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One hundred thousand welcomes to you to my official blog of all things Irish from me, Diane Byrnes, host of the Echoes of Erin radio show on WEDO Radio 810AM.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dear Friends, Readers, and Listeners,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810AM will once again have an online presence.  Beginning Wednesday, August 24 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. you can tune into to Echoes of Erin's rebroadcast at www.kdwradio.com, then click on Listen Live.

Back in January WEDO was sold and the new owner is Bob Stephens.  We moved three miles north and have a brand new studio that works really well.  However, we have not been online since January 2016.  So come Wednesday, August 24th I will gladly welcome you to listen to the 90 minute program.

Thank you,
Diane Byrnes
Producer & Host
Echoes of Erin
www.pittsburghirish.org/echoesoferin
www.kdwradio.com  Then click on Listen Live.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2015

Dear Friends,

There is much happening in the Pittsburgh Irish community over this St. Patrick's Season.  I look forward to seeing many of you over the next couple of weeks as we welcome our international entertainment to Pittsburgh.  The listing is included on Dateline Irish.

Our Parade takes place Saturday, March 14th stepping off at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 11th Street to Grant Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.  There will be 200 marching units including 18 marching bands, which comprise approximately 23,000 people.  An awesome sight!

My congratulations go to our 2015 Grand Marshall -- Marty Madigan.  He has held a variety of offices in the Ancient Order of Hibernians with his Division 9 along with holding the esteemed title of Pennsylvania State President, AOH.

Miss Smiling Irish Eyes is Hannah O'Donoghue.  Hannah is the daughter of Jack O'Donoghue and Patty O'Donoghue of Cranberry Township.  Hannah comes from a long line of Irish born relatives.  Her paternal grandfather was Tom O'Donoghue (RIP) from Listowel, County Kerry; he and wife Peggy (Hannah's grandmother) were owners of the Blarney Stone Restaurant in Etna, that closed due to floods in 2004.  Hannah's also has roots in County Cork and County Mayo.

The Court consists of Kelsey Reiser, daughter of Chris and Mary Ellen Boyle Reiser of Brookline.  She is a senior at Seton-LaSalle High School where she is an honors student.  Kelsey has been active with the Junior Division of the LAOH.

Hannah O'Toole is also  part of the Court as well and is daughter to Marty and Dina O'Toole of Dormont.  Hannah is an honors student and a senior at Bishop Canevin High School.  Hannah has been active with the Junior Division of the LAOH.

It will be a Grand Day for the Irish in Pittsburgh!  Enjoy all of the festivities and be responsible in your actions. 

Also please remember not to wear any of the degrading clothing that retailers persist in selling for St. Patrick's Day.  We know they would not promote and sell such items for any other ethnic group, not for the Polish, nor Mexicans, nor Italians or Africans -- why do they do it for the Irish?  Totally irresponsible retailers for purchasing such garbage.  Boycott them!!  Two offensive stores are Spencers' and Wal Mart.

Playlist March 8, 2015


Hosted by Diane Byrnes
March 8, PROGRAM # 1407
IRELAND REPORT
Brian Nolan, Barna, Co. Galway

 Interview: Cathie Ryan, Singer, Song Writer, Musician

 

The Wearing of the Green by John McCormack
The Same Old Shillelegh by Morton Downey
Galway Bay by Dennis Day  
CD “Original Irish Tenors”

Mother Mo Chroi by Mary McGonigle
CD “All Time Irish Classics”

Jug of Punch by The Rivermen        
CD “Rivermen Favourites”

St. Patrick’s Day Parade by Bing Crosby
CD “My Favorite Irish Songs”

Harry’s Game by Celtic Woman
CD “Celtic Woman”

The Ireland Report with Brian Nolan, Galway
Sponsor: Goodrich & Associates                             

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling / Cockles & Mussels by Cahal Dunne
CD “A Little Bit Of Irish”

Oro, Sheanduine Doite by Cathie Ryan
CD ‘Through Wind and Rain’

Interview w/ Cathie Ryan

Rock Me To Sleep Mother by Cathie Ryan
CD ‘Through Wind and Rain’

Slip Jigs: The Little Fair Canavans /by Kevin Burke w/ Patrick Street
CD “On The Fly”
 
Ta Mo Chleamhnas Deanta by Guaranteed Irish featuring Paddy Folan
CD “Out In Front”

DATELINE IRISH                  

Jig Away the Donkey / Josie McDermott’s (reels) by Cherish The Ladies
CD ‘Irish Women Musicians in America” Interview w/ Joanie Madden next week.

