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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Celtic Music Host Brian O'Donovan Wins Eire Society Award

The Eire Society of Boston is presenting its annual Gold Medal Award to Brian O'Donovan, well-known radio host and musician who has spent the past four decades promoting Irish traditional music and other Celtic music in the New England region.

The award is being presented at a reception and dinner on Thursday, June 12, at the Neighborhood Club of Quincy. Find details here

A native of Clonakilty, County Cork, O'Donovan emigrated to Boston in the early 1980s and became part of the burgeoning traditional music scene at the Village Coach House in Brookline Villlage.  For a time, he was a radio host on WERS-FM as a graduate student at Emerson College, and since 1987 has been host of A Celtic Sojourn on 89.7 WGBH-FM, a weekly radio program that explores the music of the Celtic nations.  

O'Donovan also created A Celtic Sojourn concert series each Christmas and St.Patrick's Day season to bring live performances to the region.  Here is an interview with O'Donovan that appeared in BITA's Travel & Culture Guide. 

Formed in 1937 the Eire Society of Boston is one of New England's leading supporters of Irish cultural expression.   The Gold Medal award is granted to recipients who have dedicated themselves to the study and preservation of Irish arts or to the betterment of Ireland itself.  Past recipients have included John F. Kennedy, filmmaker John Ford, and architect Charles Maginnis.

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