ULV to host Irish folk music show




On Saturday, June 4 The University of La Verne hosts “Tommy and the Brothers,” a new show about Irish folk music titans the Clancy Brothers’ and Tommy Makem’s rise to worldwide fame in Greenwich Village at the vanguard of the American folk revival of the 1960s.




The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Morgan Auditorium, 1950 3rd St., La Verne. Presale tickets are $30 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tommy-and-the-brothers-tickets-319085331817, or $35 at the door.




The show features 21 of the Clancy Brothers’ and Tommy Makem’s biggest hits. The cast includes longtime Claremont actor, musician, songwriter and performer Danny Oberbeck, as Tom Clancy, Joel Reed Mankey in the role of Tommy Makem, Sean Faye Cullen as Paddy Clancy, and Dalton Maltz as Liam Clancy.




More information is available at https://tommyandthebrothers.com or by calling (951) 295-1895.








 Danny Mulvihill


taken from the CCE magazine ‘Treoir’ (Winter ’96)


Dan Mulvihill & Frank Thornton


Dan Mulvihill (left) with Frank Thornton


The lamented death and passing of Danny mulvihill of Chicago on February 5, 1996 removes from among us a kind hearted soul, a genial character, who devoted his entire life to promoting all that is good and great in our Irish Tradition




Daniel Joseph Mulvihill was born on November 15, 1899 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co. Kerry. He was the second child and first boy in a family of eleven children.




He attended school in Moyvane until 1915 when his mother passed away leaving his father with the responsibility of eleven children with the oldest 16 years and the youngest just an infant. Danny assumed the daily responsibility for the farm under his father’s guidance.




Somewhere around 1918 he became an active volunteer in the Kerry Brigade of the Irish Republican Army. Because of his involvement and activities withe the old IRA, he was forced to leave Ireland in 1920.




His trip from Ireland landed him in Brooklyn, New York where he found a job with New York City Transit where he worked for a year before packing up and moving to Chicago where he would spend the rest of his life.




In Chicago, he worked as a conductor for the Surface Lines Transit Systems. After 12 years, he joined the Chicago Fire Department and retired as a Lieutenant in 1963.




Danny was ever proud of the Mulvihill name and in between jobs, he married Mary Agnes Mulvihill from Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. The Mulvihills had two children, Danny and Mary-Jane, the present Mid-West Regional Secretary for Comhaltas North America.




I will always remember the prominent role that Danny played in the founding of Comhaltas here in North America together with his lifelong friend and colleague – Comhaltas founding member, Frank Thornton, also from Moyvane. Culturlann na hÉireann, a permanent home for Comhaltas, was something that Danny worked for, hoped for, and envisioned, and he was proud to see it become a reality.




He was also proud of his native Kilbaha near Moyvane, Co. Kerry, an area steeped in Irish tradition. It was then known as newtownsandes, a thriving little village that straddles the North Kerry and West Limerick border. The name Mulvihill is a common name in the area. And a great many members of the Mulvihill clan found fame, if not fortune, in their adopted lands.




Martin Mulvihill, a renouned fiddle player, was born in the townland of Glenalappa in the parish of Moyvane. Before leaving for England and America he got his early lessons on the fiddle from Barney Enright, still happily with us. This early training stood him in good stead, for in later years as a talented teacher of music, he produced many All-ireland champions in New York. Jerry Mulvihill, the well known traditional dancer, als hails from the same area. This sprightly septuagenarin is still king of the concert stage. He has starred on two Comhaltas Tours of North America.




The famous Ahern family also hail from Moyvane. Father Pat Ahearn is now the artistic Director of Siamsa Tíre Folk Theatre in Tralee. He was also the producer of the first two concerts to North America in 1972 and 1973.




Knockanure is probably the best known townland in the parish of Moyvane. Its popularity stems from the famous ballad composed by Professor Brian McMahon of Listowel. ‘The Valley of Knockanure’ which commemorates the death of Walsh, Lyons and Dalton, in that townland during the War of Independence. Danny Mulvihill knew them personally before they gave their lives for Ireland. Thanks to Danny Mulvihill who raised the necessary funds in Chicago, a monument to the memory of Walsh, Lyons and Dalton now stands in that lonely valley of Knockaure, paying silent tribute to three hereos that he knew from his youthful years in Moyvane.




Moyvane famed in song and story also produced two very famous poets. The late Paddy Drury, a farm labourer whose gift of instant compositions is still talked about in the parish. Also our own genial Dan Keane, still happily with us, he seems to have inherited Paddy Drury’s great gift as a poet, writer and collector of verse. Again I am grieved that Danny Mulvihill is no longer with us. To Mary-Jane, Danny and his immediate family, I offer my deepest sympathy on the loss of a kind and gentle soul.