 

 

Dateline Irish March 8, 2015


Diane V. Byrnes                                                        DATELINE IRISH
78 Grant Avenue                                                       Sunday, March 8, 2015
Pittsburgh PA 15223                                                 Program # 1407
412.781.6368                                                              www.wedo810.com Listen Live
Email: diane.byrnes@verizon.net

 

Check out links for most local entertainers, organizations, and Irish businesses at the end of Dateline.

 

Dateline Irish is sponsored by BrandMill, LLC www.brandmill.com – marketing experts who will transform your business through fact-based processes and innovative marketing systems designed to achieve dramatic, measurable and profitable results.  Steve Wayhart 412.401.0555.

 

Notice:

The Ancient Order of Hibernians Hunger Project, meets the first Saturday of the month to distribute food in conjunction with the Food Bank.  “Produce to the People” volunteers meet from 8:30am at the Braddock Fire Dept.’s Blazing Bingo Hall, 845 Talbot Ave., in Braddock, Pa.  Anyone can volunteer.  Contact Allegheny Co. Hibernian Hunger Project Chairman J.J. Gallagher by email: johnjgallagher@verizon.net. Or call AOH Division 17 at 412.829.2399.

 
Notice #2:

Riley’s Pour House has expanded next door with their NEW ‘Riley’s Gardens’ outdoor seating area.  Dining & Beverages plus upcoming performances available under the Tent providing for over 60 people.  Parking for RPH is available to patrons behind the pub, and in the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox parking lot (during non-church events) in the evenings.  And parking is also available at the Family Dollar lot, and in the large center lot across from the Carnegie Coffee House.  Effective NOW!!   Information: 412.279.0770. 

 
Notice #3

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle – promotes the facilities for special events with groups of 50 to 150 persons.  Available are creative menus, live music, and excellent ambience for your guests. Contact David Regan at 412.642.6622.

 
Notice #4

Congratulations to the 2015 Grand Marshall of Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Marty Madigan, a member of AOH Oakland Irish, Division 9 in Oakland, and Chairman of the Irish Society for Education & Charity.

 
Notice #5

Congratulations to the 2015 Hibernian of the Year, John J. Gallagher, a member of AOH Division 1 in the South Hills.

 
Sunday, March 8
·       AOH Allegheny County Board and Division 9 sponsor the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Communion Breakfast @ Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Greentree, Mass at 10am celebrated by Bishop David Zubik followed by breakfast.  Tickets $30 per person.  Reservations: Kevin Conboy at conboyspec@aol.com or 412.885.4042; or Mike Moog at mjmoog@verizon.net or 412.882.5185.  Breakfast and Program Book advertisement deadline February 27.  Contact Jack Haggerty @ haggerty9n11@yahoo.com.

 ·       Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810AM @ 12:30pm, Listen Live at www.wedo810.com or later at www.wedo810.com, Click on Program Guide, scroll down and click on Echoes of Erin, click a program number, download, & play.  The Ireland Report will broadcast today at 1:00pm with with Brian Nolan from Galway, www.galwaywalks.com.  Telephone Interview with Cathie Ryan, singer, song writer, & musician.

 

Now through April 5, 2015
·       The Pittsburgh Public presents ‘How I Learned What I Learned’ by August Wilson @ the O’Reilly Theatre.  Tickets: 412.316.1600.

 
Monday, March 9
·       Irish Centre Board Meeting @ the Irish Centre, 6887 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill @ 6:30pm.  Information Mary Clark Email:  m.clark@verizon.net.

