Irish Night—Row On for Brendan is a lively performance of Irish music and dance held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a tribute to Brendan Foley, who brightened the halls of Central Catholic High School, rowed for the school, and left the world a better place for his 15-and-a-half years of life.
Thanks to the grace and generosity of Brendan's family and friends, Irish Night is also the principal fund-raiser for both Brendan's own Central Catholic Crew and for Oakland Catholic Rowing. Irish Night allows Central Catholic Crew and Oakland Catholic Rowing to purchase new rowing shells and oars each year to accommodate their growing programs and replace aging equipment.
Now, Irish Night is in its twenty-first year, and over the past 20 years, Irish Night has raised more than $407,000 for Central Catholic Crew and Oakland Catholic Rowing. In 2016, Irish Night raised $37,431, and the concert's proceeds were shared with Oakland Catholic Rowing for the ninth time.
Irish Night—Row On for Brendan is a proud tradition that allows Central Catholic Crew and Oakland Catholic Rowing to continue to form lasting influences in the lives of the young men and women they train.
Irish Night's signature tune is Row On, a lament found by Gail Huntington in an 1864 journal from the New Bedford whaler Three Brothers set to a tune by Tim Laycock. Listen below to a version performed by Bruce Foley.