Archive for April, 2006

The Papist and The Prod – chilled to the bone

Friday, April 28th, 2006

The Papist & The Prod — Author Unknown I was born & reared on Sandy Row, a loyal Orange Prod; I stood for good King William, that noble man of God! My motto-No Surrender! My flag-The Union Jack! And every Twelfth I proudly march to Finaghy-and back. A loyal son of Ulster, a true blue, […]

Tommy’s Song

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Tommy’s Song by John O’Brien, Jr. Awaken Mary Ann, for The Liar, The Man of No Conscience, cries, That No Irish Need Apply Peace and Justice disappear in the Rape of the Gael In That Land I Loved So Well, True Love and Time. have stopped. There Was An Old Woman. among the Four Green […]

Song – Down By the Glenside

Friday, April 28th, 2006

One of my favorite songs Down by the Glenside By Peader Kearney ‘Twas down by the glenside, I met an old woman She was picking young nettles and she scarce saw me coming I listened a while to the song she was humming Glory O, Glory O, to the bold Fenian men ‘Tis fifty long […]

Ellis Island, closed but not forgotten – no NEVER

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears by B. Graham On the first day of January 1892 they opened Ellis Island and let the people through And the first to cross that threshold of that Isle of Hope and Tears Was Annie Moore from Ireland who was only fifteen years Chorus; Isle of Hope, Isle of […]

Just what are the Seven Nations?

Friday, April 28th, 2006

The Seven Nations of the Celtic world; Eire (Ireland), Alba (Scotland), Briezh (Brittany), Mannin (Isle of Man), Cymru (Wales) Kernow (Cornwall) and Galicia (Spain). There are 14 tribes that make up the people of the Seven Nations: Aedui, Averni, Boii, Brignates,Durotriges, Eravisci, Helveti, Ieeni, Nervii, Parisii, Trinovantes, Scordisci, Veneti & Volcae.

Poem: Sean O’Casey’s “Rose & Crown”

Monday, April 24th, 2006

quoting Sean O’Casey, in his Rose & Crown: “The chants of an odd bird, the lowing of cattle, the whistling of the wind, the patient patter of falling rain, the brave, meritorious tinkle of the Abbey Theatre orchestra, were all of the sweet sounds that the ear of Sean knew. Oh, and the folk-song, the […]

Things I miss the most

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Sheehan’s Pub with Big Sexy, Sheila & Brigid’s Cross playing on Wed. nights The dances at the old IA on Madison Christmas at Halle’s, going to the top floor on the rickety old wooden escalators to see Mr. Jingling. Summer Tom Byrne and his flute Eire Og Bands staying overnight in the old days, dad […]

These are a few of my Favorite things (in Cleveland)

Friday, April 21st, 2006

In no particular order, category or preference: The Harp Restaurant on a summer’s eve, on the deck Sheehan’s Pub when Big Sexy and Sheila ran the joint the Valley, especially on hot days Nuevo Aculpulco – Amazing Mexican Rest. Nitetown – Great music, great food class act Survivor’s Party at the Public House Sullivan’s – […]

Kilkelly, Ireland

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

This is a true story – actually a song, called Kilkelly, Ireland, or more often, just Kilkelly.  It is a slow, hurtful lament, sung with hope but hidden behind reality – few who left Ireland in emigration ever returned.  Many, many died on the infamous Coffin Ships, on the trip over. Some went to England, […]

Fav Quotes

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Easter Monday marks the 90th Anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland.  A path that led to freedom, for the first time in over 800 years, for the people of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland, finalized in 1922.  Contention still exists, in the desire to reunite the other six counties, that comprise […]