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.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Current Events

(NOTE: Items in the ‘What’s New’ list are ONLY new items or items with updated info) What's New? (see details below) 03/07/09 – Constant Billy at Bayou City Farmer’s Market (addition info) 03/07/09 – St Patrick’s Work Party @ T A Cargo Club 03/07/09 – Pete Hosts Irish Aires 03/07/09 – Murder the Stout at Brian O’Neills & Irish Stew Cookoff (updated info) 03/11-17 – St Patrick’s Day activities at Golden Goose Irish Pub 03/12/09 – Kilt Contest at Brian O’Neills (updated info) 03/13/09 – Grif’s Irish Open Golf Tournament 03/14/09 – Ulster Historic Foundation Program at Clayton Library (additional info) 03/15/09 – Katy’s Irish American Heritage Assoc. St Patrick Day Celebration 03/15/09 – St Arnold’s Celebrates St Patrick’s Day 03/15/09 – FM 1960 Area St Patrick’s Day Parade 03/15/09 – 5K Shamrock Shuffle (sponsored by Brian O’Neills) 03/17/09 – Murder the Stout at Brian O’Neills at Noon (additional info) 03/17/09 – Griff’s St Patrick’s Day Celebration 03/17/09 – St Patrick’s Day at McElroys --- New On Going events & Announcements: Prayer Request for Michael Davitt (See Announcements below) Friends of Sabine Pass are seeking members (See Announcements below) Bogside Artists Book Review & ordering info ----- Jed Marum has posted a short documentary film made by Power Lunch Productions. The film Is about my music and includes clips from live performances, in-studio music and interviews. Please take a look and listen - and please rate and comment on the Youtube page. ------ McTaggart Irish Dancers Celebrate 20th Year (See on going events) ---- Events you might want to Plan ahead for (details below): 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 ************************** 03/06/09 – St Patrick’s Emerald Ball Reception & Silent Auction @ The Houston Club The Houston Club, 811 Rusk at Milam, Houston, Texas 6:45PM Cocktails 7:30PM Dinner Emcee: Tom Horan, The Texas Irish Ambassador Reservations: Dorothy Davitt 281-358-2380 (281-358-8490 Fax) Emerald Ball, P.O. Box 5603, Kingwood, Texas 77325 ************************** 03/06-08/09 – North Texas Irish Festival Dallas, Texas ************************ 03/07/09 – Constant Billy at Bayou City Farmer’s Market 9-11AM Constant Billy here. We've just noticed that it's springtime in Houston. Wow, when did that happen? What does it mean? It means we must play at the Bayou City Farmers Market this Saturday and you must get out of the house and enjoy Houston's best market and Houston's BEST MUSIC! THIS Saturday March 7, 2009, from 9-11am we return to the Bayou City Farmers' Market! What's in season? Glorious Weather for a start! Also, specialty items like napa cabbage spicy arugula red dandelion sorrel edible flowers microgreens wheatgrass green onions green garlic purple onions Collard, mustard and turnip greens calmondin Calondin? What in the world is calmondin, anyway? Anyhow, we love this Market so much we've actually written a SONG about it! Come join us and learn what fresh food and fresh MUSIC are all about! What: Constant Billy returns to Houston’s wonderful Bayou City Farmers Market. Where: 3000 Richmond Ave. at Eastside (enter on Eastside) in Houston (click here for map). When: THIS Saturday March 7, 2009 from 9-11am. How Much: Absolutely FREE! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks for your support of acoustic music! Emily Standish Bill Galbraith ************************ 03/07/09 – St Patrick’s Work Party @ T A Cargo Club Work party 12:00 noon T A's Cargo Club 3604 Mangum Rd @ 34th Street Preparing packets for parade entrants & badges for Marshals. Everyone is welcome. It is a good opportunity to socialize Mary is bringing her famous Shepherd’s Pie & is encouraging those Coming to bring other foods for lunch. ************************ 03/07/09 – Murder the Stout at Brian O’Neills & Irish Stew Cookoff Saturday March 7 2009 Special » Innagural Irish Stew Cook Off Because we love what all the folks at our local Ronald McDonald House do for children & their families we decided to have another event in their honor. On Saturday March 7th, yes that is this Saturday; we will be hosting our First Irish Stew Cook Off. Since we are in Texas we know you are no stranger to Cook Offs, in fact last weekend there was a big one just down the road. We are not asking you to cook Chili or Ribs but instead some fine Irish Stew, Irish Soda Bread & an Irish inspired dessert. We are accepting entry forms now for cooking teams but if you don’t fancy yourself a connoisseur of fine Irish cuisine you could just come out and support our chefs by coming out and tasting their offerings. A $5 donation at the door gets you a wristband to taste anything and everything that our teams are cooking. Don’t forget all monies raised will go to our friends at RMHC so dig deep and help us write an even bigger check! This will be a family friendly event with a face painter and some treats the kids will love. If you want to enter a cook team please come by the pub and pick up a form. If you can’t get by e-mail the pub and I will be happy to send you a pdf of the form so you can print at home or the office. And, because we're so excited about the Cook Off, we've had t-shirts made. Get yours at the event! ************************ 03/08/09 – St Patrick’s Grand Marshal Reception at Brian O’Neills Grand Marshal Reception--Brian O'Neill's 2:00 pm As a Member of the Irish Aires email list You are invited to the Grand Marshal’s Reception For the 50th Annual St. Patrick’s parade Sunday Afternoon, march 8, 2009 2:00 pm-6:00 pm At Brian O’Neill’s Irish Pub 5555 Morningside in Rice Village All the past grand marshals will be honored. Music by Godfrey’s Rangers & Irish Dancers ************************ 03/10/09 – Murder the Stout at Brian O’Neills ************************ 03/11/09 – Jed Marum Radio Interview on KUHT-FM Mar 11, 2009 02:00 to 03:00 Event Notes: on-air interview KUHF - FM Radio (88.7 FM) City: Houston State: TX Zip: 77210 ************************ 03/11/09 – St Patrick’s Marshal’s Meeting at Home Plate Bar & Grill Marshal Meeting 7:00 pm Home Plate Bar & Grill on Texas Ave. across from Minute Maid Park. This is the important meeting for all those planning to help on Parade day!!! ************************ 03/11-17 – St Patrick’s Day activities at Golden Goose Irish Pub Wednesday, March 11th – 8:00pm – Karaoke Contest by Twister Entertainment! Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place. Irish Songs & Artists get you extra points!! Come on out and show off your singing talents! Thursday, March 12th – 9pm – 3rd Annual Sexy Kilt Contest- brandish your best Celtic attire (yes men…that means a skirt) and show off your legs! Cash prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. Please call or e-mail to sign up! Hey Ladies…you’re not out of this one!! Women are welcome to sign up as well. If you would rather be a judge, just let us know, but hurry not many spots left! If you don’t want to be in the contest you should make it a point to come out and watch the festivities. You’ll be sure to have a GREAT time!! Friday, March 13th – Friday the 13th! The Ruse takes the stage at 10pm. Saturday, March 14th – “ST. PRACTICE DAY!” Get yourself prepared. Everyone needs a little practice for the big day!! The beginning of green beer and Kris Harper Band takes the stage at 10pm. Come get warmed up! Irish Car Bombs on Special ALL DAY! Sunday, March 15th – The Day for The Kids Please come help support our annual charity event that benefits children with cancer. 2pm – Pantene Beautiful Lengths We are looking for women to donate 10 inches of their hair to the charity. We will have a local salon on the patio of The Goose who will be doing the cutting. If you have any questions you need answered or just need more info please visit their website at or call Brandi at 281-466-1502 4pm – St. Baldrick’s Day This is our 3rd Annual St. Baldrick’s event. This event will be held on The Goose's Acre Patio. We are looking for men or women to shave their heads! We do not donate the hair from this event. People donate as much money as they would like in the name of the shavee…donations and registration can be done on-line at We’re a little behind on donations and volunteers… so get there quick! Monday, March 16th – 2nd Annual Irish Whiskey Dinner – 6:30 pm. $45 per person (includes tax and gratuity) gets you a delectable four course meal and 5 Irish Whiskeys! Also you will get the Whiskeys of Ireland presentation! Lots of great food and drink! And afterwards you can participate in our Irish Trivia Contest. Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place. Tuesday, March 17th – ST. PATRICK’S DAY Doors open at 8am Irish Breakfast served from 8am - 11am in main dining room Patio Kitchen starts serving food from 11am – 2am Irish Dancers, Bag-Pipers and Live Music All Day Long! Come get your years worth of Green Beer! We’re keeping the party going until 2am!! 11am Jimmy Kaiser Duo 02pm Mike Amabile Duo 06pm The Ruse 10pm Laurel & The Edge The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub 21 Waterway Avenue, Suite 140 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Ph: 281-466-1502 Fax: 281-466-1505 Map Located next The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Parking Validated at The Marriott Parking Garage for 2 hours. VALET PARKING AVAILABLE FOR ONLY $5!! ************************ 03/12/09 – Lonestar Stout at the University of St Thomas Thursday, March 12, 2009 A Lonestar Stout Evening with Celtic Musician Jed Marum and Special Guest, Hugh Morrison 7:30 p.m. Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, UST Campus $10 for adults at the door; students free No RSVP; no advance tickets sold Creating a mix of Irish ballads, stories and songs, A Lonestar Stout Evening with Celtic Musician Jed Marum and Special Guest, Hugh Morrison celebrates Irish and American heritage. Jed Marum plays guitar and banjo for Irish and Celtic music venues around the US, and his albums are featured regularly on Folk/Bluegrass and Celtic radio programs around the world. Jed’s special guest performer for the March 12 concert is Scottish Accordion player, Hugh Morrison. Hugh is known as a masterful and a delightful “box” or button accordion player. Jed recently began working with Hugh and friends on a series of concerts they call LONESTAR STOUT, promoted by the Southwest Celtic Music Association (the sponsoring organization for the North Texas Irish Festival). They perform outstanding arrangements of Irish music’s best-loved songs and a number of powerful originals in the Celtic style with strong Folk/Bluegrass underpinnings. Jed’s newest album, SANDS OF ABERDEEN with Hugh Morrison and Mason Brown, has made the Most Played Album list for the first month of its release in November 2008 on the Folk/Celtic DJ List. Entertainment Director for the North Texas Irish Festival, Betsy Cummings, said: “What sets Jed Marum apart from other Celtic/Folk artists is the performance concepts and delivery he brings to the stage – the historical significance, poignancy and emotion that his songs evoke, in addition to being a great singer and a stellar player.” No RSVP; no tickets sold in advance. Groups are encouraged to contact us in advance. Parking is available for $2 in the Moran Center at West Alabama at Graustark. For more information, contact the Center Director, Lori Meghan Gallagher, J.D., at 713-525-3592 or Sponsors: The Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum and The Irish Society are the sponsors for all of the events listed below, unless otherwise stated. Cultural Outreach Forum Members are listed below. Become a Cultural Outreach Forum Member and support these lectures, musical performances and other wonderful cultural events! ************************ 03/12/09 – Queen’s Contest at Grif’s Queen's Contest @ Griff's starting around 7:00 pm 3416 Roseland St, Houston - (713) 528-9912 ************************ 03/12/09 – Kilt Contest at Brian O’Neills 9:00PM Our 6th Annual Sexy Kilt Contest will be held on the patio @9pm. A few of our bravest male guests scrounge up some (liquid) courage to strap on a tartan and show off their well sculpted calves for cold hard cash. This is one of those things you have to see at least once. This will be the 6th time and we always have a brilliant time. First prize takes home $200 in cash plus some prizes supplied by Newcastle brewing. Don’t miss this event! 5555 Morningside Drive Houston, TX 77005. Ph: 713-522-2603 ************************ 03/12/09 – 2009 Scottish Festival Spectacular @ The Toyota Center The 2009 Scottish Festival Spectacular Presented by St. Thomas' Episcopal School Family of the Gail Clan Na Gael Featuring...Five-Time World Champions St. Thomas' Pipe Band and Champion Pipers, Drummers, and Dancers Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m. ************************ 03/12/09 – Celtic Concert at Pearl Fincher Museum in Spring, Texas SPRING, TEXAS CELTIC CONCERT Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts 6815 Cypresswood Drive Spring, TX 77379 281 376 6322 6:30pm Reception; 7:00pm Concert The concert features Emily Mitchell, Celtic harpist/singer, St. Brigid's Flame (Mim Frieter - flute/whistle, Mary Radspinner - folkharp; Elizabeth Jeter - hammered dulcimer), and the Celtic Harp Trio of Emily Mitchell, Therese Honey and Mary Radspinner. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Celtic Music Concert presented by Chez Moi: NW Houston House Concerts Contact Persons: Rosemary Hickman 281-376-6322 Or Roger Keele, ************************ 03/13/09 – Grif’s Irish Open Golf Tournament CYPRESSWOOD GOLF COURSE Friday, March 13, 2009 Entry Fee includes: Green Fee for 18 Holes, Cart, ADDITIONAL FREE ROUND OF GOLF AT CYPRESSWOOD, Complimentary Pass for Free Admission to All Festival Activities @ Griff’s + Lunch before the tourney and Dinner after the tourney + Complimentary Beverages served by Houston’s Most Beautiful Babes 4 Ball Scramble, Tee Time @ 12:00pm, Shotgun Start Trophies & Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places Special Prizes for Closest to Hole and Longest Drive Individual Entry Fee: $135 Corporate Entry Fee: $625 (4 players + 1 Hole & 2 Cart Sponsorships) Mulligans available to use at any time: 2 for $10 Hole & Cart Sponsorships available: $200 (includes 1 sign at a hole and a cart) Deadline for Sponsorships: Monday, March 5, 2008 3416 Roseland St, Houston - (713) 528-9912 ************************ 03/13/09 – 3rd Annual St Patrick’s Celebration Dinner at the Petroleum Club 3rd St. Patrick's Celebration Dinner will be held at the Petroleum Club. This year we'll celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Houston St. Patrick's Parade on the evening before the next day's Parade. On Friday, March 13th, at 6:30 PM we'll socialize at the reception with all living past Parade Grand Marshals. The Grand Entrance into the ball room will commence at 7:35. Dinner at 8. We've held the cost per ticket at $125.00. This includes an all evening open bar, and valet parking. You can RSVP by replying now, or phoning Pat Sharkey @ (713) 752-4266 or "Lyn" Brogan @ (281) 531-0656. You can E-mail your RSVP to David O'Keefe at or Pete Little @ For a list of Houston St. Patrick's Parade Grand Marshals, please visit our web site: Hope to hear from you soon, C.R. "Lyn" Brogan Celebration Dinner Chair ************************ 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. ************************ 03/14/09 – Constant Billy at the Angel & Ox, Katy, Texas Clayton Library Friends Irish Seminar, March 14 The Irish are Coming! Saturday, 14 March 2009 Clayton Library Friends Presents Fintan Mullan and Dr. Brian Trainor Ulster Historical Foundation Clayton Carriage House - 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM NO ADMISSION CHARGE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! (Donations to CLF to offset cost of speakers are sincerely appreciated) Optional Lunch = $10 (must be received by Saturday March 7, 2009!) Go online: and Download Registration Form Complete and Return to CLAYTON LIBRARY FRIENDS Seminar PO Box 271078 Houston, TX 77277-1078 Get more info & the Registration form at: ************************ 03/14/09 – Ulster Historic Foundation Program at Clayton Library The Irish are Coming! Saturday, 14 March 2009 Clayton Library Friends Presents Fintan Mullan and Dr. Brian Trainor Ulster Historical Foundation Clayton Carriage House - 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM NO ADMISSION CHARGE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! (Donations to CLF to offset cost of speakers are sincerely appreciated) Optional Lunch = $10 (must be received by Saturday March 7, 2009!) Go online: and Download Registration Form Complete and Return to CLAYTON LIBRARY FRIENDS Seminar PO Box 271078 Houston, TX 77277-1078 Get more info & the Registration form at: ************************ 03/14/09 – Grif’s 12th Annual Irish Stew, Chili, & Chicken Cook Off GRIFF'S St. Patrick’s Festival 12th Annual IRISH STEW, CHILI, AND CHICKEN COOK-OFF Saturday, March 14, 2009 Noon - 7pm RULES: / Each team shall consist of 6 cookers / Each team shall check-in between 9am -11am / Each team shall supply everything they may need, including propane. / All food shall be prepared at Griff's after check-in / Each team shall prepare 3 gallons of stew or chili and 1 whole chicken / Entry