In the spirit of the old Irish proverb, “Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin”, the Irish Chaplaincy in London will host a ‘Fireside Gathering’ concert live on Facebook on 5 February 2021 at 7.30pm.
Speaking to catholicnews.ie ahead of the event, Eddie Gilmore, Irish Chaplaincy CEO, who will himself be performing on the night, said, “We hope this event will raise spirits at what has been a challenging time for many; also show how the Chaplaincy has continued to reach out to some of those most affected by the pandemic, namely prisoners, Travellers and seniors.”
Headlining the concert will be the London Celtic Youth Orchestra. Also performing will be Thomas McCarthy, an Irish Traveller, singer and storyteller who was named Traditional Singer of the Year in the Gradam Ceoil Awards 2019. Other performances on the night will come from Lucy Bone, Sean Ryan and Family, Gerry Molumby, The Byrne-Whelehan Family and Anton Thompson-McCormick.
Speaking ahead of the concert, Adrian O’Neill, Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK said, “I’m delighted to be part of this ‘Fireside Gathering’ concert which will give us the opportunity to share some music and conversation, and to raise some much-needed funds for the excellent work of the Irish Chaplaincy.” There will be a special message from the Ambassador during what promises to be a great and uplifting evening.
The event will be live on the Irish Chaplaincy Facebook page and is free to watch.