Milwaukee Irish Fest,
"The Best Thing About Summer"
Country's Largest Celtic Celebration
Calls Milwaukee Home August 16-19
Milwaukee Irish Fest, "The Best Thing About Summer" will
host the best Irish and Irish-American entertainment, culture and food
August 16-19. The crowds will again gather to hear the draw of the bow
across the fiddle, see the smile of a high-stepping dancer, or draw a pint
while sampling a tasty treat at Henry W. Maier Festival Park along Milwaukee's
"This year's 21st Anniversary celebration demonstrates the festival's
innovative growth and unyielding pursuit of top quality entertainment,"
said Jane Anderson, Executive Director of Irish Fest. "Festival goers
have come to expect nothing less than the best, and this year's festival
will live up to the tradition."
This year's festival features include:
OMAGH COMMUNITY YOUTH CHOIR
During 1998's Irish Fest, a bomb ripped through the heart of Omagh,
Northern Ireland killing 29 people and injuring hundreds more. The brutal
act of violence weighed heavy on those celebrating a continent away, and
left a community devastated and searching for a means to heal. Soon thereafter,
Daryl Simpson, an Omagh resident with a strong desire to turn the devastation
into something positive, formed the Omagh Community Youth Choir. Since
its formation, the 44 member Protestant and Catholic choir has received
international recognition having performed on BBC, UTV, RTE, NBC and MTV
as well as at Soldier Field, St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York and before
the Royal Family.
Last year the Irish Fest Youth Choir made a two-week journey to Ireland
to perform with the Omagh Community Youth Choir. Returning the favor, the
Omagh Choir will make its second appearance at Irish Fest. Together, they
will make a number of special appearances prior to the festival along with
multiple appearances at the festival.
WALTON'S MUSIC "NIGHT OF THE BODHRAN"
Last year marked the inaugural year of involvement with Irish Fest
for famed Waltons' Music of New York and Ireland. Waltons' display was
located in a tent in the Cultural Village where they sold Celtic instruments
and sheet music as well as offered mini-lessons on how to play the bodhran
(Irish handheld drum).
This year, Waltons' will occupy their own tent in the Cultural Village,
allowing them to offer a greater selection of merchandise. In addition,
Waltons' will be re-launching their famed record label, Glenside, at the
festival. Due to their popularity last year, bodhran lessons will again
be offered this year. Tin whistle lessons will also be offered.
Finally, Waltons' will again sponsor Sunday night's Second Annual
"Night of the Bodhrans." Bodhran players of all skill levels
are invited to join in the march of the bodhran, beginning on the north
and south ends of the festival grounds at 9 p.m. on Sunday night.
FIREWORKS AND SCATTERING
Following the "Night of the Bodhrans" march will be the
Sunday night fireworks. Last year the fireworks helped provide a loud and
vibrant introduction to one of the more unique features of the festival,
the grand finale known as "The Scattering." This is an Irish
tradition where musicians from the various bands come together and dancers
step to the stage performing one last act before they join the audience
in saying good bye to the year's festival.
"Milwaukee Irish Fest aims to preserve Irish music and culture
by delivering an exciting roster of entertainers," said Chuck Ward,
one of the founders of Irish Fest. "Whether you're looking for old
favorites like Tommy Makem or the cutting edge sounds of Seven Nations,
the stages at this year's Irish Fest will feature an eclectic line-up of
Irish music for people of all ages and tastes!"
Irish Fest boasts 15 stages on which numerous entertainers will perform.
From classic to cutting edge would be the best way to describe this year's
entertainers. Where else but Irish Fest would you find the likes of Gaelic
Storm, the band that gained acclaim for its performance in "Titanic",
and Eileen Ivers, the famed "Riverdance" fiddler who has ventured
on to a successful solo career?
Notable newscomers include Dara - the Dublin native who recently
released his first solo album and is credited for the string arrangements
for U2's current monster hit, "The Sweetest Thing". The legendary
Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannon will be performing together. Dublin favorite
Barachois and The New Barleycorn are also new to the fest this year.
