John Spillane

MAD Pride Ireland has announced that John Spillane will headline their free family fun day event in Ballydehob on Sunday, May 27th next.

John Spillane has previously played at the group’s events in Cork and Killarney in 2010 and organisers are hoping the popular Cork man will attract a large crowd to the fully free event.

This year’s event also sees greater participation from the community with involvement of music, youth and sports groups, an initiative to encourage more participation from the wider community in dealing with the battle against stigma in mental health.

This is the second annual event in Ballydehob and has been co-organised between Mad Pride Ireland and the West Cork Mental Health Forum.

David McCarthy from Mad Pride Ireland said, “We are delighted that John is back on the line up for Ballydehob, he is a great entertainer and a big crowd favourite.

“We are looking forward to a great day out, and hopefully the sun will shine and the people of West Cork will turn out in big numbers again this year and enjoy the free event.

“This is set to be our biggest year, with the passing of John (McCarthy, event founder) in January a lot of people are looking to join us at the events to pay their respects.

“His influence on the mental health debate since 2008 has been phenomenal and it is up to us now to continue that legacy.”

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