Irish and Newfoundlanders connect for gala charity concert

A Gala Charity Concert in aid of Hospice and S.E.R.T. will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Church, Irishtown, Clonmel, on Monday, 27th August starting at 8pm sharp.

A Gala Charity Concert in aid of Hospice and S.E.R.T. will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Church, Irishtown, Clonmel, on Monday, 27th August starting at 8pm sharp.

The concert, organised by the Ireland Newfoundland Connection, will feature musicians and performers from both Canada and Ireland and it promises to be a show worth seeing.

From Newfoundland the performers include a 20-piece group of Celtic Fiddlers; Alan Rickets, who is a traditional singer and tenor banjo player; Melinda Boland, singer, and accordion player/singer Pat Boland.

Local artistes and performers from South Tipperary include Irene Malone and Helen Hahessy from Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society; the Tipperary Ramblers from Clonmel, who promise to lift the roof with some lively ballads; Marietta O’Keeffe and Dave Cooney, a singing duo from Carrick-on-Suir; and the all-male voice choir from Clonmel, The Gordonaires.

Tickets for the concert, all in a very good cause, are great value at just €10 each. They are available from the Premier Music Store in Clonmel; the NCBI Shop (Mrs Quin’s Charity Shop) in Carrick-on-Suir and at the door on the night. It’s a show well worth seeing.

The Ireland Newfoundland Connection goes back to the 1730s when Irish from The Deise regions emigrated to Newfoundland (Talamh an Eisc). Since then the Irish population in the Canadian province has grown to approximately half of the 250,000 population. The culture, heritage, religion and outlook remains very similar to our own. Family names, street and town names are still identical to those in the area of The Deise.

This year a party of approximately 60 Newfoundlanders will visit Waterford, South Tipperary, South Kilkenny and West Wexford (The Deise) for a week. The group includes musicians, singers and performers together with holidaymakers. Meetings around mutual trade opportunities will take place together with cultural exchanges.

On Monday, 27th August, there will be a civic reception at the County Council for the group, hosted by County Council chairman, Cllr. John Crosse.

Following this reception the group will visit St. Mary’s Parish Church where local historian Michael Ahern will give a talk at 7pm on Fr. James O’Donnell, a local Franciscan priest, born in Knocklofty in 1737, and buried in the church grounds. He was the first official Catholic Missionary in Newfoundland. All are welcome to attend this talk.

Following this lecture, the concert will take place in St. Mary’s Church.