The Wild Geese Celtic Ball

Michael Flatley at the Celtic Cafe

Michael Flatley to be honored at the Wild Geese Celtic New Year's Ball

Samhain is Gaelic for "summer's end," and signifies the most important Celtic holiday. This harvest festival is known as the main precursor of modern Halloween, and on Saturday, October 30, 2004, The Wild Geese organization is celebrating the Celtic New Year with a most special evening!

This annual event is taking place at the Stamford Marriott, in Stamford, Connecticut, and will honor Michael Flatley for his outstanding achievements in promoting and preserving Irish culture and heritage. He joins an impressive list of previous Wild Geese honorees including: President Mary McAleese of the Republic of Ireland; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, playwright Brian Friel, poet Seamus Heaney and traditional Irish musician Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains.

The primary purpose of The Wild Geese is "to enjoy and transmit the Irish experience by supporting programs that enable Americans of Irish descent and all friends of the Irish people to recognize and treasure the rich history and traditions of Ireland as well as her significant contributions to western civilization."

The Celtic Cafe's very international community is a perfect example of how Michael Flatley, as producer, director, choreographer and star of Lord of the Dance, "has raised worldwide understanding and appreciation of the richness of Irish culture and artistry to previously unheard of levels."

The Celtic Ball this year has a Medieval theme, complete with moats, turrets and knights. Guests will hear a harpist playing as they walk through the reception, and will be greeted with waitstaff serving hot mead, all in costume. The music for the evening will be provided by the eight-piece Central Park Band, and the Greenwich Fife & Drum Band. Irish dancers providing entertainment include none other than Donny Golden!

This is the organization's main fundraising event of the year, and they do very good work!

The Wild Geese have supported Project Children, The Irish Way program, The Famine Museum in Strokestown, The Irish Repertory Theater in New York, the composition of the "Famine Symphony," and provided provided scholarship grants and finance to many other worthwhile activities.

Learn more about The Wild Geese and the Celtic Ball 2004 at their official site:

Feature: Bernadette Price
Original Web Design: Alexander Servas

Michael Flatley
Shauna Flaherty, Chairperson of the Celtic Ball, Wild Geese President Carl Shanahan of Limerick, and Michael Flatley accepting the award.
Shauna Flaherty, Carl Shanahan and Michael Flatley
Michael Flatley
Michael Flatley and Shauna Flaherty
Michael and Christa O'Rourke, wife of Seamus O'Rourke

Entrance to the Ballroom, complete with moat

Photos taken at the Celtic Ball courtesy of Bob Callahan and Elaine Ubina