This site includes the postings from the Irish Aires email list. This includes a listing of Irish/Celtic events in the Houston area and other information that the Irish Aires radio program posts.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Current Events

What's New? 03/16/07 – Murder the Stout at Goose’s Acre ---- Note: Irish Aires can now be HEARD of DOWNLOADED from the Internet. ALSO, there is a new link to hear KPFT Live Internet listening (live) is available through our MP3 streams. If you have Winamp, Media Player or iTunes installed on your computer, you can connect HERE or Free Player Downloads: Winamp Windows Media Player iTunes ---- KPFT Archived Programs Sorted By Name Irish Aires Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 Hear until 03/27/07 (Hear) Irish Aires Saturday, Feb 03, 2007 Hear until 04/03/07 (Hear) Irish Aires Saturday, Feb 10, 2007 Hear Until 04/10/07 (Hear) (Download) ---- Paisley Close Press Release ************************* 02/17/07 – 2nd Annual Irish Stew Cook-Off Benefitting The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Saturday, February 17, 2007 Brian O’Neill’s Irish Pub 5555 Morningside In Rice Village 1:00 Pm—6:00pm Live Irish Entertainment Featuring The McTeggart Irish Dancers, Godfrey’s Rangers, The Cass Academy Of Irish Dance Silent Auction 50/50 Raffle Barrel Of Booze Raffle Cooking Catagories: Irish Stew, Texas Irish Stew (Chili), Open Dishes (Corned Beef, Shepherd’s Pie, Etc.) & Irish Desserts Games And Activies For The Whole Family $5.00 For Tasting Wrist Band A great pre-holiday outing to Support the Irish Community and have a great time (sampling the food; listening to live music (TBA) & socializing. ************************* 02/17/07 – Constant Billy - Saturday February 17, 2007 9pm Constant Billy will return to Houston's Mojo Risin’ , 1600 Shepherd Dr. at Eigel for an intimate concert. Constant Billy will be back for a Saturday night at THE coolest new acoustic music venue in Houston, Mojo Risin’ . It’s a coffeehouse with great food, desserts and coffee, so bring an appetite. If you want to bring beer or wine their BYOB charge is only $5 per head. We'll have some new material (we've worked up 6 new songs!), so come on down! What: Constant Billy in an intimate concert at Mojo Risin’. Where: 1600 Shepherd Dr. at Eigel (just south of I-10) in Houston (click here for map) or call (713) 426-1505 for directions. When: Saturday February 17, 2007 9-11pm . Why: because if you don't you'll hate yourself in the morning. How Much: There’s no admission charge- we’ll pass the hat during the show. ************************* 02/21/07 – Blaggards – Wed - Olde City Pub, 9:30pm The Slappers (Paddy, Chad & James) ************************* 02/28/07 – Blaggards – Wed - Olde City Pub, 9:30pm The Slappers (Paddy, Chad & James) ************************* 03/01/07 – Thurs- An Evening with Irish Harp and Guitar Masters by Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon , University of St. Thomas ************************* 03/02-04/07 North Texas Irish Festival Fair Park - Dallas, TX ************************* 03/02/07 – Blaggards – Frid- Fitzgerald's, Doors @ 8pm Houston, TX PRE-PADDY'S with special guests $5 cover 2706 White Oak Drive Houston, TX 77007 713.862.3838 ************************* 03/03/07 – Murder the Stout - Rockin for Rise - Last Concert Cafe, Houston, TX. Join us for this wonderful charity event to benefit the Rise School of Houston ************************* 03/09/07 – St. Patrick’s Emerald Ball & Reception and Silent Auction Honoring the IRISHMEN OF THE YEAR The Carr Boys: Billy, Michael & David At the Houston Club, 811 Rusk at Milam, Houston, Texas 6:45PM til ?; Dinner at 7:30PM A night of music with Cassidy Noel McCarthy, Debra Carlson, Cassandra Heavin, Bill Robertson and the McTeggart Irish Dancers. The dance band are the Plantations. The evening MC is Michael Davitt and The “Texas Irish Ambassador” Tom Horan. Dorothy Davitt & Jeanie Kearns – Co-Chairpersons For information & Reservations call Dorothy Davitt Call 281-358-2380 or Write: The Emerald Ball, PO Box 5603 Kingwood, Texas 77325. Tickets are $75 each. Cash Bar. Black tie optional ************************* 03/09/07 – Greencards at Mucky Duck Friday, March 9, 7:30 & 10pm, $15 ************************* 03/11/07 – Annual Dick Dowling Statue Ceremony at The Dick Dowling Statue in Hermann Park (on a triangle near the intersection of Hermann Park Loop, Holcombe, and North MacGregor) at 1PM. Speaker to be announced. ************************* 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. Tickets cost $125. All net proceeds from the evening will be distributed equally between Project St. Brendan, The St. Patrick's Parade Commission, and the Irish Society. To purchase tickets, call Lyn Brogan at 281-531-0656 or Pat Sharkey at 713-752-4266 or Jeannie Kearns at 713-365-9648. Let them know how many seats you require, and mail your check accordingly for the seats reserved to The Irish Society, P.O. Box 820010, Houston, TX 77282. 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 follow. Committee: :: Jeannie Kearns (Project St. Brendan / St. Patrick's Commission) :: 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 Houston & Organizer of The Emerald Ball) :: Pat Sharkey (Irish Society / UST Center for Irish Studies Advisory Board / Houston Irish Lawyers Association) ************************* 03/16/07 – Murder the Stout at Goose’s Acre Woodlands, TX 10:00pm - late ************************* 03/17/07 St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Breakfast When: 9:30 a.m. Mass: Principal Celebrant: Archbishop Daniel DiNardo; concelebrants welcome Where: Mass: Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum, University of St. Thomas Breakfast for $10 per person in the Scanlan Room, 4000 Mt. Vernon , University of St. Thomas ************************* 03/17/07 – Houston’s St Patrick’s Parade starts NOON at The Clock Tower at Minute Maid Park. This year’s parade theme is “Erin Go Braugh And Texas Forever: A Celbration Of Our Heritage”. It is very important to note that the City of Houston has changed the Parade Ordinance this year. These changes will severely impact our parade. The most notable change that will for our entries will be that we can no longer charge an entry fee into the parade. We counted on these fees to offset the City fees and insurance costs. You can, however, make a donation to the parade. The parade is a non-profit event and donations are tax deductible. We strongly hope you will make a donation because the cost of putting the parade down the street increases every year and we get limited donations from corporate sponsors. This is your parade and we want to continue it for our children. To get an application or to make a donation: The St. Patrick’s Parade Commission 10220 Memorial Dr. #131 Houston, TX 77024 Phone #713-365-9648 Email: ************************* 03/17/07 – St Patrick’s Celebration at the Mucky Duck Saturday, March 