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Dublin Ohio Irish Fest Aug. 1, 2, 3, 2014

Double Duty in 2014
Great news this year, we have been invited
back to the Dublin Irish Festival on two accounts.

Genealogy and Family History
Our Irish Genealogical display, with my books for
every county in Ireland, and more, will be on
hand with us for the 15th consecutive year.
For more on the Dublin Irish Fest, click below. 

The Irish Roots Cafe House Band to appear

I am also in the band named above.  We sing in
Irish and English. Old Style, both solo
as a group, with fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, guitar,
and at times the accordion.  The band also plays
smokin hot tunes, in addition to the old style
sean nos and traditional songs.  Come see us
at the fest for a different mix of Irish and Scots music.

To give you an idea of who we are as a band, here are
notations on what we have done the last two
years (I’ll be singing and playing the bodhran)

1.) Performed the first ever all Irish language song show on stage
in the midwest, in 2012, at the Granada Theatre in Lawrence, KS.
2) Sponsored the first free, 4 day sean nos public gathering of
‘old style’ song and dance in Kansas City, this April in 5 locations.
3) A recent Irish Roots Cafe album was named a Top 10 Traditional Irish song album of 2013,
( via Tradconnect out of Dublin, Ireland, the largest online trad musicians organization)
“Irish Song, Traditional and Sean Nos” by Mike O’Laughlin, feat. Stevie Wilson Davis.
Band members Megan Illidge and Rob Koke will be on the next album as well.  Be sure
and see accordionist Roger Fox at the fest with us this year too….
 We will have a few of our T shirts, CDs and DVDs at the stage side table, when we play
in Dublin, both Friday and Saturday, on the ceili stage near city hall.
(on the festival grounds, right next to our genealogy tent, which we will man all weekend )
 For more info and links, and updates as we near the date, check in here: 

I’ll be back quickly with more blogs on our genealogy and song, its a busy year .
Mike OLaughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe and Hedge School
Kansas City, Missouri

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St. Louis Genealogy Resource The Irish Roots Cafe

Genealogy Books in St. Louis
Over the last 30 years we have been able
to note libraries that take an extra ordinary
interest in Irish Genealogy. One tip off is
that they have our resource books on hand for
their patrons.

A Library with Irish Resources
Today a shout out goes to the St. Louis County
Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO. 63131
They will have most of our books on hand for you, and
that would be about 50 titles in all, with research books
on every county in Ireland for starters, and the classic
histories like the Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters,
and Keatings History of Ireland, plus plenty more.

The Books
I expect they will all be on hand in June. You can always
call ahead to special collections, to see if they have arrived
and are on the shelves yet (wait till mid June). If you have
forgotten some of the Irish genealogy titles we publish, click
below for a link to most of my books

St. Louis Irish
The Irish played a major role in St. Louis History, from constables
and sheriffs, to traders, newspapermen, and wagon builders. I spent
a year or two putting it all together in my Missouri Irish book, and
I included names and origins in Ireland, whenever I found them. Yes,
my Missouri Irish book will be on hand at the St. Louis County Library
as well, (projected to be there in June of 2014.)

Beyond St. Louis
St. Louis was the major settlement in Missouri for the Irish early on,
but they are found in every county, and particularly in Kansas City,
St. Joseph and many more cities. Don’t forget the Irish Wilderness
that was settled in southeastern Missouri by Fr. Hogan. I’ve included
that in the book, and visited there too. St. Louis is a major repository
for records, so include it on your next research trip.

My Next Blogs will include:
Books on our list that will not be reprinted, so get it now.
Sean Nos song, dance and music gathering report, Sean Nos organization.
We’ll be bigger at the Dublin, Ohio Irish Fest this year. ( a special treat in store)
Live streaming video of genealogy notes from me, when and how…

Till next time,
Mike OLaughlin
author, publisher,
The Irish Genealogical Foundation
The Irish Roots Cafe and Hedge School
The Irish Roots Cafe house band (as gaeilge and English)
since 1978

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