CD inspired by much-loved cleric raises £20k for Hospice

August 8, 2016

The proceeds of a commemorative CD compiled in honour of a much-loved priest have raised more than £20,000 for the Southern Area Hospice.

Fr. Gerry McArdle from Burren was the inspiration for singer/songwriter Rose Brennan to record a five-track album in memory of the much-loved cleric and close family friend who passed away in June last year.

Entitled ‘Hospice’, the album features two unique songs written about Fr. Gerry as he battled the final stages of his illness: ‘Fr. Gerard’ is a celebration of the gentle priest’s life and work, while ‘The Hospice’ was composed based on Rose’s visits with him in the Southern Area Hospice.

Rose says Fr. Gerry was delighted at what he called ‘his’ song and gave both tunes his blessing with the belief that they would go on to “achieve great things and do much good”.

Inspired by his enthusiasm, Rose, together with Fr. Gerry’s family, decided to record the two songs and, along with three others she has also composed, produced a professional CD with proceeds of sales benefitting the Hospice.

Endorsed by the Southern Area Hospice, and with the generous financial support from individuals and businesses in the Burren area, the five tracks were recorded at Narrow Water Studio and mastered and replicated by Media Trends, Dublin.

Since its release in December, ‘Hospice’ has received extensive airplay and the tracks have struck a chord with many who have shared experiences of the facility.

Rose Brennan and the McArdle and McConville families wish to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of the project to date – the very generous local patrons; the musicians who voluntarily gave of their time and talent; the master guitarist Steve Cooney, Paul French, Danny McGreevy, Aibhin Fitzpatrick, James Brennan, Tony McArdle and Cara McConville; the  sound engineer Steve Fearnley; the graphic designer Alannah McQuaid and the photographer Louis McNally.

Having topped £20k, the fundraising is ongoing and the CD can still be purchased via or at the Hospice, priced at £10 with all proceeds going to Southern Area Hospice Services.