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The Irish Roots Cafe
A gathering of Irish in KC this April

Sean Nos Gathering
Come April 25, this year, there will be a gathering of sean nos singers, dancers, musicians, listeners, enthusiasts and fans. It is a peoples movement, intended to introduce many folks to the old style. In fact, most people in the Heart of America do not know what sean nos is. We are going to change that, on a zero budget, with real life experience, with a pub session or two, and a Deli session, for starters.

Free and Fun
So mark your calendar, and plan to visit Kansas City, MO. Yes, good old KC in April. While you’re there, drop in and share what you know, or learn a bit. You could even volunteer to guide a pub session in dance or song or music, and feel free to promote yourself or your events. These will be public venues, not formal workshops, as it now stands. No big fee to attend, it’s sort of a do it yourself set up, with a few folks around to guide you on your way. We could use a sponsor for some nifty T shirts for the 2014 sean nos gathering, bound to be a coveted collectors item.

Local and Out of Town
Come on along, especially from out of town, let us know you’re coming, we can add local sessions. We’ve got a grand couple of sean nos dance instructors flying in already. I can help with sean nos song, and many more folks lining up right now…

Beginners and Curious are Welcome
Be it 100 or 1000 participants, it will be a mighty meeting in KC this April…. no charge for sessions.

Here is the event page on FB, your lifeline to the event.

Mike OLaughlin since 1978
Irish Roots Cafe and Hedge School

p.s. Please do respond if this sounds like a fun, if unconventional event.

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Podcast 213 – From the Irish Roots Cafe
Irish in America, part 5, audio edition.
Audio Run Time: 1:09 from

Todays Blog contains a few notes from my free audio book
podcast which will soon be posted at:

The hardcopy edition of this book is at Amazon and:

Audio Edition of the First Book on the Missouri Irish.
The Original History, with genealogical notes,
by Michael C. O’Laughlin, as read by Molly Nickle:

More Famine Irish; The Murphy Wagon,
Fr. Donnelly; Kansas City Irish settlements

I opened this section of the book,
“Joseph Murphy left town and climbed the fabled Indian Mound,
pondering his dilemma. He had arrived in St. Louis, parentless
at the age of 13, and built up a small wagon trade..”

Joseph Murphy
Todays excerpt covers the arrival of Joseph Murphy
as a young boy from County Louth. He became an
amazing success, his company building thousands
of wagons for the westward movement in America.

He was supposed to be greeted by family members
but they had left for parts unknown. So, he was
on his own when he arrived. I remember researching
the records looking for names of the Irish workers
on his wagons, but it seems there were more Germans
than Irish. The Irish worked well when they came
to work, but may have been a bit independent, so
the work force was primarily German according to
my sources.

We also find 30 illustrations or more, from my
collection on the Irish in Missouri, including
the famous and infamous, maps and extracts.
I think Molly reads the list of illustrations on
the audio, but of course, we could not show them.

Irish in Kansas City
I then moved on to the Irish in Kansas City, virgin
territory when I started to research this book.
The early settlers are included, and of course, the
Fr. Donnelly saga, along with the story of the
first parades in the 1800’s and who was in them!
The Shamrock Society and the Hibernians were
the first organizations of record in the 1800’s.

First K.C. newspaper
St. Louis had its first two newspapers published
by Irishmen, and now we find the first was
printed by Kennedy in Kansas City. The name
of the paper was The Kansas Public Ledger
in 1851 when it first came out, and it was
published near the River in what is Kansas
City Missouri today. I think it was on Water
Street, which no longer exists.

Irish politics are always present, and there
were plenty in Kansas City. People complained
of the Irish controlling the city back in the
1870’s, and I included some quotes from the
papers of the day on that…work crews also
held many Irish names as listed in the paper.

The above are just a few tidbits from the book,
and you can listen to it on my podcast or hear
all 7 hours of ‘Missouri Irish’ on our CD.

Next is part 6, which covers the St. Patricks
Day Parades.
Then it is part 7, for the Irish Wilderness
settlement and Father Hogan.
Finishing with part 8commentary:
‘My Irish American Heritage’
Sullivan, Donahue, Buckley, Kelliher Cork, Kerry,
Civil War, Iowa, Missouri… Special guest reading
by Patricia Donahue (O’Laughlin)

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The Irish Roots Cafe
Box 7575
Kansas City, Missouri 64116

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– Thank you, Mike O’Laughlin

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