Can’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day?   Here are a few suggestions for Irish entertainment.

Sunday, February 7 at Plano Courtyard Theater; 7pm.
For information:

Friday, February 19, 2016 at Trinity Hall pub, 8:30 PM. No cover charge

The 20th Anniversary World Tour, at Allen Event Center.
Friday, February 19, 2016 at 7pm
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3pm

NTIF at Fair Park
Friday, March 4 at 6pm
Saturday, March 5 at 10:30 am
Sunday, March 6 at 11:30 am

March 18 & 19 at the Myerson
For $99 you can see this concert and two others
Contact Paul Mangelsdorf @ 214-981-2972 or


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1916 Events

At the dawn of the new year 1916, it did not appear that the Irish was ready to go to war with England.  While Dublin Castle was aware of rumblings of discontent among possible revolutionaries, such as Padraig Pearse, Thomas Clarke and Sean MacDiarmada, Irishmen were still volunteering in the British army.   There was the prospect of Home Rule being implemented as soon as the Great War (WWI) came to an end.

In 1916 Ireland, the prevalent language was English, currency the British pound, law and court similar to England.  While the Gaelic Athletic Association was in its infancy, sports and leisure activities were still England influenced.

The Great War had claimed the lives or maimed thousands of Irishmen on the battlefields of France and Belgium.  During 1916, there were similar fates of Irish soldiers in major battles at Verdun and Somme.  The battle of Verdun began in February and lasted until mid-December 1916.  The battle of Somme commenced July 1, lasting until November 1916, claiming the lives of 3,500 men from all across Ireland.    It is no wonder that during this time, fewer Irish volunteered to fight in the British army.

Considering the above, what drove Ireland into a conflict that had been orchestrated by so few people; one having such tremendous consequences?



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February Book Club

The Book Club met Feb 2 at Trinity Hall.  Sandi Hebley presented the book “Outlander”, by Diana Cabaldon.

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Next meeting will be Tuesday, March 1.  The book to be presented is “Haunted Ground”, and the author, Erin Hart, will be skyped in to discuss her book.

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Congratulations to Patricia Dillingham, the 2016 Irish Person of the Year!

Patricia was selected by past Irish Persons of the Year to be our 2016 Irish Person of the Year!

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Patricia joined the IAS during a North Texas Irish Festival, and has volunteered to help with almost every event since then. She chaired the IAS booth at NTIF three times, the annual Christmas party twice, was membership director, communications chair and still manages the storage unit. She has produced bimonthly newsletters and membership directories and countless graphics for events and announcements. Patricia also worked with the Downtown Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, spent several years doing publicity for the North Texas Irish Festival, is a member of the Southwest Celtic Music Association and has long supported the Texas Rose of Tralee Center.

There will be a brunch in her honor on January 31st at 11:30 am at the City Cafe. Cost is $30. RSVP to or call Cynthia at 972-824-4459.Dillingham IPY Rosebush background

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