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Friday, October 05, 2007

Current Events

Current Events What's New? 05/16-18/08 - Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival (corrected Date) ---- New Compilation of 2007 Irish Pics with music & videos. See instructions on how to see at Irish Aires Blog. ************************* 10/05/07 – Film "Once" playing at Greenway Theatre A modern day musical set on the streets of Dublin, featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band The Frames. Writer/director John Carney tells the story of an emotionally vulnerable street musician (Hansard) who meets a Czech immigrant (Markéta Irglová) unable to afford the piano she yearns for. They are both outsiders, struggling with their art and their hearts. Through music they find a common bond, and over the course of an intense few days, their relationship blossoms. Putting together a band to rehearse songs and record some demos brings some much- needed impetus to their artistic and personal lives. Winner of the Audience Award for World Cinema (Drama) at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Official Web Site Director: John Carney Cast: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Geoff Minogue MPAA Rating: R Run Time: 1hr 28mins Release Year: 2006 Country Of Origin: Ireland Schedule for Sat & Sunday 11:45am 1:45 4:00 7:15 9:15 Weekday Schedule 1:45 4:00 7:15 9:15 ********************* 10/6 – 11/25, 2007 Texas Renaissance Festival ********************* 10/06007 - ST. ANDREW'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Fall Bazaar HEIGHTS, HOUSTON, TEXAS ********************* 10/07/07 – Constant Billy - Sunday, 7:30-9:30pm, House Concert in Houston with "She Moved Through the Fair" We'll be doing this house concert in conjunction with the remarkable Polly MacIntyre's one-woman show, "She Moved Through the Fair." Polly's piece illuminates the romantic and sexual life of a contemporary Irish woman. Inspired by, and freely adapted from the works of Edna O’Brien, Polly MacIntyre’s play features bittersweet, often comic tales of coming of age, illicit love affairs gone wrong, and an unforgettable plan for revenge. Polly's piece has played in New York and Philadelphia to packed houses and glowing reviews, and will make a great counterpart to our set. We'll go on first, followed by a short intermission, then Polly will knock you out with "She Moved Through the Fair!" What: Constant Billy in a House Concert along with Polly MacIntyre's one-woman show "She Moved Through the Fair." Where: Studio Off Broadway, 7817 Easton St. Houston 77017. Call (713) 686-0932 When: 7:30-9:30pm, Sunday October 7, 2007. How Much: $15 suggested donation. ************************* 10/10/07 - Rev. Harold Good and Fr. Alec Reid on Northern Ireland: Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones at Univ of St Thomas, Wednesday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Rev. Harold Good and Fr. Alec Reid served as facilitators in the back channels of the Northern Ireland Peace Process for many years from the start of "the Troubles" in 1969 through today. Fr. Reid was the behind-the-scenes link who convinced John Hume of Northern Ireland’s Social Democratic and Labour Party, the nationalist party, to meet with Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin, the republican party. This opening of communication led to the creation of a peaceful and democratic strategy for resolving the Northern Irish Conflict that ultimately was capable of persuading the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to end their armed campaign, which led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. This Agreement served as one of the stepping stones to the 2007 power-sharing Parliament in Northern Ireland. Fr. Reid and Rev. Good also served as independent clerical witnesses who observed and verified the historic decommissioning (destruction) of arms by the IRA in September 2005. Both Rev. Good and Fr. Reid have been involved in special peacemaking ministries to comfort and support people living at the heart of the conflict. Rev. Good is the former President of the Methodist Church of Ireland and lives in Belfast. Fr. Alec Reid was born in Dublin, raised in Tipperary and lives in Belfast. These two individuals have devoted their lives to ending violence, wherever it may be found. They will discuss the stumbling blocks and stepping stones that have led to the current peace in Northern Ireland. Rev. Good is the former President of the Methodist Church of Ireland and lives in Belfast . He has served in churches in Northern Ireland , the Republic of Ireland and the United States . Alongside his ministry within local communities, Rev. Good has had a wider role as adviser to the Government on social policy, Human Rights Commissioner, part-time prison chaplain, Chair of the Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Re- settlement of Offenders (NIACRO) and a founding member of Healing Through Remembering, an organization concerned with responsibility towards victims and others seeking appropriate ways of