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Wednesday, 25th October, 2017 5:25pm

Cork singer-songwriter and teacher Girish Paul is going on the road to perform The Beatles’ greatest hits across the county in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

The Christmas tour begins in Fermoy on 29 October and ends in late December in Ballydehob, West Cork.

Girish, a teacher at Fermoy’s Coláiste An Chraobhín secondary school, decided to tour in aid of the Irish Cancer Society after a colleague was diagnosed with cancer.

“Cancer continues to cause untold misery to families and individuals, and I’m sure we all of us know of someone whose lives have been affected by it,” he said.

“After a lady associated with the school was diagnosed, I decided to find a way to both raise awareness of the Irish Cancer Society’s work and aid their tireless ongoing cancer research effort.

“The amazing work of the Society is ongoing and funding for research is always in short supply, so I hope that audiences all over the county will come along to enjoy a trip down memory lane.”

The Irish Cancer Society is funding lifesaving research to improve methods of detection and treatment, providing information and support to those affected by cancer and raising awareness of how cancer can be prevented.

The Society is reliant on money raised by the public to fund its work and money raised from the tour will help fund research and provide vital services such as the Society's Night Nursing service. It will also help fund the two Daffodil Centres based in Cork University Hospital and Bon Secours Hospital.

Speaking about his decision to perform the Beatles’ classics Girish said: “As time passes, I constantly remind our young people that The Beatles changed the world.

“Much as Newton and Einstein are the two giants in the field of science, Lennon and McCartney’s body of work will continue to influence and inspire popular music for years to come.

"I’d cut my first album ‘A Hundred Miles To Go’ at the famous Abbey Road Studios where The Beatles recorded so many of their hits, and as each generation continues to discover the magic of The Beatles’ songs, I decided to perform their greatest hits. So although the main thrust of my tour is to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society, I want audiences to also enjoy hits by the Fab Four.”

There will be collection buckets available on each night, and all contributions will be welcome.

Those who can’t make it to one of the gigs can make a donation via

Girish Paul’s dates and venues are:

Sunday 29 October, Cheers Bar, Fermoy; 6 – 8pm

Saturday 11 November, O’Donnells Bar, Glanworth; 10.30 – 12.30pm

Friday 17 November, Silent Banjo, Kinsale; 10.30 – 12.30pm

Saturday 25 November, The Huntsman, Belgooly near Cork Airport; 10.30 – 12.30pm

Saturday 2 December, The Eldon Hotel, Skibbereen; 10.30 – 12.30pm

Saturday 9 December, The Quarry Cock Bar, Cobh; 10.30 – 12.30pm

Saturday 16 December, The Bulman Bar, Kinsale; 10.30 – 12.30pm

Friday 22 December, The Irish Whip, Ballydehob, West Cork; 10.30 – 12.30pm

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