Eileen Ivers to be honored by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr.

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World renowned violin virtuoso and Bronx native Eileen Ivers will be honored by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. as part of an annual event celebrating Irish Heritage. The event will take place at 7PM on March 31, at the Gaelic Park Sports Center.

– World renowned violin virtuoso and Bronx native Eileen Ivers will be honored by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. as part of an annual event celebrating Irish Heritage. The event will take place at 7PM on March 31, at the Gaelic Park Sports Center.

Eileen Ivers is a proud Bronxite and Woodlawn native. Growing up as the daughter of Irish immigrants, her unique understanding of Irish traditional music was solidified by age ten when she first represented the U.S. in the All-Ireland fiddle championships. Eileen proceeded to win that title nine times.

As an Irish-American who was raised in an ethnically diverse Bronx neighborhood, Ivers was forever intrigued by the multicultural sounds of her childhood environs. The ongoing development of Eileen’s globally-infused, traditional Irish sound has received international critical acclaim since the late 80’s.

"I was so fortunate to have grown up in a loving, strong Irish American household in the Bronx, one that instilled in me the love and pride in our heritage while respecting and embracing the diversity of the Bronx,” said Ivers. “Growing up and learning music in such a rich, multi-cultural environment has greatly influenced my music and has had a profound effect on the development of my career."

In 1999 Eileen Ivers formed Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul which encompasses Irish instrumentalists, soulful American vocals and a mix of African and Latin percussion and bass has been privileged to perform at major arts centers, as guests of numerous symphonies, at major festivals worldwide and on national and international television programs numerous times. A sampling of the overwhelming critical response can be read at http://www.eileenivers.com.

Adolfo Carrion, Jr., has chosen to honor Ivers as part of the annual event celebrating Irish Heritage, which will take place at Gaelic Park on Wednesday, March 31, 2004. Says Ivers, "I am deeply honored and extremely proud of this wonderful recognition by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr." Also being honored are Elaine Brennan, VP of Montefiore Medical Center, Judge Thomas B. Galligan, Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and Donald MacDonnell, the former President, Ancient Hibernians, Division 4.

Gaelic Park was established in 1928 by the Gaelic Athletic Association of New York, to promote hurling and Irish football. After being taken over by the City of New York, the park was leased in 1941 to John “Kerry” O’Donnell, who ran the park, dance hall and tavern. Leased in 1991 by Manhattan College, The Gaelic Park Sports Center continues to host sporting events, concerts, dances, and serves as a meeting place for local community groups.

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