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Note: Irish Aires can now be HEARD of DOWNLOADED from the Internet. ALSO,
there is a new link to hear KPFT Live

Internet listening (live) is available through our MP3 streams.

If you have Winamp, Media Player or iTunes installed on your
computer, you can connect HERE or
http://stream.kpft.org/streamkpft.m3u

Free Player Downloads:

Winamp
Windows Media Player
iTunes
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Irish Aires is also podcast at:

http://archive.kpft.org/xml/eire.xml

Internet listening (live) is available through our MP3 streams.

If you have Winamp, Media Player or iTunes installed on your computer, you
can connect HERE or
http://stream.kpft.org/streamkpft.m3u
Free Player Downloads: Winamp
Windows Media Player
iTunes

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Ireland 2007 Pictures


Part 1 -
http://picasaweb.google.com/JayDooling/Ireland2007
Part 2 - http://picasaweb.google.com/JayDooling/Ireland2007Part2
Part 3 - http://picasaweb.google.com/JayDooling/Ireland2007Part3
Part 4 - http://picasaweb.google.com/JayDooling/Ireland2007Part4
Part 5 - http://picasaweb.google.com/JayDooling/Ireland2007Part5
Part 6 - http://picasaweb.google.com/JayDooling/Ireland2007Part6
Part 7 - http://picasaweb.google.com/JayDooling/Ireland2007Part7
Part 8 - http://picasaweb.google.com/JayDooling/Ireland2007Part8ProbablyFinalUpload

New - A Compilation of All my 2007 Irish Pics with music & videos.

See instructions on how to see at Irish Aires Blog.

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ACROSS THE WATER with ED MILLER


Sundays 7-8pm on KUT-FM 90.5


Long time KUT "Folkways" host Ed Miller moves to Sunday evenings to present a brand new

folk music show on KUT. Ed will take you "across the water" to enjoy the music of
Scotland, England and Ireland, as well as showing how the music of the isles has crossed
the  Atlantic  and taken root in this country.

The shows will usually have a theme. Sunday March 8th's edition, for example, will show

the connections between British and Irish songs and their counterparts in  Texas  and
Appalachia; while March 15 will highlight the Irish experience in  America  as a lead-in to
St Patrick's Day.

If you are outwith the KUT listening area, or would like to recommend the show to friends

anywhere in the world, go to KUT.org and click on the Listen Live connection.

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http://www.hcnonline.com/articles/2009/02/03/woodlands_villager/lifestyles/wv-e_irish_dance_school.txt

Irish dance school celebrates 20 years in The Woodlands


The
 Woodlands   School  of The McTeggart Irish Dancers of  South Texas  had several winning
teams at Southern Region Oireachtas in  Orlando ,  FL  in December. The Under 12 4-hand team A took 6th place out of 42 teams in their division.
Woodlands Villager

By SHARON SPOONEMORE

Updated:-02.02.09

The
 Woodlands   School  of The McTeggart Irish Dancers of  South Texas  will set toes tapping
as they host a 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Show at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands
on March 1 kicking off St. Patrick’s Day events throughout the community.

The group has received international recognition for developing North American and World

event qualifiers who have finished well in competitions. The dancers have performed at the
Houston Irish Society Emerald Ball, the  Houston  International Festival, The Woodlands
Waterway Arts Festival, and many other local events.

The McTeggart School of Irish Dance was founded in 1939 in
 Cork , Ireland  by Peg McTeggart,
the oldest of four sisters —all champion dancers. In 1958 Maureen McTeggart immigrated
with her family to the  United States  where she established schools in  California . Today
there are 12 McTeggart schools in the  United States  run by Maureen McTeggart Hall and two
of her children along with local teachers. The McTeggart  School of Irish Dance  ranks as
one of the most respected in the nation.

In 1989 The
 Woodlands School  was started by three families who were local residents.
Twenty years later it has grown to over 70 dancers with its own studio.
When Jennifer Hale married and moved from  Pennsylvania  to The Woodlands, she was excited
to find The  McTeggart   School .

“I started with
 McTeggart School  just to keep my roots,” said Hale. “I grew up dancing and
remember my great-grandmother dancing so it goes way back in my family. When I found that
Ms. Hall needed an assistant, I decided to work with her. I love the dancing and the
competing which spurred me on to get my TCRG instructor’s qualification in 2001.”

A former World Irish Dancing Championship competitor, Hale began as a practice instructor

at the school in 1996 and is now a certified instructor there.

“Irish dance is very aerobic dancing and very high energy with lots of hopping, jumping

and other moves,” Hale explained. “Choreography evolves as each school creates
its own dances. Costumes are colorful and fun. The accordion is used as accompaniment for

competitions. Our students start at five years of age and we have some adult classes
scheduled periodically. Performing and competition may start as soon as they begin
dancing.

“One of the most delightful things for our students is that Ms. Hall and her daughter

continue to visit each school monthly to hold workshops, and they know each student
by name. She’s truly amazing. Our students love it.”


Visit
www.irishdancehouston.com for more information about show tickets and the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit school.

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http://www.irishecho.com/newspaper/story.cfm?id=19159
Texas Irish plan Bill Flynn college tribute

By Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

momuilleoir@irishecho.com

March 25, 2009 Houston --- Legendary Irish American businessman and peace process

architect Bill Flynn has received just about every honor  Ireland  and the  U.S.  has to
offer for his contribution to Irish peace but now a  Texas  college plans to crown his
illustrious career by naming its center for Irish studies in his honor.

The University of St. Thomas in
 Houston  has been earning plaudits in recent years for its
pioneering Irish studies center which has brought a new appreciation of  Ireland  and Irish
America to the southwest.

As well as hosting visits by a series of speakers who represent the cutting edge of Irish

culture and politics, the center now also offers classes in Irish language taught by a
native speaker.

Financial backing for the center's Irish programs have come in large part from the

generosity of the Irish Society of Houston but now director Lori Gallagher is
spearheading a $1 million fundraising drive to name the center after Bill Flynn, this
while simultaneously creating an endowment.

"Our campaign to honor Bill Flynn by naming the Center for Irish Studies after him not

only recognizes his contribution to the  Northern Ireland  peace process, but also ensures
that we continue to promote the key elements of that process," Gallagher told the Irish
Echo. "That, of course, includes the importance of sitting everyone down at the
conference table to dialogue and to find common ground."

Contributions to the funds drive, which, despite the economic downturn, has passed its

mid-point, have come from across the country and from, according to Gallagher, people who
believe in the importance of promoting Irish heritage and culture and promoting peace and
reconciliation.

But the bulk of the subscriptions has been made locally, most notably by Irish community

stalwarts Colleen and George McCullough.

Viewed as the premier institution for Irish studies in the southwest, the center is

dedicated to the pursuit of truth and knowledge about  Ireland  and Irish history,
politics, literature, law, fine arts, culture, language and the Irish American
experience.

Launched in 2003, its academic program covers Irish history, politics, drama, art and the

Irish language while students also get an opportunity to travel to  Ireland  on a study
aboard course.

Over the years, the center has gathered an impressive collection of Irish materials in

the university library. Professor Aoife Ní Ghloinn, a native of Carlow and an
accomplished musician, teaches Irish and music at the university, under a scheme funded
by the Irish government.

The
 William J. Flynn Center  for Irish Studies and William J. Flynn Endowment for Peace
and Reconciliation will be a fitting acknowledgement of the Mutual of  America  powerhouse,
said Gallagher, who has set up the Friends of Bill Flynn to boost the funds drive.

"The Friends of Bill Flynn are a group of individuals who wish to see his legacy honored

through fostering the preservation of Irish heritage and culture in  America , as well as
using the  Northern Ireland  model to encourage peace in the  Middle East  and other areas of
conflict."

University of St. Thomas president, Dr. Robert Ivany, echoed that view.


"The
 University of St. Thomas  is dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character,"
he said. "Bill Flynn's leadership, his passion for peace and his commitment to social
justice, serves as an inspiring role model for students and faculty alike."
Certainly, Flynn, now retired but continuing to play a positive role in the still-fragile
peace process, is held in high regard by Irish Americans.

His crucial interventions in the early 1990s helped secure the breakthrough
 U.S.  visa for
Gerry Adams. The Sinn Féin leader was invited to address a forum in 1994 chaired by
Flynn.

Later, at his own expense, Flynn took out full-page ads in the New York Times, hammering

home the message that peace was possible if the British and unionists would enter talks
with their republican and nationalist rivals.

As for the old warrior Flynn himself, he is bowled over by the recognition he is

receiving from the Irish Americans of  Houston , a city that will in the near future host
an Irish consulate as part of an Irish government plan to expand diplomatic
representation in the  United States .

"I spent a weekend there recently, addressing their body and meeting with many of their

key people including my old friend Dr. Ivany," Flynn told the Echo. "I really can't
speak highly enough about the quality of their programs or the talent of their staff.

They are a credit to Irish
 America  and I'm proud to be associated with them." Anyone who
wishes to find out more about the fundraising drive can contact Lori Gallagher at
irishstudies@stthom.edu . This story appeared in the issue of March 25-31, 2009

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Book Review: The People’s Gallery


Many of us can indeed make a difference, be it on a district,

local, national and even on a transnational level. Such an
aspiration surely applies to three fellow citizens, Tom Kelly,
Kevin Hasson and William Kelly-universally known as The Bogside
Artists- who have always been, and thankfully still remain, an
entirely free and independent group.

By Fionnbarra O’Dochartaigh

rights.civil@googlemail.com

Away from the paint-cans, brushes and outdoor scaffoldings this trio, and supporters,

have taken to pen and ink to produce “The People’s Gallery”, an outstanding glossy,
full-colour illustrated book of 13O pages plus, which captures not only the story behind t
heir twelve most famous murals, but much more besides.

Those interested in art will no doubt hastily make it their business to obtain a copy at the

earliest possible opportunity, while stocks last. So too should others interested in the lives
of the artists themselves, the history of “The  Maiden   City ” and that area known as The
Bogside and pivotal events there in ’69; the specific and diverse culture of “The Swinging
Sixties”; the upsurge of popular resistance that led to the birth of civil rights movements in
America and nearer home, as well as references to many people, places and events both at
home and across the globe, down the decades..

Independence


It is highly noteworthy that The Bogside Artists are not in anyone’s employ in so far as

their work has never been funded by any political party, have no working relationship with
Tourist Boards, North or South or with any similar local agency. The People’s Gallery is their
vision and their vision entirely. Over the years this writer noted, as have no doubt the artists
themselves, a definite hostility, often unexpected from certain quarters because of such a
collective and dogged independence of spirit.

However, one feels that most fair-minded folk would view such a public stance as not only

admirable, but should always be highly encouraged within and beyond that field of human
endeavour known as “the arts”.

Such hostility may stem from such facts and misperceptions that:

(a) The gallery of murals are not a propaganda exercise for anybody or any organisation, nor
are they Catholic as opposed to Protestant murals.

(b) The artists hold very different political and religious views and are obviously anti-sectarian.

They therefore resent their work being classified as part or parcel of any supposed ‘sectarian divide’.

(c) The murals tell the story of “The Troubles” and that is their singular purpose. They form a

coherent visual narrative that is One, Complete, Whole and Indivisible.

(d) Even a brief visit to The People’s Gallery at “Aggro Corner”- junction of William Street/Rossville


Street- will quickly reveal that the trio have worked with a high degree of social responsibility,

knowing that images of combat, guns, murder and mayhem, that some no doubt expected from
them, they have avoided, viewing such as very irresponsible, inflammatory and antithetical to the
needs of a community yearning for peace.

(e) The trio completed the bulk of their gallery in the summer of 2004 by which time their public

works had long been established as a major tourist draw. An earlier publication, “Murals” appeared in 2001.

The artists, speaking on their work of several years, articulate a common strategy: “Our

gallery was undertaken as a service to the people who fought for their democratic rights, as this
latest book makes abundantly clear.” There is no doubt that as far as the three men are concerned
they fulfilled their place in history to the very best of their abilities.

Tom Kelly puts it very well: “ The People’s Gallery is an utterly authentic record of a period of our

history painted by us who have lived it and breathed it. We know the murals are in the best possible
hands-the hands of those who value them, understand them and respect them. These are the people
we painted them for. It is their enduring and unconquerable spirit that refracts from these images that we have created.”

Laureate’s Address


On a dry and surprisingly warm afternoon on the last Friday in February, our former MP and civil

rights leader, Nobel Laureate John Hume, delivered a short address at the book launch of “The
People’s Gallery”. John is depicted in a recent mural alongside other internationally-recognised figured
such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa Of  Calcutta  with Nelson Mandela being the remainder
of the quartet. As Bishop Edward Daly so fittingly reminded people as to why these four had been
placed together: “They were primarily champions of the little people, the nobodies who were cast
aside in most societies as of no worth. That is what makes these people great and joins them together”.

Hume told the invited gathering: “I feel very privileged and honoured to be with The Bogside Artists

on this very important day for the launch of their book - “The People’s Gallery”.

“This book is a fascinating and entertaining read. As well as the accounts of each of the twelve murals,

there is a short history of  Ireland  with special reference to  Derry , an interesting look back at world
events in the second half of the twentieth century especially in the struggle for civil rights in  America
and here in the North, and an insight into the different world famous artists who inspired them in the
development of their own artistic skills and techniques.

“The chapters on the paintings reveal the sensitivity and empathy for each mural which the artists

experienced. They had lived through these terrible times, but in the painting of each mural, they
took the trouble to consult with relatives or people who were involved in the incidents. As Brian Friel,
the world renowned playwright said: “The work of The Bogside Artists is celebrated locally and
internationally, but it is their reputation that is important both to the artists and the locality. The
work is remarkable in that it is simultaneously a vibrant response to events still vivid in the psyche
of the community and, even as it testifies, it transcends those immediate passions and proposes
an historian’s distance and objectivity. The work says: “You know the people in these pictures
because they are your neighbours and your allies and you know what they endured; but have you
thought about them in this way - as a people caught up in a chaos of tumultuous events and at
the same time talking control of those events and shaping a new destiny? Because we,
The Bogside Artists, believe that that is what has happened. That is what we are talking about”.
The Nobel Laureate continued: “Brian Friel recognised this sensitivity to the subjects and events which the
chapters of the book reveal in great detail. This publication is an important record of a pivotal period of our
history, and I have no doubt that it will make an enormous contribution to the respect for and interest in our city.

I know it will be of great interest to our visitors, both national and international, and I heartily recommend it”.


John concluded: “My warmest congratulations again to The Bogside Artists on this outstanding work and I wish

them every success”.

“The People’s Gallery” - available from Tom Kelly,
 46 William Street ,  Derry   City  Bt48 9AD. £15.
Fionnbarra O’Dochartaigh, a local author and historian was a co-founder of Nicra in 1967. He is the current
coordinator of the Derry & N-West Civil Rights Network.

Web Page:
http://www.bogsideartists.com/index.htm
Order Book: http://store.kagi.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?storeID=MBX_LIVE

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Wednesday Nights at 8ish PM. The Mucky Duck continues a

twenty-five year tradition, hosting  Houston 's Irish
Session. The Mucky Duck incarnation of the Session, if for
no other reason than the frequent participation of younger
musicians, gives a very real sense of tradition passed on
and history handed down. The most visible Celtic-influenced
traditional bands around  Houston  -- make participating in
the Session a regular, energy-charging part of their
regular routine.

What is celebrated is the whole of Celtic culture, and a

musical tradition that, over the centuries, has become as
much American roots music as bottleneck guitar. The drums
of western  Africa  are what gave American music its rhythm;
more often than not, though, the melody is Celtic. The
popularity of Celtic folk music is either a testament to
the timeless appeal of these sometimes haunting, sometimes
hilarious, sometimes jig-inspiring tunes, or perhaps an
argument in favor of the nebulous theory of racial memory.

Celtic blood-ties real, suspected and imagined have given

many the impetus to learn the folk-arts of the ancient
tribes; that's just one reason why the Wednesday night
Session at the ` is as much a school and tribal
gathering as a musical event. This is a great way to
explore Irish music and tradition.

