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The awards show was hosted by Irish TV stars Michael Lyster (RTE) and Paul Clark (UTV). Dee performed a selection of numbers from her latest best selling album "Nothin's Right And Nothin's Left" to a packed audience who took her to their hearts.
Looking resplendent in a white trouser suit, the stunning Dee had the flashbulbs popping as she took to the stage and it was obvious to everyone in the house, who took to their feet in a spontaneous standing ovation, that the former model had confirmed that she is now the most popular female attraction in Ireland, a proud day for her parents who originated from Cork and Mayo and emigrated to Springfield, Massachusetts many years ago.
The Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre concert is a home coming for Ms. Reilly. She got her start playing at the Centre's former home (the Irish Club on Millbury Street) at age 15 and holds the organization and many of its members dear to her heart. Her concert last year at the Centre, her first in Worcester in many years, was a sell out.
Already plans are at an advanced stage for international tours in January, April/May and July/August 2009 and with a Christmas single, a new album, a DVD to be shot in Ireland and Nashville and possibly a few more surprises, the New Year promises to be hectic for this little bundle of energy - as she sings on her latest release - "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends"
Tickets for the December 6th concert at the Centre are now on sale by calling (508)792-3700 or in person at the Centre's Fidders' Green Pub, 19 Temple Street, Worcester.
**History of the Hibernian Cultural Centre**
The Hibernian Cultural Centre has quickly become the premiere cultural venue for the Worcester area Irish community since its opening in 2005. The building was refurbished by the HCC and filled a void created in 2002 when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts took the former "Irish Club", located on Millbury Street by eminent domain for the construction of the Route 146 Extension. The thriving Worcester Irish community was left without a home for many of cultural events through which it had ensured perpetuation of the Irish cultural to younger generations. For the interim years, the Irish community hosted its events at many local establishments that donated space. However, it was evident that the many once thriving Irish groups could not maintain their activities without a permanent home. The former Polish American Veterans hall, located at 19 Temple Street, Worcester was acquired and dramatically renovated.