17, 11am, $15 Clandestine The Rogues Wyndnwyre O'Maoileidigh Irish Dancers Martin Burniston EJ Jones Irish Session Players ************************* 03/17/07 – Murder the Stout St. Patrick's Day Afternoon Brian O' Neills, Houston 1:00pm - 5:00pm St. Patrick's Day Evening Bull & Bear, Houston 8:00pm - late ************************* 03/18/07 – St Patrick’s Parade on 1960 – 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 18, 2007 Check In Time: 11am Parade Begins: 2pm Staging Area: Wells Fargo Bank (1960 @ Champion Forest) Parade Ends: The Boat Restaurant (1960 @ Kuykendahl) Visit ************************* 03/20/07 – Battlefield Band at Mucky Duck Tuesday, March 20, 8pm, $20 ************************* 03/21/07 – The Two Dannys at the University of St. Thomas Balladeer's Danny Doyle and Danny O'Flaherty in Concert together at: University of St. Thomas Cullen Hall 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2007 $20.00 per ticket For more information contact: Beth Eriksson at or 248-408-5282. ************************* 03/29/07 - Archaeologist Caimin O’Brien Archaeological Survey of Ireland National Monuments Service Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Stories from a Sacred Landscape, from Pagan Country to Christian Ireland When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon , University of St. Thomas Co-sponsor: Irish American Cultural Institute ************************* 04/10/07 – McKassons at the Mucky Duck "Contemporary Scottish Fiddle Band" Apr 10, 8pm, $10 - ************************* 04/13/07 – Clandestine at the Mucky Duck Apr 13, 7:30 & 10, $15 ************************* 04/26/04 - Joe Mac Donnacha, Academic Coordinator Academy for Irish-medium University Studies National University of Ireland , Galway The Irish Language: The Successes and Challenges of Language Planning in Ireland and the Future of Irish in a “Globalized World” When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon , University of St. Thomas Co-sponsor: Irish American Cultural Institute ************************* 04/27/07 – Solas at the Mucky Duck Apr 27, 7:30 & 10, $20 ************************* 04/29/07 - NASA Astronaut Eileen Collins Return to Flight Mission – Lessons Learned from STS-114 When: 2:30 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon , University of St. Thomas ************************* 05/04/07 – Clandestine at the Mucky Duck May 4, 7:30 & 10, $15 ************************* 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 www.houstonhighland for additional information and appropriate contacts. ************************* 09/27/07 – 2007 Annual Irish Gala When: Silent Auction and Reception: 6:30 p.m. Where: Houstonian Hotel, 111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston Honorees: Pat and Debbie Moran Chair: Michele Malloy ****************************************** ON GOING Events: Paisley Close Press Release Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2007 20:28:16 -0600 Over the past few years, I have been asked time and again “Why Paisley Close”? Like every tale you must start at the beginning to get to the end. On November 24th 1861, at a spot along High Street in Edinburgh 's Royal Mile, two overcrowded and decrepit tenements collapsed. According to legend, workers were clearing the debris away when they heard a voice shout out "Heave awa' lads, I'm no deid yet!" As a memorial, Paisley Close (the cul-de-sac) was built in place of the collapsed buildings. Paisley Close (the band) was built by resurrecting former bands-mates. Paisley Close (the band) felt that the young man's luck, tenacity and symbolism was a fitting name. Now with a heavy heart I must announce the passing of this great band. Paisley Close is going through a major transitional period and collectively they have decided to put the band on an indefinite hiatus. The members of Paisley Close remain friends but personal commitments have forced them to make this difficult decision. Through the last three years they have had the opportunity to play on some amazing stages at some of the best festival in the county and for this they are extremely grateful. Even more outstanding has been the people they have met and the friendships forged. That is the biggest aspect that I will personally miss the most. As the bands booking agent I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing directors, coordinator and volunteers; who without you, the show would literally not go on. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to grace your stages and share a pint or two! Paisley Close has two more commitments on the calendar for 2007. Hopefully one of these locations are in your area. Come out and support the band, we would love to see you for one last round! February 24-25 Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games, Mesa AZ March 24 Swamp Celts Festival and Games, Gonzales LA I speak for the entire band (Cidnie MacNamee, Bernard Schreiber, Amy Price and Rabbit Boyett) in saying that it has been an honor and a privilege! Although this chapter may be over we raise our glasses to everyone “were not dead yet!” We wish you peace and joy and hopefully will see you all sometime down the road. Sláinte - Cheers, Hopie Lopez-Boyett Booking Agent ---- University of St. Thomas Spring 2007 Irish Studies Courses Open to audit and credit students, with first priority given to credit students Irish Language Courses Irish I, Mondays, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Irish II, Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Taught by Prof. Maeve McInerney from University College Cork Modern Irish Literature Dr. Shannon Forbes Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2:10-3:25 p.m. Authors: The Irish Literary Revival Writers: W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, J.M. Synge, Sean O’Casey and others. Northern Ireland: The Conflict and the Peace Lori Meghan Gallagher, J.D. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. This seminar course is divided into three sections: the Historical Context, the Conflict and the Peace. ************************* 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 ` 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. ---- 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 Irish pics, click the following: ---- :: 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. ---- Internet listening (live) is available through our MP3 streams. If you have Winamp, Media Player or iTunes installed on your computer, you can connect HERE or Free Player Downloads: Winamp Windows Media Player iTunes KPFT Archived Programs Sorted By Name Irish Aires Saturday, Jan 27, 2007 Hear until 03/27/07 (Hear) Irish Aires Saturday, Feb 03, 2007 Hear until 04/03/07 (Hear) ---- :: 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 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
I alway gripe about the lack of coverage the Houston Chronicle gives the parade, today I sent them this email;

