The Robert Emmet Society held their 11th annual Hoolie on March 12th 2016. The event was to raise funds for their annual scholarship, which sends a lucky student from North Central Michigan College on a trip to Ireland. This year featured the music of The Outside Track. Winner of Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards.
Also returning this year were the Northern Lights Irish dancers. They wow-ed the crowd last year, so we just had to have them back again. Also performing again this year were perennial favorites The Hooligans.
In addition there was wonderful food and drink provided by the Perry Hotel as well as a silent auction with items provided by the sponsors of the Hoolie, listed below.
You can check out this years items here!
our corporate sponsor this year was Guinness. Local sponsors included: Blissfest, Arlington Jewelers, County Emmet Celtic Shop, Bayside Beverage, and The Perry Hotel.
The Robert Emmet Society was founded in the early 1990s to honor Robert Emmet, the namesake of Emmet County, Michigan, and to make area residents more aware of Emmet’s brief, but courageous life and his enduring legacy as a champion of freedom and democracy throughout the world.
The Joseph W. McCarthy-William McCullough, M.D. Memorial Scholarship award is the Society’s major activity year year. In conjunction with the Blissfest Music Organization, the Society also awards The Judge Ned Fenlon Music Award. All fundraising activities support these scholarship awards. Join us by becoming a member.
Carly’s Letters Home:
Dear Robert Emmet Society and friends,
Hello from Galway!
These past few weeks have been a blur. There is so much to take in here!
To begin, the professors in my program are absolutely phenomenal. Not only are they a ton of fun and easy to talk to, they are also just so knowledgeable. Looking around John Tunney’s office, the walls are lined with shelves of books that he has read. He even told me “my wife told me I had to move them out of the house,” because the walls are lined there, too! All of my professors are so passionate about what they teach and I have been really enjoying all of the classes I am a part of.
I have been trying to take advantage of as many opportunities as I can. At GMIT, I have so far joined the volley ball and the kayaking clubs (along with about 6 other clubs that I haven’t committed to yet), and am anxious to start to be more involved in them. With the Heritage Studies program, I have already gone on two trips, to the Athlone Castle and to Clonmacnoise, a monestic site with a rich heritage. Both were a lot of fun, allowing me to see more of Ireland while getting to know my classmates.
With the international students I just took a trip for only 10 euro that brought me to both the Cliffs of Moher and Aillwee Cave. I wasn’t told we were going to the cave so that was a pleasant surprise! The entire drive was so beautiful, I was able to see the Irish countryside that I hadn’t experienced yet. I can’t even describe how amazing it was to see the cliffs and country and really take in the beauty of the Emerald Isle. Believe it or not, it didn’t even rain on us (for once!).
In general, I have found the Irish population to be some of the nicest people I have ever met. It feels like there is a lot less judgement in talking to them, they seem to just accept everyone for who they are and welcome them without question. I have made a few Irish friends in the Heritage Studies program, and in the apartments near me in Glasan, and all of them are always a ton of fun and in good spirits. I’m very happy to report that making friends here is not very difficult! (:
Thank you again for this amazing opportunity, I can’t wait to learn more about Ireland and myself during this whole experience.
Sending love back to the Mitten, talk to you soon!
Seventeenth Robert Emmet Scholar,