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Milwaukee's Unique Twist on Irish Sports
When people think of things Irish in Milwaukee, the usual image is of music and culture but Milwaukee is also home to two thriving sports, both Irish to their souls, and both as different as day and night. Hurling is the oldest of Irish sports. Currach racing is relatively new in Ireland, but the art of currach boat bulding can be traced back to the time of St. Brendan the Navigator, who sailed to the Americas in a boat built to the specifications of the currachs. The Milwaukee Hurling Club is the only coed hurling organization in the world. The Irish Currach Club of Milwaukee is also a coed club. Here is an update on these two organizations.
MILWAUKEE HURLING CLUB
by Karen Seeliger
This year, the Milwaukee Hurling Club (MHC) celebrates its 6th year as the first American hurling club and the only coed club. Since 1996 the MHC has promoted the sport of hurling through education and game play.
Hurling, the oldest of Irish sports, was used to train warriors for battle and actually pre-dates Christianity. As the national sport of Ireland, more than approximately 100,000 Irish people play and its followers are as loyal and dedicated as that of our own sports fans.
Many times equated with soccer, lacrosse, or field hockey, hurling is considered the fastest field sport in the world. Players use an ash stick (the hurly or cumman) to hit and carry the ball (the sliotar, pronounced slit-er) to the end of the field and into the goal for points. The field (pitch) itself is fairly large by American standards, measuring 150 yards long and 100 yards wide. To score, a player must put the ball either over the crossbar for one point, or into the goal for three points. Each team consists of 15 players, including one goalkeeper, three fullbacks, three halfbacks, two midfielders, three half-forwards and three full-forwards.
The women's equivalent of hurling is called camogie and is played according to the same basic rules, but with a smaller pitch and smaller sticks. Even though camogie is offered, the MHC remains committed to its coed status.
The Milwaukee Hurling Club first introduced the sport of hurling to Milwaukee in 1996 with 30 members. In 1997, four teams were formed which enabled the club to hold regular games. Our 2000 season had a roster of 140 members, six sponsored teams, and a corporate sponsorship from Beamish. Unlike other hurling clubs, the MHC is coed and remains dedicated to this status. However, a camogie league is offered for the female members.
Due to the unique nature of the sport, much of our equipment is imported from Ireland. For example, the hurls are made of a specific ash wood that is only available in Ireland. Because the sport has not become a staple in American sports, the sliotars, helmets, and most of the protective gear are also imported.
The sport itself requires many skills from its athletes in order to excel: agility, hand-eye coordination, strength, ambidexterity, and stamina.
Our 2001 season began May 20th. Once again Mayor John Norquist honored us by tossing in the sliotar for the first game. All games are held at Veterans Park each Sunday near the lakefront and begin at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (excluding Memorial weekend and Fourth of July weekend). We welcome anyone interested in hurling, whether it be as a spectator or a player, to join us for what we promise to be an exciting experience.
For more information about the Milwaukee Hurling Club, call the MHC Hotline (414) 297-9490. For information via email, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us on the web at: http://www.hurling.net (no hyphenation).
CURRACH CLUB OF MILWAUKEE
by Mickey McGeoghegan
The rowing season has begun for the Irish Currach Club of Milwaukee. Our boats are in the water at McKinley Marina and practices are being held Mondays through Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Our club is always looking for men and women to be part of a competitive rowing team. If you are interested, please call Laura Kucharski at (414) 489-1100 or Mickey McGeoghegan at (262) 569-1459. Orientation days for new members will be held on Saturdays, June 9 and 16 at 9 a.m. at McKinley Marina. Hope to see you there!
Our 2001 schedule for regattas follows:
May 19 New Orleans, LA
JUNE 18 Dinner Meeting, see below
JUNE 27 Board Meeting, Conkey's in Appleton (all are welcome to attend)
Music: Sunday, June 10 Oshkosh Art Fair held at Oshkosh's South Park. Celtic Knot Trio and Mike & Karen Cove.
New officers will be announced in the July newsletter.
At our March dinner meeting almost 100% voted to have four dinner meetings in place of our monthly meetings. Therefore, we didn't mail questionnaires to the few members not attending our dinner.
However, we will still have monthly Board Meetings. These will be held the 4th Wednesday of each month. All members are welcome to attend.
Coming event: Monday, June 18, 2001 Dinner Meeting to be held at Trilogy in Greenville. Evening's schedule begins with 5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Socializing (cash bar), followed by dinner at 6:30. Menu choices are: (1) Ground Sirloin Burger (2) Marinated Chicken Breast, or (3) Vegetarian entree. In addition, home made coleslaw and potato salad, buns and rolls, dessert bars and choice of coffee, tea or soda will be served.
At 7:30 p.m., following dinner, music will take center stage. Enjoy Celtic acoustic jam and/or playing cassette tapes and CD's members bring. Feel free to bring any musical instruments to play (don't forget your voices are musical instruments!)
