Famous Irish Quartet “The High Kings” Denver Bound!

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For centuries, Ireland was ruled by High Kings. As their reign came to an end, their deeds and stories merged into the world of legend and myth and the High Kings of Ireland were no more except in story, music and song. Until now. Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, renowned vocalists and musicians, have come together to create the most exciting Irish ballad group to emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the 1960s.

The High Kings are an Irish folk group formed in Dublin in 2008 by Celtic Woman manager Dave Kavanagh. By February 2014, the group had released three studio albums, one live album, and one DVD. All of their studio albums appeared at number three or higher on the Billboard world music chart and achieved platinum status in Ireland.

Coming from accomplished Musical pedigrees, The High Kings grew up in households soaked in the Irish Musical tradition and each member of the band witnessed firsthand the power of well-crafted Irish music on an audience. Taking some of the classic ballad repertoire from the past and mixing those songs with new and exciting modern songs in the folk idiom, The High Kings are embarking to become the hottest folk and ballad act of the new millennium. Since The High Kings started, they have sold out hundreds of shows, in Ireland and the US and have made numerous TV appearances.

The High Kings have a 5 Star rating on Ticketmaster’s Fan Review including this fan:
“This was our 4th time to see The High Kings and as usual they didn’t disappoint. They always put on an amazing show and have the crowd singing along. Well worth seeing again and again.
Favourite moment: The entire show from start to finish!”

The High Kings will perform in Denver Wednesday October 14, 8PM (7PM doors) at the Soiled Dove. Reserved Seat ($25,$30) available at
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The Denver Business Journal (DBJ) recently published an issue spotlighting “2015 Top Women in Energy” which included Susan Morrice, Chairman and co-founder of Belize Natural Energy (BNE). Based in Denver via Belfast, Susan and her team discovered oil over a decade ago in a place that had been probed by many other major energy companies with no success. The oil that Susan and friends found in Belize was some of the purest grade oil in the world. Now BNE is the largest employer in Belize, with 99% of employees being local Belizeans.
Not only has BNE positively transformed Belize, but the company’s award winning holistic business model, which encourages the personal development of their employees, is helping to bring change to the business of energy. Susan also founded the International Pavilion, a showcase that facilitates discussion and idea sharing in her industry by bringing together countries and energy companies at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists AAPG Convention each year. Just this week, she was further honored by the President of AAPG “it is with great pleasure that I send to you the AAPG Presidential Award for Exemplary Service in recognition of your exceptional service to the geoscience profession and the AAPG.”
In the DBJ article, Susan expressed how it was possible for her team to discover oil in a spot that so many others failed by quoting petroleum geologist Wallace Pratt, “‘Oil is found in the minds of men,’” she added. “I realized I didn’t understand how our minds worked. This led me to do the research about what makes a human being successful.” Prior to striking oil in Belize, Susan studied the EDUCO educational process and attended the EDUCO seminar. Susan credits the Educo Holistic Business Model for her accomplishments, “It was about what makes you go forward and be all you can be. The Educo learning was absolutely key to my success.”
Susan also is an originating investor and Director with XJet Worldwide, a Denver/Dubai /London based private jet company. Periodically ,Susan and friends gather in the Denver metro to discuss EDUCO principals and the successes they have seen when applied to their businesses and personal lives. If you would like to attended an upcoming meeting contact Amanda at: [email protected].

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Shane O'Neill

The Colorado Rapids sold homegrown talent Shane O’Neill on August 1st to Apollon Limassol of Cyprus.
At the end of August he officially joined Jupiler Pro League side Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz based in Belgium.
The United States Under-23 international, currently in Manchester to prepare for Thursday’s friendly against England in nearby Preston, quickly jetted into Belgium on Sunday to sign a two-year contract. O’Neill did not make an appearance for Cypriot bronze medalists Limassol.

The 21-year-old defender/midfielder born in Ireland and raised in Boulder, Colorado, has played for the U.S. under-20s and -23s, made 25 starts in 2013 and 21 last year.

