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Trivia Test Results. Irish Language dates

Our Trivia Test
The Irish Roots Cafe house band played last
week, and we set up the Irish trivia contest.
The previous year I also prepared the trivia
test, but a few folks thought it might be too
easy, so this year I took it up a notch…
a big notch it seems..

The Questions
Well, there were 50 questions, and the high
score was 14 correct out of the 50. Here is
a question I prepared. I knew it would fool
a few, but it even got the historians…
How many leaves are on a lucky Shamrock…

King James Irish Army List described
One of our books nearing sellout

Not one correct answer. I will only tell you
that there is no difference between a lucky
Shamrock and a normal Shamrock.

Luckily, one person knew what country the Irish
got their flag from, and most knew where the
Cliffs of Moher were. Other than that it was
a low rate of positive responses, including
the location of the Lee and Liffey rivers.

Next time
Next year I will have a two part quiz. 20 easy
questions, like the colors of the Irish flag,
and then 5 hard questions. We’ll give a prize
for who ever does best on each one. It’s the
only way to keep everyone happy…

The house band
Meanwhile, the band is keeping Irish language
week in full force with a nice selection of
songs in Irish gaeilge. We of course, still
balance out the show with English language
songs, unless otherwise requested.

Here is our current schedule
Irish Language week(s) Seachtain na Gaeilge
March 15. Louisburg, KS, March 15, Irish Dinner 6:00
March 17, Californos in Westport. 11:30 to 1:00
March 17, Conroys Public House, 2:00 to 5:00
April 23, Irish gathering in Weston at the Celtic Ranch
April 24, Session to be announced
April 25, Irish gathering in KC at Brownes Irish Market
April 26, House session to be announced
April 27,(closing event.
June 14, 15, Scottish Highland Games, Riverside, Missouri
Aug. 30, KIrksviille, MO, Harvest Festival Fundraiser

Remember to support the rare books that
we publish and author. It keeps the
wheels turning for everything at

My Next Entry will be on
The Sean Nos gathering, calling singers, dancers and students.
Final details being arranged… Be There..
We’ll also be teaching folks to sing the chorus to an Irish
language song….so stay tuned to our events

Mike O’Laughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe and Hedge School
The Irish Roots Cafe house band

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A Rerun of our annual ‘Shamerock’ award notice :

That may be a Clover
That you’re looking over
Cause that’s what a clovers for…

But if you want a Shamrock,
Remember to tell your flock –
A Shamrock has three not four !

(-From a Plaque from the south wall at the Irish Roots Cafe)

The First Annual It’s A Crying Shame Rock Award:

That may be a Four Leaf Clover that you are looking over, but sure as heck it’s not a Shamrock. Four leaf clovers are fine, but they are not Shamrocks. Be wary of those wearing and displaying too many four leaf clovers on St. Patricks Day !

It’s not the fault of the unfortunate four leaf clover. Have you forgotten ? The true Shamrock of St. Patrick has 3 leaves, and never 4. ( It was with this Shamrock that he explained the trinity, showing the existence of three in one.) As a result, we had to declare the 4 leaf clover the winner of the first annual, its a crying Shamerock award.

The Second Annual Shame Rock Award:

The second annual Shamerock award went to those who sell specific plaid kilt designs tied to specific Irish families! This is pure fiction. Kilts are beautiful and be sure to get one if it is your fancy. Irish families however, NEVER had family plaids and kilts like the Scots. Those who would pay heed to history will not spread this myth. Looks like a lot of folks are waking up to that fact. Here’s a note we received just the other day in response to the Irish Tartan Fraud, taken from this months Irish Roots Cafe member newsletter:

“We have attempted to get the word out for ages, and we’re gratified that somebody noticed.? We get lots of nasty email from people convinced to the contrary; usually, the supporters of Irish tartans justify their position with information provided by folks who want to sell them expensive skirts. As you can imagine, we find such documentation suspect.”

-We definitely agree!

If you would like to know how they really dressed I suggest you go to
The Website of the month.

Have a nomination for the next ‘Shamerock Award’ Send it to me. We may decide to use it for our next award.

taken from an article in the
2006 Journal of Irish Families 

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