The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library will host “Wearin’ of the Green – Songs from Ireland” at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March.13. Gerry Murray, a musician from County Cavan, Ireland, will perform popular and traditional Irish songs. He will be accompanied on the keyboards by John Smith, a good friend who frequently works with Murray. Refreshments will be provided by Amergael. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Murray spent many years working in fisheries in Ireland before returning to his true love of playing guitar. He visits the United States every year around St. Patrick’s Day to entertain in the Long Beach Island area.
“Some of the songs we do will include ‘Michael,’ which is a tribute to Michael Collins, who was a soldier and politician and a leading figure in the struggle for independence in the early 20th century,” said Murray. “He was ambushed and assassinated on Aug. 22, 1922, at Beal na Blath, translated ‘mouth of the flowers,’ in County Cork.”
Murray said another song, “Grace,” is a tribute to Grace Gifford, who was the childhood sweetheart of Joseph Plunkett, whom she married in Kilmainham Gaol only a few hours before he was executed for his part in the 1916 Easter Rising.
To register for the program, call the branch at 609-494-2480.