O’Neill remains a crucial part of the US Under-23 team, currently looking to qualify for next summer’s Olympics. He will train with the team in Manchester, England, from Aug. 30-Sept. 8 and will feature friendlies against England on Sept. 3 at Deepdale Stadium in Preston, and Qatar on Sept. 8 at Gigg Lane in Bury.

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August 2015 Ceolta Notes
By Rodger Hara (from August 2015 Celtic Connection newspaper)

The new Indigent Row played at the Colorado Irish Festival last month and qualified for the final round of The Denver Battle of the Bands on Sunday the 30th. The 10 bands in the finals will play from 4 PM to midnight at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood at 26th and Welton. Tickets can be purchased directly from the band, [email protected] (which is preferred by them, since their set time is determined based on which band sells the most tickets) or from this website:
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. This is a 16 and over show.

The Stubby Shillelaghs are at Jack Quinn’s in Colorado Springs at 9 PM on the 1st, Scruffy Murphy’s in Lodo at 10 PM on the 7th and at the Big Beaver Brewing Co. in Loveland at 7 PM on the 29th. In other band news, The Stubbies are taking 6 weeks off from their usual Stubby Tuesdays to hit song writing and practicing hard as they are entering the studio to record their fourth studio album, an all nerd and geek-centric album titled Critical Fail, the week of August 23rd. The Stubbies will be yet again working with Silas at the Decibel Garden in Denver. Stubby Tuesdays will resume September 1 at 9pm.
The Mountain Road Ceili Band is continuing its 20th year at The Margarita at Pine Creek on August 21 at 6:00 outdoors on the patio bar.
Chancer’s Hooley plays on the 7th in the Summit house at Keystone Resort at 4 PM and on the 29th are on stage at the 38 State Brewing Company in Littleton at 7 PM.
Avourneen does their usual Friday night gig at Katie Mullen’s on the 16th St. Mall at 9 PM and play at The Abbey on East Colfax at 8 PM on the 22nd.
The lovely and talented Kevin Dooley plays at noon on the 2nd at the Georgia Boys BBQ in Longmont for their Songwriter Series Longmont. He follows that with a show on the 14th from 8-10 PM at The Roost on Main Street in Longmont accompanied by his mates Eric Drobny and Steve Mullins. On the 19th, he’s joined by Eric for a performance for the Haystack Mountain Golf Course Summer Series in Boulder from 6-8 PM, does a solo show on the 21st for the Niwot Market Friday Dinner series from 6-8 PM and then closes out the month with the trio on the 29th at the Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont from 5-7:30 PM.
The Indulgers head west for the Colorado Scottish Festival on the 1st and 2nd at the new festival venue at the Town Park in Snowmass Village then return to their home ground of Boulder for a show at Conor O’Neill’s on the 14th at 10 PM and play at the Wine Experience Café and World Cellar Restaurant in Aurora for their early Octoberfest celebration on the 29th.
The Western United States Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA) will hold its Annual General Meeting at Clancy’s Irish Pub in Wheat Ridge, 7000 W. 38th Ave., on the 15th beginning at 9:30 AM or thereabouts after all bands have competed. Admission to the AGM is free and there will be free breakfast burritos too. Competition will begin at 7 AM (when the bar will also open…) and there will be a viewing party at 2:30 PM of the World Pipe Band Championships. There will be a $5 cover charge for the viewing party. For more information, call John Moruzzi at 720.933.6750.
And speaking of Clancy’s, Lougheed is back on the patio there from 9-noon on the 15th as well. Fun times at Clancy’s (and in Wheat Ridge – it’s the Annual Carnation Festival Parade down 38th Avenue) that day!
What the heck – we’re on a roll with Clancy’s so why not close this month’s column with the schedule for the most famous Denver Clancy of all, the peripatetic Brian. As is usually the case, you can see and hear him at the Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub in Downtown Colorado Springs on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 7:30 PM and at The Irish Snug on East Colfax/Capitol Hill in Denver at 8:30 PM on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.
August 2015 Festivals:
Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games (50th Anniversary)
July 31-August 2 atTown Park, Snowmass Village, CO w/Celtic Musicians including Swagger and The Indulger and Highland Dancers, Dogs of the British Isles, Automobiles of the British Isles, Clan tents, Pipe Band and Highland Dance Competitions, Scottish Athletics, Kirkin’ Service, fun, food and merchandise.
Montana Irish Festival August 14-16 at Original Mine Yard, Butte, MT w/Cathie Ryan Band, Runa, The Town Pants, The Ne’er Duwels featuring Ken O’Malley, Dublin Gulch, Trinity Irish Dancers,Trinity Dance Workshop on August 14th, Genealogy, Dance, Irish Language,
Music, History Workshop, Authors, Fun, Food and Merchandise, Raffles for trips
to Ireland and Hawaii, 1M, 5K & 10K runs. Free Admission!

