Talent show is back at Sherlock’s Pub
SE corner Beltline & Tollway in Addison

To watch the show, advance reservations are requested.  Phone in credit card to 972-824-4459 or mail checks to:

Cynthia McDonald
720 Ave F, Suite 108
Plano TX   75074

Performers can contact Sue or Phil at 972-239-0561 or suemfaulkner@tx.rr.com

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February Book Club

The book for February was “The Irish Slaves“, and many members engaged in some provoking insights and comments.


Next month enjoy Juilene Osborne-McKnight’s book, “I Am of Irelaunde“, a novel of Patrick and Osian.   Debbie Perry will be the presenter.

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Mark your calendar for lots of fun coming up in February and March.

February 7 — the book club meets at Trinity Hall at noon.   Everyone is welcome.

February 14 — IAS monthly pub night at Trinity Hall from 6:00 to whenever.

February 16 — Derek Warfield and the Young Wolftones will be at Trinity Hall @ 8:00PM

February 19 — IAS Talent show from 2-5 at Sherlock’s pub in Addison.  Contact Sue and Phil Faulkner at 972-239-0561 for more information on how to enter a talent, or just enjoy watching the talent provided.

March 3-5 NTIF.  Sharon O’Rourke needs volunteers to help out with the IAS booth.  Please contact her by phone at 214-327-4706 or email her at Irishdancer112@gmail.com to offer your help.

March 11 — Parade.  Wear your green and walk with your friends.  Meeting place, time to follow.

March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day.   Join us at noon at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe to honor St. Patrick.

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As we prepare to say farewell to 2016, and welcome in 2017, we can review the events of the Ireland 1916 Easter Rising.  These brave men and women of the Irish Volunteers, Irish Republican Brotherhood, Irish Citizen Army and Cuman na mBan dared to risk their lives for a cause—a cause which was not popular with most of the Irish people.  At the time, many Irishmen were fighting under the British flag in WWI.  Families could not risk the loss of the income their soldiers received. And we cannot forget the aide given by the Capuchin Friars who served during those seven days, who later heard the confessions of the condemned, and gave comfort to the families.

Only seven days of fighting – then surrender.  There was no mercy shown to the rebels.  The leaders were court-martialed and executed; rebels as well as innocents were sent to prisons or executed.

The rebellion was not a failure.  By the summer of 1916, the rebel leaders became cult heroes with commemorative photographs issued of them. Ballads and poems were penned to celebrate their deeds; funds were raised for their families.  The British Army, involved in WWI, saw Irish recruitment levels drop considerably.

The prison camp, Frongoch Internment Camp, held German prisoners until the 1916 Rising.  Those prisoners were sent elsewhere, and were replaced by over 1,800 Irish prisoners, among them future leaders such as Michael Collins, Terence McSwiney and J.J. O’Connell.  During the cold days and even longer cold nights in Wales, they made plans for the continued struggle for independence.  They were released in December 1916 – to continue to plan for another day.

 Easter 1916
Author: W. B. Yeats
September 25, 1916

Fourth Stanza —

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven’s part, our part
To murmer name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse–
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

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