As a regular Chronicle reader, and a third generation Houstonian of Irish descent, I am dismayed every year at the lack of coverage the paper gives to our annual St.Patrick's Day Parade. The "coverage" has generally consisted of a black and white picture of some guy in a leprechaun suit and a couple of column inches saying the parade was downtown yesterday etc..

One would think that our large parade with it's 48 year tradition and over 100 entries including everything from firetrucks and car clubs to step dancers and bagpipe bands would be interesting news to readers in a city with so much Irish heritage. I would think it deserves at least as much coverage as other parades like MLK Day and the Art Cars, both of which had expansive coverage in the paper before and after the events last year. The only mention before the event of a St. Pat's parade in the Chronicle last year was a couple of articles about the controversy surrounding the Chicago parade, so readers of the Houston Chronicle knew more about Chicago's parade than our own!

Personally, I think if the recent passing of a race horse was worthy of several color photos and articles, not to mention all the ink expended on the recent passing of a local ex stripper, that the upcoming St.Patrick's parade should rate at least a color shot and article on the front page of that Sunday's edition. Perhaps if we had more controversy, or maybe some corporate sponsors who buy ad space in the Chronicle, it would help ??

In closing, let me say again as a regular reader, I hope to see better coverage of our parade this year, hopefully not only in print, but in all media outlets. This year's 48th annual parade starts at 12 Noon on St.Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17th. Hope to see you there!

Here is a link to the Parade Commission's press release;

Mark Burkett,

Very well said!!

Here is a direct link to the 2007 St Patrick's Day parade:
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