fee is $15 per item or $30 for all three. / Judging begins at 4pm chicken, 4:45pm stew, and 5:30 for chili PRIZES: 1st place 12 Festival Passes + 25 worth of drink tickets for Paddy's Day 2nd place 6 Festival Passes for Paddy’s Day 3rd place 3 Festival Passes for Paddy's Day Trophies Awarded for "Best Decorated Booth" & "Most Creative dish" Griff's will provide beer for all cookers during the competition!! ************************ 03/15/09 – Annual Dick Dowling Ceremony at Statue in Hermann Park 1:00PM 40th Annual Dick Dowling Statue Ceremony at Herman Park (Outer Loop and McGregor Way) 1 pm Sunday March 15th. Councilman Peter Brown to speak. Bring your children and learn some local Texas Irish history………… ************************* 03/15/09 – St Andrews Celebrates St Patrick’s Day SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! ST. PATRICK'S DAY TO BE CELEBRATED SUNDAY, MARCH 15 Yes, we are getting an early start on the actual St. Patrick's Day, but now that we are brewing 24 hours a day, we couldn't hold it on the actual day. We didn't figure that you would mind! We again filled 2 bourbon casks with imperial stout last year and will be tapping these barrels for the party. And we'll have the judging of our Donegal beard competition entrants. A panel of celebrity judges will make the first cut and then the final winner will be chosen based on a very special challenge. So wear some green and come out and have fun. Bring your best Irish stew or anything else that you would like to eat while feeling like a leprechaun. Admission for this event which includes a commemorative pint glass will be $18 through March 13, $23 at the door. Attendance will be limited. (We've sold out the last three years.) Here are the specifics: When: Sunday, March 15 Time: 1 PM to 4 PM Cost: $18 up through March 13, $23 at the door Includes: Commemorative pint glass For reservations, please call or email Ann (713-686-9494 or She will need a credit card number, cash or check in order to hold the reservation. ************************ 03/15/09 – Katy’s Irish American Heritage Assoc. St Patrick Day Celebration Sunday, March 15 - 9th Annual I.A.H.A. St. Patrick's Day Celebration 12pm-6pm Along with American Legion Post #164 Katy Elks Lodge at 1050 Katy Frwy, Old Katy Admission: $15 Adults ($25 per Couple, Advance Purchase Only) ************************ 03/15/09 – FM 1960 Area St Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday, March 15 -FM 1960 Area St. Patrick's Day Parade 2pm FM 1960 @ Champions Forest Dr Benefitting the Cypress Creek EMS Educational Programs ************************ 03/15/09 – 5K Shamrock Shuffle (sponsored by Brian O’Neills) 5K Shamrock Shuffle If you didn’t already know, Brian O’Neills has started a Running Club for our local fit conscious guests who also like to socialize and partake. As a result of the rapid growth of the running club (over 500 strong now) we are hosting a Charity 5K Shamrock Shuffle. All proceeds will benefit our local Ronald McDonald House on Holcombe . If you don’t already know about Ronald’s House please take a few moments to inform yourself of all the good things they do by creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Now I am well aware that not all of our wonderful guests are accustomed to running a 5k (that just about 3 miles for you Americans) so for those of you who consider the elbow bend of the beer from bar to mouth your exercise of choice you can always walk or shuffle through the course. Register today at the pub or wait for the day of, Sunday March 15th and register at 9:30am. Those hard core runners will depart at 10:30am and those of you that want to take it at a leisurely pace will depart @ 10:45am. Once you cross that finish line we’ll have our famous Irish brunch waiting for you and your fans! ************************ 03/17/09 – St Patrick’s Day at Mr C’s Pub We will be opening on March 17th at 9:00 A.M. $7.50 Irish Breakfast $2.50 Guinness from 9:00 A.M. until we float the first keg. $2.50 Killians from Noon - 2P.M. $2.50 Michael Collins Irish Whiskey from 2P.M. - 4 P.M. Free Corned Beef Buffet with cabbage and potatos along with Irish Stew and Shepherd's Pie @ 5:00 P.M. $1.00 Green Jello Shots all day Outside Bar on the parking lot opening @ 5:00 P.M. Bagpipers scheduled 10226 Westheimer Rd Ste D, Houston, TX. Phone: 713-783-7972 ************************ 03/17/09 – Mass at University of St Thomas Tuesday, March 17, 2009 His Eminence Daniel N. Cardinal DiNardo St. Patrick’s Day Celebration When: 10 a.m. Mass; breakfast to follow Mass Where: Mass: Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum St., UST Breakfast: Jerabeck Gymnasium, 4000 Mt. Vernon St., UST Cost: $15 cash or check at the door RSVP: Monday, March 9, 2009, Lori Gallagher: 713-525-3592 Liturgical Music by the de Burgo Ensemble Join us for a traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebration! His Eminence, Daniel N. Cardinal DiNardo will celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick with a Mass in the Chapel of St. Basil. The liturgy and music will be planned and performed by Dr. John Francis Burke and the de Burgo Ensemble. Other priests are welcome to concelebrate. After Mass stay for a traditional Irish feast of smoked salmon, Irish soda bread, scrambled eggs and much more courtesy of Jeani and Tom Horan and other sponsors. The cost is $15 per person in cash or check made payable to the University of St. Thomas. Please RSVP by Monday, March 9, 2009, to Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 or Please provide your name, telephone number and the number in your party. Net proceeds will be used for scholarships to be awarded from the Bishop McCarthy Scholarship Fund for Study Abroad in Ireland. ************************ 03/17/09 – St Patrick’s Festival at the Mucky Duck As seen in USA Today ... "One of the Top Ten Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the USA." St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Mucky Duck Tuesday, March 17 Serving great Irish food all day starting at 11am and continuing throughout the day. What we celebrate on St. Patrick's Day 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; a great way to explore Irish music and tradition. Entertainment starts at Noon Admission $15 CLANDESTINE ...binding the heart of Celtic music to the soul of rock and roll. Fueled by white-hot piping, fiery vocals, and an irresistible groove, Clandestine define Celtic music in Houston. ... a rich mixture of old and new, traditional and contemporary ...appealing to all ages and musical tastes. O'Maoileidigh Irish Dancers The world-wide success of Riverdance and more recently Lord of the Dance has placed Irish dance on the international stage. Dancing schools in Ireland today are filled with young pupils keen to imitate and learn the dancing styles which brought Jean Butler and Michael Flatley international acclaim. O'Maoileidigh Schoiol of Irish Dance, the preeminent school of Irish dance in Houston, will have their best step dancers here to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The Celtic Gypsies No fairy tales, just fiery tunes that happen to be a century or so older than your average hip-hop jam, arranged for modern ears and played on traditional instruments with verve and exuberance. Voted "Best Traditional/Ethnic" band by the Houston Press, they have dominated this corner of the city’s live music scene since 1974. Their Tunes are traditional, continuing unbroken traditions of dance music and song from Ireland, Brittany, Scotland, England, France and Galicia. Emcee -Comedy Variety Entertainer Jim Mackenzie Teribus Interceltic Bagpipe Band Smokin' bagpipes and creative percussion are the foundation for the hottest Celtic band out of Houston Lunch at the Duck Corned Beef & Cabbage Beef Guinness Shepherd's Pie Fish & Chips Join our resident leprechaun Martin as he leads the Celtic throngs through some of your favorite Irish tunes and even a limerick or two . Martin Burniston's Irish Singalong The Irish Session Players Wyndnwyre Medieval and Renaissance music from Celtic traditions. Some are several hundred years old, yet sound pleasingly familiar to our modern ears. E. J. Jones EJ Jones -International Award Winning Piper performs on the rooftop at noon and 5pm. He is member of The Willow Band and was a founding menmber of Clandestine. His imagination and orchestration open up new avenues in Celtic music. E.J. will be performing Irish tunes inside the Duck throughout the afternoon and evening.The Mucky Duck incarnation of the Session, if for no other reaon than the frequent participation of younger musicians, gives a very real sense of tradition passed on and history handed down. The most visible Celtic-influenced