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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Current Events

Irish Current Events In The Houston Area What's New? 09/04/05 - All Ireland SFC Semi Final @ Big John's 09/07/05 - Murder the Stout at Beverly Pub 09/07/05 - Blaggards @ Molly's Pub Conroe 09/10/05 - Blaggards @ Brian O'Neill's 09/17/05 - Murder the Stout at Grif’s Pub 09/24/05 - Murder the Stout at Grif’s Pub 09/24/05 - Blaggards @ Olde City Pub 10/22/05 - Blaggards at Molly's Pub 10/29-30/05 - Irish Gaelic Song Workshop! 10/29/05 - Blaggards at Brian O'Neill's – Halloween 11/12/05 - Molly Maguires 19th Ann Party w/ Blaggards 12/17/05 - Blaggards @ Molly Maguire's ---- Community Annoucements: :: KPFT Gallery of Pictures of Celtic Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre on August 14, 2005 :: Irish Aires Has A Brand New Blog!! (actually we have two!) Below are links to hear broadcasts & playlists. If you have RealAudio, a soundcard & speakers on your computer, you should have no problem listening to the shows, EXCEPT that if too many people are trying to access the stations audio files at once, you might get an error. Try back later. Irish Aires Saturday, July 09, 2005. Hear until 09/07/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, July 16, 2005. Hear until 09/14/05 (Malachy McAllister Interview) Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, July 23, 2005. Hear until 09/21/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, July 30, 2005. Hear until 09/28/05 (Special Guest: Jude Collins) Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Aug. 06, 2005. Hear until 10/05/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. Hear until 10/12/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005. Hear until 10/19/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005. Hear until 10/26/05 Irish Aires Saturday, Sept 03, 2005. Hear until 11/02/05 Playlist located at: :: PHILLIP JAMES CONNELLY, of Katy, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2005 in a Houston hospital at the age of 74 years. Phillip James Connelly was born on September 14, 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Paul and Peggy Connelly. He graduated from Holy Family High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma. He served his country during the Korean War as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army based out of Fort Sill, Oklahoma. On April 4, 1964, he married his beloved wife, Bridget Imelda Corr. He retired from General Electric's Lighting Division after 30 years of service. Phil was a founding member and former president of the Irish American Heritage Association of Katy and a member of the Irish Society in Houston, Texas. He was a member of the Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, in Katy, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, Assembly 2721. He was also a friend of Bill Wilson. He was a life long Democrat. Phil was an active participant in the Forever Young Group in Epiphany, as well as many other organizations. He is survived by his wife, Bridget Imelda Connelly of Katy; his sons, Mike Connelly of Keller, Texas, and Tim Connelly and his wife Sylvia of Ardmore, Pennsylvania; and his grandson, Sebastian Connelly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Peggy Connelly; and by his brother, Jack Connelly. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy, where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Sunday with Deacon Don Kish reciting. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, in Katy, with Rev. Msgr. Jack M. Dinkins, Celebrant. Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5005 Mitchelldale, Suite 115, Houston, Texas 77092-7230 or to your favorite charity. ---- Other Irish Celtic Calendars & Sources: Scottish Country Dancing & More: Houston Irish Development Assoc: Texas Celtic Music Network Calendar Southwest Celtic Music Association Texas Scottish Heritage Society Houston Chronicle Search for World Music Local bands Houston Press World Music Listing ****************************************** 09/04/05 - All Ireland SFC Semi Final @ Big John's All Ireland Sr. Football Semi-Final Armagh v Tyrone 9:30 am Big John's Submitted By : Kathy Markey Houston Irish Development Association ****************************************** 09/07/05 - Wed - Old Blind Dogs at the Mucky Duck, 8pm, $15 ****************************************** 09/07/05 1:45 pm Ireland v France (World Cup Qualifier) at The Bull and The Bear 11980 Westheimer 281-496-6655 Houston Irish Development Association ****************************************** 09/07/05 - Fri.