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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Current Events

In order to give a quicker reference to upcoming events, I have changed the format of the upcoming events. From now on I will list ALL the events at the top of the list. New Items will have an * at the beginning of the event. Jay) ALL items (see details below) -04/12/09 – Blaggards at Orqjam 2009 @ Shakespeare Pub *04/14/09 – Salute to Ireland – Singalong & Irish Trivia *04/16/09 – iFest Mayor’s Gala Honors Lori Gallagher & John Kane -04/17/09 – Kevin Burke at the Mucky Duck -04/17/09 – Celtic Woman at Toyota Center *04/17/09 – iFest Opening Ceremony with Blaggards -04/18-19 – iFest Features Ireland (updated info) -04/21/09 – Beoga at Mucky Duck -04/25-26 – iFest Features Ireland (updated info) -04/22-25 – The Importance of Being Ernest at the University of St Thomas -04/23-25 – Jed Marum, Hugh Morrison & Mason Brown at Angel & the Ox -04/29-30 – The Importance of Being Ernest at the University of St Thomas -05/01-03 - Sam Houston Folk Festival -05/07/09 – Blaggards at Ashford Arms Pub -05/09/09 – Jed Marum at Second Saturday Concert -05/15/09 – Clandestine at the Mucky Duck -05/16-17 – Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival -05/21-23 – Lone Star Stout at the Angel & the Ox Irish Pub *06/05/09 – Irish Echo Irish Texan Event in San Antonio (date corrected) -06/04/09 – Brian McNeil & Ed Miller at the Mucky Duck -06/13/09 – Blaggards at the Continental Club -10/09/09 – Blaggards at R&R Sports Bar & Grill *10/14/09 – U2 at Reliant Stadium -10/23/09 – Annual Irish Gala at Houstonian Hotel --- New On Going events & Announcements: Friends of Sabine Pass are seeking members (See Announcements below) Bogside Artists Book Review & ordering info ACROSS THE WATER with ED MILLER Sundays 7-8pm on KUT-FM 90.5 in Austin University of St Thomas Plans Bill Flynn college tribute Michael Wayne Davitt Obituary ----- 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. ------ 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 10/14/09 – U2 at Reliant Stadium ----- To see our playlist as we play it, go to: Archived shows KPFT Archived Programs Sorted By Name ************************** 04/12/09 – Blaggards at Orqjam 2009 @ Shakespeare Pub Orqjam 2009 @ Shakespeare Pub 14129 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079 (United States) - Map 281-497-4625 Set: 3:00 PM Tickets: $5 Also Playing: The Mighty Orq, Snit's Dog and Pony Show, James Reese Band ************************ 04/14/09 – Salute to Ireland – Singalong & Irish Trivia SALUTE TO IRELAND! TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009 7 PM 'TIL . . . THE NEW LOUNGE THE CHIMNEY at Sauté 2303 Richmond Ave. Houston TX 77098 713.522.2106 Featuring THE CELTIC CHORUS OF HOUSTON Come and Sing Along! And IRISH TRIVIA CONTEST for more info about the Celtic Chorus: Dianna Shipman 713 522 1212 ************************ *04/16/09 – iFest Mayor’s Gala Honors Lori Gallagher & John Kane The Houston International Festival has requested that I advise you of a special discount (Special Irish Community Discount) for the Friends of the University of St.Thomas Center for Irish Studies, members of The Irish Society and members of the Irish community in Houston (Irish Aires Fans). What: Mayor's Gala for the Houston International Festival Honorees: Honorary Consul General of Ireland John B. Kane and Lori Gallagher, Director, University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies When: Thursday, April 16 Underwriters' Reception: 6:30 p.m. Dinner: 7:30 p.m. Where: Hilton Americas Hotel downtown, 1600 Lamar, Houston, TX 77010 (by the George R. Brown Convention Center) Cost: $150 per person (originally $500 per person) Underwriter Tables: $10,000 Patron Tables: $5,000 Proceeds Benefit: Arts and Education Programs of the Houston International Festival Foundation, Inc. RSVP: See the attached form to complete and return to the IFEST staff or call them for reservations as soon as possible (see phone and email below) Dress: Black-tie Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.Please make checks payable to The Houston Festival Foundation, Inc. 4203 Montrose Blvd., Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77006 For more information, email or call 713-654-8808, ext. 380 Note that the Houston International Festival featuring Ireland will be held the last 2 weekends of April: April 18-19, 2009 April 25-26, 2009 Sat, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sun 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Where: Downtown at City Hall, Tranquility Park and Sam Houston Park $10.00 Early-Bird Admission Available April 1 – 13, online and H-E-B Stores $15.00 Regular Admission Available April 14 through end of Festival and at the Gate FREE Target Kids Free (kids 12 and under are FREE) All proceeds benefit the Houston International Festival arts and education programs. For more information on the 2009 Houston International Festival, call 713-654-8808 or access the Festival’s official website at For Application click here ************************ 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 ************************ *04/17/09 – iFest Opening Ceremony with Blaggards In downtown Houston at City Hall: FRIDAY, APRIL 17 CENTER STAGE 11:30 Official Opening Ceremony of the 2009 Festival 12:00 Blaggards 12:45 Cass Irish Dancers 1:00 Blaggards ************************ 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 Detailed Schedule Link 