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Ambassador O’Neill heralds a great future for Irish music, song and dance in Britain.

 

Seasca bliain ag fás!

 

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Speaking at the Irish Embassy London on Monday October 16th Aiden O’Neill complimented the young British born people who have maintained a  “connectivity to their home culture” by learning Irish music and dance from Comhaltas branches throughout Britain and he heralded them as being “ vital to the success of Comhaltas  today”. He also traced the history of Comhaltas in Britain from its foundations in Glasgow 60 years ago and is rapid spread to the conurbations where Irish people settled.

This theme was taken up by guest of honour Labhrás Ó Murchú, who travelled from Cashel, Co Tipperary for the night. Labhrás, the Ardstiúrthóir (Head) of Comhaltas worldwide and a retired member of Seanad Éireann; when he acknowledged that the expansion of Comhaltas throughout Britain is central to  the story of Ireland at home and abroad maintaining  its culture  for future generations. Reflecting on the Fleadh in Derry a few years ago he regaled the audience with an anecdote that as Irish people throughout the Island it is sometimes just flags that divide us but Irish people from different historic backgrounds share many of the same tunes and dances.

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Gerry Molumby (Triskellion Theatre) Patrick Morrison (Comhaltas UK)  seamus Brogan (comhaltas UK) Labhrás Ó Murchú (Comhaltas Ireland) and Seamus McGarry (Hammersmith Irish Centre) 

Focusing on the local stories of success in Britain Michael Nevin (Cathaoirleach, Comhairle na Breataine) reminded the large audience/guests that in recent years three of the Presidents of Comhaltas Worldwide came from branches in Manchester, Luton and Birmingham. He made a profound point that people involved in promoting Irish traditional music in Britain are “ordinary people” and in reference to the young musicians from all over the UK who performed music and dance at the embassy, he described them to audience approval “as truly brilliant musicians”

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Another highlight of the night was the launch of Pete Fawcett’s photographical chronicle of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann over 40 years. From a simple hearing of The Dubliners on Radio Caroline this self-deprecating ‘gurt lummox’ of a Yorkshire man has travelled to many a Fleadh in Ireland and Britain and now we have a permanent record of those days. With stories of the improvement in Irish Ferries services (to which we all concur) to escapades with his ‘banger’ of a Ford Anglia (we had one of those!) this book is a beautiful pictorial record and told by Peter in a witty and concise way . As a true photographer he introduces briefly in words and make space in his book to let the pictures tell the story.

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Ambassador O’Neill being presented with Fleadh by Peter Fawcett

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Well done Peter.

 

http://podcasts.canstream.co.uk/bcb/index.php?id=36465

 

 

 

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The Irish in Britain have their own weekly tv show…

 

 

You can watch live on Thursday’s 7:00 pm on Sky 212 & Freesat 161

or through the channel website/you tube

Great to see Peter Timins up in Halifax who has led the Irish Festival there for many years.

 

http://irishathomeandabroad.com/index.html

 

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Irish Cabaret Nov 17th and Christmas Dinner Dance December 2nd  @ famous Grims Dyke London hotel

 

Irish Christmas Dinner Dance Grims Dyke December 2nd 2017

 

Irish Christmas Dinner Dance Grims Dyke December 2nd 2017

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Cutting edge of 60 years supporting Irish in Britain…read all about it on

 

Irish Chaplaincy

 

60th Anniversary Concert for the Irish Chaplaincy in Britian held at Our Lady Help of Chr (6)

60th Anniversary concert in London 2017

 

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Irish Prisoner Roger Casement Anniversary of death .  Mass at  Westminster Cathedral and Irish Embassy reception  August 1st 2016 Gerry Molumby Photographer

http://www.irishchaplaincy.org.uk/

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Come into the garden Maud !

 

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Gerry Molumby Photographer

 

 

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Irish party at home of  W.S. Gilbert

 

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Champion Irish Dancers Sorcha O’Neill and Joe McGeown dance  the Belfast Reel !

 

Now the Grims Dyke Hotel but the home of W.S Gilbert – the other half of Sullivan. The man who wrote all those comical librettos to suit the great musical compositions of Arthur Sullivan.

The Triskellion Irish Cabaret attracts a lot of people “who just want to experience Irish culture and entertainment often for the first time”. The live show comprises comedy , singing, dancing and on Friday 29th Martin Ruddy and his Band led the audience on a merry dance into the night. A menu of Irish Cuisine , waiter service in the grand music room of this splendid old house was a fitting and warm setting.

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Triskellion Productions return to the Grims Dyke on Friday  17th for another event and on Saturday December 2nd for an Irish Christmas dinner dance.

 

     http://grimsdyke.com/

 

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50 portraits of  Irish people  in Britain ~ exhibition

The pending touring exhibition is the end product. For now I am putting a request/invitation out there for people who would describe themselves as Irish in Britain, to join in.  Obviously I want to reflect the ages, generations and be as regional as possible. I am not necessarily looking for a butcher , baker or candle stick makers …but you get the idea.