- Murder the Stout at the Beverly Pub 1613A Beverly St, Houston, TX 77077 8:00pm - 11:30pm ****************************************** 09/07/05 - Blaggards @ Molly's Pub Conroe 901 N Loop 336 West, Conroe, TX 77301 936.441.6167 Submitted By : Kathy Markey Houston Irish Development Association ****************************************** 09/10/05 - The 4th Annual 'Tis Great to Be An Irish American Celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10th, from 1:00-6:00pm at the VFW Club in Spring Branch, 1560 Foley St. (near Long Point and Campbell). The celebration, sponsored by the Irish American Heritage Association (IAHA), will feature a dazzling performance by the Cass Academy of Irish Dance. Snacks and soft drinks will be provided at no charge, and the VFW club cash bar will be available. Tap your toes to lively Irish music, and sing along with the Celtic Chorus (back by popular demand). Also, local artist Jerry Waxman will be doing caricatures. There will be door prizes, and lots of fun. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call (713) 271- 0784 for more information or e-mail ******************************** 09/10/05 - Blaggards @ Brian O'Neill's 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 Submitted By : Kathy Markey - Houston Irish Development Association ****************************************** 09/12/05 - Monday, St. Paddy's Irish Open - Quail Valley Country Club, 2880 La Quinta Dr. Missouri City, TX 7459 281-437-7431 The Irish Society supports the annual Houston St. Patrick's Parade, in which we march every year. This golf tournament benefits the Houston St. Patrick's Parade Commission. The annual St. Paddy's Irish Open at the Quail Valley Country Club will take place on Monday, September 12. Registration starts at 11 AM with a shotgun start at noon. Cost is $125 per person and $500 per foursome, which includes lunch, dinner, and green fees. You or your company can sponsor a hole for $100. For information, call Sean Kearns at 832-978-4192 or Email Join Your Fellow Golfers In Your Area In The 2005 St. Paddy's Irish Open Presented By The St. Patrick's Parade Commission: ******************************** 09/16/05 – Sat – Blaggards at Stag's Head Pub, 10pm Houston, TX 2128 Portsmouth St. Houston, Texas 77098 713.533.1199 ****************************************** 09/17/05 – Sat – Murder the Stout at Griff's Irish Pub, 3416 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006 5:00pm - 7:00pm This is a double celebration at Griff's, 1/2 way to Paddy's Day PLUS Griff's 40th Anniversary Party. There will be entertainment all day. 2 or 3 bands, drink specials, no cover. ****************************************** 09/23/05 - Friday, Blaggards at Whiskys Pub, 10pm Galveston, TX 2002 Postoffice Galveston, TX 77550 409.750.8497 ****************************************** 09/24/05 – Sat – Murder the Stout at Griff's Irish Pub, 3416 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006 Starts in the afternoon We're on at 5:30pm ****************************************** 09/24/05 - Blaggards @ Olde City Pub 14124 Stuebner Airline Houston, TX 77069 832.249.6167 Molly's Pubs Submitted By : Kathy Markey Houston Irish Development Association ****************************************** 10/01/05 - Celtic Women’s Retreat Gruene Homestead Inn 832 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (800.238.5534) /(830.606.0216) Activities scheduled beginning Friday evening (for those who come early). To Register For The Celtic Women’s Retreat In Gruene – Registration In Pdf File At For more info: Contact Sia Beaton At Info@Txscot.Com ****************************************** 10/06/05 - 5th Annual Irish Society Gala will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at the Houstonian, 111 North Post Oak Lane. The Gala honors Dr. Joseph McFadden and his wife, Norma McFadden. Dr. McFadden is a former president of UST, a professor of Irish and American History at UST, a former president of The Irish Society, and a member of the Center for Irish Studies Advisory Board and The Irish Society Board of Directors. Norma is a Friend of the Center for Irish Studies and a loyal supporter of UST and a member of The Irish Society. Ginny and Dennis Malloy will chair this event. For information call Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 or Email ****************************************** 10/06/05 – Thurs - Blaggards w/the Kissers The Continental Club, 10pm Houston, TX 3700 Main St Houston, TX 77002 713.529.9899 ******************************** 10/11/05 - Andy Stewart & Gerry O'Beirne at the Mucky Duck 8PM $11 ****************************************** 10/19/05 Wed Blaggards at The Meridian ($8) w/ Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash Houston, TX 1503 Chartres Houston, TX 77003 713.225.1717 ****************************************** 10/22/05 Sat Houston Clear Lake Celtic Fest Houston, TX with Blaggards Landolt Pavilion at Clear Lake Park 5001 Nasa Pkway, Houston, TX 713.365.9648 ****************************************** 10/22/05 – Sat –The Blaggards at Molly's Pub, 10pm Clear Lake, TX 