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 *********************************************** *05/07/09 – Blaggards at Ashford Arms Pub Ashford Arms Irish Pub 14605 Perthshire, Houston, TX 77079 (United States) - Map (281) 497-5316 Set: 9:00 PM 21+ Tickets: Call venue for info *********************************************** 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 ********************************************** 06/05/09 – Irish Echo Irish Texan Event in San Antonio The Irish Echo is proud to present 2009 Texas Top Irish American Leaders Awards Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, June 5, 2009 at 7pm The Irish Echo, the USA’s largest and most widely-read Irish American weekly, is joining with the Harp and Shamrock Society of San Antonio to host an awards evening for champions of Irish America in Texas on June 5, 2009. The event will build on the rich Irish American heritage of Texas while also celebrating the Scots-Irish links to the Alamo and the Lone Star State. We plan to honor eight of the State’s leading Irish American personalities at a prestigious event which will pay tribute to the sterling work of those of Irish American heritage in Texas while building dynamic bridges with Ireland. The Irish Echo ( has hosted events celebrating Irish America across the nation and through its sister group of newspapers in Belfast, Ireland, has forged fresh links of commerce and friendship between the US and Ireland. Honorees at our recent events have included the Comptroller of New York City, Bill Thompson, the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange Duncan Niederauer, the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Tim Cahill, the President of New York City Council Christine Quinn, Congressman Joe Crowley and authors Pete Hamill and Jimmy Breslin. Advertising, sponsorship and dinner tickets are available for this first ever event, bringing Irish from throughout the state to San Antonio. Dinner tickets are available at $60 per person or a table for ten at $550. Contact Mairead Tully at ( 212-482-4818 ext. 113 or Tim Daly at ( 212-482-4818 ext. 130. Tickets $60 Table of Ten $550 ------- 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 ********************************************** 10/14/09 – U2 at Reliant Stadium TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, APRIL 20 AT 10 AM. Ticket prices: $254, $99, $59 and $34 for reserved, and $59 for GA (field). Tickets available at,, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 Full details of all dates and on-sale information as well as a virtual model of the unique production and seating positions can be found on a dedicated microsite at Subscribers to U2’s official website will have an opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the public on sale date. ********************************************** 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 ********************************************** 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. ********************** ACROSS THE WATER with ED MILLER Sundays 7-8pm on KUT-FM 90.5 Long time KUT "Folkways" host Ed Miller moves to Sunday evenings to present a brand new folk music show on KUT. Ed will take you "across the water" to enjoy the music of Scotland, England and Ireland, as well as showing how the music of the isles has crossed the Atlantic and taken root in this country. The shows will usually have a theme. Sunday March 8th's edition, for example, will show the connections between British and Irish songs and their counterparts in Texas and Appalachia; while March 15 will highlight the Irish experience in America as a lead-in to St Patrick's Day. If you are outwith the KUT listening area, or would like to recommend the show to friends anywhere in the world, go to and click on the Listen Live connection. ********************* 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. ********************* Texas Irish plan Bill Flynn college tribute By Máirtín Ó Muilleoir March 25, 2009 Houston --- Legendary Irish American businessman and peace process architect Bill Flynn has received just about every honor Ireland and the U.S. has to offer for his contribution to Irish peace but now a Texas college plans to crown his illustrious career by naming its center for Irish studies in his honor. The University of St. Thomas in Houston has been earning plaudits in recent years for its pioneering Irish studies center which has brought a new appreciation of Ireland and Irish America to the southwest. As well as hosting visits by a series of speakers who represent the cutting edge of Irish culture and politics, the center now also offers classes in Irish language taught by a native speaker. Financial backing for the center's Irish programs have come in large part from the generosity of the Irish Society of Houston but now director Lori Gallagher is spearheading a $1 million fundraising drive to name the center after Bill Flynn, this while simultaneously creating an endowment. "Our campaign to honor Bill Flynn by naming the Center for Irish Studies after him not only recognizes his contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, but also ensures that we continue to promote the key elements of that process," Gallagher told the Irish Echo. "That, of course, includes the importance of sitting everyone down at the conference table to dialogue and to find common ground." Contributions to the funds drive, which, despite the economic downturn, has passed its mid-point, have come from across the country and