Standing ovation for GLAS



GLAS raised 7,000 Swiss Francs for the Edith Wilkins Foundation for Street Children last night thanks to a spellbinding performance by Pat Kinevane in the Fishamble Theatre’s production of “Silent” directed by Jim Culleton.

There were moments of great humour, grace and beauty throughout the piece during which the homeless street beggar TinoMcGoldrick tells his life-story through a series of silent-movie like vignettes and direct casual conversation with the audience. It provided a very moving insight into the challenges of street life, alcoholism, mental health, suicide and much else besides.

Edith Wilkins was also on hand to talk about the work of her Foundation in Darjeeling with hundreds of children, many of whom have suffered unspeakable abuse. The Foundation does great work helping them to re-build their lives, providing them with love, education, health and a safe refuge. GLAS has been supporting them now for 18 months.

I urge all my friends in Waterford to go and see it tonight in the Theatre Royal where Pat is putting on a performance in aid of Focus Ireland’s work on behalf of the homeless in the city. How does he do it? Out eating fondue and entertaining everyone in the Bain des Paquis on Wednesday night and then 90 minutes of exhausting performance on Thursday night followed today by a mad dash from Dublin airport to Suirside for tonight’s performance.

Great comments coming in from the audience who gave him a standing ovation and rapturous applause last night. The poor old GLAS raffle was definitely a bit of damp squib by comparison!

Photos by Chris Black are of Pat Kinevane on stage last night and Edith Wilkins talking to the audience before the show got underway.

Children’s Day India (from Catherine)

These pics are a reminder of why we are all doing it, for both the good and the bad times. They make it worth it.
It was such a fantastic day, everyone had a ball, especially the kids themselves….especially when we ordered about 120 small pizzas for them. First time trying pizza for the majority of them!
Looking forward to meeting you all when I’m back
Cath xx



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‘Joyced’ in Geneva!


Geneva Literary Aid Society proudly presents:

A very special double bill: 

Donal O’Kelly with “Fionnuala” and Katie O’Kelly with “Joyced” 

Venue: The Aula, Collège des Coudriers,
15a Avenue Joli Mont, Geneva

When: Tuesday, September 24th at 19.00


Once more many thanks to GLAS for your support

Liam Lawton and the City of Cork Male Voice Choir

Liam Lawton 1A unique treat!  Liam Lawton and The Cork Male Voice Choir will be performing in the Frankfield Church,  Douglas, Cork, on Sun. Sept 29th at 8pm.   This will be a wonderful night. All proceeds will be for the Foundation

Liam Lawton in concert at Frankfield Church on September 29th

‘A Magicial Night of Music and Song’ is assured at the eagerly awaited concert by Liam Lawton in the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield, Douglas at 8pm on Sunday, September 29th in aid of Cork-based charity Edith Wilkins Street Children Foundation India.

The show will include a number of Liam’s most loved and well known songs and maybe an old Irish Classic or two, as well as some brand new material.

Liam, who will be accompanied on the night by a full live band, including his music producer/arranger Mark Cahiil on piano, is delighted to be joined by the City of Cork Male Voice Choir conducted by Frank Buckley.

Tickets, priced €20 (€10 for students) are now on sale at Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street and Frankfield Church or direct from Edith Wilkins Foundation committee members. Enquiries to 087-9616511 or 086-8857104.  Tickets will also be on sale on the night but please arrive early.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the charity established by Crosshaven based nurse Edith Wilkins, a Third World worker for 30 years and a former Rehab Person of the Year award winner. 

Supported by Irish Aid (Dept of Foreign Affairs) and internationally recognized, the charity currently cares for up to 650 children, of which 350 are supported in attending school and ten of them, who at one stage were abandoned, homeless and abused, are going on to third level education. Around 140 children reside at the complex at Darjeeling near the Himalayan Mountains in North East India, the foundation purchased and opened in 2007, while 150 call to its drop-in centre daily where they benefit from nutrition, medical care, counselling and above all, love and care. There is also a night shelter, a sick bay and the foundation is working in and with the community in outreach support programmes. There is an outstanding team in Darjeeeling supported by a voluntary committee in Cork. For further information log on to

Details of the concert on September 29th were outlined at a reception in City Hall recently hosted by Lord Mayor of Cork, Catherine Clancy.

The attendance included Edith Wilkins and her adopted children Omer and Karishma, Crosshaven; Owen and Sarah Merchant who raised over €100 for the foundation in the recent Centra Crosshaven Triathlon; Pat Murray and Christy McCarthy of the City of Cork Male Voice Choir and EWSCFI committee members Leo McMahon, Ann Warren, Lilian Coughlan, Jane O’Connor, Mary Looney and Marie O’Brien, Bert Wilkins and his wife Imelda.


Liam Lawton

It is twenty years since Liam Lawton began composing and performing. Since then he has found a niche with his own brand of sacred and inspirational music, which has become repertoire for choirs and individuals throughout the world.

