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, January 10, 2009

Current Events

What's New? (see details below) 01/03/09 – Jay Hosts the Irish Aires Show 01/??/09 – Irish film “Eden” opens at Angelika Theatre (date UNCERTAIN!) 01/15-17 – Lonestar Stout at The Angel and the Ox Irish Pub GRAND OPENING 02/07/09 – Rory Miggins Memorial Irish Stew Cookoff – Blaggards to perform 02/15/09 - Celtic Festival & Gathering of the Celts includes Lonestar Stout 02/26/09 – Blaggards at Molly’s Pub Downtown 03/14/09 – St Patrick’s Parade in Houston (50th Anniversary) 04/17/09 – Celtic Woman at Toyota Center ---- New On Going events: Men of Houston Morris Dancers most Sundays Stag's Head Pub Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing 1st & 3rd Sundays ---- Events you might want to Plan ahead for (details below): 01/17/09 – Ronan Tynan at the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galveston 02/25/09 - The Chieftains at Jones Hall 03/03/09 – Battlefield Band at Mucky Duck 03/04/09 – James Galway at Jones Hall 04/17/09 – Kevin Burke at the Mucky Duck 04/17/09 – Celtic Woman at Toyota Center 04/ 2009 - iFest Features Ireland ----- To see our playlist as we play it, go to: Archived shows KPFT Archived Programs Sorted By Name *************************** 01/??/09 – Irish film “Eden” opens at Angelika Theatre (Due to scheduling problems “Eden” start has been delayed. The passes we gave away will be valid when “Eden” opens and We will have some more passes to give away when the Schedule is finalized. Jay) From the producers of ONCE and directed by Declan Recks, opens January 9th at the Angelika Theatre in Houston for one week only! Starring Eileen Walsh whose credits include multiple productions at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and Aidan Kelly, the film has been described by the Irish Times as "Pure Cinema" and "Brilliantly directed by Declan Recks." Eileen Walsh won best actress at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Please come out to support Irish film in mainstream theatres! View the synopsis and trailer at "A spellbinder. It's the must-see film of the season... Moving and beautiful." -Scott Hoffman, Liberation Entertainment and Samson Films present in association with Radio Telefís Éireann and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland with the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board EDEN Directed by Declan Recks Produced by David Collins Screenplay by Eugene O’Brien (Based on his original play) Film Festivals Edinburgh International Film Festival Tribeca Film Festival Los Angeles Irish Film Festival Awards Eileen Walsh, Best Actress - 2008 Tribeca Film Festival ************************** 01/10-18/09 – TIARA Hosts Irish Genealogy Conference on Cruise TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) we will be hosting an Irish Genealogy Conference at Sea, aboard the Royal Caribbean ship, Independence of the Seas. This will be an 8 night Eastern Caribbean cruise beginning and ending in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information, visit TIARA's website. ************************* 01/14/09 – Blaggards at Molly’s Pub Downtown Paddy and Chad Acoustic @ Molly's Pub Downtown 509 Main, Houston, TX 77002 713-222-1033 Set: 9:00 PM Tickets: No cover ************************** 01/15-17/2009 – Lonestar Stout at The Angel and the Ox Irish Pub GRAND OPENING Jan 15, 2009 08:00 through Jan 17, 2009 Lonestar Stout is Jed Marum, Jaime Marum, Kendall Rogers & Hugh Morrison VENUE DETAILS Angel and the Ox Email: Address: The Village at Cinco Ranch Address: 22758 Westheimer Parkwy City: Katy State: TX Zip: 77494 Phone: 281 380 1917 ************************* 01/17/09 – Ronan Tynan at the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galveston ************************* 01/21/09 – Blaggards at Molly’s Pub Downtown Paddy and Chad Acoustic @ Molly's Pub Downtown 509 Main, Houston, TX 77002 713-222-1033 Set: 9:00 PM Tickets: No cover ************************** 01/22/09 – Blaggards at The Angel & the Ox Irish Pub Paddy and Chad Acoustic @ The Angel and the Ox Irish Pub 22758 Westheimer Pkwy, Suite 270, Katy, TX 77450 281-395-7055 ************************** 01/24/09 - 