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Ricky Clahane

Richard "Ricky" Clahane

Richard "Ricky" Clahane was born in Point Saint Charles in 1956. He attended many of the local community schools in Griffintown, The Point, Verdun and Lasalle. Married to the late Sharon O’Connell, together they have one daughter, Christa, who also performs in the entertainment field. Ricky is one of nine brothers and sisters of the well known Clahane family, parented by William and Geraldine Clahane.

Ricky was initially mentored and tutored at a very early age by his mother Geraldine. He was taught songs, lyrics, dance routines and cabaret skills which started him on his long entertainment career. He has performed at many parish concerts and cabarets over his career in support of many fundraisers. He has supported his sister Geraldine in performing for the Victoria Park School, now REACH School. In great demand, Ricky consistently accommodates requests he receives.

Ricky started his professional career at an early age when playing at well known Irish clubs such as the Hunters Horn, TC’s, and O’Leary’s Pub. He has committed his talents and time to the success of the many important community initiatives for the parishes of St. Gabriel’s and St. John Brebeuf. He has supported Royal Canadian Legion branches in the Point, Verdun, LaSalle, Greenfield Park and St. Hubert to also assist them in their initiatives. He has performed at many of the Erin Sports Association’s Irishman of the Year Breakfasts and post Breakfast parties as well as at many United Irish Societies dinner dances.

Additionally, Ricky has performed at many of the seniors residences in our communities such as the Father Dowd Home, St. Patrick’s Square, and the Good Shepherd Community Center. He continues this commitment to the seniors today in the City of Mississauga, where he resides. Ricky has played the role of Santa for many a needy family and child on Christmas Eve who were either sick or in need of a gift.

Ricky had a great bond with Mr. Liam Daly. At Liam's invitation, Ricky performed regularly on the Irish Show during the St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas seasons. Ricky is an individual who exemplifies the vision for this award, which is to acknowledge a candidate who exemplifies love of his heritage and who promotes the Irish heritage through the arts.

The United Irish Societies is pleased to present the 2017 Liam Daly Heritage Award to Mr. Ricky Clahane.

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A native son of Dublin, Ireland, Liam Daly, was proud of his Irish heritage. From the first day he arrived, through his talent, love and devotion, Liam volunteered his time to the continual presence of the Arts and the Irish Cultural in the City of Montreal Liam is missed by the Irish Community. As a tribute to him, the United Irish Societies of Montreal has created the Liam Daly Heritage Award which will be awarded to a worthy candidate who exemplifies Liam's love of his heritage and promotes the Irish heritage through the arts.

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