Returning favorites include Brigid's Cross, Different Drums of Ireland,
Off Kilter, Danu and Natalie McMasters.
BALLYFEST CULTURAL VILLAGE
For more than 20 years, the renowned Ballyfest Cultural Village has
been one of the only areas outside of the Emerald Isle itself where you
can shop for handcrafted Celtic gifts, watch a currach race and listen
to live harp music. Each year, the Cultural Village presents new opportunities
to immerse oneself in the native culture, whether it be music, dance, language
This year promises to be a special year, with a unique display featuring
famous Broadway playwright, George M. Cohan. Cohan is best known for writing,
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag."
New this year will be the News Agent Shop - a traditional Irish news
shop where visitors can peruse and purchase Irish publications from around
the world. Other new features include the Celtic Tiger display on today's
thriving Irish economy, a model of sixth century St. Brendan's Boat and
an original "Railways of Ireland" display.
Irish Fest has been voted a family favorite by MetroParent Magazine
for a number of years. Kids can participate in events throughout the grounds,
including adult-supervised arts and crafts in the Emerald Castle, freckle
and red hair contests and Lilli-Putt miniature golf. Children can also
enjoy wandering jugglers; storytellers, and musicians, not to mention appearances
by beloved festival icons Paddy and Molly McFest.
Irish Fest features over 100 vendors displaying their crafts and
retail items in three marketplaces located throughout the grounds. The
featured marketplaces are the Moore Street Market, Grafton Square Market
and the Lilliput Marketplace. In addition, there are three areas devoted
just to Irish Fest souvenirs, including: jackets, hats, t-shirts, and sweatshirts.
If you are looking to pick up something to remember this year's festival,
one of the featured shopping areas will certainly meet your needs.
LITURGY FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
Join us for one of the country's largest outdoor masses. On Sunday,
August 19, at 9:30 a.m., Bishop Norbert Dorsey of Orlando, Florida will
be the celebrant for this year's mass. Bishop Dorsey is the National Chaplain
of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Receive free entry into the festival
by bringing a non-perishable food item prior to the morning liturgy.
The hours of the 21st Anniversary festival are: Thursday, 6 p.m.
to 11:30 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight;
and Sunday, liturgy at 9:30 a.m. and gates open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission
to Thursday night's Grand Gathering is $5. Sneak a peek at the entertainers
new to Irish Fest at four of the 16 stages open for your enjoyment. This
is your opportunity to get a head start on shopping in the Grafton Street
area, and dance the night away.
Admission for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is $10 for adults, $7 for
seniors and free for children 12 and under.
The Liturgy for Peace and Justice will take place Sunday at 9:30
a.m. in the Marcus Amphitheater at the south end of the grounds. Bring
nonperishable food items to the Mass and receive free entry to the festival
after the Liturgy! You may also enter at no charge Friday, August 17 between
4 and 5 p.m., or from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 19, with the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel Press Pass.
Earn free tickets to Irish Fest with the donation of ten music items
to the John J. Ward Irish Music Archives. Call  476-3378 for details!
Please visit the Irish Fest website at www.irishfest.com for more
information, or call the Irish Fest office at (414) 476-3378. Join us August
16-19, for the "Best Thing About Summer."
"An Irish Odyssey" - An Exploration
Of Irish Culture and Fun
Whatever Your Interests, There's Something for You
At Irish Fest's Ballyfest Cultural Village
After a leisurely stroll through the the festival grounds, you head
to the historic village where you shop for handmade Irish gifts, watch
a currach race and enjoy food, drink, music and camaraderie at the local
pub. Sounds too good to be true? Better think again.
Welcome to Ballyfest, the renowned Cultural Village at the world's
largest Irish festival - Milwaukee Irish Fest. Located at the south end
of the Henry W. Maier festival grounds, visitors will experience "An
Irish Odyssey," where cultural adventures derived from the Emerald
Isle await the young and old alike.
