Constant Billy at EQ Heights Saturday January 6 2018

SATURDAY, January 6 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm Constant Billy will welcome in the New Year with some great new music at EQ Heights-1030 Heights Blvd. EQ has great food and coffee, and now serves beer and wine also. We’ll do our best to put a song in your heart to start your New Year right. As Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today,hope for tomorrow.”

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Events update for January 2018 in and around Houston

Friday January 5th 2018 at 7pm it’s Lone Star Stout in a house concert at the Carter residence! Both Hugh Morrison and Jed Marum are wonderful musicians and it is going to be a real treat for your ears. Lonestar Stout takes a new and refreshing look at Celtic tradition. They bring a warm and spirited mix of songs and fun to their performances – offering the music of Scotland, Ireland and America – from beautiful historic ballads to rowdy pub-style classics and ripping tune sets!  Check out their website http://www.lonestarstout.com .

 There is a suggested donation. Your host will provide some light bites, but both food and drink are always appreciated if you bring some. You are welcome to arrive a little earlier than 7 for food, drink and socializing. CD’s will also be available for those of you who want to take home some of the music you hear this evening.  RSVP as soon as possible to mfcarter@gmail.com

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ALSO Friday January 5th 2018 it’s Blaggards at Ashford Pub 13308-100 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77077 (281) 679-6112. As always we encourage you to visit their site, as they are always gigging: http://blaggards.com/

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 Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 3 PM – 5:30 PM it’s Wylde Meade in a 12th Night Houston area house concert. “Old Christmas” will be past and we’ll send it off with a rousing farewell! Join us as we prance with nymphs into the joyous New Year, share songs to praise the Holly, venture into the topsy-turvy world of mumming, the battle between the Holly and Ivy, “Wassail all over the town” and so much more! There is a suggested donation. For information or to be added to invitation email list, email Carolyn at Carolynscottonwoodconcerts@aol.com

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ALSO Saturday January 6th 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm Constant Billy wishes one and all a very Happy New Year! Come help us celebrate a new beginning with some great new music at EQ Heights! EQ Heights is located at 1030 Heights Boulevard in Houston. They have great food and coffee, and now serve beer and wine also. Call (713) 434-6923 fo mo info. As Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” 

  • WHAT: Constant Billy welcomes in the New Year!
  • WHEN: Saturday January 6th 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
  • WHERE: EQ Heights, 1030 Heights Boulevard, on the east side, just south of 11th Street in the Houston Heights.
  • COST: No cover charge- we’ll pass the hat. Free parking!

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Saturday January 27 in Houston, TX it’s Blaggards at Mo’s Irish Pub – Vintage Park

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THIS CALENDAR IS UPDATED REGULARLY

 

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Frank Kelly’s Christmas Countdown

