Clare Person of the Year 2012

 Pictured left to right: Mr. Pat O'Donnell, Clare person of the Year 2012  Mr. Chris Droney and Mr. Liam O'Looney Pictured left to right: Mr. Pat O'Donnell, Clare person of the Year 2012 Mr. Chris Droney and Mr. Liam O'Looney

Legendary concertina player Chris Droney from Bellharbour, County Clare is the recipient of Clare Person of the Year award 2012. Born in Bellharbour in 1924, his father James and grandfather Michael played concertina and Chris learnt to play by ear from them from an early age. He played with many Céilí bands down through the years including the Bellharbour, the Ballinkill, Aughrim Slopes, Kincora, Four Courts and Kilfenora, toured the USA and Britain with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and made a number of recordings in his own distinctive style. He was All-Ireland Senior Concertina Champion nine times and still plays regularly  throughout Ireland and abroad. 

       Hall of Fame Award 2012

Pictured from left to right: Mr. Pat O'Donnell,  Mr. and Mrs. Pat and Neilus O'Doherty and Mr. Liam O'LooneyPictured from left to right: Mr. Pat O'Donnell, Mr. and Mrs. Pat and Neilus O'Doherty and Mr. Liam O'Looney

Pat and Neilus O'Doherty are the recipients of the 2012 Hall of Fame award for their work for various charities over the years. Their activities have included helping to arrange visits to County Clare for children from Belarus and on a local level assisting with sporting activities for children in Co. Clare.

Currently they are working with the  Pembra support group in Tanzania which they helped to co-found and have helped to arrange to have volunteers from County Clare and beyond working in that area. For more information see: pembasupport.org


Lecture on Clare genealogy

Paddy Waldron gave a genealogy lecture entitled "From the Talty Farthing to the Talty Millions: Tracing a Clare family to Dublin and beyond" to the Clare Association, Dublin on Monday 30 Apr 2012  in Wynn's Hotel, 35-39 Lower Abbey St., Dublin 1.


Launch of The Clare Association Dublin Year Book 2013

The Clare Association Dublin Year Book 2013 was launched by Mr. Sean Hegarty in the Addison Lodge, Botanic Road, Glasnevin Dublin 9 on Thursday 13th December 2012. A presentation of a cheque the proceeds from The Clare Association Dublin - Martin Corry memorial charity walk was made to a representative from the Jack & Jill foundation on the night. For more information see: - www.jackandjill.ie

 

 

 

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