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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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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March 20, 2011
PROGRAM # 1200
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New – the Southwestern Pennsylvania Emerald Society is an organization for Irish firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel in Fayette, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland, and Allegheny Counties. For information contact Ron Barry at 724.984.3249,
ron611@yahoo.com or check out their Facebook page.

An Inspirational Moment – Sponsored in March by Tom Jennings with Prudential Preferred Reality at 412.372.1050. Lifetime member of AOH Division 23 in Lawrenceville and Knights of Equity.

Sunday, March 20
• Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810 AM at 12:30 PM; The Ireland Report with Davy Kettyles in Dublin. Telephone Interview with Ryan Kelly, singer, musician, & songwriter, and singer with Celtic Thunder.
• Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival 2011 – Canon Sheehan Short Story Competition, Prize 1,000 Euro. Deadline for receipt of application is June 1, 2011. Email hudnerdiarmuid@gmail.com or contact Diane Byrnes for a copy of the ‘Conditions of Entry’, diane.byrnes@verizon.net.
• Doneraile Literary & Arts Festival 2011 – Edmund Spenser Poetry Competition, Prize 500 Euro. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2011. Email hudnerdiarmuid@gmail.com or contact Diane Byrnes for a copy of the ‘Conditions of Entry’, diane.byrnes@verizon.net.

Tuesday, March 22
• Paddy’s Pour House, 215 East Main Street, Carnegie, 412-279-0770, features Irish Night with Harp, Guinness, & Smithwick’s; Specials from 8:00 PM. Happy Hour is every Tuesday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm.
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412-642-6622 features Ceili Dancing from 7:00pm.

Thursday, March 24
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412-642-6622 features Trivia with Johnny Connolly 7:00 PM. Entertainment to follow.

Friday, March 25
• Paddy’s Pour House, 215 East Main Street, Carnegie, 412-279-0770 features Rick Manning on vocals & guitar at 9:00 PM.
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412-642-6622 features Happy Hour at 5:30pm, Corned Beef & Curry 9:00pm.

Saturday, March 26
• Paddy’s Pour House, 215 East Main Street, Carnegie, 412-279-0770 features Ballad Singer, Mike Gallagher at 9:00 PM.
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412-642-6622 features music at 9:00 PM.

Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27
• The Irish Centre of Pittsburgh presents the ‘West Virginia Feis’ at the Pittsburgh Airport Hyatt Regency. Volunteers welcome, information Jim Graven – 724.834.0233 or Email: kayaks201@verizon.net. Special this year, the North American Feis Commission (NAFC) Music Scholarship Competition for ages 15 and over will be held on Saturday. Questions call Jim 724.834.0233 or email kayaks201@verizon.net.

Sunday, March 27
• Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810AM at 12:30PM; the Ireland Report from Belfast with Mairtin O’Muilleoir, www.irishecho.com Live Stream – www.wedo810.com, click on “Listen Live”. Or listen from the Archives – www.wedo810.com, click on Program Guide, scroll down to Echoes of Erin, click on, choose Program # and download, click on to listen and time of day or night. Information Diane Byrnes 412-781-6368.
• ‘SongSpace’ a nonprofit Coffeehouse Music Series presents Matt & Shannon Heaton at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 605 Morewood Ave., Shadyside. Doors open @ 6:30PM, Tickets at Door, suggested donation $15 general / $10 students. Information 412.337.1594 or www.uusongspace.com email: songspace.firstuu@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, March 29
• Terry Griffith performing at Kelly’s Irish Pub in Bridgewater, from 8:00 PM till 11:00 PM.

Thursday, March 31
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412-642-6622 features Ballad Singer Terry Griffith at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, April 2
• Tartan Day Celebration at Obama Int’l Academy / Schenley Pittsburgh / (Old Reisenstein School) 129 Denniston Ave at the cross roads of Penn Ave & East Liberty Blvd in East Liberty. Free Admission & Parking. Vendors, Entertainment, Workshops, Food, plus more. www.tartandaypa.cmna.org Email to Carole Harland, tartandaypa@verizon.net.
• Echoes of Erin will participate in Tartan Day.
• The Gaelic Arts Society will be represented at Tartan Day Celebration at the Obama Culture Academy.

Tuesday, April 5
• The public is invited to Carlow University for a lecture and discussion by noted Irish economist, Paul Hederman, at 7:00 PM in Anthony J. Palumbo Hall at the corner of Fifth and Craft on the Carlow campus in Oakland. The title of the presentation is Global Perspectives and Social Responsibility: The State of the Irish Economy. Mr. Hederman was formerly responsible for facilitating and enhancing the collaboration of four Institutes of Technology under a government funded initiative known as the Strategic Innovation Fund. He has taught economics and economic and social policy courses at the National College of Ireland. Paul has also worked for the National Institute for Transport, the Irish Fisheries Board, and the Irish Trade Board. He has a special interest in Ireland’s Tiger Economy and the social implications of the relative recent and rapid success which Ireland has enjoyed. Introductory comments will be made by Bill Flanagan, Executive VP, Allegheny Conference on Community Development & host of Our Region's Business. An informal tea will follow. Sponsored by Carlow University, The Pittsburgh Irish Partnership, The Grace Ann Geibel Institute for Justice and Social Responsibility, The Center for Global Learning, The McDarby Institute and the Wyndham Grand Hotel.

