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Inishowen born broadcaster honoured in Canada 24.08.18

INISHOWEN born, Aidan O’Hara, was recently honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Newfoundland Folk Arts Society in Canada. Aidan, who was born in Muff, was a former presenter/producer at RTÉ and made hundreds of recordings of the stories and songs of the people he met in Newfoundland in the 1970s. In 1977 he co-founded and was the first programme director of the Newfoundland Folk Festival.
Joyce & Aidan O'Hara, with John Drover (centre) President Newfoundland Folk Arts Society.
When The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) launched Aidan’s 1970s digitised Newfoundland song collection ( www.itma.ie/newfoundland ), ITMA’s Director, Grace Toland from Clonmany, said: “It was an important and moving occasion to bring the collections home to Newfoundland and also to share this extraordinary story with the world online".
The wording on the award from the society states: 'Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Aidan O'Hara for a lifetime of outstanding service and dedication to the traditional folk arts of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador'.
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