This site includes the postings from the Irish Aires email list. This includes a listing of Irish/Celtic events in the Houston area and other information that the Irish Aires radio program posts.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Current Events

Current Events

Tune in tonight (6PM or Midnight Irish time) for the Irish Aires show.  To hear a live streaming show go here.  To hear it in the KPFT archives go here

To see our playlists go to:

Find On Going Irish Events in the Houston area by clicking 

ALL items (see details below)

-04/12/14 - Irish Aires on KPFT 90.1 in Houston 
-04/13/14 - Celtic Woman at Hobby Center
-04/18/14 - Blaggards @ Ashford Pub (date change)
-04/26-27 - Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games
-05/01/14 - Look Behind You! At the University of St. Thomas
*05/03/14 - Houston Gaels GAA Tournament Schedule
-05/03/14 - Old Man Marley & the Dead Rabbits at Walters Houston
-05/23-26 - Rabbits at The 2014 Comicpalooza
*05/25/14 - The Jig is Up at the Boulevard Coffee (previously Waldos)
-06/07/14 - The 2014 Houston Beer Fest w/ The Dead Rabbits 
-08/21/14 - Blaggards at T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse in Kemah

Sia Beaton: Got my diploma this week - FIVE years CANCER FREE !!


Kelly Devlin (aka 
Married Patrick Blaggard Devlin) has Inflammatory Breast Cancer. She & Patrick need our help. Our prayers & helping out (volunteering to drive OR run some errands for her) would be great. But they also could use financial support. To volunteer to help send her a message on FB;  To donate to financially, send her a check to Irish Aires, KPFT, 419 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX 77006. Thanks!

Informal Irish Language Lessons at Jason's Deli

We are located at Jason's Deli. As you enter turn to your left we are at the table by the window to the outside patio.

2611 S Shepherd Square 
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 520-6728

Classes are held each Wednesday evening between 6pm-8pm

Informal group who get together and learn Irish at their own pace. Vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, song, stories and other fun stuff tailored to suit the curious traveler. 

$10.00 donation for time and materials 

Tim Theisen

Austin is trying to start a chapter of the AOH. They need a few more members to make their chapter official. If you have any interest contact Mike Joyce at OR

They are the oldest & largest Irish Catholic group in the US. The AOH is a place to meet like minded Irish Americans who share the same values & beliefs.

Their mission is to promote Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity in Austin, TX

This is a local, provisional organization as they recruit new members in Austin, TX and the surrounding communities. The timeline for the organization is to become recognized by AOH nationals by summer 2014; apply for 501(c)3 status; and become a recognized, tax-exempt, charitable organization by no later than 2015.

This year is the 97th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising. If you hadn't heard the following, I thought you might be interested. It was done for CBS radio in 1966 for the 50th anniversary. The narrator is Charles Kurwalt ( was the narrator: 

Part 1 (Preview) 
Part 2 (Preview) 
Part 3 (Preview) 
Part 4 (Preview) 
Part 5 (Preview) 
Part 6 (Preview) 

These were uploaded to YouTube thanks to K Ryan

There are loads of great pictures & other Irish Stuff.  So Join the Irish Aires Page on FaceBook 


-04/13/14 - Celtic Woman at Hobby Center


The Hobby Center for Performing Arts
800 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77002

Named Billboard's No. 1 World Album Artist of the Year and boasting sales of 8 million albums worldwide, international sensation Celtic Woman is coming to The Hobby Center. See the quartet perform traditional Irish tunes along with fan favorites such as "You Raise Me Up" and "Orinoco Flow."


-04/18/14 - Blaggards @ Ashford Pub (date change)

Friday, April 18, 2014
Time: 9:30pm

Ashford Pub
13308 Westhimer, 
Houston, Texas 77077


-04/26-27 - Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games

The Celts "invade" Houston April 26 & 27, 2014 for a weekend of music, competitions, food and fun at the Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games. 

The Festival is held at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club and presented by the Houston Highland Games Association. Three stages of rock and traditional Celtic music run continuously throughout the weekend, including a special entertainment stage for kids featuring our own Irish Faerie, Willow and her Giant and storyteller Rickey Pittman. The McAnelly main stage features Scottish singer/songwriter Brian McNeill, international super group Rathkeltair, Houston's own Murder the Stout and Dallas traditional Irish band Flashpoint. 

The Ceilidh Stage features local and regional bands Celtic Voyage, Constant Billy, Wyndnwyre, The Traveling Murphy's, The Pirates of Bedlam, Earl Grey in the Morning, Dene Foy and, making their debut at the Festival, the Dead Rabbits. 

Children and parents alike will have the opportunity to explore the Celtic Nations by visiting our clans and societies and getting their Celtic Passport stamped. At the end of their "journey" a special gift from Walkers Shortbread will be waiting. Arts and crafts featuring the culture of the Celtic Nations will provide take home art. With golf being a product of Scotland, what could be more appropriate than a round of putt putt golf? 