For those of you who enjoy our annual playing of Frank Kelly”s Christmas Countdown…I am putting a download , which is lifted from You Tube, and the written lyrics as well
Happy Christmas from the Irish Aires Crew
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Christmas Countdown
Frank Kelly
Day One
Dear Nuala,
Thank you very much for your lovely present of a partridge in a pear-tree
We’re getting the hang of feeding the partridge now,
Although it was difficult at first to win its confidence
It bit the mother rather badly on the hand
But they’re good friends now and we’re keeping the pear-tree indoors in a bucket
Thank you again
Yours affectionately, Gobnait O’Lúnasa
Day Two
Dear Nuala,
I cannot tell you how surprised we were to hear from you so soon again and to receive your lovely present of two turtle doves
You really are too kind
At first the partridge was very jealous
And suspicious of the doves and they had a terrible row the night the doves arrived
We had to send for the vet but the birds are okay again
And the stitches are due to some out in a week or two
The vet’s bill was 8 but the mother is over her annoyance now
And the doves and the partridge are watching the telly from the pear-tree as I write Yours ever, Gobnait
Day Three
Dear Nuala,
We must be foremost in your thoughts
I had only posted my letter when the three French hens arrived
There was another sort-out between the hens and the doves,
Who sided with the partridge, and the vet had to be sent for again
The mother was raging because the bill was 16 this time
But she has almost cooled down
However, the fact that the birds’ droppings keep falling down
On her hair whilen she’s watching the telly, doesn’t help matters
Thanking you for your kindness
I remain, your Gobnait
Day Four
Dear Nuala,
You mustn’t have received my last letter when you were sending us the four calling birds There was pandemonium in the pear-tree again last night and the vet’s bill was 32
The mother is on sedation as I write
I know you meant no harm and remain your close friend
Gobnauit
Day Five
Nuala,
Your generosity knows no bounds
Five gold rings! When the parcel arrived I was scared stiff that it might be more birds, because the smell in the living-room is atrocious
However, I don’t want to seem ungrateful for the beautiful rings
Your affectionate friend, Gobnait
Day Six
Nuala,
What are you trying to do to us? It isn’t that we don’t appreciate your generosity
But the six geese have not alone nearly murdered the calling birds
But they laid their eggs on top of the vet’s head
From the pear-tree and his bill was 68 in cash !
My mother is munching 60 grains of Valium a day
And talking to herself in a most alarming way
You must keep your feelings for me in check
Gobnait
Day Seven
Nuala,
We are not amused by your little joke
Seven swans-a-swimming is a most romantic idea but not in the bath of a private house
We cannot use the bathroom now because they’ve gone completely savage
And rush the door every time we try to enter
If things go on this way, the mother and I will smell as bad as the living-room carpet Please lay off It is not fair
Gobnait
Day Eight
Nuala,
Who the hell do you think gave you the right to send eight,
Hefty maids-a-milking here, to eat us out of house and home?
Their cattle are all over the front lawn
And have trampled the hell out of the mother’s rose-beds
The swans invaded the living-room in a sneak attack
And the ensuing battle between them and the calling birds,
Turtle doves, French hens and partridge make the battle
Of the Somme seem like Wanderly Wagon
The mother is on a bottle of whiskey a day, as well as the sixty grains of Valium
I’m very annoyed with you
Gobnait
Day Nine
Listen you looser!
There’s enough pandemonium in this place night and day without nine drummers drumming, while the eight flaming maids-a-milking are beating my poor, old alcoholic mother out of her own kitchen and gobbling everything in sight
I’m warning you, you’re making an enemy of me
Gobnait
Day Ten
Listen manure-face,
I hope you’ll be haunted by the strains of ten pipers piping
Which you sent to torment us last night
They were aided in their evil work by those maniac drummers
And it wasn’t a pleasant sight to look out the window
And see eight hefty maids-a-milking pogo-ing around with the ensuing punk-rock uproar
My mother has just finished her third bottle of whiskey,
On top of a hundred and twenty four grains of Valium
You’ll get yours!
Gobnait O’Lúnasa
Day Eleven
You have scandalized my mother, you dirty Jezebel,
It was bad enough to have eight maids-a-milking dancing to punk music on the front lawn but they’ve now been joined by your friends the eleven Lords-a-leaping
And the antics of the whole lot of them would leave
The most decadent days of the Roman Empire looking like Outlook
I’ll get you yet, you loud bag!
Day Twelve
Listen slurry head,
You have ruined our lives
The twelve maidens dancing turned up last night
And beat the living daylights out of the eight maids-a-milking,
‘Cause they found them carrying on with the eleven Lords-a-leaping
Meanwhile, the swans got out of the living-room,
Where they’d been hiding since the big battle,
And savaged hell out of the Lords and all the Maids
There were eight ambulances here last night, and the local Civil Defence as well
The mother is in a home for the bewildered
And I’m sitting here, up to my neck in birds’ droppings, empty whiskey
And Valium bottles, birds’ blood and feathers,
While the flaming cows eat the leaves off the pear-tree
I’m a broken man
Songwriters: Frank Kelly / Jim Doherty

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Tew Academy’s Becca Bryan brings home World medals

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Sunday, April 23, Becca Bryan, a dancer and assistant instructor at the Tew Academy of Irish Dance, competed at the 2017 World Irish Dance Championships in Killarney, Ireland and brought home medals and a 15th place finish out of a large pool of very talented dancers.