dealing with the painful past. Fr. Alec Reid was born in Dublin and raised in Tipperary . He is a member of the Redemptorist Clonard Monastery, which stands at the interface between Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods in West Belfast ’s Falls Road and Shankill Road areas. The mission of the Redemptorist Order is to preach the values and the blessings of the Christian Gospel to people everywhere, but particularly to the poor, the marginalised and the downtrodden. Fr. Reid divides his time between Northern Ireland and the Basque Region of Spain. These two individuals have devoted their lives to ending violence, wherever it may be found. They will discuss the stumbling blocks and stepping stones that have led to the current peace in Northern Ireland . The event is sponsored by Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum, UST Social Justice Committee, Catholic Charities and the Office of Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Christ Church Cathedral. Cost Free and open to the public Location Cullen Hall Address 4001 Mt Vernon Contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 ********************* 10/12/07 – Memorial to Tommy Makem in Lake Charles Rosa Hart Theatre at the Civic Center – Makem Brothers, Spain Brothers & friends. Location: Celtic Nations Heritage Festival Phone: 337-905-2358 Notes: For more info visit ********************* 10/12-14/07 - 17th Annual Celtic Nations Heritage Festival and World Cup Currach Regatta Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. ********************* 10/27/07 – Constant Billy - Saturday, 8-10pm Constant Billy performs at Full Throttle Coffee House with the multitalented Kristen Jensen. First time to perform in this cool new listening room just north of Houston. We'll share the evening with our pal, the hot fiddler and chanteuse Kristen Jensen for a very special evening! What: Constant Billy at Full Throttle Coffee House along with fiddler and singer Kristen Jensen. Where: 2040 Louetta Suite G, almost one mile (.08) West of I-45 in Spring, TX (click here for map). When: Saturday October 27 2007, 8-10pm. How Much: TBA. ********************* 11/01/07 - "Kilmainham Gaol: The Nation's Historic Pride" at the Univ of St. Thomas 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM As part of the University of St. Thomas Irish American Cultural Institute Perceptions Series, Niall Bergin, supervisor, acting archivist and curator, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland will discuss "Kilmainham Gaol: The Nation’s Historic Pulse," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, in Cullen Hall. Kilmainham Gaol (jail) in Dublin served as a political seismograph, recording many different political upheavals in Ireland, including the imprisonment and execution of many of those involved in the 1916 Easter Rising for Ireland’s independence from Britain. Bergin will look at the Gaol from its opening in 1796 to its closing in 1924. He will explore the often overlooked story of the fate of the common man, woman and child held in the Gaol and the impact of the Great Famine and Convict Transportation on the Gaol. He is employed by the Heritage Service in the Office of Public Works, which is the Irish office responsible for protecting and maintaining Ireland’s heritage. His work in Kilmainham Gaol ranges considerably from guided tours of the Gaol to its many thousands of visitors, coordinating research, recruiting new staff and liaising with TV/Film groups and artists, all of which would like to use Kilmainham Gaol as a venue. He has worked with the museum since 1999. Cost Free and open to the public. Limited seating. First-come; first-served. Location Cullen Hall Address 4001 Mt. Vernon Contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592. Sponsored By The Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum, the Irish American Institute and The Irish Society ************************* 11/03-04 - Austin Celtic Festival ************************* 11/04/07 – Irish Aires Event at Miller Outdoor Theater As part of KPFT’s Fall Series at Miller Theatre Irish Aires will present Constant Billy and the Flying Fish Sailors in Concert. 2-4PM on the small Stage. ************************* 11/02/07 – Seven Nations At The Mucky Duck 7:30 & 10pm, $15 ********************* 11/09/07 - The Greencards at the Mucky Duck – 7:30 & 10pm, $15 ************************* 11/15/07 -A Varied Mixing of the Old Sod within American Soil @ Univ of St Thomas on Thursday, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Two prelates who often stand together, yet just as frequently oppose one another, are John Ireland and Michael Corrigan, archbishops of New York and St. Paul, respectively. Neither is always on the winning side. Each see his own vision as vital to the survival of the American Catholic Church. Both prelates represent a voice heard today within American Catholic circles. Their contributions remain with us as does the shadow of their differing views. The lecture will explore the stance of each of these prelates to sharpen one’s focus on the Church