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Jim Hawkins: The Irish People in Story, Song, Poetry & Narration - Part 2

Jim Hawkins began his storytelling and writing journeys over 30 years ago at The Irish Cultural Society. On November 13th, Jim returns with Part 2 of his saga in which he will take us through the effects of the Great Hunger on the Irish People, the influences of Daniel O’Connell and Charles S. Parnell, the results of the 1916 Uprising, Eamon de Valera and an “independent” Ireland, Bloody Sunday and the Hunger Strikes, the Good Friday Agreement, and Brexit. He has performed several programs for us: “Irish Stories and Songs”, “A Traditional Irish Christmas”, and Robert Emmet’s “Speech from the Dock”. His writings for The Hedgemaster have included the four part series “The Irish Storytelling Tr

John McCormack: The Voice That Calls Across the Years

Most of us have heard of John McCormack, the great Irish tenor. Even though few of us have ever heard McCormack singing, we were never shy about arguing that McCormack was a greater singer that Enrico Caruso! Our October meeting will fill the gaps in our knowledge and appreciation of John McCormack. ​ Our speaker is Mike Fitzpatrick. He will use an engaging presentation and re-mastered recordings of John McCormack to validate his thesis that John McCormack was more than a singer of Irish songs and ballads; he was one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. ​ Mike has had an abiding interest in John McCormack for over forty years, which accounts for his passion to bring John McCormack's