Pelagius and Irish Monks
by Brian Witt
The story of Celtic Christianity goes back a long way, prior to the
arrival of Patrick into Ireland. Ireland had already acquired a number
of converts to the faith that predated the greatest of Irish saints.
The early Irish monastics helped establish the new theology on the
island early on. Their religion was almost more Druidic than Christian.
Knowledge and teaching were valuable assets for these men and women of
learning. Internal battle against the temptations of society in general
were considered by the Celts to be bordering on the heroic. Spirituality
was a cornerstone of their beliefs, contrasted by the Roman view of redemption
One person who put the beliefs of the Celtic Church into writing
was Pelagius. Originally from Britain, Pelagius attracted a number of followers
while living there between 380 and 410. He held the position that humans
were responsible for the good or evil in their lives. He did not believe
in original sin. Pelagius also felt that perfection was attainable by both
society and individual, and would come from internal means, rather than
external. He also believed that perfection was the responsibility of each
This position clashed with the hard held beliefs of Augustine of
Hippo, a leading authority on Church doctrine. Augustine believed in original
sin, and that man could only overcome original sin through the grace and
intervention of God. (Part of this belief may have originated in Augustine's
hedonistic life style as a young man. One of the better known quotes from
Augustine was "God, please make me chaste, but not immediately".)
Pelagius published a book entitled "On Faith", which espoused
the Celtic beliefs of self-reliance and perfection. However, Augustine
and his followers denounced Pelagius as a heretic. In 410 in an act of
defiance, Pelagius moved to an area outside the city of Hippo, where Augustine
was the bishop. Outraged by this outright brazenness, the African convened
the Council of Carthage to charge Pelagius as a heretic, and to have his
teachings banned. Pelagius thought best of staying in Africa, and moved
on to Jerusalem, where he helped to convene a Synod that overturned the
Council of Carthage.
Pelagius disappeared from public view shortly thereafter, but his
doctrines lingered. However, in 494, Pope Gelasias I placed the book "On
Faith" on the list of forbidden books, and declared the teachings
to be heresy.
This did not immediately kill the doctrine. Irish monks were the
strongest group of proselytizers in Europe. They were valued for their
knowledge and ability to educate, and the sense of order they brought to
the many German courts. The Irish were not about to let their beliefs die.
The Celtic, Pelagian belief held sway in those areas of Europe where the
monks were strong. Central Europe was a hotbed of this controversial, very
The Celtic monks taught that it was the individual who was responsible
for improving his own spiritual condition, as well as that of others. The
Irish rejected the teachings of Augustine, especially the teaching of original
sin. They especially objected to the idea that grace and scriptures would
eliminate sin, chiefly original sin. This difference would lead them to
butt heads with the leaders of the Church, who had accepted original sin
as a fundamental basis of the Church.
The doctrine lead to arguments in the ensuing years. St. Jerome attacked
Pelagius as "a great mountain dog through who the devil barks".
He also slandered him as being full of Irish porridge.
Pelagian doctrine was suppressed and eventually it died out among
the Irish and Celtic monks. However, this took many centuries. Even into
the twelfth century pockets of Pelagianism existed in central Europe, mostly
in areas where the Irish monks had started monasteries and universities
many centuries earlier.
This rejection of Celtic spirituality also showed the difference
in application of the religion to various cultures. Romanic teachings held
that there could be no accommodation to other religions. The Celts were
very adaptive and adoptive in their approach to pagan rites. Shape shifters,
the worship of trees and rocks, and other ancient rites were all incorporated
into Celtic Christianity.
However, as the Church in Rome grew more powerful, the Roman, rather
than Celtic teachings became the bedrock of the Church. Partly, this was
due to the political power being garnered by the See of Rome. The Irish
monks were not political, beyond acquiring land for monasteries and interfering
in the lives of the various courts they were counsel to.
Still, for a while in Europe, the ideas and ideals of the Celtic
Church held sway.
SHAMROCK CLUB OF WISCONSIN
State Meeting Minutes
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2000
Present: Mary Hearn, Barbara Gallenberg (Dane Co.); Dave Holtze,
Marian Schnell (LaCrosse); Cate Harris (Milwaukee); Ron McKenzie, Ann McKenzie
(Northeast); Tom Kennedy, Marjorie Reed (Rock Co.)
Cate Harris called the meeting to order at Jingles Coliseum Bar (Madison)
at 1 p.m.
Officers: The first order of business was to decide on Dave Holtze
as Chair, and Ann McKenzie as Secretary/Treasurer of this Advisory Board.
They will serve for two years. Dave took over as Chair of the meeting and
discussion centered on our Organization efforts.
Constitution: Cate had a copy of the original Articles of Incorporation
and Constitution dated 1962 and 1982 of the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin,
now referred to as "Shamrock Club of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Chapter."
GOALS OF THIS BOARD:
Constitution etc: We should appoint a Constitution and Bylaws Committee
to establish the representation on and the structure of this advisory board.
Naming of Chapters: It was suggested that all chapters call themselves
"Shamrock Club of Wisconsin - (their location) Chapter" to promote
unity throughout the state.
Communication: Between chapters should be improved to unite clubs.
We will ask all chapters to send a list of officers to Dave. He will compile
the list and send to all chapters. Email addresses of those present were
Meeting Frequency: This board will meet four times a year -- in February,
May, August and November -- at noon. The year 2001 dates are February 24
in Madison; May 12, August (Irish Fest), November to be determined.
Funding: It was moved, seconded and unanimously passed that we initially
ask each chapter for $20 annually to fund our expenses. LaCrosse and Rock
County each paid at this meeting.
Emerald Reflections: It was suggested that we go back to our boards
to get their feelings on the Milwaukee newsletter. However it was decided
to put this subject on hold until we, as a Board, have established credibility.
Dues: Each chapter has own way of renewing their memberships. Some
do it over all months of the year and some do it annually in October.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2 p.m.
