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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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The Irish Roots Cafe
Free 4 day Irish gathering first ever

To Go to the main event page for this event, click below.

Our Irish old style gathering will last 4 days
Relatively few know of or perform sean nos or old style
song or dance in America. Even fewer are acquainted with
these older forms of Irish song and dance in the heart
of America. Well, we intend to change that, one person
at a time during 4 days in April. April 23, 24, 25, 26.
All individuals are welcome to listen, learn and perform.
The full itinerary is below.

The Old Style Dance facilitators
Michael and Nyssa will be flying in from Boston for
the sean nos and set dance. Michael has 30 years of
experience in Irish dance, in both Ireland and coast
to coast in America. They will be teaching and
dancing each day during the gathering in Kansas City
and Weston, Missouri. You can listen to his interview
from the event page at

April 23 The Celtic Ranch, Weston, MO. 6 pm to 8.
Jam session. Micheal and Nyssa will teach. Free snacks
April 24 Conroys. music,song,dance, sessions 6 to 9
April 25 Browne’s Irish Marketplace K.C.MO. Five thirty to 9 oclock
dance instr., sean nos songs broadcast, 80s Irish music.
April 26 Session at Mikes Tavern, approx 3 to 6

Sean nos song, music, and dance instruction each day.
Streaming video songs broadcast April 25 at Brownes
Michael and Nyssa, our two dance facilitators daily
Irish Sean Nos old style dance and set dancing.
Sean Nos and Traditional Songs in Irish and English daily.
Irish Musician and Song sessions Weds, Thurs, Sat.
Talisman and Scartaglen interview and songs on 25th
Food and drink for a price at Conroys and Browne’s.
Free snacks at the Celtic Ranch.
All are welcome, it’s about the song not the singer

Dance Groups Past and Present
Dancers are invited to all events. We will print a one page history of your group in our program. Send it promptly
We honor old time local performers and dancers, from the Irish revival in the 1980s. I remember several at the KC Irish American Cultural Center in 1982, and starting the Clanna Eireann dancers, the bagpipe group…

Watch from anywhere in the world
We will broadcast sean nos Irish language songs live from Brownes starting at 7 pm Kansas City time, 6 EDT, after the dance segment. We will group sing Oro, Se do Bheatha Bhaile, to finish up the broadcast. You are invited to sing too. This is on Friday, March 25, for the song segment of that days event.

Your friends anywhere in the world can watch on Concert Window, 7 oclock KC time. Register now and they will send you a notice in advance. It is under the name Irish Roots Cafe on Concert Window here

Sponsored by
This program sponsored by the Irish Roots Cafe. The Irish Roots Cafe band performed the first all Irish language, song stage show in the midwest, and will be appearing at the upcoming Scottish Highland games this year, on Saturday and Sunday. Sponsors welcome in support of the Irish old style. contact for more information.

Current Approved Facilitators
Michael Collier
I began set dancing and ceili dancing at the same time in 1982, from Larry Lynch in San Francisco for sets and from Terry O’Neal and others at the Starry Plough pub in Berkeley. I performed ceili style dancing in groups in the Bay Area through the 80s to 1993. I also taught ceili dancing at the Starry Plough for about 8 years. My set dancing experience includes classes with Larry 6 tours with Larry to join with local dancers in the west and south of Ireland learn their dances and experience dancing with them. I have attended set dancing classes at the Willie Clancy Summer School 14 times learning from older dancers from Clare, than later from Larry, and more recently older Cork and Kerry sets from Tim the Brit McCarthy. On trips to Ireland I continue to visit the pubs where the locals gather to do their sets. I have also learned a few Donegal couples dances in Glenn Colmcille in the southwest corner of Donegal.

In two years in southern California,1993 to 94, in Redlands about 60 miles east of LA, I gathered people at my house to teach set and ceili dancing and joined with the group there to put on a couple of larger ceilis.
In the Boston area, beginning in 1995, I have taken some set dance classes from local teachers. I participate in regular ceilis and festivals with set dancing. I also taught older sets in this vicinity for a while. Then for a couple of years I took classes in sean nos step dancing from Kieran Jordan.
Nyssa Patten
Nyssa’s dancing CV matches mine since she started at class at the Willie Clancy Summer School in 2001. We actually met at a class in Boston the next year. We’ve been dancing every place together since then, from the same classes at the WCSS the pubs we love to visit for dancing in Ireland and to all the events here in the Boston area.
The photo I’ve attached is of us on stage at set and sean nos step dancing evening at the WCSS in 2011.

Mike O’Laughlin
A singer of old style Sean Nos song, learned by ear, sung solo in Irish, with historical context. He sang with the Irish Roots Cafe in the first all Irish gaeilge show in the midwest, and was honored to sing at the annual gaelic Mass in Kansas City. His album, Irish Song Traditional and Sean Nos, was placed in the Irish Traditional Music Archives on Sept. 1, 2013. It is one of the top 10 albums of Irish traditional song for 2013 via Tradconnect. Mikes songs range over four centuries, from Irish, Scots, and Cajun, to Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley.
Mike is a leading author and publisher of Irish Books, CDs, DVDs, and Videos on Irish family heritage. He descends from the OLaughlins and Kilmartins of Clare and the Donahues and Kellihers of Kerry.

Stevie Wilson Davis, (band member) sessions, video, Conroys (24th)
Robert Koke, (band member) sessions, posters
Megan Illidge, (band member) sessions, consultation
Bernie FitzPatrick, Dance groups contact.

See also The Irish Roots Cafe house band page at,

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