On August 29th we held a tribute night to mark the 4th anniversary of Eoin's passing. These have become really special nights where Eoin's friends and family gather to remember him and invite others who may have never met him but have been touched by his work or the scholarship to join us. This year the night felt hopeful and joyful with lots of laughs and warm moments as we remembered Eoin through music, poetry, stories and chats.
Our 2019 scholar, Rose Keating, read her work. As did 2 of our runner-ups, Molly Twomey and Kel Menton. We also had many musical and poetry performances from friends of Eoin.
Our family are as ever hugely grateful to Eoin's friends in organising this celebration every year. We've put together a playlist of some of the performances on the night. The shakey camera and audio work does not do the night justice! Hopefully you get the idea though! You can see the entire playlist here.
Thank you again for all the support. Eoin would be proud of the scholarship and would be so touched by the continuing tributes and love being shown for him.
Our next fundraiser is on March 20th in The Poor Relation bar, Cork.
Doors open at 7.30 and there will be a combination of music and spoken word performance. You can feast your ears on deadly tunes such as this:
Besides Cassidy Club, we will have music from Chinese Elevator Music, Annie Bloch & band, Mark Leonard and Richard Murray - all former bandmates of Eoin, Elaine Malone and Caoimhe Ní Chuilleagáin.
There will be spoken word performance from The English Literature Society, Ó Bheal and Eimear Hurley.
There is no entrance fee on the night. We will collect donations and hold a raffle. We will also have a merchandise table where you can buy some of Eoin's poetry books and related artwork from friends.
The deadline for submitting to the scholarship is March 23rd, so get submitting!!
Chinese Elevator Music reunited for Eoin's tribute night, 2017:
Annie Bloch & band
On the 15th of October, Eoin's brother Brian (together with honorary Murray and long time best friend, Jonathon Finn) ran the Palma Marathon to raise funds for the scholarship.
Brian started running four months ago (!) and decided that he would complete a marathon, before his 30th birthday, in memory of Eoin and in support of the scholarship.
Brian and Jonathon had a team of supporters in his parents; Jim and Tess, his sister; Maria and Jonathon's parents; John and Roseleen.
In total, Brian managed to raise over €2000. Words can't really express how humbled and grateful we all are for all the support and interest to date. It's overwhelming, both the donations and the emails and letters we have been receiving in support of the scholarship. We feel this is an opportunity to create something positive out of a terrible tragedy. Nothing can really ease the loss of Eoin being here, gifting the world with his work. However this scholarship is something he would have been proud of, and in the lack of Eoin's poetic voice in the world, we can support others.
Thank you again for all of your support, well wishes and love.
This September 24th, Teresa Murray (Eoin's mother) together with friends and family, completed the Cork Women's Mini Marathon in aid of the Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship. Together they raised in excess of €1500. We greatly appreciate their generosity with their time and donations. The support and encouragement for the scholarship has been overwhelming and we are so touched that so many people have pitched in to help
A very heartfelt thanks to all of you!
On Saturday the 12th of August we held both the third tribute night for Eoin and the launch of the Eoin Murray memorial scholarship.
It was a wonderful night with an intimate and healing atmosphere. The love for Eoin was palpable in the room, and the tributes to him in both song and spoken word were beautiful.
We raised almost €1000 that night and we're very happy with this as a start to the fundraising activities.
You can view the full playlist of tributes from that night by clicking here.