"The Cultural Area offers something new and exciting every year
at Irish Fest," said Tadhg McInerney. New attractions include the
Walton's Music of New York and Ireland tent, which will feature a vast
array of traditional Irish music instruments, performances and mini-workshops
for all levels. Also new this year is News Agent Shop a traditional Irish
news shop where visitors can peruse and purchase publications including
the Irish Music Magazine, Irish American Post and the Irish Gazette. and
other notable publications.
Other Ballyfest Cultural Village attractions include:
Cultural tent - the largest tent in the Cultural Village, features
several exhibits including a model of St. Brendan's Boat, Ogham stones,
"Railways of Ireland" and a display on the thriving Irish economy
termed the Celtic Tiger.
Moore Street Market - named for an open-air market in Dublin, Ireland,
where festival goers can watch artisan demonstrations and purchase hand-made
Irish arts and crafts.
Gaeltacht tent - where Irish-language enthusiasts can enjoy music,
dance, poetry, discussions and a bookstore.
Theatre tent - features the best of Irish theater, from the new and
original to the classics.
The Pub - a very popular site at Irish Fest, offers cool drinks and
Geneology tent - where visitors can trace their Irish roots with
the help of a professional genealogist.
Harp tent - offers daily live performances featuring Ireland's national
Hedge school - passes on the legacy of Irish culture with lectures
on Irish history, literature and poetry.
Meehan's Boat House - where visitors can see a traditional Irish
currach and other nautical displays.
Hurling tent - offers a history of the famed Gaelic game, called
the "fastest game on grass".
If that isn't enough to quench your thirst for Irish culture, Ballyfest
also offers a replica of a traditional Irish high cross, currach regattas,
live poetry readings, hurling exhibition games at Urban Park, a mini-film
festival and a daily amateur photo contest.
New this year is a bright idea. "We're going to light up the
village!" exclaims McInerney. Due to popular demand, the Cultural
Area will be illuminated with lights for evening activities.
For more information and a schedule of area events, call (414) 476-3378,
or visit the Milwaukee Irish Fest website at www.irishfest.com.
Classic to Cutting Edge
Milwaukee Irish Fest Sets The Stage
For the Best of Summer Entertainment
Milwaukee's 21st Annual Irish Fest will celebrate the diverse sounds
of live Irish and Irish American music, delivering the very best in contemporary,
traditional folk and Celtic rock.
"Milwaukee Irish Fest aims to preserve Irish music and culture
by delivering an exciting roster of entertainers," said Ed Ward, founder
of Irish Fest. "Whether you're looking for old favorites like Tommy
Makem or the cutting edge sounds of Seven Nations, the stages at this year's
Irish Fest will feature an eclectic line-up of Irish music for people of
all ages and tastes!"
The popularity of Celtic rock has increased dramatically in recent
years. With that in mind, Milwaukee Irish Fest proudly announces some of
the biggest Celtic rock bands Ireland has to offer at this year's Fest.
The music of internationally acclaimed folkrocker, Luka Bloom, retains
the upclose and personal quality of traditional Folk and oozes with a rock
groove all his own. Bloom's magnetic charm has won him a devoted following
in America. His tasteful, fuller arrangements add to the uniquely rich
and powerful sound he delivers through songs of faith, struggle and affirmations.
Returning this year is Irish Fest alumni Gaelic Storm - a band with
a reputation for playing fast-paced traditional tunes that force their
listeners out of their seats and onto the dance floor. If you didn't get
a chance to see Gaelic Storm perform at the festival in recent years, it's
likely you've heard their music. Irish Fest was the first to book the band
after their appearance in the blockbuster film, Titanic. Gaelic Storm performed
under the alias "Steerage Band" in an exciting scene where their
music offers a sense of the wild celebration of the immigrant third class
passengers. Stephen Wehmeyer, Patrick Murphy, Kathleen Keane, Steve Twigger
and Shep Lonsdale, from Santa Monica, California, make up the band and
will grace the main stage once again at this year's festival.
