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Ep 260 – Ilen Sailing Ketch sails from Limerick to London and Grim’s Dyke Hotel

This week… In Part 1… The Ilen Ketch, the last of Ireland’s traditional wooden sailing ships. Built in Baltimore in 1926, designed by Limerick man Conor O’Brien and delivered by Munster men to the Falkland Islands where the Ilen worked the local trade routes for 60 years. Only 56 feet long, this little sailing ship […]

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Ep 259 – It’s Mayo Day Celebrations in Luton!

This week… You don’t need to be in Mayo to celebrate! Celebrated all over the world but tonight, we’re with the Mayo Association in Luton. Join the team for lots of traditional dance and fundraising. Celebrated at St Joseph’s Club in Luton, we meet the people behind the lively evening. With fantastic dance performances from […]

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Ep 258 – Yorkshire Entry for Rose of Tralee & Charity Night for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

This week… In Part 1, we’re at the Leeds Irish Centre selecting the 2022 Yorkshire representative for the Rose of Tralee. Lots of music and dance And we reveal this year’s Yorkshire Rose. They’ll be off to Tralee to join the other regional winners, building up to the grand finale in August. The Rose of […]

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Ep 257 – Michael Davitt Memorial, St Mary’s Football Club and John Duffy’s memories of coming to the UK

This week… In Part 1, we’re at the Michael Davitt Memorial, Haslingden. We look back on the life of this influential reformer. Davitt was born in 1846 at Straide, County Mayo. When he was four years old, his entire family was evicted from their home. With his parents and siblings, they emigrated to England, arriving […]

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Ep 256 – St Brendan’s GAA Club 62nd Annual Dinner-Dance, Victory Celebrations and Tribute to Kieran Gleeson RIP

This week… We’re at St Brendan’s GAA club to join in the celebrations after winning the Lancashire Championship and then being crowned All Britain Champions. At the 62nd annual Dinner-Dance, we also pay tribute to the life of Kieran Gleeson, for many years a larger-than-life character at the club who will be much missed. With […]

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Ep 255 – Charity Concert in memory of Nicky James and Mary Holder’s 100th birthday!

This week… In Part 1, Nathan Carter headlines a concert at the Liverpool Irish Centre. The performance, to celebrate the life of Nicky James, is a fundraiser for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Nathan was a good friend of Nicky’s and had wanted to organise this event for some time. Nicky was a popular musician, often […]

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Ep 254 – St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Nottingham! Dance, Song and Special Guests

This week… We’re looking back on the fantastic St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Nottingham. Not a parade but a city centre spectacular with lots song, lots of dance and lots of dignitaries. This fantastic event, organised and hosted by Gerry Molumby clearly had the blessing of St Patrick as the sun shone throughout! Performances from […]

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Ep 253 – St Patrick’s Day Parade in Manchester & Irish Minister visits Irish Community Care

This week… In Part 1, we’re joining in the St Patrick’s day celebrations in Manchester. Starting with fireworks and funfair rides, we move on to the Irish World Heritage Centre for mass and traditional dance, courtesy of Justine Ward-Mallinson School of Irish Dancing and then out on to streets to “party” through town. After no […]

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Ep 252 – Scoil Rince Céim Óir… Hilary Joyce-Owens’ award winning School of Irish Dance

This week… We’re in London to see the performers at Scoil Rince Céim Óir, a traditional Irish Dance School founded and run by Hilary Joyce-Owens. For thirty years now, Hilary has guided her dancers to world-class success. We chat with Hilary and find out how much dedication it takes to train dancers to such a […]

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Ep 251 – “Vengeance – The Demise of Oscar Wilde”, performed at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith

This week… We’re at the Hammersmith Irish Cultural Centre in London to watch the production of “Vengeance – The Demise of Oscar Wilde”. Produced by John Merrigan with music by Danielle Morgan, this impressive stage production charts the life and ultimate downfall of Oscar Wilde. Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, 1854. […]

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