traditional bands around Houston – - make participating in the Session a regular, energy-charging part of their regular routine. What is celebrated is the whole of Celtic culture, and a musical tradition that, over the centuries, has become as much American roots music as bottleneck guitar. The drums of western Africa are what gave American music its rhythm; more often than not, though, the melody is Celtic. The popularity of Celtic folk music is either a testament to the timeless appeal of these sometimes haunting, sometimes hilarious, sometimes jig- inspiring tunes, or perhaps an argument in favor of the nebulous theory of racial memory. Celtic blood-ties real, suspected and imagined have given many the impetus to learn the folk-arts of the ancient tribes; that's just one reason why the Wednesday night Session at the Mucky Duck is as much a school and tribal gathering as a musical event. Marybeth McQueen Don't miss our youngest fiddle player, Marybeth McQueen on her St. Patrick's Day performance. *********************** 03/17/09 – Griff’s St Patrick’s Day Celebration *********************** 03/17/09 – St Patrick’s Day at McElroys MARCH 17 Noon - 2am Live Music Featuring The Bourbon Street Band also featuring: Bagpipers • Irish Dancers Party Favors • Beer Garden McElroy's Pub - Open Daily 3pm - 2am 3607 S. Sandman, Houston, Texas 77098, 713 / 524-2444 *********************** 03/17/09 – Murder the Stout at Brian O’Neills at Noon Now for the bread & butter of our St. Patrick’s festivities! As always you know we are the place to be on March 17th, this year will be no different. Our ever popular open air parking lot party will be in full effect by 12 Noon on Tuesday, but for those who have to work we will be ready for you after 5:00. If you are an early bird come by for breakfast and a pint at 8am (that’s when we open the doors) the parking lot will get kicked off with food, Green beer , bottled beer, plenty o’drink and our lovely ladies in their best St. Paddy’s attire. Don’t forget to pick up your very own 7th Anniversary Tee, we went ahead and printed more for sale on this very special of Irish holidays. You know you want one! There will be music from Noon until the wee hours of the morning with Murder the Stout, The Slags & Saturday Night Palsy to close the party out. Cass Academy of Irish Dance as well as the dancers of O’Maioledigh & pipers will dropping by to entertain all. *********************** 03/17/09 – Murder the Stout at the Bull & Bear at 8PM *********************** 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 ************************ 03/21-23/2009 – Lonestar Stout at Angel & The Ox ************************ 03/20-22/09 – Rev Newell Delivers Sermons at Woodland Community Presbyterian Church Rev. J. Philip Newell, an internationally-recognized author and poet with an expertise in Celtic spirituality, will deliver a series of sermons, lectures and meditations on March 20-22 at The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church (WCPC). WCPC, a member of Presbyterian Church USA, is located at 4881 W. Panther Creek Drive in The Woodlands, TX, 77381. ************************ 03/27-29/2009 – Celtic Nations Heritage Festival in Lake Charles Celtic Nations Heritage Festival Lake Charles Civic Center 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles, LA 70601 Phone: 337 491 1256 Danny O'Flaherty Celt Iberia Teribus Dennis Stroughmatt Jed Marum and Lone Star Stout Poor Man's Fortune Jim Flanagan Drowsy Maggie Constant Billy ************************ 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. ************************ 04/06/09 – Tartan Day at San Jacinto Monument TARTAN DAY: APRIL 6 On April 6th, we will have a Tartan Day Memorial Celebration from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the San Jacinto Monument in honor of all those of Scottish ancestry who fought for Texas independence. The event is free - but if your Clan Society or Scottish Association would like to be recognized during the ceremony, please RSVP to me ( so we can include you in the program and be sure to have some reserved seats available. There will also be some other "perks" provided for those who RSVP including a complimentary viewing of the film "Texas Forever!!". Visit the website for more information and directions . There is a "veterans roll" listed on the website - let us know if you have any direct relatives who fought and we will make special recognitions!!Please send someone to represent your Clan Society and help us make this a very special event! More details to follow. Here is a link to Tartan Day activities in Texas... we are still updating as new events are confirming.. - click on the city at the top to see details and new events for this year. We have the very special celebration at the Alamo and Highland Games in San Antonio, There will be a ceremony and dancing at the State Capital Rotunda in Austin, bagpipes at a baseball game in Frisco And the ninth annual Tartan Day Ceilidh in Dallas... so Texas is ready to celebrate!! Let me know if there is an event that we’ve missed and we’ll post it to the website as well!! Please let me know if you know of anyone planning Tartan Day Events so that we can post them on our website! If you are interested in organizing an event in your city to honor Tartan Day, and would like any ideas or have any questions, please email me at . This year, I am very proud to announce that my daughter, Elizabeth, will be helping me with planning and communications! We are hoping to get updates and information on the website in the next few weeks!! Slainte’ Sia Texas State Coordinator National Tartan Day Committee ************************ 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. Irish/Celtic Entertainment; 04/18 – Blaggards – Celic Rock 04/18 – Beoga – Trad 04/18 – Houston Highlanders Pipe Band 04/18 – McTeggart Irish Dancers 04/18 – Julie Fowlis (Scotland) 04/18 – Constant Billy 04/18 – Kevin Burke – Trad 04/18 – Danny O’Flaherty 04/18 – Maureen Miggins Swanson 04/18 – Celtic Menagerie – Scottish Dance 04/18 – Wydnnwyre – Folk 04/18 – Cass Academy Irish Dancers 04/18 – Fish & Chips – Celtic & Contra-dance music 04/18 – O’Maoileidigh Irish Dancers 04/19 – The Kildares – Celtic Rock 04/19 – Bayou City Pipes & Drums 04/19 – Cass Academy Irish Dancers 04/19 – Beoga with Houston’s Championship Irish Dancers 04/19 – Danny O’Flaherty 04/19 – Kevin Burke 04/19 – Lucia y Valdemar – Celt-Iberia (Celtic Music from Spain) 04/19 – Celtic Menagerie – Scottish Dance 04/19 – Therese Honey Irish Harp Quartet 04/19 – Maureen Miggins Swanson 04/19 – Danny O’Flaherty 04/19 – O’Maoileidigh Irish Dancers 04/19 – Fish & Chips – Celtic & Contra-dance music 04/18 – McTeggart Irish Dancers 04/25 – Blaggards 04/25 – Beoga – Trad 04/25 – Flying Fish Sailors 04/25 – St Thomas Episcopal Pipe Band 04/25 – O’Maoileidigh Irish Dancers 04/25 – Lonestar Stout 04/25 – Kevin Burke 04/25 – Danny O’Flaherty 04/25 – Tom Creegan (Ireland) – Uilleann Pipes 04/25 – Theres Honey Irish Harp Quartet 04/25 – Lucia y Valdemar – Celt-Iberia (Celtic Music from Spain) 04/25 – Batt Burns (Ireland) – Seanachie (Irish storyteller) 04/25 – McTeggart Irish Dancers 04/25 – Texas Chainsaw Ceili Band – Irish Session 04/25 – Cass Irish Dancers 04/26 – Needfire – Celtic Rock 04/26 – Cherish the Ladies (Ireland) – Trad 04/26 – Clandestine – Folk 04/26 – St Thomas Episcopal Pipe Band 04/26 – Cass Irish Dancers 04/26 – McTeggart Irish Dancers 04/26 – Beoga 04/26 – Batt Burns (Ireland) 04/26 – Wyndnwyre 04/26 – Danny O’Flaherty 04/26 – O’Maoileidigh Irish Dancers 04/26 – Texas Chainsaw Ceili Band – Irish Session 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 *********************************************** 04/21/09 – Beoga at Mucky Duck 7:30PM $15.00 Beoga (Irish word for ‘lively’) are a five-piece traditional band based in County Antrim, Ireland. The band was drawn together after ‘jamming’ in a ferocious music session at the All-Ireland Fleadh in August 2002. Their unique sound features the twin duelling accordians of Seán Óg Graham and Damian McKee, along with four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray and pianist Liam Bradley. In 2005, Beoga were nominated by Irish Music Magazine for the best traditional newcomer’s award. With the addition of one of Ireland’s premier young singers, Niamh Dunne, Beoga are confirming their reputation as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from Ireland in recent years. ************************************************ 04/22-25/09 – The Importance of Being Ernest at the University of St Thomas The Importance of Being Earnest April 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th May 1st and 2nd, 2009 8:00 p.m. Location: