Irish Language, Song, History, Genealogy Sessions Launch

From the Irish Roots Cafe Broadcast Network.
News and Notes from

Program Launch:
The Irish Hedge School Experience
Three hedge teachers will hold special sessions on
February 13, 2010 at the Irish Museum in Union Station
in Kansas City, Missouri.  Sessions will run from 1:00 till 3:00.
With special displays on hand after the interactive classes.

Expert teachers
Each teacher hosts an international broadcast program
in their field of expertise at (see below)

Hedge Schools
Hedge teachers arose in Ireland when school was forbidden
to the Irish, so they taught whenever and wherever they could,
bringing the word to the people !  Broadcasting online since
2006, this is the first launch of the hedge school in the U.S.

Sessions include:
Special informal sessions included this day include:

1) The Irish Language, perhaps an Irish language song to boot !
2) Irish Song and Recitation in English! Sing along if you’d like.
3) Irish History throughout each session.
4) Irish Genealogy, DNA signup, Rare Books, Missouri Irish

Your Hedge School Teachers are experts in their fields:

Renata Henley
Renata teaches Irish Language locally at the Irish
museum, and online at the Hedge School. She hosts the
international ‘Hello Fada – accent on the Irish’ broadcast.
Renata learned the language in Ireland, and studied among
the native speakers on the west coast.   Her topics include
mythology, Irish Song, folklore and archaeology.
She will also display items from her Irish jewelry endeavors –
” an Stór “, and you are welcome to partake after sessions.

Peter Reilly Adams
Peter has taught at every level of education, is a noted musician
and talented vocalist, holding several degrees, including one in
History. He has been to Ireland nearly 30 times, as both guide
and tour operator. He hosts two international broadcasts at, including the Hedge Row History of Ireland;
and the Irish Song and Recitation Festival.

Mike O’Laughlin
Mike is the worlds most published author in the field of Irish
genealogy; wrote the first book on the ‘Missouri Irish’ in 1984;
publishes rare Irish books;  and founded the first Irish Family
History Broadcast in 2006.  Mike will bring along works from
every county in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In all, the Irish Hedge school now has over 100,000 downloads
per month for their audio courses and blogs.  Come see what
all the excitement is about !  For more details:
contact the Irish Museum, or the hedge school directly at

Here is an outline of the days schedule:

An Afternoon at the Irish Hedge School

I. Open with Hedge School Song by hedge teachers
A) brief notes on The Hedge Schools and Teachers
B) About our hedge school and sessions

II. Birth of Hedge Schools
a) teacher 1:   Wild Geese, Flight of the Earls
b) teacher 2:  Civil War era
c) teacher 3:  Language notes

(Depending on crowd size, we will break into 3 group sessions)
III.  The Irish Language, as you like it
IV.  Irish History through song, sing along if you like.
V.    Irish Family History; DNA test; Rare Books; Sean Nós

VI.  Closing
a) Q & A. – the end of the Old Hedge Schools
b) Close with Group song in Irish
c)  Meet the hedge school staff !
Services available from hedge teachers & school
in the lobby, including the Irish Families Project,
books, DVD’s, Irish jewelry for Valentines Day & …..

– Handouts and displays included –

Reserve your space today as room is limited for the launch
The Irish Hedge School Experience
To reserve your seat contact the Irish Museum at:
or email me directly at

The Irish Hedge School Experience is available for your special
group or event, anywhere in North America.  You can listen to
our session leaders online at – just look
for the free podcasts !

About Mike

Mike is the worlds most published author in his field, with over 40 books, 700 articles, two newsletters, a blog, 200 podcasts and 170 videos. He also publishes rare books like "The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters" and Keatings "History of Ireland". Mike also sings in the Irish (Gaeilge) Language, with 3 albums to his credit. Mike descends from the O’Loughlins of Kilfenora, County Clare, and the O’Donahues of Glenflesk, County Kerry and also bears Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots. He has led tours to Ireland and maintains a 3,000 volume Irish library.
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