Congratulations to her on a great performance!

For more about the Tew Academy of Irish Dance, visit their website at http://www.tewacademy.org.

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Martin McGuinness: Sinn Féin politician dies aged 66

BBC March 21, 2017

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister, has died aged 66.

It is understood he had been suffering from a rare heart condition. His funeral will be in Derry on Thursday.

The former IRA leader turned peacemaker worked at the heart of the power-sharing government following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

The Queen is sending a private message to Mr McGuinness’ widow, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

Among the seismic moments in his time in government was the famous handshake with the Queen in 2012 and a toast to her Majesty at Windsor Castle.

Mr. McGuinness became deputy first minister in 2007, standing alongside Democratic Unionist Party leaders Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster.

He died in the early hours of Tuesday in a Derry hospital with his family by his side.

The Northern Ireland Assembly will be recalled on Wednesday due to Mr McGuinness’ death. “Bogside Republicans never retire,” a defiant but tearful Martin McGuinness told his supporters on the night he called time on his political career.

He never travelled far from his roots but his political journey took him far beyond the comfort of Derry’s Bogside.

But Sinn Féin’s one-time chief negotiator always found his toughest negotiation was with his own people, especially in his home city where he faced threats from dissident republican

 

A visibly ailing Mr McGuinness stood down from his post in January to protest against the DUP’s handling of an energy scandal, in a move that triggered a snap election.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said: “Throughout his life Martin showed great determination, dignity and humility and it was no different during his short illness.

‘Historic contribution’

“He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country. But above all he loved his family and the people of Derry and he was immensely proud of both.”

Prime Minister Theresa May said although she could never “condone the path he took in the earlier part of his life, Martin McGuinness ultimately played a defining role in leading the republican movement away from violence”.

“In doing so, he made an essential and historic contribution to the extraordinary journey of Northern Ireland from conflict to peace,” she added.

Colin Parry, whose 12-year-old son, Tim, died in an IRA bomb in Warrington in 1993, said although he did not forgive the IRA or Martin McGuinness, he found him a man who was “sincere in his desire for peace”.

Julie Hambleton, whose sister, Maxine, was one of the 21 people killed in the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974, said “with his death, the truth is buried”.

“Mr McGuinness was very fortunate because he was able to live a full life unlike my sister, unlike 20 other victims and unlike so many other thousands of people who were murdered.”

No-one knows how many people Martin McGuinness killed, directly or indirectly.

As a senior commander in the Provisional IRA for many years, there is no doubt there was blood on his hands.

Security sources say he went on to become chief of staff of the organisation from the early 1980s, right through until the end of the IRA’s campaign of violence.

Nothing happened in Derry without him knowing.

Northern Ireland’s Chief Constable George Hamilton said: “Our society suffered grievously throughout our troubled history; and many police officers and their families are among those who suffered.

“Martin’s journey in life challenges all of us who care about the future; to be prepared to change; to demonstrate leadership; and to work to understand the world, not just from our own perspective, but from the perspectives of everyone in our community.”

Northern Ireland’s former first minister Arlene Foster expressed her “sincere condolences” at his death.

‘Personal journey’

“Today’s news will come as a shock to many people,” she said.

“First and foremost, Martin McGuinness was a much loved husband, father and grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and the family circle at this very painful time of grief and loss.”

Northern Ireland Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, said Mr. McGuinness’ “personal journey and the clear influence he had on others in the republican movement were instrumental in shaping political institutions in Northern Ireland founded on exclusively peaceful and democratic means”.

Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Enda Kenny said his passing represented a “significant loss, not only to politics in Northern Ireland, but to the wider political landscape on this island and beyond”.

The Democratic Unionist Party MP, Nigel Dodds, survived an IRA gun attack in Belfast in 1996 as he was visiting his sick child in hospital.

“We can’t forget his past. He himself didn’t forget his past. This will also be a difficult day for victims. But he did help move people forward when it comes to the peace process,” he said.

Martin McGuinness grew up in Derry’s Bogside, radicalised, he said, by discrimination and murder on the streets of his city.

In 1972, at the age of 21, he was second-in-command of the IRA in Derry at the time of Bloody Sunday, when 14 civil rights protesters were killed in the city by soldiers.

He had a leading role in the IRA during a time when the paramilitary organisation was bombing his home city.

He was convicted by the Republic of Ireland’s Special Criminal Court after being arrested near a car containing explosives and ammunition. He served two prison sentences – he was also convicted of IRA membership.

But his leadership potential was spotted early and he was just 22 when he and Gerry Adams were flown to London for secret talks with the British government: MI5 considered him serious officer material with strategic vision.

He claimed he made the transition to politics when he left the IRA in 1974 but security experts believe he was still a leader during some of the organisation’s most notorious attacks in the mid 1980s.

The years that followed saw the IRA hunger strikes, the Brighton bombing when Margaret Thatcher and the Tory Party conference were targeted and the Enniskillen bomb in 1987, in which 11 people died.

The shift to politics came slowly. Martin McGuinness was chief negotiator in the blossoming peace process and took on the post of education minister.

By 2007, he was Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister standing alongside First Minister Ian Paisley. The two forged an unlikely alliance – but they were working together for the same goal.

He worked alongside DUP first minister Peter Robinson and, until January, was in office with Arlene Foster.

In recent years, he said: “My war is over. My job as a political leader is to prevent that war and I feel very passionate about it.”

 

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ST. PATRICK’S WEEK EVENTS 2017

Sunday March 12

  • 1pm it’s the annual Dick Dowling Statue Ceremony at Herman Park. Featured speaker will be our old friend Lori Gallagher of the University of St. Thomas Irish Studies program.
  • 39th Annual FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Parade Champion Forest and FM 1960 281-378-0800 1960parade.com  H-E-B’s Scott McClelland grand marshals this year’s 1960 St. Patrick’s Parade, which includes an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales. Vendor market in the Home Depot parking lot at 4159 FM 1960 West at Gladebrook for carnival food, games and face painting. Proceeds benefit the Cypress Creek EMS Scholarship Fund.
  • 5pm Blaggards, will perform at Plimlico on Waugh for that venue’s 3rd Anniversary Party For more info on upcoming Blaggards performances, (there are a lot of them) please go to Blaggards.com.
  • 5-7pm it’s the 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Young Adult Cancer Awareness Fundraiser at St Arnolds Brewery. Music by Blaggards.  Please join us for a fun evening with friends, family and neighbors and learn more about what’s happening at Dan’s House of Hope. Food and beverages provided. Register now for reduced rate, or pay $50 at the door. Thank you to event sponsor – Crossroads Insurance Recovery Advocates, LLC, and to food sponsor – Central Bank
  • 7PM Jig is Up at Gorgeous Gael 5555 Morningside

Monday-Friday March 13-17, Bellaire City Library’s Irish Movie Week, 5111 Jessamine, Bellaire, 713-662-8166 bellairetx.gov  The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady kicks off Irish Movie Week at the Bellaire City Library, which includes afternoon screenings of My Wild Irish Rose and Irish Eyes Are Smiling and concludes on St. Patrick’s Day with the 1952 John Ford-John Wayne classic The Quiet Man. All showings are free.

 Tuesday March 14 at 6pm sharp, Irish Network Houston present their first “Irish Business Fireside Chat” sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, at Jones Hall (3910 Yoakum), University of St. Thomas, and hosted by the Center for Irish Studies.

