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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Current Events

Irish Current Events In The Houston Area ---- What's New? 11/09/06 – Clumsy Lover at the Mucky Duck 11/10/06 – Natalie MacMaster Free Show at Miller Outdoor Theatre ************************* 08/19/06 – Sat - An Irish Summer Picnic with the St. Patrick's Parade Commission at the West Alabama Ice House, Sat., August, 19, 2006 The St. Patrick's Parade Commission will host an Irish Picnic at the West Alabama Ice House from 1 to 6 PM, Saturday, August 19. The West Alabama Ice House is located at 1919 West Alabama. This is a fundraiser benefiting the 48th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2007. Plan ahead! There will be a Picnic Food Competition. Cooking teams may enter 3 categories: Picnic Entree, Cold Salad/Side, & Dessert. Each category has a $25 fee. All 3 categories, $65. Call Doc Dougherty at 713-446-8724 or Email Mary Kearns at to arrange registration/payment. *************************  08/20/06 - Danny O'Flaherty's Concert at the University of St Thomas, Houston The Irish Society & The Irish Aires Show Presents An Afternoon Of Songs & Stories For The Whole Family With The Irish Balladeer Danny O’Flaherty On August 20, 2006 2:00-4:30PM At The Jones Hall On The Campus of The University Of St. Thomas 3910 Yoakum, Houston, Texas Free and open to the public No RSVP or tickets sold; first-come, first-served Family Attendance Encouraged Refreshments will be served Parking in the Moran Center at West Alabama and Graustark Sponsored by The Irish Society, KPFT’s Irish Aires and the UST Center for Irish Studies ---- Danny, previously the proprietor of O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel in New Orleans, has literally taken his Connemara Irish culture around the world with his songs & stories. Many Houstonians will remember Danny & his brother Patrick playing together as the Celtic Folk. They performed here in several local pubs and Irish festivals for the Hibernians. Since Katrina closed the Irish Channel, Danny has been traveling the country performing to sold-out audiences. While doing that, he has been working towards fulfilling the dream of establishing a “Celtic Nation’s Center” on the Gulf Coast. Part of that center involves the formation of curragh clubs and the staging of regattas between & within clubs. Danny will tell us more about that. Visit Danny’s site at ************************* 08/24/06 – Thurs – Blaggards at The Meridian, 8:30pm Houston, TX 1503 Chartres Houston, TX 77003 713.225.1717 ********************* 08/25/06 Murder the Stout at Stardust Room in Huntsville 1113 University Ave Huntsville, TX 77340-4630 ************************* 08/26/06 Murder the Stout at the White Swan in Houston 4419 Navigation Blvd Houston, TX 77011-1052 ************************* 09/02/06 – Sat Blaggards at The Proletariat, Time TBA Houston, TX 903 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77006 713.523.1199 ************************* 09/07/06 – Blaggards at Molly’s Pub League City 9PM League City, TX Halfway to Paddy's Day ************************* 09/08/06 – Frid – Blaggards at Molly's Pub—Tomball, 10pm Tomball, TX 28107 TX-249 (S) Tomball, TX 77375 281.255.2175 ************************* 09/09/06 – Sat – Blaggards at Molly's Pub—Clear Lake, 10pm Clear Lake, TX 902 Ramada Drive Clear Lake, TX 77062 281.486.0971 ********************* 09/14/06 – Thurs - Rev. Bill Shaw of the 174 Trust in Belfast presents Northern Ireland: Steps Toward Reconciliation and Peace Brought to you by the Irish Society and the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas 7:30 p.m. Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon Free and open to the public No RSVP required Parking available in the Moran Center, 3807 Graustark ************************* 09/14/06 – Blaggards at Molly's Pub—Westheimer, 9pm Houston, TX Halfway to Paddy's Day 11128 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77042 713.789.9580 ************************* 09/17/06 – Sun – Blaggards at Molly Maguire's, 10pm Halfway to Paddy's Day Houston, TX 15945 Kuykendahl Road Houston, TX 77068 281.580.6167 ************************* 09/18/06 - Mon - St. Paddy's Irish Open @ Quail Valley Country Club St. Paddy's Irish Open will take place on September 18, 2006 at the Quail Valley Country Club. Our participation in this annual golf tournament represents part of our contribution to the St. Patrick's Parade Commission. Registration begins at 11 AM and the shotgun start is at Noon. Cost is $125 per player, $500 per foursome. This includes lunch, dinner, & greens fees. As usual, the Irish Society will sponsor 2 holes. Hole sponsorship is only $100 per. Would you or your company like to sponsor a hole? For further information and reservations, phone Sean Kearns at 832- 978-9192 or Email Irishmkk@AOL.Com . ************************* 09/21/06 – Blaggards at Molly Maguire's, 9pm Houston, TX Halfway to Paddy's Day 15945 Kuykendahl Road Houston, TX 77068 281.580.6167 ************************* 10/05/06 Thurs Dr. Denis Headon, Bio Link USA-Ireland Presents A Renaissance in Irish Technological Innovation 7:30 p.m. Brought to you by the Irish Society and the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon Free and open to the public No RSVP required Parking available in the Moran Center, 3807 Graustark ************************* 10/21/06 – Paisley Close at Clear Lake Celtic Festival – Houston, TX Playing Times TBD ************************* 10/28/06 – Gaelic Storm at the Mucky Duck 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM Ages 21+ ************************* 10/31/06 Tues Mary Clancy of Ireland sponsored by the Irish American Cultural Institute 7:30 p.m. Brought to you by the Irish Society and the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center, 4000 Mt. Vernon Free and open to the public No RSVP required Parking available in the Moran Center, 3807 Graustark ********************* 11/09/06 – Thurs - 2006 Irish Society Gala Sally and Bill Slick - Honorees The Irish Society and the University of St. Thomas take great pleasure in announcing Sally & Bill Slick as the Honorees of the 2006 Irish Gala. The Gala will take place at the Houstonian Hotel, 