Hannon Festival for Brosna this Weekend

John Cronin pictured in Kate Pats' Bar with the Con Carey Memorial Cup which was donated to Brosna GAA Club by Brosna Town composer, Danny Hannon. The cup will be played for by teams from. Brosna and Rockchapel in a rare cross-border encounter. ©Photograph:  John Reidy
John Cronin pictured in Kate Pats’ Bar with the Con Carey Memorial Cup which was donated to Brosna GAA Club by Brosna Town composer, Danny Hannon. The cup will be played for by teams from Brosna and Rockchapel in a rare, cross-border encounter. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Hannon family of Knockawinna, and their relatives will be remembered over the course of a busy weekend of events in Brosna.

The most well-known member of this family is the late Daniel J.Hannon composer of ‘My Native Brosna Town’ and a renowned fundraiser for charitable causes. Many members of the Hannon family emigrated to the USA, UK and Australia.

The programme of events is outlined by festival chairman and Hannon family member, Conor Doolan.

Rare Senior Match

The line-up is as follows: Friday August 5th at 7:30pm.Brosna GAA will take on their Cork neighbours Rockchapel GAA in a rare senior football match. They will be playing for the Con Carey Cup. This trophy was donated by the Hannon family of New York in memory of Con Carey. A post-match gathering will take place at the Three Counties Bar.

Saturday August 6th. at 10am we will be holding a 5K fun run in memory of Daniel J.Hannon’s son John Hannon.

Golden Gloves

John Hannon was a member of the FDNY. He was an accomplished athlete. He fought in the final of the Golden Gloves and also represented the FDNY Gaelic Football team. Tragically John lost his life in a car accident in 1997 on his way home from work. John was an American Red Cross Volunteer and an organ donor. Every year he is remembered with memorial Gaelic Football games in New York and a memorial fun run. All proceeds raised will go to Brosna Comhaltas and the National Burns Unit in Dublin. Registration is at 9:15am and the run starts at 10am.

Share Stories

Later Saturday evening friends and family will gather at the famed Kate Pat’s Bar around 9:00pm to share stories, sing songs and play music to remember the Hannon family. Raffle and spot prizes on the night and a charitable cause is to be announced.

Sunday, August 7th. Gaelic football takes centre stage again as Brosna host a U-10 blitz. Brosna, Knocknagoshel, Rockchapel and Kilcummin are all participating.

From the USA and The UK

The Blitz starts at 2:00pm. Medals for all participants. ( Bouncing Castle TBC) Family members are returning from New York and Birmingham for what should be a very enjoyable and memorable weekend, where the three counties meet. Hannon Festival 2016 is supported by the Local Diaspora Fund, C/O Dept. of the Taoiseach. For further details please contact Conor on 086 30 96 675

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