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Irish Christmas Traditions
The Candle In The Window
The placing of a lighted candle in the window of a house on Christmas eve is still a common Irish Christmas tradition practiced today. It has a number of purposes but primarily
it was a symbol of welcome to Mary and Joseph as they
traveled looking for shelter. In some rural areas, the candle also indicated a safe place for priests to perform mass as
this was not allowed. A further element of the tradition is
that the candle should be lit by the youngest member of the
household and only be extinguished
by a girl bearing the name 'Mary'.
Overall, the Irish Christians,
both Catholic and Protestant
lit candles to symbolically express
their cherished belief that Jesus
is the light of the world and the
light that we should see and follow.
At Christmas, this great tradition
became the most common ritual
among all the people of Ireland.
In the homes of the rich or poor, tradesmen, shopkeepers and almost every office in the
land, a candle was placed in at least one window of every building or house.
The custom has been part of the Christmas traditions in Ireland and the British Isles to various degrees for
hundreds of years. It was so universally revered that
English and Irish settlers brought the custom to Colonial America. Today, it is not as common but it is always nice
to see the random candle in the window and to reflect on
a bygone time.
THIS WAS PART ONE OF A THREE PART SERIES. PART TWO NEXT WEEK; ED
Last of the Clancy Brothers Dies At 74
Liam Clancy died, December 4, at the Bon Secoours Hospital
In an Irish Times interview last September, Clancy quipped that
he was " on me last legs." He was promoting a film about his life,
The Yellow Bittern at that time. His last performance in May of
this year was at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. It was a poignant reading of Dylan Thomas' poem,
And Death Shall Have No Dominion.
His manager David Teevan remembered the reading,
"It was a profound moment. He expressed his fear of dying,
but he did so with great dignity."
Irish Minister for Arts Martin Cullen described Clancy as
"an example of an absolutely dedicated artistic craftsman."
Clancy is survived by his wife Kim, his two sons Eben and Donal,
his daughters Siobhán and Fiona and his eight grandchildren.
His funeral was to take place at St Mary's Church in Dungarvan,
Co Waterford, near his home in the Ring Gaeltacht.
Liam was the youngest of the four Clancy brothers.
Born in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, he emigrated to the
United States in 1955 with ambitions to be an actor.
With brothers Paddy and Tom; Liam began his singing career
in Greenwich Village. During this time, the Clancy Brothers met
a young Bob Dylan who praised them as one of the biggest
influences of his life. About Liam, Dylan once remarked that he
was, "the best ballad singer that I ever heard in my life."
Together, the Clancy Brothers and their friend Tommy Makem
became a transatlantic phenomenon after an appearance on
the Ed Sullivan Show in 1961. The well deserved accolades, appreciation and fame that started then stayed with them all
for the rest of their lives.
Southern California audiences were treated to the Clancy Brothers many times at the Great American Irish Fair at Santa Anita in
Arcadia. Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem performed at the
Irish Fair as a duo for the last time in 2002. Liam Clancy's last
appearance in the Los Angeles area was at a memorable
Irish Concert at the Alex Theater in Glendale in 2003.
The Irish News & Entertainment is planning a
Tribute To The Clancy Brothers for the January, 2010
Pictorial Irish Year In Review Issue.
2.3 Million Euros Grant Awarded
By Ireland Towards New York City
Irish Arts Centre
Speaker Christine Quinn and Micheál Martin, T.D. The Minister for Foreign
Micheál Martin, T.D., announces €2.3million for construction of Irish Arts Centre in New
Key Component of Global Irish Economic
Irish Press Office: Monday, December
7, 2009 New York
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, T.D., has
announced a major grant for a
landmark Irish project in
Minister Martin said that a total of €2.3 million will
immediately towards the construction of an
Irish Arts Centre in
The Minister said one of the main themes to emerge from the attendees at
the Global Irish Economic Forum was the importance
of Irish Culture to the image
of this country abroad and in
particular in the USA. He noted
that this was also an important conclusion of the Strategic Review of Ireland US
published by the Taoiseach last March.
Announcing the grant from the Emigrant Support Programme managed by the
Department of Foreign Affairs, the Minister said:
"The allocation of such significant funding is a clear demonstration of
the Government's strong commitment to the building of the new
Irish Arts Centre
funding is a response to the extraordinary gesture of the City of New York in
making a site, valued at $12 million available for the project, along with a
further $8 million in capital funding.
