Irish Fest Music Archives: Patrick Gilmore
by Barry Stapleton, Director Irish Music Archives
Patrick Stephen Gilmore was born on Christmas Day in 1829 in Ballygar,
Co. Galway. Catholic Emancipation in Ireland was only six months old when
he was born. He was musical from the outset as he learned to play the fiddle,
fife and drum. Marching bands were everywhere in those days and Patrick joined
the Ballygar band. On a trip to Athlone in 1843 he saw the professionalism
of the big British Army regimental bands and was hooked. Upon asking his
father to join the band the answer was an emphatic no. But soon the famines
raged the land and his father consented to young Patrick so that he could
escape. He joined a regimental band as a trumpeter and was transferred to
His sojourn in Canada only lasted a year before he made his way to
Boston, which was the musical capital of the United States. He held positions
in various posts in bands that worked with the great entertainers of the
day including P. T. Barnum and the Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind. In 1855
Patrick moved to Salem, Massachusetts where he met his wife, Ellen O’Neill.
It is also in Salem where Patrick dropped his middle name of Stephen and
adopted the name of Sarsfield, one of the more famous names in Irish history.
He had missed Boston and returned there in 1859. By 1861 he was known
as America’s greatest bandleader and he organized many regimental bands for
the Union. His own band, Gilmore’s Band, served as the regimental band for
the 24th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War. He subsequently wrote
many notable tunes of the day, especially for the war. Two of his compositions
are still recognized today. He wrote the melody to the words of John Brown’s
Body by Captain Halgren and this was destined to become one of the great
marches of all time, and an unofficial national anthem, when it became known
as The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Before the war ended he wrote the music
to another poem by Louis Lambert which became the famous song When Johnny
Comes Marching Home.
While music historians today recognize the above two compositions
as a huge gift to our patriotic repertoire, Gilmore was known during his
lifetime as more of an organizer of extravagant events than a composer. His
first major event was held in New Orleans at the inauguration of Governor
Hahn in 1864. He assembled a choir of 5,000 school children and an orchestra
of 500 pieces. This made national news and for his efforts he was awarded
a silver goblet filled with gold coins. In 1869 he put on his “National Peace
Jubilee” in Boston. In this undertaking he built a new auditorium to hold
the spectacle which was presented with 10,000 voices, 1,000 instruments,
100 bells and cannons. He also had 100 real fireman hammering out the Anvil
Chorus. Because of its success Gilmore decided to do it one more time with
twice as many performers. The “World Peace Jubilee” in 1871 included 20,000
voices, 2,000 instruments and several hundred bells and cannons. He built
an auditorium capable of holding 50,000 people. He called on royalty from
around the world to send bands of which England, France, Germany, Austria,
Belgium and Ireland all complied. World famous composer Johann Strauss composed
The Jubilee Waltz for the occasion. Even by today’s standards these numbers
are huge. It is estimated that over 18 days a million people attended this
Another fact about Gilmore is that he took over the old Hippodrome
in New York and named it Gilmore’s Concert Garden. It is now known as Madison
Square Garden. He later became the bandmaster of the 22nd regiment band in
New York. It is with this band that a tradition started that the world still
recognizes today. Every December 31, beginning in 1888, the band would play
in Times Square and at midnight Patrick Gilmore would fire his pistol to
bring in the New Year. He was also the first bandmaster to take his bands
around the country and overseas for grand concerts
Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore died on September 24, 1892. That very night
a young man by the name of John Philip Sousa gave his first concert and dedicated
the concert to the life of Gilmore. Gilmore was noted for his flamboyant
showmanship and innovations and was America’s first musical “Superstar.”
• MARCH 16 – St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Senior Center; 5:30 p.m.; (no regular meeting)
• APRIL 20 – Potluck dinner (6 p.m.) and Regular Membership Meeting (7 p.m.)
• MAY 18 – Regular Membership Meeting
The Shamrock Club of Rock County and the Janesville Senior Center
are co-sponsoring the St. Patrick’s Day Party again this year, so get out
the Green and come to the Party on March 16. There will be a fine Irish menu
at 5:30 p.m. and “Casey’s Fancy” will entertain us at 6:30 p.m. This fine
evening of fine Irish food and great music can be enjoyed for the small fee
of only $5.50 per person. You may make reservations by calling the Senior
Center at 755-3040 or Tom Kennedy at 752-3667.
We are interested in how many of our members are receiving Emerald
Reflections. If you are receiving Emerald Reflections, please call 752-3667
and let us know.
Hope to see all of you members at the party. Remember, guests are always welcome.
MARCH LIVE MUSIC
- -March 6 and 12; 7 p.m. at The Palace dinner theater at Reifs Mills (920) 732-3172
- -March 7 and 14; 1 p.m. at The Palace dinner theater at Reifs Mills
- -March 17 at Mark’s East Side; 7-10 p.m. (Appleton)
- -March 20 at Naut’s Landing; 7-10 p.m. (Menesha)
Mike and Karen Cove
- -March 19 at Cafe Latte; 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Appleton)
- -March 13 at Washington House; 7 p.m. (1622 Jefferson St., Two Rivers)
SEASONAL GREAT EATS
Irish Soda Bread
Corned Beef and Cabbage
- -March 16-17 at Mark’s Eastside
- -March 10-18 at Spats on College Ave. (exception: Mar. 12)
The Greater LaCrosse Area
Shamrock Club, Inc.
Congratulations to Tom Nolan and Mary Tracy whom we have selected to be our Irishman and Irish Rose for 2004.
They will be honored at our annual Saint Patrick’s Banuqet to be held
March 13 at Forest Hills in LaCrosse. Their stories follow:
2004 LaCrosse Irishman of the Year Tom Nolan and Irish Rose Mary Tracy
Irish Rose 2004
Husband: Jim Tracy, State Farm Insurance Agent. Children: Sandy Drendel,
Susie Rudesill, Shannon Schneider. Grandchildren: Travis, Ricci, and Scott
I graduated from Aquinas High School in 1957. While attending high
school, I started the ushering system for the Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium in
1956, and held the position for 46 years before retiring in 2002 from the
I began my own business, “Mary’s Ceramics” in 1962 and enjoyed painting
and teaching ceramics classes in my home for 40 years. During this time,
I was an exhibitor at the Holiday Folk Fair for many years.