902 Ramada Drive Clear Lake, TX 77062 281.486.0971 ****************************************** 10/29-30/05 - Irish Gaelic Song Workshop! Learn Irish Folk Songs in their Original Language. Impress your friends! Explore your heritage! Taught by award-winning vocalist, Jonquele Jones. Saturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th. ---- Workshop will be held at a private residence in SW Houston, seating is limited. You Must Pre-Register. Cost is $20 per 3-hr session or $50 for three sessions. Contact Pat at 713-271-0784 or * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Schedule. Saturday, October 29th 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration 9:00 - 12:00 Workshop begins - Pronunciation and Misc. songs. 12:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break 1:30 - 3:00 Special Presentation - Book Author Ed Cotham, Jr. on Dick Dowling 3:00 - 6:00 Workshop resumes - Misc. songs 6:00 - 7:30 Dinner Break 7:30 - ???? Ceili (Party) Sunday, October 30th 10:00 - 1:00 Final workshop session, spiritual songs. Ed Cotham, Jr. is our featured speaker at this workshop. He is a twice published book author and authority on the Civil War. He will be telling us about the life and times of Dick Dowling, Houstonian, Irish immigrant, and Confederate War Hero. He is a terrific speaker and this will be a great treat! The Ceili. Ceili is the Irish word for party, and it will be tons of fun. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite song, story, or whatever to the party. Tell us about your travels, or tell us your favorite tall Irish tale, bring your favorite instrument and play if you like, dance or teach us to dance! Snacks and sodas will be provided in generous portions at the Ceili. Alcohol is welcome - BYOB. The Ceili. Ceili is the Irish word for party, and it will be tons of fun. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite song, story, or whatever to the party. Tell us about your travels, or tell us your favorite tall Irish tale, bring your favorite instrument and play if you like, dance or teach us to dance! Snacks and sodas will be provided in generous portions at the Ceili. Alcohol is welcome - BYOB. ****************************************** 10/29/05 – Sat – Blaggards at Brian O'Neill's, 10pm Halloween Show 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 ****************************************** 11/11/05 – Clumsy Lover at the Mucky Duck 8pm, $12 ****************************************** 11/12/05 - Molly Maguires 19th Anniversary Party w/ 15945 Kuykendahl Road Houston, TX 77068 281.580.6167 Blaggards Kathy Markey Houston Irish Development Association ****************************************** 12/10/05 – Green Cards at the Mucky Duck 7:30 & 10, $15 ****************************************** 12/17/05 - Blaggards @ Molly Maguire's 15945 Kuykendahl Road Houston, TX 77068 281.580.6167 Submitted By : Kathy Markey Houston Irish Development Association ****************************************** ON GOING Events: Wednesday Nights at 8ish PM. The Mucky Duck continues a twenty-five year tradition, hosting Houston's Irish Session. The Mucky Duck incarnation of the Session, if for no other reason than the frequent participation of younger musicians, gives a very real sense of tradition passed on and history handed down. The most visible Celtic-influenced traditional bands around Houston -- make participating in the Session a regular, energy-charging part of their regular routine. What is celebrated is the whole of Celtic culture, and a musical tradition that, over the centuries, has become as much American roots music as bottleneck guitar. The drums of western Africa are what gave American music its rhythm; more often than not, though, the melody is Celtic. The popularity of Celtic folk music is either a testament to the timeless appeal of these sometimes haunting, sometimes hilarious, sometimes jig-inspiring tunes, or perhaps an argument in favor of the nebulous theory of racial memory. Celtic blood-ties real, suspected and imagined have given many the impetus to learn the folk-arts of the ancient tribes; that's just one reason why the Wednesday night Session at the Mucky Duck is as much a school and tribal gathering as a musical event. This is a great way to explore Irish music and tradition. Music starts at 8pm, and there is no cover charge.2425 Norfolk Houston, TX 77098 713.528.5999 Phone Be sure to check our calendar in case we have booked a special show that might preempt our regular Irish Session ---- Ar mhaith leat Gaeilge a labhairt? Would you like to speak Irish? Beginning Irish Conversation Brian O'Neill's 5555 Morningside (Rice Village, near the intersection of University and Morning side) Brian O'Neill's Restaurant and Irish Pub: If you are interested in learning a little Irish then come join us at Brian Ó Neill's on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 