Los Angeles September '99
Had the honor to play for Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, as she was being awarded the "Daniel O'Connell" Public Service Award by the Irish American Bar Association at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Mary gave a fine speech on the current issues in the North of Ireland, but it was tough to talk to her due to the press of Secret Service types and the like.(L) Mary at the podium. (R)Her much better official picture
Paramount Studios December '99
Fans of Star Trek will recognize the famous bridge of the Starship Voyager. Dennis and his boys got a VIP tour of the Voyager universe where they saw Seven of Nine, the Doctor and Captain Janeway.
The Pittsburgh Irish Festival in the same place but with much nicer stages. (L) I held down the Cultural Stage and played for the Gaelic Mass with Bruce Foley. (R) The magnificent new "tent" over the main stage.
(L) Piper Patrick Regan at the Gaelic Liturgy (R) Got a chance to reacquaint myself with Tom Sweeney, a great balladeer and entertainer.
More recent engagements.....