Bitterroot Scotch Irish Festival, August 15-16 at Marcus Daily Mansion, Hamilton, MT W/Celtic Music, Irish and Highland dancing, Scottish Athletics, clans, Pipe bands, historical demonstrations, Kirkin’ service, fun, food and merchandise. $5-15 depending on days, age, etc. for online purchases until Aug. 16th; parking $10/day. compiled by Rodger Hara

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Mile High Belfast Bash
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Although she claims to be much better at GAA football,l Rosa Carragher of the Belfast Youth Circus (BYC), took time to show some moves with the hurly while in Denver last month.
Rosa and other members of BYC were in Colorado performing and training together with the Salida Youth Circus. On their final full day they performed in Denver and afterwards went to relax at the home of Susan Morrice, a native of Belfast. At the Morrice residence they were treated to a pool party and barbec

Rosa from Belfast Circus gave a few "hurling" pointers to Denver audience

Rosa from Belfast Circus gave a few "hurling" pointers to Denver audience

ue co-hosted by Mary Ryan, Tess Julian, and Maura Clare.)
Mile High Belfast Bash
by Rodger Hara (from August 2015 Celtic Connection newspaper)

Jennifer Dempsey is a remarkably talented lady who once performed with the Belfast Circus and returned to Colorado where she founded the Salida Circus ( in 2007. Since then, with the help of the Salida Circus Outreach Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and donations from many people and organizations across the world, the Salida Circus has performed in Colorado, New Mexico, California and elsewhere in the west. The adult performers work with members of the Salida Boys and Girls Club and teach them the “Twelve Circus Skills” ( ) along with life skills. One of the highlights of the year for each class of youth performers is a visit from young adult/teen (ages14-19) members of the Belfast Circus who spend two weeks performing with and training the kids in the Salida Circus. The Belfast group stays with host families in Salida and is able to get away into the cool fresh air of the mountains.

A highlight of their visit to Colorado is a performance for the residents of the Hope Communities and Mercy Housing projects in east Denver on the border with Aurora. On what was once a vacant lot decorated with weeds, broken glass and discarded needles next to Mercy Housing’s Grace Apartments where boys once played soccer barefooted, members of the staff of Mercy Housing spearheaded an effort to create a park. Now called New Freedom Park it is maintained by the City and County of Denver and is next to a community garden space. There, the Astroturf-covered park with its concrete-walled border provides a safe open space for the residents of Mercy’s Grace Apartments and Hope Communities’ Hidden Brook Apartments and other children in the neighborhood to gather and play.

On July 13th, the day before the kids from Belfast returned home, the park provided the venue for a one-ring circus sponsored by Hope and Mercy, with a ring-master, clown, magician, juggling, floor acrobatics, fabric performance, low trapeze, balloon animals and much, much more. The multi-cultural cast from Northern Ireland and Western Colorado wowed the even more diverse audience of adults and children from Southeast Asia and East Africa with their acts and then after the show, worked with the children in the audience to teach them a few tricks and routines.

