Folk Fest

Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society is pleased to present the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to Aidan O’Hara with our sincere congratulations and heartfelt thanks for his contributions to to the culture of the province. “Aidan O’Hara is a tremendous ambassador for Newfoundland and promoter of the links between the two big islands.” (Former Irish Prime Minister, John Bruton). “Aidan O’Hara, the well-known broadcaster, was president of the Irish Newfoundland Association when the Taoiseach (Prime Minister John Bruton) first visited (Newfoundland) in 1976. He introduced him to many of those people involved in researching Irish connections, among them Professor John Mannion…” (Shane Kenny, “A truly remarkable but brief visit” in The Sunday Tribune, 24 March 1996) County Donegal-born award-winning writer and broadcaster, Aidan O’Hara, has worked as a presenter and producer with RTÉ (Ireland’s National Broadcaster) and the CBC. In the autumn of 1973 he decided to become a student again and with his wife, Joyce, and their four children arrived in Newfoundland where he signed up for two years of study at Memorial University. While studying folklore and cultural geography at MUN, Aidan worked in radio and television with CBC St. John’s and quickly became immersed in life in the provincial capital. Aidan was fortunate to have as his mentor and friend, Dr John Mannion, Professor of cultural geography at MUN, and he introduced him to the Irish communities on the Cape Shore of Placentia Bay, Point Lance and Branch in St Mary’s Bay. The O’Haras formed firm…

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