29 January 2016

Support for an Irishwoman in need

Bluegrass Today published yesterday news of Annie Nice, born in Ireland and resident in Raleigh, NC, the city that has generously hosted IBMA's annual World of Bluegrass (WOB) for the last few years. John Lawless writes:

Bluegrass artists and fans will recognise Annie as the long time manager of Tír na nÓg, an Irish pub in downtown Raleigh that regularly featured live bluegrass music in the restaurant. They also served as a Bluegrass Ramble venue during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass week, and many WOB attendees will recall the lively, friendly atmosphere she maintained at the club. [...] She is a fierce advocate for all things Irish, including notably, the traditional music of her homeland.

Artists from the bluegrass scene in Ireland who have played at Tír na nÓg include Niall Toner and Cup O' Joe from Co. Armagh. The bar recently closed, since when Annie has been a managing partner of the Hibernian Pub in Raleigh and has set up Irish Mother Productions as an event agency.

On Tuesday this enterprising Irishwoman, who has been a good friend to bluegrass, was violently attacked and injured in the street in Raleigh. She is out of hospital, and a GoFundMe page was set up to raise $10,000 to support her and her daughter during recovery. We're glad to report that $10,263 was raised in one day by 163 people.

Update 2 Feb.: The target has now been set at $20,000, of which $17,521 has been raised in five days by 290 people.

Update 6 Feb.: The total raised is now $19,188.

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