Dateline Irish on Echoes of Erin

with Diane Byrnes

Good Morning Friends,


Happy May Day to you!  In ancient history this is Bealtaine!  As a pagan holiday, May Day is quite old, it was designated as a holiday to promote and celebrate fertility, as well as a chance to celebrate the end of the cold winter months, as the first day of May was also the beginning of summer.  May Day is a celebration of the seasons changing as well as a day to celebrate workers' rights.  Especially in Europe, this has been a pretty big holiday with parades and celebrations.  A definition on Google is:  the first day of May, long celebrated with various festivities, as the crowning of the May queen, dancing around the Maypole, and, in recent years, often marked by labor parades and political demonstrations.  Interesting!


The Ireland Report comes to us from Donegal with Patricia Sharkey.  Our sponsor for this segment is the Knights of Equity with Mike Culhane as Worthy Sir Knight (president).  My heartfelt thanks to the AOH Allegheny Board with John Tarpey as President for being the Sponsor in April.  The topic for The Top of the Hour Moment is on the “Hunger Strike Mural” created by Michael Doherty and sponsored by St. Michael the Archangel, AOH, Division 9 in Oakland.  Welcome aboard Division 9!


Dateline Irish is a bit more populated today.  Activities are beginning to open, not too much, but just enough for us to begin to go out again.  The hospitality industry and arts & culture really need a boost, as they have been greatly impaired by this pandemic.  You can usually catch a Meal & Music at our local Irish Pubs (Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle and O’Reilly’s Pour House).


Coming up this month are a few telephone interviews – next week with Brian Dunphy of The High Kings.  We were to talk on April 18 but that did not happen, so he will be back next week.  Then on May 16 I have Jack Bodkin, he wrote a really interesting family history “Briarhill to Brooklyn” I thought it quite interesting, in fact I could not put it down until I finished it.  Then closer to the end of the month I will have Jack Webber, we are working on a date.  Jack usually has much to offer as  he does so many interesting things.


I hope you enjoy the show today, you could call it a lesson in history as it is the 40th Anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strikes. (My, my, time has passed very quickly)! Tune in Sunday @ 12:30pm on WEDO 810AM on your dial.  You can also listen to a re-broadcast on Wednesday afternoon, ONLINE @, once you are here then click on Listen Live, this will bring you right up to the program.


OK this is it, so take care and have a very enjoyable weekend.




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