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Dripsey garden centre welcomes High Hopes choir and radio show

August 17th, 2016 5:35 PM

By Southern Star Team

The High Hopes choir in Griffin's Garden Centre in Dripsey

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A GARDEN centre in Dripsey played host to the High Hopes choir recently.

The arrival of the homeless people’s choir – who came to prominence on an RTE reality TV show – was the result of Griffin’s success in a Today FM competition.

Griffins had earlier entered a competition on the radio station to win a BBQ for staff. When the team at Griffins won, they opted to donate the BBQ to the Penny Dinners charity and the High Hopes choir.  

‘It was a big ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers and the team that do magical work in Cork, in bringing awareness to homelessness and producing quality, free meals everyday for so many people in Cork,’ said Margaret Griffin.

After wining the competition, Margaret contacted Caitriona in Penny Dinners with the great news and Fergal Darcy and Today FM agreed to bring their ‘Off the Charts’ show to the award-winning garden centre. 

The Grilltopia arrived and provided food for over 100 people and the High Hopes choir, with members from Cork, Dublin and Waterford, entertained Cork, and the entire nation. 

‘Fergal and Ed fell in love with Griffins’ Hot Lips and of course, Granny Griffin’s scones. Tasting them live on air they agreed they were the best scones in Ireland,’ said Margaret.

After the show, High Hopes revealed that they will be travelling to Dublin to record an album with Aslan in the next few weeks.  

‘We would love to thank all involved who created a joyful afternoon for Cork Penny Dinners. The team from Today Fm, Hellmann’s and Grilltopia were kind-hearted and loving during an afternoon of great laughs, emotional stories, heart-warming singing and music, followed with the exciting news for the High Hopes choir,’ said Margaret.

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