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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Happenings Around My Town


Pittsburgh, PA

February 24, 2007

Caoimhin Vallely
in Pittsburgh March 3rd

Now that we are in the ‘St. Patrick’s Season’ there are many functions taking place in which you might be interested in attending.

On Sunday, February 25th at 3:30 pm, two former Irish Republican POW’s will be speaking at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, (24th Street and Penn Ave. In The Strip, Pittsburgh). Terry Kirby and Bobby Lavery, formerly of Belfast, Northern Ireland, will talk about their experiences in Long Kesh during the Hunger Strikes and present their view of the Good Friday Agreement and the Peace Process today. This speaking engagement is being sponsored by the Irish American Unity Conference.

The Wolfe Tones
will be back in Pittsburgh performing to a sell-out crowd on Monday, February 26th. The concert is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Celtics Gaelic Football Club, The Pittsburgh Banshees Ladies Football Club, and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 11 in Oakland. The Wolfe Tones have been coming to Pittsburgh since the early 1970’s and have garnered some ‘hard core’ fans.




On Saturday, March 3rd, the Wheeling Celtic Celebration takes place at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main Street, in Wheeling. The festivities continue from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm. Entertainment consists of the MacDonald Pipe Band, Pittsburgh Scottish Country Dancers, Gallowglass, Burke Irish Dancers, West Virginia Highlander Pipe Band, Brigid’s Cross from Cleveland, Pittsburgh Ceili Club, Bell School of Irish Dance, Ballad Singer Mike Gallagher, Maiden’s IV, and Stifel Dancers. There will be plenty of activities for the children, plenty of food and beverage to satisfy your appetite and whet your whistle, plus many vendors for your shopping pleasure.

This is the 11th year the Wheeling Celtic Celebration has taken place. The Venue is a renovated industrial, three story atrium in the heart of downtown Wheeling. Admissions is $5.00 per adult and children 10 and under are free. This always promises to be a good time.

Naill Vallely Donal Clancy






Also on March 3rd, Buílle (p. Bwee Luh) with Niall Vallely on concertina, Caoimhin Vallely on piano and Donal Clancy on guitar, will grace the stage at Carnegie Lecture Hall at 8:00 pm. This concert is sponsored by Calliope, The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society.

This trio of multi-talented instrumentalists have years of experience under their belt. Niall and Caoimhin Valley were born in Armagh, NI. Their parents, Brian and Eithne Vallely founded the Armagh Pipers Club. Niall began playing the concertina at age seven. He founded the group NOMOS in 1990 and completed his degree in music at University College Cork in 1992. Over the past several years Niall has been involved in many musical projects along with teaching and conducting Master Classes internationally.

Caoimhin Valley is the youngest of three brothers and performs on the piano. He started off playing tin whistle then moved on to learn and play the fiddle. He has his M.A. in Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick. Caoimhin co-founded the group North Cregg and toured extensively.

Donal Clancy, the youngest son of Liam Clancy of The Clancy Brothers, is one of the most sought after multi-instrumentalists today. Donal has played music since he was fourteen with other young men around Ring, Co. Waterford. He was one of the founding members of Danú and is a leading member of supergroup, Solas.

Books – I just finished reading a fantastic book entitled 'The Guineapigs’ by John McGuffin. The book first published in 1974, sold out on its first print run and then was abruptly taken off the market following pressure from the British Government. “The Guineapigs’ is about fourteen Irish political prisoners on whom the British Security Forces experimented with sensory deprivation (SD) torture techniques in 1971. McGuffin tells us how the men were rounded up on the first sweep of internment on August 9, 1971. He also talks about the British Army psychiatrists, psychologists and counter-terrorist strategists who conducted experiments and the results. If you are interested in ‘The Guineapigs’ try purchasing it at http://www.irishresistancebooks.com/guineapigs/guineapigs.htm


Interviews / Guests – Coming up on March 4th my guest in the studio is Pennsylvania Congressman, Mike Doyle, representing the 14th District of Pennsylvania. We will be discussion his position on Irish issues.