Jones Theatre (upstairs), UST Campus, 3910 Yoakum Cost: $5 for UST students, faculty and staff $10 for non-UST students and seniors $15 for the general public Tickets: Call Prof. Claire McDonald at 713-525-3522 or email Sponsor: The Drama Program of the UST Fine and Performing Arts Department Co-Sponsors: Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum and The Irish Society The Importance of Being Earnest sparkles as Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wilde’s most popular play. This delicious comedy tells the story of Jack Worthing, who is known as Jack in Shropshire and Earnest in London. Why? Because this ruse allows the clever lad to court Gwendolyn in the city and lead a secret life in the country! But Jack’s scheme runs into trouble when his friend Algernon becomes suspicious and decides to follow Jack to the country. Complications crackle as the formidable Lady Bracknell and other hilarious characters become involved. Of course all of the fun is set against a backdrop of British manners and all of the action is served up by Oscar Wilde’s dazzling witty language. *********************************************** 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 *********************************************** 04/29-30/09 – The Importance of Being Ernest at the University of St Thomas The Importance of Being Earnest April 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th May 1st and 2nd, 2009 8:00 p.m. Location: Jones Theatre (upstairs), UST Campus, 3910 Yoakum Cost: $5 for UST students, faculty and staff $10 for non-UST students and seniors $15 for the general public Tickets: Call Prof. Claire McDonald at 713-525-3522 or email Sponsor: The Drama Program of the UST Fine and Performing Arts Department Co-Sponsors: Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum and The Irish Society The Importance of Being Earnest sparkles as Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wilde’s most popular play. This delicious comedy tells the story of Jack Worthing, who is known as Jack in Shropshire and Earnest in London. Why? Because this ruse allows the clever lad to court Gwendolyn in the city and lead a secret life in the country! But Jack’s scheme runs into trouble when his friend Algernon becomes suspicious and decides to follow Jack to the country. Complications crackle as the formidable Lady Bracknell and other hilarious characters become involved. Of course all of the fun is set against a backdrop of British manners and all of the action is served up by Oscar Wilde’s dazzling witty language. *********************************************** 05/01-03/2009 - Sam Houston Folk Festival Celtic Performers: Jed Marum Constant Billy *********************************************** 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 *********************************************** 05/15/09 – Clandestine at the Mucky Duck May 15, 7pm & 9:30PM, $15 Clandestine was well-known and well-loved from 1996 to 2003 for their particular brand of Texas Celtic music. They were regulars at the Texas Scottish Festival and the North Texas Irish Festival for many years and had full houses at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston, the Cactus Cafe in Austin and Poor David’s Pub in Dallas. The band toured the US extensively and had successful stints in Canada and France before breaking up in February 2003. Now Clandestine has re-formed, with the blessing of former member Jen Hamel. The very versatile Al ofrin adds his cittern, voice, and another set of bagpipes to the familiar mix. Al and EJ are joining Emily on vocals, with many songs now set in three-part harmony. Most of the group’s blasting tune sets remain the same, complemented by some new ones in similar style. *********************************************** 05/16-17/2009 – Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival Present by Houston Highland Games Association at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club The Houston Highland Games and Celtic Festival is pleased to announce an outstanding line-up of traditional and rock Celtic music for the 2009 Games. CLANDESTINE - was well-known and well-loved from 1996 to 2003 for their particular brand of Texas Celtic music. They were regulars at the Texas Scottish Festival and the North Texas Irish Festival for many years and had ull houses at McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston, the Cactus Cafe in Austin and Poor David's Pub in Dallas. The band toured the US extensively and had successful stints in Canada and France before breaking up in February 2003. Now Clandestine has re-formed with percussionist and singer Emily Dugas, fiddler Gregory McQueen, piper EJ Jones and a new member, Al Cofrin. (Former member Jen Hamel is pursuing her Ph.D. in Behavioral Ecology at University of Missouri-Columbia. ) Al adds his cittern, voice, and another set of bagpipes to the mix. Al and EJ are joining Emily on vocals, with many songs now set in three-part harmony. Most of the group's blasting tune sets remain the same, complemented by some new ones in similar style. JIGGERNAUT is not your typical celtic band, nor are they your typical rock band. Jiggernaut is a powerful combination of Celtic, rock and folk music. Drawing from years of experience playing rock-n- roll, the rythym section lays down a solid foundation allowing the bagpipes and vocals to soar. Passionate, energetic and always fun, Jiggernaut appeals to audiences from six to sixty, their tunes and songs tell ancient stories and teach lessons of today's world, in a style entirely their own. What is Jiggernaut? Celtic musicians with a rock sensibility? Rock musicians with a Celtic sensibility? You be the judge... TERIBUS is a bagpipe and drum trio playing Celtic and Tribal music influenced by musical traditions from around the world. Led by Kevin Hartnell, Richard Kean, and EJ Jones the TERIBUS lineup has many years of experience playing pipes and drums at outdoor festivals. Their love of performance in a variety of settings is evident from the high energy and spirit of fun they bring to every show. Although their classical training and desire to please the musical academics in the crowd is always in the back of their minds, TERIBUS is equally likely to engage in antics never before seen in concert halls, creating the perfect combination for any festive event. ED MILLER has been hailed as "one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish Folksong Revival" and as "one of Scotland's best singing exports." Originally from Edinburgh, he has for many years been based in Austin, TX where he gained graduate degrees in Folklore and Geography at the University of Texas. Ed is available for concerts, clubs, house concerts, festivals, Highland Games and Burns Suppers, as well as for lectures and workshops and has recorded 7 CD's of Scottish songs. The Games will be held May 16 & 17 at the Houston Farm and Ranch Club, 1 mile north of I-10 on Hwy 6 N. All four attractions will have several performances on the Main Stage both days of the festival. Local and regional bands will be performing on the Ceilidh Stage for continuous music with something for everyone. Tickets for the Games are priced at $12 Saturday and $10 Sunday with special pricing for children and Sr's. Advanced purchase tickets will go on sale April 1 at www.houstonhighland ********************************************** 05/21-23/09 – Lone Star Stout at the Angel & the Ox Irish Pub ********************************************** 06/04/09 – Irish Echo Irish Texan Event in San Antonio Texas first for Irish Echo By Irish Echo Staff February 18, 2009 Remember the Alamo may well be the cry of Irish Echo readers in Texas on June 4 when they come together for the first-ever statewide celebration of Irish America. The brainchild of Joan Moody of the Harp and Shamrock Society, the glittering dinner in San Antonio will embrace Irish America's best including the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hibernians, Irish American Unity Conference as well as cultural, business and sporting groups from across the Lone Star State. "Texas is a big state but the Irish have played a big part in its past and continue to play a leading role there today," said Irish Echo publisher Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, who will travel to San Antonio and Houston next week to meet with local Irish American groups. "There's always been a special link between Ireland and the Alamo and there's huge interest in our planned event among the Ulster-Scots groups in the north of Ireland and their Scots-Irish counterparts in Texas. This gives us a unique opportunity to bring these two powerful constituencies together, in much the same