A Call to Help the Homeless is answered by local musicians in County Clare

April 21, 2022: After a leisurely satisfying breakfast at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, we headed to Doolin to catch the ferry to see the Cliffs of Moher (see https://kindredspirits.community/2022/04/21/day-three-on-the-wild-atlantic-way/)

After being tossed about by sea waves of the North Atlantic ocean crashing into the cliffs (having a delightful time), we rested a bit and then walked a few blocks from the hotel to the Glor Theater for the Clare Easter Choir concert.

We were totally blown away on two counts: the musicians plus the event organizer. Many good acts. Two clips below of Adam Shapiro, from the Fiddle Case (https://www.thefiddlecase.com/band). The performances by Luka Bloom and Mike Hanrahan were equally outstanding. One could tell The Fiddle Case band and Bloom and Hanrahan were loved by their country men.

Martina Corry’s photograph of her grandmother, Josie O’Brien, at her home in Tulla, has been selected as a finalist in a nationwide photography competition.

One could also tell that the organizer of the event, Josie O’Brien, was well respected . As the musicians said – if Josie ask them to play, they would drop what they were doing to support her request.

That made us wonder why, so we asked a few questions; also did a little research to find she is a campaigner for the homeless. (https://clarechampion.ie/tag/josie-obrien/)

We had purchased tickets online before we left the States and were gratified to find that we had participated in such a wonderful benefit. Another delightful day and evening in Ireland experiencing the open hearts of the Irish.

Adam Shapiro, a band member of the “The Fiddle Case, “playing traditional Irish music.
Adam Shapiro, a band member of the “The Fiddle Case, “playing a piece he composed while in Holland.

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