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Russell Memorial Weekend 2005 Doolin Co. Clare
Friday 25 to Sunday 27 February 2005
25th Feb
Rambling House; a night of music, song, and dance. Sandwiches and refreshments served.
26th Feb 2005

Concert with Master of Ceremonies, Kieran Hanrahan RTÉ, featuring Tony McMahon, Christy Barry, Steve Cooney, Chris Droney, Edel Fox, Geraldine McGowan, Frank Custy's Group, John Considine, and many more.
Followed by wine and food reception
Tickets €10 at the door

27th Feb 2005

Anniversary Remembrance Mass at Doolin Church followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Russell grave

Set Dancing, music by the Four Courts Céilí Band

Sessions throughout the weekend in McDermott’s, McGann’s, and O’Connor’s

The Russell Memorial Weekend Committee acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council, and Smithwicks in making the 16th Russell Memorial Weekend possible.

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Russell Memorial Weekend 2005

Photo of Gussie Russell by Brenda Fitzsimons of the Irish Times

Gussie Russell (1917 – 2004)

The 11th annual Micho Russell Memorial Weekend took place in Doolin opening with on Friday 25th at 8-30pm with a Rambling House - on a wintry evening who should draw in but… those who can make a night of music, song, and dance, a night to remember at the Russell Cultural Centre.

 On Saturday 26th at 2pm a concert with musician and broadcaster, Kieran Hanrahan RTÉ, featured many musical highlights. Renowned Ennis accordion player, Tony McMahon, joined by flute and tin whistle player Christy Barry, were amongst the performers. The veteran concertina player Chris Droney performed. Edel Fox recently nominated TG4 Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana 2004 also delighted audiences on the concertina, singer Geraldine McGowan, founder of the well-known band Oisin, was taking a break from a busy European tour schedule with her band to be in Doolin for the weekend. 

.The Micho Russell Memorial Weekend Committee was in 2005 honouring the late Gussie Russell who died on May 18, 2004. To celebrate his life-long service to traditional music, the committee invited Brenda Fitzsimons, photo journalist with the Irish Times, to provide a photo of Gussie to the Doolin community, which will be for permanent display. A presentation took place at the concert on Saturday.

On Sunday the 27th Feb at 12 pm the Anniversary Remembrance Mass for Micho Russell took place at Doolin Church to the accompaniment of hymns and songs from the Doolin church choir. It was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Russell grave, songs of farewell, and tunes for the dead.

 Events for the weekend were rounded off at the sessions in O’Connors’, McGann’s, and McDermott’s. Set dancing was held at 3pm at the Russell Cultural Centre, with music by the Four Courts Céilí band.  




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