Music starts at 8pm, and there is no cover charge.2425

Norfolk  Houston , TX 77098  713.528.5999 Phone

Be sure to check our calendar in case we have booked a

special show that might preempt our regular Irish Session
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Ar mhaith leat Gaeilge a labhairt?


Would you like to speak Irish?

Beginning Irish Conversation

Jason’s Deli

Westheimer & Shepherd
2611 S Shepherd Dr Houston , TX 77098-1561

If you are interested in learning a little Irish then come

join us at Jason’s Deli on Wednesday evenings at 7:00
P.M.

This Irish class is tailored to the beginning student who

has had no prior exposure to Irish. You will learn basic
conversational greetings, helpful phrases, informative tips
for traveling through the Gaeltacht such as common signage,
asking directions and most important of all how to
pronounce those mystical Irish words.

Pocket phrase books do the tourist no good unless they know

how to pronounce what they are reading! This course
provides the beginning student with phonetically spelled
out Irish words, something most beginning tape and book
courses fail to offer.

If you have any questions please contact Tim Theisen

(tyson) at Jeaniebotl@aol.com or phone me at (713) 263-9691
If you are interested please come join us on Wednesday
evenings at 7:00 P.M.

There is a $5.00 donation to cover cost of the handouts.

Labhraímis Gaeilge is linne í !
Speaking Irish is cool!
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Learn Irish Gaelic! (Katy Class)


SATURDAY - Beginning Conversational Irish (and every

Saturday for the next few months)  Katy , TX  10 AM - Noon
Self-Study Group

Using Interactive CDs, Books, Tapes, and other materials

for spoken and written Irish.

Class moderated by an advanced American student of the

language.

$7 per class to cover costs.

$5 for Irish American Heritage Association members.

Call Pat McMahon at 713-271-0784 for location and

directions, or e-mail patpmcmahon@aol.com location: The
Carriage Inn, 1400 Katy- Flewellen Road in the Computer
Room

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Celtic Stew


An open invitation free-for-all of

Celtic Musicians, Dancers, Performers, and Craft Vendors
At The Sports Bar At
MERIDIAN -  1503 Chartres St .  Between Leeland & Bell

The northbound feeder if I 59 across 59 from the
 Toyota Center
Entrance on St. Emanuel

EVERY TUESDAY 6 PM ‘TILL...

STARTING JUNE 23

YOUR HOSTS:

Michael Martin (of Godfrey's Rangers)
Diehl Moran (of every other dam' band)

NO COVER :: HAPPY HOUR ‘TIL 8PM

$1.25 DOM. DRAFT :: $2 WELLS :: $4 GUINNESS :: CHEAP BAR FOOD
CARPET FOR DANCERS :: DRUMMERS WELCOME :: GARB ENCOURAGED

Michael R. Martin

Meridian
Office: 713.225.1717
Cell: 281.802.2776
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Jed Marum has posted a short documentary film made by Power Lunch Productions. The film

Is about my music and includes clips from live performances, in-studio music and
interviews. Please take a look and listen - and please rate and comment on the Youtube
page.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnY9SRoPF1U

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Wednesdays, 7-10 pm

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE

http://home.att.net/~diannashipman/SCDM.htm

New Dancers Welcome - Families Welcome

(children must be accompanied by parent / guardian).

$5 for those 14 and over; $2.50 those under 14

($15 maximum per family) - fourth consecutive Wednesday
free.

1st Wednesdays: FREE at

Churchill Room, Black  Labrador  Pub
4100 Montrose Blvd. Map
(Montrose near  Richmond )

2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday

Location: Oddfellows Hall,  115 E. 14th St .  (Heights),
Houston,  Texas (3rd building on left traveling east from
Heights Blvd. - 2 story red brick - entrance recessed about
15 feet from street - dancing upstairs).

LINKS ON WEBSITE with map & photo (Map)

http://home.att.net/~diannashipman/MapOddfellows.gif
PHOTO OF HALL:
http://home.att.net/~diannashipman/OddfellowsHall.jpg

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Men of Houston Morris Dancers
most Sundays Stag's Head Pub
Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing
1st & 3rd Sundays

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The Irish American Heritage Association of
 Katy ,  Texas . We
meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the
Municipal  Utility   District   Building on  Cimmaron Pkwy  at
Hidden  Canyon Rd  (just west of  S Mason Rd ) in  Katy ,  Texas
to enjoy speakers, performances, and presentations on
Ireland and the Irish. We also publish a monthly
newsletter,

The Irish Heritage News.


For more information or directions, please call:

Bridget Connelly . . 281-492-8780
Mike Long . . . . . . 281-395-3038
Dennis Donlan . . . 281-392-0894
OR
www.texirish.org
E-mail us at:
info@texirish.org

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Thurs Night Irish Session @ Coffee Oasis on
 NASA Rd  One
Session starts about 7:30PM every Thurs night

4650 NASA Road 1

Seabrook,  TX   77586
281.532.1439

You are likely to see Laura (of Echoes of
 Ireland ) or Tom
(of http://www.texasbagpipes.com/)
http://www.texasbagpipes.com/
http://www.bayoucitypipesanddrums.com/

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CELTIC CHORUS OF
 HOUSTON

Do you like to hum or sing along with the music played on

Irish Aires or The Three Irish Tenors? Then join us every
Thursday night at Black Labrador Pub,  4100 Montrose Blvd.
(Montrose near  Richmond )

NEW TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.


We will join together in a sing-a-long session and then

later those who wish to learn four part music may stay and
learn choral music of  Ireland ,  Scotland  and  Wales . If you
need more information contact Richard McGinty 713-943-9600
or e-mail r.e.hourich@excite.com

The mission statement reads in part: "to provide a

community meeting place for those interested in the Celtic
heritages." The first half of the evening focuses on
singalong songs and the second half on choral arrangements.
The singalong songs: Will You Go Lassie Go The Minstrel Boy
Sally  Gardens  Molly Malone (In  Dublin 's  Fair   City )
Finnegan's Wake The Foggy Dew Black Velvet Band Mcnamara's
Band Danny Boy When Irish Eyes Are Smiling The Unicorn Song
I'm Lookin' Over A Four Leaf Clover Whiskey In The
Jar The Wild Rover The Bard Of  Armagh  Choral Arrangements:
Danny Boy The Minstrel Boy An Irish Blessing My Wild Irish
Rose

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New
 Galveston  Session Starting: Poor Michael's Pub in  Galveston  (2007 Strand)
wants to start a regular session at their establishment. All levels of musical
expertise (including those who just like to listen) will be welcome! Contact
Michael at galvston@yahoo.com or call him at 409-762-1967 to get more details.
Also, Poor Michael's has some employment opportunity for bartenders.

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"One hundred thousand welcomes!" This age-old Gaelic

greeting is a timeless _expression of Scottish hospitality
and goodwill. We can't think of a better way to welcome you
than to invite you to  Houston 's Heather and Thistle Society
(H&T). The Heather and Thistle Society was founded in 1953
by Scots living in  Houston  who wished to "cultivate an
interest in and fond recollections of  Scotland , its history
and traditions, its literature and ideals, its minstrelsy
and song, its customs and amusements; and to provide
opportunities for good fellowship and social contact
through typically Scottish functions, so that the blessing
of our Scottish culture may never die in our new homeland".
The Heather and Thistle Society meets 10 times a year,
September through June. Programs include "ceilidhs",
lively lectures, slide shows and movies about  Scotland . We
are an organization that promotes our Scottish heritage in
various ways.

Membership in the Heather and Thistle Society is open to

all with an interest in Scottish Heritage and Culture.
Annual Dues are $10.00 for an individual and $15.00 for a
family.

H&T meets the fourth (4th) Monday of each month, September

thru June, at 7:30 P.M. Current meeting location:
Auditorium of St.Thomas Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood,
Houston,  TX   77096 http://www.stes.org/contact.htm

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Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Dancing


General Class Mondays - 7:30-9:30 p.m In progress Classical


Arts Dance Studio, 530 N Illinois,
 League City  - Contact
Moon Weiss, 713-465-9650, mland121@aol.com

Basic Class Tuesdays - 7:30-9:30 p.m. In progress DewAnn

Cotton Dance Studio,  9423 Glenfield Court  (By S.
Braeswood/Hillcroft) South  West Houston  For info: Carol
Palmer, 713-776-8531, carolhpalmer@hotmail.com

General Class Thursdays - 7:30-9:30 p.m In progress DewAnn

Cotton Dance Studio,  9423 Glenfield Court  (By S.
Braeswood/Hillcroft), South  West Houston  Teacher: Bill
Zobel, For info: Carol Palmer, 713-776-8531,
carolhpalmer@hotmail.com

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Stepdancing & Ceili classes

O'Maoileidigh  School  of  Irish  Dance
Houston,  TX
Sundays starting at 9:30 AM
For more information contact newmembers@omaoileidigh.com
http://www.omaoileidigh.com/

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Step Dancing Lessons

Stepdancing Lessons
McTeggart Irish Dancers
The Woodlands,  Texas
More info@
http://www.irishdancehouston.com/
936-321-6583

*With over 60 dancers and 21 Championship dancers McTeggart

Irish Dancers of  South Texas  have a lot to be proud of.

*Last year they had 6 dancers travel to Killarney
 Ireland
for the World's Championship in Irish Dancing. These
dancers faced up to 150 of the world's top dancers in their
age groups. Two of the dancers did very well: Zane
Glotzbach placed 24th and was 5th out of all the  U.S.
competitors and Annelise Rubbo placed 33rd overall.

*Last year they had 21 dancers travel to
 Norfolk ,  Virginia
for the Southern Region Championships, also known as
"Oireachtas". Most of these dancers placed high in their
age groups, with 3 receiving first place: Annelise Rubbo,
Zane Glotzbach and Shannon Powell.
From this competition a dancer qualifies for the World's
Championship and Annelise Rubbo, Jaclyn Rubbo and Zane
Glotzbach achieved this accomplishment.

*Another well-known International competition is the All-

Irelands. Later in January 2004, Annelise Rubbo and Jenna
Pace will be traveling to  Ennis ,  Ireland  to compete.

*Also in 2004 several dancers are heading to
 Philadelphia
for the North American Nationals Competition, held each
July. In addition, McTeggart Irish Dancers of  South Texas
hopes to have over 25 dancers travel to  North Carolina  for
the next Southern Region Championship.

*A new beginner class started Sunday, Jan. 11.For

information on classes or performances, go to
http://www.irishdancehouston.com/
or call 936-321-6583
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"
The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance"

Come join us at our first weekly class for our new school starting this Sunday

(12/16/07) Classes will be every Sunday from 4PM To 5:30PM at
Amy Blakes Academy Of Dance Located At The Intersection Of  Thor St  And Bay Area
Blvd. On January 13, 2008, there will be a Master Class from 1PM to 4PM (The
workshop cost is $40 for a 4 hour masterclass).

We are opening up in the
 Clear   Lake  area and would love to have all interested
in learning Irish dance, come and join our school.

About us:


Darren Maguire is a former lead male dancer in Riverdance the Show, world

champion level dancer, and fully accredited TCRG/ADCRG with the Irish dance
commission in  Dublin ,  Ireland .

Richard Tew is a national, and regional champion level dancer, and regional

senior men's champion in 2003. Richard is also a TCRG candidate having already
taken and passed most of his requirements.

Amy Blake's
 Academy  of  Dance " located at:
2150 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston,  TX   77058

Our weekly classes are being planned right now, and will be at the same location

as the workshops.

Please either email:
rttew@yahoo.com or call 281-989-3575

Thanks,

Richard Tew

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NOW OPEN - The Public House Pub opens in Katy


NOW OPEN at Cinco Ranch! The Public House is located in the
 Villagio Town Center  at the
corner of Westheimer Parkway and  Peek Road  (in the suite formerly occupied by The Angel &
The Ox).

The bar is open! Monday through Saturday 4:00pm until 2:00am; Sunday 11am until 2:00am.


NFL Sunday ticket, Flat-panel Golden Tee 2010, Bags/Lawn Darts, MegaTouch, steel-tip dart boards.


Until the kitchen is squared away, we'll offer a free buffet on Sundays during the early games.


The Public House

22758 Westheimer Parkway, Suite 270
Katy, TX 77450
Phone: 281-395-3473
The Public House -  Katy , TX
+++++++

Community Annoucements:

Wedding Announcement
Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish Have Announced Their MARRIAGE!
Bill and Emily play Celtic music as CONSTANT BILLY.

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http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?n=henry-j-simon-harry&pid=131623024

Poster's Note: Ciaran Simon (Mr. C) is the son of Harry Simon. Go to this link to leave a message for Harry's family.


HENRY J. "HARRY" SIMON, age 95, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Beloved husband of Nina

(deceased August 17, 2008); loving father of  Frances , Declan, Melanie, and Ciaran; grandfather to
Daniel, Moira, and Aislinn (deceased); brother, uncle, or cousin to the Simon's, Foley's, Hill's,
Synnott's, and O'Sullivan's.

Born in
 Galway ,  Ireland , in 1913, Harry spent time as a youth working on behalf of Irish
independence, a cause he supported all of his life. He taught himself the Irish language,
eventually receiving the Fáinne Óir (Gold Ring) lapel pin, an award bestowed only on those who
spoke fluent Gaelic.

At 19, he qualified as the youngest master joiner in the history of the Irish trade unions. After

emigrating to the  United States  in the 1950s, Harry became a lifetime member of the United
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of  America  with over 50 years of continuous service. He
served as president of his local for 20 years.

He was one of six co-founders of the
 Cleveland  Irish Northern Aid, an organization dedicated to
peace built upon justice and human rights in  Ireland . A co-chair of  Cleveland 's St. Patrick's Day
Parade in 2003, he was also a member of St. Clement parish for 50 years.

A Memorial Mass will be officiated by his dear friend Fr. Alfred Winters at St. Clement, 2022
Lincoln Ave. on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. If desired, charitable donations may be made to

"Genesis Medical Education and Research Institute" (MERI) in  Memphis ,  TN
(www.genesislegacy.org ) or Irish Northern Aid (http://www.noraid.org ).

_____


http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/deaths/6453303.html

Mason, well-known singer and teacher, dies at 78


Well-rounded life included time with
 Houston  police, churches for singing

By MIKE TOLSON
 HOUSTON  CHRONICLE
June 1, 2009, 8:24PM

Arthur Gordon Mason, a former teacher and well- known local

singer who performed for years at the Great Caruso dinner
theater, died Friday. He was 78.

Mason enjoyed several careers. He taught at Awty
International  School
 and  Rice   University . He served as a
psychologist for the Houston Police Department and in private
practice. And he sang professionally, with his lyrical tenor
voice a special favorite among  Houston ’s Scottish and Irish
communities and parishioners at Holy Rosary Catholic
Church, where he was a member.

“Arthur could speak with an Irish accent, Scottish accent,

English accent or a faulty American accent, but his voice
spoke the universal language of music and love,” said
longtime friend Kathleen Miggins. “There wasn’t a finer voice
or a grander fellow that you’d ever want to know.”

Mason was born in Corby, Northamptonshire,
 England , on
Dec. 11, 1930, to William and Mary Mason. He came to the
United States in the early 1970s to visit a sister, Margaret, a
war bride, and decided to stay. He received his initial college
degree in  England  but continued his education in the  U.S. ,
ultimately earning a doctorate in psychology, relatives said.
“Every family has the favorite uncle who encourages you to
do silly stuff, and that was our Uncle Arthur,” said his niece,
Margaret Keenan. “We called him Peter Pan because he was
just an overgrown child himself, especially around kids. He
was always silly Uncle Arthur who tap-danced in the choir loft
and had this pocket full of candy for the kids. He loved
children.”

In his prime, Mason sang at weddings, funerals, wakes and

dozens of special occasions. He sang at the Shamrock Hotel
and was a mainstay at Irish Society and Heather and Thistle
Society functions.

In time, he gave up teaching and made his living at the Great

Caruso, a west  Houston  dinner theater that offered musical
entertainment for three decades until it burned down in
2006.

