January 4, 2019


Hello and Happy New Year,

Let’s hope 2019 brings with it new opportunities and new adventures and new optimism, although we all wish for that every new year so let’s just keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best in our own personal situation. Last year was a strange one by many counts and for me it was a busy and difficult one, so I’m looking at 2019 to offer a tad more normalcy whilst still being exciting. But then, as my mother used to say, be careful what you wish for!

My performance work with NCL continues this year with several sailings on the Norwegian Gem and the Norwegian Dawn in August, September and October, with sailings from New York City and Boston. The dates are listed here on our calendar and Cruises pages and any additional sailings that come in will be promptly posted there also.

We have two Ireland Tours planned this summer, our regular annual Tour and a Celtic Spirituality Tour with Fr. Liam and Mary Collins. Both Tours will visit Ireland’s South West and the full itinerary, price and reservation forms are on the Tours page here on the website.  As of this writing we still have several seats open on both Tours and we’re quite pleased with the number of people who have already signed on.  Both trips promise to have a nice amount of members without being too big. Should you have an interest in joining us or have any questions please do get in touch.

At this point in my career I’ve decided to stop performing in general Irish bars, due in part to the fact that the ‘model’ for an Irish bar has changed. There seems less interest in music and culture and more of an emphasis on sports related events. Over the course of my career I’ve been blessed to perform in some absolutely wonderful establishments all across America, from Buffalo to Key West, Philadelphia to San Diego and I hold in my heart precious memories of my journeys. I’ll still be found on stage in Kevin Barry’s, Savannah, Georgia on a regular basis throughout the year and also a few performances in Katie O’Donald’s, Bluffton, South Carolina. These dates are listed on our calendar page.

Other performances, all currently listed, are fundraisers, house concerts, church events, small theaters and the occasional festival.

I’ve recently had an event canceled due to construction and find that I have an opening on the first weekend in March…which is a first! It’s prime time for an Irish entertainer so, again, please get in touch if you have something in mind.

At this point I would like to say thank you for all of the kind words, thoughts and prayers on the passing of my brother Joseph last October. It was and continues to be a painful time for our family.

May 2019 offer all that you ask of it and hopefully our paths will cross out there. Be safe, be happy.

All the best,

Harry O'Donoghue

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