-- Ann McKenzie, Secretary/Treasurer
To All Chapters
From January's Emerald Reflections to the first week in February
we have had 40 Reflections returned, with the largest number being marked
"Temporarily Away". The Temporarily Away have been taken off
the mailing list until they return and let their membership chairperson
know they are back. The Post Office will not forward Reflections and we
are charged anywhere from 55 cents and up to 85 cents for each return.
Please let the people know. This is very expensive.
DANE CO. - Pamela O'Brien; Candy Owens.
LaCROSSE - Laurie Andrzejewski.
MILWAUKEE - Denis Grimes; Judith and Dennis Hankine; Jean L. Harmon;
Paul McTaggart; Kerry-Jo Vogl.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT MILWAUKEE CHAPTER
•December: 29 memberships up for renewal, 17 paid, 12 dropped for
•January: 25 memberships up for renewal, 17 paid to date, 8 due.
•February: 33 memberships up for renewal, 2 paid to date, 31 due.
The Shamrock Club of Lafayette County has had a fun filled year 2000
attending and participating in area parades. We have several floats that
we entered at Twin-o-Rama at Cassville, Canoe Fest at Darlington, July
4th Parade at Shullsburg, Labor Day Celebration in Gratiot, and the Cheese
Days Parade in Monroe. The crowds were thrilled with our own Irish Dancers
on the floats. These young people traveled to Dubuque for lessons and we
are very proud of them.
Officers for 2000-01 are: President Sara Lange (Darlington), Vice
President Jerry Leahy (Shullsburg), Secretary Patti Leahy (Shullsburg),
Treasurer Rachel Suthers (Darlington), Sergeant-of-Arms James Curran (Browntown),
Historian Liz Barth (Darlington), and Membership Chair Bev Mulcahey (Darlington).
The Shamrock Club of Lafayette County held its Annual Christmas Party
at the Darlington County Club on Sunday, December 3, 2000. At that time
our Irish Rose and Irishman for 2001, Bea Thuli and Jason Donahue were
announced. In attendance at the Christmas Party was Father Kelly, pastor
of Holy Rosary in Darlington.
We are preparing for our annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Raffle
tickets were distributed among members to sell for the annual fund raiser.
The members plan to participate in the Monroe St. Patrick's Day Parade
at noon and Darlington's St. Patrick's at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17,
- Submitted by: Patti Leahy, Secretary
New Dublin News
•Jan. 8 to Mar. 12 - St. Patrick's Day committee meetings each Monday
7 p.m., Sommer's
•Mar. 6 - Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sommer's
•Mar. 6 - General Membership Meeting, 7 p.m., Sommer's
•Mar. 14 - St. Patrick's Program, 7 p.m., New Dublin Sr. High Aud.
(Use South Entrance)
•Mar. 15 - Irish Caroling, 5:30 p.m., St. Joseph's Residence
•Mar. 16 - Ceili, 7:00 p.m., Crystal Falls Featuring "Flip of
the Coin" and John Ahearn doing the dance calling. Donations accepted
at the door.
•Mar. 17 - Irishfest under the Big Top Tent, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., F
& M Bank, featuring Leahy's Luck, Flip of the Coin, Irish dance groups,
Pipe Bands. ($1 admission)
•Mar. 17 - Parade (Wisconsin's largest) 1:30 p.m., Downtown New Dublin
The Shamrock Club of New Dublin has selected Terry Cooney as Irishman
of the Year and Joan Conroy as Irish Rose for 2001. In depth profiles of
these long standing members will be presented in next month's article.
We desperately need volunteers for all our festivities. To donate
your time or talent, please call any of the following Shamrock Club Hot
(920) 982-3891, 982-5892, 982-6969, 982-9955, 982-4366, 982-3282
Or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info on what's happening in New Dublin please visit our
•No Business Meeting in March
•Mar. 3 - Mike and Karen Cove at Trilogy in Greenville
•Mar. 12 - Mark's East Side - St. Patrick's celebration: 6 p.m. Cocktails;
6:30 p.m. Dinner (corned beef and cabbage); 7:30 p.m. Mike and Karen Cover
play Irish music. Call 733-5254 for tickets ($15) includes dinner, entertainment
and door prizes. You may also purchase your tickets at Mystic Ireland on
College Ave. west of the Paper Valley Hotel.
•Mar. 16 - St. Patrick's celebration at Trilogy in Greenville with
•Mar. 17 - In the Fox Valley Area: New Dublin (London) largest parade
north of Milwaukee. Druid's Table performs at Germania Hall, Menasha. Celtic
Knot performs at Naut's Landing, Menasha. Van Abel's, Town of Holland.
•Mar. 28 - Board Mtg - Conkey's 7 p.m.
•Mar. 31 - Celtic Knot at Trilogy
Remember to call the Breadsmith in Appleton on Friday, March 16 to
order your traditional Irish Soda Bread for the 17th.
Send your membership renewals to P.O. Box 1632, Appleton, WI 54912-1632.
- Elaine Hoes (920) 733-5254
No Meeting in March
•March 11 - Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Beloit, 1 p.m.
•April 17 - General Membership Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
Our Parade Marshal this year will be Mary Hackett, a charter member
of the Shamrock Club of Rock County, and she was selected as the Irish
Rose in 1981. Mary celebrated her 90th birthday this past October and some
of her relatives from Ireland came over to help her celebrate the occasion.
Mary was born in County Donegal and came to America when she was 17 years
old. You can be sure Mary will not be alone in the parade as she has had
her whole family in our parades each year.
We are looking forward to seeing many of our members in the parade
and if you can't be in the parade then take your lawn chair and get down
there early and get a good seat along the parade route and wave at us as
we go by. If you can't get to the parade we will look forward to seeing
you at the April meeting.
Is Rock County
Irish Person of the Year
The Shamrock Club of Rock County has selected Marjorie Madden Reed
as our Irish Person of the Year and we offer her our congratulations.