 
Tuesday, March 10
·       City of Pittsburgh Proclamation of “St. Patrick’s Week in Pittsburgh”.  10am @ City County Building in City Council Chambers.

·       Celtic Woman performing at The Benendum Center, 7:30pm, sponsored by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  Tickets visit www.TrustArts.org,  the Box office at Theater Square or call 412-456-6666. www.CelticWoman.com.
·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, in The Strip, 412.642.6622 – presents Ceili Dancing from 7pm.
·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features “Jazzy Happy Hour” w/ Reni Monteverdi & Friends @ 5:30pm followed by Riley’s Piano Night @ 8pm.

Wednesday, March 11
·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 – features Wing & Guinness Specials @ 7pm.
·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features “Jazzy Happy Hour” w/ Reni Monteverdi & Friends @ 5:30pm followed by Open Mic w/ Erich @ 8pm.
 

Thursday, March 12
·       River City Brass presents their “Celtic Connections Concert” at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, 7:30pm.  Tickets http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=3299&perfcode=MARCMH&perfsubcode=2014.
·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features “Jazzy Happy Hour” w/ Reni Monteverdi & Friends @ 5:30pm followed by Young John Gallagher @ 8pm.
·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 – presents Finnegan’s Wake with Red Hand Paddy and a variety of ‘characters’ @8pm.
·       Terry Griffith, Ballad Singer is performing at The Claddagh Irish Pub, 407 Cinema Dr. @ South Side Works @ 7pm.
·       Maddie Arnold & Friends @ The Pittsburgh Winery, Penn Ave., 2815 in The Strip, 412.566.1000 @ 8pm.  MuSic for MS 2015 @ The Pittsburgh Winery in The Strip District featured entertainment includes The Mulligan Brothers, from Baton Rouge LA., Maddy Arnold & Friends OPENING.  Tickets $15 in Advance @ http://www.showclix.com/event/3904001.  https://www.facebook.com/events/350307071838633/

Friday, March 13
·       Crowning of 2015 Miss Smiling Irish Eyes @ River’s Club, Oxford Center Downtown @ 12 Noon.  Luncheon Buffet $25.
 
·       Internationally renowned fiddler, Kevin Burke, will perform at the Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, 229 Center Ave. Aspinwall 15215.  Showtime 8pm, Tickets $20.  Information: Dan Possumato,dpossumato@earthlink.net.

·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 – features Happy Hour @ 5:30pm, followed by Johnny Gallagher @ 9pm.

·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features Happy Hour w/ Tom & Erich @ 5:30pm followed by Lawrence Connolly & Duane Davis @ 8pm.

 ·       Cue Ball performing at John Cowley’s & Sons Pub, 33338 Grand River Ave in Farmington MI. 248.474.5941.
 

Saturday, March 14 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade
 
·       Catholic Mass at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 1700 Liberty Ave. in The Strip @ 8am, celebrated by Fr. Jeremiah O’Shea.  Information: rorrunjto@yahoo.com.
 
·       Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, stepping off at 10 a.m. at 10th   Street and Liberty Ave.  Sponsored by The Irish Society for Education & Charity, Inc. and Produced by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.  http://www.pittsburghirish.org/parade/index.html.
 
·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 – Breakfast from 8am till 10am. Fun after the Parade with music by INSIDE w/Mark Guiser, Whiskey Limerick, Maddie Arnold & Friends @ 5pm, and Red Hand Paddy.  OUTSIDE under the Tent w/The Donny Irish Band, and Guaranteed Irish.
 
·       Riley’s Pour House and Garden Tent, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features Inside Pub: beginning at 3pm – Tommy B, Erich & Tom, Dan & Dave Irish Music, and John Puckett.  Outdoor Garden Tent features: beginning at 3pm – Erich & Friends, Surprise Entertainers with House Pipers, Lawrence Connolly & Duane Davis, and The Wild Geese.
 
