Dateline Irish on Echoes of Erin

with Diane Byrnes

Good Morning Friends,


Tomorrow The Ireland Report comes to us from Galway with Brian Nolan and is sponsored by The Pittsburgh Ceili Club with Bill Jameson as President.  The Top of the Hour Moment is on John Hume and is sponsored by Larry Brophy, friend and supporter of Echoes of Erin.


This was quite a week with many people we know or are familiar with in some way, have passed on. 


On August 1st, Michael McGeever the father of Mike McGeever and from Monroeville, passed on.  Michael was buried from St. Rosalia’s Church on Friday.  He is survived by his wife Catherine and children Maureen, Michael & Tricia and Grandchildren.  Rest in peace Mike!


On August 3rd, John Hume, Nobel Laureate for his work in Northern Ireland.  Mr. Hume is survived by his wife Pat and children, Terse, Áine, Aidan, John and Mo as well as siblings and grandchildren.  Mr. Hume was trained as a teacher who became the leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SLDP). 


On August 5th, Pete Hamill, was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and editor, he was described as "the author of columns that sought to capture the particular flavors of New York City's politics and sports and the particular pathos of its crime."


On August 6th, Cora Wyncoop McAuliffe Dixon, mother of Sarah McAuliffe Bellin passed.  Mrs. Dixon was 94 and in failing health, but reasonably OK.  She passed suddenly.  The details are still being made but there will be a short viewing at Forgie-Snyder in East McKeesport on Monday and burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in North Versailles.


May all of these folks rest in peace.  Please keep their families in  your prayers.


On a happier note, the Golf Outing sponsored by AOH Sean MacBride 32 is SOLD OUT for next Friday, August 14, but raffle tickets are available,

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Many groups and individuals are continuing to stream their performances, do a search on Face Book or Google, their pages should provide the information you are seeking.


I think this will be it for today, we will be so busy praying there won’t be much time for anything else.  A very sad week!






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