Mason retired from the restaurant following a stroke about 10

years ago, his niece said, but continued to sing at private
events. He also sang at church and recorded sacred music
with Scott Holshauser, the church organist and keyboardist
for the  Houston  Symphony.

“He had exquisite range and could sing the comic songs as

well as the classics,” Miggins said. “He would bring a tear to a
glass eye singing Bonnie Mary of Argyle.”

Mason, who never married, is survived by a sister, Betty

Keenan of  Houston ; brother Tommy Mason of  England ; 10
nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Williams.
A rosary will be said at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Rosary
followed by a memorial service.

mike.tolson@chron.com

http://www.legacy.com/houstonchronicle/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=127948943

Dr. Arthur Joseph Mason


DR. ARTHUR JOSEPH MASON died peacefully in his sleep on

Friday, May 29, 2009 at  Memorial   Hermann   Hospital  Medical
Center surrounded by his loved ones.

Born on December 11, 1930 in
 Craigneuk ,  Scotland , Arthur
lived a rich and colorful life.

As a psychologist, educator and entertainer, he touched

countless lives. Arthur was probably best known for his
glorious tenor voice which helped form the soundtrack of
many people's lives in the  Houston  community and beyond.
Arthur was preceded in death by his beloved parents, William
and Mary Mason and his sister Margaret Williams. He is
survived by his loving sister and brother-in law, Betty and
Harry Keenan, brother Tom Mason (in  England ), brother-in-
law Franklin Williams, as well as his much-loved nieces and
nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of long-time
friends.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the

neurological team of doctors, nurses and other caregivers at
Memorial  Hermann   Hospital   Medical   Center.
A Memorial Mass will be held at the Holy Rosary Catholic
Church on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00AM, immediately
following the Rosary at 9:30AM. In lieu of flowers, the family
has requested donations in Arthur's name to either the
Dominican Fathers or the Alzheimer's Association.

Is there a man, whose judgement clear

Can others teach the course to steer,
Yet runs, himself, life's mad career,
Wild as the wave?

Here pause - and, thro' the starting tear,

Survey this grave.
Robert Burns (from A Bard's Epitaph)
Here I am, Lord

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Michael Wayne Davitt Obituary

Biography


Michael Wayne Davitt, born August 7, 1951 in Ft. Worth, Texas, died March 20, 2009 in

Humble,  Texas  at the age of 57.

In
 Elizabeth ,  NJ  Michael started an Irish folk band (The Freemen) with Tommy Shannon
which performed with many well-known Irish performers such as Liam Clancy and Tommy
Makem. He continued to perform as a solo Irish performer in  Houston ,  TX . He was
responsible for the renaissance of Irish music in  Houston  and has been dubbed the “Father
of Irish Music in  Texas ”. Michael was a active member of the Ancient Order of
Hiberninans in both NJ and TX. In  Texas , he served as state and local AOH President and
was honored as the St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshall in 1993 and co-Grand  Marshall  in
2009. Michael also founded the Irish Open Golf Tournament, organized the  Houston  Irish
Stew Cook-off and used his musical talents all to raise money to benefit numerous
charities.

Michael also volunteered many years at the Magdelene House (Social Services division of

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church).

He was the founder, owner of his local business, Michael W. Davitt & Assoc. and also

served as the statistician for the  Houston  Rockets for several years.
Mr. Davitt is survived by his wife, Maureen Davitt of Humble, TX; parents, James &
Dorothy Davitt; daughters, Erin Davies, Kathleen Davitt, Nancy Davitt and Colleen Lehman;
brother, Brian Davitt and his wife, Kris; grandchildren, Elizabeth Davitt, Caitlin and
Emma Davies, Craige Lehman, and Michael James Zavitsky.

Visitation will be 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24th & 25th at

Kingwood Funeral Home. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Thursday,
March 26, 2009 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 527 So.  Houston Ave. , Humble, TX
77338 with Msgr. Paul Procella officiant. For those desiring, the family suggests
memorial contributions to The Magdalene House c/o St. Mary Magdalene Church. Find this
item and sign the guest book & leave a message at:
http://ww.mem.com/Story.aspx?ID=2926580

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From: 
 Melvyn Douglass <melvyn.douglass@usa.net>

Clayton was long-time member and supporter of Heather & Thistle and Houston Highland Games

Association.
 Clayton and wife Dorothy (Alexander) were faithful attendees of  H&T's annual
Robert Burns Dinner & Ball, until Dorothy's death in 1999._

CLAYTON DEWARD BAIRD

CLAYTON DEWARD BAIRD, age 86, died peacefully on the 11th of August 2010 following a short

illness. His daughter and several friends were at his bedside.

Clayton was born to Deward Clayton and Myrtle McDaniel Baird. He was preceded in death by his

parents; three older brothers; and by the late Dorothy Alexander Baird, his beloved wife of 56

years, and by their only son, the late Clayton Baird, Jr. Clayton is survived by his daughter,

Dorothy Elizabeth Baird; grand-daughter, Alexandra Baird; his brother, Eddie J. Baird and wife

Annette; Dorothy's sister, Ann Tanner and her son Clarke Flowers and wife Mindy, and their

children Jake and Ella; Clayton Jr.'s widow, Melissa Baird-Tindall and husband Tommy Tindall;

and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Clayton proudly served his country in the US Navy as a Lt. on the USS Howard DE 346 during WW

II. In keeping with his love for the Navy, Clayton was a generous supporter of US Navy memorials

and institutions and served for many years on the Board of the Battleship Texas Foundation.

A native Texan and member of the Mrs Baird's Baking family, Clayton enjoyed a long career with

the bakery that spanned over fifty years before his retirement in 1997. He baked bread in his early

days and moved into management and later into Employee Relations and Industrial Relations. In

his work with employees, Clayton was an early and avid supporter of hiring women and minorities

and providingequal pay for equal jobs, long before it became a legal debate and eventually the

law. A longtime member of the Board of Directors of Mrs Baird's Bakeries, Inc., he also served as

Chairman of the Board.In what became a surprising secondary career, Clayton was a volunteer

officer with the Harris County Sheriff's Department. He became interested in Law Enforcement

after he was asked to serve on a Federal Grand Jury. As a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, Clayton worked

in the Criminal Warrants Division, and retired at the rank of Detective Sergeant after 20-plus years

of service.Clayton had many philanthropic interests that involved his love of music, including the

Houston Symphony and Festival Hill at Round Top Texas.


A musician himself, he played drums for many years in a Dixieland band called The Fearless Four,

a group comprised of local businessmen who played for their passion for music (and the

occasional cocktail!). Clayton and Dorothy both enjoyed golf, and as longtime members of both

Lakeside Country Club and Houston Country Club, spent many happy hours on the golf course

with friends.He and Dorothy were dedicated friends of the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

and made many life long friends through their association there.


Clayton was also a generous supporter of several animal protection and rescue organizations and

always had at least one rescue animal (and usually more) happily ensconced in their home.

Forever proud of his Scottish ancestry, Clayton served for many years as President of the

Scottish Heritage Foundation, a group that among other things, encouraged business ventures

between the US and Scotland, and fostered Scottish traditions and music. Clayton loved nothing

more than an opportunity to wear the Baird tartan and hear the ancient drone of the bagpipes.

The family wishes to thank our many friends, family members near and far, the loving and patient

in-home caregivers and the amazing doctors, nurses and general staff of The Methodist Hospital,

particularly those in the Fondren Tower 12th floor facility.

So as to honor Clayton's wishes, a private Navy memorial service, aboard the Battleship Texas, is

to be conducted at a later date.In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those who so desire,

the family suggests with gratitude that contributions in Clayton's memory be directed to one of

the following: The Battleship Texas Foundation, 908 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 120, Houston,

TX, 77024-2208; The Ninnie L. Baird Foundation, P.O. Box 471461, Ft. Worth, TX, 76147; or to the

Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX, 77024.


Published in Houston Chronicle from August 13 to August 15, 2010

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McClellan's Pub & Celtic Voyage have parted company. Financial problems are forcing Phil &

Glenda McClellan to change direction with their business. We wish them well and all the luck in

their future endeavors.


For Celtic Voyage and you, our friends, this means finding a new "home". We need to find a pub,

preferably inside the Beltway or in the Clear Lake
 area , with enough room for both band &
audience! Any suggestions from you will be most welcome.


We will continue to keep you updated on any future developments & performances.

Sandy, Grant, Iain & Hector.

CELTIC VOYAGE -----

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From:
Cotham1025@aol.com

Here is the application form for the Friends of
 Sabine   Pass  Battleground. We welcome all
members and look forward to helping preserve and interpret the battleground.

Ed Cotham

3416 Tangley St.
Houston,  Texas
77005-2248

FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND


CHARTER MEMBERSHIP - 2009


Please enroll me as a member of the FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND for the current

calendar year.

Enclosed is $25 for an individual charter membership for the calendar year. Check or money

order should be made payable to FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND and mailed to the
address below. (Please print)

Name___________________________________________

Address____________________________Apt. No._______
City_______________________________Zip___________
Phone Number__________________________________________
E-Mail Address (optional)________________________________________

MAIL TO:


FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND

130 Lena Lane,
Lumberton,  Texas   77657

Membership is good for one year (January - December)

FSPB has applied to the IRS for 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6252905.html

Group aims to preserve
 Sabine   Pass  battleground site

Associated Press

Feb. 8, 2009, 2:26PM

LAKE CHARLES,
 La. — A new group is seeking members to support a historic Civil War
battlefield along the Texas-Lousiana state line.

The 58-acre
 Sabine   Pass   Battleground   State  Historic Site in  Texas  includes a statue of
Confederate Lt. Dick Dowling and an interpretive pavilion illustrating the story of the
Sept. 8, 1863 battle.

Control of the site was transferred from the
 Texas   Parks  and Wildlife Department to the
Texas Historical Commission.

“With THC’s encouragement, we have now set up Friends of
 Sabine   Pass  Battleground to
help with the mission of preserving and interpreting the historical events in the Sabine
Pass area,” said  Texas  author and historian Ed Cotham.

During the battle, a fleet of Union gunboats and transports carrying 5,000 troops was

turned back by Dowling and 46 men of Company F, 1st  Texas  Heavy Artillery.
The Confederate force was comprised mostly of Irish dock workers and laborers from
Houston and  Galveston .

The attacking gunboats fired from the
 Louisiana  channel of the pass and from the Sabine
Pass Lighthouse on the  Louisiana  side of the river.

After about 45 minutes of gunfire, the Union invasion fleet retired. Two gunboats

surrendered and 50 Union troops were killed and 350 were captured. The Confederates
suffered no casualties.

The Friends group has applied for nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service and

is in the process of soliciting charter members. Its annual dues are $25.

“We hope to put out a newsletter and provide public input on the restoration of the

battleground and its monuments and markers, many of which were damaged by recent
hurricanes,” Cotham said.

Cotham is the author of “ Sabine 
 Pass : The Confederacy’s  Thermopylae ” (University of
Texas Press).


The battleground is about 1.5 miles south of the town of
 Sabine Pass ,  Texas .

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Ireland Photos

Pictures from
 Ireland  in 2006
To See Irish pics, click the following:
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rdooling@swbell.net/album/1152921504621152084
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:: Irish Aires Has A Brand New Blog!! (actually we have

two!)

http://irishairescurrentevents.blogspot.com/2005/01/irish-aires-has-brand-new-blog.html

Below are links to hear broadcasts & playlists. If you have

RealAudio, a soundcard & speakers on your computer, you
should have no problem listening to the shows, EXCEPT that
if too many people are trying to access the stations audio
files at once, you might get an error. Try back later.
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::
 Florence  E. Beaton, RIP

Dear all, On behalf of our family, I would like to take this

opportunity to offer our deepest appreciation to everyone who
has responded to the notice of our Mother's death.

While this period has been very stressful to all of us, we have

taken much comfort from the kind words, wishes and prayers for
her, and it is reassuring to know that she was as appreciated
outside the family as she was loved within it. All your prayers,
gracious thoughts and gentle words will be fondly remembered.
The arrangements and details have been completed, and the obituary,
(below), was posted in the  Galveston   County  Daily News this morning.

The memorial service for Mother will be held at the Crowder

Funeral Home in  Dickinson ,  TX  on February 21st, 2009, from 12
to 3 PM. There will be a visitation period from 1 to 2, followed
by a Rosary offered by Deacon Joe Hensley of St. Mary's Catholic
Church in Texas City, TX, and a Memorial Remembrance delivered by
Rev. Matt Tittle of the  Bay   Area   Unitarian   Universalist   Church  in
Clear Lake,  TX. Following the spiritual passages, I will be giving
the eulogy, followed by any who may wish to honor our Mother by
their memories of her. If you wish to send flowers, please send
only potted plants rather than cut arrangements. And in keeping
with Mother's wishes, a traditional Irish/Scottish wake will be
held following the Memorial Services. Directions will be available
to those wishing to attend. However, if laughter, music, dancing,
the consumption of adult beverages and open emotion in her memory
will upset you, it is probably good if you say your goodbyes at the
Funeral Home. Again, we appreciate the outpouring of condolences
and appreciate your sentiment. Thank you, y muchas gracias, and remember
to always tell your loved ones that you love them. You will never
know when it will be too late. With love and affection,  Douglas ,
David, Matthew,. Scott, Alice, Christopher, Nancy, Joanne and Dad
Florence E. Beaton

Surrounded by her loving family,
 Florence  E. Beaton passed to eternal
rest on January 18th, 2009.

Born
 Florence  Elizabeth Kerrigan on January 7, 1930 in  Philadelphia ,
PA, to Nathan, (dec. 1938), and Mary Johnston Kerrrigan, (dec 1985),
she was one of seven siblings, Selwyn, of Pt.  Charlotte ,  Florida ,
Douglas (dec.), Mary Miller (dec.), Kenneth (dec.), Vincent, (dec.),
and Daniel, of  Lakeland ,  Florida .

Married to Alexander David Beaton, of
 Texas City ,  Texas , on June 3rd,
1948 in Dorchester, MA, their union produced eight children,  Douglas ,
David, Matthew, Scott, Alice Buttler, Christopher, Nancy Cain and
Joanne; her foster children, Neal and Robert Stimley; and twenty-six
grandchildren and great grandchildren.

After attending the Del Mar College Nursing School in
 Corpus Christi ,
Texas she was certified as a Registered Nurse in 1975. Until her
retirement in September of 2008, she was dedicated to the advancement
of her profession and an advocate of nursing rights in the workplace.
A lifelong proponent of child welfare, human rights and environmentally
conscious, she was a member of the Sierra Club and the Bay Area
Democrats. She was also a longtime member of the Clan MacLeod Society
and a Life Member of the Houston Highland Games Association
In keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes distributed
among family members

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Published January 22, 2009

:: Rory Oliver Miggins, RIP


http://www.legacy.com/houstonchronicle/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=99249818

Rory Oliver Miggins


RORY OLIVER MIGGINS, 52, entered into life everlasting on

December 7, 2007, in his parental home in the shadow of St.
Anne's Church, after a valiant 3-month battle with
melanoma.

Rory was born in
 Houston ,  Texas  on September 11, 1955, the
first-born of 12 children of Kathleen and Larry Miggins,
who survive him.

Rory was a natural competitor. He had a distinguished

athletic career at  St. Thomas   High School  in basketball,
baseball, and, particularly, football, garnering All-
District, All-State, and All-American honors as running
back. Rory graduated from  St. Thomas   High School  in 1974.
He graduated from the  University  of  Houston  in 1979 with a
BBA in Finance.

He was a lifelong athlete, playing baseball for 16 years

with the  Houston  Men's Senior Baseball League, most recently
with the Colt 45's during the spring of 2007.

During his 29-year career as a marine manager with ILA

Local 1351, Rory rose to Class A rank and served on its
Executive Board.

It was through his work at the
 Port  of  Houston  that Rory
developed a love of the waterfront, prompting him to form
the Waterfront Association that sponsored the Waterfront
Fishing Festival for many years dedicated to cleaning and
beautification of the environment.