Marjorie was born and raised in Rock County. In 1953 she married
James W. Reed and they had five daughters; Ann, Janet, Margaret, Sally
and Mary. Now she keeps busy with her four granddaughters and 13 grandsons.
Her husband past away in 1968.
Marjorie was employed by the Janesville Public Schools and taught
at Washington School for 23 years. She retired six years ago but has continued
teaching summer school and in the same classroom in Washington School.
She is active in many organizations and in her parish, St. Mary's, where
she has taught CCD for many years. Marjorie has been a member of the Shamrock
Club since 1982 and is currently the president of our club.
Greater LaCrosse Area
We begin the new millennium with the first man and wife ever elected
by our Club to be our Irishman and Irish Rose. Congratulations to Ron and
Linda Smith. They have been members for four years and are very active
in building our Octoberfest Parade float every year.
We will have our annual St. Patrick's Day Banquet at Forest Hills
in their honor on Saturday March 10.
The following articles were prepared by Himself and Herself.
Linda and Ron Smith
Ron was born and has spent all his adult life in beautiful "God's
Country" (La Crosse area). He is an outgoing, fun loving guy who loves
meeting and talking to new people. Ron does have a serious side. Next to
his wife, the church, parents, two sons and their wives, and the two greatest
grandsons in the world, everything else is secondary. Ron takes great pride
in doing for others. He is a long-term employee of the LaCrosse County
Housing Authority. In his capacity as property manager for over 230 units,
Ron situates low-income elderly, disabled, and low-income families into
affordable apartments and houses.
Ron is a member of various groups and organizations. Ron is active
in his church's activities and has held numerous offices within the church.
Over the past 20 years, he has also held an almost constant office in the
LaCrosse Area Motorcycle Touring Club.
Ron enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and travel. Of course, one
of his favorite activities is taking part in the LaCrosse Shamrock Club's
Linda was born Linda Phillips and raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
She has four sisters and one brother (all older than she is). She married
Ron Smith on June 17, 1967. Approximately, one year later, she and Ron
moved to Onalaska, Wisconsin. Linda has been employed as a secretary with
the School District of Onalaska for the past 20 years. Linda's most enjoyable
times are traveling with Ron and their good friends Dennis and Diane, and
spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Linda says, "I am very honored to serve as the Irish Rose for
2001 and am looking forward to the upcoming events."
•March 17 - The Annual Thomas R. Green Memorial Flag Raising Celebration
and luncheon to follow
•April 10 - Board Meeting (10:45 a.m.) / Membership Meeting (12p.m.)
•May 8 - Board Meeting (6:15 p.m.) / Membership Meeting (7:30 p.m.)
On March 17 the Annual Thomas R. Green Memorial Flag Raising Celebration
will be held on the first floor of the Capitol rotunda from 12 noon to
For safety reasons, city ordinances do not permit us to meet on the
ground floor of the rotunda. Sheila O'Brien is arranging a program of Irish
music and dance. Trinity Dancers, Cashel Dennehy Dancers, Zor Shrine Bagpipers,
among others will perform. We will even have a sing along.
Following the Flag Raising Celebration, there will be a delicious
St. Patrick's Day Luncheon held at Jingle's Coliseum Bar.
You should have received your registration sheet for the luncheon.
As Mike O'Brien is offering bus service to and from the Capitol as part
of your lunch cost, be sure to send in your reservations, prepaid, by March
10 to Mary Hearn. The bus will leave from Olin Park (across John Nolan
from Jingle's) at 11 and 11:30 a.m. for the square. After the Flag Raising,
the bus will return to Jingle's for the 2 p.m. luncheon. Please join us
as we present the Irish flag and the Irish Person of the Year.
At the April 10 meeting at Jingles members may purchase their own
lunch off the menu. Kate Wiskus, a diocesan vocation team member at the
Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, will give a presentation on Celtic
spirituality. She will explain how Irish connectedness to the land and
to images of creation affect the Irish outlook and approach to life. This
noon meeting will replace our regularly scheduled 7:30 p.m. meeting.
At our May 8 Meeting Patricia Geyh will explain the available resources
for studying Irish genealogy at the Irish Emigration Library located in
the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center in Milwaukee. This program is very
interesting and helpful for those seeking to trace their Irish roots.
At the January 2001 board meeting, Eamon O'Brien was selected as
the Irish Person of the Year. He is very deserving of this great honor.
Eamon is a charter member of the Dane County Shamrock Club, serving as
its vice-president from 1975-77. In addition, Eamon served as a trustee
for three years from 1978-81. Eamon served as membership chairman from
1977-78 and again from 1996 to the present. Recently, Eamon also conducted
our two large annual raffles. Besides volunteering to get copies printed,
Eamon brings us back gifts from Ireland for our monthly raffle. Rarely
missing a board meeting, Eamon's suggestions are very practical and valued.
Eamon is very proud of his Irish heritage and is researching his Irish
roots. Furthermore, he takes great delight in his two grandsons, Brendan
and Shawn, who are Cashel-Dennehy dancers. Even Eamon's van boasts of his
Club members were saddened to hear of the deaths of Shirley Armstrong
and Sister Sheila Haskett. Shirley was Irish Person of the Year in 1998
and served on the board as secretary from 1996-97. She played banjo with
the Emerald Isle Ceili Band from 1971-97, entertaining our members many
times through the years. These wonderful ladies will be fondly remembered
and sadly missed.
Congratulations are due to Mrs. Nelle Murphy, our parliamentarian
and long time club member. Pope John Paul II has named Nelle a recipient
of the Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice (Cross for the Church and Pontiff)
Award for special service to St. Peter Parish, Madison.
Because the Shamrock Club is not having a raffle or any other fund
raiser, membership dues increased as of January 1. A single membership
will cost $20, and a family membership will cost $30.
We anticipate a large crowd for our St. Patrick's Day festivities.
