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Country music star’s donation in memory of Niall Quinn

The tragic death of young Silverbridge man, Niall Quinn, in an accident in Australia last month has been keenly felt near and far by many who knew him and his family.

In the wake of the tragedy, a fundraising initiative in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust (KBRT) was established with donations pouring in for the charity that helped in the repatriation of Niall’s body to his family.

The KBRT has been proven to be a lifeline for bereaved families who have lost loved ones in tragic circumstances abroad, and who have relied on the charity to help bring their bodies home.

Moved by the trauma which has befell Niall’s family and keen to support the work of KBRT, former Silverbridge musician and lifelong family friend, Nicky James, is facilitating a unique auction to help boost the charity’s coffers.

Nicky – whose family name is McShane – now lives in England where he has carved a very successful career in songwriting and performing.  Over the last number of years, his work has brought him in contact with many well-known artists.  And it is one of these artists, the hugely popular country music star Nathan Carter, who is behind the fundraising initiative.

Nicky has worked closely with Nathan, having co-written a song together for his new album, and the pair also teamed up for the launch of Nicky’s latest album, which was held in Ti Chulainn, Mullagbawn last year.

Now, in support of KBRT and in memory of Niall, Nathan has generously donated a weekend for two for his upcoming music weekend in Donegal, to be auctioned with all donations raised going to the repatriation charity.

The Nathan Carter Music Weekend is taking place in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February and features guest artists Johnny Brady, Matt Leavy, The Indians, Stewart Moyles and Hugo Duncan.

The prize, which includes two nights B&B and tickets for all the shows, is valued at €400 and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Bids can be placed with Nicky James via email to: or through his Facebook page.