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New Broadcast Series
The 6th broadcast series from the Irish Roots Cafe
has been launched. The thene of this new historical
series is ‘ Lessons from the Irish Hedge Row’.  It is so
named in honor of the Irish Hedge Schools dating back
to the Penal days in Ireland.

Hedge School Tradition
These schools were neither state nor church sponsored,
as both were outlawed for Catholics at the time.  A unique
form of school started up in those harsh times, often by the
sunny side of a hedge row.  The residents of the area
would hire a local scholar or itinerant teacher to teach
the children, in defiance of the authorities.
Your Hosts
The two hosts, Michael C. O’Laughlin and Peter Reilly Adams
have been teaching and presenting Irish History projects
for more than 60 years combined.  O’Laughlin is the worlds most
published author in the fields of Irish genealogy and Irish podcasting,
and Adams has taught at every level of education, including university.
Both have organized and run tours of Ireland since the 1980’s.
Answers Your Questions
Those curious about Irish history, events and persons are
encouraged to call or email questions that may be featured
on the next episodes.

This podcast series is available on the Irish Roots Cafe Home Page at:

To listen or subscribe for free to the Irish Hedgerow History lessons on iTunes click below:

Name of Series:
Irish Hedgerow History Lessons : People, Places, Events, Travel

Irish, Ireland, History, Politics, Immigration, Travel, Legend, ancient, modern, culture

History Lessons from the Irish Hedgerow

Ask about High King Brian Boru; pirate Queen Grace O’Malley; Irish politics and
DeValera; The Great Famine; Wild Geese; Vikings; Normans; Genealogy and
Family History; Travel; Irish Song; The Black Irish; The Troubles; The Dance Master;
and The Seanachies, just for starters !

The Hedge School, is here now, to answer your questions.  Michael O’Laughlin
and Peter Reilly Adams are continuing 60 years of experience as teachers;
performers; and authors in the field of  Irish studies. They also include the influence
of the Irish in America, Canada, Australia and the U.K…..

( See the five different broadcast series from on Irish Genealogy;
Song; local history; and Video shorts – all on iTunes and at )


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#20 – Irish Song and Recitation Festival at the Irish Roots Cafe

Sean Nos, Irish Dancing, Set Music
The Irish Way, Dance Masters

Our third interview session with Michael Collier,
Advance Shownotes continued from the last week..

Sean Nos
The revival of Sean Nos step dancing which has survived
in Galway.  This is a type of solo step dancing, no kicking
up however….. It is spontaneous in nature, something of
a Jazz feel to it perhaps….. Never twice the same !
Only a few teachers in the U.S., one in Boston, one in
Seattle, another in Washington DC area, that we can
recall at the moment….

Video out
DVD video is out showing ‘12 steps’ of Sean Nos, and
that will provide some building blocks for learning the

The Music
We also talk about the speed of music and the revival
of dance in the 80’s and 90’s…. first they thought it
might have been too fast….now it might be thought
too slow… traditional instruments, modes, grace notes..
in homes, in pubs, small groups…. rural variations lost
today… Clare had its own style…. Kerry and Cork…
A Polka in Clare would be different than in Kerry for

The Irish Way
Remember there are many types and styles. Remain
flexible when you encounter another style of dance
even if it goes by the same name as what you learned.
The dance master…. a few remaining.
Dublin tries to make terms uniform, which of course,
is almost doomed to failure.  Meeting Irish dancers in
Japan… the number of pubs in Ireland … many of which
have gone under…. pub licensing…. doing ‘The Set’.

Our thanks to Michael Collier, who appeared at this
years Irish Song and Recitation Festival, taking
the certificate for ‘Best of Show’ Recitation, year 5.

Listen to the complete Chat & Sing episodes here:


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About Your Host
The worlds most published author his field,  Mike
O’Laughlin  has written 40 books; edits 2 newsletters;
publishes the works of 10 Irish authors; and has
written over 700 articles. He also hosts three broadcast
series, including the first weekly podcast on Irish
Family History ever produced.

His works include a 34 book set on Irish Family
Research and classic reprints like  The Annals of Ireland
by the Four Masters.

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