I am presently the manager of the Franciscan Skemp Hospital Gift Shoppe in LaCrosse, where I have been for 17 years.
My husband, Jim, and I were first members at Holy Trinity Catholic
Church before moving to Onalaska. I sang in the church choir and volunteered
at the school for many years, including teaching ceramics to children in
my home for their art classes. After moving to Onalaska, Jim and I joined
St. Patrick’s Church where we are currently members.
I have been active in many organizations in the LaCrosse area over
the years. I was a charter members of the LaCrosse Lioness Club, a charter
member, past president, secretary and treasurer of the Hillview Ladies Golf
League, and a past board member of the LaCrosse Library Dickens Home Tour.
I was a past chairman of the “Tiny Tim” fund raiser, and remain an active
board member of the organization to date. My husband and I were active members
in the LaCrosse Oktoberfest Grenadier Corps., and we were past Generals in
1990. I have continued my involvement in Oktoberfest through the Oktoberfest
Ball as a past and present chairperson. I am a past member of the Mardi Gras
Board and my husband and I were named Rex and Queen VI of LaCrosse Mardi
Gras in 1998. Currently, I am a member of the Franciscan Skemp Auxiliary,
the LaCrosse Shamrock Club and a member of the LaCrosse Grenadier Alumni
First of all, ’tis a great honor to represent the Shamrock Club of
LaCrosse as Irishman of the Year. The Shamrock Club is held in high regard
by this community for it’s overall civic contributions and for being the
custodian of local Irish Heritage. For most of the last 15 years, I have
been privileged to play lead Banjo and harmonica on the Shamrock Club Float
in the Oktoberfest Parade. In 2003 we received the “Oktoberfest Parade Theme
Music Award” due largely to the presence of the real musicians on board,
Rick Przywojski, Lois Przywojski, my brother Terry Nolan and the great decorating
job by the float volunteers. If an Irish float in a German parade seems out
of place, I can only tell you that the reaction from the crowd as we pass
by is something akin to scoring the winning touchdown at Lambeau Field (Art
Gale eat your heart out!)
I owe my Irish heritage principally to my father, Donovan Nolan, whose
paternal grandparents, John Nolan and Bridget (Reynolds) Nolan came to America
in 1843 from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. His maternal grandparents, Henry McGary
and Martha (Dunnum) McGary evolved from County Down. But, also to my mother,
Delta (Johnson) Nolan, whose homemade soda bread, corned beef and cabbage,
and apple pie made sense of it all.
I was born in LaCrosse and have lived here most of my life, attending
St. Mary’s Grade School (a wonderful Irish Parish that would suspend Lent
for St. Patrick’s Day), Aquinas High School, UWL, and Viterbo. After graduating
from Aquinas in 1961, I enlisted in the Navy and spent four and a half years
as a Corpsman/ Optician. With an honorable discharge I returned to LaCrosse
and began a 25 year career with the Benson Optical Company eventually becoming
the area manager. Presently, I am semi-retired and work part time for the
Gundersen/Lutheran Eye Clinic in Onalaska. My lovely, most patient wife of
35 years, Jeannine, is a Nurse Practitioner with the Scenic Bluffs Community
Clinic in Norwalk and together we have raised two wonderful Irish daughters.
Bridget is an elementary school teacher in Madison and Katie is a journalism
major at the University of Minnesota.
Jeannine and I have plans to visit Ireland in May and Sturgis (that’s
another story) in August and we are eagerly looking forward to the 2004 Shamrock
On February 10, 2004, at our regular meeting, we had the pleasure
of being entertained by The Post Office Pipers. This bagpipe group played
for one half hour and were well received by all. Additionally, we had a lecture
from Dr. Timothy McMahon, a professor of Irish history at Marquette University.
His topic covered the “troubles of Northern Ireland” with a broad overview
culminating in an emphasis of some of the aspects of the last 35 years.
Our activities which are forthcoming for March include all the elements
of Saint Patrick’s Parade Day, which will be March 14, 2004. Those elements
include the Shamrock Shuffle Race (5K) at 10:30 a.m.; Catholic Mass at 10:30
a.m.; Flag Ceremony at Capitol at 12 Noon; Parade at 1:30 p.m. The Dane County
Saint Patrick’s Celebration will be at 5:15 p.m., on March 17, 2004, at the
Coliseum Bar. Everyone is invited!!
– Bob Kerans, Dane County President
Madison’s 2004 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
MARCH 14 ON THE CAPITOL SQUARE
2004 Parade Theme: “THE PIPES ARE CALLING”
PARADE DAY EVENTS
• 10 a.m. SHAMROCK SHUFFLE RUN, sponsored by Famous Footwear. St.
Patty Shuffle/run/walk: Will start at Willy St. – Spaight – through Orton
Park – Rutledge – Baldwin – Morrison – Thornton (turn at Spaight) and return.
• 10:30 a.m. PARADE MASS at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 404 E.
Main St. Madison, WI. With music by Madison Folk Harp Society “Mad City Harpers”
• 12 noon FLAG OF IRELAND RAISING CEREMONY in the Capitol hosted by Dane County Shamrock Club.
• 1:30 p.m. MADISON’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE on the Square, sponsored
by Park Bank. 2004 Parade Theme is “The Pipes are Calling.” Media sponsors:
Charter Communications, WOLX 94.9, TRIPLE M 105.5, 105.1 THE BUZZ, Web site
sponsors Wired Republik Parade web site: www.stpatsmadison.com
• 3 p.m. ST. PAT’S EVE PARTY at the Park Ponderosa Ballroom, Mc Farland.
