

Gatsby-inspired glamour is on its way to Quigley’s Point thanks to a novel fundraiser with a difference that organisers hope will see locals paint the town in 1920’s and 30’s-style.

If you’ve ever fancied yourself dancing the Charleston in a flapper dress or are inspired by the high grandeuer of Downton Abbey, then November 8th next is a night to put in your diary.

The Point Inn is set to become the venue for a 1920’s style cabaret where the dress code is the roaring ‘20’s, 30’s – gangsters and molls and all that jazz - with dancing to the sound of The Haciendas Band.

Organisers hope that by having a theme and encouraging people to dress up it will add a bit of spice to the night which has at its heart a very serious cause.

The night’s entertainment is being put together to raise funds for Michael Browne, originally from Westport, Co Mayo, but now living in Redcastle.

Michael, a 32 year-old long-distance truck driver, sustained catastrophic injuries to his legs in an accident last January outside London when a steel load fell on him.

He was rushed to Whitechapel Hospital in the English capital where he spent two months in the critical care and trauma unit. He was then transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital where he spent a further month.

Having lost both of his lower legs in the accident he is now continuing his recovery at home in Redcastle where he lives with his partner Karen McColgan. He is set to begin a rehabilitation programme at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin early in the New Year.

In the meantime to help with the costs of adapting to his life changing circumstances, his friends have come together to organise the event on November 8th at the Point Inn.

Chief organiser Tanya McColgan, a sister of Michael’s partner Karen, said they hoped the 1920’s and ‘30’s-style would inspire people to come out, get dressed up and have a fun night of dancing.

According to Tanya, people don’t have to don 1920’s and ‘30’s gear – they can come dressed up or not. She said they decided on this particular theme as it was such a flattering style that people would be familiar with from films like “The Great Gatsby”.

“A night out is great but a nght out with a cause is even better,” says Tanya. On the night there will be raffle prizes iIf you’re unable to attend the event, you can still buy tickets for the draw online at www.mbfund.co.uk. Tickets for the night are also available to book on this website. Tickets are still available local outlets priced ten euro each. They will also be on sale at the door on the night.