On 3 September 2013, Meg O’Malley’s Irish Pub in downtown Melbourne celebrated the two year anniversary of Meg O’Malley’s Craic Night, an evening devoted to Irish History and Culture. During the Craic Session the topic of discussion focused on ”The Irish Travellers” (traditionally a nomadic people of ethnic Irish origin who maintain a set of traditions and a distinct ethnic identity) who have settled in the United States. The topic of discussion was presented by Florida AOH State President Greg Seán Canning.
Prior to the evening’s topic of discussion, AOH Florida State President Greg Seán Canning and AOH Brevard Division 2 President Frank Corcoran presented a Plaque and a book of poems to Korinn Braden in appreciation for establishing and successfully overseeing Meg O’Malley’s Irish Craic Night for these last two years. Korinn has spent many hours of unselfish love and energy in securing the success of this monthly Irish Cultural Gathering on behalf of the Irish community in Brevard County.
Following this presentation, Korinn read a poem from a collection written by Séamus Heaney, an Irish poet, playwright, translator and famous lecturer. Unfortunately for Ireland and the world, Seamus Heaney died late August at the age of 74. Heaney not only won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, but has been described as the most important and beloved Irish poet since Yeats. Heaney once said: “I have always thought of poems as stepping stones in one’s own sense of oneself.” At his funeral in Dublin on Monday, September 2, mourners were told that Séamus Heaney was a “great democrat” who could mix with kings, presidents and the ordinary people of his native County Derry. Following the funeral, his remains was brought across the boarder and buried at the local Catholic church in Bellaghy village in Heaney’s native County Derry.
Below is a replica of the plaque that was presented to Korinn Braden.