with Mike O’Laughlin at the Irish Roots Cafe
Irish Rise Up
The first I heard of this group was
in connection with the noted old Irish
Song in America, Where the River Shannon
Flows. It was performed by the Russell
Brothers, of Ulster heritage.
Dressed as Irish Maids
The two brothers had been doing Irish
Maid type skits for decades. Here, the
brothers dressed up as Irish maids and
sang the song with some satire on stage.
On this day these actor/singers were pelted
with rotten tomatoes and the like, and their
careers would soon come to a halt. The protest
was supported by:
The Society for the Prevention of Ridiculous and
Pervasive Misrepresentation of the Irish Character.
The name of the group sounds like a fine Irish
composition. I am unsure if it was impromptu
or part of a growing movement. It would seem
that the Irish population fully supported it.
Then and Now
This event was dated around 1904. I think we
have overcome the problem in large part, save
for a few celebrations on St. Patricks day..
Somehow, the song became a favorite of the
Irish in years to come… Thank God, we don’t
need to spend our time protesting this song..
Todays Irish Chat & Sing Show
We chat about, and Peter sings, the song online here
Both Michael and Peter are graduates of Rockhurst University,
and have given lectures, exhibits, tours, and educational
seminars relating to Ireland since 1984.
Peter Reilly Adams
Peter traces his roots to the County Fermanagh and County
Cavan. Growing up in the City of New York and influenced by
the Irish neighborhoods, he was educated in Catholic Schools
all his life and was a member of the Augustinian Recollect
Order. Now in Kansas City, Kansas, he has a Bacholar
Degree in Philosophy, Theology and History and Masters
in Liberal Arts and Public Administration
He has taught at every level of education over the past 40
years and served as Assistant to the Mayor in Kansas City.
He was the host of the Irish Radio show, Celtic Crossings
and has led tours to Ireland for 23 years. He is a noted
musician and a talented vocalist.
Michael C. O’Laughlin
Mike O’Laughlin is the founder of the hedge school, with
roots in Clare and Kerry for starters.
He is the leading author and publisher of Irish Works
in the field of Irish Families, Genealogy and History.
Mike also sings in the Irish language (Gaeilge).
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