today. Sr. Madeleine Grace, CVI, a member of the Congregation of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, holds degrees from the University of Houston in social science, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in theology and St. Louis University in historical theology. Her specific area of specialization is church history (early church) coupled with a keen interest in spirituality. She is currently teaching a course on American Catholic Heritage for the Irish Studies Program at UST. Cost Free and open to the public. Location Cullen Hall Address 4001 Mt. Vernon Contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 Sponsored By The Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum and The Irish Society ************************* 11/16/07 - Gaelic Storm @ Miller Outdoor Theatre ************************* 12/07/07 - The Irish Tenor Christmas Show at Jones Hall The Irish Tenors Christmas Special at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Street, Friday, Dec. 7th at 8 PM. You have seen and heard them on PBS: Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, & Ronan Tynan. Don't miss this exciting opportunity! With their bright, ringing tone (and high C performance skills!), The Irish Tenors will make their Houston debut with an evening of festive music just in time for the holidays. The Irish Tenors are one of the most successful Irish touring acts ever! To purchase tickets, please log on at or contact Michael Coppens at 713-632-8113. Ticket prices range from $22 to $67. ********************* 01/25/08 - 02/24/058 - The Lieutenant of Inishmore Venue: Alley Theatre Address: 615 Texas Avenue Houston, TX 77002 Phone: 713.220.5700 URL: Start Date: January 25, 2008 End Date: February 24, 2008 Author of last season’s extraordinary success, The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh returns to the Alley with "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," a gruesome comedy that was Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" revolves around a group of terrorists in a radical IRA splinter group and their ruthless (and cat-loving) leader "Mad Padraic." When Padraic’s beloved cat is found dead, the death must be concealed before Padraic returns from a stint of violence. What follows are a series of savagely funny events that are both shocking and surprising. This is the third play by McDonagh that the Alley has produced, starting with his break-through play "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" in 1999 and "The Pillowman" in 2005. Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, "….a guaranteed adrenaline booster! See it!" By Martin McDonagh Directed by Gregory Boyd Neuhaus Stage January 25 - February 24, 2008 Recommended for mature audiences. Language, blood, violence. ********************* 02/03/08 - 2008 Celtic Festival & Gathering Of The Celts St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Heights, Houston, Texas ********************* 02/28/08 –The Reel Thing: Traditional Music by the Brock McGuíre Band from the West of Ireland When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon Cost Free and open to the public. Contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 Sponsored By The Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum and The Irish Society ************************* 03/14/08 - St. Patrick's Day Mass and Breakfast at Univ of St Thomas Friday, March 14, 2008 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Join the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas for a St. Patrick's Day Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2008 in the Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum. The Most Rev. Archbishop Daniel DiNardo will be the principal celebrant. Other celebrants are welcome. UST’s Dr. John Burke and the de Burgo Ensemble will perform the liturgical music. Breakfast will follow Mass in Jerabeck Center Gym, 4000 Mt. Vernon. Breakfast is $15 per person and will benefit the Center for Irish Studies. RSVP for breakfast by calling 713-942-5906; leave your name, number in party and telephone number. For more information contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592. Cost $15 Location Chapel of St. Basil and Jerabeck Center Gym Address 3802 Yoakum and 4000 Mt. Vernon Contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 ******************* 05/02/08 - 2008 Huntsville: General Sam Houston Folk Festival ******************** 05/07/08 - 2008 Houston: Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival ****************************************** ON GOING Events: 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 ---- Irish Aires is also podcast at: Internet listening (live) is available through our MP3 streams. 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See instructions on how to see at Irish Aires Blog. ********************* 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! 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. ---- :: 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
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