Rory's love of music, fostered by his Irish heritage,

inspired him to create an  East End  legend, Local Charm, a
venue for regional blues, rockabilly, country, and zydeco
bands where he lived by the motto "You are a stranger here
but once." His eclectic music bar launched many new talents
in the 80's and 90's.

He was recognized for these efforts and was appointed the

2008 Honorary Chair of the Musician's Benevolent Society
that he co-founded in the 80's. An example of Rory's
originality and creativity is the first ever St. Patrick's
Day Snake Races held at Local Charm.

Always interested in
 Texas  history, Rory joined the  Texas
Army and achieved the rank of Colonel. He was also
recognized as a Knight of  Texas  for his work in connection
with the annual Greening of the Bayou for St. Patrick's
Day.

In addition to his parents, Rory is survived by his 11

grieving siblings, their spouses, and his 15 nieces and 16
nephews to whom he was a terrific uncle: Eileen Hohlt
(John), Mary, John, and Annie Hohlt; John (Debbie),
Christine, Julia, and Matthew Miggins; Larry (Sherl),
Thomas and Laura Miggins; Maureen Swanson (Pat), Fiona,
Patrick, Brian and Kenneth Swanson; Noreen Gottschalk
(Stephen), Robert and Daniel Gottschalk; Matthew
(Penelope), Gabriella, John, and Maria Miggins; Kathleen
Hibbler (Jim), Elizabeth, Conor, Bridie, and Rory; Neil
(Serena), Charlie, Jack, and  Adelaide  Miggins; Robert
(Julie), Lily, Carlo, and Patrick Miggins; Patrick ( Nancy )
and James Miggins; and Michael (Abby), Molly, Cate and Lucy
Miggins. Rory's surviving aunts and uncles include John and
Helen Miggins of  Tunxis Village ,  CT ; Rita Miggins of Boca
Raton,  FL; Eileen (Rory's godmother) and Jake Hoppenthal of
Artesia Springs,  CA; Thomas and Margaret McMahon of
Chicago,  IL ; Andy and Ann McMahon of  Melbourne ,  Australia ;
and Bridie and Jimmy Morrissey of  London ,  England . He has
countless cousins, world-wide, who survive him, many of
whom supported him with visits and phone calls during his
illness.

In addition to his activities noted above, Rory was a

member of many other families including St. Anne's parish,
the Houstonian Club, Art Car Parade Commission (founding
member), the  Orange  Show Commission, the Waterfront
Association, the  Texas  Army, Slippery Rock Booster Club,
Idylwood Civic Club, St. Patrick's Parade Commission,
Houston Blues Society (founding member), Dick Dowling Irish
Heritage Society (founding member), The Irish Society, The
Seaman's Center, and  St. Thomas   High School  Alumni
Association.

Never was Rory's loyal and diverse network of friends more

evident than during his illness when they kept his spirits
high and ministered to his spiritual needs. Rory wanted to
express his appreciation to the doctors and nurses at MD
Anderson who did their best to arrest his cancer. Showing
his indomitable spirit, just last Monday, Rory said "I'm
your man" if a clinical trial became available.

Neither the Miggins family nor Rory could have faced the

challenge of this vicious disease without the loving
expertise of Rory's brother-in-law and Noreen's husband,
Dr. Stephen Gottschalk, who tirelessly trouble-shot on
Rory's behalf.

The family will receive friends at St. Anne's Catholic

Church, 2140 Westheimer (at Shepherd) on Monday, December
10 from 5 8 pm, with the rosary recitation at 7 o'clock.
The Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am on Tuesday,
December 11, with a light luncheon to follow in the parish
hall. Following the luncheon, Rory's remains will return to
his beloved East End for interment at  Forest Park   Lawndale .
Rory's pallbearers are his seven surviving brothers.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made in

Rory Miggins' name to:

· The Hole in the Wall Gang (a fund for crippled children)

c/o ILA 1351, 7524 Ave. N,  Houston ,  TX   77012 ;

·
 St. Thomas   High School , Rory Miggins Memorial Scholarship,
4500 Memorial,  Houston ,  TX   77007 ;

·
 St.   Anne   School  Foundation, 2120 Westheimer,  Houston ,  Texas   77019 ;

· The St. Brendan Society, c/o Jeannie Kearns, 10220

Memorial Drive #131,  Houston ,  TX   77024 . "

Fare thee well, my child, forever. In this world we have

lost our joy. But in the next we will never sever. There
we'll find our darlin' boy."

Sign guest book at:

http://www.legacy.com/houstonchronicle/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=99249818

:: George F. Little, RIP (Pete Little’s Father)


September 2, 2006, of Depew, NY, husband of the late Muriel

C. Little; father of Mary Catherine (James) Spilman,
Michael (Ann), David (Elisabeth Alvarsdotter), John
(Barbara), Margaret (Kevin) Craig, Anne Militello, Stephen
(Maureen), Jeanne (Paul) Konetzny, Peter, Teresa, Maureen;
brother of Eleanor Rigdon, Catherine Little; grandfather of
20; great grandfather of 18. Memorial Mass to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rapid Response Home
Care Program at  Millard   Fillmore   Hospital ,  Gates Circle .
Published in the  Buffalo  News on 9/7/2006.
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Nina Simon passed away. She was the mother Ciaran Simon's

(of Mr C's Pub in  Houston ) and the wife of Harry Simon of
Cleveland. The following obit was posted online at:
http://obits.cleveland.com/Cleveland/DeathNotices.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=115892758

You can go there and leave a message for Ciaran.


Eileen "Nina" (Cooke) Simon


EILEEN "NINA" SIMON (nee Cooke), age 85, died Sunday, Aug.

17, 2008. Beloved wife of Harry; loving mother of  Frances , Declan,
Melanie and Ciaran; grandmother to Daniel, Moira and Aislinn
(deceased); sister, aunt or cousin to the Cookes, the Foleys, Hills,
Synnotts and O'Sullivans. Nina was an avid gardener and loved
fashion and the theater. She had a special affinity for The Bard. She
was a member of St. Clement parish for 50 years and served as a
Eucharistic Minister and Lector. She volunteered many hours to
numerous charitable causes. She loved to sew and bake. A
Memorial Mass will be officiated by her dear friend Fr. Alfred
Winters at  St.  Clement,  2022 Lincoln Ave.  on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at
10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation may be made to the
Multiple Myaloma Foundation or to "Genesis Medical Education and
Research Institute" (MERI) in  Memphis , TN. Special thanks to the
staff at Harborside Nursing Home and  Cleveland  Clinic Hospice for
their loving care. www.cleveland.com/obits
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:: AL CAMPBELL ( Houston
 Highlanders Bagpiper )(1931- 2006)

It is with great sadness that we inform our membership that

our friend and piper, Al Campbell, passed away last
evening. Over the years, we could always count on Al to
support H&T with all our piping requests. He gave
generously of his time, and was a very special contributor
to our Society. In addition to his dignified performances,
Al had great humor which he occasionally added for fun and
laughter. We shall miss him.

Our special condolences to his wife, Betsy, his family and

close friends.
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:: PHILLIP JAMES CONNELLY, of Katy, passed away on

Thursday, August 11, 2005 in a  Houston  hospital at the age
of 74 years.

Phillip James Connelly was born on September 14, 1930 in

Tulsa,  Oklahoma to Paul and Peggy Connelly. He graduated
from  Holy   Family   High School  in  Tulsa ,  Oklahoma  and the
University of  Oklahoma. He served his country during the
Korean War as a Lieutenant in the  U.S.  Army based out of
Fort Sill,  Oklahoma.

On April 4, 1964, he married his beloved wife, Bridget

Imelda Corr. He retired from General Electric's Lighting
Division after 30 years of service.

Phil was a founding member and former president of the

Irish American Heritage Association of Katy and a member of
the Irish Society in  Houston ,  Texas . He was a member of the
Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, in Katy, and a member
of the Knights of  Columbus , 4th Degree, Assembly 2721. He
was also a friend of Bill Wilson.

He was a life long Democrat. Phil was an active participant

in the Forever Young Group in Epiphany, as well as many
other organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Bridget Imelda Connelly of

Katy; his sons, Mike Connelly of Keller, Texas, and Tim
Connelly and his wife Sylvia of Ardmore,  Pennsylvania ; and
his grandson, Sebastian Connelly. He was preceded in death
by his parents, Paul and Peggy Connelly; and by his
brother, Jack Connelly.

Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5005 Mitchelldale,  Suite  115 ,
Houston,  Texas   77092-7230 or to your favorite charity.
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If you have nothing better to do, and I suspect you do, you can see our vacations

Pictures on line. Warning they are NOT from  Ireland  (unfortunately). This includes
All our pictures from our fall trip. We will be back home tomorrow.

ALL my pics at Flickr
Slide show for Pics from the Midwest (94)
Slide show for Pics from the West (61)
Slide Show for Pics from Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming (45)
Slide Show for Pics from Beartooth Mountains, WY & MT (17)
Slide Show for Pics from Montana (31)
Slide Show for Pics from Glacier Park (42)
Slide Show for Pics from Yellowstone (57)
Slide Show for Pics from the Grand Tetons (22)
Slide Show for Pics from Around Salt Lake City (35)
Slide Show for Pics from Nevada (15)
Slide Show for Pics from Yosemite Park (41)
Slide Show for Pics from N California (51)
Slide Show for Pics from San Francisco (58)
Slide Show for Pics from California (14)
Slide Show for Pics from Las Vegas (19)
Slide Show for Pics from Utah & Zion National Park (33)
Slide Show for Pics from Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (61)
Slide Show for Pics from Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (41)
Slide Show for Pics from Monument Valley, AZ (16)
Slide Show for Pics from West Texas & McDonald Observatory (12)

OR you can see more details about our trip at


YAHOO Trip Fall 2008 - Part 1 (Aug 7 - Sept 6, 2008) (226 Pics)
YAHOO Trip Fall 2008 - Part 2 (Sep 6 - Oct 12, 2008) (304 Pics)
YAHOO Trip Fall 2008 - Part 3 (Oct 13 - Oct 31, 2008) (220 Pics)

(The pictures can be seen at the Yahoo site also. Click on the pictures directly

Left of the Fall 2008 title. You will see the pics here with labels.)
Post IKE pics from Shoreacres
Pictures from 2008 St Paddy's Irish Open Golf Tournament.
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Other Irish Celtic Calendars & Sources:


Scottish Country Dancing & More:

http://home.att.net/~diannashipman/Calendar.htm

Houston Irish Development Assoc:

http://www.houstonirish.org/calendar/calendar.shtml

Texas Celtic Music Network Calendar

http://texcelt.org/Calendar.html

Southwest Celtic Music Association

http://www.scmatx.org/main.htm

Texas Scottish Heritage Society

http://www.txscot.com/

Houston Chronicle Search for World Music Local bands

http://www.chron.com/COMS/BandsPub/pub.mpl?actionfiltered=searchbands&nextview=bandsearch&submit1=&submit2=2&band_name=&genre=World

Houston Press World Music Listing

http://listings.houstonpress.com/gyrobase/Music/Results?genre=13765&keyword=&date=
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UST Students Explore the
 Northern Ireland  Peace Process and Contemporary  Ireland  on Summer 2009
Study Abroad

This summer twelve
 University  of  St. Thomas  students explored new territory in  Dublin ,  Galway  and
Belfast, thanks to our friendships with key figures in the Irish Government, including Consul General
Martin Rouine and Vice Consul Tim Reilly in the Irish Consulate in Chicago, our outstanding Cultural
Outreach Forum speakers and many others across this country and in  Ireland  and  Northern Ireland . Led
by the University’s Irish Studies Visiting Scholar Aoife Ní Ghloinn of the Irish Studies Program, and Lori
Gallagher, J.D., Director of the University’s Center for Irish Studies, the students received six credit hours
for courses on  Northern Ireland : Conflict and Peace and Contemporary  Ireland : Society and Culture. The
students participated in ten days of intense study in  Houston  during the end of May and first part of June
and then crossed the Atlantic for three and one-half weeks of hands-on study in  Ireland  and Northern
Ireland.


The students opened their educational and cultural experience in
 Dublin  on June 16th, “Bloomsday”, the
day featured in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. They began with a tour of the city and a visit to the  Dublin
Writers’ Museum, which features many Irish writers and artists, and a walking tour of Joyce’s  Dublin
guided by Professors Ní Ghloinn and Gallagher.

On June 17th and 18th, the students began their study of Contemporary
 Ireland  by witnessing many
facets of the Irish Government at Leinster House in  Dublin . First, the students paid a courtesy call on the
Honorable John O’Donoghue, T.D., Ceann Comhairle (Speaker of the House), who visited the University
of  St.
 Thomas in 2008, and whose office was responsible for organizing the Government visits.
Next, the students attended live sessions of the Dáil (Irish House of Representatives), where they
observed An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen answer questions posed by the opposition parties
about the Irish economy and other key contemporary issues. They also observed debates in the Seanad
(the Senate) on matters relating to human rights and the environment, among other topics.

Additionally, they met the grandson of former President and Taoiseach Éamon de
 Valera , Minister Éamon
Ó Cuív, T.D., of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This Department has
supported the Center’s Irish language and study abroad programs since 2006. Mary MacArthur, one of the
University’s leading Irish language students, presented Minister Eamon Ó Cuív with a gift and statement
of gratitude in Irish from the University for the Department’s support of these programs.

To further their hands-on experience of the Irish Government as it relates to their courses of study, the

students met with and presented questions on Contemporary  Ireland  to representatives of the Department
of Education and Science and on the  Northern Ireland  Peace Process to members of the Dáil, the Seanad
and other governmental representatives in the Department of Foreign Affairs as well as the Committee on
Anglo-Irish Affairs in the Office of An Taoiseach.

On the 19th, thanks to Netta Blanchard, Regional Director of The American
 Ireland  Fund in  Dallas , the
University’s students paired with members of The American  Ireland  Fund from across the country and The
Ireland Funds in  Ireland  to hear the first-hand accounts of Dr. Rory O’Hanlon on the  Northern Ireland
Peace Process. Dr. O’Hanlon is the former Irish Ceann Comhairle and was an active participant in the
early days of the peace process.

The students rounded out their cultural experience in
 Dublin  through private tours of the Book of Kells and
the Long Room at  Trinity   College , as well as of John Lavery paintings at the  Hugh   Lane   Gallery ,  Dublin
City Gallery, presented by Sinead McCoole, the renown biographer of Hazel Lavery, whose portrait was
depicted on the Irish pound and who was instrumental in the Anglo-Irish peace process of 1921.

Through the kind offices of Kilmainham Gaol Supervisor and Archivist Niall Bergin, who presented a

November 2007 Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Lecture, the students also received a private
tour of Kilmainham Gaol and heard some of the little known facts about Irish history and  Ireland ’s struggle
for independence as played out at Kilmainham, and particularly the role played by Irish women.

Other highlights of their educational and cultural excursions included visits to the Irish language-speaking

areas known as the Gaeltacht in Connemara and the Aran Islands off the coast of  County Galway  as well
as the Cultúrlann and other Irish-speaking areas of  West Belfast .