P.M. This Irish class is tailored to the beginning student who has had no prior exposure to Irish. You will learn basic conversational greetings, helpful phrases, informative tips for traveling through the Gaeltacht such as common signage, asking directions and most important of all how to pronounce those mystical Irish words. Pocket phrase books do the tourist no good unless they know how to pronounce what they are reading! This course provides the beginning student with phonetically spelled out Irish words, something most beginning tape and book courses fail to offer. If you have any questions please contact Tim Theisen (tyson) at or phone me at (713) 263-9691 If you are interested please come join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 P.M. There is a $5.00 donation to cover cost of the handouts. Labhraímis Gaeilge is linne í ! Speaking Irish is cool! ---- Learn Irish Gaelic! (Katy Class) SATURDAY - Beginning Conversational Irish (and every Saturday for the next few months) Katy, TX 10 AM - Noon Self-Study Group Using Interactive CDs, Books, Tapes, and other materials for spoken and written Irish. Class moderated by an advanced American student of the language. $7 per class to cover costs. $5 for Irish American Heritage Association members. Call Pat McMahon at 713-271-0784 for location and directions, or e-mail location: The Carriage Inn, 1400 Katy- Flewellen Road in the Computer Room ---- Wednesdays, 7-10 pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE New Dancers Welcome - Families Welcome (children must be accompanied by parent / guardian). $5 for those 14 and over; $2.50 those under 14 ($15 maximum per family) - fourth consecutive Wednesday free. Location: Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th St. (Heights), Houston, Texas (3rd building on left traveling east from Heights Blvd. - 2 story red brick - entrance recessed about 15 feet from street - dancing upstairs). LINKS ON WEBSITE with map & photo (Map) PHOTO OF HALL: ---- Houston Highland Games Association has regular meetings at the Holiday Inn SW-Sugarland (11160 SW Frwy. Houston, TX 77031-3698 281-5301400) on the first Thursday of each month. We gather in the lounge around 6:30 or so and prime the pump for the 7:30 meetings. They usually last for about an hour and a half. More fellowship follows the meeting. ---- The Irish American Heritage Association of Katy, Texas. We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Municipal Utility District Building on Cimmaron Pkwy at Hidden Canyon Rd (just west of S Mason Rd) in Katy, Texas to enjoy speakers, performances, and presentations on Ireland and the Irish. We also publish a monthly newsletter, The Irish Heritage News. For more information or directions, please call: Bridget Connelly . . 281-492-8780 Mike Long . . . . . . 281-395-3038 Dennis Donlan . . . 281-392-0894 OR E-mail us at: ---- Session on Sundays Irish Session Brian O'Neill's Pub 4:30-7:00 p.m. ---- CELTIC CHORUS OF HOUSTON Do you like to hum or sing along with the music played on Irish Aires or The Three Irish Tenors? Then join us every Thursday night at KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, COUNCIL 803 Officers (elected June 11, 2002): We will join together in a sing-a-long session and then later those who wish to learn four part music may stay and learn choral music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. If you need more information contact Richard McGinty 713-943-9600 or e-mail The mission statement reads in part: "to provide a community meeting place for those interested in the Celtic heritages." The first half of the evening focuses on singalong songs and the second half on choral arrangements. The singalong songs: Will You Go Lassie Go The Minstrel Boy Sally Gardens Molly Malone (In Dublin's Fair City) Finnegan's Wake The Foggy Dew Black Velvet Band Mcnamara's Band Danny Boy When Irish Eyes Are Smiling The Unicorn Song I'm Lookin' Over A Four Leaf Clover Whiskey In The Jar The Wild Rover The Bard Of Armagh Choral Arrangements: Danny Boy The Minstrel Boy An Irish Blessing My Wild Irish Rose Summer Break - No Meetings July 2 Thru Aug 6 - Chorus Resumes Meeting Aug. 13, 2002 ---- Event: Irish Jam Session/Open Mic. Night Place: The Beverly Pub, 6325A Beverly Hill (one block south of Richmond, between Hillcroft and Fairview) Every Wednesday Time: 8:30 - Midnight More Info: 713-334-3474 or Join host every Wednesday at the Beverly Pub for an Irish Jam Session and Open Mic. Night. All performers, professional or amateur, are welcome to join in or take the mic. for a few songs in a supportive, fun atmosphere, or just drop by for a pint and listen or sing along. Host Patrick "Paddy" Devlin of "On the Dole" fame and frequent guests jam on everything from Irish to blues to Elvis. The Beverly Pub is a cool place to find good music, good friends, great drink specials and most of all, it's fun atmosphere. It is relaxing and friendly, and the jolly good lads 'n lasses who make up the waitstaff offer good food and an impressive collection of draught & bottled beer and fine spirits. Need more information? Give us a call at 713- 334-3474. (The Beverly won the Guinness trophy in the downtown St. Patrick's day parade. It is a nice cut glass trophy. Jay) ---- Celtic Voyage regularly plays at the Bayview Duck (just two miles south of the Kemah bridge on Hwy 146) on Sat night at 8pm. So bring your voices and your good cheer and join in for another song filled night. 