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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, March 10, 2007

Datelne - March 11

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Sunday, March 11 Daylight Savings Time Begins Today
AOH Allegheny County Board and AOH Division 9, Oakland Irish, will sponsor their Communion Breakfast and Mass at the Sheraton at Station Square, Ballroom # 3 at10 am. Mass celebrated by Bishop Paul J. Bradley. Breakfast & Program to follow Mass.

Echoes of Erin - The Ireland Report with Ann Bray, Dublin. Telephone interview with
Tommy Sands.

Irish Night at Central Catholic H S’s McGonigle Theatre featuring The Brendan Foley Memorial Concert / Row On For Brendan at 6:00 pm. Performances by
Hooley, Maggie & Sally Folan, Guaranteed Irish, Pittsburgh Irish Reelers, and Special Guest, Performing Artist Tommy Sands, Singer, Songwriter from County Down, NI. Tickets $20 preferred seating; $15 regular seating, $5 per child – Arlene 412.621.9339 or Email: arlenej.miller@gmail.com also available at St. Brendan’s Crossing, The Irish Design Center, Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle & Acoustic Music Works in Squirrel Hill. Reception after show

The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh - is searching for Host Families for their programs throughout the year. If you can help please call Brenda Mackin or Teresa Stayduhar at the Institute at 412.394.3900. Sign up to receive The Common Ground, The Ireland Institutes’ Newsletter by contacting Rob Tierney at rtierney@iiofpitt.org http://www.iiofpitt.org/

The Irish Centre of Pittsburgh will utilize a Paper Recycling Program to help raise funds for the Centre. Save your catalogs, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, office paper, fax paper, notebooks and folders and deposit them in the bins at the Irish Centre, 6886 Forward Ave., in Squirrel Hill.

o Another fundraiser for the Centre is the Calendar Lottery for the month of MAY. Contact Lois Longo at 412.271.9229 or email lhlongo@verizon.net. Lois is raising funds for the Restrooms at the Centre.
o And yet another opportunity to raise funds for the Centre – Kathy Yates is taking orders for Irish Note Cards. See designs at

Tuesday, March 13
Now through March 30, An Exhibition of New Works by nine artists from Northern Ireland at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave. in Oakland. Tuesday’s through Sunday’s, Hours 11:30 am – 5:00 pm. Information 412.268.3618.

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 7:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle 24th St. & Penn Ave. In The Strip, 412.642.6622 - Ceili Dancing from 7:30 pm, all are welcome. Pittsburgh Ceili Club offers Dance Classes at 6:30pm, $3.00.

Wednesday, March 14
Paddy’s Pour House has Open Auditions for the ‘Irish Idol’ from 7:00 pm to 10:00pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features the Celtic Rock Group, The McCabes in Concert, at 8:30 pm. Based in New York City leader of the band Sean McCabe, singer, songwriter, poet and musician is originally from Dublin and has assembled an eclectic lineup with Ryan Cavan on drums, Daniel Paccine on bass, Rick Snell on guitar, Matt Mancuso on fiddle, and himself on guitar and vocals. The McCabes are fast and furious! They’ll delight you and entice you and have you dancing in the aisles!

Thursday, March 15
Paddy’s Pour House features Matt Hughes from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Finnegan’s Wake with Red Hand Paddy at 8:30pm. What will happen to the Widow Finnegan? Your presence is requested so you can pay your respects.

Friday, March 16
Pittsburgh Ceili Club’s Kick-Off Ceili at Epiphany Church, 7:00 pm, downtown Pittsburgh. Music with Rolling Scones. Dinner, Dancing, Auctions & Raffles. Contact Maureen Strotmeyer, 412.487.3031.

The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh presents an Evening with Hugo O’Neill (Hugo Mac Ui Neill Buidhe), Chief of the O’Neill Clan Worldwide & President of the Standing Council of Irish Clans at the Double Tree Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a cocktail reception. All are welcome, Donations appreciated. Information 412.394.3900. Website: www.oneillsummerschool.com.

Paddy’s Pour House features Laughrey Connolly at 9:00 pm and the Guinness Girls from 10:30 pm to 12:30 am.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Celtic Rock with Red Hand Paddy at 9:00 pm.

Saturday, March 17
St. Patrick’s Day Parade beginning at 10 am at Mellon Arena.

· Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh will hold their St. Patrick’s Day Banquet at the PAA, 5th Ave. in Oakland. Speaker Fr. Sean Kealy, CSSp “Ireland in America” at 12:00 Noon. Information: Earl McCabe 412.761.1844. Deadline March 12.

· Paddy’s Pour House is open at 11:00 am, entertainment with Tony Egan.

· Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle is open at 11:00 am, music begins INSIDE on Stage at 12:00 Noon with Mark Guiser, 6:00 pm with Michael Murphy & The Shannon River Band.; 8:00 pm with Red Hand Paddy . OUTSIDE under the Tent – 4:00 pm Hooley; 7:30 pm Guaranteed Irish.