Pegged "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York
Times, and a "sensation" by Billboard magazine, violinist Eileen
Ivers will step upon the Fest's stage for her first time Irish Fest solo
appearance. Internationally known for her blue violin, Ivers has gained
notoriety for her performance with Riverdance and was a soloist with the
Atlanta Symphony, London Symphony and Boston Pops. Ivers has established
herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today,
and her Irish-based fusion at this year's festival will certainly be a
favorite with Irish music connoisseurs.
The New Barleycorn, comprised of duo John Delaney and Alec DeGabriele,
present their music with vitality, passion and a touch of humor. Powered
by talent, fun and a love for Irish music, The New Barleycorn sings and
plays a wide range of folk music from popular up-tempo ballads to some
of the most beautiful old Irish love songs. Delaney, founding member of
the internationally acclaimed Irish group Barleycorn, joined forces with
DeGabriele six years ago to form The New Barleycorn, after the original
Barleycorn finished a 24 year run ending in 1995.
Cleveland's Brigid's Cross, will be recording live at this years
Fest. Proceeds from CD sales will go to a scholarship fund set up in the
name of Alex and Alyssa Baker, son and daughter of band leader Paul Baker.
The children died in an automobile accident on the Saturday of Irish Fest
last year. Irish Fest will administer the fund and give out an annual scholarship
in Alex and Alyssa's memory.
Additional bands performing this year include Irish Fest first timers
Dara - the Dublin natives credited for the string arrangement for U2's
current monster hit The Sweetest Thing, Paddy Glackin, also from Dublin;
Barachois from Prince Edward Island; Four Courts Ceili Band from County
Clare; and Robbie Hannon from Belfast. Returning favorites include Ireland
native, Danu; Natalie McMasters from Canada, Seven Nations from Florida,
the unique sound of Ireland Native, Different Drums Of Ireland, and Walt
Disney Worlds Epcot Center house band, Off Kilter.
"Whether you come to hear the Folk, traditional Irish dance
music or Celtic rock, Milwaukee's Irish Fest offers a variety of musical
styles to suit everyone," said Ward.
The annual event runs August 16th-19th at Milwaukee's Henry W. Maier
festival park. Gates open Thursday, 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m.
to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; and Sunday, liturgy at 9:30 a.m.
and gates open at 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 on Thursday and all
other days $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free for kids 12 and under.
Free admission is available on Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.
For an updated schedule and list of events, or additional Milwaukee
Irish Fest information call 414-476-3378, or log on at: www.irishfest.com
Dane County Shamrock Club
Yes! There will be a Board Meeting in August as the co-presidents
Paul Buckalew and Colleen Schams ring in the plans for the year. Eileen
Heinrichs, a former Irish Person of the Year, will now serve as Hospitality
Chairperson for our meetings. With Eileen's style and grace, plus her engaging
smile she will warm the "cockles of your heart."
Eamon O'Brien, the most recent Irish Person of the Year, will head
the Irish Booth at the O'Fitchburg Days on August 3-5. Direct all queries
to Eamon at 608-839-4662 or email him at eamon@chorus. net. The co-presidents
and the Board members will also be there to greet you on Friday evening,
Saturday and Sunday.
Sadly, Ed Horken, treasurer for our Club resigned due to the illness
of his daughter. We owe a debt of thanks to Ed for all his excellent work.
Al Schams assumes the interim treasurer office. We are fortunate in having
Al Schams because of his financial background and expertise. Direct all
memberships to Al Schams, 14 Eastbourne Circle, Madison, WI, 53717, phone
608-836-8383 or email him at: email@example.com. It is imperative that
the membership list is kept current. One of our goals of the Shamrock Club
is to encourage new members. We are especially reaching out to young people.
Any words of wisdom or questions direct our way.
- Paul Buckalew and Colleen Schams
Milwaukee President's Message
The new Shamrock Club Board is now in place and ready to serve you
for the next 12 months. It's important to remember just that, we are here
to serve you, the membership. We want you to know that you can come to
us at any time with ideas and constructive criticisms to make this Club
better than ever. Because your input is very important to the board, I
have set up a new email address especially for the Club to facilitate communication
between us. You can contact me at ShamrockClubInfo@Aol.com.
