Classic Fest Donates €10,000 to the Parent Accommodation Fund of the Neonatal ICU Unit in University Hospital Galway

Some of the hardworking team behind Classic Fest at the recent cheque presentation to the NICU Parent Accommodation Fund, held at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel. Photo Credit GK Media

Classic Fest 2023, held at Galway Racecourse last July, was the largest vintage and classic vehicle event in Ireland again this year.

On the day there were well over 1,000 vintage and classic cars, tractors, commercials, army vehicles, tractors and steam engines on display in Ballybrit that day. Alongside the main attraction was live music, a food village, children’s entertainment and many trade stalls. Blessed with fine weather, Classic Fest proved to be one of the best family days out in the West for the Summer of 2023.

This year’s Classic Fest benefactor was the Parent Accommodation Fund of the Neonatal ICU Unit in University Hospital Galway, who received a cheque for €10,000 from event organisers Irish Vintage Scene at a recent presentation at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel.

At the recent Classic Fest cheque presentation at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel were: (L-R) Consultant Neonatologist Dr Johannes Letshwiti, Kai Naughton (who spent his first six months in the unit), Clinical Nurse Manager Irene Glynn, and Kai’s grandmother Pauline Naughton Heavey. Photo Credit GK Media

“The success of this Parent Accommodation Fund means that parents of critically ill or premature babies who are not from Galway will have their accommodation needs supported during their stay in Galway. Unfortunately there is no accommodation available for this unit in the hospital, so it’s all private, paid-for accommodation that’s used, and the donation from Classic Fest will help those families at this very stressful time in their lives,” explained Tom Heavey, owners of the Oranmore-based publishing and printing business with his wife Pauline, who also head up the organisation of Classic Fest.

The cheque was present to Dr Johannes Letshwiti, consultant neonatologist and Irene Glynn, clinical nurse manager of the Neonatal ICU Unit. On presenting the cheque, the event organisers thanked everyone who made Classic Fest so memorable, adding: “We, both as a family and company, are delighted to be able give something back to the NICU unit in Galway, where miracles happen. Our grandchild, Kai Naughton, spent his first six months of life in the NICU unit, where he received the best care anyone could ask for. We as a family were lucky that we lived close by, but with babies coming to the unit from as far away as Donegal, others have the added stress of finding accommodation. We are delighted to be helping those families with this donation from Classic Fest ‘23.”

The other great news on the night was that Classic Fest will return to Galway Racecourse on Sunday the 30th of June 2024; for more details, see