Tommy Sands and I will conduct a telephone interview on March 11th. Tommy is performing in Pittsburgh at Central Catholic H.S. for the Brendan Foley Memorial Concert. This event began 11 years ago to remember Brendan Foley after he died in a bicycle accident. Brendan at 16 was a student at Central Catholic; he was a rower on the Crew Team and performed in the Band. His parents, Bruce Foley and Maggie Folan have been involved in the Pittsburgh Irish Community with music and dance all their lives. They organized their musical friends to perform in concert in which the proceeds benefited the Crew Team and the Band. It has been a huge success every year and the committee, whose sons have long graduated, continue to plan, organize and work the event. It takes place at 6:00 pm at Central Catholic H.S. in Oakland. Tickets are available through Arlene Miller at 412.621.9339 or Email: arlenej.miller@gmail.com.

There is much activity surrounding the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17th. Next week I’ll write about them.

For now,
Slan,

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Playlist - February 25

ECHOES OF ERIN
Hosted by Diane Byrnes
Online at
http://eoe.pittsounds.com/
February 25, 2007
PROGRAM # 988
19th Year Broadcasting

The IRELAND REPORT from Belfast
with Maírtin O’Muilleoir
www.apublishersblog.blogspot.com
Daily Ireland
www.dailyireland.com
Andersonstown News www.irelandclick.com
Pittsburgh Irish Network, www.pittsburghirish.org
Donegal Newsletter, www.dun-na-ngall.com

January – March SPONSOR of The Ireland Report
Goodrich & Goodrich, Attorney’s At Law
Guest: Jack Goodrich, Goodrich & Goodrich

Patriot Game
by The Bards
LP ‘St. Patrick’s Day’

Bold Robert Emmet
by Ruthie Morrissey
LP ‘Irish Folk Songs’

Bonnie Wee House of Iveagh
by Tommy Sands
CD ‘Down By Bendy’s Lane’

Riverdance / Dance Reprise
by Bill Whelan
CD ‘
Riverdance

Finnegan’s Wake
by Steve Benbow with The Strawberry Hills Boys
LP ‘Songs of Ireland’



Dateline - February 25

ECHOES OF ERIN, WEDO 810 am
Sunday’s, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Irish / Celtic Radio Programming
Website:
www.pittsburghirish.org/echoesoferin
Email: diane.byrnes@verizon.net
BLOG: http://echoesoferin.blogspot.com
ONLINE at:
http://eoe.pittsounds.com/
19th Year Broadcasting!!

Diane V. Byrnes DATELINE IRISH
78 GRANT AVE. February 25, 2007
PITTSBURGH, PA. 15223 PROGRAM # 988
412.781.6368
The Ireland Report Sponsor - January – March, 2007
Goodrich & Goodrich, Attorney’s At Law


Dateline Irish sponsored by
BrandMill, LLC - marketing experts who will transform your business through fact-based processes and innovative marketing systems designed to achieve dramatic, measurable and profitable results.

Sunday, February 25
Echoes of Erin - The Ireland Report with
Mairtin O’Muilleoir, Managing Editor Andersonstown News Group. Guest in studio, Jack Goodrich of Goodrich & Goodrich, Attorney’s At Law

Irish American Unity Conference will present Terry Kirby & Bobby Lavery, “From Long Kesh to the Good Friday Agreement – Reflections by Two former Irish Republican POW’s” as they speak about their experiences as prisoners in Long Kesh; their transition into politics; and the Peace Process. Event takes place at
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 3:30 pm. Information: sarahm1916@stargate.net or 412.782.2715 or Jim Caldwell 412.580.3759. The kitchen will be open for your dining pleasure.

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.

Miss Smiling Irish Eyes – Eligible applicants, (ages 17 to 22; single woman; Irish by birth or descent; active promoter of Irish ancestry) send a Resume, 5”x7” photo to Miss Smiling Irish Eyes, PO Box 1917, Pittsburgh PA 15230, by February 28.

St. Brigid’s Court – Nominee Applicants send biography, explain illness and describe challenges and adversity experienced, plus photo to Saint Brigid Court Committee, PO Box 99516, Pittsburgh PA 15233, by March 2.

Tuesday, February 27
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.

Monday, February 26
SOLD OUT!! Wolfe Tones in Concert SOLD OUT!! Finnegan’s Wake, 20 General Robinson St., on The North Shore, 7:00 pm. Sponsored by LAOH Div. 11, Pittsburgh Celtics GFC, & Pittsburgh Banshees LFC. No Tickets Available at Door!!

Wednesday, February 28
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle 24th St. & Penn Ave. In The Strip, 412.642.6622 features Karaoke Night with Frank Cindrich, 8 pm, he’ll make you a STAR!