My personal goal for the Club is not an original one - it is to recruit
new individuals to compliment our current membership.
One thing I look forward to this year is increased social outings
as a group. Tom Smith has come up with plans for a Shamrock Club visit
to a Badger Game in Madison in the future. Other ideas that have been suggested
are Walking Tours, Pub Crawls, Poetry Readings and an Irish Book of the
Month Club. If anyone from the membership would be interested in coordinating
events like these, please come to the board and we'll get started right
away! We also have our Picnic and Golf Outing to look forward to in August.
I would also love to see members who have been shy about getting
involved in projects and volunteering, to take a deep breath and jump right
in! You've all heard the Chairpersons give their reports throughout the
year and they all stress that besides the hard work, it's a lot of fun.
Volunteers are needed at Irish Fest for the Sales Booth, Cultural Area
and also at our Membership Table. Folk Fair is just around the corner,
as well. We are also looking for members to assist in the preparation of
the Emerald Reflections (labeling, etc.). This only takes a couple of hours
a month so if you are interested, please contact Tom Smith. A few more
people in the volunteer pool would take pressure off of the people who
are working hard to keep the events running.
There are also many other Irish organizations to support. Among these
are the wonderful Milwaukee Irish Arts, the Hurling Club, the Gaelic League
and of course our very own Shamrock Club Color Guard, Pipes and Drums.
I know that the Color Guard would love to see familiar faces on the sidelines
at the many parades they participate in throughout the year.
Let's all get out there, really enjoy each other's company, and in
the process make meaningful contributions to the Irish community here in
- Respectfully, Susan Dundon
Greater LaCrosse Area
Greetings! No, we did not wash downstream with the flood this year
although it was close and the river (at this writing) remains near flood
stage. Our Club met in May and elected officers for the 2001-02 year as
President: Donna Finn
Vice-President: Marian Schnell
Secretary: Debbie Kroner
Treasurer: Art Gale
Sergeant at Arms: Jim Finn
Parliamentarian: Dave Holtze
Membership: Mary Kay Smith
3 Year Trustees: Sue Crothers, Jack Lucey
2 Year Trustees: Sharon Candahl, Cheryl Walsh
1 Year Trustee: Fred Smith
We also voted at that meeting to revise our by-laws concerning dues
payment. It was approved to make all membership payable annually in the
month of September rather than in the month joined. Our Board is busy implementing
this rule and our membership will be getting detailed instructions through
our newsletter, "Bit-O-Blarney."
The new Board met in June and approved an agenda of Club sponsored
activities for the 2001-02 year which is also provided to our members in
the newsletter. The parade season is upon us with events celebrating Onalaska's
150th anniversary on August 25, Maple Leaf Oktoberfest on September 29;
and the Torchlight Parade on October 4. We have abandoned one of our favorite
events which was the making of "Irish Stew" for Heritage Night
during Oktoberfest because of a recently imposed restriction on the preparation
of food for public consumption in LaCrosse. We will have to devise another
method of fund raising.
Enjoy your summer!
- Fred Smith, Newsletter Chair
• AUGUST 19 - Bus to Irish Fest. If you haven't bought your ticket
yet, get to Mystic Ireland ASAP or call Elaine at (920) 733-5254. Limited
seating - when the bus fills, that's it. Cost: $17.50 round trip.
• AUGUST 22 - Board Meeting, Conkey's in Appleton 7 p.m. (all are
welcome to attend)
• SEPTEMBER 15 - Steve Hazell in concert, Bubbolz Nature Center,
• SEPTEMBER 17 - Halfway to St. Pat's Dinner/Meeting. Call Pat Warmbrunn
at (920) 734-7703 for information.
• SEPTEMBER 19 - Mark's East Side Halfway to St. Pat's Celebration.
Lunch and supper
• OCTOBER 11-13 - Celtic Women's Conference, ICHC, Milwaukee. Men
are also welcome to attend. Next year it will be in New Orleans.
