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, June 19, 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) *06/20/09 – Bill & Emily Host Irish Aires at 6PM -06/20/09 – The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Theatre Southwest -07/02-04 – Lonestar Stout at Angel & Ox (CANCELLED Venue Closed Down) -07/02/09 – Blaggards at Ashford Arms *07/04/09 – Hugh Morrison & Jed Marum on Irish Aires -07/24/09 – Clandestine at Mucky Duck -08/13/09 – Blaggards at Ashford Arms -10/09/09 – Blaggards at R&R Sports Bar & Grill -10/23/09 – Annual Irish Gala at Houstonian Hotel -11/20-22 – Jed Marum at Liendo Plantation Civil War Weekend -12/04-06 – Lonestar Stout at Dickens on the Strand in Galveston --- New On Going events & Announcements: * New Tuesday Celtic Session at the Meridian * The Angel & The Ox in Katy has CLOSED * 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 * Arthur Mason Gordon’s Obituary Celtic Stew An open invitation free-for-all of Celtic Musicians, Dancers, Performers, and Craft Vendors At The Sports Bar At MERIDIAN - 1503 Chartres St. Between Leeland & Bell The northbound feeder if I 59 across 59 from the Toyota Center Entrance on St. Emanuel EVERY TUESDAY 6 PM ‘TILL... STARTING JUNE 23 YOUR HOSTS: Michael Martin (of Godfrey's Rangers) Diehl Moran (of every other dam' band) NO COVER :: HAPPY HOUR ‘TIL 8PM $1.25 DOM. DRAFT :: $2 WELLS :: $4 GUINNESS :: CHEAP BAR FOOD CARPET FOR DANCERS :: DRUMMERS WELCOME :: GARB ENCOURAGED Michael R. Martin Meridian Office: 713.225.1717 Cell: 281.802.2776 ----- 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): ----- To see our playlist as we play it, go to: Archived shows KPFT Archived Programs Sorted By Name ************************** 06/20/09 – The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Theatre Southwest (LAST DAY) Theatre Southwest is very pleased to announce the opening of the award winning drama... In the remote Irish village of Leenane rain is as common as Catholics and the most exciting past-time is watching cows pass by. Lonely spinster, Maureen, is trapped taking care of her elderly, cantankerous mother, Mag. Together they spend their days in rounds of petty insults and horrific abuse. When Maureen finally discovers romance, things get horribly out of hand. This dark modern classic is full of clever twists, leading up to its stunning conclusion. The Beauty Queen of Leenane deals with Mature Themes. Parental discretion is advised. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and is directed by Ananka Kohnitz. with Julie Thornley, Melrose Fougere, Wade Gonsoulin, Joey Melcher May 29 ~ June 20 Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm Sunday Matinee June 7 at 3:00 pm Tickets are $15, ($13 Students and Seniors) Reservations: Email with your information, or Call 713-661-9505, or visit our website at for more information ********************************************** 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 *********************************************** 06/13/09 – Constant Billy at Farmers Market at LaCenterra in Katy We'll be at a great NEW market in Katy, the Farmers Market at LaCenterra. What've they got? Glad you asked: Oranges, Satsumas, Lemons & Turnips Free Range Farm Fresh Eggs Certified Organically Grown Free Trade Coffee Grass Fed Beef, Chicken and Turkeys Handcrafted Soap, Lotions, Lip Balm & Natural Insect Repellent Organic Pecans in the Shell Jams, Jellies & Marmalades: Wine, Champagne, & Pepper Infused Salsas, Preserves, Sauces ~ Manufactured Locally Extra Virgin Olive Oils in Assorted Flavors & Certified Organic Aged Balsamic Vinegars Organic Blue Agave Nectar Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Your Home ... in short, everything from Herbs to Brownies. While at the market, get a massage to soothe your body- we'll provide music to soothe your soul! What: Constant Billy at Katy's NEW Farmers Market at LaCenterra. Where: 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Katy, TX 77494 (The southwest corner of Cinco Ranch Blvd. and Grand Parkway Hwy. 99). When: Saturday June 13, 2009 from 9-11am. How Much: Absolutely FREE! *********************************************** 07/02-04 – Lonestar Stout at Angel & Ox in Katy (CANCELLED Venue Closed Down) *********************************************** 07/02/09 – Blaggards at Ashford Arms Ashford Arms Irish Pub 14605 Perthshire, Houston, TX 77079 (281) 497-5316 Set: 9:00 PM *********************************************** 07/24/09 – Clandestin at Mucky Duck *********************************************** 08/13/09 – Blaggards at Ashford Arms Ashford Arms Irish Pub 14605 Perthshire, Houston, TX 77079 (281) 497-5316 Set: 9:00 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 ********************************************** 11/20-22 – Jed Marum at Liendo Plantation Civil War Weekend Liendo Plantation Civil War Weekend Email: Address: Liendo Plantation Address: 2145 FM 1488 @ Hwy 290 City: Hempstead State: TX Zip: 