111 North Post Oak Lane. The Silent Auction begins at 6:30 PM. The Dinner begins at 8 PM. For information, contact Center for Irish Studies Director Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 or . Sally and Bill are Lifetime Members of The Irish Society and Friends of the University of St. Thomas. Bill also serves on the Center for Irish Studies Advisory Board and is a former director on the University of St. Thomas. We hope many members of the Houston Irish community and the UST community will join us in celebrating their contributions and accomplishments. This year's Gala chairs are Colleen and George McCullough. The Irish Gala benefits the UST Center for Irish Studies. The Gala is co-sponsored by the Irish Society and the University of St. Thomas. ************************* 11/09/06 – Clumsy Lover at the Mucky Duck 8pm, $15 ************************* 11/10/06 - Natalie MacMaster at Miller Outdoor Theater Houston, TX Showtime: 7:30pm or 8:00pm Depending on whose website you believe Delivering fiddling fireworks, MacMaster is simply one of the young masters of the folk and Celtic music scenes. She and her band offer foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-stopping ballads and world-class step dancing. Presented by the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Tickets to Seated Area: While performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are FREE of charge, this show tickets for the covered seating area. Tickets are available at the Miller Theatre Box Office on a first-come basis between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. Please, only four (4) tickets per person. Remaining tickets are given out one hour before curtain. Hillside Area: No tickets are required for seating on the hillside. Blankets and lawnchairs are welcome. No glass containers of any kind are allowed. ************************* 11/25/06 – The Rogues at the Mucky Duck – 7:30 & 10PM - $15 ****************************************** 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 Jason’s Deli Westheimer & Shepherd 2611 S Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77098-1561 If you are interested in learning a little Irish then come join us at Jason’s Deli 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. 1st Wednesdays: FREE at Churchill Room, Black Labrador Pub 4100 Montrose Blvd. Map (Montrose near Richmond) 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday 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: ---- 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: ---- Thurs Night Irish Session @ Coffee Oasis on NASA Rd One Session starts about 7:30PM every Thurs night 4650 NASA Road 1 Seabrook, TX 77586 281.532.1439 You are likely to see Laura (of Echoes of Ireland) or Tom (of ---- 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 Black Labrador Pub, 4100 Montrose Blvd. (Montrose near Richmond) NEW TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. 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 ---- "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 ---- 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: Wedding Announcement Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish Have Announced Their MARRIAGE! Bill and Emily play Celtic music as CONSTANT BILLY. ---- Texas Rose of Tralee The International Rose of Tralee has begun its search for the 2006 Texas Rose Who will represent the Lone Star State at the International Rose of Tralee Festival in Co. Kerry, Ireland in August 2006 Eligibility Criteria Must be 18 - 28 Single, never been married and or have any children Born or be a resident of Texas and living in the United States legally Be of Irish origin by virtue of one of her ancestors having been born in Ireland The Texas Rose will be chosen at a Selection Ball early June in the DFW area hosted by the Texas Rose of Tralee Committee. Characteristics the Judges will be looking for Appreciation of Irish Heritage Intelligence Personality Character Verbal Communication Poise Physical Appearance The Texas Rose of Tralee will receive: Round trip ticket for 12 days in Ireland Tiara Clothing Allowance And much more….. If you would like to be a candidate or know someone Are interested in hosting a Selection Fundraiser Ball in your area Or would just like to Support or get more information Please contact Jackie Nelon at the email below. Websites ---- 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: ****************************************** Ireland Photos Pictures from Ireland in 2006 To See a list of the albums click here To See individual Slide shows, click the following: 06/06/06 Ireland 2006 - Jay's Photos 06/06/06 Ireland 2006 - Bertha's Pics 06/10/06 Ireland Jay 06/11/06 Ireland by Bertha 06/16/06 More of Ireland by Jay 06/21/06 More Ireland by Jay 06/26/06 More Pics From Ireland by Jay 06/27/06 More Ireland by Bertha ---- :: 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. KPFT Archived Programs Sorted By Name Irish Aires Saturday, May 27, 2006 Hear until 07/27/06 Irish Aires Saturday, June 3, 2006 Hear until 08/03/06 Irish Aires Saturday, June 10, 2006 Hear until 08/10/06 Irish Aires Saturday, June 17, 2006 Hear until 08/17/06 Irish Aires Saturday, June 24, 2006 Hear until 08/24/06 Irish Aires Saturday, July 01, 2006 Hear until 09/01/06 Irish Aires Saturday, July 08, 2006 Hear until 09/08/06 Irish Aires Saturday, July 15, 2006 Hear until 09/15/06 Irish Aires Saturday, July 22, 2006 Hear until 09/22/06 Irish Aires Saturday, July 29, 2006 Hear until 09/29/06 Irish Aires Saturday, Aug 05, 2006 Hear until 10/05/06 ---- :: AL CAMPBELL (Houston Highlanders Bagpiper )(1931- 2006) It is with great sadness that we inform our membership that our friend and piper, Al Campbell, passed away last evening. Over the years, we could always count on Al to support H&T with all our piping requests. He gave generously of his time, and was a very special contributor to our Society. In addition to his dignified performances, Al had great humor which he occasionally added for fun and laughter. We shall miss him. Our special condolences to his wife, Betsy, his family and close friends. :: 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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