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« on: April 21, 2017, 10:35PM »

I have been dreaming of meeting Celtic Woman for years!

On April 19th, 2017, in Erie, PA, my dream finally came true!

Prior to that M+G the only former CW I had met were:
- Chloe (August 2016, Shelbyville, Indiana)
- Mairead Nesbitt (April 11, 2017, Shea's PAC in Buffalo as part of Rocktopia tour)

We were taken to a meeting room. The girls were a few minutes later than expected, so the staff were looking around for the girls before the M+G. The girls ended up pulling up at the side of the road in a car. We could see them get out of the car through the externally facing window of the meeting room. They rushed in to the building because it was drizzling. There had been sudden downpours most of the day, but it was just a drizzle as they came in.

The girls recognized me and I smiled excitedly and waved.

There were 12 of us at the M+G. There was a large table in the middle of the room and we were gathered around. The girls  were lined up against one of the walls. There were pictures on the wall behind the girls, but it didn't look too unseemly. The lighting through the window made it a bit difficult to decide whether or not to use a flash. It turned out well enough without it, I suppose.

They decided to start the line at the end of the table opposite me, so I was second last in line. Note: That was probably a good position to be in. It allows one to try take a tiny bit more with the girls time without holding up the rest of the line.

I was really excited and a bit nervous waiting in line. That was to be expected I suppose before the moment I had been dreaming of for so long.

With a couple of people until my turn, I waved over Sett and the PBS rep and told them how to use my camera and gave them the cards I had made for the girls. The cards had pictures of the girls on the front. I painstakingly searched Google for weeks for the perfect picture for each of the girls (for Tara, I picked a picture from her first concert with Celtic Woman, on stage with 3 other girls and having a great time). Inside each card, I had a picture of a really picturesque place in Canada that was important to me for one reason or another, which I explained in the card. Each girl got a different picture and story that tied back to how much their music meant to me. I wrote that no place in the world I've ever been was as beautiful as the way they sound. I wrote that I could never give them anything to properly thank them for all they've done for me, so instead I donated to their respective charities (a significant amount) because I knew that would mean as much to them as their music means to me. <3

I had rehearsed a few times leading up to the M+G. During 'rehearsal' I usually ended up tearing up or just sobbing with happiness. The actual M+G was slightly different than I had visualized, but not far off.

When it was my turn, I sort of giddily made my way over to Sue the same way I did when I met Chloe and was totally overwhelmed. The girls smiled and giggled a bit. I hugged Sue and told her I loved the way she sang, that she was a joy to watch, and that I felt every note. She seemed appreciative.

Next was Mairead Carlin. I wasn't crying but I was so close to it they could tell I was emotional. Mairead asked me if everything was OK. It took me a moment to speak because I thought that was so sweet of her. I told her she had epic range and power. I meant to say that she was breathtaking. I ended up getting overwhelmed when I looked into her eyes and just said she was incredible instead. It achieved the intent, I suppose. She commented on the forum buttons I was wearing (thanks Glen) and noted that they were new. I really couldn't speak much for a bit because I was so shy and excited, so I just smiled at her for a bit.

I'm not sure what was going through the head of the tour manager, but I suppose he's seen it all before.

Next was Tara. The moment she smiled at me I forgot everything I was going to say. I hugged her right away. There was about 10 seconds of awkward silence before I could gather my thoughts. I managed fragments of what I wanted to say to her. Something to the effect of "you're amazing and nothing makes me happier than when I see you perform." She said I had been really sweet to her and she really appreciated all my support to her from the moment she joined Celtic Woman. Overwhelmed by her kindness and my joy and finally meeting her, I hugged her a second time.

Last was Eabha. I was still a bit extra-emotional from Tara. I'm not the best at reading people, but it seemed like Eabha was thinking "uh...I've got to follow that?" I got out parts of what I wanted to say. I said her voice was unique (I meant to add enchanting and that there was nothing else like it, but I think I just said she was incredible, about the only word that wasn't eluding me that day, it seemed). I added that Sean N'Os couldn't ask for a better ambassador than her. The girls all though that was sweet and all said "awww" in a very adorable way. I hugged Eabha.

