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Small world. I used to work with George Carruthers years ago and was even a member of the Rhine Valley Irish Association that year too. Sad to hear that he died last year.

 

In fact, now I come to think of it, that's what I did for my 21st - went to their Christmas party! I even got up and sang something - no idea what but I do remember not being able to hit some of the higher notes (given that I sing second alto or tenor at need, you would think I'd know better) and some ohter woman giving me a very encouraging smile when I was struggling. She had been up singing before me and was absolutely fantastic. Wow, that's bringing back some memories now. Unfortunately I had a bit of a nervous breakdown towards the end of my time in Baden-Baden and spent a number of years suppressing everything so much that afterwards I couldn't even remember the names of the people I'd been working with. It was only fairly recently that I came across someone else called Carruthers that jogged my memory.

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I bet our paths crossed, too.

 

Btw, I am going to send a link to these posts to George's brother.

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Too bad there's no harp course offered at the school. Irish harp courses are very well-attended in Germany; I went to a few when I lived there. Maybe they'll add one in future years.

 

Speaking of obituaries, it's worth mentioning that Barry Raftery, chair of Celtic Archeology at UCD, and Ireland's leading scholar on the Celts, died on August 26 in Dublin. He was visiting professor of European prehistory in Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Munich in 1969-70.

 

Dr. Raftery was married to the sister of Daithi Sproule of Altan (my Irish songs teacher.)

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C., you studied with Daithi Sproule? I'm impressed. Missed Irish Fest this year (although my sister Caitlin, who lives in Milwaukee, went). Are you still in the upper Midwest, or heading south already...?

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By the way, does anyone have any suggestions about how best to watch/hear the All-ireland final on Sunday morning in the U.S.?

 

RTÉ1's website is damned confusing. I wouldn't want to click on the radio feed on Sunday morning and then discover I can't get it.

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It should be no problem to listen online - I listen to RTE radio almost every day through their website.

 

But to watch, you'll have to find your nearest Irish pub and see if they are showing it...

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By the way, does anyone have any suggestions about how best to watch/hear the All-ireland final on Sunday morning in the U.S.?

 

RTÉ1's website is damned confusing. I wouldn't want to click on the radio feed on Sunday morning and then discover I can't get it.

 

My cousin listened to the Dublin/Cork semi final online in Argentina two weeks ago

 

RTE's online service is excellent.

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Barry Raftery, chair of Celtic Archeology at UCD, and Ireland's leading scholar on the Celts

He also led the excavations (or whatever you call it when you hoist something out of a load of peat) of the Corlea Trackway, a very fascinating and mysterious wooden road dating from the Iron Age in the middle of the bogland near Longford. We were at the Corlea Visitor Centre only a couple of days after he died, black wreath on the door and all the staff sad and shell-shocked.

 

 

Or at least a few that get out and make an effort :-)

 

About time again, Corcaigh, isn't it? Dust off that banjo as well, why don't you.

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I guess I'll do a test run with RTE then, during the minor match, just to make sure. I just found their website a bit unclear -- as to whether they were going to be broadcasting at all. If anyone has a direct link I can click on and feels like posting it, that would be grand.

 

As for watching, my current local claimed that it was "too expensive" ... said it wasn't worth it. I don't even know why they call themselves an Irish pub -- they should call themselves "a local hangout for baseball-cap wearing frat boys with faux-Irish decorations and Guiness on draught."

 

They suggested I drive into Detroit and watch it with the people of the AOH at their hall. Ugh. Do not want to do that.

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Yes, thanks! I think that's it. I'm still fussing with it: did a trial run just a bit ago, and got hung up on the request for Real Player (as I use a MacBook Pro). But I went by another channel and got what I think was RTE 1 without sullying my Mac with Real Player... ;¬)

I'll try it out again Sunday before the main match starts, just to make sure.

 

I also spent a bit of time looking around here for someplace that was actually showing the final. It boggled my mind: two years ago, I was in sleepy little Columbia, SC when the GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final rolled around, and I had my choice of not one but two pubs where I could have seen it, both in the city, and a third down in N. Charleston. Here I am now near the Metro Detroit area and I can't seem to find one place that's got it on (searching most of SE Michigan and even over into Canada)... a lot of these websites are really amateur-ish too …sigh. Sometimes it's like they just posted some words: " Irish" blah blah "Guiness" blah blah ... "oh, and here's some bad pictures of last St. Patrick's Day!!" Pathetic. Sad really.

