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International Irish Cast Honored at iBAM! 2017

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Pictured: (l to r): Frank Mathie, Timothy Egan, Kevin Dundon, Joan Freeman, Mary McNally, Daniel O'Donnell and Philip Gray. (not pictured): Jim Sheridan.

The Ninth Annual iBAM! 2017 opened with a near-sold-out concert on Thursday, October 26th when Daniel O'Donnell took the stage with his band, and gave folks a show to remember.

Daniel was at iBAM! to receive the iBAM! Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of music at the Gala Awards Dinner, held the next evening in the Erin Room of the Irish American Heritage Center. Also honored at the Gala were Frank Mathie of Chicago for Media/Journalism, Timothy Egan of Oregon for Literature, Kevin Dundon of Ireland for Culinary Arts, Joan Freeman of Ireland as Person of the Year for her work with Pieta House, Mary McNally of Chicago as Volunteer of the Year, and Philip Gray of Ireland for Visual Arts, and Jim Sheridan for Visual Arts.
 
On Saturday and Sunday, a full program of film, theatre, author talks, live painting, dancing classes, genealogy classes, and Halloween fun for the kids took place in the largest Irish-American Heritage Center in the world.
 
On Sunday evening, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones closed out the celebration in grand style in the Erin Room. The room was remodeled in 2009 with the help of the Irish Government, and has held countless events since then.
 
Stay tuned for iBAM! 2018, the 10th anniversary of the founding of iBAM! to be held October 26, 27, 28. 2018 will feature 100 authors, as well as artists, dancers, musicians, storytellers, film, live theatre, a literature salon, kids area, train rides for the kids and more.
 
If you are an author who would like to present your book(s) at iBAM! contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.
 
iBAM! is a non-profit designed to fulfill the mission of the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago, and to help fund it. If you are interested in being a sponsor, contact Cliff at 847-872-0700.
 
Pictured: (l to r): Frank Mathie, Timothy Egan, Kevin Dundon, Joan Freeman, Mary McNally, Daniel O'Donnell and Philip Gray. (not pictured): Jim Sheridan.

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