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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.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Dateline Irish - June 4

ECHOES OF ERIN airs every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and features Irish/Celtic radio programming on WEDO 810 am and his hosted by me, Diane Byrnes.

You can email me with your thoughts and requests and comments, call me at 412.781.6368 or mail them to me at: Diane V. Byrnes 78 Grant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15223

The Ireland Report Sponsor for June 2006 is Allpointe Mortgage, Jim Carr.

Dateline Irish for May 2006 is sponsored by BrandMill – Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations - marketing experts who will transform your business through fact-based processes and innovative marketing systems designed to achieve dramatic, measurable and profitable results. For more information email Stephen Wayhart or call him at 412.401.0555.

As we commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and the 25th Anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strikes, listed on Dateline Irish are the anniversary dates of execution and death by hunger of these 26 men

Sunday, June 4

Echoes of Erin – The Ireland Report with Patricia Sharkey from Donegal. Guest in studio is Marilyn Holt, Director Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society at Carnegie Library.

Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh will close their season with a ‘High Tea’ 1:30pm at the Epiphany Bishop McDowell Hall. Reservations 412-884-2060; Email Jack Webber or call him at 412.885.5540.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 24th St. & Penn Ave. in The Strip; is now closed on Sundays through August. 412.642.6622.

The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh - The IIoP is searching for Host Families for the Wider Horizons Programs; if you can help, please call the Institute at 412.394.3900. Sign up to receive The Common Ground, The Ireland Institutes’ Newsletter by contacting Rob Tierney

Irish Centre of Pittsburgh, 6886 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill – will offer Irish Language Classes taught by Peter Gilmore; contact Karen Adamson, Gaelic League at 724.947.9417.

Tuesday, June 6

Paddy’s Pour House, 215 East Main Street, Carnegie, 412.279.0770. It’s Irish Night with Dennis Murphy at the Bar and an Open Invitation for all AOH Members to come and socialize with AOH Sean MacBride Division 32; Guinness and Half & Half Specials from 7L00 p.m.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle - Ceili Dancing from 7:30 p.m., all are welcome. Pittsburgh Ceili Club will resume dance classes in the fall.

Thursday, June 8

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre continues its’ season. Information 412.561.6000. Here are the programs: The School for SCANDAL by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, June 8 - 24; Boston Marriage by David Marnet, July 6 - 29; Endgame by Samuel Beckett, Aug. 17 - Sept. 11; The Shaughraun by Dion Boucicault, Dec. 6 - 23; Beckett Fest August 25 – Sept. 11; Ireland Trip 412.561.6000 ext. 204 Jen Fleisher.

Irish Centre of Pittsburgh features a ‘Session’, 7::30 p.m., all are welcome.

Friday, June 9 through July 9
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle
is the Pittsburgh Headquarters for the World Cup Soccer airing 64 Games. 412.642.6622.

Friday, June 9
Cue Ball @ Borders North Hills, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.. Arnold Family Band w/ acoustic set from members of Cue Ball; Paddy’s Pour House features Laughrey Connolly, 9pm; Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle – World Cup opening Match, 412.642.6622.

Saturday, June 10

Researching Ancestors in Northern Ireland will be the monthly program presented by the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society at 10:00 a.m. at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland. Two speakers from Ireland will discuss resources for Anglican, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic ancestors. Fintan Mullan is Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and Dr. William Roulston is Research Officer. Free and Open to the Public. Information 412.622.3154.

Paddy’s Pour House features Tony Egan, on Vocals & Guitar, 9:00 p.m.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Ballad Singer, Terry Griffith, 9:00 p.m..

Sunday, June 11

Pittsburgh Banshees vs Cleveland St. Pats @ Founders Field, 1:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Celtics vs Cleveland St., 3:00 p.m. Email Rob Tierney. Everyone returns to Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle after the games.

CueBall performing at Border's, Pittsburgh Mills, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Arnold Family Band w/ acoustic set from members of Cue Ball

Friday, June 16

Paddy’s Pour House
features Single Malt, 9:00 p.m.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Celtic Rock with Red Hand Paddy, 9:00 p.m.

Friday, June 17

Paddy’s Pour House features Sean McClorey on Vocals & Guitar, 9:00 p.m.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Celtic Rock with Red Hand Paddy, 9:00 p.m..

Sunday, June 18

Echoes of Erin, guest Host, Jim Caldwell with IAUC, AOH Div. 1, KOE. The Ireland Report with Davy Kettyles, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.