Sponsored by the Celtic Music Association and Celtic Cultural Center Web
More details on this and other St. Patricks Day Events will be posted on the web sites in the coming weeks.
Milwaukee President’s Message
Ladies and Gentlemen, all members of the Shamrock Club;
Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit ... Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to All Shamrock Club members.
Congratulations to Irishman of the Year Brian Witt, our Irish Rose,
Gail Neville, and our Parade Marshals, Bob and Judy Towne. These individuals
are invaluable to our Club and even today continue to work for other improvements
while expanding our organization.
The Annual Special Mass to Honor St. Patrick will begin at 8:30 a.m.
at St. Patrick’s Church. Archbishop Dolan will officiate the Mass, so make
sure you arrive early. An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be available
after the service at the school next door. Catch the bus to assure your seat
for both events. See Chuck McLaughlin for details.
It is said that everybody is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, and a good
number of that “everybody” will probably show up to celebrate our Patron
Saint, somewhere, somehow, someway. Many will crowd the streets of downtown
Milwaukee to watch, if not the biggest parade (no tigers, lions, bears or
elephants), but the best parade. Other folks will be Green with envy.
Don’t forget that the March meeting date was changed to March 11.
Come down, doings start at 7 p.m., get birthday cake, sing a happy song.
We are 44 years old this year. Well, the Shamrock Club is. And do not forget
to stop in at the Milwaukee Museum on March 7 for the Shamrock Club’s great
to-do there. Muriel Crowley has arranged another great day of entertainment
and culture at the Irish cottage in the European Village, including the Glencastle
Dancers, ceili instruction, Irish music, and craftspeople, as well as St
Patrick himself, in the shape of Tom McAleese.
The Shamrock Club Color Guard, Pipes and Drums will, as always, lead
our parade through a downtown route which features the diversity of our city
– down Wisconsin Avenue past the old and new architectural facades, up Plankinton
Ave., to Juneau, then on to Water Street.
The Post Parade Party also features the best of the old and new, from
the traditional dance troupes to the forward sounding Celtic music of Leahy’s
Luck, Blarney, Celtic Keep, etc... and don’t forget to fortify with Miller
Beer and corned beef sandwiches. See the full ad for more details.
Buy the raffle tickets. They support our scholarship program. And
the raffle is back in the hands of the Quinlans again, after having the Barclays
in as caretakers for the past couple of years. You can get more tickets at
the March meeting and the Post Parade Party.
The Volunteer Party was a huge success ... special thanks to Sharon
Murphy, who got the lists together and arranged the catering, entertainment
and the overall fun. A reminder to all coordinators, please keep your volunteer
lists up-to-date. Identifying our most valuable assets and properly thanking
them with this party, though small reward, is how we grow our community and
And buy your new Shamrock Club clothing. We have a new selection of
polo and T shirts that will be available for sale at our events in March.
with Great Honor, 2004 Irishman of the Year,
Irish Rose and Parade Marshals:
Brian Witt, Gail Neville, and
Judy and Bob Towne
Left to right: Parade Marshals Judy and Bob Towne, Irish Rose Gail Neville, and Irishman of the Year Brian Witt.
The four honorees for 2004 have shown the volunteer nature of the
Shamrock Club. Irish Rose Gail Neville was a member of the Color Guard for
many years, and also served on the Shamrock Club board for a number of years.
Irishman Brian Witt is the current editor of the Emerald Reflections, and
set up and manages the Shamrock Club website. He is also a past president
of the Shamrock Club, and has served on the boards of a number of different
organizations, and is a coordinator for Milwaukee Irish Fest. His is also
the voice on 77-IRISH. Parade Marshals Bob and Judy Towne seemed to have
joined the Shamrock Club to work, and they have done a lot of that in the
decade of their membership. All are proud of their association with the Shamrock
Club, and all have added to the Irish community of Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Brian Witt, Irishman of the Year
I was born into common circumstances; although not a log cabin, I
did live in a reconverted livery stable with my four sisters and brother
Gerry for a number of years. My earliest influence, at least as far as Irish
culture and awareness, was my mother, an Irish-Canadian named Olive O’Hara
Witt. She inculcated in me a sense of being Irish, and of the power of St.
Patrick in our lives. Irish and Irish-American songs were always sung when
we were young, and when her family came down for a visit, the kitchen singing
sessions that are so common in many Hibernian households were held. And I
grew up in the St. Thomas Aquinas neighborhood, with the plethora of Irish
priests and nuns and unstated sense of Irishness. And then on to St. John
Cathedral High School, with those Irish Dominican nuns again. And, as it
turns out, Sharon Murphy and Joseph Hughes, both classmates, (1971), and
later to serve on the Shamrock Club board with me.
When I was at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I was more involved
in Italian culture and life, to the point where I was president of the university’s
Italian Club. Strangely, it was that interest that got me more involved in
Irish life. The poet John Ciardi spoke at the school one time, and he talked
of the evolution of language, and how Latin borrowed from the Celtic languages.
This caused me to spend endless time in the library stacks, researching this
new path. Ah, these Celts still had a living language. And it had a direct
connection to me.
Still, if not for my wife, Mary, I might never have joined the Shamrock
Club. I had worked at the first two Irish Fests, and stopped for a few years
rest, most likely in anticipation of my future involvement. As we walked
through the Cultural Tent at Irish Fest, people invited us to join the Club.
I deferred. Mary pulled out the checkbook, and signed us up, noting that
I had been saying I wanted to join for a number of years. It was a fateful
purchase, and one I wonder if she rues to this day.
The next month, I went to a Shamrock Club meeting and it was announced
that John Gleeson was teaching Gaelic classes at Nash’s. I went down, and
immediately got drawn into a part of Irish culture in the city I never realized
existed. Among my classmates were Kathy Radaj, Kathy Mallon, and Sue Dundon.
All of them would be entertwined in the fabric of my life from thereon in.
