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  Vol 1     Number 11                                                        Special Year End Issue
Irish News USA E-Missive
                                 December, 2009                       
In This Issue

First Feature:
Irish Book Review
New Feature

A Word from
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Letter from the Publisher:
Jim McDonough

Irish Public Service Announcement
Wells of Life

Pub of the Week:
Featued Pubs
Celebrations in
Southern California

Irish Events

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Irish Christmas

All Things Irish Blog

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First Feature

"A Sudden Gift of Fate"
-- the new novel by Mary Pat Hyland --

...tells the story of

Irish newlyweds

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This book includes Gaeilge,

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Look for a complete review of A Sudden Gift of Fate
in the January issue of the IRISH NEWS & ENTERTAINMENT
Starting with our January Issue of the Irish News USA E-Missive
we will be reviewing an Irish/Celtic Music CDs
and/or an Irish Interest or Irish Authored book each week.

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Happy New Year to Everyone!!
Special Thanks to All Our Customers and Friends
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Letter from the Publisher
Dear IRISH NEWS USA Readers,
With this issue, we are finishing up the year and our appeal to you to help us get a fresh water well drilled in Uganda.
We are working with Wells of Life to make something that is truly needed a reality. We know it is a tough time to ask and we would not be involved if we did not believe in this project. We can not pull this off without the support of our readers.
Please read the feature just below this letter and if you can; join us in this effort.


We are working on the annual
Irish News & Entertainment's  YEAR IN REVIEW issue.

If you have jpegs of an Irish or Celtic Event that you would like to share with our readers; please E-mail the photo file to us. Send along a caption telling us the who/what and details. We will give you a photo credit AND an Irish Music CD. Send submissions to:


We also want to call your attention to a recap and reprinting of ALL THREE PARTS of our First Feature
series on IRISH CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS. We received over 100 requests for missing parts and copies from readers who had either heard of the feature and had missed it or folks who wanted us to send them a single part they missed. We figured a reprint of the entire series was the most efficient way to answer all the request.
Finally, I want to thank all of our readers for your comments and support of this new Irish Interest E-Missive and for your readership, patronage of our advertisers and support of the print editions of the Irish News & Entertainment for many years.


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May You All Have A Happy,
Healthy and Prosperous 2010!

Jim McDonough,

Irish News USA Public Service Block

Recently we profiled Nick Jordan and Wells of Life,
a 501C3 Non Profit Foundation, as our First Feature.
We have spoken to Nick Jordan, the co-founder of
Wells of Life, again since we published that small story
and he gave us a great challenge and goal for
Weekly Irish E-Missive Readers and Friends of the
Irish News & Entertainment.Nick and Children
Nick  Jordan and Children in Uganda

Jordan suggested that we try to raise the money through
this weekly and our paper to drill and dedicate an

We are working on Nick's challenge. We have made this our Christmas Project. The program is an astonishing bargain.
A well to reach precious water and to change the lives of hundreds of people costs only $3000. The foundation has a matching funds program with one of their corporate sponsors so that our advertisers, readers and staff can act together to raise the remaining $1500 and we will be able to help drill a specific well in Uganda. By "specific" we mean that a
particular  well will be dedicated to our efforts and it will be known as the IRISH NEWS USA READERS WELL.
Your donation is tax deductible. It is Christmas and it is near the end of the year. It is a perfect time to do this.
We need your help. Wells of Life has set up a
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Please mention that you are part of the Irish News USA Readers Group. You can talk to Luanne at Nick Jordan's office for details. (contact info follows this story)
When we finish this appeal; we will run a Full Page
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Irish News Weekly here and in our print edition about the actual drilling of the well; so you will see your good
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The Pubs Featured this week are all doing
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The Harp Inn
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130 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

The King's Head Pub
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Join us for Happy Hour;
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You are invited to join in on our double
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Count down all evening for our
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116 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA
310 451-1402

Muldoon's Pub
Drop by anytime in December
and enjoy a great lunch or dinner
and top it off with a glass of
Muldoon's authentic Wassel!


Muldoon's Pub & Celtic Bar
202 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA
949 640-4110

Studio City/Hollywood Adjacent

New Year Maeves
Maeve's Residuals is a traditional Irish Pub in Studio City
with a Bohemian, eclectic and friendly atmosphere and patrons.
Maeve's Residuals
11042 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA
818 761-8301

In the HEART of the
Robin Hood Pub
Ring in the NEW YEAR with your friends at one
of the most authentic and best British Pubs in
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Robin Hood Pub
13640 Burbank Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA
818 994-6045

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Connolly's Pub
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Times Square is the crossroads of the world, and on New Year's Eve it becomes the eye of the hurricane. Since 1989, Black 47 has played within shouting distance of the dropping ball. We wanted to catch the excitement and the thrill of the various New Years' we've spent in Connolly's of 45th Street. IF YOU CAN'T MAKE NEW YEAR'S 2009AT CONNOLLY'S, then you should have this DVD

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Listings By Date...
Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cleary Irish Dancers will be performing at Disneyland!

