Keenan Strong Benefits


Local NYC-area Irish-American musicians are banding together to support one of their own, Billy Keenan. In September, 2013, Billy had the most unfortunate accident down the Jersey Shore while doing what he loves, surfing. Suffering catastrophic injury to his spinal cord, Billy is unable to use his arms or legs, and requires assistance 24 hours a day.

His friends, family, bandmates, associates, and fellow Irish Americans have put together a series of benefit events that will help support Billy and his family. #KeenanStrong s an organization 100% dedicated to helping Billy and his family. Every penny we collect goes to them..

#KeenanStrong Concert Series on May 3 & 4 will feature an all-star line-up of local Irish-American acts:
Saturday, May 3, 2014
#KeenanStrong Mineola
Dennis Gallery & Celtic Justice, The Canny Brothers, Cunningham Brothers, and Primetime Showband
with Tony Jackson as MC
7pm – 2am
Mineola Irish Center
297 Willis Ave.
Mineola, NY
(516) 746-9392


Saturday, May 3, 2014
#KeenanStrong Yonkers

Jamesons Revenge, Celtic Cross, The Narrowbacks and Broken Banjo Strings
with Sean Ruane as MC
8pm – 2am
Rory Dolan’s
890 McLean Ave.
Yonkers, NY
(914) 776-2946

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mass at noon with John Reynolds, John Nolan & Margie Mulvihill.
and then…
Primetime Showband, Celtic Cross, NYPD Pipeband, Eileen Ivers & Joanie Madden, Bergen Irish Pipe Band, Andy Cooney, the Verlin School of Irish Dance, and Girsa
with Peter McKiernan MC.
12pm – 8pm
German Masonic Park
120 Western Hwy
Tappan, NY
(845) 359-0151
In addition to the concerts, a benefit CD has been recorded and will be released on May 3, 2014, with proceeds supporting Billy Keenan.
Here is a sneak preview:

About Billy Keenan:
A proud Irish-American, Billy was born in the Bronx and raised in Rockland County. After graduating from  Albertus Magnus High School & Fordham University, Billy served his country overseas as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. But his passions were his family, his music and teaching. Making a home in New City with his wife Noreen Martin and sons, Patrick (13) and Kieran (12), Billy taught history at North Rockland High School until his accident. Billy has played Irish music since he was able to hold a tin whistle. He was the lead singer in The Summerwind Band as well as the Prime Time Showband playing countless area venues and weddings over the years.

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