A year after legendary O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel Pub opened in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the 1990 Christmas rolled around. To commemorate the event, Danny O’Flaherty of Ireland enlisted Robin James-Jones of Wales to help put together A Celtic Christmas to celebrate the true Christmas customs of their Celtic Nations – Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia, and the Isle of Man.
The program became a beloved annual event and survived the departure of Robin and other regulars. In 2001, Danny, Michael, and Janet revamped the production-encompassing both Christian traditions and their pagan roots- into a concert presentation with stories, dances and songs, both traditional and original.
This version played the Galveston Grand Opera House, across Louisiana and Texas, and produced a second public television special. Hurricane Katrina closed O’Flaherty’s Pub and put Celtic Christmas on hiatus for the first time in 15 years, but, like the city where it was established, it has returned and continues to evolve and play prominent venues around the world.
Michael P. Cahill