Dateline March 10, 2013
Program # 1303
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Sunday, March 10
• AOH Allegheny County Board and AOH Division 9 sponsor the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Communion Breakfast. Mass will be celebrated at the Double Tree Hotel in Greentree, 500 Mansfield Avenue at 10am. The celebrant is Bishop David A. Zubik. The Communion Breakfast and short program will follow. Free parking at hotel. A formal introduction of the Parade’s Grand Marshal & Miss Smiling Irish Eyes and her Court.
• Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810AM broadcasts at 12:30pm. Live stream at www.wedo810.com. The Ireland Report from Galway with Brian Nolan.
• Irish Night ‘Row On For Brendan’ the 17th Annual Fundraising Concert to support Central Catholic Crew and Oakland Catholic Rowing Teams. Central Catholic High School, Doors open 7pm. Entertainment will include Mary Courtney and Morning Star, Mary originally from Co. Kerry and now based out of New York; Guaranteed Irish plus other local talent. Tickets are $25 for preferred seats; $20 for regular seats. Children 12 and under: $5. For more information or to buy tickets online, go to www.irishnight.org. Tickets are also available at the door or by calling 1.888.71.TICKETS.
• Now through October for Samhain Echoes of Erin’s Fundraising Campaign will be a Drawing for Hand-Carved Violin / Fiddle by Peter Shovlin, Sr. Value $1,500, tickets will be $10.00 each. Information Diane Byrnes, 412.781.6.368 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets should be ready by end of March.
• Irish Language Classes conducted at The Irish Centre, 6886 Forward Ave. Squirrel Hill with Jim Graven email@example.com.
Now through Thursday, March 14
• The River City Brass presents ‘Celtic Connections’ with the River City Brass, Detective Rick Manning Singing, Irish Step Dancers, and George Balderose performing on Bagpipes. Performing at a variety schools in your area. Call for information: 412.434.7222 and www.rivercitybrass.org. March 12-Upper St. Clair HS @ 7:30pm; March 13-Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center @ 7:30pm; March 14-Carnegie Music Hall 7:30pm.
Monday, March 11
• Irish Centre of Pittsburgh Board Meeting, 6887 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill, 6:30pm. Information: Mary Clark firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday March 12
• ‘The Geese in the Bog’ performing at the Oak Room, Mansions on Fifth, 6:30pm to 9:30pm with Dan Possumato on melodeon and Vince Burns on fiddle.
• The Saw Doctors are back! Celebrating 25 years (Just like Echoes of Erin!)Performing at the Altar Bar, 1620 Penn Avenue in The Strip; Doors open 7pm. Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/eventV2/200873?utm_medium=bks&wrKey=53A91FIE56A8A5CEB02BAB2C71A9058B. $23 & $25. Presented by Drusky Entertainment. (Altar Bar 412.206.7919). Box Office – One hour before Doors. New CD ‘The Saw Doctors 25:25’.
• Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770, now offering FREE WiFi; tonight featuring Riley’s Piano Night at 7:30pm.
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., in The Strip, 412.642.6622 presents Ceili Dancing at 7pm.
Wednesday, March 13
• Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features Bob Banerjee @ 8pm.
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave. in The Strip, 412.642.6622 presents Notre Dame Trivia Night @ 7pm.
• “Arising from the Troubles” by Tommy Sands presenting a Lecture at Carlow University, Kresge Auditorium, 5th Floor, Grace Library, Concert to follow at 7:30pm.
Thursday, March 14
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave. in The Strip, 412.642.6622 presents Finnegan’s Wake with Red Hand Paddy, 8pm. If you have never experienced a good old fashioned Irish Wake then I highly recommend that you make it down for this show. It is a Theatrical Gem each year. It comes complete with Tim Finnegan’s body in the coffin in front of the stage that you can process by and pay your respects to before he is laid to rest. Or is he? Listen closely to the song for clues. In any case get here early as we do not accept reservations. First come, first serve.
• Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features Open Stage Night @ 7:30pm.
Friday, March 15
• The Tuition Assistance Fund Committee of AOH Division 4 in the North Hills will have a check presentation at St. Teresa of Avila to 12 elementary schools for their Angel Funds from proceeds from their Irish heritage Golf Classic. The schools include North Side Catholic, Assumption School, Christ the Divine Teacher Academy, St. Alexis, St. Alphonsus, St. Bonaventure, St. James, St. Killan, St. Mary, St. Sebastian, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Ursula.
• Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – Happy Hour @ 5:30pm followed by other entertainment @ 8pm.
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave. in The Strip, 412.642.6622 presents Happy Hour @ 5:30pm w/ John Wasiack followed by Red Hand Paddy @ 9pm.