That evening, all were treated to a barbecue and party coordinated by Mary Ryan at the lovely home of Susan Morice where all the performers got to be kids and swam in the pool, paddled around the pond and sang for each other. The Belfast kids received bright green souvenir tee shirts courtesy of the Colorado Irish Festival and the Colorado kids were presented with Boulder author/photographer Tom Quinn Kumpf’s brilliant book of pictures and stories “Ireland – Standing Stones to Stormont” courtesy of Mary, and Susan gave everyone a copy of “The Magic in You” by Emma Maree.

The differences in language and geography and culture were rendered moot by the universality of the fun and the remarkable bridge across cultures provided by the circus. A wonderfully fun time was had by all. (Please go to the Celtic Connection Facebook page to see an album of photos from the visit: )

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Dennis Gallagher Toasted and Roasted at Retirement Party
(by Rodger Hara, from August 2015 Celtic Connection newspaper)

On July 20th, the remarkable 45 year political career of Dennis Gallagher came to a close with the swearing in of the new Denver City Auditor, Tim O’Brien. Dennis was born in Tabernash, Colorado to Ellen Flaherty Gallagher and Bill Gallagher, a home maker and Denver firefighter respectively, with deep roots in County Sligo. He attended public schools in Denver, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Latin and Greek from Regis College and a Master of Arts degree in Speech and Communications from Catholic University in Washington, D. C. Since 1967, he has been a professor of Speech, Latin, Greek and Media at Regis University.

He served two terms in the Colorado House, five in the Colorado Senate and two on the Denver City Council and was Denver City Auditor for 12 years.

On July 21st, at a dinner/party/roast attended by nearly 300 of his closest friends, Dennis was honored and roasted and toasted in a manner befitting himself and that career. With a Host Committee of Colorado luminaries that included Governor John W. Hickenlooper, former University of Denver Chancellor Daniel Richie, former Regis University President Father Michael Sheeran, S.J. and many, many more, the roasting and tribute delivery was done by Governor Hickenlooper, Westword Editor Patty Calhoun, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrisey, Father Sheeran, Colorado State Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst and legendary lobbyist Pueblo Wally Stealey and old friend Gary Salley.

In attendance were many familiar names from the Irish community, including John and Una Nallen, Tom Fitzgerald, Jim Walsh, Flossie O’Leary, Michael Carrigan, Timothy Flanaghan, Kevin O’Connor, Jim Cavanaugh and Michael Reagan III. Congratulations in the program came from such as The Honorable Ben Briscoe, Lord Mayor of London, Timmy Conway and Anita Noel Cawley in Ireland, Fr. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., President of Regis University, the members of the James Joyce Society

Dennis’ long-time partner in crime/tours/books Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel served as Master of Ceremonies and was able to sneak in a few sly digs of his own while introducing the roasters who entertained the audience with remarks on Dennis’ life and career. Tom introduced Governor John Hickenlooper by telling the crowd how Dennis enabled him to move into politics when he sponsored the bill approving the creation of brewpubs. The Governor spoke of Dennis’ character and commented on how the facts that he doesn’t drink, swear, smoke or tell bawdy jokes make him an atypical Irishman – “I think he’s more Amish than Irish!” Much fun was poked at Dennis about his thrifty shopping habits for clothing including an apocryphal story shared by the Governor that Dennis at one time had dated an heir to the Maytag Appliance fortune; Gov. Hickenlooper said that “…while he still wouldn’t have any new clothes, at least they would all be clean.” In the Letterman tradition, the Governor closed with a musing on the Top Ten things that Dennis won’t do now that he’s retired, the top of which was “He will never stop giving generously to people in need or being a pillar of the community.”