"The construction of the New York Irish Arts Centre
is identified as a
priority in the revised Programme for
Government and I would like to pay tribute
Martin Cullen for his longstanding support and commitment to
project" added Martin.
The new Centre will project a dynamic image
of Ireland and Irish America
across the US; it will
facilitate extensive Irish-related
cultural, business and community programmes;
quality contemporary Irish theatre and art; and will also provide
an invaluable resource for the Irish emigrant community in the
The Minister paid warm tribute to New York City Mayor Bloomberg
Speaker Christine Quinn for their exceptional support for the initiative. He
also thanked Gabriel Byrne for his support for the
Arts Centre and for his
longstanding work in promoting
Irish culture throughout the US.
Minister Martin concluded that this major initiative demonstrates
seriously the Government views the outcome of the Farmleigh Forum: "Everybody at Farmleigh said that the success of the
only be judged by the quality of the follow up.
Today I have begun to
demonstrate that despite the difficult
budgetary situation, we are determined to
continue investing in
our unique resource- the Irish Diaspora and its cultural
This may be just the beginning of new Irish-American Projects.
Other ideas which
are being actively progressed include: a new Global Irish Network; the
establishment of an Irish innovation
centre in Silicon Valley; the Gateway
Ireland portal, which would serve as a key online focus for promoting Ireland
abroad and engaging with our global community; expanded educational
scholarship programmes to increase engagement
with younger generations..."
The full report contains a detailed list
of the main themes and specific proposals to emerge and is available at:
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The Pubs Featured this week are all doing
something special for this Holiday Season.
Drop by and join in the Christmas Festivities
and plan now for New Year's Eve & Day!
Come see ALL the Games in HDTV
Live Music most days!
New Year's Party
130 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949646-8855 www.harpinn.com The King's Head Pub
Join us for Happy Hour;
Monday thru Friday from
4:00 to 7:00 PM
Drink and Appetizer Specials
in the Pub ONLY
116 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
Drop by anytime in December
and enjoy a great lunch or dinner
and top it off with a glass of
Muldoon's authentic Wassel!
Make Plans to Entertain at Muldoon's for
Use the festive backdrop to
give your guests a real Holiday atmosphere
You won't have to decorate or cook!
Just give them a call to arrange Holiday gatherings
of all sizes for your family, friends or
Call 949 640-4110 Ask for Mary!
*NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY*
NO COVER - LIVE MUSIC -
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Muldoon's Pub & Celtic Bar
202 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA
O'Brien's Pub on Main
Host of the Second Annual Toy Drive
for SCHOOL ON WHEELS
An organization dedicated to helping
Bring unwrapped toys to the pub and drop them off.
You are invited to attend a Christmas Party at the Pub
on December 16. Tell your family and friends and support
this great effort.
O'Brien's Irish Pub
2946 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA
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The Irish Tenors Holiday ShowOne of the most successful Irish touring acts in many years, The Irish Tenors thrills old fans and wins new ones with its euphoric harmonies, lush orchestration, and unscripted humor. Accompanied by an orchestra, the Celtic music kings will perform their traditional repertoire, Irish favorites, and seasonal classics.Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts12700 Center Court Drive,Cerritos, CAInfo Line: 562 916-8501Ticket Office 800 300 4345 or 562 916 8500E-Mail: TicketOffice@CerritosCenter.comcerritoscenter.com
Friday, December 11
Come on in and revel in the Fun
to Thursday, December 24
IRISH DICKENS' CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
2009 marks the 22nd Year
for this Yuletide Favorite
Space is Limited - Don't Miss It -
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Saturday, December 12
Irish American Biz Network Meeting
Group members and those Irish and Irish-Americans interested in learning more about the IABN are invited to attend.
See Dennis Hogan or John Richards.
Bring your business cards and a cheerful attitude
and meet your IABN
brothers and sisters.
Harp proprietor John Joe Lyons has promised to
roll out the red carpet.
THE HARP INN
130 East 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA
Saturday December 19
Starting at 8:30am to afternoon...
