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September 07, 2005

Benefits for O'Flaherty's Irish Channel

IA 09/07/05 Charity Recording For O'Flaherty's
IE 09/07/05 Danny D Helps Danny O


Charity Recording For O'Flaherty's

By Sean O'Driscoll

A Group of internationally known Irish musicians are to
record a CD to help the owners of New Orleans' most famous
Irish bar.

O'Flaherty's Irish Channel, home to the best traditional
music sessions in the city, is believed to have suffered
severe flooding.

The owner, Danny O'Flaherty, is in rural Texas this week
with his family this week as they wait to hear for news of
loved ones.

Tommy Makem, one half of folk legends Makem and Clancy, is
likely to record on a tribute album being organized by New
York musician Gabriel Donohue. Danny Doyle, a Dublin
musician living in Virginia, is organizing a series of
fundraising concerts.

The O'Flaherty family home was not badly damaged by the
floods. Irish American police officers organized an escort
to the home on Monday, where Danny picked up equipment he
needed to play sessions while waiting out in Texas.

O'Flaherty, who organized a curragh boat club in New
Orleans, arranged for the boats to be stored in his bar
before Katrina hit. However, the family feared looting and
arranged to have the boats stored elsewhere before the city
center was flooded.

The family have moved in to a relative's house in Jasper,
Texas but will not have a working house phone until next

According to Danny Doyle, O'Flaherty can make outgoing
calls on his cell phone and had told him that the family
are shaken but doing all right.

The bar is one of the largest in New Orleans. One part, The
Informer, shows GAA sports and hosts traditional sessions,
and the Ballad Room, where the curraghs were stored, hosted
live music nightly. The bar also has a Celtic gift shop and
an upstairs lounge, most of which is believed to have been
gutted by the floods.

Details of how to help the family are available in the
"From The Hob" traditional column in the arts pages of this
week's Irish Voice.


Danny D Helps Danny O

The devastation in New Orleans has wiped out a significant
Irish social, cultural and culinary presence in Crescent

Famed establishments such as Pat O'Brien's jazz club and
the famed Brennan's restaurant were all caught in the fury
of Hurricane Katrina.

Another well-known Irish hostelry, O'Flaherty's Irish
Channel in the French Quarter was devastated, and in
response musicians in the Washington D.C. area are planning
a benefit concert next month.

O'Flaherty's is owned by County Galway native Danny

Balladeer Danny Doyle is the main planner behind the
"O'Flaherty's New Orleans Rescue Concert" which has been
set for Oct. 30.

"Because of Hurricane Katrina, Danny O'Flaherty, the
internationally acclaimed musician-singer has probably lost
his home and most certainly lost his business," Doyle said
in an e-mail circular.

"Danny and his family are safe and sound, but for the
foreseeable future his livelihood is gone," Doyle said.

"They were evacuated to Jasper, Texas but Danny managed to
get back to New Orleans this week to check his home. He's
distraught," Doyle told the Echo.

Doyle said that tickets at $25 each for the benefit should
be made payable to Danny O'Flaherty.

But they should be mailed c/o Danny Doyle, 10836 Moore
Drive, Manassas, VA 20111-2925.

"I will get them to Danny O'Flaherty right away," Doyle

The benefit, which Doyle said would feature a number of
singers and bands would take place at Ireland's Four
Provinces on Connecticut Avenue. Information is available
at (202) 244-0860 or from Doyle himself at (703) 361-8884.
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