In
 Northern Ireland , the students spent eight days hearing lectures from and interviewing members of the
academic, journalistic, religious, political and cross-community sectors, in their pursuit of greater
understanding of the  Northern Ireland  Peace Process as a model for resolution of other conflicts around
the world. Specifically, they met:
Governmental Leaders:

· Visit to the  Northern Ireland  Assembly at Stormont
· Private meeting with Northern Irish Government Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
· Separate meetings with representatives of various  Northern Ireland  political parties, including Green Party, Progressive Unionist Party, Sinn Féin, Social Democratic and Labour Party, and the  Ulster  Unionist Party
Religious Leaders:
· Rev. Harold Good, former President of the Methodist Church of Ireland, one of two clerical witnesses to the decommissioning (destruction) of arms by the Irish Republican Army in 2005 and winner of a World Peace Award from the Methodist Church for his work on the peace process in Northern Ireland (he lectured for the Center’s Cultural Outreach Forum in October 2007 along with Fr. Alec Reid)
· Fr. Tim Bartlett, Secretary to Cardinal Brady and a key player in social justice in  Ireland  and  Northern Ireland
· Fr. Gerry Reynolds, Clonard Monastery, a Redemptorist community in West Belfast, who worked alongside Fr. Alec Reid to bring peace to the streets of  Belfast
· Rev. Bill Shaw, Presbyterian Minister, Director of the 174 Trust in  North Belfast  (who lectured for UST’s Cultural Outreach Forum in 2006 and to several Irish Studies classes since then)
Cross-Community Groups:
· Coiste Political  Tours
· Corrymeela Community (in Ballycastle and in  Belfast )
· EPIC
· Healing Through Remembering
· Relatives for Justice
· Individuals working within these and other groups focused on bringing peace to  Northern Ireland
Academic Experts:
· Dr. Richard English, Professor of Politics, Director of Research (Irish Politics, Chair, Irish Studies International Research Initiative and Award-Winning Author, Queen’s University  Belfast ), on Irish Politics and particularly the IRA and the Peace Process
· Prof. Peter Finn, Principal of St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, on Education
· Mr. Martin Hagan, Head Lecturer, Education, St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, on Education
· Mr. Dermot McCartan, Senior Lecturer, Education, St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, on Education
Irish Language Specialists and Visits:
· Sean Mitchell (who works with Irish-Medium Language Schools in  Northern Ireland )
· Other key players in the Irish-Medium Language Schools in  Northern Ireland
· Four visits to the Cultúrlann in  West Belfast  for the Gaeltacht Experience and other opportunities to learn and speak in the Irish language
Journalists and Media Specialists:
· Roy Garland, Irish News
· Mairtín Ó Muilleoir, Belfast Media Group
Additionally, the students experienced:
· The Hill of Tara, Newgrange and the High Crosses of Monasterboice with a private tour by  Royal   Irish  Academy  member and Irish medievalist and archaelogist Dr. Peter Harbison
· A Tour of the  North   Antrim   Coast , including crossing the  Carrick-a-rede   Rope   Bridge  and visiting the Giant’s Causeway
· Casement  Park  in  Belfast  for an  Ulster  hurling final match
· Prehistoric stone  fort   Dun  Aengus on the  Aran Islands
· The Heritage and History Centre in Clifden,  Connemara
· Many other sites throughout  Dublin ,  Belfast  and  Galway

Many of the students have expressed that the study abroad experience has been “life changing.”


Below

are quotes from some of the students who participated in this study abroad experience:

Juletta Palyan, a permanent resident in the
 United States  who was born and raised in  Armenia  and is
pursuing a degree with a concentration in International Studies and Business, enthused: “Thank you for
the most incredible experience in  Ireland . The Study Abroad in  Ireland  with  University  of  St. Thomas  has
been life changing because it confirmed my deep belief that in reality all people share basic humanity and
that the environment plays a major role in shaping it. Often, we have a hard time forgiving people who in
one way or another have insulted us or said something rude to us. In  Northern Ireland , I saw how many
Catholics as well as Protestants were able graciously to find a power to forgive each other, find a common
ground to establish peace and start a life aimed at recovery from all the past troubles. I returned from
Ireland determined to go back after my graduation in December of 2009 to obtain a postgraduate degree
concentrated on the Peace Process. There is so much to research and make available to the world.”
International Studies and Communications student Deanna Soileau stated:
“I’m so glad that I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel with the UST study abroad group to
Ireland this summer! While we were in  Ireland , we experienced history in the making, met high-ranking
individuals in politics, the arts and the Church, and took special tours to see some of  Ireland ’s most
ancient sites! I could not have seen  Ireland  like this on my own and I could not have asked for a better
experience.”

Catherine Aquila, a Studio Arts Major, commented: “I cannot express how amazing this trip was or how it

has changed my life. I feel like I have a completely new perspective on everything, including myself. I wish
that everyone in the world could have an opportunity like this one. I want everyone to know how wonderful
Ireland is and how amazing it is to meet people from all over the world and to listen to their stories and
perspectives.”

Theology Major and Studio Arts Minor Mary MacArthur observed: “Study Abroad in
 Ireland  was amazing. It
was a whirlwind of new experiences; I had fun and gained insight into what we were studying. And the
land was beautiful.”

“The trip to
 Ireland  was an exciting and challenging educational experience. I enjoyed learning about the
history and current conditions of  Ireland . Our group from UST was great and the opportunity to meet so
many people in  Ireland  was wonderful,” stated secondary level math teacher and UST Master’s in
Education graduate student Lauren Kelly.

Additionally, many of those with whom we met who are working on building peace in
 Northern Ireland
expressed how much they appreciated our interest in their life stories, what is currently happening in the
North and the steps they have taken in their work to end the conflict and make their world a better place.

While we were in
 Belfast , two of the loyalist paramilitary groups took steps toward decommissioning
(destroying) their weapons, which were historic acts. The students met with some of the people who are
encouraging these groups to decommission, and they read and heard about these momentous acts in the
media while we were there.

Additionally, while we were in Belfast, the Andersontown News published by the Belfast Media Group

featured our  Ireland  and  Northern Ireland  Study Abroad program in the July 4 edition for its focus on the
peace process.

We are most grateful for the contributions from everyone who made this
 Ireland  and  Northern Ireland
Study Abroad Program possible: our donors to the Study Abroad live auction at the 2008 Irish Gala, the
Irish Government, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, attendees of our St. Patrick’s
Day Masses and Brunches, and donors to the Bishop McCarthy Scholarship for Study Abroad in Ireland,
the Joan Meade DeDitius Memorial Fund and many other public and private donors who provided our
students with this once-in-a lifetime experience. These gifts enabled us to provide the students with up to
a $2,000 scholarship toward their airfare and tuition for the courses as well as to lead them on all of the
above-referenced excursions.

We offer a special thank you to Irish Government Ceann Comhairle, the Honorable John O’Donoghue,

T.D., Ben Dunne, Head of Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Houses of the Oireachtas, and Grainne Ní Neill and
others in his office for arranging much of our visit, Minister Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D., Department of
Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, and members of his office, as well as Irish Consul General
Martin Rouine and Vice Consul Tim Reilly, for assisting the Center for Irish Studies and the Study Abroad
Program in arranging many of these excursions.
2009 Cultural Outreach Forum
We are pleased to announce the members of our Cultural Outreach Forum as of July 2009. Become a
member of the Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum and make a difference!

Ambassador

ExxonMobil Foundation
Colleen and George McCullough
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Sally and William T. Slick
Consul
Freebird Partners L.P.
Donor
Marion Bell
Joe Brazzatti/ConocoPhillips
Prof. Elaine and Robert Carlson
Dr. William J. Coffey II
Dr. and Mrs. William Cunningham
James Deegan
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Dwyer
Dr. Charlene Dykman and Dr. Charles Davis
June and Eamonn Finnerty
Michele and Thomas R. Fox
Mitzi and Jim Gillespie
Janet and Randy Gilmore
Michael “Griff”  Griffin
Janet Kavanagh
Rev. Hubert Kealy
Mary Kiernan
Connie Little
Barbara McClintock/Conoco Phillips
Cecilia and Lynn McDonald
Colleen McFadden
Norma and Dr. Joseph McFadden
Bernadine Miller
Ralph O’Connor
Mary Jane and James E. O’Rourke
Sandra and John Pezzetta
Isla and Thomas R. Reckling III
Ann and Richard Rejmaniak
Kathy and Joe Ridley
Debra and Paul Rieke
Peter Slot
Salli and Michael Youtt

Come See Us!


Physical address:


Center for Irish Studies

University of  St. Thomas
4110  Mt.   Vernon
Houston,  TX    77006
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Venue Info

Ashford Arms Pub
14605 Perthshire,

Houston, TX 77079
(281) 497-5316

Brian O’Neils
5555 Morningside Dr,

Houston, TX 77005
713-522-2603

Center for Irish Studies, University of St Thomas
Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD

Director, Center for Irish Studies
University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
713-525-3592 (direct)
713-525-3866 (fax)
irishstudies@stthom.edu
www.stthom.edu/irishstudies

Continental Club
3700 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002-9504, United States
(713) 529-9899

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

1031 East 24th Street

Houston, TX 77009.


The Grand 1894 Opera House
2020 Postoffice Street
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: 800-821-1894
409-763-7173
Fax: 409-763-1068
Email:
tickets@thegrand.com

Highland Village Farmer's Market,

2720 Suffolk Dr.
Houston, Texas

House of Blues
1204 Caroline St,
Houston, TX 77002

(888) 402–5837

JP Hops House\
2317 South Highway 6

Houston-

(one block north of Westheimer on Highway 6)
Call 281-496-0623

Khon’s
2808 Milam Street

Houston, TX

77006
(713) 523-7775
(click
HERE for map)

Listening Room at Nia Moves-

508 Pecore- in the Heights
Houston, TX
 77009
info@niamoves.com

Logon Cafe,

3508 Calder Ave
Beaumont, Texas
409-832-1529
www.logoncafe.net

Lucky's Pub
801 Saint Emanuel Street, Houston, TX 77003

(713) 522-2010


Mc Gonigel's Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk Street
Houston, TX 77098-4113
(713) 528-5999
www.mcgonigels.com

Molly Maguires
15945 Kuykendahl Rd,

Houston, TX 77068

(281) 580-6167

Molly Malone's
7824 Louetta Rd,

Spring, TX 77379
 
281-370-4949


Mollys Pub Downtown
509 Main
Houston, TX 77002

713-222-1033

Molly's Pub Kingwood
29803 Loop 494,

Kingwood, TX 77339


Olde City Pub
14124 Stuebner Airline Road,

Houston, TX 77069

832-249-6167

R&R Sports Bar & Grill
3338 FM 528,

Friendswood, TX 77546
281-996-8300


Urban Harvest Farmers Market

In the Parking Lot behind
3000 Richmond at Eastside

Houston, Texas

Waldo's Coffee House.
1030 Heights Blvd,
Houston, TX 77008

(713) 869-0700
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Learn Irish Gaelic! (Katy Class)


SATURDAY - Beginning Conversational Irish (and every

Saturday for the next few months)  Katy , TX  10 AM - Noon
Self-Study Group

Using Interactive CDs, Books, Tapes, and other materials

for spoken and written Irish.

Class moderated by an advanced American student of the

language.

$7 per class to cover costs.

$5 for Irish American Heritage Association members.

Call Pat McMahon at 713-271-0784 for location and

directions, or e-mail patpmcmahon@aol.com location: The
Carriage Inn, 1400 Katy- Flewellen Road in the Computer
Room

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Celtic Stew


An open invitation free-for-all of

Celtic Musicians, Dancers, Performers, and Craft Vendors
At The Sports Bar At
MERIDIAN -  1503 Chartres St .  Between Leeland & Bell

The northbound feeder if I 59 across 59 from the
 Toyota Center
Entrance on St. Emanuel

EVERY TUESDAY 6 PM ‘TILL...

STARTING JUNE 23

YOUR HOSTS:

Michael Martin (of Godfrey's Rangers)
Diehl Moran (of every other dam' band)

NO COVER :: HAPPY HOUR ‘TIL 8PM

$1.25 DOM. DRAFT :: $2 WELLS :: $4 GUINNESS :: CHEAP BAR FOOD
CARPET FOR DANCERS :: DRUMMERS WELCOME :: GARB ENCOURAGED

Michael R. Martin

Meridian
Office: 713.225.1717
Cell: 281.802.2776
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Jed Marum has posted a short documentary film made by Power Lunch Productions. The film

Is about my music and includes clips from live performances, in-studio music and
interviews. Please take a look and listen - and please rate and comment on the Youtube
page.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnY9SRoPF1U

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Wednesdays, 7-10 pm

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE

http://home.att.net/~diannashipman/SCDM.htm

New Dancers Welcome - Families Welcome

(children must be accompanied by parent / guardian).

$5 for those 14 and over; $2.50 those under 14

($15 maximum per family) - fourth consecutive Wednesday
free.

1st Wednesdays: FREE at

Churchill Room, Black  Labrador  Pub
4100 Montrose Blvd. Map
(Montrose near  Richmond )

2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday

Location: Oddfellows Hall,  115 E. 14th St .  (Heights),
Houston,  Texas (3rd building on left traveling east from
Heights Blvd. - 2 story red brick - entrance recessed about
15 feet from street - dancing upstairs).

LINKS ON WEBSITE with map & photo (Map)

http://home.att.net/~diannashipman/MapOddfellows.gif
PHOTO OF HALL:
http://home.att.net/~diannashipman/OddfellowsHall.jpg

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Men of Houston Morris Dancers
most Sundays Stag's Head Pub
Society for Creative Anachronism Dancing
1st & 3rd Sundays

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The Irish American Heritage Association of
 Katy ,  Texas . We
meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the
Municipal  Utility   District   Building on  Cimmaron Pkwy  at
Hidden  Canyon Rd  (just west of  S Mason Rd ) in  Katy ,  Texas
to enjoy speakers, performances, and presentations on
Ireland and the Irish. We also publish a monthly
newsletter,

The Irish Heritage News.


For more information or directions, please call:

Bridget Connelly . . 281-492-8780
Mike Long . . . . . . 281-395-3038
Dennis Donlan . . . 281-392-0894
OR
www.texirish.org
E-mail us at:
info@texirish.org

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Thurs Night Irish Session @ Coffee Oasis on
 NASA Rd  One
Session starts about 7:30PM every Thurs night

4650 NASA Road 1

Seabrook,  TX   77586
281.532.1439

You are likely to see Laura (of Echoes of
 Ireland ) or Tom
(of http://www.texasbagpipes.com/)
http://www.texasbagpipes.com/
http://www.bayoucitypipesanddrums.com/

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CELTIC CHORUS OF
 HOUSTON

Do you like to hum or sing along with the music played on

Irish Aires or The Three Irish Tenors? Then join us every
Thursday night at Black Labrador Pub,  4100 Montrose Blvd.
(Montrose near  Richmond )

NEW TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.


We will join together in a sing-a-long session and then

later those who wish to learn four part music may stay and
learn choral music of  Ireland ,  Scotland  and  Wales . If you
need more information contact Richard McGinty 713-943-9600
or e-mail r.e.hourich@excite.com

The mission statement reads in part: "to provide a

community meeting place for those interested in the Celtic
heritages." The first half of the evening focuses on
singalong songs and the second half on choral arrangements.
The singalong songs: Will You Go Lassie Go The Minstrel Boy
Sally  Gardens  Molly Malone (In  Dublin 's  Fair   City )
Finnegan's Wake The Foggy Dew Black Velvet Band Mcnamara's
Band Danny Boy When Irish Eyes Are Smiling The Unicorn Song
I'm Lookin' Over A Four Leaf Clover Whiskey In The
Jar The Wild Rover The Bard Of  Armagh  Choral Arrangements:
Danny Boy The Minstrel Boy An Irish Blessing My Wild Irish
Rose

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New
 Galveston  Session Starting: Poor Michael's Pub in  Galveston  (2007 Strand)
wants to start a regular session at their establishment. All levels of musical
expertise (including those who just like to listen) will be welcome! Contact
Michael at galvston@yahoo.com or call him at 409-762-1967 to get more details.
Also, Poor Michael's has some employment opportunity for bartenders.

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"One hundred thousand welcomes!" This age-old Gaelic

greeting is a timeless _expression of Scottish hospitality
and goodwill. We can't think of a better way to welcome you
than to invite you to  Houston 's Heather and Thistle Society
(H&T). The Heather and Thistle Society was founded in 1953
by Scots living in  Houston  who wished to "cultivate an
interest in and fond recollections of  Scotland , its history
and traditions, its literature and ideals, its minstrelsy
and song, its customs and amusements; and to provide
opportunities for good fellowship and social contact
through typically Scottish functions, so that the blessing
of our Scottish culture may never die in our new homeland".
The Heather and Thistle Society meets 10 times a year,
September through June. Programs include "ceilidhs",
lively lectures, slide shows and movies about  Scotland . We
are an organization that promotes our Scottish heritage in
various ways.

Membership in the Heather and Thistle Society is open to

all with an interest in Scottish Heritage and Culture.
Annual Dues are $10.00 for an individual and $15.00 for a
family.