 

A proud mom to be Imelda May in 2012 at Dubliner's final concert London's Royal  Albert Hall . Gerry Molumby.jpg

A proud mom to be Imelda May in 2012 at Dubliners final concert at Royal Albert Hall .

Gerry Molumby ~ Photographer

F.molumby@aol.com

 

Please copy to your websites and social media:

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Thanks Gerry

Gift :  copy of portrait 

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What is the best piece of Irish Music ?

 

For me it is Eleanor Plunkett, by composer Turlough O’Carolan (1670–1738).

 

Here are my favourite versions ;

 

 

 

 

Car park acoustics!

 

 

The Master himself

 

fmolumby@aol.com

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Following on from the Global Irish Civic Forum held at Dublin Castle in May…the Global Irish Diaspora Directory ….is now available in furthering the links that bind us together. A good piece of work by and from the Irish Government Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretariat.

 

https://www.dfa.ie/global-irish/staying-in-touch/diaspora-directory/

 

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Irish Embassy reception of welcome to the family, his wife Jane,publishers, and guests – to celebrate the life of William Trevor Cox  -hosted by Ambassador Adrian O’Neill.

 

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William Trevor Cox who  died last year is often described  as heir to the Anglo-Irish tradition of literature but broad as his writing is he levelled with the John B Keane when  he wrote ‘The Ballroom of Romance’. His  subjects increasingly his own people, the provincial Irish.

 

Irish Embassy reception of welcome to the family,publishers,

Picture: The house in Mitchelstown where he was born in 1928 is now the local Buddhist temple. Picture shows his son and family visiting the house recently.

 

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Literature , music and theatre artists who love the life and works of  William Trevor .

 

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Crawley Irish Festival

– as seen on Irish Television –

 

 

 

 

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Broadcasts on Thursday’s at 7.pm on Sky 212 and Freesat 161

 

Don’t forget on Nov 3rd , again at the Hawth Theatre Triskellion Productions  in collaboration with Crawley Celtic and Irish Cultural Society are bringing you  a night of Irish Theatre , Music , Dance and Storytelling from the Irish in Crawley and elsewhere in Britain.

 

POSTER  / FLYER:

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We are especially pleased to be welcoming – direct from Co. Kildare – Hy-Breasal Theatre Company with their production of

‘Backwater’ by the late and great John B Keane

 

                                                  Backwater

                                                                          

                                                                         Directed by Joe Bergin

 

It’s the summer of 1972, Jimmy surprises his mother by coming home  from London to Fongo, Co. Kerry, with two friends. The three work on the buildings down around Kilburn. Jimmy hasn’t been home in a while ….                                                                                     

CAST:

Jimmy: Tom Connor

Eddie: Tony Murphy

Sammy: Tony Connolly

Mary: Breda Donnellan

It’s the summer of 1972, Jimmy surprises his mother by coming home  from London to Fongo, Co. Kerry, with two friends. The three work on the buildings down around Kilburn. Jimmy hasn’t been home in a while ….

 

Hy-Breasal Theatre Company

Hy-Breasal Theatre Company takes its name from the mythological island that is said to emerge from the misty seas off the west coast of Ireland every seven years. This island has many names: sometimes called the Isle of Blest, Tír na mBan, and Tír na nÓg; we call ours Hy-Breasal. It was the place where the sun went to at the end of every day. It was thought to be a very special place; a place of light, wonders, magic and enchantment. Hy-Breasal, the theatre company, brings its lightness and magic with it wherever it goes. The company has no pretensions; its aim is to do good work and entertain in the best way it can; its writer, director, crew, actors and audiences have great fun; and that’s the way it should be.

Frank Houlihan

Artistic Director

 

http://www.theatresonline.com/theatres/crawley-theatres/the-hawth/

 

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Thomas Moore the bard of Ireland……….but , ” in a village of England your bones should have rest”

 

In a recent edition of the Irish World I read of the revived interest by Eleanor Mc Evoy on the works of Thomas Moore.

What readers may not know is that he joins the band of famous Irish people buried in the UK. His  wife wanted him buried with his two children in the  family vault in Bromham, Wiltshire.

Grave of Thomas Moore in Bromham, Wiltshire

 

The British Poet Laureate John Betjeman called him ” dear bard of my boyhood”, he was mine also as my dad used sing his songs and I became ‘ a ministral boy’.

 

” In the churchyard of Bromham the yews intertwine

O’er smooth granite cross of a Celtic design,

Looking quite our of place in surroundings like these

In a corner of Wilts’ twixt the chalk and the cheese.

 

I can but account you neglected and poor,

Dear bard of my boyhood, mellifluous Moore,

That far from the land which of all you loved best

In a village of England our bones should have rest .

Other famous Irish Abroad include George Bernard Shaw (Ayot St Lawrence, nr Welwyn), Percy French (Formby ‘across the mersey)  and Sean O’ Casey (Golders Green)

 

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When I founded Triskellion Irish Theatre and Concert Productions in 1994 I used the mission statement of ‘Ireland and its diaspora’, it was incorporated into our logo with the harp of Ireland being pages of a script and the TTC (Triskellion Theatre Company ) forming the strings in the Brian Boru harp.