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    We are surviving the rain of April and even May so far -  now waiting for the flowers of May
    We had a great time in Chicago at the Comhaltas Convention and it is going to be there again next year the week after Easter which will be a little earlier next year – set your calendars  and if you want to practice the dance classes are still running at all locations until the middle of June.
    Happy Mothers Day to all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers and mothers to be
    Here are some events that you might like to participate in for the month of  May and some for June.  Check out June 3 and June 16.
    I will be sending out an email about the summer camps next week.
    Saturday May 6  - at 5 a.m. Darkness into Light - 5 k walk or run from  Jack Layton to Ireland Park  For Pieta House  register online at dil.pieta.ie    
    Not related to the above but for information you might not know where to turn for help - For anyone seeking help you can contact Finding Peace – Ridgers Individual and Family Centred Therapy  at  rodgerstherapy.com   647- 213-3306
    Saturday May 6  -  This year we are honouring Mary Kelleher as our Mayo Person of the Year   Please join us for the annual dinner/dance  of the Mayo Association at Le Treport Banquet Hall, 1075 Queensway E., Mississauga.  Cocktails 6 p.m.     Dinner 7 p.m.  sharp [please arrive in time out of respect for those doing the catering]           Music by:  Trish O’Brien Band       TICKETS:   $65  per person
    For tickets, or further information contact Kathleen at 416-748-9227 or Valerie at 647-342-2896
    Sunday May 7 -  AGM for Irish Club in Mississauga.  For members  - meeting starts at 2 and doors will be closed.  Anyone planning on going to the boxing – this is to let you know that is has been postphoned and information for will sent when re-scheduled.
    Tuesday  May 9 –  Set Dancing Class at the Corktown Irish Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton for more information contact Ann Gorman-McKinney (905) 549-9867 or email agormckinney@cogeco.ca     
    Saturday May 13 -  There will be a commemoration of the passing of Jane Kennedy (beloved wife of Kevin and mother of Samantha and ) at The Rose Studio Theater, 1 Theatre Lane in Brampton (Main/Queen)  from 1:30 – 4:30.   If you would like to attend to see the family you would be most welcome
    Saturday May 13 -  Rose of Tralee Selection Ball at King’s Garden Banquet Hall, $85.00  All inclusive.   For more information contact Shannon Rushe torontoroseoftralee@hotmail.com  or Paddy Canavan 416-206-8670
    Sun. May 14 - Maja & David  (David Boulanger of La Bottine Souriante, and his Danish partner Maja Kjær Jacobsen) AT Chaucers's Pub, 122 Carling St., London   $20 Advance / $25 Door
    Advance tickets for all concerts can be purchased at  Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade (725 Fanshawe Park Rd W), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant 
    For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com
    Tuesday May 16   -  Documentary on FORGOTTEN – to be shown at Amsterdam Brewery
    May 20, WORLD FIDDLE DAY 2017!  At Aga Khan Museum 
    website: worldfiddledaytoronto.ca to get all the latest information.  

    We expect this year's World Fiddle Day to be an absolutely wonderful experience, but we can't do it without you! The afternoon, as always, is devoted to the Around the World Jam with our incredibly excellent House Band. AS IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH, we have 5 (!) Guest artists this year, in two workshop periods in the morning (yes, that means you can take 2 workshops!) as well as an evening concert in the acoustically superb auditorium of the Museum itself. OUR GUEST ARTISTS this year are: Kousha Nakhai (Persian violin/kamanche), Pascal Gemme/Yann Falquet (Quebecois, flying in for the occasion), Anne Lindsay, Amely Zhou, and Etobicoke's own DnA (Andrew and Diana Dawydchak, Ontario Old TIme fiddle/stepdance).  We know it will be superb.

