On World Sight Day our Kildare branch hosted in evening of music in Cill Mhuire Church, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. There was some amazing performances on the night from Andrea Begley, former winner of the Voice UK, together with some very talented Guide Dog Owners, Nicky Kealy and Andrew Greene.

The concert was held to mark World Sight Day, and to recognise the extraordinary generosity of the Kildare people who have raised over €1million for us.

Phil Geoghegan, Chairperson of our Kildare branch, has played an instrumental role in getting to this significant milestone.

“People like Phil are what make Irish Guide Dogs such a great organisation. It is their willingness as volunteers to work so hard and to dedicate themselves to helping others which makes it possible for us in turn to help change people lives for the better.” Padraig Mallon, CEO.

Phil 1 Pat Burke,Andrea Begley,Phil Geoghegan and Padraig Mallon. Unknown-27 Andrea Begley with her proud Newbridge cousin Brian Rafferty. Andrea Begley shares an amusing incident with the audience. Andrea Begley with her backing guitarist Kyle McCann. Unknown-24 Working for Buttons? "Forget the petting and put some money on the collection plate!" Puppy in Training. "We're guide dogs not models!" Group pic. Andrea Begley and Nicky Kealy perform a duet. Nicky Kealy singinging a fine version of Raglan Road. Guitarist Sean Hennessy in action. Very dramatic lighting for Bring Him Home(Les MIserables) from Andrew Green. Musical Director Ollie Hennessy. Andrew Green gets the concert underway with the first song of the evening. Julianne Ramsell of the Irish Guide Dogs Association introduces the performers. Jade McCormack and Phoebe. Aran Murphy with Buttons. Ray and Cora Donoghue. Phyllis Stynes and Verona Dunne Fiona O'Loughlin,Paula Whoriskey and Martina Kelly Anthony,Joan,Lea and Zara Jones. Alannah Coleman Wilmot,Paul Wilmot and Eimear Farrell. Phil Geoghegan and Len Lloyd. Ger Hall,Phil Geoghegan and Siobhan Fox. Andrea Begley,Pat Burke and Phil Geoghegan. Unknown
Chairman of the Board of the Irish Guide Dogs Pat Burke presenting an award to Phil Geoghegan to commemorate her efforts in raising over one million Euro in the past 10 years.

One of the most prolific Volunteers we’ve has ever had, Phil Geoghegan has been involved in fundraising for the charity over the course of the last 28 years. Phil first got involved with us  in 1989 when she saw a notice for a dog walk fundraiser in aid of the charity and decided to bring her husband, Tom, and their two new Labradors along to the event. “It was headed by Clare de Burgh who was the organiser at that particular time, and we decided we’d go on it. We were trotting down along by the canal in Naas when Clare caught up with us and said ‘Two lovely young dogs, two new people, and I think you’d be great people to come and join Irish Guide Dogs in Naas and help us fundraise,” remembers Phil. “

The Kildare branch is always looking for new Volunteers to help secure the next million. Queries can be sent to [email protected] or phone us in HQ on 1850 506 300.

Phil explains why she does it “My thought is always, what if I lost my eyesight. Then you’re depending on Irish Guide Dogs to look after you. So we need to look after them first.”Phil Geoghegan, Chairperson Irish Guide Dogs Kildare branch.


Updated: October 26th