56th Heather & Thistle Robert Burns Supper The 2009 Annual Burns Supper celebrates the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns on January 25, 1759. The Heather and Thistle Society's 56th Annual Robert Burns Supper will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042. If you'd like to attend, please print, complete and mail the Ticket Order Form: click here. ************************* 01/28/09 – Blaggards at Molly’s Pub Downtown Paddy and Chad Acoustic @ Molly's Pub Downtown 509 Main, Houston, TX 77002 713-222-1033 Set: 9:00 PM Tickets: No cover ************************** 01/31-02/07/09 – 18th Annual Irish Festival Cruise January 31-February 7 More than 40 hours of traditional Irish entertainment will highlight the 18h Annual Irish Festival Cruise aboard Celebrity Cruise Lines’ Summit departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. This week long cruise to tropical ports of call -- St. Maarten, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba -- combines the best in Irish music, dance and culture with luxurious Caribbean cruising. Performers include Johnny McEvoy, Cherish the Ladies, Bogside Rogues, The Black Brothers, balladeers Tommy Sands and Liam Tiernan. Also, Don Stiffe, raconteur John Gleeson, seanachie Mike Mazur and world champion Irish dancers Donny Golden and Dan Stacey. The jig will be up when the Matt Cunningham Band takes the stage. In addition to the nightly concerts, there will be a variety of workshops on all things Irish...from learning to dance a jig or speak the Irish language to instructions on the tin whistle and bodhran. Irish Festival Cruise accommodations, for January 31st through February 7th start in price from $1,199.00 per person (based on double occupancy, USD). The price includes all shipboard accommodations, meals and entertainment. The package can only be booked through Irish Festival Cruises, Ltd. ************************* 02/05/09 – Blaggards at The Angel & the Ox Irish Pub Paddy and Chad Acoustic @ The Angel and the Ox Irish Pub 22758 Westheimer Pkwy, Suite 270, Katy, TX 77450 281-395-7055 ************************** 02/06/09 – Blaggards at Brian O’Neills Anniversary Party Friday, February 6, 2009 5555 Morningside, Houston, TX 77005 (Map) 713-522-2603 ************************* 02/07/09 – Rory Miggins Memorial Irish Stew Cookoff Irish Stew Cook-Off 2009 Rory Miggins Memorial Irish Stew Cook-off Live Music ~ Including the BLAGGARDS (times to be announced) Great Food ~ Great Company When: Saturday, February, 7 2009 Where: 3607 S. Sandman Location: Between MeElroy's Irish Pub and Stagshead (one block south of Richmond Ave, one block west of S. Shepherd. Would you like Cook for the Event? Fill out this form to Participate in the St. Patrick’s Parade Commission Cook-off to benefit the 50th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. What's going on throughout the day? Silent Auction - Music - Dancers - Entertainment - Raffles and More fun that you can shake a Shillelagh at Judging to include: Irish Stew - San Patricio Chili - Open Irish Dish - Dessert - Best Booth Volunteer with us! As with any fundraising event, we are in need of volunteers to help at the admission, with wristbands, silent auction area etc. If you are interested, please contact Ginger Ney at 281-704-7435 or e-mail. Donations for the Silent Auction are welcome. Questions: Call Ginger Ney at 281-704-7435 or e-mail. Schedule & Entertainment Printable version available soon. ************************* 02/12-14/09 – Lonestar Stout at The Village at Cinco Ranch Feb 12, 2009 08:00 through Feb 14, 2009 Lonestar Stout is Jed Marum & Hugh Morrison At the Angel and the Ox Email: Address: The Village at Cinco Ranch Address: 22758 Westheimer Parkwy City: Katy, TX 77494 Phone: 281 380 1917 ************************* 02/15/09 - Celtic Festival & Gathering of the Celts at St Andrew Episcopal Noon – 5:30 pm 19th Street & Heights Boulevard Admission: Family Ticket: $5.00, Singles: $3.00, Children Under 10 - FREE Featuring the award-winning St. Thomas' Episcopal School Pipe Band The Kirking of the Tartans begins immediately following the 10:30 am church service, kicking off the festival which is highlighted by Celtic music and