For all the rest of us to mourn his passing, we should be encouraged by his life of dedication, his love of music and song from his beloved Moyvane, and area rich in lore and in culture, that gave to us and to Comhaltas such stalwarts as Danny Mulvihill and many others as well, who are indeed a credit to their parish and to Ireland.


America’s First Civilization


By Michael D. Coe


A concise history of the Olmecs: This ancient Mesoamerican culture based in the southern Mexican jungles has provided historians with valuable insights about the origins of civilization in America. This revealing look is a must-read!






By H.E. Jacob


“Masterful… Quite satisfying” (Publishers Weekly): Filled with fascinating details, this work of nonfiction follows the historical journey of a commodity that changed the world — from anecdotes about its impact on goats in Yemen to analyses of its religious connections.






Man who graduated with a master's degree and who worked in Shenzhen Hospital (Guangdong Province, China) sent  the following notes on Coronavirus for guidance: March 2020.


1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold


2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.


3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.


4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.


5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.


6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.


7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.


8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.


9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.


10. Can't emphasise enough - drink plenty of water!




1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days


2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.


3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.


4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.


Material from Old site




JIMMY HICKEY: Now his place in the history of Irish dance is to be celebrated in a DVD; The DVD was launched by Fr. Pat Ahern in The Listowel Arms on Sunday, October 6 2019 at 7.00 pm.






By Edward Rowland Sill


This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:-

There spread a cloud of dust along a plain;

And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged

A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords

Shocked upon swords and shields. A prince’s banner

Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes.

A craven hung along the battle’s edge,

And thought, “Had I a sword of keener steel-

That blue blade that the king’s son bears,-but this

Blunt thing-!” he snapt and flung it from his hand,

And lowering crept away and left the field.

Then came the king’s son, wounded, sore bestead,

And weaponless, and saw the broken sword,

Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand,

And ran and snatched it, and with battle-shout

Lifted afresh he hewed his enemy down,

And saved a great cause that heroic day.





American government can stop the monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Saint Benedict, La., from making coffins for sale . The Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors told them that their sale of caskets violated state law, you cannot sell “funeral merchandise” unless you’re a licensed funeral director





The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is the largest civil society organisation on the island of Ireland, representing and campaigning on behalf of some 832,000 working people. There are currently 55 unions affiliated to Congress, north and south of the border.








Amnesty International

In Ireland and across the world, Amnesty International exposes the truth, speaks out and creates change.




Helps vulnerable children across Ireland



Bodywhys, The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland.

Support, information and understanding for people with eating disorders, their families and friends.



UCC Students Union



DCU School of Nursing



DETECT Early Intervention Service



The Department of Health and Children's statutory role is to support the Minister in the formulation and evaluation of policies for the health services. It also has a role in the strategic planning of health services.



The Equality Authority



Gateway Mental Health Project ensuring hope dignity and wellness in an empowering and supportive community for people experiencing mental health issues.





Grow in Ireland helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems.



National Media Monitoring Programme for Mental Health and Suicide

Headline is Ireland's national media monitoring programme, working to promote responsible and accurate coverage of mental health and suicide related issues within the Irish media.



Headstrong. The National Centre for Youth Mental Health

Headstrong is a new initiative working with communities in Ireland to ensure that young people aged twelve to twenty five are better supported to achieve mental health and wellbeing.



Irish Business and Employers Confederation.



Irish Advocacy Network.

Support and information to people with mental health difficulties by befriending them and offering a confidential listening ear or peer advocacy.



Inspire Ireland Foundation is a charitable organisation that helps young people lead happier lives.



The Irish College of General Practitioners



The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is the largest civil society organisation on the island of Ireland, representing and campaigning on behalf of some 832,000 working people. There are currently 55 unions affiliated to Congress, north and south of the border.



Irish Mental Health Coalition

Campaigns for improved and prioritised mental health services in Ireland



Irish Farmers Association



The Irish Sports Council aims to plan, lead and co-ordinate the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland. Our Vision is one where sport contributes to enhancing the quality of Irish life.



Mental Health Ireland aims to promote positive mental health and to actively support persons with a mental illness, their families and carers by identifying their needs and advocating their rights.