· Pittsburgh Ceili Club’s Post Parade Party at Noon. Tickets $15, Children under 12, half price. Rolling Scones performing. Information 412.487.3031

· Knights of Equity & Daughters of Erin Post Parade Party at The Sports Rock Cafe, 11th and Smallman Streets, 12:00 Noon. $5.00 Cover. A Buffet will be available, $9.00. Music by Aran from Johnstown, PA.

The Irish Centre of PittsburghSt. Patrick’s Day Mass at 4:30 pm celebrated by Fr. Sean Kealy, followed by social with Tea & Baked Goods. Dinner at 7:00pm with entertainment with NewLanders and the Burke Irish Dancers. Reservations: Margie Mulkerrin 412.417.7649 or mxm382@comcast.net

· St. Patrick Celebration at the North Hampton Fire Hall, 5149 Pioneer Road, Gibsonia (behind the Eat ‘n Park on Route 8). $15.00 per adult includes Dinner, Snacks, Dessert, Beverages and Entertainment with Cue Ball. Information 724.443.6781 or 724.444.7622.

· Carnival of Souls performing at Mogie’s in New Kensington.

· The Renaissance & Baroque Society is presenting a Concert of ancient Gaelic Music with Quadriga Consort - “Rolling in the Isles” at Synod Hall, 8:00 pm. Order tickets through website: www.rbsp.org or 412.361.2048. A Pre-Talk will take place from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Seven (7) musicians from Austria: voice, recorders, viols, harpsichord, percussion. Revel in the warm sounds and vibrant beats of Gaelic music. Seamlessly blending the traditions of monastery and tavern hall, Quadriga Consort takes listeners on a musical journey through the highlands and lowlands of Scotland. Jigs, Reels, and Strathspey’s blur the boundaries between folk and art music.

· Philadelphia Ceili Group presents it’s annual St. Patrick’s Ceili, 8:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Commodore Barry Club, Carpenter Lane & Emlen Street, West Mount Airy, Philadelphia. Instructions in Ceili with John Shields and Cass Tinney, 7pm to 8pm. Music with Kevin McGillian, Jimmy McGillian and Judy Brennan. Tommy Moffit is special guest, receiving a special award for his dedication & preservation of Irish Traditional music and culture in Delaware Valley. Tickets $15, includes Tea & Scone. Information: Jim McGill 215.248.0502, Website: www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org

Sunday, March 18
Echoes of Erin - The Ireland Report from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh with Davy Kettyles.

Knights of Equity & Daughters of Erin, St. Patrick’s Day Awards Banquet, 6:00 pm at the Greentree Radisson. Irishman of the Year and The Harp Award winners will be honored, as will the Iron City Irishman of the Year. Information: Mac McCafferty 412.951.7068, Email: macattack1916@yahoo.com

Wednesday, March 21
The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh presents ‘An Evening with poet Desmond Egan’ at the PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music (across from the AJ Palumbo Center), Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Avenue, at 7:00 pm. Admission Free, program includes reception. Information 412.394.3900.

Thursday, March 22
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Trivia with Johnny Connolly at 7:00 pm; proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Celtics Gaelic Football Club Junior Team, followed by Ballad Singer, Terry Griffith at 8:30 pm.

Friday, March 23
Paddy’s Pour House features Dove’s Crossing at 9:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Ballad Singer, Mike Gallagher at 9:00 pm.

Saturday, March 24
Paddy’s Pour House features Ballad Singer, Mike Gallagher at 9:00 pm.

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

Tuesday, March 27 – Sunday, April 1
PNC Broadway Across America- Pittsburgh presents RIVERDANCE at Heinz Hall, 7:30 pm. 412.392-4900. Tickets Online: ProArts. Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Wednesday, March 28 through Saturday, March 31
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Tom O’Carroll, Singer, Musician, Folklorist, originally from Dublin. Wednesday & Thursday at 8:30pm; Friday & Saturday at 9:00pm.

Friday, March 30
Paddy’s Pour House features Mark Guiser on Vocals & Guitar at 9:00 pm.

Saturday, March 31
Tartan Day Festival sponsored by
St. Andrew’s Society at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 384 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel 11:00 am, Entertainment, Vendors, Celtic Cousins with St. David’s Society & Echoes of Erin, Re-enactors, Genealogy, Vendors, & Food.

West Virginia Feis at Mountaineer Park in WV. Volunteers are needed, contact Jim Graven at 724.834.0233 or Kathy Yates

The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra presents Music of the British Isles, Upper St. Clair Theater, Upper St. Clair High School, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road. Information 412.279.4030 and
www.artsnet.org//pco. Special Guests Carnival of Souls.

Sunday, April 1
Echoes of Erin – The Ireland Report with
Patricia Sharkey, Editor, Donegal Newsletter. The April Sponsor of The Ireland Report will be AOH Monsignor Charles Owen Rice Division 1 in the South Hills.

