Thank you for considering making a donation to our website.
www.irish-showbands.com has been a labour of love. The site
had it origins in a handful of band handouts I collected in my
days playing relief to the big bands in the Silver Slipper in
Strandhill and the Astoria in Bundoran. I posted them on the website, www.kimnewport.com
back in 2000 and from those humble beginnings, the collection started to grow.
People started sending us scans of handouts they had saved
from the era and finally on March 26, 2004, we officially became the first
website to use the name "Irish showbands" in our web address.
We do not sponsor or allow any advertising on the site as this is an historical archive in the
purest sense. In the past seven years, I have spent countless hours of
building the site word for word, photo by photo
(not to mention the daily maintenance of examining spam guestbook entries).
In addition to constantly adding new photos
and features to the site, I am working on several major
projects on the showband era which will be introduced on the
website over the next few months. Although it would be nice to
have the site pay for itself, I have resisted any commercial
partnerships or advertising which could bring in some money.
However, some of my friends have suggested
allowing fans of the era to make donations to help fund the
maintenance of the site and assist with the costs associated
with collecting and maintaining archival materials (photos, records, magazines,
memorabilia, etc.) which we are trying to save for future
generations. I have decided to add this page and I
appreciate any and all donations, no matter how small, as they
will all go towards maintaining and building the site. I have
set up an account with Paypal which will process the payments
I am hesitant about adding this page, as I
fear people might think I am trying make money off the accolades
of a generation of musicians who changed the social and cultural
landscape of Ireland, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Whether or not I receive any donations, I will continue to fund and work on
the site myself, hoping to double its size in the coming years.
If you are interested in donating objects
other than money (i.e. records, magazines, band handouts, etc.),
please click here and email me directly. Otherwise, thank
for your time and whether or not you choose to contribute, I
hope you have enjoyed visiting the site and will tell anyone
remotely interested in the showband era about us!
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