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Curious news and notes with Mike O’Laughlin
at The Irish Roots Cafe

Have we got a deal for you
Yes, our house band sings in Irish and English,
and gives a bit of history along with our songs.
We like to chat with the audience, and now we can
chat and sing with you directly online and live.

From my living room to yours
You can hire us to do a show for you from anywhere
in the world. We gather in my living room, and then
sing, chat and play for you live, over the internet.
All you need is a laptop or desktop computer with
a camera. (If your friends can’t be with you to watch
the show, you can give them the link to the show and
they can join the event too.)

Leave your comments
You can type in comments and requests on the screen
as we play and sing. Of course, you may want
to let us know ahead of time what you prefer…
Would you prefer most songs in Irish or in English,
or do you have a question for us….
Would you like to hear that ‘special’ song…
You’ll be able to let us know by email ahead of time.
Reserve your show time now…….

How you can use this show
How might you use this opportunity…….
A Gift to a friend.
As a highlight for a special event.
As a special ‘night out’.
For an Irish party or birthday
For Irish song night
For a tribute to an Irish singer
A way to learn about old style ‘Sean Nos’ song

The Details
The details are flexible, and you can have us
do a show for you, live and online from $150.
(time and number of musicians may vary).
The technology is new, so it helps to have a
fairly modern computer. See me for details.
The Irish Roots Cafe house band members include
Mike O’Laughlin (myself), Stevie Wilson Davis,
Megan Illidge, and Rob Koke, depending on the
date of the event.

for info or to reserve a date for an informal show,
email me at

About the author of this blog
Vocalist with the Irish Roots Cafe house band,
Mike O’Laughlin performed in the first all Irish
language stage show of its kind in the mid-west,
and was ranked as the number one Celtic artist in the U.S.
in 2012 on Reverbnation (9 months consecutively).

Mike is also the most published author in his field.
Since 1978 he has authored 60 Irish genealogy and history
books, 40 CD’s-Videos, 300 podcasts, and 1,000 articles.
Having written books on every county in Ireland, he also
publishes rare works in both Irish and English, including
‘The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters’.
His works can be found at

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Updates for Oct. 31, 2013

News and Updates
First, our Irish house band live online show.
Let’s see, we went live online on Sunday
and the video song show went well. A few
computers out there were too old to handle
the video, and a Dublin time change threw
things off for some.

Time Zones
Never realized how important it is to be
aware of EDT and EST…etc. Daylight Savings
Time and Standard Time differences. When you
are broadcasting world-wide, it requires some

Live Worldwide
We used, and got live
comments on the screen from Chris in Australia,
Tony in Dublin, Ireland, and several states
in the U.S.. We figured out how to fit 3 people
on my computer screen (myself, Stevie, and Rob).

The Songs
All of my songs on this first show were in Irish,
including, Si do mhaimeo i, Oro Se, Cunnla, and
a few more. Stevie did her ‘Bean Phaidin’ in Irish
and backed me up on a few. Rob, came in with
guitar on a few as well. Hope you can tune in
for the next show… Send in your requests.

Irish Genealogy Books
I’ve just reprinted “County Mayo, Genealogy
and Family History notes
” with the full
color county map on the front cover. So, that
book is back in print in color.

Going out of print
I only have 10 copies or less of these two hardbound books
Families of County Cork, Ireland
Families of County Kerry, Ireland

Fortunately the two books below on Cork and Kerry are in stock
County Cork, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes
County Kerry, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes

My DNA Test
I am expecting the return of my DNA test to come
back this week. It will be interesting. I have joined
our own ‘Irish Families’ project group, which may
have matches in it already for my O’Laughlin and
Donahue lines. Will keep you posted as I go along here

About the Author
Mike O’Laughlin is a one of a kind resource. He has authored 12 hardbound books, 34 Irish County research guides, 40 CD’s/videos, 300 podcasts, 7 broadcast series’, and hundreds of articles. O’Laughlin also publishes rare works like ‘The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters’, and ‘Missouri Irish’ (60 works in all, since 1978). His personal library of 3,000 history and genealogy books is consulted daily.

Mike descends from O’Loughlin of Kilfenora, County Clare, and O’Donahue of Glenflesk, County Kerry, with Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots. His Irish tours and import catalogue began in the 80s as a result of his family history research. Visit him online at
You may also write to: Mike O’Laughlin, Box 7575, Kansas City, MO 64116

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