Concert in aid of flooded playgroup promises to special

Hilary McIlwaine, Jack and Jill Playgroup assistant, pictured alongside Yvonne McGlinchey, playgroup leader, at the launch of the concert in aid of the Jack and Jill Playgroup in Plumbridge. Pictured behind are playgroup kids Blaithnid Kearney, Roisi Nicholas, Rose Kearney, Cathal McGurk, Aoife Conway, Michael Francis Bradley, Nicole Campbell-Conway, Aimee Sayers and Sarah McBride. KMG01

‘THERE is light at the end of the tunnel’ says one Plumbridge woman whose business was completely destroyed by freak flooding during the Summer.

Yvonne McGlinchey owner of Jack and Jill Community Playgroup in Plumbridge, one of the worst affected areas in the North West, was devastated when the business she set up in the close-knit village 30 years ago was wiped out by the rising water.


Two months on though and the future for the well-loved playgroup looks much brighter.

To raise funds to help the business get back on its feet the Friends of Jack and Jill Playgroup are hosting a concert in the Mellon Country Hotel at the end of October and Yvonne says she is overwhelmed by the support.

“I can’t thank everyone enough. When our playgroup was flooded I honestly thought the business was finished. But the support and generosity we have received from the parents, local people and businesses, and even from total strangers has been unbelievable. I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“This month there will be a fund-raising concert which has been organised by Damien Devine, whose two sons came to the playgroup, and tickets are already selling fast.

“We have five performances on the night and each one of the bands are providing their entertainment free of charge. The Mellon have also donated their venue to us. We are also having a raffle on the night which has some amazing prizes on offer.”

With a huge line up of country stars including Jim Devine, Justin McGurk and Patricia Maguire this is one night not to miss.

And if the music doesn’t entice you to attend the fantastic raffle prizes will. Up for grabs are a weekend stay in the Mellon with B&B and an evening meal included, two mid-week stays at the Holyrood Hotel, Bundoran – including B&B and a spa treatment, and a signed Tyrone football jersey.

The playgroup is currently working out of a space donated by Glennelly Development Trust Association but plans are underway to relocate the business to the council owned MUGA grounds situated just a few feet away from the original playgroup location.

Optimistic that they will be settled in their new location early in the New Year Yvonne added, “This concert really means so much to us. It will also be the perfect opportunity to thank everyone for all their generosity and support.

“The future looks bright for Jack and Jill playgroup and I know we still have a future in Plumbridge.”

The fund-raising concert in aid of Jack and Jill Community Playgroup will take place at the Mellon Country Hotel on Thursday, October 26. 

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £12 and can be purchased from any committee member, in Pinkerton’s shop and Spar Plumbridge or pay at the door on the night.


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