Sunday, April 10
• The Gaelic Arts Society presents An Irish Garden Lecture at the Dithridge House Party Room, 220 No. Dithridge St. Oakland, 2:30PM

Saturday, April 16
• Daughters of Erin ‘Spring Fling’ Annual Card Party, Highland Country Club, 450 Highland Ave. West View, PA. 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM, Lunch, Vendors, Auction, Raffles. Information 724-776-2793 or 412-600-7728.

Saturday, April 23
• Pittsburgh Gaelic Athletic Association (PGAA) is sponsoring a “Trivia & Monte Carlo Night” at the Sokol Club, 2912 E. Carson Street, South Side. 7:00 PM, Donation $20.00 includes refreshments. Information: www.PittsburghGAA.com.

Saturday, April 30
• AOH Division 1 in South Hills presents their Annual “Night of Irish Music” at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Hall, Sleepy Hollow Road, 7:00 PM. Music with Ballad Singer, Mike Gallagher w/ Bob Banjeree, Corned Beef & Curry, and the Bell School of Irish Dance. Order tickets with Rick O’Malley at 412.401.3945. Doors open 6:00 PM. Donation $15.00 advance, $20.00 at door. Refreshments & Snacks included, BYOB.

Friday, May 6
• Pittsburgh Ceili Club at www.pittsburghceiliclub.org/ is sponsoring their monthly Ceili at the VFW in Morningside on Morningside Ave., Ceili @ 8:00 PM.

Saturday, May 7
• Irish American Unity Conference commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strikes with Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, 17th Street & Liberty Ave., in The Strip at 4:00 PM. Matt Morrison featured Speaker and Exhibit following at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 24th Street & Penn Ave. in The Strip. Information Sarah sarahm1916@comcast.net.

May 15
• The Gaelic Arts Society presents A One Act Play. Details TBA. At the Dithridge House Party Room, 220 No. Dithridge St. Oakland, 2:30PM.

May 22 – 29
• Sessions-At-Sea Cruises with Seamus Kennedy, The Makem & Spain Brothers, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, aboard Holland America’s Oosterdam sailing Alaska Inside Passage Cruise. Ports of Call Seattle, Puget Sound Cruising, Glacier Bay and Inside Passage, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria, B.C.. To Book – 1-888-564-7474 or www.sessions-at-sea.com or info@sessionsatsea.com Reference Seamus Kennedy when booking your reservation, seamus.kennedy@ymail.com

June 5
• The Gaelic Arts Society presents “An Irish High Tea” 1:30PM, other details TBA.

June 12
• Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 11th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza, 12 Noon to 5:00 pm at CLP – Main Library in Oakland. “One World, Many Stories at Your Library!” Open to the whole family. Attention explorers!! Travel the world without leaving Pittsburgh. Embark on your summer reading adventures with live entertainment and free family activities. Learn about different cultures and celebrate this year’s global summer reading theme in an afternoon packed with fun!

June 18 – June 29
• Seamus Kennedy’s ‘Scotland & Ireland Adventure’ – RT Air from Newark / Edinburgh / Dublin / Newark, Breakfast Daily, 8 Dinners, 10 nights 1st class hotels, fully escorted via deluxe Motorcoach & Irish Driver Guide, Ferry from Scotland to Ireland, Admissions, Porterage one suitcase pp, Entertainment with Seamus Kennedy, plus more. Reservations: Isle Inn Tours 1-800-237-9376 x 18, Email: fiona@isleinntours.com. Reference Seamus Kennedy / seamus.kennedy@ymail.com.

July 22, 23, & 24
• 29th Annual Cleveland Cultural Festival at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, www.clevelandirish.org – Entertainment with Cherish the Ladies, Tommy Fleming, New Barleycorn, Dermot Henry, Dennis Doyle, Brigids Cross, The Kilroys, Michael Crawley, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Patrick O’Sullivan, Girsa, Seven Nations, Screaming Orphans, Slide, The High Kings, Guaranteed Irish, Scythian, Dublin City Ramblers, Boston Comhaltas, and more. Details TBA. 1.800.485.8013 Email: info@clevelandirish.org.

Irish Groups & Organizations

Ancient Order of Hibernians, Allegheny County Board, AOH Division 1, 4, & 17 - http://www.pittsburghirish.org/AOH/index.htm
Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 32 - http://aoh32.org/blog.html
Daughters of Erin and Knights of Equity - http://www.knightsofequity.com/daughters.html
Hall Rental, Blair Leahy – 724-935-4015
Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh - www.iiofpitt.org .
Irish American Unity Conference - www.pittsburghirish.org/IAUC/index.htm
Irish Centre of Pittsburgh – http://www.pittsburghirish.org/irishcentre
Pittsburgh Ceili Club - www.pittsburghceiliclub.org/
Pittsburgh Irish Centre - http://www.pittsburghirish.org/irishcentre/index.htm

Guests & Interviews in 2011
Mar. 06 - Sean McGuinness, Dublin City Ramblers
Mar. 20 - Ryan Kelly, Celtic Thunder
Apr. 17 - Doug Shields, Pgh City Council
Apr. 24 - Easter Rising Program


January, February & March - Goodrich, Goodrich Attorney’s At Law, 412.281.1455
April - AOH Division 1, South Hills
May - Knights of Equity http://www.knightsofequity.com/
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, http://www.knightsofequity.com/doepgh.html

Inspirational Moments -- Sponsored by

March - Tom Jennings, Prudential Reality,
412-372-1050 or 412-779-3944


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