Clans on the Coast 2023: Celtic heritage on show at Raymond Terrace as festival returns for first time since COVID

Simon McCarthy
Updated September 24 2023 - 4:07pm, first published September 23 2023 - 7:31pm

Ron Swan has dressed down for the afternoon. The full regalia can get a bit heavy in the muggy heat, so he has gone for a more casual style of the full Balmoral kilt and a light shirt. His grandson is on the grounds in a similar outfit, and when Ron speaks of him, there's a touch of familial pride.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.