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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Current Events

Irish Current Events In The Houston Area What's New? 10/27/05 - Blaggers @ Beverly Pub 10/29/05 - Murder The Stout @ Griff's 11/03/05 - Blaggards @ The Meridian 11/19/05 - Irish Peace Process Panel in Washington DC ---- ****************************************** 10/22/05 Sat - Clear Lake Celtic Music Festival Landolt Pavilion at Clear Lake Park Noon to 10 PM NASA RD 1, Houston, Texas Sheltered Pavilion Seating For Just $5 and High Energy Celtic Music! Needfire! Blaggards! Murder the Stout! Clan Ceili Celtic Voyage Constant Billy Bandella TX State Championship Highland Games! McTeggart Irish Dancers of South TX Kennedy International Dancers! Cass Academy of Irish Dance Saturday October 22 at the Clear Lake Celtic Festival This is a full day of music and mayhem with lots of other great groups. Besides music, the festival will host the State Championship Highland Games, a plethora of Irish step dancing groups, food, drink and vendors ranging from jewelers to face painters. At just five bucks, it's a bargain. More details posted soon. Since the Astros are playing in the World Series Saturday night (YEAH!), the performance schedule at the Clear Lake Celtic Music Festival has been adjusted to the schedule below and there will be TVs to watch the game. Please come out and enjoy it all. Noon.......Bandella 12:45.......Constant Billy 01:15.......Kennedy International Dancers 01:40.......Murder The Stout 02:30.......Cass Academy of Irish Dance 03:00.......Clan Ceilidh 03:45.......Celtic Voyage 04:30.......Needfire 05:30.......McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas 06:00.......Blaggards 07:00.......Needfire ---- Needfire This five-piece Celtic-rock band from Dallas takes traditional Celtic melodies and brings them into a modern rock context with original lyrics and hard-hitting performances. Bassist Ed Walewski, bagpiper/guitarist Jim Folstad and award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist John Cleghorn (all formerly of The Killdares) have joined forces with the energetic fiddling of Dylan Cleghorn and driving percussion of Matt Henthorn to form NeedFire. Visit their website for performance calendars and more information. Blaggards Patrick Devlin, Brian Vogel, Turi Hoiseth, and Chad Smalley ganged up from Dublin, Boston, New York, and the Midwest to create their own brew of Stout Irish Rock! A favorite at the Clear Lake Celtic Fest. We're glad your back, Patrick! Visit their website for more info! Murder the Stout Hugh Morrison rocks on his squeezebox! This five piece clan is Houston's most up and coming talented and dynamic Celtic act! Email them for more info or visit their website! Clan Ceilidh Traditional Welsh/English/Irish melodies played with guitar, djembe, cello, and harmonica. This clan knows how to have fun and welcome your participation for special performances at Molly's Pub in Kemah. All proceeds donated to the International Space School Foundation. Constant Billy Bill Galbraith and Emily Standish are traditional favorites at the Clear Lake Celtic Music Festival! As they put it, in a greatly understated phrase, "Music fom Britain and Ireland shaken and stirred into a Rock, Swing, and Classical cocktail." Visit their website! Celtic Voyage Grant and Sandy Dawson have joined up with Ian Gault and Hector Carmona to play Irish, Welsh, and Aussie tunes performed with outstanding vocals and incredible energy! Bandella Chris Hadfield, Micki Pettit, and Steve Robinson have come together with acoustic and vocal talents producing an experience of global proportion. Don't miss their opening act! McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas Don't miss this! Superb precision Irish dance steps done in marvelous and authentic traditional costumes. These kids are great! Check their website! Kennedy International Dancers This incredible group performs Irish, Scottish, and Breton folk dances with a 50-year age range among them! You'll be delighted! For more information on performances, email CJ! The Celtic Chorus of Houston Join in on all your favorite songs with this fun and talented group! Check out their website for a calendar and join in! 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 ****************************************** 10/23/05 – Sun – Blaggards at Molly's Pub - Clear Lake, 6pm Athenry FC Fundraiser Clear Lake, TX 902 Ramada Drive Clear Lake, TX 77062 281.486.0971 ****************************************** 10/25/05 - Northern Ireland Peace Process - William J. Flynn Thursday, October 25, 2005 Sponsored by Honorary Consul of Ireland John B. Kane and Alayne Kane, the UST Center for Irish Studies and The Irish Society Lecture by William J. Flynn, Chairman Emeritus of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and Recipient of First Initiative for Peace Award by the National Committee of American Foreign Policy for his leadership and diplomacy in the Northern Ireland Peace Process in the 1990s When: 7 p.m Where: Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center, 4000 Mt. Vernon, University of St. Thomas Free