Manchester Team tackle 3 Peaks in memory Irish Pipe Major

Manchester Irish Festival 2018

The Friends and family of Bill Lisgo who sadly passed away on 25th March are to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge a 24.5 mile walk in his memory on the 30th June.

Bill was a stalwart of the Irish Community in Manchester and the Pipe Major and one of the founding members of the award winning Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band. The band have just celebrated their 70th Anniversary and are the UK's longest running Irish Pipe Band and an integral partommunity in the city.

A team of eight led by his son Martin Lisgo along with Marie Buckley (niece), Cat Mahon (niece), Nicholas Mullans (nephew), Clare Hodgson (niece) and friends Lee Ford, Celine Doyle and Jake Ward will take on the challenge in his memory.

Bill's niece Marie Buckley commented "I am doing this with Bill's friends and family and we aim to raise £2000 for the Marie Curie nurses, who were an invaluable support to Bill and the family, they enabled us to care for him at home which was his wish".

"We are so grateful to Marie Curie Cancer Care, that with their support we were able to carry out Bill’s wishes and we want to help others in similar situations to do this for their loved ones too."

Any amount you can donate will be gratefully received. You can text donate your amount to 70070 using code YBTH53 or follow this justgiving link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mariebuckley2018

Tony Hennigan from the Manchester Irish Festival website added "Bill was a much loved member of the Manchester Irish Community he was always ready to give up his time to support it through the activities of the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band. The band played all over the world and a major part of the annual Mayo Manchester Tradfest in Mayo.He will be sorely missed by his family and friends not just in Manchester, but all around the world."

Bill's Funeral will be on Wednesday 18th April
The cortege will leave his house at 10.15am and will be led by the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band. Those who wish to join the procession should assemble at the house by 10am.

The Requiem Mass is at 10.30am at St Anthony's Church followed by committal at Manchester Crematorium at 12 noon.

The reception will be held afterwards in St Anthony's Parish Centre. Family flowers only but donations to Marie Curie Cancer would be appreciated.