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Monday, December 26, 2005

Current Events

Irish Current Events In The Houston Area What's New? 12/31/05 - Irish Aires New Years Pre-Party Party @ KPFT 01/07/06 - New Year’s Feis @ Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel 01/19/06 - Irish Society General Business Meeting @ UST 02/16/06 - Lecture By Dr. Richard Rankin Russell @ UST 02/27/06 - Flogging Molly at Warehouse Live 03/02/06 - Irish Singer & Storyteller Ken O'Malley @ UST 03/03-05 - North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas 03/11/06 - Katy Irish Heritage St. Patrick's Day Dance 03/12/06 - FM 1960 Area St. Patrick's Day Parade 03/17/06 - St Patrick’s Day Celebration at Univ of ST 03/17/06 - Houston’s St Patrick’s Day’s Festival @ Meridian 03/18/06 - St Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Houston 03/30/06 - Lecture By Dr. David O'Brien @ UST 05/12-14 - Highland Games & Celtic Festival (Update) 06/14/06 - Bloomsday in Houston @ Old City Pub ---- On-Going Events: Celtic Chorus Meets Thursday Night 7:30PM @ Griff’s ****************************************** 12/31/05 - Irish Aires New Year's Eve Party Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Years from Pete & Jay of Irish Aires. On next Saturday, December 31, 2005, Irish Aires will host a pre-party New Year's Eve party for the friends of Irish Aires. Time: 5-8PM Date: 12/31/05 Place: KPFT's Studio, 419 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX 77006 Telephone 713-526-5738 (studio line) Irish Aires will provide a honey-baked ham & liquid refreshments. You can bring your favorite party piece (of the food variety) or just bring yourself. It will be our opportunity to thank our listeners & friends for another year of support. Jay, Pete, & Bertha ****************************************** 12/31/05 - Murder the Stout December 31st Molly Maguire's New Year Bash, Houston 10:00pm - 1:30am 15945 Kuykendahl Rd Houston, TX 77068-3312 ****************************************** 01/03/06 - Michael Flatley's LORD OF THE DANCE at Galveston’s 1894 Grand Opera House Tuesday January 3, 2006 7:30 pm One Performance Only ******************************************* 01/06-08/06 - A World of Music with Eileen Ivers Houston Symphony By Conductor Michael Krajewski Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pops at Jones Hall Eileen Ivers, the musical star of Riverdance and the Titanic soundtrack, is hailed as one of the preeminent international fiddlers. Ivers joins Michael Krajewski and your Houston Symphony for the ultimate musical excursion to every corner of the world. Conductor: Michael Krajewski Guests: Eileen Ivers, violin Friday, January 6, 2006 8:00 PM Saturday, January 7, 2006 8:00 PM Sunday, January 8, 2006 7:30 PM ****************************************** 01/07/06 - The 4th Annual Houston New Year's Feis Presented by: The McTeggart Irish Dancers Of South Texas January 7th, 2006 8:00 AM Start Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel Feis Rate $65.00 1-281-875-2222 On-line Registration opening soon on Need More Feis Information? Email: Phone: Jean Rubbo, 936-273-6308 ****************************************** 01/14/06 – Blaggards Saturday, January 14 Molly Maguire's, 10pm Houston, TX 15945 Kuykendahl Road Houston, TX 77068 281.580.6167 Map/Directions ****************************************** 01/14/06 – The Rogues @ the Mucky Duck $15 2425 Norfolk Houston, TX 77098 713.528.5999 ****************************************** 01/17/06 – Paisley Close @ Live Records Celtic Show – Houston, TX ****************************************** 01/17/05 - Constant Billy and coming soon...Jan 17, 2006, we will be playing in an acoustic music extravaganza at Clarks, one of downtown Houston's hottest spaces, at 314 Main Street, 9pm - midnight... Also in Houston, February 26, 2006 we will be singing at the St. Andrews Celtic Festival. Look for details on these and other winter performances to be posted here soon, and thanks to everyone for coming out to the shows! ****************************************** 01/19/06 - Thurs Irish Society General Business Meeting The Irish Society opens its 6th year with its general business meeting. Irish Society President Pat Sharkey will address The Society's members in the Scanlon Room in UST's Jerabeck Center at 7 PM in the evening. "Pat" will review The Society's impressive achievements during 2005, and present its program for 2006. He is also seeking input from members as to events they would like the Society to present. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street. ****************************************** 01/20/06 – Blaggards Friday, January 20 Brian O'Neill's, 10pm Houston, TX 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 Map/Directions ****************************************** 01/21/05 – Gaelic Storm @ Mucky Duck $15 2425 Norfolk Houston, TX 77098 713.528.5999 ******************************************* 01/21/05 - The Chieftains Galveston 1894 Grand Opera Sat. Jan. 21, 2006 8 pm Over the course of their nearly half-century career, The Chieftains have collaborated with such world class artists as The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, Sting, James Galway, and Sinéad O’Conner to name only a few. Along the way they have garnered six Grammy Awards and established, once and for all, the universal appeal of Irish music for an enormous and appreciative international audience. ****************************************** 01/28/06 – The Heather and Thistle Society's 53rd Annual Burns Supper and Ball to be held at the Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, TX. ****************************************** 02/16/06 – Thurs - The Liberating Fiction Of Community In Brian Friel's "The Freedom Of The City:" A Lecture By Dr. Richard Rankin Russell Brien Friel is considered one of Ireland's master playwrights. His drama often explores the themes of potential and community. His play "The Freedom of the City" deals with the explosive events in Derry, Northern Ireland. Dr. Richard R. Russell, of Baylor University, specializes in twentieth century Northern Irish literature. He has published numerous articles in critical journals, as well as a collection of essays. And he recently finished writing a book dealing with Brian Friel's work. The lecture begins 7:30 PM in Cullen Hall on the University of St. Thomas' Academic Mall, at the southwest corner near the Library, 4001 Mt. Vernon. It is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street. For more information, contact Lori Gallagher, Director of the Center for Irish Studies, at 713-525-3592 or ****************************************** 02/20/06 - Sinead O'Connor Verizon Wireless Theater, Houston, TX Mon, Feb 20, 2006 08:00 PM ****************************************** 02/27/06 – Flogging Molly - Monday, February 27, 2006 Warehouse Live 813 Saint Emanuel Street Houston, TX 770003 Doors: TBD Age: All Ages Tix: Info: Hailing from Dublin, frontman Dave King attributes the band's distinctive sound to a blend of his Irish roots and his love for punk rock. Debuting in 2000 with "Swagger," followed by 2003's sophomore effort "Drunken Lullabies," the latest album, "Within a Mile of Home," includes a tribute to Johnny Cash, and a duet with Lucinda Williams. Using mandolins, fiddles, accordions, whistles and even washboards, it's a memorial to Ireland's tumultuous history and a story of survival. ****************************************** 03/02/06 - Thurs Irish Singer & Storyteller Ken O'Malley Television and radio, have greatly diminished the old Irish tradition of fireside and parlor entertaining. Come see what we're missing. Dublin-born, Mr. Ken O'Malley is considered to be the finest singer / songwriter in the United States today and has performed with some of Ireland's finest musical groups. He is sure to provide us with a wonderful evening. His visit to Houston is sponsored by Moran Resources Company as a part of its Distinguished Irish Studies Cultural Series. Come meet Ken and enjoy his performance at 7:30 PM in Cullen Hall on the University of St. Thomas' Academic Mall, at the southwest corner near the Library, 4001 Mt. Vernon. It is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street. For more information, contact Lori Gallagher, Director of the Center for Irish Studies, at 713-525-3592 or ****************************************** 03/03-05 – North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas ****************************************** 03/10/05 - The EMERALD BALL Reception and Silent Auction will be held at The Houston Club on Friday evening 10 March 2006. It will begin with the Silent Auction / Cocktails at 6:30 PM. Dinner will follow at 7:30 PM. This will be the 6th consecutive Emerald Ball hostessed by Dorothy Davitt and Jeannie Kearns, and benefits PROJECT ST. BRENDAN. Tables of 10 and 12 are available. Menu choice: Salmon or NY Strip. At this year's black tie optional event, former Judge DAN DOWNEY will be honored as "2006 Irishman of the year." Dan Downey is one of the original 20 founding members of The IRISH SOCIETY. For further information, phone Dorothy Davitt at: (281) 358-2380. ****************************************** 03/11/06 – Sat - Katy Irish Heritage 6th Annual St. Patrick's Day Dance @ Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church 1530 Norwalk Dr, Katy ****************************************** 03/12/06 – FM 1960 Area St. Patrick's Day Parade ****************************************** 03/17/06 - Friday St. Patrick's Day Celebration At St. Thomas The Houston St. Patrick's Day Mass, formerly celebrated by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the