dance on two stages. For kids young and old, the event offers a Jacob’s ladder, a log challenge, castle moonwalk, and a special children's area with crafts and games. And, you'll be able to sample the wares of a wide range of artists and craftsmen....all while enjoying :: delicious food and drink! :: Fabulous Music & Dance: :: Constant Billy - Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish :: Lonestar Stout :: Celtic Voyage :: Kristen Jensen :: Kelley Fair & Friends :: Celtic Chorus of Houston :: Cass Academy of Irish Dance :: McTeggart Irish Dancers :: Good Time Scottish Country Dancers :: ilderkin International Dancers (KIDS) To learn more about the great entertainment line-up emceed by g uest announcer Dave Vandiver, visit the Gathering of the Celts. Fantastic Art & Crafts: A Punkin Card Company - handmade stationery Athena Glass - original fused glass jewelry & art Cross the Universe - uniquely decorated crosses D&M Art Works - dichronic glass & custom jewelry Elder Street Artists - original artwork Gamiworks - chiyogami gifts & accessories Hill Country Smorgasboard - gourd art & jewelry Hope's Couture - unique purses & wallets Houston Crafts - handmade jewelry Feto Soap - handcrafted bath & body products J Peace Designs - handcrafted jewelry & clothing Jeanne's Jewels - jewelry, gemstones June McCarthy - wreathes, crosses, wands, geckos Kopp Krafts - sand art, juggle sticks Laredo Designs - wrought iron decor MeMe's Jams 'N Jellies - homemade treats One, Two, Three, Etc. - sterling silver jewelry Phenix Handcrafted Knives - custom forged blades Qcreations - handmade blue jean purses & blankets St. Andrew's Quilters' Guild - handcrafted quilts & decor The Art of Ron Collins - mystical woodcarving & art Twin Star Trading - hand painted fans, beaded cloth Village Botanica - organic produce & nutritional items And much, much more! Attention Artists, Vendors & Entertainers! For information about vendor opportunities, contact Teri Jo Nicholson, Chris Barker or Kathleen Galbraith. To participate as an entertainer, please contact Dianna Shipman. *************************** 02/19/09 – Clandestine at the Mucky Duck Feb 19, 7:30pm, $15 *************************** 02/19/09 – Blaggards at The Angel & the Ox Irish Pub Paddy and Chad Acoustic @ The Angel and the Ox Irish Pub 22758 Westheimer Pkwy, Suite 270, Katy, TX 77450 281-395-7055 ************************** 02/21/09 – Blaggards at The Angel & the Ox Irish Pub 22758 Westheimer Pkwy, Suite 270, Katy, TX 77450 281-395-7055 ************************** 02/25/09 - The Chieftains at Jones Hall Jones Hall 615 Louisiana Houston TX 77002 Phone: (713) 224-7575 Come hear these six-time Grammy Award winners. The Chieftains have collaborated and performed with some of the biggest names in rock, pop, and traditional music in Ireland and around the world, including the Rolling Stones and Van Morrison. Ireland's premier musical ambassadors will appear with your Houston Symphony. ************************ 02/26/09 – Blaggards at Molly’s Pub Downtown Paddy and Chad Acoustic @ Molly's Pub Downtown 509 Main, Houston, TX 77002 713-222-1033 Set: 9:00 PM Tickets: No cover ************************** 03/03/09 – Battlefield Band at Mucky Duck 7:30PM $20 ************************ 03/04/09 – James Galway at Jones Hall Sir James Galway, flute Christopher O’Riley, piano Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 8 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, downtown Houston ************************ 03/06-08/09 – North Texas Irish Festival Dallas, Texas ************************ 03/14/09 – St Patrick’s Parade in Houston (50th Anniversary) Starts at Noon at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston The St. Patrick’s Parade—A Houston Tradition The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is rooted deeply in the Houston’s history. The first parade dated back to the 1880’s when the parade started in “Irish Town” by the old St. Patrick’s Church on Harrisburg. The people spilled in and out of the various pubs located around Market Square. The Civil War hero, Dick Dowling, had a bar named the Bank of Bacchus at the edge of the square. It was a favorite gathering place. However, the parade was