Miss Smiling Irish Eyes – deadline for receipt of Applications. Send to Miss Smiling Irish Eyes, PO Box 1917, Pittsburgh PA 15230.

Thursday, March 1
Animal Friends and Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle are teaming up to host the Annual O’Bark and McBrew event “Happy Hour with Heart”. Diane Byrnes, Host of Echoes of Erin will be a Guest Bartender; along with Sally Folan from 9:00pm to 10:00pm. Come on out all you animal lovers and support our efforts behind the bar and help Animal Friends. From 5:30pm. Guaranteed Irish performing at 8:30 pm.

Friday, March 2
St. Brigid’s Court
– deadline for receipt of Applications. Send to Saint Brigid Court Committee, PO Box 99516, Pittsburgh PA 15233.

Paddy’s Pour House features Sean McClorey at 9:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Cue Ball at 9:00 pm.

Saturday, March 3
Calliope, Pittsburgh Folk Music Society presents Buílle (Bwee Luh) with Niall Vallely on Concertina, Paul Meehan on Guitar, Caoimhín Vallely on Piano, & Brian Morrissey on Banjo, Bodhran, Whistles & Percussion. in Concert, 8:00 pm, Carnegie Lecture Hall. 412.361.1915. Email: Calliope@calliopehouse.org Tickets at ProArts 412.394.3353. Irish Traditional Music at its BEST!

Wheeling Celtic Celebration, Wheeling WV – One Day Festival. Entertainment with MacDonald Pipe Band, Gallowglass, Mike Gallagher, Brigid’s Cross, Maidens IV, plus more. There are Children’s Activities and a Celtic Marketplace. Information: 1.800.828.3097. Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St., Wheeling WV. Admission $5.00. www.artisancenter.com

Paddy’s Pour House features Tony Egan at 9:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Michael Murphy & The Shannon River Band at 9:00 pm.

Sunday, March 4
Echoes of Erin - The Ireland Report with
Patricia Sharkey, Editor, Donegal Newsletter. Guest in studio, Congressman Mike Doyle.

Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh presents a Book Review “The Greener Shore” by Morgan Llywelyn; review by Rosemary Prostko. Brunch at Duranti’s Restaurant, 1:30 pm.

Thursday, March 8
Michael Lamb’s Kick Off St. Patrick’s Day Party
. Details TBA.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Mark Guiser on Vocals & Guitar at 8:30 pm.

Friday, March 9
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Button Party at Mitchell’s Restaurant, 304 Ross Street, Downtown, Pittsburgh. 5:00 pm, $25.00.

Paddy’s Pour House features Sean McClorey at 9:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Corned Beef & Curry at 9:00 pm.

Saturday, March 10
AOH Wheeling Division will host a St. Patrick’s Day Party at 6:00 pm at Camelot’s, 1 Community Street, featuring Ballad Singer, Terry Griffith. You don’t have to be a member to attend.

Paddy’s Pour House features Dove’s Crossing at 9:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features the debut performance of the 9-piece group Easter Rising at 9:00 pm.

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. Tickets $20 through Bob Kennedy; 412.338.2711, Email: kennedy.kcdlaw@verizon.net. Deadline February 28th.

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

Wednesday, March 14
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features the Celtic Rock Group, The McCabes from New York City, at 8:30 pm.

Thursday, March 15
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Finnegan’s Wake with Red Hand Paddy at 9:00 pm.

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.

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.

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 at 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 Pittsburgh – St. Patrick’s Day Mass at 5:00 pm, then social with Tea & Baked Goods; festivities later in evening.

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. Venue to be determined. Information: Mac McCafferty 412.951.7068, Email: macattack1916@yahoo.com

Thursday, March 22
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Ballad Singer, Terry Griffith, 8:30 pm.

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

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Irish Music 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 Ballad Singer, Tom O’Carroll at 8:30 / 9:00 pm.

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.

Saturday, April 14
Daughters of Erin Spring Card Party at Mitchell’s Restaurant, 304 Ross St., Downtown.

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.

Friday, May 5
The Irish Centre of Pittsburgh will sponsor a Night of Races 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

Saturday, May 19
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.

