2011 Gung Haggis Dinner co-host Patrick Gallagher likes to call himself “Chirish.”
His father gave him Irish ancestry and his mother bestowed her Chinese ancestry. He is a perfect co-host for Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner, along with fellow co-hosts Tetsuro Shigematsu, CBC Radio reporter Jenna Chow and founder Toddish McWong.
Peter's sister Margaret Gallagher has both co-hosted and performed at past Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinners. At those events, Margaret would help us lead the singalong “When Asian Eyes Are Smiling,” then we would sing a round of “When Chirish Eyes Are Smiling” – just for Margaret.
Here is a picture of Peter Gallagher participating in a public
service announcement to help promote awareness for the needs of at-risk
youth. Here’s more about it on the Trueblood website:
I've known Patrick for many years, we would bump into each other at theatre events and around town. Patrick was a comedic great in the Marty Chan play, “Mom, Dad, I'm Living With a White Girl.” He also performed in the touring production of Naomi's Road, a theatrical presentation of Joy Kogawa's children's novel, based on her Obasan. A few years ago, I going for lunch on Robson with Joy Kogawa, and we bumped into Patrick. While he had performed in Naomi's Road, he had never met the author. I was pleased to be able to make the introductions. And so… it is very very fitting that Patrick Gallagher is now a co-host for Gung Haggis Fat Choy, as we help to raise funds for Historic Joy Kogawa House, as well as Ricepaper Magazine and the Gung Haggis dragon boat team.