 Wednesday March 15, Guinness Dinner at Gorgeous Gael 5555 Morningside, music by Jig is Up.  Call for tickets (832) 667-8321.

Thursday March 16, 7PM Blaggards at Keaneally’s Pub 2111 South Shepherd  713-630-0486  irishpubkenneallys.com.

Friday March 17 is ST PATRICK’S DAY! 

  • 11:00 Gorgeous Gael…Music by Jig is Up
  • 12 noon The Harp: big parking lot party. Zydeco Dots play at 4 and Lisa Novak band at 8pm. Irish Dancers come on at 7 . Bagpipers and great food. Free beads and plenty of giveaways.
  • 12:30 Mass at University of St Thomas Chapel of St Basil. Reception follows.
  • St. Patrick’s Day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum 4775 West Panther Creek Drive The Woodlands  281-465-0955  woodlandschildrensmuseum.org  Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum for an Irish-at-heart tribute with traditional Irish dancing from Cloggers Unlimited and the McTeggart Irish Dancers. Juggler Claude Sims will also be on hand to delight the young and young at heart.
  • 2pm start time: Fitzgerald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parking Lot Party & Blues Jam, 2706 White Oak 713-862-3838 com  Bluesman Mark May returns to the Heights to host a nonstop jam session that benefits the National Down Syndrome Society, in a parking lot packed with vendors, beer specials and Irish whiskey. Doors open at noon, and the music starts at 2 p.m. All ages welcome.
  • All day at Griff’s 3416 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006, a full St. Patrick’s day’s entertainment including Murder the Stout.
  • McGonigel’s Mucky Duck 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098 is celebrating 25 years of St. Patrick’s Day in a family-friendly festival.  The  entire property is covered under a big-top tent showcasing Celtic music and dance inside and outside the Duck throughout the day with pub grub and drinks. Music includes PIPER JONES BAND, MILKDRIVE, CLANDESTINE, JIGGERNAUT, IRISH DANCERS and more. There is a charge to attend.  Call (713) 528-5999 for details.
  • Lucky’s Pub St. Patrick’s Day Festival Downtown 801 St. Emanuel 713-522-2010 Green beer, leprechauns and bagpipers are aplenty at Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, now at four locations. Downtown at the original Lucky’s, doors open at 6 a.m. for Lucky Charms and breakfast tacos, and the fun continues with 94.5 The Buzz broadcasting live all day, plus 15 bands and six DJs across three stages.
  • 5-10 pm Saint Arnold’s St. Patrick’s Day, 2000 Lyons 713-686-9494 saintarnold.com Come out and watch the crowning of a new Donegal Beard Growing champ at Saint Arnold brewery and enjoy its full beer lineup and Irish stew bread bowls from 5 to 10 p.m. Even better? This year the festivities at Saint Arnold are free.
  • 6:30-8:30 Wylde Meade Celtic St. Paddy Day Celebration at EQ Heights, 1030 Heights Boulevard
  • 7PM The Jig is Up at Bombshells South.
  • 7PM Murder the Stout plays Market Square downtown
  • 8PM Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire at Miller Outdoor Theatre 6000 Hermann Park Drive Houston, One of Ireland’s leading tenors brings you an evening of songs, stories, tunes and dance, from the heart of the Emerald Isle. World champion dancers from the casts of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance take the stage with exuberance.
  • 8-12PM Tom Fooligans at Bull and Bear 11980 Westheimer at Kirkwood.
  • March 17-18 Mo’s Irish Pub St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! 138 Vintage Park 281-251-0715 mosirishpub.com  Mo’s Irish Pub boasts green beer, bagpipes and Irish dancing at its two-day St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza. Stop by for the Irish-American menu, which includes food and drink specials, live music: Leo Mendoza, Turnmics and ThunderPants on Friday; OMG and Infinity’s Twin on Saturday, raffle prizes and free hugs.
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