(All are past Irish Roses, too.) And after the Irish classes, I got involved
in Irish Fest Theatre, Milwaukee InterCeltic Cooperative, was one of the
incorporating Board members on the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, and
on to Irish Fest. I also ended up doing two stints on Radio Erin on WYMS,
1989-91 and 1998-2000. I was also the cultural coordinator for Folk Fair
with Kathy Radaj, have been the editor of Emerald Reflections since December
1999. I also served on the Shamrock Club board, as trustee, vice-president,
president and past president. Currently, I am the coordinator of the Cultural
Tent for Irish Fest, a part time job that takes up about three or four hours
a year. I also edit the Shamrock Club web site with help from Gail (Williamson)
Coss, and write the weekly email newsletter, Wisconsin Irish Week.
I have too many people to thank without taking up about as much room
as my monthly messages once did. I do want to acknowledge a number of people,
however, who influenced me and supported me. Barry Stapleton and Pete Dundon
pushed me to get involved when I resisted; Sean Keane brought me onto Radio
Erin, and got me started in the Irish concert business; Kit and Josie Nash;
John Gleeson; and Jane Anderson from Irish Fest. And Mary Crivello-Witt,
who supported me during the many years I was gone, even before I moved to
Detroit. Lots of long nights away from the house, when the grass grew deep
and the repairs got put off in working with non-profits. And, of course,
my mother. It has been a wonderful ride, and a great journey of constant
discovery and revelation. And, I am oh so happy that it is just beginning.
Gail Neville, Irish Rose
I was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 17, 1942. In 1949, my family
moved to the suburbs. I grew up in Deerfield, and went to high school in
Highland Park. I lived in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago until
I met and married Tom Neville.
Tom brought me to Milwaukee in 1973, and we joined the Shamrock Club
in 1974. We were very busy raising our eight children: Thomas, Timothy, William,
John, Linda, Cathleen, Lisa, and Erin, and didn’t realize our membership
had run out. Our children grew and got married, and we now have eighteen
Tom and I rejoined the Shamrock Club in 1986, and Tom joined the Color
Guard, and I became the unofficial seamstress, making the old uniforms for
the new members of the Guard. I became an official member of the Color Guard
in 1989, and was a member for the next ten years. I was a marching member
for five years, and the equipment manager for five years, and the jack-of-all-trades
for Chuck McLaughlin, the director of the Color Guard. I worked on all the
fundraisers for the Color Guard, which included the Irish breakfasts, all
the concerts, spaghetti dinners, and dances. I also worked the dinner dances
for the Color Guard honoring the members of the Color Guard for their years
During those years, I also volunteered for the Bradley Center for
about ten years, the Folk Fair, and the Board of Directors for five years,
two as secretary, and three as a Trustee. I also served on the Parliamentary
Committee and the Audit Committee.
I am very pleased to be chosen as Irish Rose.
Judy and Bob Towne, Parade Marshals
Judy and Bob both were brought up in the Merrill Park area. Judy went
to St. Rose of Lima Grade School and Cathedral High School. Bob went to Wisconsin
Avenue Grade School and Boys Tech High School. They met on an Easter Sunday
blind date, and were married the next year. They have five children, three
girls and twin boys. They are also the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.
That Easter blind date worked out, because they have been married for forty-three
years. After their marriage, they continued to live in the Merrill Park area,
on 28th and Michigan, before moving to 40th and Lloyd. There they were active
in the St. Thomas Aquinas parish, where the sense of volunteerism started,
with the Townes working the bingo games and the fish fries.
After a move to 25th and Grange, they joined the Shamrock Club during
Brian Witt’s term as president. They retired in 1995, Bob from the City of
Milwaukee. After joining the Shamrock Club, Bob joined the Ancient Order
of Hibernians, and the two of them became active in the Irish Genealogical
Society of Wisconsin. They have been to Ireland three times since retiring.
They also volunteer at Irish Fest every year, working the Thursday of the
festival, and then in the Genealogy Tent the other three days, helping people
in the discovery of their lineage. Bob and Judy also work the Bradley Center
for the Shamrock Club, and at the ICHC for the Post Parade Party. They also
work the concerts at the ICHC, and help with the mailing of the IGSW’s quarterly
19th Annual Special Mass to Honor St. Patrick
Will be held prior to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, MARCH 13, 2004 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 ICHC rear parking lot (2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.)
to St. Patrick’s Church and after Mass 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 the Shamrock Club March General Meeting
ATTN: breakfast WILL be served.
Due to many requests breakfast will not be cancelled.
All You Can Eat Pancakes will be served at the school next door to the church.
For Bus reservations or information contact:
Chuck and Bonnie McLaughlin
12007 W. Walker Street, West Allis, WI 53214; Phone: (414) 771-0458
Send self-addresed, stamped envelope. Make checks payable to Shamrock Club
Mail reservations for BUS ONLY
Phone: Number of Reservations______ Amount $_________
Bus Reservations will not be taken after March 7
38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, MARCH 13, 2004
Noon – Downtown Milwaukee
The Shamrock Club Parade will step off at 3rd and Wisconsin a little
after noon. The route will go to Plankinton, then to Old World Third Street,
to Juneau, over to Water Street, and then south towards Wisconsin Avenue.
There will be t-shirts and baseball caps on sale along the parade route,and
at the Water Street bars.
For more information on the parade, contact Tim O’Brien (414) 444-1989;
Mick McDermott, (262) 786-6363, or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Dan Malloy at (414)315-2424,
(262) 432-0181 Ext 112, or email at email@example.com. Or view www.stpatricksparade.org
Shamrock Club Post Parade Party
Saturday, MARCH 13, 2004 1–6 p.m.
(Doors Open at 12:20 p.m.)
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center – 2133 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee
Four stages of continuous entertainment:
2:30 [Glencastle Irish Dancers];
3:00 [Leahy's Luck];
4:15 [Cashel Dennehy];
5:00 [Trinity Irish Dancers]
1:00 [Bantry Bay]
2:10 [Celtic Keep]
3:20 [St. Brendan’s Voyage
3:15 [Caledonian Scottish Dancers]
--BASEMENT: CHILDRENS AREA
3:00 [Silent Singers]
3:45 [McTaggarts Thrill Show]
Bands, Irish Dance Schools, Scottish Dancers, Bagpipe Bands, Children’s Area Food and Beverages available!!!
