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On Novemeber 19th, 2012 the Irish Repertory Theatre held a night of traditional Irish pub session music to raise money for Mercy Centre USA, serving Thailand’s poorest of the poor, and GRAYBEARDS, a Rockaway community organization aiding those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The concert, emceed by Cathy Maguire, raised over $13,000 to be split between the two very worthy non-profits. A huge thanks goes out to Cathy and all the musicians and dancers who performed this November.
Those involved this year: All-Ireland Button Accordion Champion Martin O Connell, legendary piper Ivan Goff, Professor Mick Moloney, Caitlin Warbelow, Gabriel Donohue, Dan Neely, Marie Reilly, Martin Daly, Donie Carroll, Victor Cuneen, Johnny Jackpot, and a host of others, as well as Sean-nós dancer Megan Downes and friends and Mairtin de Cogain who spellbound us with his stories.
A special thanks goes out to Frank McCole and Tom Burke, owners of the two Lillie’s Victorian Establishment Bars – in Times Square and Union Square – for sponsoring the concert and donating $2,500 to EACH organization!!! Check them out at http://www.lilliesnyc.com/ and join them for live traditional Irish music every Saturday 4-7pm. And to Mr. John Browne of the Grandstand Bar on 8535 Grand Ave in Elmhurst, NY, who hosted a lovely reception before the show. You can check out Grandstand on their Facebook page.
A big thank you to Mr. Ciaran O’Reilly, Charlotte Moore and The Irish Repertory Theatre staff for once again donating their time and space for this very worthy cause. Check them out at http://www.irishrep.org/ to see what’s playing now and for information on tickets and memberships!
And of course, a most gracious thanks to the Consul General of Ireland, Noel Kilkenny and his lovely wife Hanora, for attending again this year and for speaking on behalf of these great organizations.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO WAS ABLE TO ATTEND AND DONATE TO THE MERCY CENTRE AND GRAYBEARDS – We cannot do this work without you!!!