way as is now happening in Ireland. "In more recent times, some of the biggest business investments to come out of the U.S. into Ireland have come from Texas and, indeed KCI of San Antonio only recently made a substantial investment in Athlone," said Ó Muilleoir. The Irish Echo publisher said the breakthrough Texas celebration would also be a fitting tribute to the foundation work of by Jim Delaney, co-founder of the Irish American Unity Conference, who hails from San Antonio. "Those of us who supported the cause of peace and justice in Ireland owe a special debt to the groundbreaking efforts of Jim and his colleagues to unite Irish America under one banner in the wake of the 1981 hunger strikes," Ó Muilleoir added. Anyone interested in supporting the Texas events can email Máirtín Ó Muilleoir at This story appeared in the issue of February 18-24, 2009 ********************************************** 06/04/09 – Brian McNeil & Ed Miller at the Mucky Duck 7:30PM $15.00 *********************************************** 06/13/09 – Blaggards at the Continental Club The Continental Club 3700 Main St, Houston, TX 77006 (United States) 713-529-9666 Set: 10:00 PM *********************************************** 10/09/09 – Blaggards at R&R Sports Bar & Grill R&R Sports Bar & Grill 3338 FM 528, Friendswood, TX 77546 281-996-8300 Set: 10:00 PM ********************************************** 10/23/09 – Annual Irish Gala at Houstonian Hotel Friday, October 23, 2009 Annual Irish Gala 6:30 p.m.: Silent Auction Dinner and Program thereafter Houstonian Hotel, 111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston Honorees: Colleen and George McCullough Chairs: Gayle and Bob Longmire Benefiting the Center for Irish Studies Individual Tickets: $250 Tables: $2,500, $3,500, $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 Gather with the Friends of the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies for the 2009 Annual Irish Gala celebrating honorees Colleen and George McCullough, who are Ambassador Members of the University of St. Thomas Cultural Outreach Forum and Friends of the Center for Irish Studies and the University. George McCullough also serves on the Center for Irish Studies Advisory Board. Gala chairs are Gayle and Bob Longmire. Tables of 10 range from $2,500 to $10,000 and individual tickets sell For $250. Funds raised support the UST Center for Irish Studies academic, cultural and study abroad programs. For reservations and more information, contact Abigail Showalter at 713-525-3173 or ********************************************** 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 ********************************************** 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. ********************* Irish dance school celebrates 20 years in The Woodlands The Woodlands School of The McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas had several winning teams at Southern Region Oireachtas in Orlando, FL in December. The Under 12 4-hand team A took 6th place out of 42 teams in their division. Woodlands Villager By SHARON SPOONEMORE Updated: 02.02.09 The Woodlands School of The McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas will set toes tapping as they host a 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Show at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands on March 1 kicking off St. Patrick’s Day events throughout the community. The group has received international recognition for developing North American and World event qualifiers who have finished well in competitions. The dancers have performed at the Houston Irish Society Emerald Ball, the Houston International Festival, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, and many other local events. The McTeggart School of Irish Dance was founded in 1939 in Cork, Ireland by Peg McTeggart, the oldest of four sisters —all champion dancers. In 1958 Maureen McTeggart immigrated with her family to the United States where she established schools in California. Today there are 12 McTeggart schools in the United States run by Maureen McTeggart Hall and two of her children along with local teachers. The McTeggart School of Irish Dance ranks as one of the most respected in the nation. In 1989 The Woodlands School was started by three families who were local residents. Twenty years later it has grown to over 70 dancers with its own studio. When Jennifer Hale married and moved from Pennsylvania to The Woodlands, she was excited to find The McTeggart School. “I started with McTeggart School just to keep my roots,” said Hale. “I grew up dancing and remember my great-grandmother dancing so it goes way back in my family. When I found that Ms. Hall needed an assistant, I decided to work with her. I love the dancing and the competing which spurred me on to get my TCRG instructor’s qualification in 2001.” A former World Irish Dancing Championship competitor, Hale began as a practice instructor at the school in 1996 and is now a certified instructor there. “Irish dance is very aerobic dancing and very high energy with lots of hopping, jumping and other moves,” Hale explained. “Choreography evolves as each school creates its own dances. Costumes are colorful and fun. The accordion is used as accompaniment for competitions. Our students start at five years of age and we have some adult classes scheduled periodically. Performing and competition may start as soon as they begin dancing. “One of the most delightful things for our students is that Ms. Hall and her daughter continue to visit each school monthly to hold workshops, and they know each student by name. She’s truly amazing. Our students love it.” Visit for more information about show tickets and the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit school. ********************* Book Review: The People’s Gallery Many of us can indeed make a difference, be it on a district, local, national and even on a transnational level. Such an aspiration surely applies to three fellow citizens, Tom Kelly, Kevin Hasson and William Kelly-universally known as The Bogside Artists- who have always been, and thankfully still remain, an entirely free and independent group. By Fionnbarra O’Dochartaigh Away from the paint-cans, brushes and outdoor scaffoldings this trio, and supporters, have taken to pen and ink to produce “The People’s Gallery”, an outstanding glossy, full-colour illustrated book of 13O pages plus, which captures not only the story behind their twelve most famous murals, but much more besides. Those interested in art will no doubt hastily make it their business to obtain a copy at the earliest possible opportunity, while stocks last. So too should others interested in the lives of the artists themselves, the history of “The Maiden City” and that area known as The Bogside and pivotal events there in ’69; the specific and diverse culture of “The Swinging Sixties”; the upsurge of popular resistance that led to the birth of civil rights movements in America and nearer home, as well as references to many people, places and events both at home and across the globe, down the decades.. Independence It is highly noteworthy that The Bogside Artists are not in anyone’s employ in so far as their work has never been funded by any political party, have no working relationship with Tourist Boards, North or South or with any similar local agency. The People’s Gallery is their vision and their vision entirely. Over the years this writer noted, as have no doubt the artists themselves, a definite hostility, often unexpected from certain quarters because of such a collective and dogged independence of spirit. However, one feels that most fair-minded folk would view such a public stance as not only admirable, but should always be highly encouraged within and beyond that field of human endeavour known as “the arts”. Such hostility may stem from such facts and misperceptions that: (a) The gallery of murals are not a propaganda exercise for anybody or any organisation, nor are they Catholic as opposed to Protestant murals. (b) The artists hold very different political and religious views and are obviously anti-sectarian. They therefore resent their work being classified as part or parcel of any supposed ‘sectarian divide’. (c) The murals tell the story of “The Troubles” and that is their singular purpose. They form a coherent visual narrative that is One, Complete, Whole and Indivisible. (d) Even a brief visit to The People’s Gallery at “Aggro Corner”– junction of William Street/Rossville Street- will quickly reveal that the trio have worked with a high degree of social responsibility, knowing that images of combat, guns, murder and mayhem, that some no doubt expected from them, they have