A message for all of you at Charlie´s Bar:
Ye fought hard through 2010, and until ye come back to Ireland ye have no idea how well ye have done. Anyone who can pay their bills and have a reasonable standard of living in these times is much more than just a success, and for all of you to be able to do just that and be singing off the same sheet is an absolute credit to each and everyone of ye.
This might sound arrogant, but I am very proud of myself for my achievements, not for making Charlie´s Bar & the Craic n´Ceol work every night, but for putting together such a fine bunch of well meaning, caring (and despite mad!) decent human beings, who happen to be reasonably talented as well!
We have dropped the type of customer we didn’t want over the years, despite the cost to us, and collected the best of society, whether they be street sweepers, solicitors or box players. I started out with a dream to have decent musicians and staff who were decent folk, and decent customers who knew the difference between mad and stupid, who had no airs and graces about themselves. I have achieved all that with the help of everyone associated with Charlie´s and the Craic. I thank the whole lot of you for fulfilling one of my dreams and wish all of you and your families health and happiness in the future.
Charlies is closed now from 29th October to 29th December, but the Craic n´Ceol is open, with many of our Charlies musicians playing there on and off over the holidays.
Happy Xmas to you and love you all to bits.