Thursday, April 12
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Trivia with Johnny Connolly at 7:00 pm; proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Celtics Gaelic Football Club Junior Team.

Saturday, April 14
Daughters of Erin Spring Card Party at Mitchell’s Restaurant, 304 Ross St., Downtown. Tickets $25. Reservations Lois Stack 412.561.1018. Door prizes, Chinese Auction, 50/50 Raffle and Basket of Cheer.

The Irish Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh will sponsor the University’s International Cabaret Ball, 5:00 pm in the Kurtzman Room of the William Pitt Student Union, Fifth Ave., Oakland. Information Earl McCabe 412.761.1844. Tickets $30 per person, $15. per student. Make checks payable to University of Pittsburgh, Nationality Rooms Program, 1209 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh PA 15260. Attn: Susan Langer. Deadline for reservation April 5th.

Sunday, April 22
Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh
presents Tommy Costello, Theater Arts Department at Pitt, will speak on ‘Irish Theatre and the Abbey Theatre’. Information Jack Webber,
jfwnamesman@aol.com or 412.885.5540.

Friday, April 27
AOH Division 1, Msgr. Charles Owen Rice, South Hills will sponsor their Annual Night of Irish Music, 7:00 pm with Mike Gallagher, Step Dancers and Michael Murphy & The Shannon River Band at Castle Shannon Fire Hall. Information: Rich O’Malley 412.401.3945. Tickets $15.00.

Saturday, April 28
Little Sisters of the Poor will sponsor a Benefit with
The Andy Cooney Band, direct from New York, at Central Catholic High School in Oakland; 7:30 pm. Tickets: 412.307.1100 or Email: littlesisters@mindspring.com Advance tickets must be purchased by April 14. Proceeds benefit the elderly Residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor Home.

Poetry of Ireland Produced by Jack Webber, Co-Sponsored by the Gaelic Arts Society at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Southside Works, 27th & Carson Streets from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Free Admission. Information
jfwnamesman@aol.com, 412.758.5446.

Friday, May 5
The Irish Centre of Pittsburgh will sponsor a Night of Irish Races, 7:00 pm at The Centre. Admission $10 per Adult; $15 per Couple, includes refreshments, door prizes; there will be an ‘Irish’ Auction, 50 / 50 Raffle. Contact Lois Longo at 412.271.9229, Email: longolh@msn.com. Name a Horse ONLY $10.00! By April 28th.

Thursday, May 10
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Trivia with Johnny Connolly at 7:00 pm; proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Celtics Gaelic Football Club Junior Team.

Saturday, May 19
Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Irish Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh. Information: Regis O’Malley 412.884.2060. See photo tour at
http://www.pitt.edu/~natrooms Details TBA.

The Irish Centre of Pittsburgh – Gael Force Concert. Details TBA.

Sunday, July 8
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
is sponsoring Irish Day at PNC Park for Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs. Game time 1:35pm. All inclusive package – Discounted Outfield Reserved Ticket (Section 139-145); Early entry to Riverwalk events (Gates open at 10:30am); Irish music and entertainment; Pirates Irish Day Cap; Voucher to be redeemed for Authentic Irish Cuisine. Call Patrick Rusiski at 412.325.4489. Price: $25.00 per package, plus S & H.

Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22
Cleveland Cultural Festival at Berea Fairgrounds. Information: 1.800.485.8013. Entertainment with John McDermott, Cherish The Ladies, Gaelic Storm, Eileen Ivers, Johnny McEvoy, Seven Nations, Liz Carroll & John Doyle, Dublin City Ramblers, Tommy Fleming, Tommy Makem, New Barleycorn, The Prodigals, James Kilbane, Dermot Henry, Dennis Doyle, Jimmy Carton, Brace Yourself Bridget, The Kilroys, Mossy Moran, Brendan Shine, Bruno Boys, Pete Kelly Ceili Band, Jerry Lynch, George Casey and more.

September 7,8, & 9
Pittsburgh Irish FestivalHAS CHANGED SITES. The new Venue is adjacent to Sandcastle; between the waterpark and Costco, near the Waterfront.


Mar 4 - Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle
Mar 11 - Tommy Sands, Performing tonight at Central Catholic

Apr 8 - Easter Rising Program # 1
Apr 22 - Easter Rising Program # 2
Apr 29 - Howard Elbert, Chairman Pittsburgh Celtics Gaelic Football Club

May 6 - Hunger Strike Program


January, February & March -
Goodrich, Goodrich Attorney’s At Law, Pittsburgh PA 15222 412.281.1455
April -
AOH Division 1, South Hills
May -
Knights of Equity
June -
AOH Division 4, North Hills
July -
Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
August - Open
September -
AOH County Board
October -
AOH Division 32, Carnegie
November -
Irish American Unity Conference
December -
Daughters of Erin


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