discontinued at the beginning of World War I and did not continue during the Depression and World War II. In 1960, radio personalities, Tim Nolan and Bob Bryant announced a St. Patrick’s Parade in Downtown Houston on March 17, 1960. The parade was soon being organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians and is now being organized by the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission. In that spirit, the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission would like to announce that the 50th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at Minute Maid Park. The parade will start at noon. We have been extremely fortunate to have had so many wonderful individuals serve as our Grand Marshal over the course of our history. We have searched hard for the perfect individual to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 50th parade, but we feel that this year we much look at our history and honor those who served the parade in the past as Grand Marshal. Each one has given their own unique spin on the meaning of being Irish in Houston , Texas . We are extremely proud of this group and we will invite each one to ride in the parade as our Grand Marshals. Sadly, some of our Grand Marshals have passed on to be with St. Patrick. For those individuals, we will dedicate the parade. Our grand marshals have represented Houston’s diverse population. Movie personalities Dennis O’Keefe and Dennis Day were among our first grand marshals. Astronauts Robert Crippen, Brian Duffey and Jim Weatherby, along with George Abbey and Gerald Griffin have represented NASA. Football greats Dan Pastorini, Jim Kelley , Coach Kevin Gilbride , former Rockets announcer Jim Foley and Glen Hart from the Houston Aeros represented our sports heritage in Houston . Other honorees include businessmen George Strait, Jim McIngvale and Glen McCarthy, Jr., local politicians, Johnnie Goyen and Mayor Jim McConn, Dr. Denton Cooley and Dr. Joseph McFadden, former President of St. Thomas University. The St. Patrick’s Parade has also honored our local Irish leaders such as Burke O’Rourke, Tom Horan, Michael Davitt, Larry and Kathleen Miggins, Pat Patton, Jim McNamara, Michael Griffin, Jay Dooling, Pete Little, Dr. Edward and Jeannie Kearns, Pat Sharkey, Mary Kearns and Mike Daly, without who’s selfless commitment, the Parade would not have survived and thrived. Along with our former Grand Marshals, the parade will be dedicated to Parade Founders, Tim Nolan, Bob Bryant, Irish 100 Club member Pat O’Connor and Parade Communications director Greg Dodson. ************************ 03/17/09 – St Patrick’s Festival at the Mucky Duck *********************** 03/19-20/2009 – Lonestar Stout at Angel & The Ox Mar 19, 2009 08:00 through Mar 20, 2009 Lonestar Stout is Jed Marum & Hugh Morrison VENUE DETAILS Angel and the Ox Email: Address: The Village at Cinco Ranch Address: 22758 Westheimer Parkwy City: Katy State: TX Zip: 77494 Phone: 281 380 1917 ************************ 04/03/09 – Clandestine at Mucky Duck Friday, April 3, 7pm, $15 Clandestine is surely one of the most impressive young Celtic bands in the country, and has everything necessary to achieve international fame, as well. With a sound as tight, powerful, and forthright as the Tannahill Weavers', they'll survive comparison with almost any Celtic folk band. Built around the Highland piping of E.J. Jones, the excellent fiddler Gregory McQueen and the very talented percussionist and singer Emily Dugas. ************************ 04/17/09 – Kevin Burke at the Mucky Duck Friday, April 17, 7:30pm, $15 ************************ 04/17/09 – Celtic Woman at Toyota Center Friday April 17, 2009 at 8:00pm Toyota Center 1600 Jackson St Houston, Texas 77003 ************************ 04/18 & 19 and 04/25 & 26/2009 – iFest Features Ireland iFest (Houston International Festival) various venues, Houston Description: One of Houston's larger festivals and its preeminent arts celebration, iFest salutes a different country each year, along with its attendant culture. The festival extends across two consecutive weekends in late April and takes place at venues throughout the city, including Sam Houston Park and City Hall. Musical performances