Monday, 26 May 2008

September 2008 Scots-Irish Festival

The Old Time Scots-Irish Music Street Festival
will held in the heart of the Ulster Diaspora in the Appalachian uplands in Dandridge, Tennessee, on the shores of Loch Douglas, on 27 September, 2008.
right, the band Bean Sidhe on stage at the 2007 event


Ól, ceol agus craic guaranteed.

For more information contact:

http://www.mainstreetdandridge.com/festival.htm

Gaeilge Montana... sounds like fun!

A dhuine uasail,

Bheinn ana bhuioch diot ach comhluadar na Gaeilge i do cheantar a chur ar an eolas faoin gcursa tumoideachais Ghaeilge a reachtalfar i mButte, Montana an samhradh seo idir 19 agus 26 Iul. Muinteoiri proifisiunta as Eireann a bheidh i bhfeighil na ranganna. Ta gach eolas faoin imeacht le fail ag http://www.irishmontana.com/ agus insa bhileog atathar a sheoladh chugat le cois na teachtaireachta seo. Seo an chead uair duinn i Montana ag tabhairt faoi thionscnamh den gcineal seo agus taimid ag brath ort agus ar ar gcomhleacaithe i ngluaiseacht na Gaeilge ar fuaid Mheiricea Thuaidh chun toradh a thabhairt. Ar doigh, ba mho na sasta a bheimis ardan a thabhairt d'aon imeacht do do chuid ag http://www.irishmontana.com/ ach na sonrai a chur chugam. Guim gach rath ort agus ar ghaeilgeoiri uile do cheantair.

Beir bua is beannacht,

Traolach O Riordain

The details below:

Montana Irish, Irish Immersion week 19 to 26 July

Cúrsa Tumoideachais sa Ghaeilgei mButte, Montana – 19 Iúl – 26 Iúl

For more information contact:

www.irishmontana.com

An immersion course in the Irish language and culture will be held this summer in Butte, Montana. This course is a non-credit course for all ages and focuses on imparting a conversational knowledge of Irish along with traditional music and the basic steps of the most popular Irish Céilí and set dances. • Classes begin at 9:00 and conclude at 5:00 with a break between 12:00 and 2:30 for lunch and recreational activity. • The evening program commences at 7:00 and varies from night to night to include dances, music and video presentations, talks and tours of the old town of Butte. • All classes are taught by professional teachers from Ireland with the aid of Irish language teaching assistants from The University of Montana [UM] Irish Studies program. • These young students have been learning Irish and how to teach the language as part of their course at UM. • If you interested in participating in this fun event, please go to www.irishmontana.com where you can learn more and sign up online.

Reachtálfar cúrsa tumoideachais i dteanga agus i gcultúr na Gaeilge an samhradh so i mButte, Montana.Is cúrsa neamhchreidiúnaithe é seo a fháiltíonn roimh gach aos is a dhíríonn ar labhairt na Gaeilge is ar bhunchéimeanna na rincí Gaelacha is mó le rá a thaispeáint don bhfoghlaimeoir.• Cuirfear tús le ranganna ar a 9:00 gach maidin, go gcríochnófar ar a 5:00 tráthnóna, le briseadh don lón is do chaitheamh aimsire idir 12:00 meán lae agus 2:30 i.n.• Is ag a 7:00 i.n. a thosnóidh imeachtaí na hoíche: clár ilghnéitheach de chéilithe, de cheol, de chainteanna,de shiúlóidí fé sheanbhaile Bhutte, is de chur i láthair fístéipeanna ar ghnéithe éagsúla de stair na nGael.• Múinteoirí cáilithe proifisiúnta as Éirinn a bheidh i bhfeighil an teagaisc, le cabhair ó chúntóirí teagaisc Ghaeilge as Clár Léinn na hÉireann in Ollscoil Montana. Tá na teagascóirí óga seo ag foghlaim na Gaeilge agus na modhanna is éifeachtaí chun a múinte le tamall de bhlianta anuas mar chuid dá gcúrsa léinn.

Más spéis leat páirt a ghlacadh san ócáid taitneamhach so, téigh chuig www.irishmontana.com mar a bhféad-tar tuilleadh eolais a fháil is clárú don gcúrsa.

If interested in being a sponsor of this event please contact Terry O’Riordan at (406) 544-0311

Friday, 16 May 2008

Ulster American History Event

The Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, will host the Seventeenth Ulster-American Heritage Symposium, 25-28 June, 2008, in partnership with the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast, the National Museums, the Library Service of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Historical Foundation. Since 1976 the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium has met every two years, alternating between co-sponsoring universities and museums in Ulster and North America. Its purpose is to encourage scholarly study and public awareness of the historical connections between Ulster and North America including what is commonly called the Scotch-Irish or Ulster-Scots heritage. The Symposium has as its general theme the process of transatlantic emigration and settlement, and links between England, Scotland, Ireland and North America. Its approach is multi-disciplinary, encouraging dialogue between those working in different fields including history, language, literature, geography, archaeology, anthropology, religion, folklife and music.

The particular theme of the meeting in 2008 will be 'Changing Perspectives, 1607-2007' with the aim of presenting and exploring recent research that challenges habitual ways of thinking about the historical relationship between Ulster and North America over the last four hundred years.

The keynote speaker will be Professor David Cannadine, Director of the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London and author of Mellon: An American Life.

There will be an excursion on offer on Wednesday 25 June, to Ramelton and Rathmullan in County Donegal.

For details visit the Folk Park’s website: http://www.folkpark.com/

Sunday, 4 May 2008

The Remarkable 1718 McKeens


In the summer of 1718 some 700 Ulster folk, mostly Presbyterians, arrived in Boston Harbour on five small ships from Coleraine and Londonderry. One extended family that came in the fleet was the McKeens of Ballymoney, County Antrim. The expedition was organised by James McKeen, his brother John McKeen and their in-law Rev James McGregor and these men were the motivating force behind the fleet of ships that came into Boston harbour in late summer of 1718. Many historians site the event as the actual ‘beginning’ of the Great Ulster Migration to the New World. This McKeen family established a migration paradigm, of many families coming together in a small fleet of ships and this pattern established the large Ulster presence in the New World.

James McKeen went on to become the first magistrate and leader of the Londonderry, New Hampshire Colony. His brother John passed away shortly before the ships left Ulster, but widow and children did also come with the fleet and they too become prominent and successful in Colonial America and Canada.

The descendants of John and James McKeen are still found in New England and Nova Scotia to this day. One of the McKeen men, Jack McKeen, of Massachusetts, participated in the McCain DNA Project which was one of the first and most successful Ulster family DNA Projects. The DNA test revealed that the New England and Nova Scotia McKeens were the same family and closely related to the McCains of Mississippi and New Brunswick. The family in Ireland had two branches, one in northwest Antrim and the other in east Donegal, in the Finn Valley.




left, is John Cargill “Jack” MacKeen who is a direct lineal descendant of settlers from the 1718 migration from Antrim to America, including both McKeen and Cargill lines. His immigrant ancestor, John McKeen, born 1700 in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, and son of the John McKeen above, arrived as a young man with his mother and siblings in Boston in August of 1718.







The picture left is the gravestone of John McKeen, immigrant ancestor and his wife, Martha Cargill, in the Robie Street Cemetery in Truro, Nova Scotia. Both died on the same day, December 30, 1767.









Barry R McCain © 2008