from the WNC facebook page:
Hey friends, letting you know I’m doing fine. Carrying on, just the way that Greg wanted me to do.
In his last few days, as we faced the reality of his passing, I asked Greg, “You know I’m not a flowers kinda gal. Is there some charity or something that you’d like people to contribute to in your memory?” Without hesitation, he named New World Celts, as they too have a mission to share Celtic culture. When I contacted our home chapter, New World Celts - (Asheville Chapter), they said they’d been considering establishing a scholarship in his honor/memory. Obviously, it was meant to be!
When I shared this with Greg, he was immensely pleased. A scholarship, for the exploration and study of Celtic music and dance. I can think of no more fitting tribute to a man for whom music was not just an interest, but a passion and indeed a way of life.
So it’s with great pleasure that I call your attention to the Greg McGrath Memorial Scholarship Fund. New World Celts, Asheville (NC), a chapter of New World Celts, a USA 501c3 charitable corporation, will administer the fund. (For those unfamiliar with the New World Celts, their mission statement appears at the end of this note.) I’ll be involved with the scholarship every step of the way. Details, including announcement of a selection/steering committee, eligibility, and application process will be forthcoming. I’m very excited about this! Though it’s a big task, I’d love to name its first recipient by summer’s beginning.
You may send and make donations payable to:
New World Celts Asheville Chapter
P.O. Box 1681
Asheville, NC 28802
attn: Greg McGrath Fund
Or, if you prefer, you may donate online using the link provided.
Thank you all, for all that you have meant to Greg and me, both personally and professionally.
Mission Statement of the New World Celts: To promote awareness of the outstanding contributions and history of the Celtic peoples in the formation and continuance of the New World. To provide a forum for the exchange and promotion of Celtic cultural information between the Celtic Associations of the New World; To act as liaison for coordination of and assistance to these Organizations. To provide a vehicle for charitable donations to promote Celtic culture in the New World in the areas of Cultural awareness, music, dance, athletics, re-enactments, and other areas deemed appropriate by the International Execute Committee. To support all Celtic cultural non-political, non-religious, non-racist organizations that espouse the same high ideals as ours, regardless of whether they are Scots, Irish, Galician, Manx, Welsh, Breton, or Cornish. To perpetuate Celtic Culture and history in the New World. To provide a fraternal atmosphere for members.Greg McGrath Memorial Scholarship Fund
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Ode to the Bard
Dan, Dan our Bodhrán man, the New World Celts bard in this land
He loved his tales and loved his songs, but alas, now he is gone.
He travels now to Tír na nÓg, the fairies came to get him,
Tis an ancient world where heroes go,
It’s a place of youth and beauty
Sickness & death do not exist
and eternal Happiness is their gift.
Music and laughter are only heard, of food and drink there’s plenty
Dan is happy, young, and strong and both his knees move freely
He’s sharing the tales of the New World Celts
And songs that he has written.
Chatting it up with Fionn mac Cumhaill
And a pint with Michael Collins.
All the greats who had come before, were standing there to greet him
Welcome home son, job well done. Your struggles now are over.
This corner of heaven is Ireland, and life abides forever
In Irish mythology and folklore, Tír na nÓg ([tʲiːɾˠ n̪ˠə ˈn̪ˠoːɡ]; "Land of the Young") or Tír na hÓige ("Land of Youth") is one of the names for the Otherworld, or perhaps for a part of it.
It is depicted as a supernatural realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy.
Its inhabitants are the Tuath Dé, the gods of pre-Christian Ireland. In the echtrae (adventure) and immram (voyage) tales, various Irish mythical heroes visit Tír na nÓg after a voyage or an invitation from one of its residents. They reach it by entering ancient burial mounds or caves, or by going under water or across the sea.
Tír na nÓg is best known from the tale of Oisín and Niamh. In the tale, Oisín (a human hero) and Niamh (a woman of the Otherworld) fall in love. She brings him to Tír na nÓg on a magical horse that can travel over water. After spending what seems to be three years there, Oisín becomes homesick and wants to return to Ireland. Niamh reluctantly lets him return on the magical horse, but warns him never to touch the ground. When he returns, he finds that 300 years have passed in Ireland. Oisín falls from the horse. He instantly becomes elderly, as the years catch up with him, and he quickly dies of old age.
 Other Old Irish names for the Otherworld include Tír Tairngire ("Land of Promise/Promised Land"), Tír fo Thuinn ("Land under the Wave"), Mag Mell ("Plain of Delight/Delightful Plain"), Ildathach ("Multicoloured place"), and Emain Ablach.
New World Celts
A 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation
Kevin & Fiona were members of the St Pete chapter.
Kevin was instrumental in revitalizing the chapter with William Fischer & others.
Kevin will be greatly missed.
Members who have passed on in 2013:
You were all beloved members of our organization & are dearly missed.
LTC B.J. Sammons (Dunedin Chapter)
Mike Haines (St. Pete Chapter)
Thomas Drake (Dunedin Chapter)
Greg McGrath of WNC Highlands Celtic Festival fame will be sorely missed by the Celts, especially the Asheville, NC chapter and his beloved Marcille.
Rest in peace our friend and organize the celtic bands in Tir na Nog.
Bard of the New World Celts
Dan Callahan passed in July of 2010