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

GUESTS and INTERVIEWS 2007

Feb 11 - Terry Kirby & Bobby Lavery, Long Kesh to Good Friday Agreement
Feb 18 - Matt & Shannon Heaton, Performing in Pittsburgh tonight
Feb 25 - Jack Goodrich, Goodrich & Goodrich, Attorney’s At Law

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

SPONSORS OF THE IRELAND REPORT 2007

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 -
IAUC
December - Daughters of Erin


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Playlist - February 18

ECHOES OF ERIN
Hosted by Diane Byrnes
Online at
http://eoe.pittsounds.com/
February 18, 2007
PROGRAM # 987
In 19th Year Broadcasting

The IRELAND REPORT with Davy Kettyles
from Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
Pittsburgh Irish Network,
http://www.pittsburghirish.org/
Donegal Newsletter,
http://www.dun-na-ngall.com/
Mairtin O’Muilleoir,
http://www.apublishersblog.blogspot.com/
Daily Ireland
http://www.dailyireland.com/
Andersonstown News http://www.irelandclick.com/

January – March SPONSOR of The Ireland Report
Goodrich & Goodrich, Attorney’s At Law

Interview: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Sean South
by Declan Hunt
LP ‘Men Behind The Wire’, 1972

The Greenwood Laddie
by Fieldstone
CD ‘In A Land So Far Away’

Waxie’s Dargle
by Guaranteed Irish
CD ‘Guaranteed Irish Live’

Riverdance / Dance Reprise
by Bill Whelan
CD ‘
Riverdance

Show Me The Man
by The Irish Connection
LP ‘Roll of Honour / The Irish Connection
Phoenix Rising Records, Chicago, 1981-1983

Giant of the Road
by Matt and Shannon Heaton
CD ‘Blue Skies Above’,
Eats Records

The O’Connor Donn’s / The Morning Thrush
by Matt and Shannon Heaton
CD ‘Blue Skies Above’,
Eats Records

Friday, February 16, 2007

Dateline - February 18

ECHOES OF ERIN
WEDO 810 am
Sunday’s, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Irish / Celtic Radio Programming
Website:
www.pittsburghirish.org/echoesoferin
Email: diane.byrnes@verizon.net
BLOG: http://echoesoferin.blogspot.com
ONLINE at http://eoe.pittsounds.com/

In 19th Year Broadcasting!!

Diane V. Byrnes DATELINE IRISH
78 GRANT AVE. February 18, 2007
PITTSBURGH, PA. 15223 PROGRAM # 987
412.781.6368
The Ireland Report Sponsor - January – March, 2007
Goodrich & Goodrich, Attorney’s At Law

Dateline Irish sponsored by BrandMill, LLC - marketing experts who will transform your business through fact-based processes and innovative marketing systems designed to achieve dramatic, measurable and profitable results.

Sunday, February 18
Echoes of Erin - The Ireland Report from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh with Davy Kettyles. Interview with Matt & Shannon Heaton, Musicians & Singers, performing tonight, see below.

Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh presents Irish & Celtic Folklore and Mythology at Synod Hall, Craig St., Oakland at 2:30 pm. Free Admission, Information 412.761.1844.

Matt & Shannon Heaton from Boston, will perform at Murphy’s Tap Room, 1106 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square, 7:00 pm, Tickets $5.00. A Session will follow performance. Sponsored by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.

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.

Miss Smiling Irish Eyes – Eligible applicants, (ages 17 to 22; single woman; Irish by birth or descent; active promoter of Irish ancestry) send a Resume, 5”x7” photo to Miss Smiling Irish Eyes, PO Box 1917, Pittsburgh PA 15230, by February 28.

St. Brigid’s Court – Nominee Applicants send biography, explain illness and describe challenges and adversity experienced, plus photo to Saint Brigid Court Committee, PO Box 99516, Pittsburgh PA 15233, by March 2.

Tuesday, February 20
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, February 21
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle 24th St. & Penn Ave. In The Strip, 412.642.6622 features Karaoke Night with Frank Cindrich, 8 pm, he’ll make you a STAR!

Thursday, February 22
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle is the featured Venue for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser # 1, hosted by Patrick Connelly and Sean O’Connell. Raffle Baskets and Door Prizes. Terry Griffith and Guaranteed Irish will be performing beginning at 7:00 pm.

Friday, February 23
Paddy’s Pour House features The Rivermen at 9:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Fieldstone, from north central Pennsylvania, performing Irish / Celtic music with 2-time defending state fiddle champion, 9:00 pm.