H&T meets the fourth (4th) Monday of each month, September

thru June, at 7:30 P.M. Current meeting location:
Auditorium of St.Thomas Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood,
Houston,  TX   77096 http://www.stes.org/contact.htm

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Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Dancing


General Class Mondays - 7:30-9:30 p.m In progress Classical


Arts Dance Studio, 530 N Illinois,
 League City  - Contact
Moon Weiss, 713-465-9650, mland121@aol.com

Basic Class Tuesdays - 7:30-9:30 p.m. In progress DewAnn

Cotton Dance Studio,  9423 Glenfield Court  (By S.
Braeswood/Hillcroft) South  West Houston  For info: Carol
Palmer, 713-776-8531, carolhpalmer@hotmail.com

General Class Thursdays - 7:30-9:30 p.m In progress DewAnn

Cotton Dance Studio,  9423 Glenfield Court  (By S.
Braeswood/Hillcroft), South  West Houston  Teacher: Bill
Zobel, For info: Carol Palmer, 713-776-8531,
carolhpalmer@hotmail.com

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Stepdancing & Ceili classes

O'Maoileidigh  School  of  Irish  Dance
Houston,  TX
Sundays starting at 9:30 AM
For more information contact newmembers@omaoileidigh.com
http://www.omaoileidigh.com/

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Step Dancing Lessons

Stepdancing Lessons
McTeggart Irish Dancers
The Woodlands,  Texas
More info@
http://www.irishdancehouston.com/
936-321-6583

*With over 60 dancers and 21 Championship dancers McTeggart

Irish Dancers of  South Texas  have a lot to be proud of.

*Last year they had 6 dancers travel to Killarney
 Ireland
for the World's Championship in Irish Dancing. These
dancers faced up to 150 of the world's top dancers in their
age groups. Two of the dancers did very well: Zane
Glotzbach placed 24th and was 5th out of all the  U.S.
competitors and Annelise Rubbo placed 33rd overall.

*Last year they had 21 dancers travel to
 Norfolk ,  Virginia
for the Southern Region Championships, also known as
"Oireachtas". Most of these dancers placed high in their
age groups, with 3 receiving first place: Annelise Rubbo,
Zane Glotzbach and Shannon Powell.
From this competition a dancer qualifies for the World's
Championship and Annelise Rubbo, Jaclyn Rubbo and Zane
Glotzbach achieved this accomplishment.

*Another well-known International competition is the All-

Irelands. Later in January 2004, Annelise Rubbo and Jenna
Pace will be traveling to  Ennis ,  Ireland  to compete.

*Also in 2004 several dancers are heading to
 Philadelphia
for the North American Nationals Competition, held each
July. In addition, McTeggart Irish Dancers of  South Texas
hopes to have over 25 dancers travel to  North Carolina  for
the next Southern Region Championship.

*A new beginner class started Sunday, Jan. 11.For

information on classes or performances, go to
http://www.irishdancehouston.com/
or call 936-321-6583
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"
The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance"

Come join us at our first weekly class for our new school starting this Sunday

(12/16/07) Classes will be every Sunday from 4PM To 5:30PM at
Amy Blakes Academy Of Dance Located At The Intersection Of  Thor St  And Bay Area
Blvd. On January 13, 2008, there will be a Master Class from 1PM to 4PM (The
workshop cost is $40 for a 4 hour masterclass).

We are opening up in the
 Clear   Lake  area and would love to have all interested
in learning Irish dance, come and join our school.

About us:


Darren Maguire is a former lead male dancer in Riverdance the Show, world

champion level dancer, and fully accredited TCRG/ADCRG with the Irish dance
commission in  Dublin ,  Ireland .

Richard Tew is a national, and regional champion level dancer, and regional

senior men's champion in 2003. Richard is also a TCRG candidate having already
taken and passed most of his requirements.

Amy Blake's
 Academy  of  Dance " located at:
2150 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston,  TX   77058

Our weekly classes are being planned right now, and will be at the same location

as the workshops.

Please either email:
rttew@yahoo.com or call 281-989-3575

Thanks,

Richard Tew

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NOW OPEN - The Public House Pub opens in Katy


NOW OPEN at Cinco Ranch! The Public House is located in the
 Villagio Town Center  at the
corner of Westheimer Parkway and  Peek Road  (in the suite formerly occupied by The Angel &
The Ox).

The bar is open! Monday through Saturday 4:00pm until 2:00am; Sunday 11am until 2:00am.


NFL Sunday ticket, Flat-panel Golden Tee 2010, Bags/Lawn Darts, MegaTouch, steel-tip dart boards.


Until the kitchen is squared away, we'll offer a free buffet on Sundays during the early games.


The Public House

22758 Westheimer Parkway, Suite 270
Katy, TX 77450
Phone: 281-395-3473
The Public House -  Katy , TX
+++++++

Community Annoucements:

Wedding Announcement
Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish Have Announced Their MARRIAGE!
Bill and Emily play Celtic music as CONSTANT BILLY.

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http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?n=henry-j-simon-harry&pid=131623024

Poster's Note: Ciaran Simon (Mr. C) is the son of Harry Simon. Go to this link to leave a message for Harry's family.


HENRY J. "HARRY" SIMON, age 95, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Beloved husband of Nina

(deceased August 17, 2008); loving father of  Frances , Declan, Melanie, and Ciaran; grandfather to
Daniel, Moira, and Aislinn (deceased); brother, uncle, or cousin to the Simon's, Foley's, Hill's,
Synnott's, and O'Sullivan's.

Born in
 Galway ,  Ireland , in 1913, Harry spent time as a youth working on behalf of Irish
independence, a cause he supported all of his life. He taught himself the Irish language,
eventually receiving the Fáinne Óir (Gold Ring) lapel pin, an award bestowed only on those who
spoke fluent Gaelic.

At 19, he qualified as the youngest master joiner in the history of the Irish trade unions. After

emigrating to the  United States  in the 1950s, Harry became a lifetime member of the United
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of  America  with over 50 years of continuous service. He
served as president of his local for 20 years.

He was one of six co-founders of the
 Cleveland  Irish Northern Aid, an organization dedicated to
peace built upon justice and human rights in  Ireland . A co-chair of  Cleveland 's St. Patrick's Day
Parade in 2003, he was also a member of St. Clement parish for 50 years.

A Memorial Mass will be officiated by his dear friend Fr. Alfred Winters at St. Clement, 2022
Lincoln Ave. on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. If desired, charitable donations may be made to

"Genesis Medical Education and Research Institute" (MERI) in  Memphis ,  TN
(www.genesislegacy.org ) or Irish Northern Aid (http://www.noraid.org ).

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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/deaths/6453303.html

Mason, well-known singer and teacher, dies at 78


Well-rounded life included time with
 Houston  police, churches for singing

By MIKE TOLSON
 HOUSTON  CHRONICLE
June 1, 2009, 8:24PM

Arthur Gordon Mason, a former teacher and well- known local

singer who performed for years at the Great Caruso dinner
theater, died Friday. He was 78.

Mason enjoyed several careers. He taught at Awty
International  School
 and  Rice   University . He served as a
psychologist for the Houston Police Department and in private
practice. And he sang professionally, with his lyrical tenor
voice a special favorite among  Houston ’s Scottish and Irish
communities and parishioners at Holy Rosary Catholic
Church, where he was a member.

“Arthur could speak with an Irish accent, Scottish accent,

English accent or a faulty American accent, but his voice
spoke the universal language of music and love,” said
longtime friend Kathleen Miggins. “There wasn’t a finer voice
or a grander fellow that you’d ever want to know.”

Mason was born in Corby, Northamptonshire,
 England , on
Dec. 11, 1930, to William and Mary Mason. He came to the
United States in the early 1970s to visit a sister, Margaret, a
war bride, and decided to stay. He received his initial college
degree in  England  but continued his education in the  U.S. ,
ultimately earning a doctorate in psychology, relatives said.
“Every family has the favorite uncle who encourages you to
do silly stuff, and that was our Uncle Arthur,” said his niece,
Margaret Keenan. “We called him Peter Pan because he was
just an overgrown child himself, especially around kids. He
was always silly Uncle Arthur who tap-danced in the choir loft
and had this pocket full of candy for the kids. He loved
children.”

In his prime, Mason sang at weddings, funerals, wakes and

dozens of special occasions. He sang at the Shamrock Hotel
and was a mainstay at Irish Society and Heather and Thistle
Society functions.

In time, he gave up teaching and made his living at the Great

Caruso, a west  Houston  dinner theater that offered musical
entertainment for three decades until it burned down in
2006.

Mason retired from the restaurant following a stroke about 10

years ago, his niece said, but continued to sing at private
events. He also sang at church and recorded sacred music
with Scott Holshauser, the church organist and keyboardist
for the  Houston  Symphony.

“He had exquisite range and could sing the comic songs as

well as the classics,” Miggins said. “He would bring a tear to a
glass eye singing Bonnie Mary of Argyle.”

Mason, who never married, is survived by a sister, Betty

Keenan of  Houston ; brother Tommy Mason of  England ; 10
nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Williams.
A rosary will be said at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Rosary
followed by a memorial service.

mike.tolson@chron.com

http://www.legacy.com/houstonchronicle/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=127948943

Dr. Arthur Joseph Mason


DR. ARTHUR JOSEPH MASON died peacefully in his sleep on

Friday, May 29, 2009 at  Memorial   Hermann   Hospital  Medical
Center surrounded by his loved ones.

Born on December 11, 1930 in
 Craigneuk ,  Scotland , Arthur
lived a rich and colorful life.

As a psychologist, educator and entertainer, he touched

countless lives. Arthur was probably best known for his
glorious tenor voice which helped form the soundtrack of
many people's lives in the  Houston  community and beyond.
Arthur was preceded in death by his beloved parents, William
and Mary Mason and his sister Margaret Williams. He is
survived by his loving sister and brother-in law, Betty and
Harry Keenan, brother Tom Mason (in  England ), brother-in-
law Franklin Williams, as well as his much-loved nieces and
nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of long-time
friends.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the

neurological team of doctors, nurses and other caregivers at
Memorial  Hermann   Hospital   Medical   Center.
A Memorial Mass will be held at the Holy Rosary Catholic
Church on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00AM, immediately
following the Rosary at 9:30AM. In lieu of flowers, the family
has requested donations in Arthur's name to either the
Dominican Fathers or the Alzheimer's Association.

Is there a man, whose judgement clear

Can others teach the course to steer,
Yet runs, himself, life's mad career,
Wild as the wave?

Here pause - and, thro' the starting tear,

Survey this grave.
Robert Burns (from A Bard's Epitaph)
Here I am, Lord

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Michael Wayne Davitt Obituary

Biography


Michael Wayne Davitt, born August 7, 1951 in Ft. Worth, Texas, died March 20, 2009 in

Humble,  Texas  at the age of 57.

In
 Elizabeth ,  NJ  Michael started an Irish folk band (The Freemen) with Tommy Shannon
which performed with many well-known Irish performers such as Liam Clancy and Tommy
Makem. He continued to perform as a solo Irish performer in  Houston ,  TX . He was
responsible for the renaissance of Irish music in  Houston  and has been dubbed the “Father
of Irish Music in  Texas ”. Michael was a active member of the Ancient Order of
Hiberninans in both NJ and TX. In  Texas , he served as state and local AOH President and
was honored as the St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshall in 1993 and co-Grand  Marshall  in
2009. Michael also founded the Irish Open Golf Tournament, organized the  Houston  Irish
Stew Cook-off and used his musical talents all to raise money to benefit numerous
charities.

Michael also volunteered many years at the Magdelene House (Social Services division of

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church).

He was the founder, owner of his local business, Michael W. Davitt & Assoc. and also

served as the statistician for the  Houston  Rockets for several years.
Mr. Davitt is survived by his wife, Maureen Davitt of Humble, TX; parents, James &
Dorothy Davitt; daughters, Erin Davies, Kathleen Davitt, Nancy Davitt and Colleen Lehman;
brother, Brian Davitt and his wife, Kris; grandchildren, Elizabeth Davitt, Caitlin and
Emma Davies, Craige Lehman, and Michael James Zavitsky.

Visitation will be 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24th & 25th at

Kingwood Funeral Home. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Thursday,
March 26, 2009 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 527 So.  Houston Ave. , Humble, TX
77338 with Msgr. Paul Procella officiant. For those desiring, the family suggests
memorial contributions to The Magdalene House c/o St. Mary Magdalene Church. Find this
item and sign the guest book & leave a message at:
http://ww.mem.com/Story.aspx?ID=2926580

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From: 
 Melvyn Douglass <melvyn.douglass@usa.net>

Clayton was long-time member and supporter of Heather & Thistle and Houston Highland Games

Association.
 Clayton and wife Dorothy (Alexander) were faithful attendees of  H&T's annual
Robert Burns Dinner & Ball, until Dorothy's death in 1999._

CLAYTON DEWARD BAIRD

CLAYTON DEWARD BAIRD, age 86, died peacefully on the 11th of August 2010 following a short

illness. His daughter and several friends were at his bedside.

Clayton was born to Deward Clayton and Myrtle McDaniel Baird. He was preceded in death by his

parents; three older brothers; and by the late Dorothy Alexander Baird, his beloved wife of 56

years, and by their only son, the late Clayton Baird, Jr. Clayton is survived by his daughter,

Dorothy Elizabeth Baird; grand-daughter, Alexandra Baird; his brother, Eddie J. Baird and wife

Annette; Dorothy's sister, Ann Tanner and her son Clarke Flowers and wife Mindy, and their

children Jake and Ella; Clayton Jr.'s widow, Melissa Baird-Tindall and husband Tommy Tindall;

and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Clayton proudly served his country in the US Navy as a Lt. on the USS Howard DE 346 during WW

II. In keeping with his love for the Navy, Clayton was a generous supporter of US Navy memorials

and institutions and served for many years on the Board of the Battleship Texas Foundation.

A native Texan and member of the Mrs Baird's Baking family, Clayton enjoyed a long career with

the bakery that spanned over fifty years before his retirement in 1997. He baked bread in his early

days and moved into management and later into Employee Relations and Industrial Relations. In

his work with employees, Clayton was an early and avid supporter of hiring women and minorities

and providingequal pay for equal jobs, long before it became a legal debate and eventually the

law. A longtime member of the Board of Directors of Mrs Baird's Bakeries, Inc., he also served as

Chairman of the Board.In what became a surprising secondary career, Clayton was a volunteer

officer with the Harris County Sheriff's Department. He became interested in Law Enforcement

after he was asked to serve on a Federal Grand Jury. As a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, Clayton worked

in the Criminal Warrants Division, and retired at the rank of Detective Sergeant after 20-plus years

of service.Clayton had many philanthropic interests that involved his love of music, including the

Houston Symphony and Festival Hill at Round Top Texas.


A musician himself, he played drums for many years in a Dixieland band called The Fearless Four,

a group comprised of local businessmen who played for their passion for music (and the

occasional cocktail!). Clayton and Dorothy both enjoyed golf, and as longtime members of both

Lakeside Country Club and Houston Country Club, spent many happy hours on the golf course

with friends.He and Dorothy were dedicated friends of the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

and made many life long friends through their association there.


Clayton was also a generous supporter of several animal protection and rescue organizations and

always had at least one rescue animal (and usually more) happily ensconced in their home.

Forever proud of his Scottish ancestry, Clayton served for many years as President of the

Scottish Heritage Foundation, a group that among other things, encouraged business ventures

between the US and Scotland, and fostered Scottish traditions and music. Clayton loved nothing

more than an opportunity to wear the Baird tartan and hear the ancient drone of the bagpipes.

The family wishes to thank our many friends, family members near and far, the loving and patient

in-home caregivers and the amazing doctors, nurses and general staff of The Methodist Hospital,

particularly those in the Fondren Tower 12th floor facility.

So as to honor Clayton's wishes, a private Navy memorial service, aboard the Battleship Texas, is

to be conducted at a later date.In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those who so desire,

the family suggests with gratitude that contributions in Clayton's memory be directed to one of

the following: The Battleship Texas Foundation, 908 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 120, Houston,

TX, 77024-2208; The Ninnie L. Baird Foundation, P.O. Box 471461, Ft. Worth, TX, 76147; or to the

Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX, 77024.