avoided, viewing such as very irresponsible, inflammatory and antithetical to the needs of a community yearning for peace. (e) The trio completed the bulk of their gallery in the summer of 2004 by which time their public works had long been established as a major tourist draw. An earlier publication, “Murals” appeared in 2001. The artists, speaking on their work of several years, articulate a common strategy: “Our gallery was undertaken as a service to the people who fought for their democratic rights, as this latest book makes abundantly clear.” There is no doubt that as far as the three men are concerned they fulfilled their place in history to the very best of their abilities. Tom Kelly puts it very well: “ The People’s Gallery is an utterly authentic record of a period of our history painted by us who have lived it and breathed it. We know the murals are in the best possible hands-the hands of those who value them, understand them and respect them. These are the people we painted them for. It is their enduring and unconquerable spirit that refracts from these images that we have created.” Laureate’s Address On a dry and surprisingly warm afternoon on the last Friday in February, our former MP and civil rights leader, Nobel Laureate John Hume, delivered a short address at the book launch of “The People’s Gallery”. John is depicted in a recent mural alongside other internationally-recognised figured such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa Of Calcutta with Nelson Mandela being the remainder of the quartet. As Bishop Edward Daly so fittingly reminded people as to why these four had been placed together: “They were primarily champions of the little people, the nobodies who were cast aside in most societies as of no worth. That is what makes these people great and joins them together”. Hume told the invited gathering: “I feel very privileged and honoured to be with The Bogside Artists on this very important day for the launch of their book – “The People’s Gallery”. “This book is a fascinating and entertaining read. As well as the accounts of each of the twelve murals, there is a short history of Ireland with special reference to Derry, an interesting look back at world events in the second half of the twentieth century especially in the struggle for civil rights in America and here in the North, and an insight into the different world famous artists who inspired them in the development of their own artistic skills and techniques. “The chapters on the paintings reveal the sensitivity and empathy for each mural which the artists experienced. They had lived through these terrible times, but in the painting of each mural, they took the trouble to consult with relatives or people who were involved in the incidents. As Brian Friel, the world renowned playwright said: “The work of The Bogside Artists is celebrated locally and internationally, but it is their reputation that is important both to the artists and the locality. The work is remarkable in that it is simultaneously a vibrant response to events still vivid in the psyche of the community and, even as it testifies, it transcends those immediate passions and proposes an historian’s distance and objectivity. The work says: “You know the people in these pictures because they are your neighbours and your allies and you know what they endured; but have you thought about them in this way – as a people caught up in a chaos of tumultuous events and at the same time talking control of those events and shaping a new destiny? Because we, The Bogside Artists, believe that that is what has happened. That is what we are talking about”. The Nobel Laureate continued: “Brian Friel recognised this sensitivity to the subjects and events which the chapters of the book reveal in great detail. This publication is an important record of a pivotal period of our history, and I have no doubt that it will make an enormous contribution to the respect for and interest in our city. I know it will be of great interest to our visitors, both national and international, and I heartily recommend it”. John concluded: “My warmest congratulations again to The Bogside Artists on this outstanding work and I wish them every success”. “The People’s Gallery” – available from Tom Kelly, 46 William Street, Derry City Bt48 9AD. £15. Fionnbarra O’Dochartaigh, a local author and historian was a co-founder of Nicra in 1967. He is the current coordinator of the Derry & N-West Civil Rights Network. Web Page: Order Book: ********************* The IAUC proudly presents our spring raffle drawing for a vintage Irish Belleek china tea set. The tea set was appraised at between $850.00 and $1,000.00. Raffle tickets are $1 and can be ordered in packs from George Trainor, our fundraising chair, by calling 209.482.5181. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the IAUC. The drawing will be held at the NJ 5&9th chapter's annual literary luncheon on March 29, 2009 at 12pm at the Elks Club in Tenafly, New Jersey. You need not be present to win. If you're interested in buying or selling some tickets, please contact George Trainor. IAUC Fundraising Chair 209-482-5181 The Irish American Unity Conference is a nationwide, nonpartisan, nonsectarian, chapter-based human rights organization working for justice and peace in Ireland. We are an American 501c(4) organization which advocates the end of British colonial occupation and the peaceful reunification of Ireland. We endeavor to achieve these goals by working through the American democratic process. Individually, our members represent every occupational and educational stratum in the United States. Membership is open to anyone who shares our views. For more information. Please go to your IAUC website. ********************* 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 ---- 1st & 3rd Saturdays Celtic Voyage Grant Dawson Toronto, Canada. Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Whistle Sandy Dawson Anglesey, Wales. Vocals, Bodhran Hector Carmona Mexico. Bass, Classical Guitar and Drums. Phil Cavanagh - Tauranga NZ. Guitar McClellans Scottish Pub 2107 N. Houston Ave Humble TX Corner of Townsen Road & North Houston Avenue Just one exit north of Deerbrook Mall, Humble (281) 548-7273 8-11:30PM An unforgettable Evening of Laughter & Song $5.00 cover charge ---- University of St. Thomas Spring 2009 Irish Studies Courses Now is your chance to learn the Irish language or more about traditional Irish music or history! Semester Opens Tuesday, January 20; open to audit and credit students, with first priority given to credit students Irish Language Courses: Through the generosity of the Irish Government Department of Rural, Community and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Center for Irish Studies offers Irish language courses for credit and audit. The Irish Government provided the Center with a grant to promote the Irish language, which it is passing on to students through scholarships for Irish I credit- seeking students and free books for both credit and audit students. Classes start on January 20. Contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 or or Professor Aoife Ní Ghloinn at 713-525- 3121, ext. 3, or for more information on the Irish courses and the scholarships. Complete List of Spring 2009 Courses: History of Ireland Since 1600: Dr. Lee Williames (Mondays, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m.) (course created by Dr. McFadden) Irish I: Prof. Aoife Ní Ghloinn (Mondays, Wednesdays, 3:10 to 4:25 p.m.) Irish II: Prof. Aoife Ní Ghloinn (Tuesdays, Thursdays, 3:25 to 4:50 p.m.) Intermediate Irish: Prof. Aoife Ní Ghloinn (Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m.) Celtic Notes: Traditional Irish Music: Prof. Aoife Ní Ghloinn (Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m.) Three UST Students Study In Ireland in Spring 2009 Three University of St. Thomas students will study at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland, for the full spring semester. Mary Immaculate College is one of UST’s foreign exchange partners. Lauren Cronin, Thomas Hrdlicka and Vanessa Snodgrass each received $1,000 scholarships from the Bishop McCarthy Travel Grant for Study Abroad in Ireland. Lauren and Vanessa also have received $5,000 scholarships each from the Thomas G.F. Ryan Scholarship for Study Abroad in Ireland. The Center for Irish Studies and the students wish to thank Bishop McCarthy, Thomas Ryan and others who have donated to these scholarships and who made this experience possible. We wish these students a wonderful study abroad experience. We also would like to thank Thomas Ryan for $10,000 in scholarships that sponsored two students from Mary Immaculate College to study at UST in