Adults $6 / Children (6-12) $3
Volunteers needed: call Kristine and Daryl Pluskota (414) 768-8876 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All volunteers receive an entrance pass, meal ticket and beverage
ticket for each two hour shift worked. Also, an invitation to the Volunteer
Thank You Party held each year in February is extended to those giving of
their time. Volunteering provides a wonderful chance to socialize and meet
new friends while making money for the club. Please, lend a hand!
Attention Shamrock Club Members:
The Shamrock Club Board of Directors would like some feedback from
you. We’re trying to assess the direction and needs of the club.
We’d like to know what we’re doing right. What we’re doing wrong.
What you think we should be doing. What you think we shouldn’t be doing.
How are our meetings going, as far as format, location, etc.? And what concerns
you’d like the Board to address. Please address your comments and calls to:
Vice President-Shamrock Club,
c/o 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Please include a phone number or address so that we may follow up with you for additional feedback or clarification.
Nominations for Milw. Officers
Nominations for Shamrock Club officers will take place at the March
and April general meetings. Nominees must be present at the time of nomination,
and must be members in good standing, with current dues paid. The elections
will take place at the May general meeting.
Bradley Center Appeal
At the January meeting when President Joe Hughes called on me for
a Bradley Center report and I got up and said that I wasn’t going to ask
for more volunteers to work at the Bradley Center I heard a surprised gasp
from some of you. But really, sometimes I think that I have been asking for
your help, it seems like, forever, and that you no longer hear me.
Now this is very serious. At this time we have 43 great and dependable
hard working managers. We should have three teams of 18 people and at least
two subs for each team. At this time we don’t even have 18 people on any
team. We desperately need at least 20 new people. At the end of this season
we will lose several people due to retirement (only benefit is feeling good
about all the years that they worked and enjoyed it.)
If we don’t get at least that many, we may have to give up this very
easy and lucrative fund raiser. The Bradley Center paid us more than $1500
for four events. When I say easy I mean we don't have to buy any products
before the event and take a loss on left overs, no money that we have to
risk on the success. We don’t have to chose a location (no rent) or dates,
no advertising costs. This is a win-win job. Even if the event at the Bradley
Center isn’t a sellout, we don’t lose any money. Last season we brought in
more than $9,000. Can anyone think of a fund raiser that we can bring in
that kind of money without a risk of loss?
We need six people to work the cash register, take orders fill them
and get the money, one person to keep the popcorn boxes full, three people
to pour beer as ordered, three people to pour soda, two people to fill the
nacho dishes and put them into the warmer. We also have one cash manager
who gets the change and counts the money at the end of the event. At the
start of the event we all do some counting of the inventory (that is there)
and set up the booth. At the end of the event we count the inventory and
clean up the booth. The Bradley Center gives us parking passes. We try to
car pool as they are limited but if you have to pay, tell your Shamrock manager
and you will be reimbused right then. We are also given a choice of any food
item on the menu, Shamrock Club pays. We are not allowed to drink any alcoholic
beverage at the Bradley Center when we work. We start two hours before the
event to get ready for the people who arrive one hour before. It depends
on how fast we clean up after the event to determine when we leave. Now,
doesn’t that sound like a pleasant way to spend an evening? I didn’t even
mention the really nice people who you will meet. Pick a job and let us know.
You can even bring a significant other or friend who doesn't have to be a
Shamrock Club member.
Katy Voss is our scheduler, (414) 352-6479, Cate Harris is Chairman (414) 321-5153. Call either of us, or call both.
Calling all Ladies Of the Club
Do you have a green long skirt sitting in your closet collecting dust.
Are you no longer wearing it. Would you like to donate the skirt to the
club for our costume inventory? If so please bring to the next meetings or
drop off at the ICHC. If you need to purchase a skirt for your own collection,
Maureen Quinlan Hayes has graciously agreed to make new skirts for our Costume
Inventory. If you are interested in having a skirt made please call Kristine
Pluskota at (414) 768-8876. The deadline for orders will be 3/30/04.
The Shamrock Club Scholarship Raffle is taking place again. Tickets
have been mailed out to members, and will also be on sale at the March meeting
and the Post Parade Party. The raffle will be held on Thursday, April 1,
at the Shamrock Club general meeting, at 7:30 pm. All money and ticket stubs
must be returned by that time.
Raffle stubs and money can be mailed to Kathleen Quinlan Boeing, 8700
W. Spokane , Milwaukee, WI 53224. Requests for information, or requests for
more tickets, can be sent to email@example.com, or by calling Kathleen Quinlan
Boening at (414) 358-2960. Top prize is $1000, second prize is $200, third
prize is $100, fourth is $50, and three prizes of $25 each. Tickets are
$2 each, three for $5, and six for $10, or twelve for $20.
Shamrock Club Clothing
There is a new line of Shamrock Club clothing for sale. It includes
polo shirts, long sleeve t-shirts and short sleeve t- shirts. They will be
on sale at the March meeting, as well as the Post Parade Party.
Celtic Women First Friday Lectures
MAR. 5, 2004. Topic: “Irish Poets Yeats and Kavanaugh: Compare and
Contrast.” Speaker: Jim Kearney, a Marquette High School instructor for 25
years in English; Jim teaches Irish literature including poetry. Yeats and
Kavanaugh are his all-time favorites who have defined Irish poetry. He is
also “Cathaorleach” (chairperson) of Conradh na Gaeilge, Gaelic League in
APRIL 2, 2004. Topic: “The Manx Culture”. Speaker: Joyce Benjamin,
past president, Wisconsin Manx Society. The Isle of Man, one of the smallest
of Celtic countries, lies in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England. It
is a very unique country, independent of outside control, with their own
currency, stamps, whiskey and the famous Manx cats.