I got 2 pictures with the girls. One was blurry because my camera is terrible. The other was a bit darker than the test pic I took just before my turn in line, but it was good anyways and I was able to brighten the photo in an editor without too much difficulty.

I thanked the girls and smiled at them before walking off. As the girls left back to the car outside, Sett said he would give the girls my cards (and he did).

I probably had 2-3 minutes with the girls. My perception of time was a bit impaired with excitement, but it was definitely longer than the 30 seconds I was expecting. I suspect I wouldn't have had as much time had I been earlier in the line or had there been more people at the M+G.

I'll never forget the night I finally met those girls that have meant so much to me. <3
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2017, 09:45AM »

cherished moments will be a forever memory     Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2017, 06:38PM »

  Sounds  about  right.  I  don't  always  say  everything  i  practiced  in  my  head. It  just  doesn't  happen  that  way. The  awesomeness of  the  moment  just  takes  over.  It  doesn't  really  change  over  time  either. Nor  would  I  want  it  too.  Sounds  like  a  wonderful time.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2017, 01:10AM »

That is such a beautiful story Tom! Smiley It's so sweet!
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2017, 09:00PM »

  Sounds  about  right.  I  don't  always  say  everything  i  practiced  in  my  head. It  just  doesn't  happen  that  way. The  awesomeness of  the  moment  just  takes  over.  It  doesn't  really  change  over  time  either. Nor  would  I  want  it  too.  Sounds  like  a  wonderful time.   Smiley

'The awesomeness of the moment' ... haha! Love it!

It was the time of my life.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2017, 09:12PM »

That is such a beautiful story Tom! Smiley It's so sweet!

Thank you, Tiffany! <3

I'm so glad I got started on social media and forums after Destiny. It was so hard being a Celtic Woman fan all on my own before I knew any other fans. It's difficult for people that haven't been touched by Celtic Woman to appreciate how much these girls actually mean to me. I really appreciate being able to share these stories about how much I love Celtic Woman with people that understand how I feel. <3 <3 <3
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2017, 06:09PM »

That is such a beautiful story Tom! Smiley It's so sweet!

Thank you, Tiffany! <3

I'm so glad I got started on social media and forums after Destiny. It was so hard being a Celtic Woman fan all on my own before I knew any other fans. It's difficult for people that haven't been touched by Celtic Woman to appreciate how much these girls actually mean to me. I really appreciate being able to share these stories about how much I love Celtic Woman with people that understand how I feel. <3 <3 <3
that's  so true.   Cool   There  are ome  things  we  can only  know  and  appreciate.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2017, 12:49AM »

I will never understand the people who have heard them and are not at all touched by them. You can't hear voices and music this beautiful and powerful especially from people as wonderful as them an not be moved even a little, at least not in my opinion.

I went to see them back in 2014 for their Emerald tour and I was sitting next to a really nice couple. The wife had never heard of them because she loved 80s rock. Well after the first half of the show she was hooked. She said Amazing Grace made her cry!
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2017, 08:14AM »

It's really great to know we don't have to walk alone with this life touched moving what should we call this?
not Touchers of CW. We are in ways the true responders to Celtic Woman maybe not for success since it evolves huge amounts of people , but we here on the forum the responders to sharing how CW is impact-ful, life-saving, how it moves us so it grows ourselves, our lives, how we share the love with people like they are.  For me CW now is like a daily meal for me. Just like one piece of dark chocolate in the day for mood, all you need is one clip, one song, one interview for the day
and it prepares you ready for your day for what the day may hold.

what is a good term for us True Life Saving Devoted Fans of the Angels ? ...shorter name..? Cheesy

That is such a beautiful story Tom! Smiley It's so sweet!

Thank you, Tiffany! <3

I'm so glad I got started on social media and forums after Destiny. It was so hard being a Celtic Woman fan all on my own before I knew any other fans. It's difficult for people that haven't been touched by Celtic Woman to appreciate how much these girls actually mean to me. I really appreciate being able to share these stories about how much I love Celtic Woman with people that understand how I feel. <3 <3 <3
that's  so true.   Cool   There  are ome  things  we  can only  know  and  appreciate.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2018, 09:52PM »

I can't believe it's been a whole year since my first official Meet and Greet with Celtic Woman! <3 <3 <3 <3
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