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Gaels coming to Emma Kelly
Tuesdays fundraiser helps Irish Studies scholarship
Statesboro favorite Harry O'Donoghue will be the MC for Tuesday night's show. - photo by Herald File
     The Annual Gaels of Music Variety Concert Fundraiser will return to the Emma Kelly Theater Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
     The program was originally designed to honor the memory of Eddie Ivie, a much beloved Savannah restaurateur who passed away in 2005. Ivie had a passion for the songs and stories of Ireland and he became a talented musician, songwriter and stage performer.   Following his death in 2005, his parents, Vic and Cheryl Power chose to endow a scholarship through the Center for Irish Studies at Georgia Southern University.
      Each year, the scholarship makes a substantial assistance towards a full, for-credit semester at the University of Limerick, Ireland’s most prestigious and innovative research institution.
      In a unique coming together of public and private partnership, the scholarship offers an opportunity for young people to study abroad. All of the performers offer the fee they normally receive for a performance to the scholarship, and ticket proceeds plus all donations go to benefit the scholarship.
      According to Dr. Howard Keeley, director of the Georgia Southern Center for Irish Studies, “We're hugely grateful to the performers and our supporters; it's heartwarming to reflect on the generous spirit that underlies Gaels of Music, blending ancient traditions and earth's 'most global' economy. Ireland 's a terrific place in which to study. Our students love the fact that it has Europe's youngest population."
      This fourth year for the benefit concert will feature Statesboro favorite Harry O’Donoghue as host of the show. O’Donoghue has always said: "All of the Gaels of Music performers believe in the rising generation. Nothing would please the great Eddie Ivie more than to know GSU students are getting to study in Ireland, the place he loved best."
      The headliner for the concert this year will be Gabriel Donohue who will be joined by Danny Rae Cole, Frank Emerson, Johnnie Kennedy, and other talents. The Irish Dancers of Savannah will perform their high stepping.
      People are invited to arrive early for the reception at 6 p.m. to meet the performers and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages from Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub in Savannah. Then follow the bagpipes to the theater. There is also a raffle for prizes, which range from a weekend in Savannah to Harry O’Donoghue’s lefthanded Takamine electronic acoustic guitar!
      Cost of tickets is $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, military, and youth under 15. For GSU Students with an ID, the cost is $10. To learn more, visit the website at or call the Emma Kelly Theater to reserve a ticket at (912) 212-ARTS.

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