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Updates for 8th October 2012

Trad For Trocaire

Be pa
rt of something great from the 4th to the 10th of October and help raise money for some of the world’s poorest people.

To find your local Trad for Trócaire session visit

Brian recently became an Ambassador for The campaign which has also received very strong support and committed endorsement from well renowned Trad musicians such as Sharon Shannon, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh –Altan, Steve Wickham – The Waterboys, Finbar Furey and John Sheehan – The Dubliners. All of these ‘Ambassadors’ are secured again for 2012. New Ambassadors for 2012 include Phil Coulter, Brian Kennedy and The High Kings.

Trad for Trócaire – where it all began.
In response to Trócaire’s Haiti Appeal at the beginning of 2010, a group of traditional Irish musicians “The Usual Suspects”, travelled from Dublin to Galway playing trad music in as many pubs and other venues as possible and raised a very impressive €15,000 to support Trócaire’s emergency response work in Haiti. At this time, Trócaire was looking to develop a new national fundraising campaign and, taking inspiration from the “The Usual Suspects” initiative, it became apparent that a traditional Irish music fundraising campaign had significant potential. An approach was made to Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) which was enthusiastically welcomed and ‘Trad for Trócaire’ got underway to ‘raise the roof and raise money for Trócaire projects worldwide’.

The idea behind the campaign is to promote and encourage musicians, venue owners and trad fans to organise, play in, host, support a trad music session. At the session, organisers undertake some form of fundraising to raise funds for Trócaire. This might take the form of a cover charge, a raffle, bucket shaking etc.

The campaign has grown significantly over the past two years with over 700 events taking place in Ireland, the UK and the USA and in excess of €270,000 raised for Trócaire projects worldwide since 2010.

Trad for Trócaire is changing lives.

Trad for Trócaire seeks to motivate and engage communities throughout the 32 counties of Ireland and the Irish abroad, to come together and take what’s truly unique, special and at the heart of Irish culture – our music, song, dance, language….to transform the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world.

The ultimate goal of Trad for Trócaire is to raise vital funds for our many projects throughout the developing world and by doing so, empower people to change their own lives. 
For 2012 alone, we’re aiming for a record-breaking 500 Trad for Trócaire sessions!!