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Irish Club of Alaska

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4240 Old Seward Hwy., #2
Anchorage, AK 99503
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Irish Club of Alaska

Irish Club of Alaska Board of Directors

President: Lisa Caress Beu
Vice President: Sean McGrane
Treasurer: Ann Fink-Nelson
Secretary: tba
Newsletter Editor: Kate O'Dell
Membership: John Combs
Members: Pati Thomas, Laura Cofer and Lisa Maloney

Gerard McDonnell Memorial Award.

Gerard McDonnell (1971-2008) was a beloved member of the Alaska Irish Music Community here who lost his life while coming to the aid of other injured climbers on K2 in August 2008. Ger's musical abilities were well respected both in the Alaskan Community and back in Ireland.

He encouraged young people to participate in Irish music and dance as well as promoting those arts in Alaska. Gerard was born in Ireland but considered Alaska his home away from home. To honor Gerards contributions and remember his special place in the Alaska Irish music community, the Irish Club of Alaska created the GERARD MCDONNELL MEMORIAL AWARD, which is presented each year to a young individual selected from the applications sent to the Board of Directors of the Irish Club of Alaska (ICA). The award trophy and plaque were contributed to ICA by Gerard's family from Ireland. The Trophy and Plaque are currently on display in McGinley's Pub.

An applicant for the Gerard McDonnell Memorial Award should be a person under 25 years of age who participates in and contributes to the Irish Music / Dance / Culture and Community of Alaska and is a member of Irish Club of Alaska. Membership for the Irish Club of Alaska is $20 for an Individual or Family. Previous winners (at any level) may not apply again for 5 years.

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The Irish Club of Alaska exists to educate the public in Irish and Irish American arts, language and literature through quality performances, cultural exchanges and regular Cil events. Membership does have its privileges, which include a monthly newsletter. Membership fees are $20 annually for the entire family. Checks can be made out to ICA.

Interested in joining or renewing your membership?
Download the form here to get started, then mail your application and fee to:

Irish Club of Alaska
C/O Celtic Treasures
4240 Old Seward Hwy., #2
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
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