Published in Houston Chronicle from August 13 to August 15, 2010

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McClellan's Pub & Celtic Voyage have parted company. Financial problems are forcing Phil &

Glenda McClellan to change direction with their business. We wish them well and all the luck in

their future endeavors.


For Celtic Voyage and you, our friends, this means finding a new "home". We need to find a pub,

preferably inside the Beltway or in the Clear Lake
 area , with enough room for both band &
audience! Any suggestions from you will be most welcome.


We will continue to keep you updated on any future developments & performances.

Sandy, Grant, Iain & Hector.

CELTIC VOYAGE -----

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From:
Cotham1025@aol.com

Here is the application form for the Friends of
 Sabine   Pass  Battleground. We welcome all
members and look forward to helping preserve and interpret the battleground.

Ed Cotham

3416 Tangley St.
Houston,  Texas
77005-2248

FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND


CHARTER MEMBERSHIP - 2009


Please enroll me as a member of the FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND for the current

calendar year.

Enclosed is $25 for an individual charter membership for the calendar year. Check or money

order should be made payable to FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND and mailed to the
address below. (Please print)

Name___________________________________________

Address____________________________Apt. No._______
City_______________________________Zip___________
Phone Number__________________________________________
E-Mail Address (optional)________________________________________

MAIL TO:


FRIENDS OF SABINE PASS BATTLEGROUND

130 Lena Lane,
Lumberton,  Texas   77657

Membership is good for one year (January - December)

FSPB has applied to the IRS for 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6252905.html

Group aims to preserve
 Sabine   Pass  battleground site

Associated Press

Feb. 8, 2009, 2:26PM

LAKE CHARLES,
 La. — A new group is seeking members to support a historic Civil War
battlefield along the Texas-Lousiana state line.

The 58-acre
 Sabine   Pass   Battleground   State  Historic Site in  Texas  includes a statue of
Confederate Lt. Dick Dowling and an interpretive pavilion illustrating the story of the
Sept. 8, 1863 battle.

Control of the site was transferred from the
 Texas   Parks  and Wildlife Department to the
Texas Historical Commission.

“With THC’s encouragement, we have now set up Friends of
 Sabine   Pass  Battleground to
help with the mission of preserving and interpreting the historical events in the Sabine
Pass area,” said  Texas  author and historian Ed Cotham.

During the battle, a fleet of Union gunboats and transports carrying 5,000 troops was

turned back by Dowling and 46 men of Company F, 1st  Texas  Heavy Artillery.
The Confederate force was comprised mostly of Irish dock workers and laborers from
Houston and  Galveston .

The attacking gunboats fired from the
 Louisiana  channel of the pass and from the Sabine
Pass Lighthouse on the  Louisiana  side of the river.

After about 45 minutes of gunfire, the Union invasion fleet retired. Two gunboats

surrendered and 50 Union troops were killed and 350 were captured. The Confederates
suffered no casualties.

The Friends group has applied for nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service and

is in the process of soliciting charter members. Its annual dues are $25.

“We hope to put out a newsletter and provide public input on the restoration of the

battleground and its monuments and markers, many of which were damaged by recent
hurricanes,” Cotham said.

Cotham is the author of “ Sabine 
 Pass : The Confederacy’s  Thermopylae ” (University of
Texas Press).


The battleground is about 1.5 miles south of the town of
 Sabine Pass ,  Texas .

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Ireland Photos

Pictures from
 Ireland  in 2006
To See Irish pics, click the following:
http://new.photos.yahoo.com/rdooling@swbell.net/album/1152921504621152084
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:: Irish Aires Has A Brand New Blog!! (actually we have

two!)

http://irishairescurrentevents.blogspot.com/2005/01/irish-aires-has-brand-new-blog.html

Below are links to hear broadcasts & playlists. If you have

RealAudio, a soundcard & speakers on your computer, you
should have no problem listening to the shows, EXCEPT that
if too many people are trying to access the stations audio
files at once, you might get an error. Try back later.
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::
 Florence  E. Beaton, RIP

Dear all, On behalf of our family, I would like to take this

opportunity to offer our deepest appreciation to everyone who
has responded to the notice of our Mother's death.

While this period has been very stressful to all of us, we have

taken much comfort from the kind words, wishes and prayers for
her, and it is reassuring to know that she was as appreciated
outside the family as she was loved within it. All your prayers,
gracious thoughts and gentle words will be fondly remembered.
The arrangements and details have been completed, and the obituary,
(below), was posted in the  Galveston   County  Daily News this morning.

The memorial service for Mother will be held at the Crowder

Funeral Home in  Dickinson ,  TX  on February 21st, 2009, from 12
to 3 PM. There will be a visitation period from 1 to 2, followed
by a Rosary offered by Deacon Joe Hensley of St. Mary's Catholic
Church in Texas City, TX, and a Memorial Remembrance delivered by
Rev. Matt Tittle of the  Bay   Area   Unitarian   Universalist   Church  in
Clear Lake,  TX. Following the spiritual passages, I will be giving
the eulogy, followed by any who may wish to honor our Mother by
their memories of her. If you wish to send flowers, please send
only potted plants rather than cut arrangements. And in keeping
with Mother's wishes, a traditional Irish/Scottish wake will be
held following the Memorial Services. Directions will be available
to those wishing to attend. However, if laughter, music, dancing,
the consumption of adult beverages and open emotion in her memory
will upset you, it is probably good if you say your goodbyes at the
Funeral Home. Again, we appreciate the outpouring of condolences
and appreciate your sentiment. Thank you, y muchas gracias, and remember
to always tell your loved ones that you love them. You will never
know when it will be too late. With love and affection,  Douglas ,
David, Matthew,. Scott, Alice, Christopher, Nancy, Joanne and Dad
Florence E. Beaton

Surrounded by her loving family,
 Florence  E. Beaton passed to eternal
rest on January 18th, 2009.

Born
 Florence  Elizabeth Kerrigan on January 7, 1930 in  Philadelphia ,
PA, to Nathan, (dec. 1938), and Mary Johnston Kerrrigan, (dec 1985),
she was one of seven siblings, Selwyn, of Pt.  Charlotte ,  Florida ,
Douglas (dec.), Mary Miller (dec.), Kenneth (dec.), Vincent, (dec.),
and Daniel, of  Lakeland ,  Florida .

Married to Alexander David Beaton, of
 Texas City ,  Texas , on June 3rd,
1948 in Dorchester, MA, their union produced eight children,  Douglas ,
David, Matthew, Scott, Alice Buttler, Christopher, Nancy Cain and
Joanne; her foster children, Neal and Robert Stimley; and twenty-six
grandchildren and great grandchildren.

After attending the Del Mar College Nursing School in
 Corpus Christi ,
Texas she was certified as a Registered Nurse in 1975. Until her
retirement in September of 2008, she was dedicated to the advancement
of her profession and an advocate of nursing rights in the workplace.
A lifelong proponent of child welfare, human rights and environmentally
conscious, she was a member of the Sierra Club and the Bay Area
Democrats. She was also a longtime member of the Clan MacLeod Society
and a Life Member of the Houston Highland Games Association
In keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes distributed
among family members

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Published January 22, 2009

:: Rory Oliver Miggins, RIP


http://www.legacy.com/houstonchronicle/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=99249818

Rory Oliver Miggins


RORY OLIVER MIGGINS, 52, entered into life everlasting on

December 7, 2007, in his parental home in the shadow of St.
Anne's Church, after a valiant 3-month battle with
melanoma.

Rory was born in
 Houston ,  Texas  on September 11, 1955, the
first-born of 12 children of Kathleen and Larry Miggins,
who survive him.

Rory was a natural competitor. He had a distinguished

athletic career at  St. Thomas   High School  in basketball,
baseball, and, particularly, football, garnering All-
District, All-State, and All-American honors as running
back. Rory graduated from  St. Thomas   High School  in 1974.
He graduated from the  University  of  Houston  in 1979 with a
BBA in Finance.

He was a lifelong athlete, playing baseball for 16 years

with the  Houston  Men's Senior Baseball League, most recently
with the Colt 45's during the spring of 2007.

During his 29-year career as a marine manager with ILA

Local 1351, Rory rose to Class A rank and served on its
Executive Board.

It was through his work at the
 Port  of  Houston  that Rory
developed a love of the waterfront, prompting him to form
the Waterfront Association that sponsored the Waterfront
Fishing Festival for many years dedicated to cleaning and
beautification of the environment.

Rory's love of music, fostered by his Irish heritage,

inspired him to create an  East End  legend, Local Charm, a
venue for regional blues, rockabilly, country, and zydeco
bands where he lived by the motto "You are a stranger here
but once." His eclectic music bar launched many new talents
in the 80's and 90's.

He was recognized for these efforts and was appointed the

2008 Honorary Chair of the Musician's Benevolent Society
that he co-founded in the 80's. An example of Rory's
originality and creativity is the first ever St. Patrick's
Day Snake Races held at Local Charm.

Always interested in
 Texas  history, Rory joined the  Texas
Army and achieved the rank of Colonel. He was also
recognized as a Knight of  Texas  for his work in connection
with the annual Greening of the Bayou for St. Patrick's
Day.

In addition to his parents, Rory is survived by his 11

grieving siblings, their spouses, and his 15 nieces and 16
nephews to whom he was a terrific uncle: Eileen Hohlt
(John), Mary, John, and Annie Hohlt; John (Debbie),
Christine, Julia, and Matthew Miggins; Larry (Sherl),
Thomas and Laura Miggins; Maureen Swanson (Pat), Fiona,
Patrick, Brian and Kenneth Swanson; Noreen Gottschalk
(Stephen), Robert and Daniel Gottschalk; Matthew
(Penelope), Gabriella, John, and Maria Miggins; Kathleen
Hibbler (Jim), Elizabeth, Conor, Bridie, and Rory; Neil
(Serena), Charlie, Jack, and  Adelaide  Miggins; Robert
(Julie), Lily, Carlo, and Patrick Miggins; Patrick ( Nancy )
and James Miggins; and Michael (Abby), Molly, Cate and Lucy
Miggins. Rory's surviving aunts and uncles include John and
Helen Miggins of  Tunxis Village ,  CT ; Rita Miggins of Boca
Raton,  FL; Eileen (Rory's godmother) and Jake Hoppenthal of
Artesia Springs,  CA; Thomas and Margaret McMahon of
Chicago,  IL ; Andy and Ann McMahon of  Melbourne ,  Australia ;
and Bridie and Jimmy Morrissey of  London ,  England . He has
countless cousins, world-wide, who survive him, many of
whom supported him with visits and phone calls during his
illness.

In addition to his activities noted above, Rory was a

member of many other families including St. Anne's parish,
the Houstonian Club, Art Car Parade Commission (founding
member), the  Orange  Show Commission, the Waterfront
Association, the  Texas  Army, Slippery Rock Booster Club,
Idylwood Civic Club, St. Patrick's Parade Commission,
Houston Blues Society (founding member), Dick Dowling Irish
Heritage Society (founding member), The Irish Society, The
Seaman's Center, and  St. Thomas   High School  Alumni
Association.

Never was Rory's loyal and diverse network of friends more

evident than during his illness when they kept his spirits
high and ministered to his spiritual needs. Rory wanted to
express his appreciation to the doctors and nurses at MD
Anderson who did their best to arrest his cancer. Showing
his indomitable spirit, just last Monday, Rory said "I'm
your man" if a clinical trial became available.

Neither the Miggins family nor Rory could have faced the

challenge of this vicious disease without the loving
expertise of Rory's brother-in-law and Noreen's husband,
Dr. Stephen Gottschalk, who tirelessly trouble-shot on
Rory's behalf.

The family will receive friends at St. Anne's Catholic

Church, 2140 Westheimer (at Shepherd) on Monday, December
10 from 5 8 pm, with the rosary recitation at 7 o'clock.
The Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am on Tuesday,
December 11, with a light luncheon to follow in the parish
hall. Following the luncheon, Rory's remains will return to
his beloved East End for interment at  Forest Park   Lawndale .
Rory's pallbearers are his seven surviving brothers.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made in

Rory Miggins' name to:

· The Hole in the Wall Gang (a fund for crippled children)

c/o ILA 1351, 7524 Ave. N,  Houston ,  TX   77012 ;

·
 St. Thomas   High School , Rory Miggins Memorial Scholarship,
4500 Memorial,  Houston ,  TX   77007 ;

·
 St.   Anne   School  Foundation, 2120 Westheimer,  Houston ,  Texas   77019 ;

· The St. Brendan Society, c/o Jeannie Kearns, 10220

Memorial Drive #131,  Houston ,  TX   77024 . "

Fare thee well, my child, forever. In this world we have

lost our joy. But in the next we will never sever. There
we'll find our darlin' boy."

Sign guest book at:

http://www.legacy.com/houstonchronicle/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=99249818

:: George F. Little, RIP (Pete Little’s Father)


September 2, 2006, of Depew, NY, husband of the late Muriel

C. Little; father of Mary Catherine (James) Spilman,
Michael (Ann), David (Elisabeth Alvarsdotter), John
(Barbara), Margaret (Kevin) Craig, Anne Militello, Stephen
(Maureen), Jeanne (Paul) Konetzny, Peter, Teresa, Maureen;
brother of Eleanor Rigdon, Catherine Little; grandfather of
20; great grandfather of 18. Memorial Mass to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rapid Response Home
Care Program at  Millard   Fillmore   Hospital ,  Gates Circle .
Published in the  Buffalo  News on 9/7/2006.
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Nina Simon passed away. She was the mother Ciaran Simon's

(of Mr C's Pub in  Houston ) and the wife of Harry Simon of
Cleveland. The following obit was posted online at:
http://obits.cleveland.com/Cleveland/DeathNotices.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=115892758

You can go there and leave a message for Ciaran.


Eileen "Nina" (Cooke) Simon


EILEEN "NINA" SIMON (nee Cooke), age 85, died Sunday, Aug.

17, 2008. Beloved wife of Harry; loving mother of  Frances , Declan,
Melanie and Ciaran; grandmother to Daniel, Moira and Aislinn
(deceased); sister, aunt or cousin to the Cookes, the Foleys, Hills,
Synnotts and O'Sullivans. Nina was an avid gardener and loved
fashion and the theater. She had a special affinity for The Bard. She
was a member of St. Clement parish for 50 years and served as a
Eucharistic Minister and Lector. She volunteered many hours to
numerous charitable causes. She loved to sew and bake. A
Memorial Mass will be officiated by her dear friend Fr. Alfred
Winters at  St.  Clement,  2022 Lincoln Ave.  on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at
10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation may be made to the
Multiple Myaloma Foundation or to "Genesis Medical Education and
Research Institute" (MERI) in  Memphis , TN. Special thanks to the
staff at Harborside Nursing Home and  Cleveland  Clinic Hospice for
their loving care. www.cleveland.com/obits
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:: AL CAMPBELL ( Houston
 Highlanders Bagpiper )(1931- 2006)

It is with great sadness that we inform our membership that

our friend and piper, Al Campbell, passed away last
evening. Over the years, we could always count on Al to
support H&T with all our piping requests. He gave
generously of his time, and was a very special contributor
to our Society. In addition to his dignified performances,
Al had great humor which he occasionally added for fun and
laughter. We shall miss him.

Our special condolences to his wife, Betsy, his family and

close friends.
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:: PHILLIP JAMES CONNELLY, of Katy, passed away on

Thursday, August 11, 2005 in a  Houston  hospital at the age
of 74 years.

Phillip James Connelly was born on September 14, 1930 in

Tulsa,  Oklahoma to Paul and Peggy Connelly. He graduated
from  Holy   Family   High School  in  Tulsa ,  Oklahoma  and the
University of  Oklahoma. He served his country during the
Korean War as a Lieutenant in the  U.S.  Army based out of
Fort Sill,  Oklahoma.

