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Bands to make Darragh's Disney dream come true


Darragh Oakes

Darragh Oakes

The Modfathers

The Modfathers

Darragh Oakes

DUBLIN rock bands will take to the stage to raise money to send little Darragh Oakes to Disneyland.

Darragh (7), from Finglas, was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in July last year and only days later had surgery to remove a tumour.

An intensive course of radiation treatment and chemotherapy followed, and Darragh is now in remission.

Three bands - The Modfathers, The Very Specials and Atomic - will take to the stage on Friday in a bid to send Darragh on the trip of a lifetime to the Paris theme park to meet Buzz Lightyear and Mickey Mouse.

"Darragh's really been through the mill but is such a brave little lad," said his mum, Debbie.


"Even in hospital he always had a big smile on his face. I'm delighted these wonderful musicians have decided to put on a benefit show so he can get to Disneyland. I don't know what to say. Their generosity has just bowled me over."

The bands hatched the plan to put on the show earlier this year when The Modfathers' drummer Alan Bates became aware of Darragh's illness and witnessed the his dramatic weight loss and extreme weakness.

"Darragh's situation just went straight to my heart," said Alan.

"It was absolutely awful to see such a lovely little lad becoming so ill, and that's when I got talking to the lads in the other bands who play in some of the same venues as us.

"We hit on the idea of doing a one-off fundraiser to get Darragh to Disneyland after I'd been told it was his dream.

"It's great to see him recover so well, and now he can get to meet his Disney heroes," he told the Herald.

Following treatment, Darragh is regaining weight, his hair has grown back and he has returned to school.

Friends and family members will be in attendance at next Friday's Concert in the Village in Wexford Street.

The three bands, playing the music of The Jam, The Specials and Blondie, take to the stage at 7.30pm and admission at the door is €10.