Ron Kavana

Cork man Ron Kavana is a great Irish musician who has been playing music for audiences around the world for decades. Having spent many years living in London where he was a stalwart of the Irish music community, in later years, he moved back to his native Fermoy. Unfortunately, over the last several years, Ron’s health has declined, largely due to diabetes complications. He is currently receiving dialysis treatment in Cork University Hospital, and has been placed on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Ron needs our help.

We, as his friends have put together this effort to help him as Ron himself “didn’t want to be putting anyone out”. But, as anyone who knows him would attest that, Ron Kavana has always been such an extremely giving, thoughtful and generous person in the folk music scene for many years. He has always been the first to step up to offer a helping hand, to organise and participate in many many fundraisers for folks who needed it, both in the UK and Ireland. Now the time has come for us to help him.

Obviously, there are significant medical expenses for ongoing treatment. Since his mobility has been drastically reduced over time, structural modifications to his home are now also needed as he will have to stay downstairs when he is well enough to leave hospital and get back home. (He needs a bathroom fitted, labour, materials etc.)

General living and utility expenses also need to be covered since he may not be back working/earning any time soon. Whatever happens, a long and tough road to recovery lies ahead and this could be our way of giving a bit of financial support and letting him know how loved and appreciated he really is. 

Of course, we realise that these are indeed difficult times for everyone, but any and all donations would be most gratefully received. We’ve put a target of €20,000 on this but, since the list of things he’s going to need is long, we’re hoping to raise as much as possible. Please give whatever you can. Rons close friend Annie will be drawing the funds on Rons behalf with his permission.

Thanks so much to everyone for your kind donations,


Rons' friends. Katie Theasby, Siobhán Peoples, Mick McAuley and Annie Armstrong
  • Dick From the Royal exchange 
    • €600 
    • 6 d
  • ron chisholm 
    • €100 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • €30 
    • 7 mos
  • ron chisholm 
    • €75 
    • 7 mos
  • Seamus Kennedy 
    • €20 
    • 10 mos
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Fundraising team (3)

Katie Theasby and Friends 
Raised €6,220 from 129 donations
Annie Armstrong 
Siobhan Peoples 
Team member
Raised €1,995 from 21 donations