On April 4, 1964, he married his beloved wife, Bridget

Imelda Corr. He retired from General Electric's Lighting
Division after 30 years of service.

Phil was a founding member and former president of the

Irish American Heritage Association of Katy and a member of
the Irish Society in  Houston ,  Texas . He was a member of the
Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, in Katy, and a member
of the Knights of  Columbus , 4th Degree, Assembly 2721. He
was also a friend of Bill Wilson.

He was a life long Democrat. Phil was an active participant

in the Forever Young Group in Epiphany, as well as many
other organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Bridget Imelda Connelly of

Katy; his sons, Mike Connelly of Keller, Texas, and Tim
Connelly and his wife Sylvia of Ardmore,  Pennsylvania ; and
his grandson, Sebastian Connelly. He was preceded in death
by his parents, Paul and Peggy Connelly; and by his
brother, Jack Connelly.

Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5005 Mitchelldale,  Suite  115 ,
Houston,  Texas   77092-7230 or to your favorite charity.
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If you have nothing better to do, and I suspect you do, you can see our vacations

Pictures on line. Warning they are NOT from  Ireland  (unfortunately). This includes
All our pictures from our fall trip. We will be back home tomorrow.

ALL my pics at Flickr
Slide show for Pics from the Midwest (94)
Slide show for Pics from the West (61)
Slide Show for Pics from Big Horn Mountains, Wyoming (45)
Slide Show for Pics from Beartooth Mountains, WY & MT (17)
Slide Show for Pics from Montana (31)
Slide Show for Pics from Glacier Park (42)
Slide Show for Pics from Yellowstone (57)
Slide Show for Pics from the Grand Tetons (22)
Slide Show for Pics from Around Salt Lake City (35)
Slide Show for Pics from Nevada (15)
Slide Show for Pics from Yosemite Park (41)
Slide Show for Pics from N California (51)
Slide Show for Pics from San Francisco (58)
Slide Show for Pics from California (14)
Slide Show for Pics from Las Vegas (19)
Slide Show for Pics from Utah & Zion National Park (33)
Slide Show for Pics from Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (61)
Slide Show for Pics from Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (41)
Slide Show for Pics from Monument Valley, AZ (16)
Slide Show for Pics from West Texas & McDonald Observatory (12)

OR you can see more details about our trip at


YAHOO Trip Fall 2008 - Part 1 (Aug 7 - Sept 6, 2008) (226 Pics)
YAHOO Trip Fall 2008 - Part 2 (Sep 6 - Oct 12, 2008) (304 Pics)
YAHOO Trip Fall 2008 - Part 3 (Oct 13 - Oct 31, 2008) (220 Pics)

(The pictures can be seen at the Yahoo site also. Click on the pictures directly

Left of the Fall 2008 title. You will see the pics here with labels.)
Post IKE pics from Shoreacres
Pictures from 2008 St Paddy's Irish Open Golf Tournament.
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Other Irish Celtic Calendars & Sources:


Scottish Country Dancing & More:

http://home.att.net/~diannashipman/Calendar.htm

Houston Irish Development Assoc:

http://www.houstonirish.org/calendar/calendar.shtml

Texas Celtic Music Network Calendar

http://texcelt.org/Calendar.html

Southwest Celtic Music Association

http://www.scmatx.org/main.htm

Texas Scottish Heritage Society

http://www.txscot.com/

Houston Chronicle Search for World Music Local bands

http://www.chron.com/COMS/BandsPub/pub.mpl?actionfiltered=searchbands&nextview=bandsearch&submit1=&submit2=2&band_name=&genre=World

Houston Press World Music Listing

http://listings.houstonpress.com/gyrobase/Music/Results?genre=13765&keyword=&date=
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UST Students Explore the
 Northern Ireland  Peace Process and Contemporary  Ireland  on Summer 2009
Study Abroad

This summer twelve
 University  of  St. Thomas  students explored new territory in  Dublin ,  Galway  and
Belfast, thanks to our friendships with key figures in the Irish Government, including Consul General
Martin Rouine and Vice Consul Tim Reilly in the Irish Consulate in Chicago, our outstanding Cultural
Outreach Forum speakers and many others across this country and in  Ireland  and  Northern Ireland . Led
by the University’s Irish Studies Visiting Scholar Aoife Ní Ghloinn of the Irish Studies Program, and Lori
Gallagher, J.D., Director of the University’s Center for Irish Studies, the students received six credit hours
for courses on  Northern Ireland : Conflict and Peace and Contemporary  Ireland : Society and Culture. The
students participated in ten days of intense study in  Houston  during the end of May and first part of June
and then crossed the Atlantic for three and one-half weeks of hands-on study in  Ireland  and Northern
Ireland.


The students opened their educational and cultural experience in
 Dublin  on June 16th, “Bloomsday”, the
day featured in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. They began with a tour of the city and a visit to the  Dublin
Writers’ Museum, which features many Irish writers and artists, and a walking tour of Joyce’s  Dublin
guided by Professors Ní Ghloinn and Gallagher.

On June 17th and 18th, the students began their study of Contemporary
 Ireland  by witnessing many
facets of the Irish Government at Leinster House in  Dublin . First, the students paid a courtesy call on the
Honorable John O’Donoghue, T.D., Ceann Comhairle (Speaker of the House), who visited the University
of  St.
 Thomas in 2008, and whose office was responsible for organizing the Government visits.
Next, the students attended live sessions of the Dáil (Irish House of Representatives), where they
observed An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen answer questions posed by the opposition parties
about the Irish economy and other key contemporary issues. They also observed debates in the Seanad
(the Senate) on matters relating to human rights and the environment, among other topics.

Additionally, they met the grandson of former President and Taoiseach Éamon de
 Valera , Minister Éamon
Ó Cuív, T.D., of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This Department has
supported the Center’s Irish language and study abroad programs since 2006. Mary MacArthur, one of the
University’s leading Irish language students, presented Minister Eamon Ó Cuív with a gift and statement
of gratitude in Irish from the University for the Department’s support of these programs.

To further their hands-on experience of the Irish Government as it relates to their courses of study, the

students met with and presented questions on Contemporary  Ireland  to representatives of the Department
of Education and Science and on the  Northern Ireland  Peace Process to members of the Dáil, the Seanad
and other governmental representatives in the Department of Foreign Affairs as well as the Committee on
Anglo-Irish Affairs in the Office of An Taoiseach.

On the 19th, thanks to Netta Blanchard, Regional Director of The American
 Ireland  Fund in  Dallas , the
University’s students paired with members of The American  Ireland  Fund from across the country and The
Ireland Funds in  Ireland  to hear the first-hand accounts of Dr. Rory O’Hanlon on the  Northern Ireland
Peace Process. Dr. O’Hanlon is the former Irish Ceann Comhairle and was an active participant in the
early days of the peace process.

The students rounded out their cultural experience in
 Dublin  through private tours of the Book of Kells and
the Long Room at  Trinity   College , as well as of John Lavery paintings at the  Hugh   Lane   Gallery ,  Dublin
City Gallery, presented by Sinead McCoole, the renown biographer of Hazel Lavery, whose portrait was
depicted on the Irish pound and who was instrumental in the Anglo-Irish peace process of 1921.

Through the kind offices of Kilmainham Gaol Supervisor and Archivist Niall Bergin, who presented a

November 2007 Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Lecture, the students also received a private
tour of Kilmainham Gaol and heard some of the little known facts about Irish history and  Ireland ’s struggle
for independence as played out at Kilmainham, and particularly the role played by Irish women.

Other highlights of their educational and cultural excursions included visits to the Irish language-speaking

areas known as the Gaeltacht in Connemara and the Aran Islands off the coast of  County Galway  as well
as the Cultúrlann and other Irish-speaking areas of  West Belfast .

In
 Northern Ireland , the students spent eight days hearing lectures from and interviewing members of the
academic, journalistic, religious, political and cross-community sectors, in their pursuit of greater
understanding of the  Northern Ireland  Peace Process as a model for resolution of other conflicts around
the world. Specifically, they met:
Governmental Leaders:

· Visit to the  Northern Ireland  Assembly at Stormont
· Private meeting with Northern Irish Government Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
· Separate meetings with representatives of various  Northern Ireland  political parties, including Green Party, Progressive Unionist Party, Sinn Féin, Social Democratic and Labour Party, and the  Ulster  Unionist Party
Religious Leaders:
· Rev. Harold Good, former President of the Methodist Church of Ireland, one of two clerical witnesses to the decommissioning (destruction) of arms by the Irish Republican Army in 2005 and winner of a World Peace Award from the Methodist Church for his work on the peace process in Northern Ireland (he lectured for the Center’s Cultural Outreach Forum in October 2007 along with Fr. Alec Reid)
· Fr. Tim Bartlett, Secretary to Cardinal Brady and a key player in social justice in  Ireland  and  Northern Ireland
· Fr. Gerry Reynolds, Clonard Monastery, a Redemptorist community in West Belfast, who worked alongside Fr. Alec Reid to bring peace to the streets of  Belfast
· Rev. Bill Shaw, Presbyterian Minister, Director of the 174 Trust in  North Belfast  (who lectured for UST’s Cultural Outreach Forum in 2006 and to several Irish Studies classes since then)
Cross-Community Groups:
· Coiste Political  Tours
· Corrymeela Community (in Ballycastle and in  Belfast )
· EPIC
· Healing Through Remembering
· Relatives for Justice
· Individuals working within these and other groups focused on bringing peace to  Northern Ireland
Academic Experts:
· Dr. Richard English, Professor of Politics, Director of Research (Irish Politics, Chair, Irish Studies International Research Initiative and Award-Winning Author, Queen’s University  Belfast ), on Irish Politics and particularly the IRA and the Peace Process
· Prof. Peter Finn, Principal of St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, on Education
· Mr. Martin Hagan, Head Lecturer, Education, St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, on Education
· Mr. Dermot McCartan, Senior Lecturer, Education, St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, on Education
Irish Language Specialists and Visits:
· Sean Mitchell (who works with Irish-Medium Language Schools in  Northern Ireland )
· Other key players in the Irish-Medium Language Schools in  Northern Ireland
· Four visits to the Cultúrlann in  West Belfast  for the Gaeltacht Experience and other opportunities to learn and speak in the Irish language
Journalists and Media Specialists:
· Roy Garland, Irish News
· Mairtín Ó Muilleoir, Belfast Media Group
Additionally, the students experienced:
· The Hill of Tara, Newgrange and the High Crosses of Monasterboice with a private tour by  Royal   Irish  Academy  member and Irish medievalist and archaelogist Dr. Peter Harbison
· A Tour of the  North   Antrim   Coast , including crossing the  Carrick-a-rede   Rope   Bridge  and visiting the Giant’s Causeway
· Casement  Park  in  Belfast  for an  Ulster  hurling final match
· Prehistoric stone  fort   Dun  Aengus on the  Aran Islands
· The Heritage and History Centre in Clifden,  Connemara
· Many other sites throughout  Dublin ,  Belfast  and  Galway

Many of the students have expressed that the study abroad experience has been “life changing.”


Below

are quotes from some of the students who participated in this study abroad experience:

Juletta Palyan, a permanent resident in the
 United States  who was born and raised in  Armenia  and is
pursuing a degree with a concentration in International Studies and Business, enthused: “Thank you for
the most incredible experience in  Ireland . The Study Abroad in  Ireland  with  University  of  St. Thomas  has
been life changing because it confirmed my deep belief that in reality all people share basic humanity and
that the environment plays a major role in shaping it. Often, we have a hard time forgiving people who in
one way or another have insulted us or said something rude to us. In  Northern Ireland , I saw how many
Catholics as well as Protestants were able graciously to find a power to forgive each other, find a common
ground to establish peace and start a life aimed at recovery from all the past troubles. I returned from
Ireland determined to go back after my graduation in December of 2009 to obtain a postgraduate degree
concentrated on the Peace Process. There is so much to research and make available to the world.”
International Studies and Communications student Deanna Soileau stated:
“I’m so glad that I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel with the UST study abroad group to
Ireland this summer! While we were in  Ireland , we experienced history in the making, met high-ranking
individuals in politics, the arts and the Church, and took special tours to see some of  Ireland ’s most
ancient sites! I could not have seen  Ireland  like this on my own and I could not have asked for a better
experience.”

Catherine Aquila, a Studio Arts Major, commented: “I cannot express how amazing this trip was or how it

has changed my life. I feel like I have a completely new perspective on everything, including myself. I wish
that everyone in the world could have an opportunity like this one. I want everyone to know how wonderful
Ireland is and how amazing it is to meet people from all over the world and to listen to their stories and
perspectives.”

Theology Major and Studio Arts Minor Mary MacArthur observed: “Study Abroad in
 Ireland  was amazing. It
was a whirlwind of new experiences; I had fun and gained insight into what we were studying. And the
land was beautiful.”

“The trip to
 Ireland  was an exciting and challenging educational experience. I enjoyed learning about the
history and current conditions of  Ireland . Our group from UST was great and the opportunity to meet so
many people in  Ireland  was wonderful,” stated secondary level math teacher and UST Master’s in
Education graduate student Lauren Kelly.

Additionally, many of those with whom we met who are working on building peace in
 Northern Ireland
expressed how much they appreciated our interest in their life stories, what is currently happening in the
North and the steps they have taken in their work to end the conflict and make their world a better place.

While we were in
 Belfast , two of the loyalist paramilitary groups took steps toward decommissioning
(destroying) their weapons, which were historic acts. The students met with some of the people who are
encouraging these groups to decommission, and they read and heard about these momentous acts in the
media while we were there.

Additionally, while we were in Belfast, the Andersontown News published by the Belfast Media Group

featured our  Ireland  and  Northern Ireland  Study Abroad program in the July 4 edition for its focus on the
peace process.

We are most grateful for the contributions from everyone who made this
 Ireland  and  Northern Ireland
Study Abroad Program possible: our donors to the Study Abroad live auction at the 2008 Irish Gala, the
Irish Government, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, attendees of our St. Patrick’s
Day Masses and Brunches, and donors to the Bishop McCarthy Scholarship for Study Abroad in Ireland,
the Joan Meade DeDitius Memorial Fund and many other public and private donors who provided our
students with this once-in-a lifetime experience. These gifts enabled us to provide the students with up to
a $2,000 scholarship toward their airfare and tuition for the courses as well as to lead them on all of the
above-referenced excursions.

We offer a special thank you to Irish Government Ceann Comhairle, the Honorable John O’Donoghue,

T.D., Ben Dunne, Head of Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Houses of the Oireachtas, and Grainne Ní Neill and
others in his office for arranging much of our visit, Minister Éamon Ó Cuív, T.D., Department of
Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, and members of his office, as well as Irish Consul General
Martin Rouine and Vice Consul Tim Reilly, for assisting the Center for Irish Studies and the Study Abroad
Program in arranging many of these excursions.
2009 Cultural Outreach Forum
We are pleased to announce the members of our Cultural Outreach Forum as of July 2009. Become a
member of the Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum and make a difference!

Ambassador

ExxonMobil Foundation
Colleen and George McCullough
Shell Oil Company Foundation
Sally and William T. Slick
Consul
Freebird Partners L.P.
Donor
Marion Bell
Joe Brazzatti/ConocoPhillips
Prof. Elaine and Robert Carlson
Dr. William J. Coffey II
Dr. and Mrs. William Cunningham
James Deegan
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Dwyer
Dr. Charlene Dykman and Dr. Charles Davis
June and Eamonn Finnerty
Michele and Thomas R. Fox
Mitzi and Jim Gillespie
Janet and Randy Gilmore
Michael “Griff”  Griffin
Janet Kavanagh
Rev. Hubert Kealy
Mary Kiernan
Connie Little
Barbara McClintock/Conoco Phillips
Cecilia and Lynn McDonald
Colleen McFadden
Norma and Dr. Joseph McFadden
Bernadine Miller
Ralph O’Connor
Mary Jane and James E. O’Rourke
Sandra and John Pezzetta
Isla and Thomas R. Reckling III
Ann and Richard Rejmaniak
Kathy and Joe Ridley
Debra and Paul Rieke
Peter Slot
Salli and Michael Youtt

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