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On September 19, a special evening will take place at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury to honor Tom Clifford for his unwavering dedication to the Irish American Community in Boston.
"I had this passion to bring Irish culture to TV " said Tom Clifford humbly about how the show got started.
A native of County Kerry, the Irish TV producer emigrated to Boston in 1957 where he met the love of his life, Agnes McGovern from Co. Cavan in 1965 and they had 3 children. Whilst working full-time in construction, Clifford lent his time to many Irish community groups including the G.A.A and was involved with local political campaigns.
In the mid 1970's, he was invited to a television studio by Tim Bright and he has never looked back. From the beginning, Clifford had a clear vision for his Irish television show and that was simply to promote and present Irish culture to the Irish American community living in the state.
In the intervening years, Clifford's mission of "supporting our own people" translated with his show 'Ireland on the move' becoming a popular platform for many local Irish American organizations to promote their activities and events throughout the years.
Clifford's dedication to preserving Irish heritage and culture over the last three decades is now being recognized with a very special evening at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury on September 19.
One of the evening's committee members, Pat Mc Donough said "We are so lucky to have a man like Tom Clifford in Boston. Tom is virtually a one man show that brings so much happiness to so many people with "Ireland on the Move"
Mc Donough further added "It was only right that we have a special night to honor Tom as its well deserved!"
In conversation with Tom about the upcoming event, the popular Kerry man said he was "honored" to have an evening dedicated to his efforts. He also admitted on this occasion he "will be leaving the camera at home."
Tickets are $15. Music will be provided by Erin's Melody. For more information please call Margaret Dalton 617-696-1702 or Doc Walsh 617-281-4351