The Festival features competitions in bagpipe, Highland dance, and Scottish heavy athletics, including the tossing of the caber, or, as Americans like to say, throwing the telephone pole. The children have their own athletic competition with a wee caber to toss (fence post). For fun, the Festival will host a shortbread competition on Saturday with celebrity judges. On Sunday, to the ladies' delight, we have the Bonniest Knees contest. Blind folded lady judges will determine the beauty and form of kilted gentleman's knees. 

Exhibitions include the clans (Scottish families), genealogists, historians, and artists. The Celtic Market holds a treasure trove of shopping with everything from kilts and tartan sashes to musical instrument and jewelry. Food vendors offer the delights of Scottish cuisine with haggis, Highland Beef burgers, and meat pies, as well as American festival favorites. 

Sponsoring the Festival this year are The British School of Houston, Granite PR, Matt Carter, Steve McIntyre and Walkers Shortbread. 

For more details and ticket information see  or 

About the Houston Highland Games Association: 

HHGA is 501 (c) 3 charitable organization dedicated to promoting the culture, history and arts of Scotland and the other Celtic Nations. HHGA and its partners will donate over 350 Festival tickets to risk children through a partnerhip with Texas TicKids as well as sponsoring school and community presentations on the effect of the Scots Irish on the development of the US.


-05/01/14 - Look Behind You! At the University of St. Thomas

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Look Behind You!
A Father's and Son's Impressions
of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland
Through Photograph and Song
With Steafán Hanvey

When: 7:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas
Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center
4000 Mt. Vernon St.
Houston, TX 77006
Look Behind You! is a multi-media performance by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Steafán Hanvey that details how a father and son (both artists) have negotiated the personal and political landscapes of Northern Ireland. 
Using image and voice, anecdote and memory, the performance showcases the prize-winning photojournalism of Steafán's father, Bobbie Hanvey, along with radio-edits of his interviews with some of Northern Ireland's best-known figures. 
Steafán's storytelling complements and contextualizes his father's work.

View the Center's Website: 
or visit the University's and Center's Calendar, , under About UST.
Parking and Maps: Parking is available for $2 in the Moran Center at West Alabama St. at Graustark St. Campus Maps are available online, under About UST, Maps and Directions, or use the search box on the top right corner of the Web site and search Maps.                       

Physical address:
William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies
University of St. Thomas
4206 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Mailing Address:
Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD, Director
William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies
University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

Website Address:


*05/03/14 - Houston Gaels GAA Tournament Schedule

Here are the details of this year's Houston Based Tournament just so you have them in writing.

Date: Saturday May 3rd   

Eclipse Soccer Fields  
1700 Glenn Lakes  
Missouri City 77459

Games Schedule: 12pm – c.5.30/6.00pm

Houston A vs. Dallas A
Austin A vs. San Antonio A
Houston B vs. Dallas B
Austin B vs. San Antonio B

After-party: McElroys on Sandman from 7.30pm
Irish Rock Band to play (Band TBC)

Awards Ceremony for Man of the match in each game


-05/03/14 - Old Man Marley & the Dead Rabbits at Walters Houston

8:00 PM

Walters Houston
1120 Naylor St
Houston, Texas 77002

More band announcements soon….

All Ages
$10 Ticket Link Available Below
Doors at 8:00pm


-05/23-26 - Rabbits at The 2014 Comicpalooza

George R Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010

It's true kids! We'll be playing every night of the convention this year folks!

COMiCPALOOZA is the largest pop-culture event in the Gulf Coast region.

Held every year during Memorial Day weekend.

We have expanded to a four-day event so we can increase our programming and entertainment.

COMiCPALOOZA now offers over 1,000 hours of programming of all types, including panels, Q&As, workshops, games, concerts, sports matches, demonstrations, performances, and much more.

Convention Hours

Registration opens at 9 am
Programming starts at 10 am
Dealers Room opens to VIP members at 11:30
Dealers Room opens at noon
Dealers Room closes at 8 pm
Convention closes at 2 am

Registration opens at 9 am
Dealers Room opens to VIP members at 9:30
Convention opens at 10:00 am
Dealers Room closes at 7 pm
Convention closes at 2 am

Registration opens at 9 am
Dealers Room opens to VIP members at 9:30
Convention opens at 10:00 am


*05/25/14 - The Jig is Up at the Boulevard Coffee (previously Waldos)

The Jig Is Up! will be making a rare coffee house appearance at 

Boulevard Coffee, 
1080 Heights (was Waldo's, now skillfully and beautifully remodeled).

April 25 (Friday, 7:00 pm)

Come on out and here what we have up our sleeves!
The time of the show has been moved up to 7:00 pm, because they close at 9:00 pm!


-06/07/14 - The 2014 Houston Beer Fest w/ The Dead Rabbits

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 12:00pm

Houston Beer Fest
Hermann Square Park – 
900 Smith St., 
Houston, Texas 77002101


-08/21/14 - Blaggards at T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse in Kemah

August 21, 2014 - 6:00 pm

T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse
707 Texas 146
Kemah, TX 77565
United States
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