MAY 7, 2004. Topic: “Wisconsin Highland Games”. Speaker: Connie Young
of Clan Young. Connie is a board member and officer in Wisconsin Scottish
Inc., which will celebrate its third Games in 2004. Connie will relate the
triumphs and trials of the relatively new Scottish Games venture. She also
edits a newsletter for Clan Young Inc.
JUNE 4, 2004. Topic: “Immigration Patterns of the Celts to North America”.
Speaker: Patricia Keeney Geyh, genealogist; co-director of the Irish Emigration
Library housed at the ICHC in Milwaukee. Pat is a founding member of the
Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin. She has been involved in genealogy
for 28 years, traveling to libraries and archives throughout the U.S., Canada,
Ireland, England, France and Denmark. Through all of this research she has
become fascinated with the various migration patterns followed by immigrants
into this country.
All lectures are held from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the ICHC in Parlor A.
Admission is $5. Everyone is welcome including men and non-members as well
as Celtic Women members. Tea and biscuits are served. Please join us for
a delightful few hours of Celtic education and entertainment. You may call
the ICHC at (414) 345-8800 for more information.
ICHC Celtic Cookery School
The Cultural Arts Committee of the ICHC is very excited to introduce
their new Cookery School for 2004. In fact they have secured the services
of Ireland’s leading T.V. chef and culinary entertainer, Tim Rooney, for
their first Irish Cooking Weekend on September 10, 11 and 12. Classes and
demonstrations will be held at the ICHC and Nicolet High School. Friday’s
night session will explore how wonderful Irish white and brown and traditional
jams and preserves are made.
Saturday’s hands-on exercise at Nicolet High School will teach how
to prepare a modern Irish buffet for 20 to 30 people and includes a gourmet
lunch for course participants. Sunday’s cooking lesson will teach how to
prepare a traditional Irish family dinner, students will sample the fare.
The cost for the entire weekend is $160. Space is limited, early sign-up
is essential. For application form please call the ICHC at (414) 345-8800
or stop by the ICHC and pick one up!
The Reading Of the Green
Join Milwaukee Irish Arts and friends for a reading from your favorite
Irish writer. You’ll enjoy a selection of wordcraft wise, wild, warm and
witty from Behan, Beckett, Joyce, O’Connor, O’Brien, Yeats, Wilde and many
more in this Saint Patrick’s seasonal tribute to Ireland’s many literary
giants. Sunday, March 7th at 2 p.m. in Parlor A, ICHC.
St. Patrick’s Day Quiz
How much do you know about St Patick's Day? Take this quiz from www.blackdog4kids.net
1. When is St. Patrick's Day celebrated every year?
a. Third Sunday in March
b.Second Wednesday in March
c. March 17th
2. St. Patrick drove snakes from Ireland by:
a. Playing a flute
b. Banging a drum
c. Eating shamrocks
3. While he was enslaved in Ireland, St. Patrick:
a. Converted the Irish to Christianity
b. Herded and tended sheep and swine
>c. Drove snakes and venomous beasts away
4. St. Patrick is the:
a. Patron saint of Ireland
b. Patron saint of snakes
c. Patron saint of Britain
5. Leprechauns are:
a. The national symbol of Ireland
b. Real creatures who drink mead
c.Self-appointed guardians of ancient treasure
1. March 17th. [ 2. Banging a drum ] 3. Herded and tended sheep and
swine [ 4. Patron saint of Ireland ] 5. Self-appointed guardians of ancient
Spring Hallamor Concerts #2 and #3:
Thursday, March 4, 2004 – 8 p.m.
“No Traditional Irish band in the last dozen years has had a wider
impact on audiences and music lovers worldwide than Altan. Throughout their
illustrious career has been the band’s unwavering commitment to bring the
beauty of traditional music, particularly that of Donegal fiddlers and singers
to contemporary audiences. In fact, Altan has always believed that Irish
traditional music is modern music in every sense. Its growing influence and
popularity have proved them right.”
Altan achieves artistic excellence and demonstrates a respect for the tradition and the people who keep it alive.
The members of Altan are… Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (Ma-RAY-ed Nee WEE-ney):
lead vocals, fiddle; Ciaran Curran: bouzouki, bouzouki guitar; Ciaran Tourish:
fiddle, tin whistle, vocals; Daithi Sproule: guitar, vocals; Dermot Byrne:
button accordion, melodeon.
Kim Robertson will open at 7 p.m. Kim is a Celtic Harpist.
Friday, March 12, 2004 – 8 p.m.
Throughout his long and distinguished career, Danny Doyle has concentrated
on what he does best – singing ballads, both old and new. He is indeed Ireland’s
finest balladeer. As an inveterate collector of folk songs, he has been bringing
the ballads, history and stories of Ireland to audiences around the world.
“Where does he get the songs?” The question begins Terry Tolan’s sleeve
notes for the CD Under a Connemara Moon. Tolan then answers, “Danny Doyle
has had an uncanny knack for unearthing neglected Irish Ballads… and finding
brilliant new ones that have not yet found their way to the mainstream of
Irish music. Perhaps the best measure of his success that, after Danny dusts
them off, his ‘discoveries’ have a way of finding their way into the repertoire
of other Irish singers as they fan out across the planet. And we find ourselves
singing them as if we had known them all of our lives.”
Danny is a part of that rare group of Irish singers whose voices are
instantly recognizable. It is a voice, a soft, mellow tenor, that Danny uses
as much an instrument as the guitar he plays. The Irish Echo calls Danny
Doyle “an international treasure.”
Chris Waltz will open at 7 p.m. Chris is a vocalist, who also plays guitar, fiddle, flute and whistle. He is from Taos, NM.
Irish Cultural and Heritage
Center of Wisconsin
2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Tickets: $19 Advance/reserved, $21 Door
Ulster Fun Night
On March 12, the Ulster Project will have its annual Ulster Fun Night
at Mount Mary’s College, 92nd and Center Streets. The fun starts at 5 p.m.,
and features Cashel Dennehy, Glencastle and Trinity Irish dance schools.