get plenty of focus, but you'll also find arts and crafts for sale, a children's zone, and dance performances. Highlighted nations have included India, Jamaica, Mexico, and Ireland. Apr 25, 2009 00:00 to 00:00 Lonestar Stout Event Notes: Stage times planned for 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30. Check event schedule fro details Hours: Sat, Apr 18, 2009 Sun, Apr 19, 2009 Sat, Apr 25, 2009 Sun, Apr 26, 2009 Admission: Adult $8.50 - $15; Child (12 and under) Free *********************************************** 04/23-25/09 – Jed Marum, Hugh Morrison & Mason Brown at Angel & the Ox EVENT DETAILS Apr 23, 2009 08:00 through Apr 25, 2009 Guest: Hugh Morrison and Mason Brown VENUE DETAILS Angel and the Ox Email: Address: The Village at Cinco Ranch Address: 22758 Westheimer Parkwy City: Katy State: TX Zip: 77494 MAP Phone: 281 380 1917 *********************************************** 05/01-03/2009 - Sam Houston Folk Festival *********************************************** 05/09/09 – Jed Marum at Second Saturday Concert 08:00PM to 10:00PM Price: $10 Event Notes: May 9 2009 VENUE DETAILS Houston Folklore & Folk Music Society, Email: Address: 1618 Earl Of Dunmore Lane City: Katy State: TX Zip: 77449 Phone: 281 347 3235 Venue Notes: Second Saturday Concerts *********************************************** 05/16-17/2009 – Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival Present by Houston Highland Games Association at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club ********************************************** 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. 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 ---- Ireland 2007 Pictures Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7 - Part 8 - New – A Compilation of All my 2007 Irish Pics with music & videos. 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 ---- ************************* 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: ---- Men of Houston Morris Dancers most Sundays Stag's Head Pub Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing 1st & 3rd Sundays ------ 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 ---- New Galveston Session Starting: Poor Michael's Pub in Galveston (2007 Strand) wants to start a regular session at their establishment. All levels of musical expertise (including those who just like to listen) will be welcome! Contact Michael at or call him at 409-762-1967 to get more details. Also, Poor Michael's has some employment opportunity for bartenders. ---- "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 ---- "The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance" Come join us at our first weekly class for our new school starting this Sunday (12/16/07) Classes will be every Sunday from 4PM To 5:30PM at Amy Blakes Academy Of Dance Located At The Intersection Of Thor St And Bay Area Blvd. On January 13, 2008, there will be a Master Class from 1PM to 4PM (The workshop cost is $40 for a 4 hour masterclass). We are opening up in the Clear Lake area and would love to have all interested in learning Irish dance, come and join our school. About us: Darren Maguire is a former lead male dancer in Riverdance the Show, world champion level dancer, and fully accredited TCRG/ADCRG with the Irish dance commission in Dublin, Ireland. Richard Tew is a national, and regional champion level dancer, and regional senior men's champion in 2003. Richard is also a TCRG candidate having already taken and passed most of his requirements. Amy Blake's Academy of Dance" located at: 2150 Bay Area Blvd. Houston, TX 77058 Our weekly classes are being planned right now, and will be at the same location as the workshops. Please either email: or call 281-989-3575 Thanks, Richard Tew ****************************************** 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. ---- :: Rory Oliver Miggins, RIP Rory Oliver Miggins RORY OLIVER MIGGINS, 52, entered into life everlasting on December 7, 2007, in his parental home in the shadow of St. Anne's Church, after a valiant 3-month battle with melanoma. Rory was born in Houston, Texas on September 11, 1955, the first-born of 12 children of Kathleen and Larry Miggins, who survive him. Rory was a natural competitor. He had a distinguished athletic career at St. Thomas High School in basketball, baseball, and, particularly, football, garnering All- District, All-State, and All-American honors as running back. Rory graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1974. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1979 with a BBA in Finance. He was a lifelong athlete, playing baseball for 16 years with the Houston Men's Senior Baseball League, most recently with the Colt 45's during the spring of 2007. During his 29-year career as a marine manager with ILA Local 1351, Rory rose to Class A rank and served on its Executive Board. It was through his work at the Port of Houston that Rory developed a love of the waterfront, prompting him to form the Waterfront Association that sponsored the Waterfront Fishing Festival for many years dedicated to cleaning and beautification of the environment. Rory's love of music, fostered by his Irish heritage, inspired him to create an East End legend, Local Charm, a venue for regional blues, rockabilly, country, and zydeco bands where he lived by the motto "You are a stranger here but once." His eclectic music bar launched many new talents in the 80's and 90's. He was recognized for these efforts and was appointed the 2008 Honorary Chair of the Musician's Benevolent Society that he co-founded in the 80's. An example of Rory's originality and creativity is the first ever St. Patrick's Day Snake Races held at Local Charm. Always interested in Texas history, Rory joined the Texas Army and achieved the rank of Colonel. He was also recognized as a Knight of Texas for his work in connection with the annual Greening of the Bayou for St. Patrick's Day. In addition to his parents, Rory is survived by his 11 grieving siblings, their spouses, and his 15 nieces and 16 nephews to whom he was a terrific uncle: Eileen Hohlt (John), Mary, John, and Annie Hohlt; John (Debbie), Christine, Julia, and Matthew Miggins; Larry (Sherl), Thomas and Laura Miggins; Maureen Swanson (Pat), Fiona, Patrick, Brian and Kenneth Swanson; Noreen Gottschalk (Stephen), Robert and Daniel Gottschalk; Matthew (Penelope), Gabriella, John, and Maria Miggins; Kathleen Hibbler (Jim), Elizabeth, Conor, Bridie, and Rory; Neil (Serena), Charlie, Jack, and Adelaide Miggins; Robert (Julie), Lily, Carlo, and Patrick Miggins; Patrick (Nancy) and James Miggins; and Michael (Abby), Molly, Cate and Lucy Miggins. Rory's surviving aunts and uncles include John and Helen Miggins of Tunxis Village, CT; Rita Miggins of Boca Raton, FL; Eileen (Rory's godmother) and Jake Hoppenthal of Artesia Springs, CA; Thomas and Margaret McMahon of Chicago, IL; Andy and Ann McMahon of Melbourne, Australia; and Bridie and Jimmy Morrissey of London, England. He has countless cousins, world-wide, who survive him, many of whom supported him with visits and phone calls during his illness. In addition to his activities noted above, Rory was a member of many other families including St. Anne's parish, the Houstonian Club, Art Car Parade Commission (founding member), the Orange Show Commission, the Waterfront Association, the Texas Army, Slippery Rock Booster Club, Idylwood Civic Club, St. Patrick's Parade Commission, Houston Blues Society (founding member), Dick Dowling Irish Heritage Society (founding member), The Irish Society, The Seaman's Center, and St. Thomas High School Alumni Association. Never was Rory's loyal and diverse network of friends more evident than during his illness when they kept his spirits high and ministered to his spiritual needs. Rory wanted to express his appreciation to the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson who did their best to arrest his cancer. Showing his indomitable spirit, just last Monday, Rory said "I'm your man" if a clinical trial became available. Neither the Miggins family nor Rory could have faced the challenge of this vicious disease without the loving expertise of Rory's brother-in-law and Noreen's husband, Dr. Stephen Gottschalk, who tirelessly trouble-shot on Rory's behalf. The family will receive friends at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer (at Shepherd) on Monday, December 10 from 5 8 pm, with the rosary recitation at 7 o'clock. The Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 11, with a light luncheon to follow in the parish hall. Following the luncheon, Rory's remains will return to his beloved East End for interment at Forest Park Lawndale. Rory's pallbearers are his seven surviving brothers. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made in Rory Miggins' name to: · The Hole in the Wall Gang (a fund for crippled children) c/o ILA 1351, 7524 Ave. N, Houston, TX 77012; · St. Thomas High School, Rory Miggins Memorial Scholarship, 4500 Memorial, Houston, TX 77007; · St. Anne School Foundation, 2120 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77019; · The St. Brendan Society, c/o Jeannie Kearns, 10220 Memorial Drive #131, Houston, TX 77024. " Fare thee well, my child, forever. In this world we have lost our joy. But in the next we will never sever. There we'll find our darlin' boy." Sign guest book at: :: 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. ---- Nina Simon passed away. She was the mother Ciaran Simon's (of Mr C's Pub in Houston) and the wife of Harry Simon of Cleveland. The following obit was posted online at: You can go there and leave a message for Ciaran. Eileen "Nina" (Cooke) Simon EILEEN "NINA" SIMON (nee Cooke), age 85, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. Beloved wife of Harry; loving mother of Frances, Declan, Melanie and Ciaran; grandmother to Daniel, Moira and Aislinn (deceased); sister, aunt or cousin to the Cookes, the Foleys, Hills, Synnotts and O'Sullivans. Nina was an avid gardener and loved fashion and the theater. She had a special affinity for The Bard. She was a member of St. Clement parish for 50 years and served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. She volunteered many hours to numerous charitable causes. She loved to sew and bake. A Memorial Mass will be officiated by her dear friend Fr. Alfred Winters at St. Clement, 2022 Lincoln Ave. on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation may be made to the Multiple Myaloma Foundation or to "Genesis Medical Education and Research Institute" (MERI) in Memphis, TN. Special thanks to the staff at Harborside Nursing Home and Cleveland Clinic Hospice for their loving care. ---- :: 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. ----- If you have nothing better to do, and I suspect you do, you can see our vacations Pictures on line. Warning they are NOT from Ireland (unfortunately). This includes All our pictures from our fall trip. We will be back home tomorrow. ALL my pics at Flickr Slide show for Pics from the Midwest (94) Slide show for Pics from the West (61) Slide Show for Pics from Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming (45) Slide Show for Pics from Beartooth Mountains, WY & MT (17) Slide Show for Pics from Montana (31) Slide Show for Pics from Glacier Park (42) Slide Show for Pics from Yellowstone (57) Slide Show for Pics from the Grand Tetons (22) Slide Show for Pics from Around Salt Lake City (35) Slide Show for Pics from Nevada (15) Slide Show for Pics from Yosemite Park (41) Slide Show for Pics from N California (51) Slide Show for Pics from San Francisco (58) Slide Show for Pics from California (14) Slide Show for Pics from Las Vegas (19) Slide Show for Pics from Utah & Zion National Park (33) Slide Show for Pics from Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (61) Slide Show for Pics from Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (41) Slide Show for Pics from Monument Valley, AZ (16) Slide Show for Pics from West Texas & McDonald Observatory (12) OR you can see more details about our trip at YAHOO Trip Fall 2008 – Part 1 (Aug 7 – Sept 6, 2008) (226 Pics) YAHOO Trip Fall 2008 – Part 2 (Sep 6 – Oct 12, 2008) (304 Pics) YAHOO Trip Fall 2008 – Part 3 (Oct 13 – Oct 31, 2008) (220 Pics) (The pictures can be seen at the Yahoo site also. Click on the pictures directly Left of the Fall 2008 title. You will see the pics here with labels.) Post IKE pics from Shoreacres Pictures from 2008 St Paddy's Irish Open Golf Tournament. ---- 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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