First, many thanks to Seamus Mc Daid for again assisting Failte 32 and the Irish community by offering a trial job placement to a young Irish lady who is now happily learning the ropes of the construction industry in NY. Each and every one of these job placements makes a huge difference in the lives of those who are trying to find their way in a new land. Support like this is invaluable!
Hi Failte 32,
My name is Daragh Slacke. I play music in a band called Whiskey You’re
The Divil. We’re based in Cavan, Ireland and we specialize in Irish
ballads and jigs and reels. We have played all over the world, from
Europe to Australia, South America, Sub-Sahara Africa and beyond. This
year we are planning an excursion to New York for St Patrick’s Day
with the group (incl 1 Irish dancer). I am inquiring if you could help
us out in any way as regards gig bookings and contacts for our
expedition or even helping us promote our shows.
We’re currently in negotiation with Mr O’Lunney from O’Lunney’s Bar in
Times Square regarding some dates. We would greatly appreciate if you
kept us in mind for any concerts or afternoon ‘ceillis’ you might be
planning for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Below is a short bio,
links to live performances and a link to our album on Sound Cloud.
The band will be in New York from 10th-20th of March and are working
on securing shows for these dates. Any help/advice you could provide
us on our trip would be greatly appreciated.
‘Go raibh mile maith agat.’
Whiskey You’re The Divil are a traditional Irish Balladeer group based
in Cavan, Ireland and we specialize in craic, jigs, reels and Irish
ballads. We have played all over the world, from Europe to Australia,
South America, Sub-Sahara Africa and beyond. The band is a five piece
consiting of Aodhan McBrenn on guitar/vocals, Daragh Slacke on
Mandolin, Peter Sheridan on Guitar/Mandolin, Stevie O’Brien on Uileann
pipes and Alan D’Arcy on Bodhran/Cajon. The band will be travelling to
New York for St.Patricks Day 2013.
Song: Kitty lie over
Song: The holy ground
Album: Whiskey you’re the Divil
We are still receiving requests from residents out in the Rockaways for help with the rebuilding of their homes after hurricaneSandy. If any qualified trades people (carpenters, plumbers, painters, etc) are available to help for a day or two, please call us at914-237-5121 or e-mail me. A few days of your time would mean so much to these people after all they have had to endure over the past 3 months. Don’t forget next weekend is President’s Day Weekend so you will have an extra day available to lend a hand!
Attached is a picture that used to be somebody’s kitchen and is a typical example of what so many homes look like in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. Like so many others, the people who own this home and pay a mortgage on it, have not been able to live there since October. They have been forced to pay rent as well as their mortgage while their home is being rebuilt. The trouble is they have run out of money to complete the work needed to make their home livable once again, and are pleading for volunteer help.
Meanwhile we are funding on a number of projects out in the Rockaways and will update you in due course.
Órla Kelleher, Executive Director
Aisling Irish Community Center
990 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY 10704
Great news below from Miriam Nyhan, of New York University. The Fifth Province showcases the history of the County Societies in New York. The idea evolved from meetings between the former Consul General of Ireland in New York, Niall Burgess and the President’s of the Various County Societies in New York, represented by former President of the United Irish Counties Association of New York, Joe McManus. The Fifth Province is an exhibition by New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House & Archives of Irish America, created in partnership with the United Irish Counties Association of New York with funding from the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme.
Why not plan a visit to Ireland during this time and pay a visit to this historical exhibition, and avail of all the other wonderful events that will be taking place as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013 (www.thegatheringireland.com). Aer Lingus will be offering great deals on airfares during this time, and there’s no place as magical as Ireland particularly during the Summer, with its lush green pastures, friendly locals and timeless traditions. There are beaches in Ireland more beautiful than those you will see anywhere else in the world, for example the Silver Strand in Co.Mayo, called the Silver Strand because when you see it from afar, it sparkles like silver, and is so unspoiled because rarely does a soul step foot on it’s soft sand. Come see where the Quiet Man and The Field were made. Part of the movie Brave Heart was was filmed on location in Ireland. See some of the most breathtaking landscapes and views that look like they’re right out of The Hobbit.
Aside from our great tourist attractions, Ireland also has so many secrets to reveal off the beaten track, secrets that can only be revealed when you’re inhaling into your lungs the natural pure fresh Irish air that is said to give you everlasting life (don’t quote me on that! ) . So why not broaden your horizons this year and explore Ireland’s mysteries, myths, legends…and leprechauns!
Hello friends,I received word in recent days, finally, that The Fifth Province exhibit will open at the National Library in Dublin on 4 July 2013. I have to yet confirm the close date but it is probably safe to assume it will close around the end of August.Today, I also got the good news that The Linen Hall, Belfast would like to host it for the summer of 2014.Let the tour begin!Thanks for your support.Miriam (& Marion)
(917) 915 6344
County Leitrim Society of New York
118th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance
Friday 8 March 2013
96-43 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village, New York 11429
Deluxe cocktail hour 8:00pm
Dinner and Dancing 9:00pm to 1:00am
Guest of Honor
Mr. Noel Kilkenny
Consul General of Ireland in New York
Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Native of Kescarrigan, County Leitrim
New York Showband
Tony Gormley, President
Helen Lavin, Dance Chairperson
238 Blackford Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10704
Sharon Brady (914) 963-8729
Pat Murray (718) 729-6234
Mike Dillon (845) 735-6927
County Cork B .P. & P. Association of NY
129th St. Patrick’s Banquet
Saturday 2 March 2013
96-43 Springfield Boulevard
Queens Village, New York 11429
Cocktail hour 7:00pm
Dinner and Dancing 8:00pm to 12:00am
Cork Man of the Year
Cork Woman of the Year
“Frank Carvill Distinguished Service Award” Recipient
New York Showband
64-56 60th Avenue
Maspeth, NY 11378
230 East 88th Street – Apt 14D
New York, N.Y. 10128
As you all know, The Mayo Society of New York will pay tribute to two outstanding Mayo people at our society’s 134th Annual St. Patrick’s Ball on March 09, 2013. Annette Doyle will be honored as Mayo Woman of the Year and George Gibbons. as Mayo Man of the Year. This event will take place at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd, Queens Village, NY. Cocktails are at 7.00pm followed by dinner and dancing at 8.00pm. Tommy Flynn and the New York Showband will provide the music for this evening’s celebrations.