Ceol Cairde will provide music. There will be a silent auction. For more
information, go to http://www.ulsterprojectmilwaukee.org .
Hop on the bus!
Shamrock Club Color Guard, Pipes and Drums are going to Chicago
Sunday, March 14, 2004
Chicago Southside St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Gaelic Park after Parade
$20 per person for Bus
$ 5 admission to Gaelic Park
Leave Watertown Plank Park and Ride at 8:15 a.m.
Stop at College Ave Park and Ride at 8:30 a.m.
Parade at Noon
Leave for Gaelic Park shortly after Unit finishes the parade
Leave Gaelic Park at 6 p.m.
For info and reservations:Call Rich (414) 769-1250
Come Join the fun, all Shamrock Club members are welcome!
14th Annual Brendan Heart Fund Benefit
On March 7, 2004, between the hours of 1 – 5 p.m., the Emerald Society
of Wisconsin will be sponsoring the 14th 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
have always been held on a Sunday prior to St. Patrick’s Day at Derry Hegarty’s
Irish Pub, 5328 W. Bluemoud Ave. This Benefit is designed to be a family
event and we will continue to be a family oriented event. The cost of the
attendance has the family in mind, $5 in advance and $6 at the door, children
under 15 are free.
The afternoon’s entertainment will feature Blarney and The Glencastle
Irish Dancers. Blarney is a well known Irish group that has delighted its
audiences for 20 plus years. You will enjoy Blarney as they sing songs from
their extensive library of Irish Music. There is no doubt that you will hear
many of your favorites. This year we are also featuring the Glencastle Irish
Dancers, and proud to say that this school is headed by one of the Emerald
Society’s members, Bridget Jaskulski. You will be thoroughly entertained
by the skill of the dancers as they perform the intricacies of Irish Dance.
Again we will be featuring our monster raffle, a guest appearance of the
Greater Milwaukee Fire & Police Pipes and Drums, and there are plans
to extend the entertainment, past the 5 p.m. stated closing time.
Mark this date, March 7, on your family calendar and join us for a
fine afternoon of Irish song and dance. Information can be obtained at: Emerald
Society of Wisconsin; P.O. Box 24; Milwaukee, WI 53201-0024 or at our web
page: www. emeraldsociety.us
New Genealogy Exhibit
When the current exhibit of wonderful Celtic Art at the ICHC comes
down in early April it will be replaced by a major exhibition on Irish genealogy.
Curated by the Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin, the display will
feature “How to information”, sample family trees, historical material maps
and photographs. There will be an official opening on Friday, May 7th at
ICHC Noted Speakers Program
The ICHC’s popular Noted Speaker Program continues this spring with
two entertaining and informative speakers coming to the ICHC April 20 and
May 11. The program is supported by the ICHC Cultural Arts Committee, the
Irish American Cultural Institute and UWM Center for Celtic Studies. Both
events are free and open to the public. So mark your calendars and come join
us for these fascinating evenings.
Brian Kennedy was born in Belfast in 1949 and received his Diploma
and Higher Diploma in Fine Art from the Belfast College of Art. Since then
he has exhibited widely in Europe and North America, and has held residencies
in Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and the USA, most recently as the Arts Council
of Northern Ireland’s fellow at The British School at Rome. His main focus
has always been large-scale site-specific installations, but he has worked
on photography, painting and performance art. As a practicing artist, he
has a strong interest in artist-led projects. He is a past chairperson of
Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange, a gallery and artists’ resource centre,
He is a board member of the Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin and a
contributing editor of Circa art magazine. Brian’s talk will be at 7 p.m.
on Tuesday, April 20th in the Hallamor.
Peter Browne is a noted Irish musician, broadcaster and producer of
music programs for RTE, the Irish national broadcasting service. His teachers
included: Leo Rowsome, Willie Clancy and Seamus Ennis. Peter will present
an integrated history of the uilleann pipes from its first appearance in
Ireland to the present day including a historic sketch of the bagpipe in
medieval Europe, its possible journey to Ireland and evolution into the uilleann
pipes of today. He will also talk about the making, maintenance, mechanical
operation of the instrument and famous makers. Peter will make references
to styles, repertoire and techniques of playing. Peter will discuss some
famous collectors of pipe music and renowned players down the years. The
recent history of the instrument, resurgence of the instrument’s popularity
and its use in recent times in other genres of music will also be presented.
Hear his talk on Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the Hallamor.
Easter Rising Mass
Sunday, April 11, 2004, 9:30 a.m.
Celebrate the Mass In Honor Of the 1916 Easter Rising
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center
2133 West Wisconsin Avenue,
Color Guard News and Notes
Color Guard, Pipes and Drums members: next meeting is “Picture
Day” on March 9, 6:30 p.m. at the ICHC. Followed by “St. Patrick’s Day Mass
Practice” March 12, 6 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church. Attendance Required at
“Pride and Honor”
The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin’s Color Guard, Pipes and Drums will
march into their 2004 parade/events schedule with a deep desire and commitment
to performing and upholding the traditions, ancestry and honor of all that
Months and months of planning rehearsing, organizing, practicing and
effort have been put forth in preparation to proudly represent you, the members
of the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin. As is the tradition of the Color Guard,
Pipes and Drums, the 2004 schedule steps off with the St. Patrick’s Day Mass
at St. Patrick’s Church, Saturday, March 13, beginning at 8:30 a.m.; new
musical innovations to be unveiled should not only give you a “chill” but
make you proud! Following, the Unit will lead the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
through downtown Milwaukee (12 noon) and finish the day at the Post Parade
Party, 1-6 p.m., at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center.
