Outreach for Katrina Victims
By Paul Keating
Witnessing the horrible devastation along the Gulf Coast in the past week and the terrible plight of all those who suffered so much loss, you know that the concern and the generosity of the Irish will soon follow.
Rory Dolan’s is organizing a massive day on Sunday, September 18 from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. indoors and outdoors for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund that will mirror the recent successful fundraiser for the area musicians traveling to Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann.
There will be entertainment for all tastes this time, with entertainers welcome to contact Rory Dolan’s to volunteer on the day. Also if you have raffle prizes that you can contribute to the cause, they would be much appreciated as well.
We know this will be a great occasion and opportunity to help our fellow Americans in great need and help repay some of that kindness that made its way to New York after September 11. If you want to get involved contact Rory Dolan’s at 914-776-2946.
A New Orleans Irish institution, O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub in the French Quarter, probably suffered significant damage in the flooding that ensued after Katrina left town, and while owner Danny O’Flaherty from Galway and his family thankfully are safe, his business and livelihood is gone for the foreseeable future.
His many friends and musical colleagues like balladeers Danny Doyle and Gabe Donohue (a fellow Galwegian) would like to help him specifically to get through this tough time. Both a benefit CD and concert are in the works by Donohue and Doyle, but if you can help pay tribute to one of New Orleans galvanizing Celtic tigers by making a much-needed donation now, checks can be made payable to Danny O’Flaherty c/o Danny Doyle, 10836 Moore Drive, Manassas, Virginia 20111-2925 where the relief will be passed on directly.
Danny has done a lot to unite the Celtic nation down there and this is time to repay him for that devotion.