Stockton’s Wing thank council for honour

Stockton’s Wing thank council for honour


The current band line-up pictured at the civic reception – Photo: Arthur Ellis

Stockton’s Wing, one of Ireland’s best known Irish and folk bands, has thanked Clare County Council for their recent civic reception honour.

On October 9th, Clare County Council hosted a Civic Reception to honour Stockton’s Wing as the group celebrates 40 years playing music at home and abroad.

Past and present members of the group, which was formed in Ennis in 1977, gathered at Áras Contae an Chláir along with Elected Members, Council officials, special guests from the world of music and entertainment, and family and friends.

In an open letter, one of the group’s founding members Mike Hanrahan, said: “On behalf of Stockton’s Wing may I extend my sincere thank you to The Clare County Council for honouring past and present members with a Civic reception on October  9th  at Áras Contae on Chláir celebrating 40 years contribution to music both here in Ireland and abroad.

In thanking Mayor of Clare, Tom McNamara, elected members and Council officials, we express our gratitude to the people of Clare at home and beyond. The evening was full of emotion, warmth, kindness, friendship and so much pride.”

Mike Hanrahan has thanked the people of Clare for their support – Photo: Stockton’s Wing

Mike Hanrahan said: “Of all the honours received in a long career there is none better than to be recognised by your own people, in your home town and amongst your dearest family and friends.

We are truly grateful for the genuine support we receive from the people of Clare who are with us every step of the way, cheering every success and forever constant with absolute encouragement. We remember especially those who are no longer with us but forever in our hearts.”

“On behalf of Stockton’s Wing members both past and present, thank you all so much. We are humbled and honoured by this beautiful recognition of a life’s work in music and song,” Mike added.

Did you know:

The name Stockton’s Wing came from a Bruce Springsteen song, “Backstreets” which featured on the album “Born to Run”

“Slow dancing on a moonlit beach at Stockton’s Wing, where desperate lovers park to meet the last of the Duke street kings.”