The following day, Sunday, March 14, the Unit will represent the Shamrock
Club of Wisconsin, for the 13th consecutive year (since 1991) by marching
in the Chicago Southside Irish Parade. A bus will take us from Milwaukee
to Chicago for the parade, followed by food, fun and loads of Irish music
and entertainment at Gaelic Park and return home by 8 p.m. I mention this
because everyone and anyone is welcome to join the group for this day, by
riding from and to Milwaukee, being part of the parade (if you choose, or
just enjoy being a spectator), enjoying the Irish atmosphere of Gaelic Park
and having a great time! There is room on the bus for all who would like
to experience a wonderful Irish day! The journey to Chicago is an “experience”.
Food, refreshments, music, fun, laughter abound – and – the bus has a bathroom!
So come and join us! Simply contact Rich Pfeiffer, Director of the Color
Guard, Pipes and Drums, if you’re interested in a Irish-fantastic time!
The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin’s Color Guard, Pipes and Drums will
round out their March performances by participating in the New (London) Dublin
St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. This is an event
that is building, year after year, a tradition of Irish food, music and fun
Your Shamrock Club of Wisconsin Color Guard, Pipes and Drums is the
most visible of all the fine, fine groups that represent the Shamrock Club
of Wisconsin throughout the year. From appearances in Dublin (Ireland), New
York, Boston, Savannah, New Orleans, San Antonio, Chicago and throughout
the state of Wisconsin, your Color Guard, Pipes and Drums have – with “Pride
and Honor” and loyalty to all that is Ireland/Irish and to you, the members
– given their best. The new 2004 parade schedule offers up new challenges,
and, offers you, the members, opportunities to continue to assist in continuing
the tradition and honor of the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin and the Color Guard,
Pipes and Drums. The following is our tentative schedule of parades/events
for the start of 2004. Please take a look and see when the Unit is in a parade
in or near your neighborhood. We need banner carriers! Whether as individuals
or groups, you make it a “family affair”. All can take part by carrying the
Shamrock Club banner in parades in front of your friends and neighbors; we
need and want your support and participation! Please look at the 2004 schedule
and contact Rich Pfeiffer, Director, to volunteer to carry the Shamrock Club
of Wisconsin banner in a parade of your choice. We represent and succeed,
for and because of, you, the members of the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin. Please,
Mar. 13: St. Patrick’s Mass, St. Patrick’s Church, 8:30 a.m.
Mar. 13: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown Milwaukee,12 noon
Mar. 13: Post Parade Party, ICHC, 1-6 p.m.
Mar. 14: Chicago Southside St. Patrick’s Parade,12 noon
Mar. 20: New (London) Dublin St. Patrick’s Parade, 1 p.m.
Apr. 11: Easter Rising Mass, ICHC, 9 a.m.
If you would like to have the Shamrock Club Color Guard, Pipes and
Drums appear in a parade, special event or family occasion – or you would
like to join the Unit as a banner carrier, color guard, piper or drummer,
Richard Pfeiffer, Director
Color Guard, Pipes and Drums
Telephone: (414) 769-1250
Jim Beyer Benefit Run
The Dane County Shamrock Club, along with Famous Footwear, is sponsoring
the 1st Annual Shamrock Shuffle – a 5K run/walk, held in conjunction with
other St. Patrick’s Day events, on Sunday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m.
This year’s run is dedicated to Jim Beyer, the Creative Director for
Famous Footwear who was tragically killed while out for a run on the afternoon
of October 18. All proceeds from the race will go to the Jim Beyer Memorial
Fund to benefit his wife and two young children.
This event is sanctioned by the USATF. Along with awards, door prizes
and long sleeve t-shirts for the runners, spectators will enjoy Irish music,
bagpipers and plenty of blarney. For further information or entry forms contact
race directors Megan Sisson, John Gallagher or Lorrie Frautschi at the race
website: www. stpatsmadison.com or call (608) 283-3193. For Jim, the Irish
and all the runners who participate “go raibh maith agat” (good luck).
Madison’s 1st Annual Shamrock Shuffle
10:30 a.m. Sunday March 14, 2004
601 Williamson Street, Madison,WI
A 5K benefit Run/Walk for the family of Jim Beyer, who was killed
while jogging last summer. We wish to thank Famous Footware, Jim’s employer,
for sposoring this event.
Check In – 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Parking available in nearby Doty St. Ramp
No Refunds: event will occur regardless of weather.
Your cancelled check is your confirmation.
Route: Machinery Row, Williamson St. east to Jenifer St. to Spaight
St through Orton park to Rutledge St. to Baldwin St. to Morrison St. to Thorton
Ave. along the Yahara River to turn-a-round and back to Start/Finish Line.
Join the Fun!
• Costumed particpants welcome!
• Door Prize Drawing for pre-registered participants.
• Irish Tunes at Start and Finish by Triple M Radio Personality Pat Gallagher.
• Bagpiper, Sean Michael Dargin, at the turn-a-round
• $100 Gift Certificate to overall 1st Place Male and Female
• Overall 1st Place Male and Female ride in convertible in the St. Pat’s Parade at 1:30 p.m.
• All participants invited to march in parade, 1:30 p.m.
• Indoor registration and Awards Ceremony if weather is inclement
Questions: 283-3196 (leave a message)
Access Shamrock Shuffle information at www.stpatsmadison.com
St. Patrick’s Help Fund
St. Patrick’s Help Fund needs all kinds of non-perishable foods, and
pampers. Please place in container at each meeting. However, donations can
be brought to the ICHC any time during the week. It is not restricted to
just meetings. A big thank you to everybody who has contributed to help the
needy people at St. Patrick’s. Questions? Call Katy Voss (414) 352-6479.
NOTE: Please send your dues to your Membership Chairperson in your
chapter. All names and addresses are listed in Emerald Reflections.
Milwaukee – Douglas P. Berigan.
Membership Report Milwaukee Chapter:
• Dec.: 22 memberships up for renewal, 17 paid, 5 dropped for nonpayment.
• Jan.: 30 memberships up for renewal, 16 paid, 14 due.
• Feb.: 38 memberships up for renewal, 1 paid, 37 due.
Please: when making out membership checks, make payable to the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin, and not to me.