The annual Trad for Trócaire fundraising campaign takes place this week, from 26 September to 2 October. Communities across Ireland are invited to host a Trad for Trócaire session to help raise funds for their overseas projects.
On Saturday 24 September, the Shannon branch of Comháltas was given the 2016 Trad for Trócaire award in recognition of their outstanding participation, dedication and contribution to the success of the Trad for Trócaire campaign.
On behalf of Trócaire, Father Tom Ryan, Parish Priest of Shannon, presented the award to Kara and Caoilinn Kirby who participated in all the sessions organised by the branch.
Bishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne and Chairman of Trócaire, also met with members of the Shannon branch to express his gratitude on behalf of Trócaire and to acknowledge all members who contributed to the success of Trad for Trócaire.
Trad for Trócaire is a 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 first Trad for Trócaire campaign began after the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010 when well-known trad band, The Usual Suspects, busked their way from Dublin to Galway collecting donations to help Trócaire carry out vital emergency work and rebuilding projects.
Since 2010, up to 2,000 Trad for Trócaire events have taken place across Ireland, and also in the UK and USA, supporting communities in many countries across the developing world who are struggling daily with extreme poverty and injustice
For more information on Trad for Trócaire please visit www.trocaire.org/trad .