Across the country musicians are brushing off their bodhráns, fine-tuning their fiddles and polishing their uilleann pipes in the lead up to Trad for Trócaire which takes place this year from the 14th of March - 17th March 2015 … just in time for St. Patrick’s day!
2015 marks the sixth year of Trad for Trócaire and since its inception in 2010, over 1,500 Trad events have taken place across Ireland and also in the UK and USA. Over €560,000 has been raised by passionate and enthusiastic musicians and Trad fans – young and old alike! This money is now supporting vulnerable communities in many countries across the developing world who are suffering daily with extreme poverty and injustice.
This year, we’re hoping to run as many Trad sessions as possible throughout St. Patrick’s week in order to raise money and fund many more projects that are making a very real difference to the lives of so many women, men and children. But in order to achieve this we need as many people as possible to join in and organise, play in simply turn your St. Patricks day trad seisiún into a Trad for Trócaire fundraising seisiún. Whether you are planning your event in Ireland or abroad, everyone is invited to play their part in Trad for Trócaire 2015.
To get started order a free Trad for Trócaire event pack by visiting www.trocaire.org/trad, Locall 1850 408 408 (Republic of Ireland) or Freephone 0800 912 1200 (Northern Ireland). If ordering a pack from outside of Ireland please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2014, Irish people held hundreds of Trad for Trócaire sessions all across the country and raised a total of €65,000/£48,500. The average session normally raises around €320/£264; enough money to provide two clean water pumps for a whole community in Malawi, as well as giving two families access to the equipment needed for creating a sustainable garden. So no matter how big or small the event, this is people’s support at work.
Trad for Trócaire is a hugely successful partnership between Trócaire and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann that celebrates Ireland’s deep musical heritage and our long-history of goodwill towards people facing poverty. The campaign began after the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010 when well-known trad band, The Usual Suspects, busked from Dublin to Galway collecting donations to help Trócaire carry out vital emergency work and rebuilding projects. Soon after, Trócaire and Comhaltas joined forces spreading the generosity of Ireland’s traditional Irish music community far and wide.
Each Trad for Trócaire week has seen thousands of music-lovers seek out their local sessions to soak up an unbeatable atmosphere.
So this St. Patricks day get involved in all things Irish and join our Trad for Trócaire celebrations by organizing your own event.
Remember to save the date for Trad for Trócaire 2015 14th-17th March
*Trad for Trócaire events can happen before and after the official week – you decide what suits your event best!