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€3,500 raised at Anonymous Art Auction

One of the artists Pat Flannery pictured with her husband Martin
One of the artists Pat Flannery pictured with her husband Martin

An anonymous art exhibition and auction in aid of local dog rescue charity MADRA was held last Saturday at Tribeton. The exciting event saw the works of over 30 artists anonymously exhibited then auctioned off, bringing in over €3,500 for the charity.

All the artwork for the event was donated by the artists, with both professionals and amateurs submitting work. Katie-May North who organised the event tells us “Months ago when we first put a call out for people to take part we were overwhelmed by the amazing response we had and with the enthusiasm of those wanting to get involved. It was such a fun event to organise and the willingness and generousity of the artists made the whole experience a real pleasure - we can’t thank them enough.”

An online catalogue of the paintings was published on the MADRA website prior to the event which attracted maximum bid offers from those who couldn’t attend. Over the phone bidding also added to the excitement on the night and kept everyone in the room on their toes. Over 30 paintings were auctioned off generating a fantastic €3,500 for the charity.

Ms North tells us “we were delighted with the result, everyone gave so generously on the evening and it means we will be going into December on a high knowing we have some money in the pot for our dogs. Winter is always a tough time of year for us financially, we often have big numbers coming in from the pounds by February with people failing to heed the warning that ‘a dog is for life not just for Christmas’.”

Various other MADRA fundraisers will be taking place in the lead up to Christmas with a Rock ‘n’ Roll Bingo night taking place in Monroe’s tomorrow (Wed 30th) from 8pm. Tickets for this can be purchased on the door and there will be lots of prizes on offer. MADRA will also be having the grand opening of their new shop and headquarters in Furbo on Saturday the 3rd at 11.00. 

Mission Statement

MADRA is a Connemara based dog rescue & re-homing facility whose ultimate and overall aim is to ensure that all dogs have permanent, loving homes. MADRA works to educate members of the general public to have a responsible attitude towards dogs and their welfare and to help create a world where no healthy, good-natured dogs are killed merely because they are considered to be a surplus number.

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