Saturday, February 24
Saint Teresa of Avila, 1000 Avila Court, Pgh PA 15237, is sponsoring ‘Irish Fest 2007’ featuring an Irish Mass at 6pm, Irish Dinner and Irish Entertainment with
Guaranteed Irish & the Burke School of Irish Dance. Information 412.367.9001. Tickets $25, Raffles & Door Prizes.

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

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Fieldstone, from north central Pennsylvania, performing Irish / Celtic music with 2-time defending state fiddle champion, 9:00 pm.

Sunday, February 25
Echoes of Erin - The Ireland Report with
Mairtin O’Muilleoir, Managing Editor Andersonstown News Group. Guest in studio, Jack Goodrich of Goodrich & Goodrich, Attorney’s At Law.

Irish American Unity Conference will present Terry Kirby & Bobby Lavery, “From Long Kesh to the Good Friday Agreement – Reflections by Two former Irish Republican POW’s” as they speak about their experiences as prisoners in Long Kesh; their transition into politics; and the Peace Process. Event takes place at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 3:30 pm. Information: sarahm1916@stargate.net or 412.782.2715 or Jim Caldwell 412.580.3759. The kitchen will be open for your dining pleasure.


Monday, February 26
SOLD OUT!!
Wolfe Tones in Concert SOLD OUT!! Finnegan’s Wake, 20 General Robinson St., on The North Shore, 7:00 pm. Sponsored by LAOH Div. 11, Pittsburgh Celtics GFC, & Pittsburgh Banshees LFC. No Tickets Available at Door!!

Wednesday, February 28
Miss Smiling Irish Eyes
– deadline for receipt of Applications. Send to Miss Smiling Irish Eyes, PO Box 1917, Pittsburgh PA 15230.

Thursday, March 1
Animal Friends and Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle are teaming up to host the Annual O’Bark and McBrew event “Happy Hour with Heart”. Diane Byrnes, Host of Echoes of Erin will be a Guest Bartender. Come on out all you animal lovers and support my efforts behind the bar and help Animal Friends. 5:30pm. Guaranteed Irish performing at 8:30 pm.

Friday, March 2
St. Brigid’s Court
– deadline for receipt of Applications. Send to Saint Brigid Court Committee, PO Box 99516, Pittsburgh PA 15233.

Paddy’s Pour House features Sean McClorey at 9:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Cue Ball at 9:00 pm.

Saturday, March 3
Calliope, Pittsburgh Folk Music Society presents Buílle with Niall Vallely on Concertina, Paul Meehan on Guitar, Caoimhín Vallely on Piano, & Brian Morrissey on Banjo, Bodhran, Whistles & Percussion. in Concert, 8:00 pm, Carnegie Lecture Hall. 412.361.1915. Email: Calliope@calliopehouse.org Tickets at ProArts 412.394.3353. Irish Traditional Music at its BEST!

Wheeling Celtic Celebration, Wheeling WV – One Day Festival. Entertainment with MacDonald Pipe Band, Gallowglass,
Mike Gallagher, Brigid’s Cross, Maidens IV, plus more. There are Children’s Activities and a Celtic Marketplace. Information: 1.800.828.3097. Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St., Wheeling WV.

Paddy’s Pour House features Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Michael Murphy & The Shannon River Band at 9:00 pm.



Sunday, March 4
Echoes of Erin - The Ireland Report with
Patricia Sharkey, Editor, Donegal Newsletter. Guest in studio, Congressman Mike Doyle.

Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh presents a Book Review “The Greener Shore” by Morgan Llywelyn; review by Rosemary Prostko. Brunch at Duranti’s Restaurant, 1:30 pm.

Thursday, March 8
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Mark Guiser on Vocals & Guitar at 8:30 pm.

Friday, March 9
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Button Party at Mitchell’s Restaurant, 304 Ross Street, Downtown, Pittsburgh. 5:00 pm, $25.00.

Paddy’s Pour House features Sean McClorey at 9:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Corned Beef & Curry at 9:00 pm.

Saturday, March 10
Paddy’s Pour House features Dove’s Crossing at 9:00 pm.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features the debut performance of the 9-piece group Easter Rising at 9:00 pm.