 

All these "Irish" places, even the ones that go in for sport, showing NFL or MLB or (gag) Premiere League this Sunday instead. They ought to have their licenses revoked.

 

/rant off -- sorry: I'm in a bad mood this morning. Thanks again for that link.

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Yes, thanks! I think that's it. I'm still fussing with it: did a trial run just a bit ago, and got hung up on the request for Real Player (as I use a MacBook Pro). But I went by another channel and got what I think was RTE 1 without sullying my Mac with Real Player... ;¬)

I'll try it out again Sunday before the main match starts, just to make sure.

 

I also spent a bit of time looking around here for someplace that was actually showing the final. It boggled my mind: two years ago, I was in sleepy little Columbia, SC when the GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final rolled around, and I had my choice of not one but two pubs where I could have seen it, both in the city, and a third down in N. Charleston. Here I am now near the Metro Detroit area and I can't seem to find one place that's got it on (searching most of SE Michigan and even over into Canada)... a lot of these websites are really amateur-ish too …sigh. Sometimes it's like they just posted some words: " Irish" blah blah "Guiness" blah blah ... "oh, and here's some bad pictures of last St. Patrick's Day!!" Pathetic. Sad really.

 

All these "Irish" places, even the ones that go in for sport, showing NFL or MLB or (gag) Premiere League this Sunday instead. They ought to have their licenses revoked.

 

/rant off -- sorry: I'm in a bad mood this morning. Thanks again for that link.

 

I'm surprised to learn that not one pub near you is showing the All Ireland final.

 

Is there a local GAA branch near you? have you tried them?

 

Are these links working where you are?

 

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/sport.html

 

http://www.rte.ie/radio/liveplayer2_av.html?1_real,http://dynamic.rte.ie/av/live/radio/radio1.smil,real,200

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I like the signs up in the buses in Dublin. quote = girls the poles are for hanging on to not dancing around = unquote.

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@Muller - the word on the street, so far as I could discern it, that the only place showing the All Ireland final is the Ancient Order of Hibernians Lodge in downtown Detroit. And even that is not confirmed. I got some mildly inebriated fellow on the line the other night who, as far as I could tell, didn't know a thing.

 

I've done numerous web searches, and so far I found a few places in the Midwest that were showing it: The Local, in St. Paul, MN (way too far), a few places in Chicago and Milwaukee. I think the big difference is that - for Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, even Cleveland - you have actual communities of Irish, people who know what a hurling stick looks like, and even hurling leagues.

 

In Detroit, the only team I know of it the Detroit Wolfetones, who play Gaelic football. I'm sure some of them might know, but I can't reach them as they are in Chicago today playing the team from Cleveland.

 

Of course, there may be places out there I don't know about: my search was based online, with not much telephoning about. But even the few soccer pubs don't seem to be showing it. The so-called Irish pubs in the Detroit area that do show sport seem to be mostly run by Irish-Americans fixated on the local teams in hockey, baseball, football, etc.

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FYI to anyone who might be interested, setanta-i.com has both matches (junior and senior) on Sunday for $19.99, I've just learned. You can then watch them on your laptop or desktop computer, provided your connection is good.

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Did find two places in the end that were showing it: one in Detroit and one in Sarnia, Ontario (Canada), but both want a cover charge: $20 Canadian for the place in Sarnia and $25 American for the place in Detroit. I like $19.99 in me PJ's with a big breakfast I can make myself! :P

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C., you studied with Daithi Sproule? I'm impressed.

And I'm lucky! I study songs and Irish language (but not guitar!) Daithi is extremely generous with his time, and has done a lot to bring really good Irish musicians to the Twin Cities, both to live here and to add it as a tour stop.

 

 

Missed Irish Fest this year (although my sister Caitlin, who lives in Milwaukee, went).

I did the trifecta of Upper Midwest Irish Fests this year: Minnesota, LaCrosse (small one in Wisconsin) and Milwaukee. It was my first time at Milwaukee, and I was well impressed, even though I was there on Friday night and it poured rain pretty much the whole time.

 

 

Are you still in the upper Midwest, or heading south already...?

Heading to Austin in about a month.

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