·       Knights of Equity & Daughters of Erin will celebrate with their St. Patrick’s Parade Party at The Elks, 400 Cedar Ave., Pgh 15212 on the North Side.  Admission $10 at Door ages 16 & Up, Children $5. Begin 12:00 Noon till 5pm.  Live Entertainment.
 
·       Terry Griffith, Ballad Singer performing @ Sieb’s Pub, 3382 Babcock Blvd. North Hills, @ 3pm.
 
·       Michael Flaherty, Irish singer, is performing at Downy’s House, 6801 Steubenville Pike, Robinson Township, 3pm.
 
·       Irish Centre of Pittsburgh – St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party, door open at 6:30pm.  Entertainment begins @ 7pm with Na Gaels and Irish Dancers. Appetizers & Beverages. Admission $10 Members/ $15 Non-Members, children under 18, Free. Reservations: 412.761.3897 or Email: Mary Clark m.clark@verizon.net.
 
·       Cue Ball at Level 20, 1033 Paxton Drive, Bethel Park @ 8pm.

 Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15
·       West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association’s Irish Spring Festival in Ireland WV.  US Route 19 South from I-79 Roanoke exit.  Information David Powell 1.202.387.1680, wdp320@aol.com or John Nelson 1.304.782.3553, jhn1203@aol.com.

 Sunday, March 15
·       Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810AM @ 12:30pm, Listen Live at www.wedo810.com or later at www.wedo810.com, Click on Program Guide, scroll down and click on Echoes of Erin, click a program number, download, & play.  The Ireland Report from Dublin with Davy Kettyles.  Telephone interview with Joanie Madden, Cherish The Ladies.
 
·       Rivers Casino presents an “Irish Festival” with the Donnie Irish Band, Whiskey Limerick, and The Rivermen.  Two shows – 1:00pm and 5:00pm.  Grand View Buffet and Show, $22.  Show Only, $15.  All tickets can be picked up at Will Call starting at 11am.  Emcee for the day is ‘Johnny Angel” of Johnny Angel & The Halos.  http://www.riverscasino.com/pittsburgh/entertainment/irish-festival.
·       Terry Griffith, Ballad Singer is performing @ The Claddagh Irish Pub, 407 Cinema Dr., South Side Works @ 3pm.
  •   Maddie Arnold & Friends and Cue Ball at St. Paul Seminary, Cardinals Great Hall @ 6pm.
  •        “Row On for Brendan” Concert at Central Catholic High School, 4270 Fifth Ave., in Oakland.  Reception before concert with tea, scones, hors d’oeuvres, beer, & wine from 6pm to 7:30pm.  Details @: www.irishnight.org. Entertainment with Guaranteed Irish, Mike Gallagher, George Balderose on Highland Pipes, and Dancers from the Shovlin School of Irish Dance – Stephanie Stoessel and Marley Shovlin.

Monday, March 16
·       Maddie Arnold & Friends @ The Claddagh Irish Pub, South Side Works @ 7pm.
 

Tuesday, March 17
 
·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 – OPENS @ 11am St. Patrick’s Day celebration with by INSIDE w/Mark Guiser, Whiskey Limerick, and Red Hand Paddy.  OUTSIDE in the Tent w/Donny Irish Band, and Guaranteed Irish.
 
·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features a day of fun and excitement with Mike Gallagher @ 2:30pm; Young John Gallagher @ 6pm; and Mark Guiser @ 8pm.
 
·       Maddie Arnold & Friends @ The Claddagh, South Side Works, 12 Noon.
 
·       Michael Flaherty, Irish singer, is performing at Downy’s House, 6801 Steubenville Pike, Robinson Township, 3pm.
 
·       Terry Griffith, Ballad Singer is performing at Kelly’s Irish Pub, 1458 Riverside Drive, Bridgewater / Beaver Pa from 8pm.
 
·       River City Brass performs their “Celtic Connection Concert” @ Upper St. Clair High School in Upper St. Clair @ 7:30pm.
 
·       Cue Ball @ Jergel’s, 3:30pm and at Sieb’s on Babcock Blvd.@ 8pm.
 
