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Gallier Hall Official Launch Gala Weekend
The Official Launch Gala of the Irish Network New Orleans (IN-NOLA) was held at Gallier Hall on Thursday November 10th.A great turn out of 500 people packed the halls of Gallier Hall and attendees included local dignitaries, representatives from other Irish Network chapters and the Irish Diplomatic Corps including the Irish Ambassador to the United States, Mr Michael Collins.
Guests were treated to a selection of great cuisine, which was kindly donated by local participating restaurants, as well as some fine adult beverages donated by Irish brewers and distillers. Harpists played in the reception room while the Ambassador greeted the attendees. Simultaneously, a traditional Irish cheile session was entertaining the crowd in Gallier Hall’s back room and Rites of Passage played more contemporary Irish Music in Gallier Hall’s front room. At 8.00 p.m. all guests moved to the main front room where two Irish Schools of Dance, the Muggavin School and the McTeggart school performed for the audience. Following the display, a few people, including the Ambassador gave speeches. The Ambassador then honored four local New Orleanians, Noel Reid, Brother Dickie Burke, Mary Ann McGrath Swaim, and Dermot McGlinchey (post-humously), for their longtime dedication and support for the Irish community and culture. The night at Gallier Hall ended with surprise guests, The Stooges, invigorating the crowd with modern New Orleans brass band sounds and engendering a great second line dance. .
The schedule of events was as follows:
5:30pm - 6.30 Business Members Appreciation Pre-Party
6:30pm – 9.00 Official Launch Party
10:00pm - After Party (House of Blues with Cash Bar)