and open to the public No RSVP required Parking available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street Mr. Flynn has recently returned from Ireland and Northern Ireland and will give us his perspective on the current peace process. He will discuss the development of the Irish peace process with an emphasis on those areas of disagreement that thus far have thwarted efforts to a successful conclusion of the difficulties. Mr. Flynn has received many other awards for his work in the Peace Process. As part of its “Irish Celebration” in March of 2003, Mr. Flynn was honored by The National Museum of Catholic Art and History for his tireless efforts to bring peace to Ireland. Later that month, he was awarded the John F. Kennedy National Achievement Award by the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke, Massachusetts. In making the announcement, the President of the St. Patrick’s Committee said, “William Flynn, by far, surpasses any criteria that may be set as a measurement for success in a person’s professional or personal life. Mr. Flynn has succeeded in business while demonstrating a continued commitment to human rights issues, not just in Ireland, but around the world.” In March of 1994, Mr. Flynn was selected as Irish American of the Year by Irish America Magazine and in May 1994 was honored by the American Ireland Fund. In November 1994, the Prime Minister of Ireland, Albert Reynolds, recognized Mr. Flynn’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process at a Tribute Dinner in his honor. In November of 1999, Mr. Flynn was selected by Irish America Magazine as one of The Greatest Irish-Americans of the Century. Mr. Flynn was among the honorees at the December 1999 Peace Links Gala in Washington, DC for his help in brokering peace in Ireland. Please join us for this outstanding presentation! University of St. Thomas Free and open to the public No RSVP required Parking available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street ****************************************** 10/27/05 Thurs – Blaggers @ Beverly Pub, 9pm (Paddy & Chuff) Houston, TX 6325A Beverlyhill St Houston, TX 77057 713.334.3474 ****************************************** 10/28/05 – Fri – Blaggards @ Molly's Pub Conroe, 10pm Conroe, TX 901 N Loop 336 West Conroe, TX 77301 936.441.6167 ****************************************** 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 ****************************************** 10/29/05 - Murder The Stout @ Griff's 5:30 - 7:30 pm Submitted By : Kathy Markey ****************************************** 10/30/05 - Danny Doyle Hosting A Special Benefit Concert From: Date: 2005/09/02 Fri PM 10:36:56 EDT Subject: O'Flaherty's New Orleans Rescue Concert An urgent plea from Danny Doyle: Dear Friends Of Irish Music, your help is desperately needed. Because of Hurricane Katrina, Danny O'Flaherty, the internationally acclaimed musician-singer ("A treasure- house of Gaelic culture." Times-Picayune) has probably lost his home and most certainly lost his business, O'Flaherty's Irish Pub in the French Quarter, New Orleans. Danny and his family are safe and sound, but for the foreseeable future his livelihood is gone: "My lifelong goal remains a commitment to the Celtic people and culture. There is no greater accomplishment than to pass on the traditions of our common ancestors. Through community outreach activities like my educational programs and concerts at O'Flaherty's, I aspire to instill in children and adults alike a pride in our rich heritage." Danny O'Flaherty, I am organizing a benefit concert in Washington DC for Danny O, and would ask you, if you can, to buy a ticket or tickets. Many on this e-mailing list may not live in or near DC and will not be able to attend the concert, but you may care to contribute something. It would help Danny O'Flaherty greatly, and get him back on his feet doing what he does so well. Thank you for helping a fine artist in this time of need. Please make checks payable to Danny O'Flaherty and send them to me: Danny Doyle 10836 Moore Drive Manassas, VA 20111-2925 I will get them to Danny O right away. Tickets are $25 each, or whatever you can spare. O'Flaherty's New Orleans Rescue Concert A Host Of Irish Talent Seamus Kennedy Danny Doyle Liam Maguire Ronan Kavanagh Johnny Jump Up, etc. Great Raffle Prizes! Auction of Irish Arts &Goods! Sunday, October 30th, 5 - 9 PM Ireland's Four Provinces 3412 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington DC. 20008 Ticket enquiries: Four Provinces Pub: 202-244-0860, or Danny Doyle: 703-361-8884 ****************************************** 10/31/05 – Blaggards at Olde City Pub, 10pm Houston, TX ****************************************** 11/03/05 Thurs – Blaggards - The Meridian ($15) w/ COWBOY MOUTH Houston, TX 1503 Chartres Houston, TX 77003 713.225.1717 ****************************************** 11/04-05/05 - Kingston Trio & Brother's Four @ 1894 Grand Opera House in Galveston The Kingston Trio & Brother’s Four @ the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston (Poster’s Note: Much of folk music of the Kingston Trio is derived from or reminiscent of the Irish folk music sang by people like Tommy Makem & the Clancy Brothers. This should be a great concert, whether they mention Ireland or not. This is the rescheduling of a concert that had to be canceled because of Rita. Jay) The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four - Celebrate "This Land Is Your Land" The opening performance of each season is dedicated to the memory of Joseph and Helene Levy. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 4-5, 2005; 8PM /8PM The American folk music legacy and the great musical storytellers of the Sixties generation come together at The Grand for two-nights only! Legendary original folk groups THE KINGSTON TRIO and THE BROTHERS FOUR present two evenings of music magic! This tribute to the folk rock music of the 1960s includes songs that serve as a window to a time when folk music made the pop charts... and..."this land was made for you and me." ---- E-Mail Us Theatre Information: Ticket Information: Postal Mailing Address The Grand 1894 Opera House 2020 Postoffice Street Galveston, Texas 77550 FAX (409)763-1068 Phone (409)765-1894 or (800)821-1894 ****************************************** 11/05-06 – Houston Irish Feis @ JW Marriott Greenspoint Hotel – The Houston Irish Feis, sponsored by the O'Maoileidgh Irish Dance School, will be held at the JW Marriott Greenspoint Hotel on Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th. The Feis begins at 8 AM on Saturday and the dancing competition continues until 4 PM. Dancing competitors come from all over the United States and the winners are eligible to participate in competitions in Ireland. The dancing judges are certified by Irish dancing authorities. At 8 PM the Ceili commences in the ballroom. Then the event concludes on Sunday from 8 AM till noon. The Feis will also feature booths selling Irish arts, crafts and foods - Irish jewelry, Irish watercolor paintings by Olivia Howlett. Food and liquid refreshments available. ****************************************** 11/11/05 – Clumsy Lover at the Mucky Duck 8pm, $12 ****************************************** 11/11/05 – Frid - Blaggards @ Brian O'Neill's, 10pm Houston, TX 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 ****************************************** 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 ****************************************** 11/17/05 – Thurs - Master Irish Storyteller Eddie Lenihan Eddie Lenihan is brought to us through the Irish American Cultural Institute. He is considered one of the master Irish storytellers. Join us for a delightful evening. Sponsored by Guinness USA, the Irish American Cultural Institute and The Irish Society of Houston. When: 7 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, University of St. Thomas Academic Mall, southwest corner near the library Free and open to the public No RSVP required Parking available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street See Lecture Link above right for more information and more events. For more information, contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525- 3592 or ****************************************** 11/19/05 - Irish Peace Process Panel Discussion in Washington DC Friday, November 18, 2005 from 9 a.m. - Noon Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC You are cordially invited to attend a moderated panel discussion concerning the Irish peace process. Leaders from the political parties, government, media and the community who are heavily involved with issues concerning the Irish peace process and the Good Friday Agreement have been invited to participate. Space is limited!! Invitation Only Event Please RSVP as soon as possible email: or call #1-800-947-4282 ---- PANELISTS Commission members Andrew D Sens (left) and General John de Chastelain ANDREW SENS: Commissioner, Independent Monitoring Commission on Decommissioning "General De Chastelain was flanked by Andrew Sens and Tauno Nieminen, his colleagues on the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, the body charged with paramilitary disarmament" - ABC News September 27, 2005 NED NOLAN: Deputy Director US State Department - European Bureau ANDREW PIKE: Consul to Northern Ireland of the British Embassy ORLA O'HANRAHAN: Consul General of Ireland of the Embassy of Ireland STEPHEN FARRY: General Secretary, Alliance Party ALEX MASKEY: Former Lord Mayor of Belfast and Sinn Fein Counselor BRUCE MORRISON: Former US Democratic Party Congressman in Connecticut and advisor to Clinton administration regarding Irish peace process initiatives SEAN T. KEAN: U.S. Republican Party Assemblyman in New Jersey General Assembly PAUL O'CONNOR: Patrick Finucane Centre ROBIN LIVINGSTONE: a Director of Daily Ireland and Andersonstown News Group DOMINIC MARTIN: Press and Public Affairs for British Embassy. Former head of the British Information Services Other panelists have been invited and we are still waiting on their confirmation (i.e. - UUP, SDLP, PUP, DUP, congressional leaders) Representatives from major Irish American organizations and the Northern Ireland Bureau will also be in attendance ****************************************** 11/19/05 – Blaggards at Olde City Pub, 