Guests are always welcome.
- Barbara Gallenberg, President
Dane County Shamrock Club
Irish Person of the Year
Eamon A. O'Brien
Eamon O'Brien was born in Dublin, Ireland. He came to America in
1954. He worked briefly in Elkhorn, Wisconsin before joining the US Air
Force. He was stationed in Texas, Iceland and Germany. Upon his discharge
in 1957 he stayed in New York City where he met Nora Burke, a native of
Belfast. Eamon and Nora came to Madison in 1959, where they were married
in St. Bernard's Church. They have four children and are fortunate to have
all of them living in the Madison area. Eamon and Nora have three grandsons
and one granddaughter.
Eamon worked for the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health and
Human Services in Information Technology Management, for 35 years before
retiring in 1996.
Mr. O'Brien was a founder of the Dane County Shamrock Club and has
held several offices. He is currently the Membership Chairman.
Eamon is also a member of the Badger Stamp Club and the Cottage Grove
Lions Club. In 1999 the Lions Clubs International awarded Eamon a Melvin
Jones Fellowship, the highest award given by the Lions. He has held many
positions in the Lions Club, including president, vice president, trustee
and is currently in his seventh year as treasurer. He is also serving as
a Zone Chairman for the current year.
Eamon was a board member of the Madison Area Youth Soccer Association
in its formative years. He coached youth soccer for many years and was
instrumental in bringing soccer to Cottage Grove. He is presently the President
of the Madison Celtics Soccer Club.
Eamon O'Brien does our club proud to wear the title - Irish Person
of the Year.
Eamon appreciates this opportunity to represent the Shamrock Club
and is honored to follow in the footsteps of previous distinguished Irish
Persons of the Year.
Eamon will be honored on St. Patrick's Day by the Dane County Shamrock
Club at its annual Flag Raising Celebration at the Capitol at noon and
at the luncheon at 2 p.m. at Jingles Coliseum Bar.
Milwaukee President's Message
The news we all have been waiting for... the honored people this
year are (drum roll) Robert Hamill as our Irishman of the Year, Jean Cardwell
with the smiling Irish eyes is our Irish Rose, and the ever popular Derry
Hegarty will serve as Parade Marshal, an honor truly deserved this year.
We are all working hard and looking forward to the Holidays of March.
Muriel Crowley starts the month on March 4 at the Museum. The fun
filled schedule is in this issue of Emerald Reflections. Please read it
and go down and visit. There is something for everyone. Another well done
job by Muriel and as always, she is under budget. Congrats!
The Mass will be on March 10 at St. Patrick's at 8:30 a.m. Come early
for a good seat - the church fills early. If you have never been to this
Mass, you are really missing a great and emotional event. Many of the Irish
organizations participate. The choir is really superb and the church is
beautiful. Its stained glass windows make you feel very good when the sun
shines through. The Shamrock Club Color Guard Pipes and Drums will escort
our honorees into the church. I always think the pipes are great but in
church they are even better.
After you experience the mass, there is a very nice "All you
Care to Eat" breakfast at the community center for $5. Sausage, eggs,
toast and juice are on the menu and promise to warm you up for the parade.
Our parade will step off from the new location of 76th and Bluemound
at 12 noon. We will march down Bluemound Rd. to Mitchell Blvd. This promises
to be the Parade of Parades. At this time some of the new bands aren't
under contract so I can't tell you who they are but be assured you won't
be disappointed. Tim O'Brien has been working very hard and is very excited
about the way things are developing as he should be.
Following the parade is the Post Parade Party at ICHC. Lots of good
entertainment including good food. We will party hardy from 1 p.m. until
6 p.m. Cost for all this entertainment is $5.
On Sunday March 11, the Color Guard Pipes and Drums will be traveling
to Chicago in a coach bus. Members and guests are invited to come with
us and march behind us down the parade route. Cost of the bus ride which
leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the Park and Ride at Watertown Plank and Hwy 43
is $17. Following the parade we head to Gaelic Park and for $5 hear some
wonderful music. Good food is available, as is a full bar. The bus returns
at about 8 p.m.
Friday March 16 a downtown parade sponsored by the Westown Assoc.
will begin at noon. It will step off from the Bradley Center and finish
at the Hilton. Trolleys will be available.
The March calendar of events is quite full so please read it carefully.
Don't forget your raffle tickets. Send the moneys you collect to Rosemary
and Dick Quinlan. If you need more tickets please call them.
At the March and April meeting we will be taking nominations for
board members. Show your support and run for an office - no experience
necessary. You must have your dues paid in full and be present to accept
Milwaukee Irish Arts will be sponsoring a St. Patrick's Night 2001
Dinner and Show. Our honorees will be honored at this time and all are
encouraged to attend. See the ad elsewhere in this issue for more information.
Looking further ahead, watch next month's issue for details of April
events. Included will be our Easter Mass; the Shamrock Club Volunteer Party
scheduled for April 7; and the Color Guard Pipes and Drums 20th anniversary
celebration on April 12 to be held at Tripoli Hall. All are invited.
On a personal note, I would like to extend a heart felt thank you
to everyone who expressed their sympathies and kindness to my family and
myself on the recent death of my husband, Bill.
Happy anniversary and birthday to everyone who celebrates in March
and Happy St. Patrick's to all.
Nominations For Milw. Club Offices
Nominations for all offices of the Shamrock Club's Milwaukee Chapter
will be taken at the March and April meetings. Nominees must be members
in good standing, with dues paid and current. Nominees must be present
at the tIme of their nomination.
Milwaukee Proudly Honors
2001 Irishman of the Year Bob Hamill,
Irish Rose Jean Cardwell,
And Parade Marshal Derry Hegarty
Milwaukee's 2001 Irishman of the Year is Bob Hamill. Since 1991,
when he joined the Shamrock Club with wife Peg, Bob has been an active
and integral part of the organization. When Bob and Peg Hamill joined,
they signed up a crew of ten to help out with all things Irish. When Bob
was elected the 1996 Parade Marshal, the 1995 Parade Marshal, Ed Mikush,
joked that the Hamills joined with their own marching unit.