Sunday, March 11
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. Tickets $20 through Bob Kennedy; 412.338.2711, Email:
kennedy.kcdlaw@verizon.net. Deadline February 28th.

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

Wednesday, March 14
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features the Celtic Rock Group, The McCabes from New York City, at 8:30 pm.

Thursday, March 15
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle features Finnegan’s Wake with Red Hand Paddy at 9:00 pm.

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.

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
St. Patrick’s Day Parade beginning at 10 am at Mellon Arena.

Paddy’s Pour House is open at 11:00 am, entertainment with Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle is open at 11:00 am, music begins INSIDE at 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 Pittsburgh – St. Patrick’s Day Mass at 5:00 pm, then social with Tea & Baked Goods; festivities later in evening.

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.

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. Venue to be determined. Information: Mac McCafferty 412.951.7068, Email: macattack1916@yahoo.com

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

Saturday, March 24
Paddy’s Pour House features Ballad Singer, Mike Gallagher 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.

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.


Saturday, April 14
Daughters of Erin Spring Card Party at Mitchell’s Restaurant, 304 Ross St., Downtown.

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 for the Little Sisters with
The Andy Cooney Band, direct from New York, at Central Catholic High School in Oakland; 7:30 pm. Tickets: 412.307.1100.

Friday, May 5
The Irish Centre of Pittsburgh will sponsor a Night of Races 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

Saturday, May 19
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.

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




GUESTS and INTERVIEWS 2007

Feb 11 - Terry Kirby & Bobby Lavery,
Long Kesh to Good Friday Agreement

Feb 18 - Matt & Shannon Heaton,
Performing in Pittsburgh tonight

Feb 25 - Jack Goodrich,
Goodrich & Goodrich, Attorney’s At Law

Mar 4 - Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle

Mar 11 - Tommy Sands,
Performing tonight at Central Catholic

SPONSORS OF THE IRELAND REPORT 2006

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 - Open
August - Open
September - AOH County Board
October - AOH Division 32, Carnegie
November - IAUC
December - Daughters of Erin

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Music Review February


A few postings prior, I said I was going to write reviews on new music that I have received. As we know there are a multitude of genres of Irish / Celtic music; something for everyone.
The first recording is entitled ‘The Good Neighbors’, electronic instrumentation with Celtic influences. There are eight tracks ranging in times from 5:51 to 9:37 – much too long to air on the radio. The titles are very interesting: The Raven’s Wing, Tam Lin, The Ale is Dear, Rosalyn Castle, Deirdre’s Lamentation, The TWA’ Corbies, Weepy Jamie, and Queen of the May.

Perhaps ‘electronica’ is what the young folks are listening to, a constant beat that can entrance you. For me it was a bit off the mark; too much of a constant ‘drum-like’ sound with little variation in melody.

You be the judge and check it out for yourself at
http://www.myspace.com/goodneighbors. Certainly Josh needs to be given a lot of credit for putting this recording together as I'm sure it took a lot of work; it is not music that I particularly care for.

MetalKelt - ‘Fusing Tradition’ – Is the debut recording of two Pittsburgh fellows, Matt Hughes and Paul Giampaolo. MetalKelt is Metal Music with Irish Traditional Songs; 18 tracks including a self penned song, “The Pride of Ireland” by Matt Hughes, who performs on guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Paul Giampaolo performs on keyboards, drums and vocals. Their selection of songs include 'Come Out Ye Black and Tans', 'General Taylor,' 'The Moonshiner', ' God Save Ireland' and several more. A good choice of songs!!

The music was very pleasant and not too heavy on the metal, although the vocals need a bit of work. Matt and Paul both did a fine job arranging these two genres. These fellows need encouraged to continue as there is potential here! Fusing Tradition has a very good cover sheet with excellent design and giving credits and times of the 18 tracks. You can check out their website at www.metalkelt.com.

Eddii Reader - “Peacetime” – on Compass Records, www.compassrecords.com A singer from Scotland, Eddi Reader’s voice projects the emotion of the song, whether joyful or sad; as the listener, you can feel it through her singing.

“Peacetime” has 15 tracks, mostly traditional songs arranged by Reader and excellent liner notes. She gives you a bit of the story of the song which helps to visualize what she is singing about.

Eddie Reader has a very lovely voice, easy to listen to and understand. This is a good CD for your music library. Her website:
www.eddireader.com.

Until the next time,

Slan,

Diane












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