10pm Houston, TX 14124 Stuebner Airline Houston, TX 77069 832.249.6167 ****************************************** 12/02/05 – Frid - Blaggards Brian O'Neill's, 10pm Houston, TX 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 ****************************************** 12/09/05 – Blaggards @ Molly's Pub Conroe, 10pm 8th anniversary! Conroe, TX 901 N Loop 336 West Conroe, TX 77301 936.441.6167 ****************************************** 12/10/05 – Green Cards at the Mucky Duck 7:30 & 10, $15 ****************************************** 12/10/05 – Constant Billy in Houston, Texas at Lights in the Heights This is a wonderful neighborhood festival in Houston's Woodland Heights. You really have to see it to believe it. Hundreds of luminaria line the streets. Carolers and live musicians are all over the place- on stages, in gardens, in the streets and on front porches- performing for the thousands of pedestrians walking in the streets (closed to auto traffic). The entire neighborhood turns out to welcome visitors with cookies, punch, and wassail. It really is one of Houston’s nicest events! ****************************************** 12/13/05 – Dance Cadence @ Mucky Duck – Tues -8pm, $10 ****************************************** 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 ****************************************** Community Annoucements: Support The Pat Finucane Centre Today! (Poster's Note: This organization really needs the support of all Irish & Irish Americans. The family has suffered so much and the PFC has done so MUCH for MANY Irish causes. TODAY, please write a check OR even better, go to their web site: You can make a donation with PayPal online & it will only take a minute. We should all try to make AT LEAST a $20 contribution (a $100 would be better. Jay) ****************************************** SUPPORT THE PAT FINUCANE CENTRE From: "Pat Finucane Centre" Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 15:36:49 +0100 Subject: Urgent Appeal To Friends & Supporters. An Urgent Appeal To All Friends And Supporters Of The Pat Finucane Centre. Dear Friend of the PFC, This is an urgent appeal for donations! We are in the red! The Pat Finucane Centre, though Derry based, has had an impact far beyond the north west of Ireland. Earlier this year a reception was held at the Guildhall in Derry to honour the work of the Centre. Families and individuals travelled from 11 of the 32 counties in Ireland, and from Scotland and England, in itself ample testament to the respect felt in the wider community. The work of the centre over the last year has included; -organising public meetings with the Mayor of London on the End Impunity Campaign, - research on collusion that has resulted in a number of cases currently being heard before the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg, -participating in the Advisory Group on the Sean Brown murder investigation, -logging all sectarian /racist incidents from June 2005 to September 2005 (the log will be available soon) -giving evidence to Committees of both the Irish and British parliaments, -initiating a number of investigations into conflict related deaths by the Police Ombudsman's office, -reenacting closed meetings of the Policing Board as street theatre and --applying to the Guinness Book of Records to have Rosemount PSNI barracks logged as the least used police station in the world! The ongoing day-to-day advocacy on behalf of families is largely confidential and hidden from view but the Centre works with over 120 families who have lost relatives in the conflict. In addition individuals approach the Centre with complaints and are referred to solicitors and/or to the Police Ombudsman. Against this background it will come as no surprise to realise that the centre deliberately steers away from official funding that is linked to the NIO. Stubbornly independent as it is the Centre is largely dependent on individual donors. The Pat Finucane Centre website carries the following quote from Geraldine Finucane, 'If you believe in shaping stronger human rights protection then invest in the Pat Finucane Centre and those who find themselves in the frontline in their work to defend human rights. ' The Centre urgently requires donations in order to continue that work. There is no money in the bank! Please respond this week! Note. Donations can be made by cheque or online (today!) through the secure Paypal system at Postal address: The Pat Finucane Centre, 1 West End Park, Derry, BT48 9JF Ireland (North). Telephone: +44 28 71 268846 Fax: +44 28 71 266453 Email: ****************************************** :: 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, 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: Irish Aires Saturday, Sept 10, 2005. Not Available to Hear. Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Sept 17, 2005. Hear until 11/16/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Oct 1, 2005. Hear until 11/30/05 Irish Aires Saturday, Oct 8, 2005. Hear until 12/06/05 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. 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
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