Mental Health Commission

Promotes high standards in the delivery of mental health services and ensures the interests of those involuntarily admitted to Approved Centres are protected



National Disability Authority

Provides independent expert advice to Government on policy and practice



National Office for Suicide Prevention



National Service Users Executive



PCI College is the leading provider of third level educational and continual professional development programmes for mature students in the fields of Counselling and Psychotherapy




Please Talk was founded by students, for students. The intention is for Please Talk to have a home on every campus in Ireland, and for the Please Talk message to become synonymous with student support, and with being at college



Reach Out is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times, and find ways to improve their own mental health and well-being



Shine Information Resource & Online Library

Recover.ie is a user-friendly database of comprehensive information for persons with self-experience of schizophrenia, their caring relatives, the general public and healthcare professionals. Recover.ie provides information about schizophrenia and offers a platform to centralise the relaying of information in Ireland.



The Samaritans

Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.



Shine – Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by enduring mental illness including, but not exclusively, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder and bi-polar disorder, through the promotion and provision of high-quality services and working to ensure the continual enhancement of the quality of life of the people it serves.



Youth Website by Community Creations



Suicide or Survive Ltd (SOS) provides services and supports aimed at suicide prevention in Ireland.



UCC Students Untion - UCCSU provide a listening and advocacy service, run awareness campaigns on mental health issues and promotes the counselling and student health services in UCC.The Welfare Officer sits on the steering committee of the uLink peer support network, organises training for peer supporters/ordinary students in Suicide Alertness and is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.



Your Mental Health

Aims to improve awareness and understanding of mental health and well-being in Ireland.


 Athea Talk by Fr Brendan Oct 2019



Public Speaking


  This is Fr. Brendan and I am going to tell you about an American called Dale Carnegie who wrote, in 1926, a book entitled “Public Speaking and Influencing Men in Business”. This served for many years in the USA and as a text book for Y.M.C.A. public-speaking classes. Over one million people of all ages have graduated from Dale Carnegie Courses. I am going to share many of Carnegie’s ideas and principles with the people of Athea, Youth, Teenagers and Adults young and old. Come to my house on Wednesday night at 7.30 and we will begin.



  The first introductory discussion will be about  “developing courage and self-confidence before speaking in public”.


  Here are a few points for discussion


    Why do people enrol for this course? – One person wrote as follows…..


  When I am called upon to stand up and speak (person after person wrote) I become self-conscious, so frightened, that I can’t think clearly, can’t concentrate, can’t remember what I had intended to say. I want to gain self-confidence, poise and the ability to think on my feet. I want to get my thoughts together in logical order and I want to be able to say my say clearly and convincingly before a business or club group or audience.




  Thousands of their confessions sounded like that


  The testimony of many famous public people re public speaking is startling.


  Mark Twain the first time he stood up to lecture felt as if his mouth was filled with cotton and his pulse was speeding for some prize cup.




  The late Jean James, the most powerful political speaker that France produced before World War II sat for one year tongue-tied in the French Chamber of Deputies before he could summon up the courage to make his initial speech.






 Lloyd George (“beloved” of Irish patriots) confessed. “I tell you I was in a state of misery. It is no figure of speech, but literally true, that my tongue clove to the roof of my mouth, and at first I could hardly get out a word”.


  The Great Cicero, 2000 years ago, said that all public speaking of real merit was characterised by nervousness.,




 I can give you other examples– Charlie Chaplin suffered from “Microphone fright”. Before a mike he had a feeling in his stomach not unlike the sensation one gets in a plane over the Atlantic in a bad storm. You can see why he starred in Silent Movies.




  Lincoln had major problems. After Andrew Carnegie’s death  a friend found a plan of his drawn up when he was 33.




  It is an attainment that almost every person of education longs for. After Andrew Carnegie’s death there was found, among his papers, a plan for his life drawn up when he was thirty-three years of age. He then felt that in two more years he could so arrange his business as to have an annual income of fifty thousand; so he proposed to retire at thirty-five, go to Oxford, and get a thorough education, and “pay special attention to speaking in public”.




  There are two more Quotes




  “There is no other accomplishment”, stated Chauncey M. Depew, “which any man can have that will so quickly make for him a career and secure recognition as the ability to speak acceptably.”




 Philip D. Armour, after he had amassed millions, said; “I would rather have been a great speaker than a great capitalist”



Have I said enough.


  I encourage you all to come to my house on Wednesday night and learn how to overcome your fears. If you are terrified you are normal. I had to learn a lot myself over the years also. One never stops learning but you can now enjoy the freedom of not being afraid and become confident in oneself.




 This course is essential for our teens. When they are in Primary School they lack inhibitions.


  Come and see for yourself and as the Gospel Hymn says “Be not Afraid”


  Fr. Brendan.  More at   https://www.athea.ie/