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“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…

Dr. Patrick Parfrey, Awarded Distinguished University Professorship

(St. John’s, NL – December 13, 2013)  The President of Memorial University, Gary Kachanoski presented the President’s Awards  to the outstanding educators, researchers and staff members for 2013 at Memorial University last night. The president’s awards recognize excellence in teaching, research, service and community service. “Our accomplished recipients have helped students discover their true potential…

“Christmas of Long Ago”

“Christmas of Long Ago” (St. John, NL)  Actor Paul Rowe and musician Allan Byrne have joined forces to develop a Christmas show based solely on archival materials from all across the province. Paul and Allan have done considerable research for this show, having unearthed dozens of poems, recitations, songs and stories written during the 1870s-1940s…

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