Friday, June 23

Paddy’s Pour House features John McCann & Bob Banerjee, ($2 Cover), 9:00 p.m.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Mark Guiser on Vocals & Guitar, 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 24

AOH St. Patrick’s Division 4, North Hills will sponsor ‘Irish Day at Schitzen Park’ off Babcock Blvd. in Ross Twp. Entertainment with The West O’Clare and Michael Murphy & The Shannon River Band. All day activities, great outdoor setting and uncover in case of rain. Information: Patrick O’Brien 412.939.0408.

Paddy’s Pour House features Tony Egan on Vocals & Guitar, 9:00 p.m.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Laughrey Connolly, 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 25

Pittsburgh Celtics vs Detroit Padraig Pearse @ Founders Field, 1:30 p.m. Email Rob Tierney. Everyone to Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle after the game.

Pittsburgh Banshees @ Detroit St. Anne

Thursday, June 29 through Sunday July 2

Irish Summerfest at Classic Park, Eastlake Ohio
Entertainment with The Fenians, The Peelers, The Elders, Searson, The McMorrows, Trish O’Brien, Cahal Dunne, Ciaran Sheehan, Swallows Tail Ceili Band from Co. Mayo, The Whole Shabang, Fiddlers 3, The New Barleycorn, Callahan & O’Connor, Mossy Moran, Fergie & the Bog Dogs, Jeff Ward Band, East Side Pipe & Drums & Dance Troupes. Admission $9.00 at gate. Irish Mall, Irish Food & other refreshments. Free Parking. Information Patrick Coyne 440.942.0938. Only 2 hours from Pittsburgh.

Thursday, June 29
Andy Stewart Recognition Night at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 24th Street & Penn Ave., in The Strip. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. – Happy Hour w/ Free Appetizers; Entertainment with Laughrey Connolly, Terry Griffith, Mike Gallagher, Tony Egan, Dave Hanner, and Guaranteed Irish. CD Release Party ‘It’s All In The Song – A Tribute to Andy M. Stewart’ recorded by these performers and available for sale. Donation $10 at Door. Raffle & Door Prize. Information Diane Byrnes 412.781.6368 Print Flyer http://www.pittsburghirish.org/stewart.htm

Friday, June 30

Paddy’s Pour House features Ballad Singer, Mike Gallagher, 9:00 p.m.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Irish Entertainment, 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 1

Paddy’s Pour House features Irish Music at 9:00 p.m.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Irish Music at 9: 00 p.m.

Saturday, July 8

“The Year of Remembrance” - Joe McDonnell – 25th Anniversary of his death on Hunger Strike.

Sunday, July 16

Pittsburgh Banshees vs Detroit St. Anne @ Founders Field, 1:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Celtics vs Detroit Wolf Tone @ Founders Field, 3:00 p.m. Email Rob Tierney.

July 21 – 23

Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival at Berea Fairgrounds – 1.800.485.8013. Entertainment includes: Tommy Makem, Foster & Allen, Gaelic Storm, Seven Nations, Irish Sopranos, Cherish The Ladies, Eileen Ivers, Johnny McEvoy, Tommy Fleming, New Barleycorn, Dermot Henry, Cathie Ryan, Young Dubliners, Jimmy Carton, Quagmire, Brendan Shine, David Munnally Band, Two Time World Irish Dance Champion Garrett Coleman from Pittsburgh, plus more. 2 Hour Drive from Pittsburgh.

Saturday, July 22

Pittsburgh Celtics vs Baltimore @ Founders Field, 3:00 p.m. Email Rob Tierney.

Sunday, July 30

Pittsburgh Banshees & Pittsburgh Celtics @ Cleveland @ Avon Lake OH

Thursday, July 13

“The Year of Remembrance” – Martin Hurson, 25th Anniversary of his death on Hunger Strike.

Tuesday, August 1
· “The Year of Remembrance” – Kevin Lynch, 25th Anniversary of his death on Hunger Strike

Wednesday, August 2

“The Year of Remembrance” – Kieran Doherty, 25th Anniversary of his death on Hunger Strike.

Saturday, August 3

Pittsburgh Celtics & Pittsburgh Banshees presents ‘Race Night’ at the Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 304 Mansfield Blvd. Carnegie. Admission $10. Doors open 7:00 p.m. Information: Annie Flaherty 412.243.4034 or Rob Tierney 412.478.2799

Tuesday, August 8

“The Year of Remembrance” – Tom McIlwee, 25th Anniversary of his death on Hunger Strike.

Friday, August 11

AOH Sean MacBride Division 32 will hold their 12th Annual Greater Pittsburgh Irish Open Scramble at Fort cherry Golf Club, McDonald PA. 7:15am Registration, 8:00am Shotgun. Package includes 18 holes of golf & cart, continental breakfast, snacks at 9th hole, hot buffet dinner, prizes on all par 3’s. Hole-in-One wins a 2007 Toyota Yaris sponsored by Rohrich Toyota. Information: Stephen.Wayhart@brandmill.com

Sunday, August 13

Pittsburgh Celtics Semi Final Playoff, details TBA. Email Rob Tierney.

