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BY ALL accounts this was a Beautiful Affair – as Ennis band Stockton’s Wing were honoured with a Civic Reception as they celebrate 40 years of their contribution to Irish and folk music in Ireland 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.

Addressing the ceremony, Mayor of Clare Tom McNamara said, “Music is the heartbeat of Clare and Stockton’s Wing form part of that musical heritage.

Ben Lennon playing a tune for L-R Tommy Hayes, Kieran Hanrahan, Mike Hanrahan, Ben Lennon, Paul Roche, Morris Lennon and Steve Cooney. Pic Arthur Ellis.

“From sharing a stage with Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Junior to featuring in Jim Sheridan’s film The Field with Richard Harris, and from headlining concerts all over the world to producing 12 albums including several top ten singles, Stockton’s Wing truly is a band for all the ages.

“The people of Clare are proud of the group’s strong connections with the county and that is why the members of this Council are this evening giving official recognition to the band and its contribution to Irish culture over four decades,” added Mayor McNamara.

The Civic Reception concluded with a performance by Stockton’s Wing.

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