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Friday, January 8, 2010
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JOHN McCUTCHEON in concert;
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Encino Community Center
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Riverdance Returns
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 historic Pantages in Hollywood.
Riverdance Company
 "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.


Saturday, January 30, 2010
Ken O'Malley in solo concert
     This is a special  Irish Music Concert at the college and the public is welcome; the event is a fundraiser for students' educational travel to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Occidental College
(Eagle Rock area) 1600 Campus Rd.
Los Angeles, CA.
Tickets: $15.
More information call 323 259 2621
or check out this link:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Chieftains in Concert
Chieftains at Cerritos
The Chieftains are largely credited as one of the earliest Irish bands to promote international appeal for Celtic music. They have also collaborated with industry icons
Van Morrison, Rolling Stones and Sting to name but a few.

The group has been nominated 19 times for Grammys and
have won six Grammy Awards, including "Best Traditional Folk Album" for Long Journey Home, The Celtic Harp, and An Irish Evening - Live at the Grand Opera House.
The ensemble's performances are rich with
"extraordinarily beautiful solos and Irish New Age music," ...The New York Times

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
12700 Center Court Drive,
Cerritos, CA
Ticket office: 800 300-4345



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at 9.45 am
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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. At the January
Breakfast, the Friends are collecting Hard Candy and Non-Perishable Snakes to send to US Troops overseas.
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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 JesusGrinch 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.

Holly and The Twelve Days of Christmas
Long before the custom of Christmas Trees reached Ireland, most Irish homes were often decorated with holly.
This practice had and still has religious overtones, the green holly represents the crown of thorns and the red berries signify the drops of Christ's blood. Everything in the homes of Ireland, from banisters, mantles, tables and picture frames inside and doorways inside and out, was covered with holly. It was another sure sign that Christmas was coming. In all of the British Isles, the Twelve Days of Christmas were celebrated and Ireland still carries on the tradition to this day. The celebrations and observations start on Christmas Day and
go on till January 6, the Feast Day of the Epiphany.
Celebrating the TWELVE DAYS seems like an Irish Tradition that would be well worth reviving.

The Wren Boys and St. Stephen's Day

St Stephen's Day, December 26 is one of nine official Holidays in Ireland.  In Northern Ireland and throughout the United Kingdom, the day is also known as Boxing Day,
also an official Holiday.

The Feast Day of St. Stephen commemorates the
first Christian Martyr.
St. Stephen
He was stoned to death by an angry mob under the auspices
of Saul of Tarsus,  who later became St. Paul.
In Ireland, the day after Christmas is a common day
for visiting friends and family
and hosting neighbors and family. In Ireland, in some districts, the gentry would have
a kind of open house and offer food to the neighbors. We have also heard of open houses at
some parishes but we have no written source for that. We do know the custom of visiting and being called upon by relatives and friends was very common throughout Ireland and is carried on to this day.
The Wren Boys are also a prominent fixture in Irish lore on
St. Stephen's Day. The practice of a group of singing boys going around from house to house on the St. Stephen's Day
was a long held tradition in Ireland for hundreds of years.

The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
On Saint Stephen's Day was caught in the furze.
Up with the kettle and down with the pan,
Pray give us a penny to bury the wren.

...Traditional Irish Verse

Sometimes the boys would go around in costumes, or deck themselves in straw and blackface.
In 1840, the Mayor of Cork issued a proclamation against the signing processions of  boys on the grounds of the cruelty inflicted on the hapless wren.
The two most common reasons for the custom are both Irish Legends. The first is that it was a wren who inadvertently
gave away the hiding place of the aforementioned St. Stephen, the early Christian martyr.
The second legend of the origin of the custom  goes back about 1100 hundred years to the Norse invasions.  A group of native Irish were going to counter attack a Norse stronghold and
their hiding place was given away by a wren who pecked on a drum that had some crumbs of bread dropped upon it.
In both versions of the legends, the boys seek revenge on the wren for its betrayal.
For better or for worse, only in the past 30 to 40 years is this custom fading from popular culture in Ireland.

Here is a link to last week's Irish E-Missive.
Thanks for reading us. Merry Christmas!  ED

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