Saturday, March 16 -- Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 10:00AM
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle is open for Breakfast, 8am to 10am. Entertainment throughout day beginning at Noon, Inside: Mark Guiser, Whiskey Limerick, Red Hand Paddy; Outside from 1pm: Donny Irish, Mike Gallagher, Guaranteed Irish. www.harpandfiddle.com .
• Knights of Equity and Daughters of Erin - will sponsor their Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party at New Venue WHIM’s @ Station Square (previously Woodson’s, on the left side of the Smithfield St. Bridge). Beginning at 12 Noon – 5pm, entertainment with ARAN from Johnstown. Small Admission.
• New Venue!! NOON to 4pm - Guaranteed Irish are performing at Café Fifth Avenue, 818 Fifth Ave., Pgh 15219. www.cafefifthpgh.com.
• Riley’s Pour House, Opens at 10am with activities Inside the Pub, Outside on the Back Patio, and Outside Main Street TENT. Entertainment @ 1pm features Riley’s Irish Band (a new group!!!); 3pm features Larry Connolly; 6pm features Ricky Manning w/Donny Irish Band; 9pm features Sean McClorey. www.rileyspourhouse.com. $10 Irish Menu All Weekend Long available Saturday 10am to 10pm.
• Red Hand Paddy –performing at Mullens Pub on the North Shore @ 2:30PM & Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle @8pm.
• Corned Beef & Curry @ The Getaway Café after the Parade, 3049 Sussex Ave @ McNeilly Road, email@example.com.
• The Church Brew Works featuring Irish Traditional Music with New Group, Seasoned Performers “The Geese in the Bog” - Bruce Molyneaux on banjo, Dan Possumato on melodeon, Vince Burns on fiddle, Kathy Fallon on guitar and vocals. 12 Noon to 2pm.
• The Rivermen, performing at Atria’s PNC Park Location, 2 to 5pm and 6 to 9pm. No Cover.
• Irish Centre of Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Party; Mass with Fr. McCool at 5:00pm. Otherwise Doors open 6:30pm. Traditional Dinner while it lasts and entertainment by NaGaels. Tickets $25, includes refreshments, information/reservations Mary Clark firstname.lastname@example.org. 412.761.3897.
Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
• Mass at St. Maria Goretti Penn Ave. Campus at Penn & Atlantic Ave., formerly St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Garfield. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David Zubic and Fr. Regis Farmer @ 10am and sponsored by AOH Martin Noone and William Murphy Division 21. Reception to follow at Laurentian Hall.
• Irish Mass at 11am at St. Max Kolbe Roman Catholic Church, 363 W. 13th Ave. Homestead; followed by Hank Eduardo with program of Irish favorites. A Buffet will be served at 1:30pm prepared by Fr. Dan Sweeney. The Rivermen take the stage at 3pm. Reservations: $20 pp, 412.461.1054.
• The Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh will host their Annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet with an Irish Buffet from Noon to 2pm at PAA in Oakland. This is OPEN to the public but Reservations are due by March 13. Information 412.758.5446. After the Banquet you will go to the University of Pittsburgh to enjoy a Reception hosted by the Irish Room Committee, Earl McCabe, Chairman.
• Red Hand Paddy – Noon performing at The Claddagh @ South Side Works, 4pm @ Hard Rock Café, Station Square.
• Riley’s Pour House, Opens at Noon with activities Inside the Pub, Outside on the Back Patio, and Outside Main Street TENT. Entertainment @ Noon with Young John Gallagher; 3pm Guaranteed Irish, 6pm Mark Guiser. $10 Irish Menu All Weekend Long available Sunday Noon to 10pm.
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle opens at Noon. Entertainment at 1:30 Mark Guiser, 5pm Ricky Manning, 8:30pm Guaranteed Irish.
• Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810AM at 12:30pm; Live stream at www.wedo810.com. The Ireland Report from Dublin with Davy Kettyles.
Wednesday, March 20
• Paul Byrom, formerly of Celtic Thunder and Ireland’s Premier Tenor will perform in concert at the State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania. to film a live concert ‘This Is The Moment’ which will be distributed to PBS and will air on many PBS stations in the US and Canada. http://www.statetheater.org/ or by calling the box office at 1-800-999-STATE. "The show is stylish, full of rich music from a live orchestra, and includes very special guests. The pure focus of the show is to provide quality entertainment, led under the baton of legendary musical producer Phil Coulter." In addition to collaborating with this multi-platinum, Grammy nominated producer, Byrom has invited a former fellow member of Celtic Thunder and star of the television series, Glee, to perform with him. "Having Damian McGinty join me again on stage will be something special. We have some fun surprises up our sleeves that will bring the house down!”
