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News about the Irish & Irish American culture, music, news, sports. This is hosted by the Irish Aires radio show on KPFT-FM 90.1 in Houston, Texas (a Pacifica community radio station)



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Billy Carr, RIP

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 18:48:00 +0000

Dear Friends:It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that our dear friend, Billy Carr, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2011. We all know the Carr Brothers to be our greatest supporters and Billy was the glue of the family.  Billy, along with his brothers, Dave and Mike,  served as our 2010 Parade Grand  Marshals. Where ever there was Irish music, Billy was there playing his bones.  He was instrustmental in establishing the Irish Open and the Irish Stew Cook-off. There are so many wonderful things that we can say about Billy, but the most best think I can say is he was a friend always. He has gone to join his mother and his dear friends, Michael Davitt and Doc Kearns.  Heaven is more fun today since Billy is leading the Bones Band up there.St. Patrick, take care of our dear Friend.Mary KearnsHouston's St Patrick's Parade Coordinator [...]



Thomond O'Brien, RIP

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 08:06:00 +0000

http://www.startribune.com/local/127282988.htmlNWA pilot found plenty of causes to fight forArticle by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune Updated: August 8, 2011 - 11:34 PMThomond O'Brien took on Axis powers, alcoholism and Irish partition during his eventful life.Thomond O'BrienPhoto: Submitted, Star TribuneBuy PhotosStar Tribune photo galleriesview larger0comments resize text printbuy reprints src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.startribune.com%2Flocal%2F127282988.html&layout=button_count&show_faces=true&width=210&action=recommend&font=arial&colorscheme=light&height=21" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" style="border-top-width: medium; border-right-width: medium; border-bottom-width: medium; border-left-width: medium; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-color: initial; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; width: 118px; vertical-align: middle; height: 21px; "> src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets/tweet_button.html#_=1312876965549&count=horizontal&id=twitter_tweet_button_0&lang=en&original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.startribune.com%2Flocal%2F127282988.html&text=NWA%20pilot%20found%20plenty%20of%20causes%20to%20fight%20for%20%7C%20StarTribune.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.startribune.com%2Flocal%2F127282988.html" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" class="twitter-share-button twitter-count-horizontal" title="Twitter For Websites: Tweet Button" style="width: 110px; vertical-align: middle; height: 20px; ">A "feisty, big Irishman" with a knack for survival, Thomond O'Brien of Inver Grove Heights parlayed his experience flying with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during War II into a long career flying with Northwest Airlines.O'Brien, who was also involved in the Irish national unity cause and anti-alcoholism efforts, died July 31 from complications triggered by an aortic aneurysm. He was 86."He had the most extraordinary life," said his daughter, Caragh Bartness of Inver Grove Heights. "One of the most amazing things about him is how many times he survived when he shouldn't have."O'Brien was born in France and joined the RAF at age 16. On one raid, flying in formation under heavy fire, O'Brien was forced out of position by another pilot who was soon shot down while flying exactly where O'Brien should have been, Bartness said. While serving in Italy, O'Brien, informed that his unit was to be sent to England for Christmas, celebrated in a bar, where he got into a brawl. O'Brien's crew was held back as punishment in Italy, while the rest of his unit, flying back to England, crashed in the mountains."He was in trouble most of the time," Bartness said. "He pretty much worked his way down the ladder of success in the RAF. He was shocked to find himself alive at the end of the war."O'Brien followed his Irish sweetheart, Demaris, to New York City in 1950, married her the next year and in 1952 took a job with Northwest Orient, an airline based in Minneapolis that he thought might have been a crop-dusting outfit, Bartness said. But in time he was captain on flights across the Pacific. He retired in 1984.In 1970, on a family vacation to Hawaii, O'Brien broke his neck after being slammed to the ocean floor while body surfing. Told he would never regain use of his right arm and right leg, O'Brien recovered and went back to a Northwest cockpit two years later. He flew for more than 10 years after that.During that time, O'Brien was involved with Irish Northern Aid, a group founded in the United States that raised money for the families of Irish Republican Army members imprisoned during years of conflict with British forces in Northern Ireland, his daughter said. He also turned away from his bar-fighting past, achieving sobriety in 1970 and helping others battle alcoholism, Bartness said."A lot of kids have their dads with them because my dad mentored them and help[...]









The Irish Aires Daily is out ! Edition of Sunday, Jul. 10, 2011

Sun, 10 Jul 2011 09:32:00 +0000

The Irish Aires Daily body{width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;padding:0;} a, a:link{color:#008bd8;text-decoration:none;} a:hover{color:#004f90;text-decoration:underline;} a.art-title, a.art-title:link, a.art-title:visited, a.art-title:active{color:#000000;text-decoration:none;} a.art-title:hover{color:#004f90;text-decoration:underline;} a.topic-links, a.topic-links:link, a.topic-links:visited, a.topic-links:active{color:#444444;text-decoration:none;} a.topic-links:hover{color:#004f90;text-decoration:underline;} img{border:none;display:block;} .email-wrapper{background-color:#dddddd;width:100%;padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:30px;display:block;}     The Irish Aires Daily   Sunday, Jul. 10, 2011 HEADLINE Will Telephones Disappear By 2018? The world continues to change around us. I have written a number of times about telephone service that runs on the Internet instead of on old-fashioned telephone lines. These are usually referred t...   dickeastman     FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS   dickeastman sinnfeinireland [...]