fall 2008: Martin Hayes and Conail O’Reilly. These students remarked what an outstanding semester they had with us and how valuable they found the experience. Thank you! Call for Study Abroad Scholarship Assistance In summer 2009, the Center for Irish Studies intends to lead another study abroad trip to Ireland. We plan to take 20 students and two faculty members. Each year, through the Bishop McCarthy Scholarships for Study Abroad in Ireland, the Center for Irish Studies offers scholarships to each of the students who study in Ireland. With $40,000 as our target for 2009, we request your assistance in raising these scholarships to help our students defray the cost of their airfare and other expenses. Our students are finding it difficult to raise the full $6,000 per student cost for the program. Several years ago, the Center created a scholarship fund in honor of Bishop McCarthy, who is a member of the Center for Irish Studies Advisory Board, a UST alumni and a beloved member of our Irish community. Please help us reach our goals and honor Bishop McCarthy! ----- 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: ******************************************* From: Here is the application form for the Friends of Sabine Pass Battleground. We welcome all members and look forward to helping preserve and interpret the battleground. Ed Cotham 3416 Tangley St. Houston, Texas 77005-2248 FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND CHARTER MEMBERSHIP - 2009 Please enroll me as a member of the FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND for the current calendar year. Enclosed is $25 for an individual charter membership for the calendar year. Check or money order should be made payable to FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND and mailed to the address below. (Please print) Name___________________________________________ Address____________________________Apt. No._______ City_______________________________Zip___________ Phone Number__________________________________________ E-Mail Address (optional)________________________________________ MAIL TO: FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND 130 Lena Lane, Lumberton, Texas 77657 Membership is good for one year (January – December) FSPB has applied to the IRS for 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status. Group aims to preserve Sabine Pass battleground site Associated Press Feb. 8, 2009, 2:26PM LAKE CHARLES, La. — A new group is seeking members to support a historic Civil War battlefield along the Texas-Lousiana state line. The 58-acre Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site in Texas includes a statue of Confederate Lt. Dick Dowling and an interpretive pavilion illustrating the story of the Sept. 8, 1863 battle. Control of the site was transferred from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Texas Historical Commission. “With THC’s encouragement, we have now set up Friends of Sabine Pass Battleground to help with the mission of preserving and interpreting the historical events in the Sabine Pass area,” said Texas author and historian Ed Cotham. During the battle, a fleet of Union gunboats and transports carrying 5,000 troops was turned back by Dowling and 46 men of Company F, 1st Texas Heavy Artillery. The Confederate force was comprised mostly of Irish dock workers and laborers from Houston and Galveston. The attacking gunboats fired from the Louisiana channel of the pass and from the Sabine Pass Lighthouse on the Louisiana side of the river. After about 45 minutes of gunfire, the Union invasion fleet retired. Two gunboats surrendered and 50 Union troops were killed and 350 were captured. The Confederates suffered no casualties. The Friends group has applied for nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service and is in the process of soliciting charter members. Its annual dues are $25. “We hope to put out a newsletter and provide public input on the restoration of the battleground and its monuments and markers, many of which were damaged by recent hurricanes,” Cotham said. Cotham is the author of “Sabine Pass: The Confederacy’s Thermopylae” (University of Texas Press). The battleground is about 1.5 miles south of the town of Sabine Pass, Texas. ****************************************** 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. ---- Prayer Request for Michael Davitt Michael has been active in the Irish community in the Houston area for many years. He & Jim Waters used to perform regularly at Kenneally's Irish Pub. He was a regular singer at the Carr bother's pubs in Humble. In addition, he was active in the AOH both on a state wide basis and as president of the Humble Chapter. He ran the St Patrick Day parade for years & was grand Marshal of that parade in 1993. He started the Golf tournament for the parade. Recently, he has annually hosted the Emerald Ball in Houston. Dorothy (his mom) asked that I pass on the information that Michael is in need of your prayers. He has been suffering with cancer for several years and he has recently taken a turn for the worst. A prayer his family would also be helpful. ------- :: Florence E. Beaton, RIP Dear all, On behalf of our family, I would like to take this opportunity to offer our deepest appreciation to everyone who has responded to the notice of our Mother's death. While this period has been very stressful to all of us, we have taken much comfort from the kind words, wishes and prayers for her, and it is reassuring to know that she was as appreciated outside the family as she was loved within it. All your prayers, gracious thoughts and gentle words will be fondly remembered. The arrangements and details have been completed, and the obituary, (below), was posted in the Galveston County Daily News this morning. The memorial service for Mother will be held at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, TX on February 21st, 2009, from 12 to 3 PM. There will be a visitation period from 1 to 2, followed by a Rosary offered by Deacon Joe Hensley of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Texas City, TX, and a Memorial Remembrance delivered by Rev. Matt Tittle of the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in Clear Lake, TX. Following the spiritual passages, I will be giving the eulogy, followed by any who may wish to honor our Mother by their memories of her. If you wish to send flowers, please send only potted plants rather than cut arrangements. And in keeping with Mother's wishes, a traditional Irish/Scottish wake will be held following the Memorial Services. Directions will be available to those wishing to attend. However, if laughter, music, dancing, the consumption of adult beverages and open emotion in her memory will upset you, it is probably good if you say your goodbyes at the Funeral Home. Again, we appreciate the outpouring of condolences and appreciate your sentiment. Thank you, y muchas gracias, and remember to always tell your loved ones that you love them. You will never know when it will be too late. With love and affection, Douglas, David, Matthew,. Scott, Alice, Christopher, Nancy, Joanne and Dad Florence E. Beaton Surrounded by her loving family, Florence E. Beaton passed to eternal rest on January 18th, 2009. Born Florence Elizabeth Kerrigan on January 7, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA, to Nathan, (dec. 1938), and Mary Johnston Kerrrigan, (dec 1985), she was one of seven siblings, Selwyn, of Pt. Charlotte, Florida, Douglas (dec.), Mary Miller (dec.), Kenneth (dec.), Vincent, (dec.), and Daniel, of Lakeland, Florida. Married to Alexander David Beaton, of Texas City, Texas, on June 3rd, 1948 in Dorchester, MA, their union produced eight children, Douglas, David, Matthew, Scott, Alice Buttler, Christopher, Nancy Cain and Joanne; her foster children, Neal and Robert Stimley; and twenty-six grandchildren and great grandchildren. After attending the Del Mar College Nursing School in Corpus Christi, Texas she was certified as a Registered Nurse in 1975. Until her retirement in September of 2008, she was dedicated to the advancement of her profession and an advocate of nursing rights in the workplace. A lifelong proponent of child welfare, human rights and environmentally conscious, she was a member of the Sierra Club and the Bay Area Democrats. She was also a longtime member of the Clan MacLeod Society and a Life Member of the Houston Highland Games Association In keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes distributed among family members A memorial service will be held at a later date. Published January 22, 2009 :: 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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