“The Geese in the Bog” performing Traditional Irish Music with Bruce Molyneaux on banjo, Dan Possumato on melodeon, Vince Burns on fiddle, Kathy Fallon on guitar and vocals at the Fairmont Hotel, downtown Pittsburgh 8pm-10pm.
Thursday, March 21
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave. in The Strip, 412.642.6622 presents Trivia Night w/ Johnny Connolly, 7:00pm.
Friday, March 22
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave. in The Strip, 412.642.6622, Happy Hour w/ Andy Halter @ 5:30pm followed by – Possible Return of The Wild Geese @ 9pm.
Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24
• West Virginia Feis at Pittsburgh Airport Hyatt Regency, Information: Jim Graven email@example.com.
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave. in The Strip, 412.642.6622 Closed for Private Party.
Sunday, March 24
• Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810AM at 12:30pm; Live stream at www.wedo810.com. The Ireland Report from Belfast with Mairtin O’Muilleoir, Managing Director, Belfast Media Group and Publisher of the Irish Echo out of New York. Telephone Interview with Ryan Kelly of Celtic Thunder.
Wednesday, March 27
• Irish American Unity Conference monthly meeting at 6:30pm. Venue will be announced later as Finnegan’s Wake is now CLOSED. Information: Sandra Haas firstname.lastname@example.org (that is underscore j underscore).
• Keith Harkins of Celtic Thunder performing at The Hard Rock at Station Square.
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave. in The Strip, 412.642.6622, Irish Music Jam Session @ 7pm.
Friday, March 29
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave. in The Strip, 412.642.6622 presents Happy Hour @ 5:30pm followed by Ballad Singer Terry Griffith @ 9pm.
Saturday, March 30
• Riley’s Pour House, 215 East Main St. in Carnegie, 412.279.0770 – features Corned Beef & Curry with John McCann, on guitar& vocals and Bob Banerjee on fiddle, mandolin, & vocals @ 8pm.
• Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave. in The Strip, 412.642.6622 presents Live Music @ 9pm.
Sunday, March 31
• Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810AM, 12:30pm presents ‘The 97th Anniversary of The Easter Rising’ show. The Ireland Report with Diane Byrnes.
Sunday, April 7
• Echoes of Erin on WEDO 810AM at 12:30pm; Live stream at www.wedo810.com. The Ireland Report from Donegal with Patricia Sharkey, Editor Donegal Newsletter www.dun-na-ngall.com .
• “SPECIAL” – April 22 through May 3, 2013 for 10-Nights
During 2013, Echoes of Erin will be in the 25th year on the air at WEDO 810AM. To celebrate, come ‘Dance with me in Ireland’ as we have our own ‘Gathering’ visiting Armagh, Belfast, Derry, Donegal, Galway, Clare, and Dublin. We’ll meet up with our News Correspondents, travel the highways and byways, visit a variety of attractions and sites, share meals, stories, music, and whatever adventures come our way. Contact information email@example.com. I have made some changes, if interested please call Diane Byrnes – 412.781.6368.
Wednesday, April 24
• Irish American Unity Conference monthly meeting @ Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub & Restaurant, 25 E. General Robinson Street, North Shore, 6:30pm. Information: Sandra Haas firstname.lastname@example.org. (that is underscore j underscore).
Saturday, April 27
• The Daughters of Erin will host their Annual Spring Fling at Shannopin Country Club with lunch, auctions, & entertainment. Doors open at 11:30am. Information Sue Schreck 724.776.2793. Information on the DOE contact Linda Miller, President, 412.931.6116, LJM2687@comcast.net.
• AOH Division 1, South Hills presents the ‘Annual Night of Irish Music’ at the Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Hall, 3600 Library Road on Route 88. Entertainment with Mike Gallagher & Bob Banerjee @ 7pm, followed by Corned Beef & Curry @ 8:30pm. Irish Auction & Door Prizes. Refreshments provided, BYOB. Advance Tickets $20 / $25 at Door. Sponsored by Clearview Federal Credit Union. Rich O’Malley (412) 401-3945, email@example.com.
Sunday, April 28
• The Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh presents another lecture-program, ‘Finding Your Irish Ancestors’ with by Rebecca Kichta Miller, Professional Genealogist. 2:30pm at Epiphany Church’s McDowell Hall.
May 31 to June 2, 2013
• Fleadh Rua in the Village of Forkhill in South Armagh. The festival is based on traditional Irish music and a ‘celebration of the beauty of the red-head gene’, people everywhere are invited, especially Red-heads. South Armagh is an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". The festival weekend will also include historical tours, walks, local art exhibitions, craft and food stalls, and some of Ireland's finest musicians in concert, culminating in a big traditional ceili, in the local community centre, on Saturday night. The festival is being sponsored by "The Peadar O' Doirnin Folk Society” and chaired by Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Briege Murphy.