·       The Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh presents their St. Patrick’s Day Banquet w/ Guest Speaker at the PAA in Oakland, 7pm.  Information John Webber 412.758.5445 and Earl McCabe 412.761.1844.
 
·       The Irish Centre of Pittsburgh – Mass at 6:30pm in the Irish language with Fr. Naos MacCool, light reception to follow.

 
Wednesday, March 18
·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features Open Mic w/ Erich @ 8pm
 

Thursday, March 19
Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features ‘Axe Man’ Ray Lanich @ 8pm.

Friday, March 20

·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 – features Happy Hour w/John Wiatrak @ 5:30pm followed by Ballad Singer, Mike Gallagher @ 9pm.
 
·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features Happy Hour w/ Tom & Erich @ 5:30pm followed by Live Music w/ John Puckett @ 8pm.
 

Saturday, March 21
·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 features Mark Guiser @ 9pm.

·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features an Irish Breakfast from 8am till Noon followed by Live Music w/ Jim Lamb & Paddy Folan @ 8pm.

Sunday, March 22
·       Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810AM @ 12:30pm, Listen Live at www.wedo810.com or later at www.wedo810.com, Click on Program Guide, scroll down and click on Echoes of Erin, click a program number, download, & play. The Ireland Report from Belfast with Mairtin O’Muilleoir, Managing Director of the Belfast Media Group and Publisher of The Irish Echo, www.irishecho.com or www.belfastmedia.com and www.newbelfast.com.   Telephone Interview with Carrie Donaldson, wife of George Donaldson, (who has since passed away, March 12, 2015) singer & musician and formerly with Celtic Thunder.

Wednesday, March 25
·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 – features Trivia @ 7pm + Be Bold w/ Wings & Guinness Specials @ pm.

·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770  features Open Mic Night w/Erich @ 8pm.

Thursday, March 26
·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features Dan & Dave on Flute & Guitar @ 8 pm.

Friday, March 27
·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 – features Happy Hour w/Andy Halter @ 5:30pm followed by Ballad Singer Terry Griffith @ 9pm.

·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features Happy Hour w/Tom & Erich @ 5:30pm followed by Mike Gallagher Himself @ 8pm.

·       Cherish The Ladies performing at Slippery Rock University Student Union.  The performance is at 7:30p.m. Tickets may be ordered by calling 724.738.2018, $22-adult, $20-senior citizen and $18-youth.  Tickets may be ordered by calling 724.738.2018.  An Interview with Joanie Madden will take place sometime in March prior to concert.

Saturday, March 28
·       Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 features ‘Weekend at Blarney’s @ 9pm.

·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features an Irish Breakfast from 8am till Noon followed by Live Music w/Mr. Mark Guiser @ 8pm.

·       Calliope, The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society presents the Cathie Ryan Band @ Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland @ 7:30pm.  Ballad Singer Mike Gallagher opens the concert. Information and Tickets: http://calliopehouse.org/concerts/

Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29
·       West Virginia Feis @ Pittsburgh Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel, Information: Jim Graven kayaks201@verizon.net.

 Tuesday, March 31
·       Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features Storytelling Night – Theme is “St. Patrick’s Day Stories”.  Sign up @ 7:15pm, storytelling begins @ 8pm, followed by Riley’s Piano Night.

Saturday, April 4
·       The April Food Bank, “Produce to the People”.  Braddock Fire Dept’s Blazing Bingo Hall, 845 Talbot Ave., Braddock Pa; arrive between 8:30am-9am.  Volunteers are needed to distribute food and produce to the needy.  You do NOT need to be a Hibernian to help.  Information: Allegheny Co. Chairman, J.J. Gallagher, johnjgallagher@verizon.net.  Or call AOH Division 17 412.829.2399.

April 16 – May 17, 2015
·       The Pittsburgh Public presents ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare @ the O’Reilly Theatre.  Tickets: 412.316.1600.

Sunday, April 19
·       The Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh presents a lecture “The Merchandising of Irish Goods” by Paul Carey, Owner, The Irish Design Center in Oakland.  McDowell Hall at Epiphany Church – 2pm - Information John Webber 412.758.5445 and Earl McCabe 412.761.1844.

