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Irish Culture comes to Kielder for St Patrick’s Day

The Reel Rakes jamming with the guests

A group of Irish musicians gave up their time to spend an evening entertaining guests at Calvert Trust Kielder on Saturday evening to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

The group, also known as The Reel Rakes, played and sang traditional Irish music whilst guests gathered round to join in the fun.

Paula McNeany who is involved with Le Chéile  - The North East of England Irish Network arranged the performance for the centre as part of our Irish Week. 

We are delighted that The Network has committed to supporting Calvert Trust Kielder and Percy Hedley as their chosen charities for the next three years.

The North East of England Irish Network is an all-inclusive Forum for all strands and strata of Irish Society and the Irish Diaspora in the North East of England.  Their aim is to provide a space (both online and in the real world) for people to meet and network with others who share an interest in things Irish and who want to celebrate and maintain their Irish identity and Irish links.

Calvert Trust Kielder GuestsJohn Coyne, Founder of Le Chéile – The North East of England Irish Network said:

“At The North East of England Irish Network we’re delighted to provide what support we can to Calvert Trust Kielder.  The work they do is fantastic and it’s been a pleasure to visit their facilities and see the pleasure they bring to people with disabilities and their families.  They prove that nothing is beyond the reach of their clients – whatever their disability, there’s still something exciting and challenging that they can engage in.  The dedication of their staff is a true and genuine vocation.  It will therefore be our pleasure to support the Trust up to the end of 2015 and we’re really looking forward to developing strong links with the charity.”

Paula McNeany, musician and supporter of Le Chéile said:

We had a great time at Calvert Trust Kielder on Saturday night.  I had friends over from Ireland for St Patrick’s Day and visiting Kielder gave us the opportunity to play some music in a lovely, relaxed atmosphere where people clearly enjoyed what we did and were very supportive.  It’s a pleasure to bring music out into the woods and to find people there to enjoy it!  Our friends from Ireland were truly impressed with the work that’s being done by Calvert Trust Kielder and, especially, by the care and dedication of the staff.” 


If you would like to find out more about how your company can support Calvert Trust Kielder please visit the 'Support Us' pages or you can contact a member of our fundraising team on 01434 250232.


Please contact
our Fundraising Team:


Jeremy Duxbury

Tel: 01598 763221


Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

Lake District

Lynn Healey

Tel: 01768 772255



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