St. Patrick's Day Luncheon which followed, are now jointly celebrated by the Irish Society and the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies. Archbishop Daniel DiNardo will celebrate St. Patrick's Day Mass in UST's Chapel of St. Basil at 10:30 AM. Irish Liturgical music will be performed by the de Burgo Ensemble. It's wise to come early, as seats can fill up fast. Afterwards, feel welcome to join us in a traditional corned beef and cabbage brunch at 11:30 AM in the Scanlon Room of the Jerabeck Center. For more information, contact Lori Gallagher, Director of the Center for Irish Studies, at 713-525-3592 or Parking is available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street. ****************************************** 03/17/06 - 7pm Houston's St. Patrick's Day Festival Meridian Houston 1503 Chartres, Houston ****************************************** 03/18/06 - St. Patrick's Parade - Downtown Houston The Irish Society will participate in the 47th Houston St. Patrick's Parade. Former Texas State Judge Dan Downey is the Parade's Grand Marshall. The Parade will step out at 2 PM. We will meet at the Clock Tower on Texas Ave. at Minute Maid Park. For the 3rd straight year we will have our own float. We invite Irish Society members to ride on our own float or to walk in our own brigade, led by our own piper, Dr. John Burke. Contact David F. O'Keefe, Irish Society Parade Chairman at 281-531-9705 to join us. ****************************************** 03/28/06 – Battlefield Band @ Mucky Duck Mar 28, 8pm, $18 ******************************************* 03/30/06 – Thurs Role Of Irish Americans In The History Of American Catholicism A Lecture By Dr. David O'Brien Irish-American Roman Catholics have contributed much to the formation and development of the American Roman Catholic Church. Dr. David O'Brien is from the College of Holy Cross in Massachusetts. A preeminent scholar and author in his field, he has taught there for over thirty years. He will discuss three turning points Irish American religious history: 18th century independence from Irish ecclesiastical administration, the late 19th century decision to build a parochial educational system, and Vatican II, when Irish-American domination of Catholic life and culture came to an end. Dr. O'Brien is married to Joanne Haynes O'Brien and they have 4 children and 4 remarkable grandchildren. The lecture begins 7:30 PM in the Scanlon Room of the University of St. Thomas' Jerabeck Center. It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Parking is available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street. For more information, contact Lori Gallagher, Director of the Center for Irish Studies, at 713-525-3592 or ****************************************** 05/12-14 - Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival will be held at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club located at Bear Creek Park, 1 Abercrombie St, Houston, TX, 77084 (that's off Highway 6, between I-10 and Clay Road). ****************************************** 06/14/06 - Wed - Bloomsday In Houston, Tx. Ireland's great literary work, James Joyce's ULYSSES, is celebrated by Irish Society members once a year. This members only event will take place at the Olde City Pub & Grill. Eamonn Finnerty and Mike Daly, two of the original 20 Irish Society founding members, are our gracious hosts. Their establishment is located one block north of FM 1960 at 14124 Stuebner-Airline. Our salute to the famous Irish writer, James Joyce, will begin at 6 PM. This is a social gathering, not a reading. After the event, the staff of the Irish Society News honors an Irish Society member as our "Molly" each year. More details on in the March and May editions of The Irish Society News. Members will receive a post card invitation. An RSVP is necessary. ****************************************** 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 Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar, 7:30 - 9:30 pm: 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, Oct 29, 2005. Hear until 12/27/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Nov 05, 2005. Hear until 01/03/06 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Nov 12, 2005. Hear until 01/10/06 Irish Aires Saturday, Nov 19, 2005. Hear until 01/17/06 Irish Aires Saturday, Nov 26, 2005. Hear until 01/24/06 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 3, 2005. Hear until 01/31/06 Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 10, 2005. Hear until 02/07/06 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 17, 2005. Hear until 02/14/06 Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 24, 2005. Hear until 02/21/06 :: 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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