• OCTOBER 26 - Cherish the Ladies at the ICHC, Milwaukee
Everyone had a great time visiting, eating and watching some step
dancing and singing along with Giles Clark at our June Dinner/Meeting.
We elected our slate of officers for the coming year:
President: Bill Grogan
Vice President: John McGuiness
Treasurer: Pat Warmbrunn
Secretary: Carol Felton
Membership: Elaine Hoes
Be sure to call me at (920) 733-5254 with any change in your address
since Emerald Reflections will no longer be returned if not delivered.
It has become too costly for this service. If you are a snowbird just let
me know which issues should go to your "southern" address and
when to resume your Wisconsin address.
Send your renewals to our P.O. Box 1632, Appleton, WI 54912-1632.
- Elaine Hoes (920) 733-5254
• AUGUST 21 - Annual Club Picnic from 5-8 p.m. at Sweet-Allyn Park
• SEPTEMBER 18 - General membership meeting at the Janesville Senior
Center at 7:30 p.m.
Our club picnic will be a potluck supper, bring your own table service
and beverage and a dish to pass. Kay Mackey will make coffee. Come early
and enjoy visiting with all of the other members. See what they have done
to the Shoppire dam. Most of all, enjoy a great meal. Guests are always
welcome at any of our functions.
I recently received the sad news that a long time friend of our club,
Patrick Walsh, died June 25th. Patrick and Gertrude Walsh from Wexford,
Ireland, were visiting here in August 1999 and joined us for our annual
We hope to see all of you at our club picnic on August 21st and also
at our Sept. 18th meeting in the newly remodeled Janesville Senior Center.
Milwaukee Shamrock Club Picnic
Live at the Lake Front
LAKE PARK: PICNIC AREA #6
(Lake Drive and Kenwood Avenue - Milwaukee)
August 5, 2001 • NOON til 6 PM
Free Refreshments • Soda • Entertainment
Free Guinness Starting at 3 p.m.
Hot Dogs and Hamburgers Provided
Irish Dance Exhibitions • Join in sessions with local musicians
Games for kids from 1 to 93 years old
Free Shuttle to Milwaukee Hurling Games at McKinley Marina
For information call: (414) 332-0504
RTE News Items
13 APPEAR BEFORE GALWAY COURT
Thirteen members of two traveller families appeared at a special
sitting of Galway District Court arising from a vicious fight at the outskirts
of the city. Members of the Ward and Donovan families from Galway were
charged with riotous behaviour and possession of offensive weapons. More
than 50 weapons were on display in the courtroom, including hammers, slash
hooks, machetes, iron bars and nail-studded baseball bats.
The Court was told that up to 80 men were engaged in a pitched battle
at the height of the disturbance in the Castle Park area. The defendants,
from the Ward and Donovan clans, were all remanded in custody with consent
to bail, but strict conditions including a curfew were imposed by Judge
Up to 60 members of the travelling community were involved in the
scuffles, according to Gardaí. The violence broke out in a playing
pitch on the eastern side of the city. Garda reinforcements were called
in from four counties and 13 men were arrested.
DÁIL PASSES WASTE MANAGEMENT BILL
The Dáil has passed a Bill which transfers the power to deal
with waste management from councillors to council officials. The Waste
Management (Amendment) Number 2 Bill was passed by 56 to 46. Critics claim
that the new legislation will lead to dumps and incinerators to be established
against the wishes of local residents. Environment Minister Noel Dempsey
said that it was necessary to deal with the problems of waste disposal.
SPANISH OLIVE OIL SPARKS HEALTH SCARE
The Food Safety Authority has called for people using or selling
Spanish olive pomace oil to stop because of a new health scare. Pomace
oil is made from olive residues, and it is used mostly in the catering
trade and by processors manufacturing olive oil spreads. The Authority's
warning follows an alert from the European Commission after the Spanish
oil was found to contain excessive levels of PAHs, polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons. Long-term exposure to these toxins can lead to serious health
State Advisory Meeting
The next state advisory committee meeting for the Shamrock Club of
Wisconsin is scheduled for Saturday, August 18 in Milwaukee at Miss Katie's
Diner (1900 W. Clybourn Ave.) Meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. For those interested,
a tour of the ICHC will be available following the meeting.