The Irish Aires Daily is out ! Edition of Saturday, Jul. 09, 2011

Sat, 09 Jul 2011 10:32:00 +0000

The Irish Aires Daily body{width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;padding:0;} a, a:link{color:#008bd8;text-decoration:none;} a:hover{color:#004f90;text-decoration:underline;} a.art-title, a.art-title:link, a.art-title:visited, a.art-title:active{color:#000000;text-decoration:none;} a.art-title:hover{color:#004f90;text-decoration:underline;} a.topic-links, a.topic-links:link, a.topic-links:visited, a.topic-links:active{color:#444444;text-decoration:none;} a.topic-links:hover{color:#004f90;text-decoration:underline;} img{border:none;display:block;} .email-wrapper{background-color:#dddddd;width:100%;padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:30px;display:block;}     The Irish Aires Daily   Saturday, Jul. 09, 2011 HEADLINE Irish banks more and more reliant on emergency ECB funding · Business ETC The Irish and European Central Banks have increased their lending to Irish banks.Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandIRELAND'S BANKS BECAME even more reliant on funding from the European Central ...   thejournal_ie     FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS   thejournal_ie dickeastman [...]



The Irish Aires Daily is out ! Edition of Monday, Jul. 04, 2011

Mon, 04 Jul 2011 08:27:00 +0000

    The Irish Aires Daily   Monday, Jul. 04, 2011 HEADLINE This July 4th an Irish Vietnam war hero prays for a miracle By NIALL O'DOWD , Publisher of IrishCentral Published Sunday, July 3, 2011, 7:41 AM Updated Sunday, July 3, 2011, 7:41 AM   Oliver Warnock Oliver Warnock, 72, a seriously ill, Irish-born decorated ...   IrishCentral     FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS   IrishCentral breakingnewsie News_Irish [...]



The Irish Aires Daily is out ! Edition of Sunday, Jul. 03, 2011

Sun, 03 Jul 2011 08:21:00 +0000

    The Irish Aires Daily   Sunday, Jul. 03, 2011 HEADLINE Irish Nationwide chief encouraged staff to take out loans · TheJournal EX-IRISH NATIONWIDE chief Michael Fingleton encouraged staff to take out loans and invest in property, an employment appeals tribunal has heard.Brendan Beggan is taking a case of unfair dismissal a...   thejournal_ie     FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS   thejournal_ie RTEnewsIreland IrishCRoots [...]



The #IrishAires Daily for June 28, 2011 is ready!

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 23:55:00 +0000

  The #IrishAires Daily Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2011HEADLINEA 'case study in mismanagement' – Irish oil company's view of Shell at Corrib · TheJournalA Shell to Sea slogan painted on an abandoned house just outside of Rossport village in Co. MayoImage: [File photo] Photocall IrelandTHE MANAGING DIRECTOR of an Irish oil and gas company has said t... wildrover1916  FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS wildrover1916 TABLE OF CONTENT6 articles, 0 photos and 0 videos by 1 contibutorsBusiness2Technology2Living1Art & Entertainment1#irish6#irishaires6OTHER HEADLINES OF INTEREST TODAYIrish Politics, Current Affairs and Magazine Archive - Politico.iePublished on The Irish Aires Dailypolitico_ieIreland Warns Israel Against Attacking Second Gaza FlotillaPublished on Going ForwardJnoubiyehAbout this email(If you have not requested this notification or wish not be notified anymore of this paper's updates, delete subscription.)  jay [...]



The Irish Aires Daily for June 28, 2011 is out!

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 08:57:00 +0000

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The #IrishAires Daily for June 24, 2011 is out! & WE ARE OFF TO DUBLIN!

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:30:00 +0000

We are off to Dublin & Limerick for a few days.  I will not be able to post much news in the next couple of days.IrishAires  Search this siteKPFT's IRISH AIRES (www.IrishAires.us)Current EventsIrish Aires Fund RaiserIrish Aires Email ListsIrish Aires Daily NewspaperIrish NewsOngoing Events & AnnouncementsHouston Irish/Celtic LinksIrish LinksIrish Aires Tribute to 9/11 VictimsSitemap269days until Houston's St Patrick's ParadeEdit sidebarKPFT's IRISH AIRES (www.IrishAires.us)‎ > ‎CLICK HERE to link to Irish Aires DailyAttachments (0)Comments (0)  jay [...]



The #IrishAires Daily for June 22, 2011 is out!

Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:42:00 +0000

IrishAires  Search this siteKPFT's IRISH AIRES (www.IrishAires.us)Current EventsIrish Aires Fund RaiserIrish Aires Email ListsIrish Aires Daily NewspaperIrish NewsOngoing Events & AnnouncementsHouston Irish/Celtic LinksIrish LinksIrish Aires Tribute to 9/11 VictimsSitemap269days until Houston's St Patrick's ParadeEdit sidebarKPFT's IRISH AIRES (www.IrishAires.us)‎ > ‎CLICK HERE to link to Irish Aires DailyAttachments (0)Comments (0)  jay [...]



Video: Tom Horan, Leading Irish American Leader, loses his Leg, but not his spirit

Wed, 22 Jun 2011 07:27:00 +0000

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Tom Horan, one of Houston's leading Irish American leaders (and a huge fan of KPFT's Irish Aires), loses his leg but not his spirit. 

From KTRK (Channel 13) in Houston (Video & article):

 jay




The #IrishAires Daily for June 20, 2011 is ready!

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:32:00 +0000

IrishAires  Search this siteKPFT's IRISH AIRES (www.IrishAires.us)Current EventsIrish Aires Fund RaiserIrish Aires Email ListsIrish Aires Daily NewspaperIrish NewsOngoing Events & AnnouncementsHouston Irish/Celtic LinksIrish LinksIrish Aires Tribute to 9/11 VictimsSitemap273days until Houston's St Patrick's ParadeEdit sidebarKPFT's IRISH AIRES (www.IrishAires.us)‎ > ‎CLICK HERE to link to Irish Aires DailyAttachments (0)Comments (0)  Recent Site Activity   Revision  jay [...]



The #IrishAires Daily for June 19, 2011 is out!

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:08:00 +0000

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The #IrishAires Daily for June 18, 2011 is ready!

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 00:14:00 +0000

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Failte32.org - Seasonal Job Openings in NY for Summer J1's, One Accommodation Opportunity, and Update on Action to Help Students in Houston...

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:00:00 +0000

From: Failte32 Failte32 Sent: Fri, June 17, 2011 4:03:42 AMSubject: Failte32.org - Seasonal Job Openings in NY for Summer J1's, One Accommodation Opportunity, and Update on Action to Help Students in Houston... Hi everyone   We had an immediate response to our appeal earlier today to assist 12 students in Houston.   Sincere thanks to:   Ned McGinley, Past National President Ancient Order of Hibernians (www.aoh.com), and Pat Carroll, Founder of Touch Communications (www.touchcommunications.ie) and Failte 32 Strategic Partner, who mobilized their contacts in Texas to try to help these students.   Conor Doyle, who has lived in New York for the past five years, and currently works for the City of New York, and currently has a number of seasonal positions in the food/accommodation/retail/waitressing etc. sectors in NY that can pay up to $11 per hour. These jobs are ideal for Summer J1 visa holders, and are part of the City's very smart strategy of supporting in a meaningful way start up businesses, which are the main engine of growth in our economy. You can contact Conor at cdoyle@nycbusiness-solutions.com . Although it's Summer, please present yourself at an interview in a professional manner to maximize your chances of getting one of these positions.   Anne Doherty: "I heard, today, that there are some J-1ers still without accommodation.  I rent out a room in my apartment from time to time but usually to mature, working professionals; however, if you know of anyone who is stuck -- preferably female, quiet, clean, responsible and working, who comes recommended -- I would consider making an exception.  Maybe someone who just needs a stop-gap for a couple of weeks or a month.  It's a large, light-filled apartment in a safe building, nothing fancy but convenient to public transportation -- only 2 blocks from the A, C and 1 subways. Rent negotiable.   Anne Doherty



Poll: Should there be a united Ireland?

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:42:00 +0000

http://www.thejournal.ie/poll-should-there-be-a-united-ireland-157741-Jun2011/?utm_source=shortlinkPoll: Should there be a united Ireland?2 hours ago 2,397 Views  45 Comments Share126  Tweet11Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom and President Mary McAleese of Ireland, during the former's visit to the Republic last month.Image: Maxwells/PA WireA NEW POLL has shown that a clear majority of people in Northern Ireland want the province to remain part of the United Kingdom  - with 73 per cent of respondents favouring remaining part of a single state with Britain.Perhaps surprisingly, however, the majority of the Catholic community in the North – which has traditionally been perceived as being in favour of unification with the Republic of Ireland to form an all-Ireland sovereign state – now also seems to prefer remaining in the UK.Just a third of Catholic respondents to the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey said they wanted to join the Republic – down from 56 per cent five years ago – while 52 per cent of Catholics wanted either to be directly ruled by London or to retain the status quo of devolved power within the UK.But what do you think? Irrespective of your background, or location, today we simply ask: should there be a united Ireland?Poll Results:Waning support for united Ireland among Northern Catholics >  jay [...]