Price of dinner meeting will be determined before each member is called.
Remember to watch your renewal month on your address label and mail to our P.O. Box 1632, Appleton, WI 54912-1632.
Elaine Hoes (920) 733-5254
The Old Sod
Anna McGuinness from Mystic Ireland gift shop in Appleton is shown helping with the turf back in her home town of Donegal last August. This is what she grew up with as a child. It was hard work, sore on the back, but it was great. They enjoyed the lighting of a wee fire and putting on the old black kettle for a cup of tea and a few sandwiches. The rewards were great, especially on a cold winter's night as they sat around the warm turf fire as family and neighbors told many a good tall story.
Dane County Shamrock Club
JUNE 23 - Field Trip to the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago.
We will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Dutch Mill Park and Ride. Club members will buy their own lunch at Abbey Pub and Restaurant in northwestern Chicago. After lunch, we will tour the Irish American Heritage Center which has a large collection of Belleek Pottery and Irish lace. On the way home, the bus will stop at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois. Shamrock members will be able to browse at Blarney's for Irish items. When we reach Janesville, we will stop at Roherty's Restaurant and Pub for members to purchase their own dinner. Your paid reservations of $25 apiece for the bus are due by Wednesday, June 6 to Mary Hearn, 3048 Woods Edge Way, Madison, WI 53711. The Rock County Shamrock Club has been invited to join us for this outing.
JULY 10 - Potluck Picnic at Knights of Columbus Facility, 5256 Verona Road.
Take Hwy. 18 west past Home Depot, turn right at M&I Bank onto Williamsburg Way, drive one block, turn left onto Anton Drive. Bring a dish to pass and your own tableware. Social hour from 5-6 p.m., dinner at 6. As we have the use of the Clubhouse for free, we encourage the purchase of beer and pop on the site to support the Knights. Please, no carry in beverages. Enjoy talking to friends and listening to tapes. After the dinner as an added treat, Dr. Robert McCleary, a local chiropractor who had the privilege of spending six years in Ireland, will share his experiences and knowledge about Ireland with us.
AUGUST - No Meeting.
Attend Irish Fest on August 16-19 at Henry Meier Festival Grounds in Milwaukee. Call 414-476-3378 for info. The Dane County Shamrock Club will have a booth promoting membership, displaying Irish artifacts, and answering questions about Ireland at the O'Fitchburg Days on August 4 and 5.
In regards to our St. Patrick's Day Celebration, it was a great treat to have Jerry Eyre join us. It meant a lot to Eamon to have his brother in-law here from Ireland to help him celebrate his "Irish Person of the Year" award. Jerry sang a couple of songs for us at Jingles, one of them being Danny Boy. He still has his amazing voice at 84 years of age!
Our April 10 noon luncheon was a success. We were blessed with beautiful weather, delicious food, and a good turnout. Kate Wiskus, an Irish lady and a staff member at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, gave an enlightening presentation on Celtic spirituality supported by stories from her own family. A partial slate of officers was also presented to the members. The nominating committee is still working to complete the slate.
I wish to thank the following board members who served their term of office so faithfully this past year: Barbara Darcey - Past President, Bernard Gallenberg - Vice President and Entertainment, Carol Brunet - Secretary, Ed Horkan - Treasurer, Nelle Murphy - Parliamentarian, Lee Tvedten - Sergeant-at-Arms, Virginia Carpenter, Michael Brunet, and Mary Hearn - Trustees, and Eamon O'Brien - Membership. Thank you also to Carol Brunet for doing the publicity and to Sally Cassidy for arranging for the treats at the meetings.
Club members Grace Tvedten, Bob Finley, and Cletus Doyle have all recently undergone surgery. Please remember them with your cards and prayers.
Eamon O'Brien has taken on the task of setting up and updating the Dane County Shamrock Club's website at http://www.shamrockclub.org Furthermore, the website for the nine chapters of the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin is http:// www.angelfire.com/wi/shamrockclubwisc/ A good website to check out for celtic music, dance, language, arts, literature, and theater in Madison is http://celticmadison.org (no hyphen). For a journal of contemporary Irish and Irish American affairs, check out http://www.irishamericanpost.com/ (no hyphen).
Because the Shamrock Club is not having a raffle or any other fundraiser, membership dues increased as of January 1. A single membership will cost $20, and a family membership will cost $30. Please send all new and renewal club membership dues to Eamon O'Brien, Membership Chairperson, 2667 Coffey Town Rd., Cottage Grove, WI 53527.
I look forward to seeing everyone on June 23 on our field trip to Chicago. Guests are welcome.
Barbara Gallenberg, President
JUNE No Meeting
JULY No Meeting
AUGUST 21 Annual Club Picnic
Please note that the date for our picnic has been changed. Our picnic will be held on August 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sweet-Allyn Park at Shoppiere. This will be a potluck supper so come early and enjoy visiting with all of the other Shamrockers and enjoy a great meal. Will will begin eating at 6 p.m. Your guests are always welcome.