Milwaukee Hurling Club
The Shamrock Club is a proud sponsor of the Milwaukee Hurling Club.
Games are held each Sunday at Veterans Park on Milwaukee's lakefront, starting
at 12:30 pm. Standings as of July 9, 2001:
County Clare: 2-4
The Shamrock Club web site has been online since August, 1998. Our
address is http://www.angelfire.com/wi/shamrockclubwisc. Since we have
put up our first pages, over 20,000 people have stopped by to take a look.
We have comprehensive calendars of Irish events in the Milwaukee area and
throughout the state. We also have links to a number of other Irish and
Celtic related sites, including many of the Irish groups in Wisconsin.
If you haven't clicked on, please do so. Stop on by and leave a message
in our guestbook
Shamrock Club Color Guard
Pipes and Drums
The Color Guard Pipes and Drums had a very active July. We participated
in eight parades throughout the month.
Coming up in August we will be going to Sheboygan on the 4th, State
Fair on the 12th and Richfield on the 26th. Don't forget about Irish Fest,
we will be there all three days (17-19) doing the parades, a special performance
and the mass on Sunday morning the 19th.
"Everyone loves a parade" .... so come on out and cheer
us on. Better yet, come join the fun and help us by carrying the banner,
we always need help. We are also looking for people to become part of the
Color Guard or Pipes and Drums (don't be shy). You're never too old to
start. We have members from the ages of 10 to 70 and everywhere in between.
For further information call: Jim Dickmann, Director; Shamrock Club
Color Guard Pipes and Drums at 1-262-377-2601.
Emerald Reflections Sponsors
Thank you to our sponsors. Without them, the cost of this publication
would be prohibitive. Please stop by and thank them. You may get a really
good deal as a result. They are: Gerry O'Brien's; Celtic Women Intl.; Murphy
Financial Services, Inc.; The Irish American Post; Edward Ward, Morgan
Stanley Dean Witter, Inc.; Joseph Hughes, Mens Wearhouse; David Schuppler;
Paul McTaggart; Advanced Energy Concepts; Brett Funeral Home; County Clare;
Daniel Ryan, Shorewest; Gietl Sign; Ed Eisendrath, Carlson Wagonlit; Nash's
Irish Castle; Mary Anne Stephens, Re/Max Realty 100.
Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the ICHC will take place
September 16. If you have any items to donate for the raffle please call
Tom Smith (414) 384-4119.
Sorry, we could not get enough people for a Wisconsin football game
at Madison. We needed 48 people, 21 signed up. We were 27 short. We'll
try again next year.
Early History of
Dane County Shamrock Club, Part IX
Written by Margaret Courtney, typed by Barb Darcey
THE YEAR OF 1985
Our 10th Anniversary meeting was held at Feldman's Restaurant. Sister
Barbara Hubeney of Edgewood College gave a slide and talk show on "Castles
In the Isles", including Ireland, Britain and Scotland.
Also in celebration of our ten-year history, Tom Green presented
a short review of the tapes of all the acceptance remarks of the Irish
Persons of the Years as they were given the award at the St. Patrick's
John Kennedy was chosen as the Irish Person of the Year. John had
been very active in the Club since its inception. He had undergone surgery
in November 1984 and was recuperating nicely. He is a grand man and a worthy
recipient of the honor he was awarded on March 17th.
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Moore returned with slides from "another"
of their many trips - this time Greece. These fine people have made a hobby
traveling and picture taking. They had sophisticated equipment to artistically
show the slides with a carefully composed tape recording, a very interesting
and informative evening.
A new set of officers was elected and took over their new duties
July 1st. Gordon Reese was elected President.
The annual Irish Fest was held August 16-18 this year. The Barley
Bree was making their first appearance in the Mid-West and "our own"
Walsh Irish Dancers from Wexford, under the direction of Gertrude Walsh,
also performed at the Fest!
