Tributes ­ Nottingham St Patrick's Festival

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John was a keen railway enthusiast and member of the Carlton Male Voice choir. However John also loved the craic and music each week at the Comhaltas Tuesday lessons/sessions at the Irish Centre.

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John ShawBroadcaster John Shaw died in November 2013 after a short but sudden illness. John was our Master of Ceremonies at last years 2013 Nottingham St Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade.

Whilst at BBC Radio Nottingham and at Radio Trent John supported the early days of the Nottingham St Patrick’s Parade and Nottingham Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann events.

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Sean was born in Foxpoint, Co. Mayo in 1934, the eldest of four siblings. He was a musician since he was a boy, playing the box in Mayo at the gable end of his house for the local farmers as they passed by.  As a teenager Sean’s talent for music really came to light as he progressed onto playing in his uncle's band in the locality, driving to the dance halls, and getting back in the early hours of the morning to start work.

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Michael HannonMichael Hannon died just before Christmas 2007 and was well known throughout the Irish Community in Britain both as a poet and a prose writer. His writings were a voice for the generation of Irish people, who came to Nottingham in the 1950’s. We will miss his singing and his rendition of ‘The Little Box of Shamrock’, but Michael will live on in our memories and in his writings.

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Call for Support

LIFE’S TOO SHORT NOT TO BE IRISH (Well for one day at least!) Nottingham’s St Patricks day parade is coming your way!! Monday March 17th 11:30am-1:00pm departing from the Forest (Mansfield Rd) to the Market Square. We would like you to join us in our community celebration. For a few hours we would like your help in making Nottingham as Irish as can be. Wave a flag! Decorate your home / business! Come out and cheer on the parade! Thank you! Your support is appreciated!! If you can assist us then please make contact.

 

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