from, according to Gallagher, people who believe in the importance of promoting Irish heritage and culture and promoting peace and reconciliation. But the bulk of the subscriptions has been made locally, most notably by Irish community stalwarts Colleen and George McCullough. Viewed as the premier institution for Irish studies in the southwest, the center is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and knowledge about Ireland and Irish history, politics, literature, law, fine arts, culture, language and the Irish American experience. Launched in 2003, its academic program covers Irish history, politics, drama, art and the Irish language while students also get an opportunity to travel to Ireland on a study aboard course. Over the years, the center has gathered an impressive collection of Irish materials in the university library. Professor Aoife Ní Ghloinn, a native of Carlow and an accomplished musician, teaches Irish and music at the university, under a scheme funded by the Irish government. The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies and William J. Flynn Endowment for Peace and Reconciliation will be a fitting acknowledgement of the Mutual of America powerhouse, said Gallagher, who has set up the Friends of Bill Flynn to boost the funds drive. "The Friends of Bill Flynn are a group of individuals who wish to see his legacy honored through fostering the preservation of Irish heritage and culture in America, as well as using the Northern Ireland model to encourage peace in the Middle East and other areas of conflict." University of St. Thomas president, Dr. Robert Ivany, echoed that view. "The University of St. Thomas is dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character," he said. "Bill Flynn's leadership, his passion for peace and his commitment to social justice, serves as an inspiring role model for students and faculty alike." Certainly, Flynn, now retired but continuing to play a positive role in the still-fragile peace process, is held in high regard by Irish Americans. His crucial interventions in the early 1990s helped secure the breakthrough U.S. visa for Gerry Adams. The Sinn Féin leader was invited to address a forum in 1994 chaired by Flynn. Later, at his own expense, Flynn took out full-page ads in the New York Times, hammering home the message that peace was possible if the British and unionists would enter talks with their republican and nationalist rivals. As for the old warrior Flynn himself, he is bowled over by the recognition he is receiving from the Irish Americans of Houston, a city that will in the near future host an Irish consulate as part of an Irish government plan to expand diplomatic representation in the United States. "I spent a weekend there recently, addressing their body and meeting with many of their key people including my old friend Dr. Ivany," Flynn told the Echo. "I really can't speak highly enough about the quality of their programs or the talent of their staff. They are a credit to Irish America and I'm proud to be associated with them." Anyone who wishes to find out more about the fundraising drive can contact Lori Gallagher at . This story appeared in the issue of March 25-31, 2009 ********************* 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: ******************************************* Michael Wayne Davitt Obituary Biography Michael Wayne Davitt, born August 7, 1951 in Ft. Worth, Texas, died March 20, 2009 in Humble, Texas at the age of 57. In Elizabeth, NJ Michael started an Irish folk band (The Freemen) with Tommy Shannon which performed with many well-known Irish performers such as Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem. He continued to perform as a solo Irish performer in Houston, TX. He was responsible for the renaissance of Irish music in Houston and has been dubbed the “Father of Irish Music in Texas”. Michael was a active member of the Ancient Order of Hiberninans in both NJ and TX. In Texas, he served as state and local AOH President and was honored as the St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshall in 1993 and co-Grand Marshall in 2009. Michael also founded the Irish Open Golf Tournament, organized the Houston Irish Stew Cook-off and used his musical talents all to raise money to benefit numerous charities. Michael also volunteered many years at the Magdelene House (Social Services division of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church). He was the founder, owner of his local business, Michael W. Davitt & Assoc. and also served as the statistician for the Houston Rockets for several years. Mr. Davitt is survived by his wife, Maureen Davitt of Humble, TX; parents, James & Dorothy Davitt; daughters, Erin Davies, Kathleen Davitt, Nancy Davitt and Colleen Lehman; brother, Brian Davitt and his wife, Kris; grandchildren, Elizabeth Davitt, Caitlin and Emma Davies, Craige Lehman, and Michael James Zavitsky. Visitation will be 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24th & 25th at Kingwood Funeral Home. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 26, 2009 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 527 So. Houston Ave., Humble, TX 77338 with Msgr. Paul Procella officiant. For those desiring, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Magdalene House c/o St. Mary Magdalene Church. Find this item and sign the guest book & leave a message at: ******************************************* 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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