Bob, as well as the members of his family, have been heavily involved
in the Shamrock Club, as well as the Irish community in general. The carpenter
of choice for many Irish groups, Bob's work can be seen everywhere. He
and Barry Stapleton oversaw the construction of the stage at the ICHC.
He has built many of the displays at Milwaukee Irish Fest over the years,
especially in the Cultural Area. The much-talked about Famine Ship was
designed, and construction was directed, by Bob. Over the years he has
built many sets for Milwaukee Irish Arts, as well as doing a great deal
of work at the the ICHC and Milwaukee Irish Fest Center. He has designed
the children's golf course, and in 2000, laid out and constructed the Avenue
of the Presidents display in the Cultural tent.
Bob has been a trustee on the Shamrock Club's Board of Directors,
finishing his term in 2000. He is also a Bradley Center Volunteer and has
served on the Post Parade Committee since 1994, "with Brian Witt,
my biographer". As stated before, he was the 1996 Parade Marshal.
Other honors bestowed upon Bob, and family, include 1994 Irish Fest Family
of the Year, and 1998 Co-Volunteer of the Year for the ICHC. Bob has worked
at Irish Fest as a key volunteer for 10 years.
All of this involvement is a family affair. Wife Peg was one of the
original Shamrock Dancers in the 1960s. Sons Kyran and Sean are both drummers
for the Shamrock Club Color Guard Pipes and Drums. Daughter Brigid and
son Bobby are both pipers with the unit. As well as that, the Hamill children
are all involved in other ways. By age five, most were able to tell which
drill bit or drywall screw was needed for a particular job.
Bob is self-employed. Hamill Glass sometimes suffers for Bob's work
among the various groups, but he prefers to stay involved. He is proud
of his work with the Boy Scouts. He is also a part of the Athletic Booster
Leagues for all his children's sports and the children are all exceptional
Bob's grandfather, John Hamill, came from Lisduff, County Monaghan,
where he worked as a blacksmith. After he arrived in Milwaukee, he became
a blacksmith with the Milwaukee Fire Department, where he work for a number
of decades. This sort of explains where Bob's aptitudes come from.
Bob and Peg have been married for thirty years and since Peg decided
to get Bob involved with the Irish community, we have all been the richer
for it. Forever humble, Bob has a simple mantra: "I still prefer to
remain in the background and keep things running smoothly."
Now that the shock has worn off, or at least eased a little, I'd
like to say how honored and excited I am to be selected this year's Irish
Rose! I've been in the Club of over six years and I've applauded and admired
the Irish Roses -- never, ever, thinking that title would be used to describe
On the personal side, I was born here in Milwaukee the oldest of
six children to Donald Dundon and Jeanette Gavigan. Our Dundon ancestors
originally came from the Limerick area, but later families lived in the
Cork area. How this came about is an interesting story: In Thomas Dundon's
own words in 1924, "four or five generations ago, a young man, also
named John Dundon, was on his way from his home in the County Limerick
to this country. At Cobh, sometime later called Queenstown, while waiting
for a ship to take him across the ocean he was met by a farmer from Middleton,
a short distance from Cobh and near the City of Cork. They became friendly
and the farmer persuaded this John Dundon to remain in Ireland. The farmer
invited him to his home. It would appear this John Dundon liked the surroundings
especially the farmer's daughter, with whom he fell in love. With the consent
of the young lady they were married. He became the founder of the Dundon
family in County Cork, Ireland; my forefather."
We haven't been able to find out much about the Gavigan side of the
family, but we're working on it.
I'm married to Rick and we have two sons, Patrick and Daryl, that
I'm proud to say are very nice people! I am self employed as a Health Information
Management Consultant and work at various hospitals in the area. Hobbies
and interests are all things Irish, of course, as well as reading, walking
and catering to our two cats and golden retriever, Jessie.
Through the years I've had a wonderful time on the Board as Sergeant-at-Arms,
volunteering for Folk Fair Food and Sales Boths, Post Parade Party, Installation
Dinners, Christmas Parties, Children's Christmas Parties, Bradley Center
and Color Guard Banner "Carrier." I've also volunteered for the
ICHC, Irish Fest and, lately, the John Ward Music Archive; and have taken
Gaelic and set dancing classes. (We are coming back, Jim and Kathie.) All
of this has been done together with my cousin, Sue. (We're double cousins,
you know -- her mom and my mom being sisters, her dad and my dad being
Here's to the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin - may we continue to be
an important force in the Cultural, Social and Charitable life of the Irish
Our 2001 Parade Marshal, Derry Hegarty, is one of Milwaukee's best
known pub owners. Well respected in Milwaukee and Wisconsin Irish communities,
he has been an integral part of the Shamrock Club starting many decades
ago when he arrived in this country from County Kerry.
Derry owns and operates Derry's Pub on Milwaukee's west side. It
has been home to many Irish groups at one time or another. Among those
able to thank Derry for his hospitality are the Irish Cultural and Heritage
Society, the Milwaukee Currach Club, the Emerald Society, and the Shamrock
Derry's is also home away from home for many of Milwaukee County
Democratic Party functions, including many election night celebrations.
Derry is a past Irishman of the Year, as well as a past president
of the Shamrock Club. In addition, Derry was one of the key people responsible
for moving the Shamrock Club's Parade from North Avenue to Bluemound Road.
The roar of the crowd should be loud as he proudly rides past Derry's Pub
as our 2001 Parade Marshal.