    The AGA KHAN is a beautiful facility, full of light, fountains and green space. We are thrilled to be invited to partner with them in this wonderful day of music sharing from around the globe. (We loved Fort York but we had to turn people away last year).  No, it's not downtown, but that makes it even easier to get to. By car, get off the Don Valley at Eglington, by TTC, it is a 20-minute bus ride from the Broadview Station. 
    Tuesday May 23–  Set Dancing Class at the Corktown Irish Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton for more information contact Ann Gorman-McKinney (905) 549-9867 or email agormckinney@cogeco.ca      
    Saturday May 27 -   Fundraising ceili for Pat McGuire at the Moose Lodge, Frood Road, Sudbury  from 7:30 – 12:00   Live music and dances called by Maureen Mulvey-O’Leary
    Sun. May 28 - CAIM (from Scotland) AT Chaucers's Pub, 122 Carling St., London   $20 Advance / $25 Door                                                                      Advance tickets for all concerts can be purchased at  Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade (725 Fanshawe Park Rd W), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), and Chaucer's/Marienbad Restaurant 
    For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com
    For Information call 519-319-5847 or e-mail folk@iandavies.com
    Tuesday May 30  at 4 p.m. there will be public lecture   GOD AND TERROR: AN UNHOLY HISTORY? by Richard English, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast at the Chapel Auditorium, Victoria University in the University of Toronto.
     (73 Queen's Park Crescent.  It's the old pinkish stone building with turrets,  (like Old City Hall, same architect), west of the archway at the dead end of St Mary Street (where you go to St Michael's College Charbonnel Lounge) or you can get at it from Queen's Park Cres.    Chapel is on second floor. )
    Friday June 2  -  Brian Taheny, Dan Mac Donald and Ross Griffith - North Atlantic Drift - are playing a bi-monthly gig at Rebel's Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton.
    Friday June 2  - Annual Cork Pub Night at the Galway Arms.   Master of Ceremonies and Music by Hugo Straney  $10 at the door.  For more information contact John Cawley  647- 285-0866
    Saturday June 3  -  Langan Gorman Branch of Comhaltas are organizing their second Ceili in the name of Eileen Kelly McLaren as a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House at the Dawes Road Legion, 9 Dawes Road just south of the Danforth – from 7 – 12,   All welcome – Families encouraged.   There will be live music and the dances will all be called by Maureen Mulvey O’Leary.    There will be some very fine women in our community who will be honoured as well.   More details soon.   If you cannot attend you can still donate to this wonderful organization who take care of families of sick children.
    For more information contact  Maureen  416-446-4993 or email moleary2001@rogers.com
    June 2-3 & 4  Irish Language weekend in Keswick contact Jim McSherry jamesmcsherry@rogers.com  or call 1 (905) 476-3040
    Sunday, June 4  for One night only,  The Brian Pickell Band  comprised of Brian Pickell on guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocals,  Shane Cook, fiddle, James Stephens fiddle, mandolin and viola, Pat O’Gorman, flute, pipes and whistle and Julie Schryer on keys. http://www.brianpickell.com/ at Shelly's studio.
    Space is limited in the studio so please book by emailing shellyromalis@rogers.com. so you won't be disappointed.  $20 at the door. 
    Sunday June 11Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthdayhttp://www.adayonthebridge.ca
    Enjoy food, fun, activities, arts and music on the bridge throughout the day, and then a gala fundraising dinner & grand ) finale celebration to cap off
    Calling all Ceilí and set dancers to help promote dance in Hamilton and to support The Cootes Paradise (Cootes to Escarpment Park System Conservation and Land Management Strategy)
    The Mountain Road band (formerly named the Hamilton Ceilí band) has two opportunities in June to play, and would like to include as part of the events, some ‘flash mob Irish dancing’.  
    Maureen Mulvey-O’Leary is organizing the dancing; the band will start as a musical 'flash mob'; then the dancers will join in.  
    DANCERS: If you are interested these are the dates.
    May 7th - rehearsal in Hamilton with whole band (perhaps another couple at the Corktown Pub on Tuesday nights at set dance classes)
    June 2nd - We’re hoping to do flash mobs at the Dundas Buskerfest as a warm-up for the following Sunday
    June 11th  - ‘A Day On The Bridge’  - noon until 5pm with 3 flash mob times and a one hour ceilí dance slot to invite audience participation.

    June 16 – Irish day from 10 am to 10 pm at Landsdowne Park in Ottawa more details to follow





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