The Annual "Friends Outside"
Each year a Christmas Party for the Children of the incarcerated* is hosted by St. Vincent de Paul staff.
AOH Volunteers help to make a Happy Holiday for
these needy children, our readers have been invited
to join in on this effort.
Toys and volunteers are still needed
as early as 8:30 AM to help set up
booths and decorations.
The Los Angeles Emerald Society Pipe Band will play!
You can also drop off a toy at one of the many Toys For Tots collection points throughout Orange County.
Would you like to help? Please contact
Jerry O'Keefe: 714 998-9590 or 714-403-3681
or by e-mail at: Irishfree1916@aol.com.
*Children who have one or sometimes both of their parents in jail or prison.
Holidays are especially tough for some of these kids.
1340 South Sanderson Avenue
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THE PLAY'S THE THING Two Great Shows at
The Pantages in Hollywood
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Theatre information Hotline:
Now through Saturday, December 27at 8:00pm
Call for times and tickets or go OnLine
HOW THE GRINCH
Great Family Fun!
The Los Angeles Premiere of Broadway's
#1 Holiday Hit stars John Larroquette and
Stefan Karl as THE GRINCH!
The Musical features the hit songs
"You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and
"Welcome Christmas" from the original
Box Office: 323-468-177
Saturdays, December 12 and 19
RAY BRADBURY'S MERRY CHRISTMAS 2116
For several years now, the Fremont Centre Theatre
has played host to a special Christmas show from
This year is a special treat for Bradbury fans:
an advance look at his newest work for the stage.
The new musical production will have its formal
World Premiere at Fremont Centre Theatre in
January, 2010 and run through February 27.
In Ray Bradbury's Merry Christmas 2116, an aging couple,
The Wycherlys, exchange unique gifts which sets off
a series of intriguing events.
In addition to the musical, the second segment of the
December evenings will be a personal appearance by
Ray Bradbury, sharing the reminiscences of a legendary life and career. He will also be available to sign books
for his fans.
Fremont Centre Theatre
1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro)
South Pasadena, CA
Phone: 323 960-4451
Abundant free parking behind the theatre.
Close to the Mission St. Station of the Metrolink Gold Line.
Saturday, December 19 An Claidheamh Soluis/The Celtic Arts Center Christmas Event
ACS will present an evening of readings from the works of Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, including 'A Child's Christmas in Wales,'
read by actor/director Joe Praml.
Holiday Refreshments will be served.
The Raven Playhouse
5233 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA
$7 for member
More information about the Celtic Arts Center is available at http://www.celticartscenter.com
January 12 to 24, 2010
RIVERDANCE, the thunderous celebration of Irish music,
song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions of people around the globe, is returning for ONLY 16 Farewell Performances in
Los Angeles at the Pantages.
"A Phenomenon of Historic Proportions!" raves the Washington Post (6/10/07). Discover why nothing in the world compares to
"The Original International Phenomenon!"
Whether it's your first time or your fifth, you won't
want to miss these great performances of RIVERDANCE.
An Claidheamh Soluis / The Celtic Arts Center
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Informal meeting of folks who love All Things Irish. and enjoy breakfast and meeting socially. Each guest pays for their own meal. No dues.
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The oldest Irish Import Shop in the LA Area is a
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In Hollywood Still on Vine near Melrose in the Same Center (By Subway) but two doors down; 742 Vine St.
More space and more imported Irish Food and Gifts than ever!one of a kind merchandise direct from Ireland
New Christmas Stock including all the Irish and British Traditional Christmas Favourites have just arrived. The best selection of Candy, Pudding, Cakes, Goodies and Irish imports are now in and piled to the rafters. The Irish Import Shop has more hard to find and one of a kind items
than any other Irish Shop in LosAngeles or San Diego. Drop by either location and see for yourself!
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Mulligans play a wide variety of music, ranging from Irish Traditional
Country to the standards and even some good old American Rock n' Roll!
Fans are genuinely both impressed and surprised when they
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We recently heard about this great DVD of 11 Classic Songs by THE MULLIGANS and KEN O"MALLEY.For
the past few years the Mulligans have been the headliners at the LA
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have always had great talent play with them including one of the best Irish singer/songwriters around, Ken O'Malley. O'Malley is featured on this DVD. Through the years they have played with many of the
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