Hugo Straney Beach Celtic Festival Celt of the Year

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Submitted by Cashbox Magazine

The Beach Celtic Festival, the little festival that grew, is heading into year ten of operation and they are making it special in every way. And “in every way” includes the annual Beach Celt of the Year Award.

The Beach Celt of the Year is carefully selected each year from a list of eligible nominees. The candidate must be a Celt for starters, must be held in high esteem by the Celtic community and community at large. The candidate must have exemplary credentials in the world of goodwill and charity and must give back to the community.

This year’s nomination fits all those criteria and more. Ireland born but Canadian through and through, Hugh “Hugo” Straney is the epitome of Celtic class, hard working devoted family man, entertainer and Celtic Ambassador. He was named Irish Person of the Year in 2010 and has received many accolades for his support in the Irish Community. He will proudly carry the mantle of Beach Celt of the Year 2013 in various events during the year.

The presentation and announcement was made last night  at Dora Keogh’s in Toronto with the presentation being made by Beach Celtic Festival founder and creator Sandy Graham. Entertainer Don Graham brought Hugo on stage with to sing a bang up version of Danny Boy which Hugo sang to perfection accapella while Graham joined him for a rousing version of The Irish Rover hit “ Wasn’t That A Party” , Meghan Bold and The Bold Step Dancers entertained as usual and both Graham and The Bold Step Dancers will performing at Beach Celtic Festival proper on September 7th and 8th in Kew Gardens in the The Beach.

Hugo StraneyHugo StraneyLong time Straney friend and supporter John Maxwell and Dora Keogh were generous hosts for the evening and filled the guests with wonderful appetizers to ensure the success of the night. The ‘Dora’ staff are of Irish descent, and their charm and wonderful service also helped to make it a great night for all.

Local politician MPP  Michael Prue were also in attendance to pay his  respects to Hugo Straney. Hugo Straney gave a beautiful version of O Canada in recognition of Prue’s attendance, who has been a staunch supporter of the Beach event from its inception.
Hugo Straney is a radio personality with his own Celtic Show on CHIN Radio. As well he is a stand up comedian and singer; Hugo Straney does all these things and does them exceedingly well.

MPP Michael Prue and Hugo StraneyMPP Michael Prue and Hugo Straney‘Mr. Entertainment’ is a well rounded and seasoned performer who is comfortable in any venue from small intimate gatherings to two thousand seat theatres, Hugo owns the stage wherever he performs.  Blessed with big, strong Irish lungs, Hugo can belt out the power ballads and has a repertoire that crosses over all genres and eras.

Congratulations Hugo on your selection as Beach Celt of the Year 2013.  Wear it with pride and thank you for always supporting your heritage in Canada.