He has recorded 14 collections to date with a number of them achieving platinum status. A number of artists at home and abroad have recorded his material and his liturgical works have translated into many languages including Swedish, French, German and Irish. Liam publishes with one of the major Liturgical Publishers – GIA Music in Chicago. His music has been performed for many State occasions in Ireland and also in the UK and the USA.

His work and performances have brought him to such stages as Carnegie Hall, New York, Chicago Symphony Hall, Annahiem Convention Centre Los Angeles, National Concert Hall Dublin, The Paul VI Auditorium at the Vatican, The White House and many of the world’s sacred sites. Liam has recorded a number of TV specials and his works have been narrated by such greats as Gregory Peck, Frank Mc Court, Joan Cusack, John Malkovitch and Mick Lally of the Abbey theatre in Dublin.

Liam’s second book ‘The Hope Prayer’, a book of poetic reflections became a best seller in 2010/11 in Ireland. Last year he performed at the International Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin, singing his own compositions before a live audience of 75,000 people and a televised audience of 200 million.

Liam Lawton had a collective audience of over 2,000 at his Christmas Tour in Cork in 2012 featuring concerts in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Patrick in Bandon; Christ the King, Turner’s Cross, Cork and in Youghal.

The City Of Cork Male Voice Choir

The City of Cork Male Voice Choir is an amateur choir founded in May 1968, renowned for its versatility and dedication to good music and good fun. It currently has over  50 members.

The choir’s musical history includes many competitive successes in local (four times winner of the Cork International Choral Festival) and national competitions. Appearances include Middlesbrough. Teesside and the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen, North Wales. It also appeared on stage in London’s Royal Albert Hall with other leading international choirs in ‘A Night Of A Thousand Voices’.

The choir has given many enjoyable and memorable major concerts over the years. Soloists such as Denis O’Neill, Cara O’Sullivan, Ronan Tynan and Regina Nathan, amongst many others, have been engaged by the choir for these events. It also support young emerging talent in these concerts where possible.

The choir’s talent is not limited to concert work. It has appeared in many fully staged operatic productions in recent times as guests of Kinsale Opera and Opera Cork. These shows include Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, La Traviata, Madam Butterfly and Carmen. You can see the choir on You Tube singing Love Changes Everything and The Impossible Dream in concert and their winning performance of Jubilate Amen in Cork Choral Festival 2010.

As ambassadors for Cork and Ireland, the choir has travelled far afield. Recent trips abroad have  Germany, North Wales Prague, Barcelona and New York where members marched in the 2004 St Patricks Day Parade. Offiers of the choir are: Frank O’Connor, chairman; Mick Croghan, secretary and

Secretary; Mick Croghan and Edmond Scraggs, treasurer.  Frank Buckley is conductor and musical director.  Practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday night at 8pm off White Street car park next to South Parish Community Centre and new Members are always welcome.

Indian Summer Festival Cork

The Edith Wilkins Children Photographic Exhibition was on display at  the Indian Summer Festival.

Cork Indian Summer

This is an inter-cultural event encouraging us to celebrate and embrace our diveristy.  This year it was held on 8th June at Camden Palace Hotel, Cork

This a day long event filled with colour, culture and fun from India. This inter-cultural event offers a bazaar-like experience and will be a great day out for the entire family.


10 Year Celebration


The Edith WIlkins Foundations celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary.  It was a great day of excitement for all.  The children were fully involved in the preparation and celebrations.

Kaliyan’s Unicycle

Photography Exhibition – Roundy House Cork – through the children’s eyes

Full exhibition is shown on the dropdown menu above.

Photo by Aniket

A photography exhibition in aid of the Children was launched on the 10th January  7.30pm in the Roundy House Bar, Patrick St. Cork.
We are proud to announce the opening of our first ever Photography Exhibition fundraiser with photographs taken by the Children.
The photographs which are of top quality and A3 size are being sold for €30 each or 2 for €50. Discounts for students.  All funds raised will go towards maintaining and enhancing support services.   After attending a photography workshop  this group of children, between the ages of 8 and 18, were given the chance to put their skills into practice by capturing their own pictures in and around Darjeeling town. The fundamental aim of this project was to involve the children in a creative and fun activity.
This exhibition is full of ambition, colour, vibrancy and personality, just like the children who took them. The pictures are available for purchase on our website also. 
If you would like to purchase one or more of these A3 size beautiful photographs,
1.Send the following information to,
- Identify the specific number(s) of the photograph(s),
- Name and postal address of recipient.  Also please identify purchaser if different from recipient.
2. Pay by paypal / credit card by pressing the Donate button.
Costs: €30 each or two for €50 plus P&P of €2.50 within Ireland, €5.00 outside Ireland

If you can help please do

contact us at, also see footnote at the bottom of the Home page for other contacts

Photograph by Kalpana

Photograph of Puja