Fifteen years after his first trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, to help celebrate the St Patrick’s festivities, Thurles musician Joe Brennan has seen a lot of changes in the lives of those his efforts have helped better.
The Keltic Swing lead vocalist and guitar player once again made the trip last March in the company of Kevin Kelly, who plays bodhran, Eugene O’Grady, keyboard and vocals, and Kevin Callanan, backing vocals and drums. And, they visited many of the facilities that their hard earned fundraising efforts have helped to enhance and cannot help but be proud and impressed - they brought 7,000 Euro in cash with them in 2013 to be distributed amongst the local charities.
Joe started the Irish Society fifteen years ago along with Billy Quinn of Holycross whose transport company Ace Caspian was based in Baku. Billy has since returned home to live in Adare but with offices all over the world, he is still centrally involved in the running of the company and the Society of which he is the Honorary Life President. However, it is his brother John who has taken up the mantle in the Irish Society alongside Tramore man Michael Hartley, while Kevin Kelly from Loughmore accompanies Joe at the Irish end of the operation.
See this weeks Tipperary Star for full story.