Tuesday October 15, 2008

Dan Donnelly's Mummified Arm Retruns To Ireland

Jim Houlihan, curator of 'Fighting Irishman: A Celebration of the Celtic Warrior' with Pauline Turley of the Irish Arts Center and Josephine Byrne owner of the arm with Capt. Henry Donohoe Chief Pilot with Aer Lingus (James Higgins)

'The Moon & Sixpense' to perform at Benefit for Irish Arts Center

Irish champion boxer Dan Donnelly's mummified arm, the highlight of Jim Houlihan's touring Fighting Irishmen eclectic art exhibit on Irish boxing the past four years, has come full circle.

After stops at the Irish Arts Center, The South Street Seaport and Burns Library at Boston College on the Eastern shores of America, the most famous petrified limb in history is returning to its homeland for an exhibit at Ulster American Folk Park in Tyrone County, just outside of Omagh, scheduled to begin next spring through November 2009.

But the story doesn't end there.

The Moon & Sixpense, whose founding member Des Byrne passed away tragically from cancer, will make its United States debut at the Irish Arts Center, on West 51st Street, in a benefit on Friday, October 17, and Saturday, October 18. 

Des and his wife Josephine are owners of the Donnelly arm, which has been prominently displayed in the Fighting Irishmen exhibit. 

This will be the debut performance for The Moon & Sixpence in the United States. 

All proceeds will go to benefit the Irish Arts Center in New York. 

It was Des' dream for The Moon & Sixpence to perform in New York and for Dan Donnelly's arm to travel from Ireland to the United States. 

These concerts are a fulfillment of his dream and are dedicated to him. 

Henry Donohoe, the chief pilot for Aer Lingus who first flew the arm over to the United States for Houlihan on behalf of its rightful owners, will now be using both his arms on the keyboards at the benefit.

The Moon & Sixpence have performed concerts exclusively for charities for approximately twelve years in Ireland. 

All proceeds from the event will go to the Irish Arts Center.

The doors will open promptly at 7pm on both nights.  Included in the price of admission will be a beer and wine reception as well as a private showing of the landmark photo exhibit by world famous photographer John Minihan. 

The Minihan exhibit was commissioned by the Irish government and features senior citizens who have moved to the United States from Ireland. 

The exhibit is called "To Love Two Countries".

The concert will then start promptly at 8pm.

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