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by Edward Healy

Welcome to our second Albany Weekly. As with any new feature we rely upon our readers for feedback and input. So if you would like to send information about an event in the Irish-American community of Albany, just E-mail me here .

One observation that I’ve made is that the Irish people are very much involved in caring for other people. I've also noticed that many humanitarian organizations are supported by Irish people. Compassion is very much a part of the Irish spirit.

This week I talked to a man named John Leonard about a little boy named Michael Novenche. Michael is only two and a half years old and has a brain tumor. His family was in need of funds to help pay for the transportation to the hospital and other costs not covered by their insurance.

On April 25, over 200 people of the Irish-American community came together for a fund raising benefit. At the last count almost $4000 has been raised. The event was held at Eamonn's Loudon House in Loudonville with free entertainment provided by seven Irish Groups including traditional Irish dancers.

Local celebrities from radio and television, as well as Congressman Michael McNulty came to lend their support and well wishes for this little boy and his family. For more information or well wishes, send letters and cards to:
Michael Novenche Fund,
c/o Eamonn's Loudon House,
151 Menands Road,
Loudonville, NY 12211.

Now I'd like to introduce you to Eamonn and Mary McGirr, owners of Eamonn's Loudon House a traditional Irish Pub and banquet house. The McGirr's have been involved with the Capital District Center for the Disabled for many years. In 1996 to support a fund raiser for the disabled, Eamonn set a world record for nonstop singing with 11 days of continuous performance.

Three years ago, Eamonn had a very bad fall which resulted in his own disability. Although down, Eamonn and Mary are not out. They have had some hard times and it has been difficult to keep the family business going. However, with a true Irish spirit and compassion to continue to help the disabled, Eamonn and Mary continued their business and their weekly Irish radio program on 88.3 FM every Sunday from noon till 3 PM.

Eamonn's Loudon House has been voted the Best Irish Pub. The McGirr Family came to America 16 years ago from Belfast. In 1991 they opened Eamonn's which provides an authentic Irish Pub atmosphere. They have hosted some of the top names in Irish music including the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, Paddy Reilly, Danny Doyle and Cherish the Ladies.

Almost every week there is a performance by an Irish, Celtic or Folk group. If you are looking for a good time and a friendly Irish Pub come to Eamonn's and taste one of their "Shepherd's Pies" or "Irish Stew" while you listen to the Irish music.

The Local Entertainer this week is Yvonne Mahar.

Born and raised in Limerick City, Yvonne grew up in a family of singers. The oldest of nine children, one of her favorite ways to pass time was to sing. Anything from rebel songs to what ever was popular on the radio during the 60s and 70s would do.

Yvonne moved to upstate New York in 1991 and almost immediately began a professional music career. Teacher by day and singer by night along with her original work as a graphic artist amounted to some very busy days for her, soon the teaching job became the one to go, leaving Yvonne with a lot more time to work on her music.

"Yvonne Mahar from Limerick City obviously loves to sing, she took her love for singing across the Atlantic to Albany New York where she now lives. Yvonne has a clear musical voice, which is sure and confident, when she is doing something which has been done definitively before" (Irish Music Magazine)

For more information visit her website here .

Celtic Treasures is an Irish Imports shop run by Paul O'Donnell and Antoinette O'Donnell. Located in sunny downtown Saratoga Springs, New York, Celtic Treasures has a reputation far and wide for being one of the friendliest, most fully stocked Irish Import stores this side of the Atlantic.

If you've never been on over to the store, it's worth visiting either by foot or by web! Check out their website here

Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit today. I invite you to tell your friends about this web site and return often to it. Each week we will present current and dynamic articles. All contributions of information and dates of events are welcome.

Your may send your comments and information to Edward Healy at: Ireland@veren.com

In the coming weeks we will feature articles on history, current events, favorite Irish eating places and entertainment. If you have or know of an event be sure to send us the information.

Until we meet again, peace, health and wealth.

Edward E. Healy
Includes Genealogy and Irish Links.

Published by: Local Ireland
Year written: 2000
Copyright owned by: Edward Healy

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