Saturday, April 25
·       Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1, South Hills presents “A Night of Irish Music”, 7pm, at Castle Shannon Fire Hall, 3600 Library Road.  The Wild Geese performing from 7pm to 9pm followed by Corned Beef & Curry from 9pm to 11pm.  Irish Auction & Door Prizes.  Refreshments, set-ups & snacks provided, BYOB.  Reservations: Rich O’Malley 412.401.3945, Email: pghsaintpat@verizon.net.  Sponsored by Clearview Federal Credit Union.  Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at Door.

·       The Daughters of Erin will sponsor their annual Spring Fling Fundraiser at Shannopin Country Club, 1 Windmere, Pittsburgh 15202, beginning at Noon.  Theme is “Lights, Camera, Action!”  There will be Baskets of Cheer, a Gift Card event, and other Irish Auction items.  Call Sue Schreck for information on donations and auctions: 724-776-2793. 

Sunday, May 17
·       The Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh a lecture “The Origins of the Irish Race” with Alan Boal, 2pm at McDowell Hall, Epiphany Church.  Information John Webber 412.758.5445 and Earl McCabe 412.761.1844

May 28 – June 28
·       The Pittsburgh Public presents ‘Buyer & Cellar’ by Jonathan Tolins @ the O’Reilly Theatre.  Tickets: 412.316.1600.  www.ppt.org

Sunday, June 7
·       The Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh presents an “Irish High Tea” at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Social Hall in Homestead.  Reservations.  Information John Webber 412.758.5445 and Earl McCabe 412.761.1844.

Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 25
·       33rd Annual Cleveland Cultural Festival @ Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds (Berea Ohio).  Entertainment includes: Cherish The Ladies, Ronan Tynan, The High Kings, Frances Black, Dermot Henry, Patrick O’Sullivan, Stepcrew, Rory Makem, Ashley Davis, Dermot Henry, Ennis, The Kilroy’s, James Kilbane, Guaranteed Irish, Runa.  Admission $12 Adults, Children Under 10-Free, Parking is FREE.  Opening Friday @ 5pm., Gates open Saturday & Sunday @ 1pm.   Sunday Mass @ 11:30am.  Information: http://clevelandirish.org/index.php.

 
Saturday, August 15
·       MuSic for MS Roots Music Festival on August 15, 2015 at Hartwood Acres.  The Black Lillies have joined the lineup! With Humming House, The Mulligan Brothers, Tiger Maple String Band and Maddie Arnold and Friends already on board, we may be presenting the best day of music in Pittsburgh for the Summer of 2015.  Individual general admission $15.

Monday, September 14
·       Meet at Shannon Airport for ‘Cupid’s Crusade’ trip to Lisdoonvarna.  An 8-Day adventure in Counties Galway & Clare.  Meet the Matchmaker Willy Daly.  Call 1-954-463-6119 for Information & Booking, mention Echoes of Erin on WEDO and receive a $100 credit toward your trip. www.cupidscrusade.com and http://thewildgeese.com/main/search/search?q=Cupid%27s+Crusade  

 

Wednesday, September 23 through Saturday, September 26
·       2nd Belfast Homecoming 2015 – Information:

 

Traveling in Ireland in  2015
Festivals and Tours to consider attending!!

Ardara, County Donegal, information on the town

·       Information: Patrick McGill 011–353–74–953.7949 or call             Eileen 011 – 353 – 86 – 239-1441.   http://www.ardara.ie


 
Irish Festivals in Ireland & Beyond

·       March 14-17, Kilkenny Tradfest – Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin, Pauline Scanlon.  Dancing: Saturday, March 14 at Ormonde Hotel, 9pm w/ Johnny Reidy Ceili Band w/ Johnny Reidy on accordion, Eddie on keyboard, Martina O’Neil on fiddle, Tom Skelly on banjo, Caller Declan Doocy.  Sunday, March 15 at Springhill Court Hotel, 9pm w/ the Annaly Ceili Band w/Sean Thompson on button accordion, Brendan Daly on keyboard & percussion, Sean Sweeney on banjo.  Caller Declan Doocy.  Others include: Mary Black & Band, Sharon Shannon, Sweeney’s Men, plus more.  http://kilkennytradfest.com/

·       March 20-23, Inishowen Traditional Singer’s Circle – Ballyliffin/ Clonmany, Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal.  Featuring Joe Aitken (Scotland), Jim Bainbridge (England), Connie MeEleney (Boston, Isle of Doagh) plus more.  Information www.inishowensinging.ie.