77445 Phone: 979-826-4200 *********************************************** 12/04-06 – Lonestar Stout at Dickens on the Strand in Galveston Dickens on The Strand Festival Address: Galveston’s The Strand National Historic Landmark District City: Galveston State: TX ********************************************** 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: ********************* 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 ---- 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. ---- Mason, well-known singer and teacher, dies at 78 Well-rounded life included time with Houston police, churches for singing By MIKE TOLSON HOUSTON CHRONICLE June 1, 2009, 8:24PM Arthur Gordon Mason, a former teacher and well- known local singer who performed for years at the Great Caruso dinner theater, died Friday. He was 78. Mason enjoyed several careers. He taught at Awty International School and Rice University. He served as a psychologist for the Houston Police Department and in private practice. And he sang professionally, with his lyrical tenor voice a special favorite among Houston’s Scottish and Irish communities and parishioners at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where he was a member. “Arthur could speak with an Irish accent, Scottish accent, English accent or a faulty American accent, but his voice spoke the universal language of music and love,” said longtime friend Kathleen Miggins. “There wasn’t a finer voice or a grander fellow that you’d ever want to know.” Mason was born in Corby, Northamptonshire, England, on Dec. 11, 1930, to William and Mary Mason. He came to the United States in the early 1970s to visit a sister, Margaret, a war bride, and decided to stay. He received his initial college degree in England but continued his education in the U.S., ultimately earning a doctorate in psychology, relatives said. “Every family has the favorite uncle who encourages you to do silly stuff, and that was our Uncle Arthur,” said his niece, Margaret Keenan. “We called him Peter Pan because he was just an overgrown child himself, especially around kids. He was always silly Uncle Arthur who tap-danced in the choir loft and had this pocket full of candy for the kids. He loved children.” In his prime, Mason sang at weddings, funerals, wakes and dozens of special occasions. He sang at the Shamrock Hotel and was a mainstay at Irish Society and Heather and Thistle Society functions. In time, he gave up teaching and made his living at the Great Caruso, a west Houston dinner theater that offered musical entertainment for three decades until it burned down in 2006. Mason retired from the restaurant following a stroke about 10 years ago, his niece said, but continued to sing at private events. He also sang at church and recorded sacred music with Scott Holshauser, the church organist and keyboardist for the Houston Symphony. “He had exquisite range and could sing the comic songs as well as the classics,” Miggins said. “He would bring a tear to a glass eye singing Bonnie Mary of Argyle.” Mason, who never married, is survived by a sister, Betty Keenan of Houston; brother Tommy Mason of England; 10 nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Williams. A rosary will be said at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Rosary followed by a memorial service. Dr. Arthur Joseph Mason DR. ARTHUR JOSEPH MASON died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, May 29, 2009 at Memorial Hermann Hospital Medical Center surrounded by his loved ones. Born on December 11, 1930 in Craigneuk, Scotland, Arthur lived a rich and colorful life. As a psychologist, educator and entertainer, he touched countless lives. Arthur was probably best known for his glorious tenor voice which helped form the soundtrack of many people's lives in the Houston community and beyond. Arthur was preceded in death by his beloved parents, William and Mary Mason and his sister Margaret Williams. He is survived by his loving sister and brother-in law, Betty and Harry Keenan, brother Tom Mason (in England), brother-in- law Franklin Williams, as well as his much-loved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of long-time friends. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the neurological team of doctors, nurses and other caregivers at Memorial Hermann Hospital Medical Center. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00AM, immediately following the Rosary at 9:30AM. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Arthur's name to either the Dominican Fathers or the Alzheimer's Association. Is there a man, whose judgement clear Can others teach the course to steer, Yet runs, himself, life's mad career, Wild as the wave? Here pause - and, thro' the starting tear, Survey this grave. Robert Burns (from A Bard's Epitaph) Here I am, Lord ******************************************* 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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