Bus to St. Pat's Parade
On Milwaukee's Parade Day, March 10, there will be a bus leaving
St. Vincent Pallatti (Old Holy Cross) parking lot at 7:45 a.m. to go to
St. Patrick's Church returning to the same spot after the breakfast. For
the riders who are participating in the parade, the bus will go to 76th
and Bluemound Rd. The driver will stop in between St. Vincent's and parade
start if you want to get off. All this for $3. We strongly encourage use
of the bus as parking at St. Patrick's is difficult. The bus leaves promptly
at 7:45 a.m.
76th Street and Bluemound to Mitchell Blvd. (52nd)
Shamrock Club of Wisconsin
Bluemound Business Assoc.
12 Noon Step Off March 10, 2001
POST PARADE PARTY
1 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center
2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue
~ Volunteers Needed ~
16th Annual Special Mass to Honor
Will be held prior to the St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 8:30 a.m.
At St. Patrick's Church
723 South 7th at Washington Street, Milwaukee
Sign reader for hearing impaired
Shuttle Bus: from St. Vincent Pallotti Church parking lot
(5522 W. Bluemound Rd - west of building) to St. Patrick's Church,
After Mass and Breakfast, return to Parade Route
or parking lot for just $3 per person
Bus To Leave Sharply at 7:45 a.m. for the Church
Tickets for bus can be purchased by mail or at Shamrock Club February and
March General Meetings.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT WILL FOLLOW MASS
AT UNITED COMMUNITY CENTER (1028 S. 9th St.)
DONATIONS: $5; CHILDREN UNDER 12 YRS. $3
Tickets can be purchased at the
Shamrock Club February and March General Meetings
or at the door only.
NO MAIL ORDERS FOR BREAKFAST!
Checks to be made out to St. Patrick's Church for the breakfast
- all proceeds go to St. Patrick's
For BUS reservations or information contact:
Chuck and Bonnie McLaughlin
12007 W. Walker St., West Allis, WI 53214; Phone 414-771-0458
(Send self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Make checks payable to Shamrock Club)
Mail reservation for BUS ONLY
Number of Reservations_________________
Bus Reservations will not be taken after March 2
Post Parade Party
March 10, 1 - 6 P.M.
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center
2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Four Stages of Continous Entertainment
From Canada, making their Wisconsin Debut)
Finbar McCarthy Band • Frogwater • Nash Ramblers
Great Outdoors • Cashel-Dennehy Irish Dancers
Trinity Irish Dancers • Glencastle Irish Dancers
Caledonian Scottish Dancers
Shamrock Club Color Guard Pipes and Drums
Silent Singers • Magic Thrill Show, and much more!!!
Food and Beverages Available!!
Adults: $6 • Children (6-12): $3
Brendan Heart Fund
On March 11, 2001, between the hours of 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Emerald
Society of Wisconsin will be sponsoring the eleventh annual benefit for
the Brendan Heart Fund of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
The Emerald Society of Wisconsin, an organization of members of the
criminal justice system, held the first Brendan Benefit in 1990. The Benefits
are held on the Sunday prior to St. Patrick's Day, at Derry's Pub. This
Benefit is designed to be a family event and we continue to be a family
oriented event. The cost of attendance has the family in mind, $5 in advance,
$6 at the door, children under 15 are free.
The afternoon's entertainment features Blarney and the Glencastle
Irish Dancers. Blarney is a well known group that has delighted its audiences
for 20 plus years. They have an extensive library of Irish song which is
enhanced by their musical instruments. This year we are also featuring
the Glencastle Irish Dancers, a new dance school on the Irish scene, under
the direction of Bridget Jaskulski, well known for her expertise in Irish
For additional information go to:
Ulster Project Fund Raiser
The 4th Annual Great Gathering of Milwaukee Irish Dancers is a fund
raiser for the Milwaukee Ulster Project, an organization which has been
bringing 16 teens form Northern Ireland to Milwaukee for the past 20 years.
It will take place Fri., March 9, 2001 from 6-11 p.m. at Mount Mary College.
Irish Dance Performances include the Glencastle Irish Dancers, Cashel-Dennehy
School of Irish Dance, and the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance. Music will
be performed by Anam Ri. Raffle prizes include round trip for two to Ireland.
Adding to the fun will be Silent Auction items, Table Raffle items, and
great prizes. Fish n'Chips dinner starts at 6 p.m., entertainment goes
on all night. This will be a great warm-up to the St. Patrick's Day festivities.
Cost: $5 raffle ticket gets you in the door. Beer, Soda, and snacks available.
Green Tie Event
Helps Preserve Irish Music Heritage
Milwaukee area Irish music fans won't want to miss a single pluck
of the banjo at this year's "A Night for Irish Music" Green Tie
Event featuring guest of honor Tommy Makem, along with performances by
Blarney and Ceol Cairde.
The second annual Milwaukee Irish Fest fund raiser will be held on
Saturday, March 3, 2001 at the Wisconsin Club, 900 West Wisconsin Ave.,
Milwaukee. Proceeds from the event will benefit the John J. Ward Jr. Irish
Music Archives. Housed at the Irish Fest Center, the Archives is regarded
as one of the country's largest collections of Irish music.
"Our goal for the Archives is twofold," said Ed Ward, founder
of the John J. Ward Jr. Irish Music Archives. "We want to preserve
Irish music and to have a resource center where the public can come, listen
to it and appreciate Irish culture through its music."
The Archives contain more than 30,000 pieces of Irish music and music-related
items including the 6,000 piece Comer collection of hard to find Irish-label
music spanning the 1940s to the 1980s and the second largest Bing Crosby
collection in the country. Public support helps Milwaukee Irish Fest advance
the Archives as a vital resource to preserve and promote the achievement
of Irish and Irish-American musicians, entertainers and literary artists.
Last year's Green Tie Event raised more than $20,000 to benefit the Archives.
