This post is linked to the CCÉ Canada East Region Music Hall of Fame post, slowly we will feature all the people that have inducted to the CCÉ Music Hall of Fame.
Stan grew up in Fanore, County Clare, Ireland. This is just a few miles from Doolin and Lisdoonvarna. His love for traditional music comes naturally. Stan achieved a lifetime goal when he drummed with the Lisdoonvarna Ceili Band. He was also able to accompany many of the great icons of traditional Irish music such as Bobby Gardiner, Miko Russell, plus many others, too numerous to mention.
Stan left Ireland in the 1950's and moved to England where he became a professional boxer. He then moved to Canada. Shortly after his arrival in Canada he became involved with Comhaltas in Toronto.
Stan's involvement with Comhaltas spans over 25 years. From the early days of the Irish Centre Branch, which is now known as the Langan Gorman Branch, he has been witness to many successes. In particular and under Stan's leadership, Toronto played host to two of the most successful North American Provincial conventions ever held; one beign in 1996 and the other in 2001.
Stan was awarded the Comhaltas North American Founders' Award during the 1997 Comhaltas North American Provincial convention in Boston. He is currently chairperson of the Langan Gorman Branch in Toronto and continues to do stalward work on the organization's behalf.
We are all proud of his achievements and are thankful to have Stan as to "go to guy," the fellow who knows how to get things done. It's reassuring to know that, when called upon in the future, Stan will be there to foster the organization and the music that is so near and dear to his huge Irish heart.
For these reasons and many more, it is with pride that we induct Stan O'Donohue into the Comhaltas Music Hall of Fame.
Text taken from the CCÉ Canada East Region Music Hall of Fame program for Saturday October 31, 2009. Toronto, Ontario.