Milwaukee President's Message
The newly elected officers for the Milwaukee Board of Directors are:
President: Sue Dundon
Also on the Board are Bob Voss (1 year), Mike Payne (2 years) and Cate Harris as Past President.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the candidates who ran.
We have a new system in place to get Emerald Reflections mailed. Pat Sadowski will get the lists into zip code order and two other people will put the labels on. Tom Smith will then take them to the post office. I hope this system works as it seems to be easier for several people to do the job than just one person.
The Shamrock Club Color Guard, Pipes and Drums had a very successful 20th Anniversary Party. The charter members were recognized and Chuck McLaughlin was honored on his retirement from the Color Guard for his 18 years of service. The group was also honored by several government agencies for keeping the presence of the Irish community alive. Last season they participated in 33 parades. The schedule for this season is not complete at this time but they will be out there. Come and cheer them on.
The Bradley Center season for 2000-01 is finally finished. The play-off games of the Bucks were very busy but quite lucrative. Please think about working some events next season.
Irish Fest is just a short time away so plan on volunteering there. Noreen Barclay and Mary McAndrews need your help.
The next event will be the Golf Outing on August 26, 2001. Tom Tibbals is working on that project. There is more info on that elsewhere in this newsletter.
Tom Blaha and committee presented the changes and were voted on and accepted. See Tom's article last month.
Happy Birthday, Anniversary and Fathers' Day.
Cate Harris, President
Raffle Thank You:
A very big thank you to all the sellers and buyers of the St. Patricks Day raffle tickets. It was a very successful year and special mention goes to Tom Mulvaney and Richard Stover, super salesmen.
Dick and Rosemary Quinlan
Attention College Football Fans:
Anyone interested in attending a University of Wisconsin-Madison football game as part of a Shamrock Club of Wisconsin group please call Tom Smith at (414) 384-4119. If enough interest is generated an outing will be organized.
Notice to All Chapters
Please ask your members to inform your Membership Chairperson if they are moving or going on vacation. The number of Reflections we are getting back is generating quite an expense. The post office will not hold or forward the Reflections. The Milwaukee chapter gets charged for all returns. Thank you for your help in this matter.
July 5, 2001
Dinner 6:30 p.m. Installation 8 p.m.
Join in a fun evening to say thank you to the Milwaukee officers
$13 per person
Call: Beth Brzycki (414) 321-0958
Installation Dinner Reservation
Please include the following information:
Please make checks payable to the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin
Mail to: Beth Brzycki, 3373 S. 84th St., Apt. #101,
RTE News Items
STUDY SHOWS DUBLIN HOUSE PRICE INCREASE
A new study indicates that the average price paid for a second hand house in Dublin has risen to £215,000, ($322,000 US). Despite this, the house price guide by Douglas Newman Good estate agents shows that the rate of increase in the price of second hand houses in Dublin has fallen by almost 2.5% over the last twelve months.
GIANT SCULPTURE TRANSPORTED TO DUBLIN BUSINESS PARK
A giant sculpture which is claimed to be the biggest in the world has arrived in Dublin port. The 116 ft, 20 ton structure was built in Norfolk by London-based sculptor Angela Conner, but is due to grace a huge office complex on the edge of Dublin in the Park West centre.
Called The Irish Wave, the sculpture took more than two years to build. Ms Conner said: "It's thought to be the tallest in the world. One would have to do a tremendous amount of research to find out whether it is, but we can be extremely satisfied that it is the highest mobile in the world." Park West is one of Ireland's most successful office complexes, and covers a 200-acre site close to a motorway being built around Dublin.
The Irish Wave, a twisted vertical spiral, will be its focal point, and will have cost an estimated £750,000 once it is in position. It was transported across Britain to Liverpool and loaded on to a freight ferry to complete the trip to Ireland.
CROSS OF KELLS UNVEILED
The historic Cross of Kells has been officially unveiled at its new location in the County Meath town by the Minister for the Environment, Noel Dempsey. The cross has been extensively refurbished after it was damaged by a bus at its original location. The unveiling comes just days after Kells
Urban District Council announced details of a renewed effort to secure the return of the Book of Kells to the town later this year.
DANE COUNTY Ed and Toni Ledwidge; Theresa O'Connor; Mary Wall.
LaCROSSE Ronald Potaracke (referred by Joyce Digman).
LAFAYETTE CO. Stephen Fitzsimons.
MILWAUKEE David and Sara Brust (welcome back); Kevin Ryan Connolly; Philip and Peggy Harris; Larry and Bernice O'Neil; Kathleen M. Peters.
ROCK COUNTY Mary and Mark Houfe.
SOUTH CENTRAL James Adkins and Leah Bryant; Mr. M.J. Kinney.
Early History of Dane County
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