The Walsh Dancers, in addition to Madison and the Fest, appeared
at four or five other Shamrock Club Chapters. They also appeared at the
Door County Irish Musical Festival, the Governor's Mansion and a number
of other places.
Our regular meeting was held on August 13th, this time at the Senior
Center to accommodate the crowd expected. Gordon Reese had arranged all
appearances of the Dancers. Virginia O'Brien was in charge of hosting the
Irish visitors and members were asked to contact her if willing to accommodate
some of these visitors in their homes.
The Farewell Party for the Dancers was held on August 26 at the Park
Ponderosa and was a huge success as the Dancers had proven to be excellent
Batt Burns was the main attraction at an Irish Night Dinner and Program
at Edgewood College on August 6.
Tom Green started our fall programming with "A Second Look at
the British" movies taken that summer while he, Mary Grace, and daughter,
Mary Ellen were exploring the highways and by ways of Britain from Cornwell
to the very tip of Scotland on the North Sea - almost 3,000 miles round
A change of meeting place came with our October meeting which was
held at the Senior Center. We had been treated very well by Feldman's Restaurant,
but we found we were crowded for room and space to put on programs.
Gordy and Irene Reese showed their slides of their 1985 trip to Ireland.
Gordy's beautiful pictures and his commentary proved most interesting in
that we saw a part of Ireland that most of us had never seen, both in the
South and North. They made good friends with their B & B hosts who
went out of their way to make the Reeses feel welcome.
Our annual Shamrock Christmas party was preceded by a "catered"
dinner at six at which the spirit of Christmas was evident - the price
of the dinner was $8 which included a gratuity for the Empty Stocking Fund.
After the dinner there were Christmas songs with our Irish Folk Singers
and music to dance to by our Emerald Isle Ceili Band. As always, a good
time was had by all!
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Welcome New Members
Milwaukee - Edward G. Calvey; Janet L. Murphy.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT MILWAUKEE CHAPTER:
• May: 34 memberships up for renewal, 27 paid, 7 dropped for non-payment
• June: 38 memberships up for renewal, 23 paid to date, 16 due.
• July: 31 memberships up for renewal, 6 paid to date, 25 due.
Sunday, August 26, 2001
Lakeside Country Club, Pewaukee
(Hwy. 16 West to Co. Trunk KE, South to Golf Course)
Individual Awards - for longest Drive, Longest Putt,
Closest to the Pin - for MEN AND WOMEN!
(One Individual winner per award)
Door Prizes, "Money Hole" and Putting Contest
Golf will begin at 1 P.M.
Carts available at $7 per person at Lakeside Golf Shop.
Club rentals available at $5 per person at Lakeside Golf
Pull Carts available for $1 at Lakeside Golf Shop.
Cocktail Hour: 4:30-6:00 - Buffet Dinner: 6:00-7:00
AWARDS to be presented during dinner.
FAMILY GOLF AND DINNER
Please list the names in your party who will play golf; who will
play golf and have dinner; and who want dinner only.
GOLF AND DINNER PACKAGE:
Please list preferred Tee Times.
We will do the best we can to accommodate your requests.
(1)_____ (2)_____ (3)_____ (4)_____
No.______ @ $32 each=_________
Please list preferred Tee Times.
We will do the best we can to accommodate your requests.
(1)_____ (2)_____ (3)_____ (4)_____
No.______ @ $16 each=__________
No.______ @ $16 each=___________
REGISTRATION ENDS AUGUST 15, 2001
(No "AT DOOR" payments / registration on day of event can
be permitted, except for "Dinner Only" - Cost $20.)
TEE TIMES WILL BE BASED ON DATE OF RECEIPT OF PAYMENT.
Make all checks payable to the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin.
Send your completed registration to
Tom Tibbals, 5761 N. 81st Street, Milwaukee, WI 53218.
Please call (414) 462-4673 if you have any questions.
**Please include daytime (______)______________________ and nighttime
(You will be notified of your Tee Time August 19-22)