Sunday, June 2
• The Gaelic Arts Society of Pittsburgh will host their Annual Irish High Tea at Epiphany Church’s McDowell Hall. Details TBA.
Saturday, June 15
• Irish Day at the Croatian Center (Schitizen Park) in Ross Township, off Babcock Blvd. All day event, beginning at Noon with music, children’s activities, variety of baskets for raffle. Entertainment with Callan and The Wild Geese (They are back!!). Information: Patrick Donnelly firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21
• AOH Pennsylvania State Convention in Pittsburgh, Friday is an Open Social Night to the community. Information Jim Green, AOH Allegheny County Board President 412.977.1791.
Friday July 19 thru Sunday, July 21
• Cleveland Cultural Festival @ Berea Fairgrounds, Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Featuring Guaranteed Irish as one of the performing acts.
Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26
• Augusta Irish / Celtic Week, at Davis & Elkins College https://augustaheritagecenter.org/irishceltic .
Sunday, October 6
• Celtic Thunder performing in Concert at The Benendum, downtown Pittsburgh.
November 8 & 9, 2013
• Balmoral Classic, details TBA. Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming, 1414 Pennsylvania Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Ph. 412-323-2707 ~ Fax 412-323-1817 ~ info@BalmoralSchool.org ~ www.BalmoralSchool.org
George Balderose, Executive Director ~ Leslie Clark, Associate Director.
Guests and Interviews 2013
1. Jan 13 Jack Goodrich, Goodrich & Associates, Attorney’s At Law, w/ Daughter Elizabeth
2. Jan 20 Patricia McElligott, Author, “Irish Pittsburgh”
3. Jan 27 Patrick O’Brien, Chairman, Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade
4. Feb 3 Kerry Keegan Mulhern, to celebrate beginning of 25th year of broadcasting
5. Feb 17 Dan Neely, Irish Echo, writer of the Traditional Music Column
6. Feb 24 Jim Green, AOH Allegheny County Board President
7. Feb/Mar Dan Possumato, musician on Melodeon and Button Accordion
8. March 3 Leo Moran, The Saw Doctors
9. March 17 St. Patrick’s Day – No Guests
10. March 24 Ryan Kelly, Celtic Thunder and Acoustic by Candlelight
11. March 31 Easter Rising Program, 97th Anniversary
12. April 14,21 Big Jon McCourt, with Peace & Reconciliation Group in Derry, NI, pre-recorded
13. April 7 Paul Thompson, St. Andrew’s Society (Scottish)
14. April 28 Jim Caldwell, Guest Host
15. Danny Kelly, President Pgh. GAA Football Club
16. May 26 Marie Tierney Young, Irish Language Teacher @ Univ. of Pgh.
Sponsors of The Ireland Report for 2013
January thru March – Jack Goodrich, Goodrich & Associates, PLC, Attorneys at Law, www.goodandassociates.com. 412-261-GOOD
April – AOH Division 1, South Hills –
Rich O’Malley, President, email@example.com
May – Knights of Equity, Court 9 Pittsburgh
Mike Culhane, Worthy Sir Knight, Mike3789@verizon.net
June – AOH Division 4, North Hills –
Patrick Donnelly, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
July – OPEN I am looking for Sponsors of The Ireland Report for these two months.
August – OPEN
September – AOH Allegheny County Board
Jim Green, President, Seamus.Green@verizon.net
October – AOH Division 32, Carnegie
Denny Maher, President, email@example.com
November – Irish American Unity Conference
Sarah McAuliffe Bellin, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
An Inspirational Moment
February & March – The Irish Society for Charity & Education
Other Months are OPEN
Echoes of Erin is embarking on another Fundraising Campaign with a Hand Carved Violin, made by Peter Shovlin, Sr., originally from Adara, County Donegal. Mr. Shovlin has been a carpenter by trade and a musician on the fiddle for many, many years. He has donated this fiddle to benefit Echoes of Erin. This beautiful Violin is:
Hand Carved Violin, Stradivarius Model, Flame back and sides with European Spruce Top, all tone woods, Trimmed with ebony peg and finger board, Tailpiece with four fine tuners
Guarnerius boxwood chin rest, Hand Varnished and Polished, With Nice Clear Tones
Value – $1,500
This hand carved violin is a treasure, it is a piece of art, and it is a well toned musical instrument. Whether you play a violin / fiddle or not, it will become a treasured piece of art, something you can play or display in your home.
Tickets are $10.00 each and the Drawing will take place at Samhain, October 2013, winner need not be present. Make your check payable to Echoes of Erin for the number of tickets you want, at $10 each, and mail to Echoes of Erin, Diane Byrnes, 78 Grant Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15223.
IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN SELLING TICKETS, DO CONTACT ME 412.781.6368.