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Trivia Test Results. Irish Language dates

Our Trivia Test
The Irish Roots Cafe house band played last
week, and we set up the Irish trivia contest.
The previous year I also prepared the trivia
test, but a few folks thought it might be too
easy, so this year I took it up a notch…
a big notch it seems..

The Questions
Well, there were 50 questions, and the high
score was 14 correct out of the 50. Here is
a question I prepared. I knew it would fool
a few, but it even got the historians…
How many leaves are on a lucky Shamrock…

King James Irish Army List described
One of our books nearing sellout

Not one correct answer. I will only tell you
that there is no difference between a lucky
Shamrock and a normal Shamrock.

Luckily, one person knew what country the Irish
got their flag from, and most knew where the
Cliffs of Moher were. Other than that it was
a low rate of positive responses, including
the location of the Lee and Liffey rivers.

Next time
Next year I will have a two part quiz. 20 easy
questions, like the colors of the Irish flag,
and then 5 hard questions. We’ll give a prize
for who ever does best on each one. It’s the
only way to keep everyone happy…

The house band
Meanwhile, the band is keeping Irish language
week in full force with a nice selection of
songs in Irish gaeilge. We of course, still
balance out the show with English language
songs, unless otherwise requested.

Here is our current schedule
Irish Language week(s) Seachtain na Gaeilge
March 15. Louisburg, KS, March 15, Irish Dinner 6:00
March 17, Californos in Westport. 11:30 to 1:00
March 17, Conroys Public House, 2:00 to 5:00
April 23, Irish gathering in Weston at the Celtic Ranch
April 24, Session to be announced
April 25, Irish gathering in KC at Brownes Irish Market
April 26, House session to be announced
April 27,(closing event.
June 14, 15, Scottish Highland Games, Riverside, Missouri
Aug. 30, KIrksviille, MO, Harvest Festival Fundraiser

Remember to support the rare books that
we publish and author. It keeps the
wheels turning for everything at

My Next Entry will be on
The Sean Nos gathering, calling singers, dancers and students.
Final details being arranged… Be There..
We’ll also be teaching folks to sing the chorus to an Irish
language song….so stay tuned to our events

Mike O’Laughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe and Hedge School
The Irish Roots Cafe house band

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The Irish Roots Cafe
Seachtain na Gaeilge Irish Language week(s)

Sharing the Irish Language
Adding to my published collection of Irish Genealogy
and History works, The Irish Roots Cafe house band
has participated in Irish Language Week for a few years now.
What better way to extend your family connections…
We perform in Irish (gaeilge) and teach the audience
to sing a chorus or two in the Irish language, that would
be the language of my Irish ancestors.

The Midwest Connection
These shows are currently in Kansas and Missouri, but available
elsewhere, just contact me at
We can perform in educational settings as well as at
house parties and pubs.

The Irish Gathering 2014
Note that we are sponsoring the Irish gathering of sean nos
and old style song and dance in April (see link below).
We will introduce you to the old style upon which
much of modern styles have been built. So, if you want to learn
or want to perform, this is the place for you.
Very informal and public events, like sessions and house
parties. (note that the Irish Roots Cafe and the IRC house
band are two separate working groups that I am in.)

Our Sean Nos, old style, gaeilge and English, Shows
March 8. Gladstone, St. Andrews Church, Irish Dinner 5:30

March 8. Brownes Irish Breakfast, K.C., MO. 10:00

March 15. Louisburg, KS, March 15, Irish Dinner 6:00

March 17. Conroy’s Public House 2:00 to 5:00

April 23. Irish gathering in Weston at the Celtic Ranch
April 24. Session to be announced
April 25. Irish gathering in KC at Brownes Irish Market
April 26. House party to be announced
April 27. (Possible closing event.)

June 14, 15. Scottish Highland Games, Riverside

Aug. 30. KIrksviille, MO, Harvest Festival Fundraiser

So, support the use of Irish language in the next
week or two, and we’ll help you do it if you’d like.
Join us for the Irish gathering in April, contact me
today with any questions… No need to limit things to
a few days in March anymore….

All the best,
Mike OLaughlin
the Irish Roots Cafe

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