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Saturday, January 06, 2007
Current Events - Paddy Maloney Sp Guest on Show Tonight
What's New? 01/06/07 - Paddy Maloney on Irish Aires Tonight 01/11/07 – Constant Billy at Mojo Risin’ 01/13/07 – Blaggards & Murder the Stout at The Goose Acre 04/27/07 – Solas at the Mucky Duck (Date Change) *************************
Chieftains at Jones Hall Tonight & Sunday – This CD is available there.
01/06-07/07 - Sunday, The Chieftains At Jones Hall
The famous Irish musical group. the Chieftains, will
perform at downtown Houston's Jones Hall next January at
7:30 PM. Tickets may be ordered at 713-224-7575. Also, you
may select your seats and pay via credit card by using the
Web site http://www.joneshall.org/
Jones Hall is now offering a 10% discount on tickets for
KPFT members. To get the discount, members need to call
(713) 224-7575 M-S 10-6 and mention they are KPFT members.
(This discount is only available by phone or in person, not
online, but more info about the concert is available at
Director of Marketing,
Branding and Customer Experience
615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102 Houston, Texas 77002-2715
01/06/07 – Sat - Houston's New Year's Feis
8am-6pm McTeggart School of Irish Dancing
Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel
01/11/07 – Constant Billy at Mojo Risin’ 8-10pm ,
1600 Shepherd Dr. at Eigel for an intimate concert.
People just kept asking us when we would do another show at
this wonderful intimate music space, so we set up this
midweek show. Mojo Risin’ has come out of nowhere to earn a
spot as one of the country’s great listening rooms with
famous acts performing regularly. It’s a coffeehouse with
great food, desserts and coffee, so bring an appetite. And
if you’d like a beer or glass of wine with your music, you
can BYOB for a $5 corkage fee per person. Check out their
website to see the fantastic bands and the unique
atmosphere there. Our last show there was a huge success
with a great crowd and some fine guest musicians. If
anything, we expect more fun this time… we have some cool
new tunes and we want you to hear ‘em!
What: Constant Billy in an intimate concert at Mojo Risin’
Where: 1600 Shepherd Dr. at Eigel (just south of I-10) in
Houston Call (713) 426-1505 for directions
When: 8-10pm Thursday, January 11, 2007
How Much: No cover- we’ll pass the hat.
Why: Because the music is just SOOOO GOOD
01/13/06 – Murder the Stout & The Blaggards
The Goose's Acre - Grand Opening, Woodlands, TX,
Located at 21 Waterway Dr Ste 140, Woodlands, TX 77380
ALL DAY EVENT!
Goose's Acre Grand Opening schedule:
Jan 13 2007 11:00A Grand Opening Festivities
Jan 13 2007 4:00P Murder the Stout
Jan 13 2007 9:00P Blaggards
And yes, Brian said those who come dressed in authentic
Kilts will get a free beer! (maybe more)!
"The Goose has landed"
For over three weeks Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub has
been serving up some of the best cuisine in South
Montgomery County. Located at 21 Waterway Ave. suite 140,
both street level and lower level face the waterway.
Open from 11:00 AM for lunch and closing at 2:00 AM, you
will find the environment friendly and casual.
The pub comes with a long history, it along with the
majority of artifacts were shipped here from Ireland!
On Saturday, January 13, 2007, at Noon, Goose's Acre will
celebrate it's official Grand Opening.
Some highlights to look for, our local Bagpipers will be
playing and of course the McTeggarts will be dancing to
some fine Irish tunes.
Local leaders to speak: Mr. Frank W. Robinson President of
Town Center Improvement District along with Ms. Karen
Hoylman President and CEO of the South Montgomery County
Finally: Hear from the two gentlemen who's vision brought
the pub to The Woodlands.
For more information contact: johnny hennigan
(832) 563-8772 or email@example.com
01/13/06 – The Rogues at the Mucky Duck
7:30 & 10, $15
01/16/07 – Tues – Irish Society Annual Meeting
The Annual General Business Meeting will be held for our
entire membership at The Harp, located at 1625 Richmond
Ave. at 7 PM. This is the first time it will be held off-
campus. It will be a very short business meeting followed
by a welcoming drink and refreshments provided by the
Board. Please join us.
01/27/06 Murder the Stout at Marriot Westchase - Burns Night, Houston, TX
BABC-NE: Robert Burn's Celebration Dinner
Venue: The Union Club, Boston
Speaker: Paul Taylor, Fellow, Weatherhead Centre For Int'l Affairs
Description: British Officers' Club member James M. Coull and BOC Club Piper Harry Wellsman invite BABCNE members and their guests to continue the traditions of past years and join them for this special evening.
They ask as many guests as possible to wear tartan, thus adding to the pageantry of the evening. Festive business attire – black tie optional.
John Rankin, HM Consul-General, will recite the 'Ode"
Social Period from 6:00p.m. prior to the Piping-in ceremony promptly at 7:15 p.m.
Dinner to follow.
Roast Leg of Lamb or Salmon served with Chef Robert’s special selection of Vegetables in Season. Please indicate your preference when responding.
