In memory Joe O'Neill
The O’Neill’s October Seis is a unique musical charity event which takes place annually in various locations between Ireland, England and the United States of America.
Its origins are founded within the musical O’Neill family from Athy, formed from an original idea to meet annually for a music session in remembrance their father Joe O’Neill who was acknowledged as one of the most versatile and accomplished musicians of his day.
He brought his particular brand of music to almost every dance venue in Ireland from the early 1940s to the 1960s.
The potential to raise funds from the Seis for local charities in towns and cities, where Joe’s children reside, was very quickly realised.
The O’Neills October Seis 2013
The O’Neill’s October Seis 2013 returned to Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire for the first time since 2007, where two of Joe’s sons, Martin and Paul have set up home with families of their own.
Following a successful August launch in the Town House in Naas County Kildare, The O’Neills October Seis took place over the weekend of 25 to 27 October.
A very large group made up of members of the O’Neill family and many friends made the trip en masse to participate in what turned out to be a very successful weekend of music, dancing and craic.
The good people of Tewkesbury were blown away by the talents of:
- Kevin O’Neill and John Dooley
- Brian O’Neill
- Sean Sourke
- Jim and Mary O’Reilly and The Crossons from Co. Cavan.
Sean O’Neill made the trip from New York to join the activities which included Paul O’Neill and his band, The Roving Crows who are based in Gloucestershire and Des O’Neill and his band, Pholk Law.
The host family was represented on stage by Martin O’Neill and his daughter Ciara. A large number of extended O’Neill family members from Manchester also joined up for the weekend.
A number of acts local to Gloucestershire also took part including the renowned Cotswold Male Voice Choir. Acts from Tewkesbury also included:
- Future Set
- The No Good Nancys and The Disclaimers from Cheltenham.
Just about every genre of music was covered, including Irish, pop, country, jazz, rock, choral and some excellent original music.
Over £8,000 raised for CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent was the chosen as 2013 charity partner because of the support a family friend and family member received from the charity.
Following a magnificent turn out by the people of Tewkesbury with each of the three venues being full to capacity, a fantastic £8,300 was donated to CLIC Sargent! The weekend finished up with the official Olympic style hand over of the October Seis banner to John Dooley, who will be hosting October Seis 2014 in Naas, County Kildare.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Ceris Bradley said: “Such an amazing amount of money raised and a fantastic event bringing all the family together to celebrate in such a brilliant way!
"We are so grateful for their support – this donation will go such a long way in helping us support more children and young people with cancer.
"Thank you to everyone who got involved and donated.”
Find out more
To find out how you and your family can help raise funds for CLIC Sargent, please contact Ceris Bradley on 0117 314 8630 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.