Attendees at this year's "A Night for Irish Music" will
be entertained by legendary Tommy Makem, Blarney and Milwaukee-based Ceol
Cairde. Known worldwide for his contributions to Irish Music, Tommy Makem
will share his reflections on the preservation of Irish music and lend
his baritone to Blarney's songs of rebellion, romance, tales of the sea
and quite possibly prompting attendees to do a bit of ceili dancing. Ceol
Cairde will round out the night's entertainment with their blend of fiddles,
mandolins, flutes, tin whistles, bodhrans, guitar and hammered dulcimer.
The Green Tie event will also include silent and voice auctions.
For more information, or to reserve tickets call (414) 476-3378,
or visit Milwaukee Irish Fest online at www. irishfest.com Individual tickets
are $100 and corporate table sponsorship opportunities are available.
Milwaukee Set Dance News
People who are interested in learning set dancing can take advantage
of the classes presented by the Milwaukee Set Dance Club. Classes will
be held on the second floor ballroom of the ICHC on consecutive Sunday
afternoons this spring.
A series of classes for Beginners will start on March 11 (2-4 p.m.)
The focus of this class will be to teach the basic principles of set dance.
The classes will be taught by experienced local set dancers. It is not
necessary to bring a partner, but it is recommended that smooth-soled shoes
Advance registration is suggested. The class fee for each series
of four classes is $10, payable in advance or at the door. For more information,
call Julie Puhek at (414) 321-3521 or you may send e-mail to email@example.com.
The Milwaukee Set Dance Club will be hosting its March set dance
on the 24th, on the second floor of the ICHC at 2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue.
As usual, there will be live music for dancing, provided this month
by the Public House Ceili Band from Madison, following the instruction
of the set dance of the month (from 7:30 to 8 p.m.)
Pronounced "Creeve Ru ah," is a name well known in Celtic
history from the Red Branch Knights of Ulster, it is also the name of this
traditional band based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Craobh Rua takes a
refreshing, clean, unpretentious, but uncommonly skilled run at some of
the greatest music in the world. Though their arrangements are very much
their own, they are heavily influenced by the first wave of Irish folk
revival of the sixties and seventies. Extensive concert and festival performances
have delighted audiences, earning them world wide acclaim. The band members
are: Founder Brian Connolly (banjo); Michael Cassidy (fiddle); Patrick
Davey (flute, whistle, uilleann pipes); and Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar
CRAOBH RUA IN CONCERT
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2001 8 P.M.
ICHC (414) 345-8800
Tickets: $15 Reserved/Adv.; $17 At Door
"An Evening With the Irish"
The Park East Hotel, 916 E. State Street, has joined with the Milwaukee
Symphony Orchestra to host, "An Evening with the Irish" Friday,
March 23, 2001. Partial proceeds of the evening will benefit the John J.
Ward, Jr. Irish Music Archives at Irish Fest headquarters in Milwaukee.
Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Entertainment,
featuring Irish Fest's Troubadour, Kerrie O'Tunne, will start at 6:30 p.m.
O'Tunne, aka David HB Drake, will regale dinner guests with a variety of
traditional and contemporary Irish songs and stories.
Following dinner, the Park East Shuttle will transport concert goers
to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to attend the Milwaukee Symphony's
"A Celtic Celebration" Pops Concert. The performance will feature
a bagpipe processional, audience sing-a-long, Irish step dancers and singers,
and excerpts from An Irish Symphony.
The cost of "An Evening with the Irish" is $59.75 per person
and includes dinner, entertainment, orchestra seats, taxes, gratuities,
parking and shuttle service.
The John J. Ward, Jr. Irish Music Archives is regarded as one of
the country's largest public Irish music collections. His children established
the Archives in 1992 as a tribute to Mr. Ward. The collection consists
of more than 30,000 Irish music artifacts including rare 78 rpm recordings,
albums and sheet music, song books, instruments and several Irish art pieces.
To make reservations or receive additional information, please call
Carolyn Chapin at the Park East Hotel, (414) 765-1905, or Audrey Baird
at the Symphony offices, (414) 291-6010.
March 4, 2001
Milwaukee Public Museum
St. Patrick's Day
European Village 12 to 3 p.m.
Kathleen Sweeney: Bog Oak Carvings
Catherine Gomm:Willow Basket Weaver and Basket Display
Mary Roffers: Celtic Straw Weavings, Hands on Straw Weaving
Diana Ruzicki: Bobbin Lace Maker, Display of Bobbin Lace
Naomi Holtaus: Bobbin Lace Maker, Display of Bobbin Lace
Jill Lackey: Lecture on Merrill Park
The Irish Cottage will be open,
with general information
about it and St. Patrick's Day
Cashel-Denney Dancers in Museum Auditorium: 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Julie Clark Ceili Dance Instructor: 12 to 3 p.m.
In Museum Lecture Hall Ceili Instruction: 12 - 1 - 2 p.m. 30 to 40
minutes, classes of 30 Children must be accompanied by an adult
Meet St. Patrick in the European Village and
Streets of Old Milwaukee - Jim Keane: 12 to 3 p.m.
SHARE YOUR FAVORITE RECIPES!
Family Secrets . . . Irish Specialties . . .
(And if you have a tale to go along with it, all the better!)
For our FUNDRAISER: SHAMROCK CLUB RECIPE BOOK
NAME OF RECIPE:
Jot down, and Send to:
Jean Cardwell; 21445 W. Oakcrest Dr.; New Berlin, WI 53146
Pipes and Drums
Have you ever heard of a "grace note", "throw on D",
a musical instrument with nine notes, a bag of air which when manipulated
and inflated plays the nine notes or combinations of them? We're speaking
of the bagpipes, of course!
There has long been a need for a Fire and Police - Protective Services,
Bagpipe Band to perform at appropriate services, civic functions and also
have fun. There is now a grass roots organization of members of the law
enforcement and firefighting professions who have gathered and displayed
an interest and desire to play the bagpipes. Along with the pipes is a
group of drummers which are an integral part of a pipe band.
The bagpipes are a musical instrument that is associated with the
Celtic countries of Ireland and Scotland. There are several types of pipes
but the most common are the Highland Pipes of Scotland and this is the
pipe that we will be using.