The cost includes a glass-and-a-top-off of wine at table the single malt and the after-dinner port served in Club quarters for the loyal toasts.
02/03/07 - Saturday, Clandestine at the Mucky Duck
7:30 & 10pm, $15
03/02-04/07 North Texas Irish Festival
Fair Park - Dallas, TX
03/09/07 – Greencards at Mucky Duck
Friday, March 9, 7:30 & 10pm, $15
03/16/07 – Fri - St. Patrick's Parade Eve Dinner 2007
Three major Houston Irish-associated organizations are
banding together in an effort to establish a St. Patrick's
Parade Eve dinner. Its purpose is to honor Mary Kearns as
the Grand Marshal of the 2007 Parade. All past living
Parade Grand Marshals will also be recognized at that time.
This event is something that has been long-in-the-making.
Pat Sharkey (President of the Irish Society) and Jeannie
Kearns will act as hosts of the evening. "Lyn" Brogan will
chair the event. This Inaugural affair will be held at The
Petroleum Club Friday evening, March 16th, 2007. All net
proceeds from the evening will be distributed equally
between Project St. Brendan, The St. Patrick's Parade
Commission, and the Irish Society.
Other Irish organizations have committed to participate:
The Center for Irish Studies at the University of St.
Thomas, the Houston Notre Dame Alumni Club, and the Irish
American Heritage Association of Katy. More details to
:: Jeannie Kearns (Project St. Brendan / St. Patrick's
:: Mary Kearns (St. Patrick's Parade Commission)
:: Pete Little (St. Patrick's Parade Commission Advisory
Board / Irish Society)
:: "Lyn" Brogan (Irish Society)
:: Dorothy Davitt (The Founder of the Irish Society of
:: Pat Sharkey (Irish Society / UST Center for Irish Studies Advisory Board / Houston Irish Lawyers Association)
03/17/07 – Houston’s St Patrick’s Parade (details
03/17/07 – St Patrick’s Celebration at the Mucky Duck
Saturday, March 17, 11am, $15
O'Maoileidigh Irish Dancers
Irish Session Players
03/20/07 – Battlefield Band at Mucky Duck
Tuesday, March 20, 8pm, $20
04/27/07 – Solas at the Mucky Duck
Apr 27, 7:30 & 10, $20
05/12/07 - The Houston Highland Games Association (HHGA)
will hold its 2007 Games & Festival during the weekend of
May 11, 12 & 13th (the 2nd weekend in
May) at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club facilities.
Refer to website http://www.houstonhighland/ games.com for
additional information and
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
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 ` 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
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
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 http://us.f831.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=Jeaniebotl@aol.com 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
Using Interactive CDs, Books, Tapes, and other materials
for spoken and written Irish.
Class moderated by an advanced American student of the
$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 http://us.f831.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?Tofirstname.lastname@example.org location: The
Carriage Inn, 1400 Katy- Flewellen Road in the Computer
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
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
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
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
You are likely to see Laura (of Echoes of Ireland) or Tom
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 http://us.f831.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?Toemail@example.com
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
"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
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
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 http://www.stes.org/contact.htm
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, http://us.f831.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?Tofirstname.lastname@example.org
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, http://us.f831.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?Toemail@example.com
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
Sundays starting at 9:30 AM
For more information contact http://us.f831.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?Tofirstname.lastname@example.org
Step Dancing Lessons
McTeggart Irish Dancers
The Woodlands, Texas
*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
Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish Have Announced Their MARRIAGE!
Bill and Emily play Celtic music as CONSTANT BILLY.
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
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" http://us.f831.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?Toemail@example.com
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
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
-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
-initiating a number of investigations into conflict
related deaths by the Police Ombudsman's office,
-reenacting closed meetings of the Policing Board as street
--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
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
The Centre urgently requires donations in order to continue
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
The Pat Finucane Centre,
1 West End Park,
Telephone: +44 28 71 268846
Fax: +44 28 71 266453
Pictures from Ireland in 2006
To See a list of the albums click here
To See Irish pics, 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
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, Nov 11, 2006 Hear until 01/11/07
Irish Aires Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 Hear until 01/18/07
Irish Aires Saturday, Nov 25, 2006 Hear until 01/25/07
Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 02, 2006 Hear until 02/02/07
Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 09, 2006 Hear until 02/09/07
Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 16, 2006 Hear until 02/16/07
Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 23, 2006 Hear until 02/23/07
Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 30, 2006 Hear until 02/30/07
:: George F. Little, RIP (Pete Little’s Father)
September 2, 2006, of Depew, NY, husband of the late Muriel
C. Little; father of Mary Catherine (James) Spilman,
Michael (Ann), David (Elisabeth Alvarsdotter), John
(Barbara), Margaret (Kevin) Craig, Anne Militello, Stephen
(Maureen), Jeanne (Paul) Konetzny, Peter, Teresa, Maureen;
brother of Eleanor Rigdon, Catherine Little; grandfather of
20; great grandfather of 18. Memorial Mass to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rapid Response Home
Care Program at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Gates Circle.
Published in the Buffalo News on 9/7/2006.
:: 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
:: 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
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:
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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