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Mayo native Seamus Moran, who plays Mike Gleeson in the popular TV programme "Fair City", will host a night of music, dance, poetry and song in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet, on Friday 23rd November. The event is being held to celebrate Ireland's first ever Goldman Prize win. This very prestigious prize, which is the environmental equivalent of the Noble Peace Prize, was awarded earlier this year to Willie Corduff of the Rossport Five. He accepted the prize in San Francisco on behalf of his wife Mary and family and on behalf of the other Rossport Five members and the local community. Well-known broadcaster and environmental campaigner Lelia Doolin will give a short address on the night. Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins, who performed at this year's Féile Iorrais international Arts Festival, will make a welcome return visit to the Erris area. Also performing will be a group of traditional or sean-nós dancers from Connemara. Invitations are being sent out to politicians and environmentalists from all over Ireland. Among those being invited are the political party leaders and the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley. All the Mayo TDs and Councillors will also receive an invitation to join with the local community in celebrating this unique award. Endorsements have been pouring in to the organisers of the concert and these will be read out on the night. Congratulatory messages have already been received from Seamus Heaney, Paul Durcan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Alan Titley, Gabriel Rosenstock and Donal Lunny. Vincent McGrath, one of the organisers of the concert said, "Winning the Goldman Prize for the first time since its establishment in 1990 should be a cause of great pride and celebration for the whole country. After all it is the world's top environmental award. At a time when the harmony of our community is being threatened by forces alien to our way of life I hope this concert will give everybody an opportunity to unite in an evening of celebration. I think this the very least our people deserve" The concert starts at 9.30 pm and no tickets are required. Admission is €10.00 For further information please contact Vincent McGrath 097-88026;087-7557244 or

Posted Date: 
19 November 2007 - 1:59pm