The present group of aspiring pipes was initially formed in conjunction
with the Milwaukee Fire Dept. Honor Guard and members of the Emerald Society
of Wisconsin. We have been joined by others who have heard of the formation
of this group and want to learn and be involved with the formation of this
pipe band, either playing the pipes or the drums. We will provide expert
tutoring to interested individuals of any profession. All we ask is that
those who learn with us will perform with us.
We gather to practice on Tuesday evenings, at Derry Hegarty's Irish
Pub, 5328 W. Bluemound Rd. Hours of practice are: beginners start at 6
p.m., intermediates at 7 p.m., and advanced at 8 p.m. We have three capable
instructors in Kim, Katie and John, who are eager and qualified to share
their knowledge and enthusiasm. Ted is in charge of the drummers.
Before you learn the function of the pipes, you learn to play on
a "chanter". After you have mastered a required number of tunes
on the chanter you will progress to the pipes. This is a standard learning
process on becoming a piper.
If you have an interest in playing the pipes, stop at Derry's on
a Tuesday night or contact Katie at (414) 803-3907 after 12 noon. Take
this opportunity to became part of the first police-fire pipe band in the
- Thomas McKale
10th Annual St. Patrick's Day
Monster Irish Ceili and Set Dance
Saturday, March 10, 2001 • 7 - 10:30 p.m.
St. Mary's Academy - Marion Center
3195 S. Super / Lake Dr., Milw.
Admission: Adults $7; Children 6-16 yrs $3;
Children under 6 Free
The Marian Center will benefit from the 10th Annual St. Patrick's
Day Monster Ceili and Set Dance. A Ceili is a traditional Celtic gathering
of friends and family joining together in a celebration of music and dance.
The program begins at 7 p.m. with a short concert of traditional Celtic
music by Milwaukee's largest ceili band, Ceol Cairde.
Ceili dancing will be taught by Julie Clark from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Irish set dances will be taught from 9:30 to 10:30 by Gail Clark. Beginners
are very welcome! Many volunteers will be on hand to teach young and old
alike this lively and very fun Irish dancing!
Beverages, snacks and homemade bakery will be available at the hall.
This is an affordable event for all ages and has become a favorite event
in Milwaukee. It's a great way to get ready for St. Patrick's Day and learn
a jig or two!
Irish Night for Literacy
To Benefit Racine Literacy Council
Direct from Ireland, the Sharon Shannon Band will be performing March
3 at Racine Memorial Hall, located at 75 7th St., in downtown Racine. The
event, Irish Night for Literacy, will benefit the Racine Literacy Council
and its adult tutoring program. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.
The evening will include Celtic musician Jeff Ward, accompanied by
local musicians. The award winning Cashel-Dennehy Irish Dancers from Milwaukee
will also perform. Irish food and drink will be available throughout the
To buy tickets in advance contact the Racine Literacy Council at
(262) 632-9495. Prices are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors and children.
Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children.
Door County Parade
Our third annual St. Pats Day Parade will be held on Mar. 17 (step
off time pending) in Sturgeon Bay. We are hopping to again double the participation.
(1999 - 15 entries, 2000 - 35 entries, 2001-???). The parade will step
off at 3rd Ave. and Michigan at around Noon. There will be music and Irish
dancing at the Naughtical Inn and Pub immediately following the parade.
The dancers are from Scoil Roi Dennehy here in Door County, sister school
of Cashel - Dennehy in Milwaukee. What started as a family wagon pulling
day has become a much anticipated day in Door County. So please spread
the word. All are invited. We would love to find some pipers interested
in coming up. Can you put me in touch with any? Also any musicians who
would like to play in the pub afterward are welcome. We will be willing
to pay a Celtic band for entertainment. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brian, Parade Committee
Schooner Fare In Concert
Yankee folk music will return to Milwaukee on Saturday, April 28,
when Maine folk trio Schooner Fare performs at Alverno College's
Pitman Theater, 3401 S. 39th St. Reserved seat tickets for the 8 p.m. show
are $18 and $15 with all tickets for those ages 18 and under $8.
Proceeds from an ad booklet and a raffle held the night of the concert
will benefit the John J. Ward Jr. Irish Music Archives. The archives, which
are housed at the Irish Fest Center, were established in 1992 and are considered
one of the country's largest collections of Irish music. In addition to
preserving the music, the 30,000 pieces serve as a resource for the public.
Schooner Fare's Steve and Chuck Romanoff and Tom Rowe are
one of folk music's most popular and enduring acts. They recently celebrated
their 25th anniversary and on the latest of their 13 recordings, were called
"a true Maine treasure" by Maine Gov. Angus King. They are well
known to Wisconsin audiences from frequent appearances at Milwaukee Irish
For tickets and information, call Kathy Schultz at (414) 332-8521.
Shamrock Club Board of DirectorS
Yearly Calendar of Scheduled/Constitutional Acitvities
•FEBRUARY: Announce Irish Rose / Irishman / Parade Marshal; Easter
•MARCH: Nominations; St. Patrick's Day activities; Easter Rising
•JUNE: Appoint two members to audit committee
•JULY: New board takes office
•AUGUST: Irish Fest Sales Booth
•OCTOBER: Audit Committee Report
•NOVEMBER: Holiday Folk Fair, Cultural, Food, Sales Booths
•DECEMBER: Announce deadline for honors nominations
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
•JANUARY: Vote for Irish Rose / Irishman / Parade Marshal
•FEBRUARY: Calendar-year report of treasurer; Appoint finance committee
•MAY: Year-end report of president; Budget proposal to board by finance
committee; Appoint by laws committee; Old and new boards meet jointly
•JUNE: Membership directory print-out to president; old and new boards
•AUGUST: fiscal year treasurer's report to board
•SEPTEMBER: Audit committee report to board
•DECEMBER: Membership directory print-out to president