Clannad’s Moya Brennan wows emigrants in online gig
Published 09/02/2012 | 14:22
CLANNAD singer Moya Brennan was among more than 200 people who gathered at a Co Donegal hotel last night to take part in a live online concert laid on for thousands of Irish emigrants worldwide.
The live traditional 'Donegal Gathering' broadcast was the brainchild of Mayor Noel McBride who is hoping to reconnect the county with ‘our wider family overseas.’
Clannad singer Moya told viewers on the website livetrad.com: “I am pleased to be part of the Gathering and it is really important to me because I am a real Donegal lass. I’ve never been shy about talking about my home county when I’m abroad.”
Mayor McBride hopes the Donegal Diaspora Project will help people from the county who have gone abroad keep in touch with home, and help to generate jobs back here.
“This was the first thing I set out to do when I was elected Mayor last year,” he said.
“Our diaspora is huge. I want to link with our Donegal family from Culdaff to California from Milford to Montreal through what is a tourism initiative.
“We want people to come home for their holidays and that applies to people whose parents or grandparents have connections to the county.”
Politicians from all parties were at the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny to support the Fine Gael mayor as email messages of support came in from Tehran, Auckland, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong and all over Europe.
Sarah Meehan from the project added: “We are showcasing events throughout the year and adding to them to help put Donegal on the tourism map and tap into the tens of thousands of people overseas who have a connection to the county.”