Irish anti-defamation League, Where the River Shannon Flows in America
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
. 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.

Anti-discrimination Group
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

where River Shannon
About Your Session Leaders

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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Irish Families genealogy and history show on YouTube. Top 10 Irish Discography Irish Discography
with Mike at the Irish Roots Cafe

New Projects
Irish Family Shows are now uploading to YouTube.
We have over 100 videos on Youtube at present,
and are expanding into even more genealogy and
history videos, as well as old style song.
We begin today with the videos below from our
Irish Families podcast, (the worlds first Irish
genealogy podcast series)..

1 KU World Class Irish Collection, Spencer Library p.1, Hickey Family, Co. Dublin. 200
2 KU p2 OHagerty, KU defeats Notre Dame, Moloney name, Donegal Ireland books if 201
3 Co. Kerry Ireland, Talbot surname, Donahue of Glenflesk show 197
4 Co. Clare Ireland, genealogy, Leahy, Ghosts, Irish Families #199
5. Co. Cork Ireland, genealogy, (Mac) Cormic, Queenstown, Irish Families #195

Our Discography
We have created a nice selection of physical
CD’s and DVD’s over the years here at the
Irish Roots Cafe. Here is the list..

Irish Roots Cafe Discography, Our Top 10
1) Return to Irish Roots (DVD) interactive sampler 2010.
2) Irish Song and Recitation (CD) 2011.various artists w commentary
3) Hedge School History of Ireland (CD) Best of our podcasts. 2011.
4) Hello Fada, curious notes on Irish language. (CD) 2011
5) Missouri Irish the original history (CD) The audio book on CD. 2011
6) Irish Genealogy, tips from Mike O’Laughlin (CD) Best of seminars 2011
7) Irish Video Shorts. (DVD) 2011 various short topics, genealogy, heraldry
8) Irish Song: Traditional and Sean Nós (CD) 2013. Irish (Gaeilge), English
9) Irish Old Style (CD) 2014. Songs. Mastered in Dublin, Ireland. ”
10) Ireland by Land & Sea (CD) 2015. Songs. ” ”

One more reason why “every day is a holiday”, at the Irish Roots Cafe.
Looking forward to more books, Videos, and songs in the coming year.
From our Headquarters in Kansas City, wishing you well…

Mike O’Laughlin
The Irish Genealogical Foundation
The Irish Roots Cafe

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