 
·       March 25-29, Feile Patrick Byrne, www.carrickmacross.ie. www.comhaltas.ie.


·       March 27-29, The 9th Annual Ballydehob Trad Festival, in the village of Ballydehob, Co. Cork.  Music, song & dance workshops. Concerts w/ De Danann (w/Alex Finn) and Eleanor Shanley.  http://www.ballydehobtradfestival.com/.

 
·       April 10-13, Clifden Trad Fest, featuring Pub Sesions, Sean Nos singing & dancing, and The Darty Ceili Band, 10 piece band from Sligo & All Ireland Champions. www.cliftdentradfest.com.
 

·       April 24-27, Kilfenora Music Festival w/ Set Dancing, Irish Ceili, Concerts, & Pub Sessions.  Concerts w/ Lumiere, Frankie Gavin’s De Dannan.  Ceili’s w/ Kilfenora Ceili Band, Four Courts Ceili Band, & The Star of Munster Ceili Band. http://www.kilfenoraclare.com/.


·       May 1-4, ‘The Cup of Tae’ Traditional Music Festival. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cup-of-Tae-Festival-Ardara-County-Donegal/172722359050.  Contact Information: Patrick McGill 011–353–74–953.7949 or call Eileen 011 – 353 – 86 – 239-1441.   http://www.ardara.ie

·       May 7-10, Fiddle Fair in Baltimore, West Cork – www.fiddlefair.com.  Special performers include: Dermot Byrne, Dermot McLaughlin, The Henry Girls, Gerry O’Connor plus more.

·        May 14-17, Galway Early Music Festival, www.galwayearlymusic.com.  Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music & Dance.
 

·       May 15-17, Skerries Traditional Music Weekend, County Dublin.  www.skerriestraditionalmusic.com.

·       May 17-25, Fleadh Nua in Ennis, www.fleadhnua.com.  Pipers Union in concert, with Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Blackie O’Connell, Siobhán Peoples and Cyril O’Donoghue.  Tickets for these events are available from the Glór Box Office, www.glor.ie, www.glor.ie/book, or 011 - 353 - 65 - 684 - 3103.  Plus much more, check out the website.

 ·       June 26-28 – FÉILE CHNOC NA GAOITHE, Traditional music festival in
Tulla, Co. Clare (last weekend in June) w/ music, song, dance and Gaeilge.  www.cnocnagaoithe.com

 ·       July 13-26 – Galway International Arts Festival & Roisin Dubh presents St. Vincent on July 17 @ Festival Big Top.  Doors open @ 7pm.  Information: www.giaf.ie.

More to come!

Guests and Interviews throughout 2015
February 15     James Gourlay, Musical Director for River City Brass & Paul Evans, RCBB
February 22     Jack Goodrich, Goodrich and Associates, PC, Attorneys At Law
March 1           Annette Cunihan on traveling to the Lisdoonvarna Festival in Co. Clare
March 8           Cathie Ryan, Singer, Song Writer

March 15         Joanie Madden, Cherish The Ladies

March 22         Carrie Donaldson, wife of George Donaldson, Singer & Member Celtic Thunder

April 5             Easter Rising Program, #1

April                Kevin Dougherty, Candidate for Supreme Court, www.DoughertyforPA.com

April 19           Easter Rising Program, #2

May                 Stephanie Riso with MTAP – Musical Theater Artists of Pittsburgh

October            Patti Flaus, President, LAOH Maude Gonne Division 32