“The Year of Remembrance Committee” will present the 25th Anniversary Commeration of the 1981 Hunger. Details to Follow.

August 14 – 20th

The World Fleadh, and Irish & Celtic Music Festival in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry featuring Concerts, Céilís, Master Classes, Demonstrations, competitions, sessions and more. Performers - The Waterbus, La Bottine Souriante, Capercaillie, The Sharon Shannon Big Band, Carlos Nunez, Solas, Kilfenora Ceili Band, Tulla Ceili Band, Matt Cunningham Band, Lunasa, Kila, Begley & Murray plus many more.Email for more information or phone in Ireland 011-353-68-28008

Wednesday, August 16

“The Year of Remembrance” - Roger Casement, 90th Anniversary of his hanging at Pentonville Prison, London, for the 1916 Easter Rising.

Sunday, August 20

Gaelic Football Midwest Final, TBD

Thursday, August 17 to SUNDAY, August 20

Milwaukee Irish Fest

Sunday, August 20

“The Year of Remembrance” – Mickey Devine, 25th Anniversary of his death on Hunger Strike; the last of the Hunger Strikers to die.

The Irish American Unity Conference (IAUC) will sponsor a Mass in honor of the Hunger Strikes at St. Mary’s at the Point, Stanwix Street, Downtown Pittsburgh, 10:00 a.m. Information Jim Caldwell 412.580.3759 or 412.653.1782.

October 5 – October 8, 2006

Daughters of Erin and Knights of Equity 2006 Convention at the Dearborn Inn in Detroit.

Friday, October 6

“The Year of Remembrance” – Hunger Strike Program, details TBA. Information Jim Caldwell 412.580.3759 or 412.653.1782.

Sunday, October 22

Samhain, The Celtic New Year Celebration at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, (Mullaney’s Castle). Fundraiser for Echoes of Erin. Doors Open at 4:00 p.m. Details TBA.

January 22 – February 1, 2007
Irish Festival Cruises – 10 Day Panama Canal Cruise onboard Holland America’s VOLENDAM. Sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale and call on Half Moon Cay, Aruba, Curacao, the Panama Canal, Colon and Limon, Costa Rica. Tommy Makem, The Dermot Henry Band, The Black Brothers, Frances Black, Bogside Rogues Bogside Rogues, Paddy Reilly, Cherish the Ladies , Tom Sweeney, John McGillian and John Brennan, John Gleeson, World Champion Irish Dancers. Information: you must book passage with Irish Festival Cruises to take part in this Irish extravaganza. Call 1.800.441.HARP for details.

LOCAL IRISH ENTERTAINERS WEB ITES - Check Performance Schedules, Etc.
Aran from Johnstown PA - http://www.people.iup.edu/rahkonen/Bands/Aran.htm
George Balderose - http://www.pittsburghpiper.com/
Carnival of Souls - http://http://www.carnivalofsouls.com/
Cue Ball Music - http://www.cueballmusic.com/index.asp
Cahal Dunne - http://www.cahaldunne.com/
Tony Egan - http://tonyegan.info/
Michael Gallagher - http://www.mike-gallagher.com/
Terry Griffith - http://www.pittsburghirish.org/griffith
Guaranteed Irish - http://www.guaranteedirish.info/
Hooley** - http://www.hooley.info/
Laughrey Connolly- http://www.laughreyconnolly.com/
John McCann - http://www.johnmccannlive.com/
Michael Murphy & TSRB http://www.michaelmurphy.us/
Red Hand Paddy - http://www.redhandpaddy.com/
Rolling Scones - http://www.rollingscones.com/
The Rank Strangers- http://www.therankstrangers.com/

Several local individuals and groups have music available for purchase on cdbaby.com/ **Hooley’s CD ‘Cuts From The Turf’ is now reissued and available at cdbaby.com.


June 4, Marilyn Holt, Carnegie Library, on Genealogy; June 18, Father’s Day, Guest Host, Jim Caldwell, IAUC, AOH Div 1, KOE; June 25, Maggie Van Cleave, Conway Mill Trust; July Moya Hinds, Conway Mill Trust in Belfast

January - March - Goodrich, Goodrich
April - AOH Division 1, South Hills
May AOH Division 4, North Hills
June and July - Jim Carr, Allpointe
August - Knights of Equity
September - AOH County Board
October - AOH Division 32
November - IAUC
December - Open


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