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What happened to Sheelagh’s Day?

In Newfoundland and Labrador there has been a long established tradition to refer to the day following St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) as  Sheelagh’s Day.  As early as 1819, the Anglican Missionary and historian Lewis Anspach who wrote the first general history of Newfoundland that was published stated: “It is hardly in the power of…

The Irish celebrate, in word and song.

“Newfoundland Writing,  A diversity of genre” On Sunday March 16 at the Holiday Inn  at 2:00 p.m. the Irish Newfoundland Association is very happy to present another FREE event  “Newfoundland Writing,  A diversity of genre”  with  readings from novelist Claire Wilkshire, writer /journalist Marjorie Doyle and poets Mary Dalton and James Langer.   The Finale…

Irish Week and Irish Farms in Newfoundland

Irish Farms in Newfoundland The Irish Newfoundland Association (INA) invites you to look at Irish Farming culture in Newfoundland as part of their ‘Irish Week’ presentations. In the first colony-wide census of Newfoundland in 1836, there were over 350 farms on the fringe of St. John’s; the majority established by settlers from the Irish counties….

INA Lecture March 12 at the Holiday Inn

The Irish Newfoundland Association invites you to join us for the first event of Irish Week.  The Irish Newfoundland Association is proud to present “A North Atlantic Musical Duet: Interactions between Newfoundland and Irish Musicians”   This talk explores how Irish music came to be seen as integral to Newfoundland music.  Rather than a direct link…

Irish Week Plans for INA

Irish Week Plans for INA (St. John’s) The Irish Newfoundland Association (INA) have finalized the schedule for ‘Irish Week’  and it promises  to offer much to members and friends of the association. The organization which is in the process of rebuilding after being in hibernation for several years has been actively recruiting new members and…

“Irish Week” plans taking shape

Irish Week plans taking shape (St. John’s) The Irish Newfoundland Association (INA) will be revitalizing the tradition of ‘Irish Week’ events in March and are asking members and friends to keep their calendars free for some great Irish history, music, and stories. The ‘Irish Week’ tradition was originally established with the founding of the organization…

Irish Reader at SPARKS Literary Festival, 2014

(St. John’s, NL) The celebrated Irish poet Patrick Cotter will be one of a number of readers at the SPARKS Literary Festival, 2014.  Cotter is available to the festival because of collaboration with the Irish Newfoundland Association. Patrick Cotter was born in Cork, 1963. Cotter was educated at University College Cork where he revived the…

Cup song in Irish Gaelic

Cup song in Irish Gaelic About 600 students and staff at Coláiste Lurgan in Conamara, Ireland got together with plastic cups to perform ‘When I’m Gone’ (Also known as ‘The Cup Song’) and give an unofficial attempt to set a world record for the largest group performance of the song. Take a listen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFtfk0bZVRM  …

The revival of mummering

(St. John’s, NL) In Newfoundland the tradition of mummering or jannying is often associated with the mummer’s parade, home visitation, music and the occasional drink! In our Newfoundland history the tradition of mummering has faded but has been revived by individuals and groups keen to keep the tradition alive.  The most celebrated group to keep…

“GOOD OLD DAYS OF YORE”

  Mr. Alex A. Parsons, (1848-1932)  in the St. John’s publication Christmas Bells, 1912 took some time to reflect on Christmas “in the good old days of yore.”  He wrote: “It seems to me that people of the present day (1912) do not enter into the spirit of the season as did our ancestors in…

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