Annette Doyle hails from the picturesque village of Faulmore, near Blacksod, Co. Mayo, Ireland’s most westerly location. A summer vacation to NY in 1988 introduced Annette to“the city that never sleeps” and as a consequence neither did she for a few years. In those early years she worked as a waitress at The Old Stand and The Kinsale Tavern, moved to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1990, and was encouraged to return to college. She earned her B.A. degree in Sociology and Psychology at Queens College, CUNY and is graduating with her Masters in Education next semester. Annette met her husband John in 1994, was married in 1998 and is blessed with three boys. She now runs JMR Distributors, a beverage distribution company, with her husband John. Annette gives generously of her time as a volunteer with Learning Leaders, a nonprofit organization that recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers who provide one-on-one and small group instructional support to students in New York City public schools. She is an active member of the Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football and Hurling Club and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, participating in activities to serve and honor our veterans.
George Gibbons, native to quaint Mayo village of Cong, renowned for fishing, its connections to the Guinness family, Ashford Castle, and the “The Quiet Man”. In his early 20′s, George took his first holiday to America and it was love at first sight. He worked various jobs but found his real passion for bartending, which allowed him to interact with people on a more social level. George’s claim to fame is “Big George of “The Poitin Still” from1970-1990. George’s innate passion lies in his love of Irish Country music, connecting with those at home through his loyalty to his local Mayo station of Mid-West Radio. He’s a fan favorite as he steps up to the microphone with his Western charm and Irish tunes. In the early 1970′s, George met the love of his life, Mary Boyle from Monaghan. They were married in 1973 and blessed with six children. In the late 1990′s, George and Mary obtained jobs at Fashion Industries High School, where George still currently works as The Attendance Coordinator. George’s infectious smile and his carefree attitude will always greet you whether in the family bar “Gibbon’s Home”, community event or a trip to Ireland .
Tickets are $85 per person or a table of ten for $850. For reservations, please contact Rita Lydon Lenz, 516-221-4834 and Mary Coyne, 917-282-5538. A journal agreement is enclosed for your kind consideration. The deadline for journal ads is Monday, February 25, 2013. For additional information, please contact Journal Co-Chairs: Mary Lydon at 718-728-7924 or Terry Reilly at 669-2906. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
An all-star cast led by Mick Moloney. celebrating Celtic culture, with special guests from Britanny.
www.irishartscenter.org for tickets and details
We will create a constant high energy atmosphere as the runners are coming through the location! Live Music!
Cover: $10: seating limited: please confirm your attendance by replying to this email, including no. of tickets
Doors Open 2.30pm
Performance time: 3pm-4.15pm
Event Over: 4.30pm
To register as a runner or walker or to donate, cut and paste this link:
Click on ‘Register’, click ‘join a team’ and scroll down to ‘Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance’ and you’re up and running! Or click on or ‘Donate’, type in Niall O’Leary
Please see an important message from Dr. Christine O’Leary (niece to the late Sr. Michele) concerning Hemochromatosis.
Please forward as you see fit.
James J. Lamb
Honorary Consul of Ireland
Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
Suite 1207 Investment Building
239 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
United Way Campaign of Southwestern Pennsylvania: 4534
Combined Federal Campaign: 12438
Local Federal Campaign: 9016
I am Michele O’Leary’s niece, Christine. I hope this e-mail finds you well.
I want to pass along some information to you and the Ireland Institute.
Last year I began volunteering with the Iron Disorders Institute (http://www.irondisorders.org/
Attached is a pamphlet (plus standard handout) I created and distributed at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Pittsburgh last year. I want to be sure the Ireland Institute has it as well. I am not asking you to distribute it, I am asking that you be sure to be screened annually for hemochromatosis and pass the word along (should you decide to pass the pamphlet along to someone…all the better). Screening for hemochromatosis does not require genetic testing, it simply requires certain iron levels be checked (it is painless, trust me!)
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
I hope all is well in Pittsburgh and I hope to see you at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade again this year.
Christine M. O’Leary, Pharm.D., BCPS
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Jefferson School of Pharmacy
Thomas Jefferson University
901 Walnut St., Suite 901, Room 937
Philadelphia, PA 19107
I’m so amazed by sights I’ve never seen before
The blazing, hot, molten sun heating me to the core
The smell of sun cream and the salty tropic sea
I’m so happy to be here, I’m happy as could be
A county full of theme parks with shops and sights abound
An infamous orange on a number plate is on every car around
Sun tanned skin and tattoos on every local’s arm
I admit the shabby, stucco houses even hold a sunny charm
Feeling kind of woozy after so many bumpy rides
I would swear I was having a meltdown within my insides
I really don’t want to leave since it’s always summer here
And I know that once I’m back in Ireland there’ll be rainy skies that’ll make tear
© Dorothy Landers
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