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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…

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