From The Hobby Paul Keating
- Dingle doesn’t disappoint with annual Feile na Bealtaine festival of Irish music and arts
- Summer schools keep the tradition of Irish music alive
- Visiting the Dingle Peninsula in all its glory for The Gathering 2013
- Debut for new New Jersey Irish festival GaelFest
- Shining tribute to dance legend Donny Golden held in Mineola
Down Tremont Street from the Boston Commons in Beantown’s theater district lies one of the country’s most beautiful halls on the urban campus of Emerson College.
The Cutler Majestic Theatre restored by Emerson at a cost of $15 million reopened in 2003 a century after the Beaux Arts opera hall first appeared as one of the city’s finest performances spaces. The small cramped lobby doesn’t adequately prepare you for the grandeur awaiting you inside the beautifully crafted hall that accommodates 1,200 patrons.
And so it did as record crowds were claimed in a recession year and organizational kudos from the Comhaltas director general Senator Labhras O’Murchu on down were showered on the Cavan people who ran an innovative and very efficient fleadh.
And they did so amidst all the economic turmoil of 2010 that both provided great stress in advance and jubilation and economic reward afterwards for a job well done and tourism boost for the Breffni county.
I have a few notions that have come my way in the past few weeks that might help you come up with the perfect gift that will help wile away the wintry hours when the weather may keep us from our appointed rounds.
Last month when I had some spare time in Dublin I made my way to Merrion Square to visit the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) at 73 Merrion Square, and marveled at what a wonderful resource it is for music fans and researchers.
Cherish the Ladies Celtic Christmas Shows in Tarrytown and Alabama. Photos Jon Pilatzke, Cara Butler and Dan Stacey are the tour's featured dancers; Deirdre Connolly and Joanie Madden share vocal duties while Mary Coogan, Grainne Murphy, Mirella Murray and Kathleen Boyle accompany them; John Madden on drums joins CTL to keep the beat in Tarrytown; Tarrytown Music Hall Facade; Cherish Musical Ensemble all in tune. (Tarrytown photos by Joe Naughton and Alabama pictures provided by Jason Heym/NorthAlabamairish.org)