3131 HWY 146, Bacliff, TX 77518, 281/339-3510 ---- "One hundred thousand welcomes!" This age-old Gaelic greeting is a timeless expression of Scottish hospitality and goodwill. We can't think of a better way to welcome you than to invite you to Houston's Heather and Thistle Society (H&T). The Heather and Thistle Society was founded in 1953 by Scots living in Houston who wished to "cultivate an interest in and fond recollections of Scotland, its history and traditions, its literature and ideals, its minstrelsy and song, its customs and amusements; and to provide opportunities for good fellowship and social contact through typically Scottish functions, so that the blessing of our Scottish culture may never die in our new homeland". The Heather and Thistle Society meets 10 times a year, September through June. Programs include "ceilidhs", lively lectures, slide shows and movies about Scotland. We are an organization that promotes our Scottish heritage in various ways. Membership in the Heather and Thistle Society is open to all with an interest in Scottish Heritage and Culture. Annual Dues are $10.00 for an individual and $15.00 for a family. H&T meets the fourth (4th) Monday of each month, September thru June, at 7:30 P.M. Current meeting location: Auditorium of St.Thomas Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood, Houston, TX 77096 As of 25 March, 2002, current officers are: Walter May, Chieftain - 281-493-0016 - Becci Himes, Sub-Chieftain - 281-498-5746 - Aaron Buchanan, Sgt-at-Arms - 281-376-9749 - Brenda Barton, Secretary - 713-450-4042 Robert Moore, Treasurer - 713-774-0314 Past-Chieftains Committee: Wayne C. Barton (Chieftain 2001-02) - 713- 450-4042 - Edgar W. Biddle (Chieftain 1999-01) - 281- 807-7892 - Paul E. Ross (Chieftain 1996-97) - 713-661- 5240 - David N. McLane (Chieftain 1991-92) - 281- 807-7892 W. Alex Munroe (Chieftain 1990-91) - 713-686- 2976 ---- Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Dancing General Class Mondays - 7:30-9:30 p.m In progress Classical Arts Dance Studio, 530 N Illinois, League City - Contact Moon Weiss, 713-465-9650, Basic Class Tuesdays - 7:30-9:30 p.m. In progress DewAnn Cotton Dance Studio, 9423 Glenfield Court (By S. Braeswood/Hillcroft) South West Houston For info: Carol Palmer, 713-776-8531, General Class Thursdays - 7:30-9:30 p.m In progress DewAnn Cotton Dance Studio, 9423 Glenfield Court (By S. Braeswood/Hillcroft), South West Houston Teacher: Bill Zobel, For info: Carol Palmer, 713-776-8531, ---- Stepdancing & Ceili classes O'Maoileidigh School of Irish Dance Houston, TX Sundays starting at 9:30 AM For more information contact ---- Step Dancing Lessons Stepdancing Lessons McTeggart Irish Dancers The Woodlands, Texas More info@ 936-321-6583 *With over 60 dancers and 21 Championship dancers McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas have a lot to be proud of. *Last year they had 6 dancers travel to Killarney Ireland for the World's Championship in Irish Dancing. These dancers faced up to 150 of the world's top dancers in their age groups. Two of the dancers did very well: Zane Glotzbach placed 24th and was 5th out of all the U.S. competitors and Annelise Rubbo placed 33rd overall. *Last year they had 21 dancers travel to Norfolk, Virginia for the Southern Region Championships, also known as "Oireachtas". Most of these dancers placed high in their age groups, with 3 receiving first place: Annelise Rubbo, Zane Glotzbach and Shannon Powell. From this competition a dancer qualifies for the World's Championship and Annelise Rubbo, Jaclyn Rubbo and Zane Glotzbach achieved this accomplishment. *Another well-known International competition is the All- Irelands. Later in January 2004, Annelise Rubbo and Jenna Pace will be traveling to Ennis, Ireland to compete. *Also in 2004 several dancers are heading to Philadelphia for the North American Nationals Competition, held each July. In addition, McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas hopes to have over 25 dancers travel to North Carolina for the next Southern Region Championship. *A new beginner class started Sunday, Jan. 11.For information on classes or performances, go to or call 936-321-6583
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