Dr. Tom introduced Father Michael Sheeran by reminding the audience of Dennis’ long relationship with Regis College/University and his annual trips to Ireland where he taught students how to drink beer. Father Sheeran delivered a video tribute in which he addressed Dennis as “Senator Gallahad” for the way he attacked problems. He spoke lovingly of having accompanied Dennis and the students on a trip to Ireland and how he stood at the front of the bus at each stop and “…explained the history and astrological significance of the site and quoted Yeats in addition and sometimes even did it accurately.” Fr. Sheeran went on to describe how Dennis would move from table to table in the restaurants where they would stop for meals, engaging with total strangers, giving them his card and telling them to call him if they ever came to Denver. With a twinkle in his eye, Fr. Sheeran said that he “Watched very carefully, and never once did he see Dennis hand out a form requesting an absentee ballot”.

District Attorney Mitch Morrisey followed with what could have been a good stand-up comedy routine on open night mike at a comedy club. He opened with the comment that he’ll probably never be able to forget Dennis, “…although he hopes that the therapy will help someday”. He then asked if people knew the difference between Dennis and God: when no one answered, he explained that “While Dennis walks around Denver thinking he’s God, God doesn’t wander around Denver thinking he’s Dennis”. The DA then spoke about parking in the Webb Building next to Dennis and said that “…while Dennis loves running into people around town, from the looks of his car, people love running into him too. Not that he’s a dangerous driver: he drives so slowly that if he hits anything, he’s not going fast enough to hurt anyone. And with Dennis, you’ll never get a hit and run accident – instead you get a hit and amble away. Can anyone in this room imagine Dennis running?” He went on to dispel rumors about Dennis including one that “Dennis does such a good job on tours of cemeteries around town because he knew everyone who’s buried there” and another that he “Survived the sinking of the Titanic with Molly Brown. In fact, an iceberg is about the only thing he hasn’t hit with his car.” He closed with the observation that many people leave their jobs because of illness when their bosses get sick of them and that for Dennis that has never been the case: “Dennis, you have always worked for the people and we’re really going to miss you”.

Given that tough act to follow, Patty Calhoun, Editor of Westword picked up the gauntlet that Mr. Morrisey threw and with great aplomb, lobbed it back with a Top Ten list of her own that she said she retrieved from his wastebasket laying out the audits that he always wanted to do. As she began with number Ten, she turned to the head table and said “I’m sorry Governor. I thought you’d be gone by now. Number Ten, Why you don’t get a pint when you order a pint at the Wynkoop Brewing Company where the Wasted Friday Afternoon Club always meets, calculate those short pours and the cost to the citizens of Denver for squandering those liquid assets.” Number Five was “Investigate why Denver Public Schools doesn’t teach proper penmanship” (a nod to the legendary and elegant calligraphy for which Dennis is famous. He wrote the name of each guest on over three hundred name tags and the first page inside the cover of the Auditor’s annual report and the program for the roast features The Athenian Oath that “…idealizes the issue of public trust…” in calligraphy framed within a border of Celtic knots and animals worthy of the Book of Kells). Number Three, “Investigate downtown real estate development and determine why The Old Spaghetti Factory is open and Duffy’s Tavern is closed.” She closed with Number One: “Determine how many angels can actually dance on a pinhead. And like Dennis Gallagher, I’m withholding signature on this document.”

Colorado Speaker of the House Dickie Lee Hullinghorst was next via video. She reminisced about their time together in the House when Dennis “…used to play practical jokes on the Republicans and a few Protestant Democrats…” She went on to praise him for his being a champion of the poor, standing tall for civil rights, the environment and historic preservation. In closing, she observed that it was hard to find words with which to roast him and instead toasted him by saying “I hope that by this time in the evening you’re well roasted to well done and that well done is the operative phrase, because Dennis, your over 45 years of service to the people of Colorado has been well done. Very well done. So my very best to you in your retirement.”

The last speaker was Wally Stealey, who Tom introduced as a living legend who really knows what’s going on. He opened by observing that “Good golly almighty. I thought this was supposed to be a roast. This is a love fest!” He noted that a current legislator, seeing them together at the Capitol observed that “You know, if each of you lost an inch, you’d look like two basketballs”. Speaking about their 45 year friendship, Mr. Stealey spoke fondly of the days in which he worked closely with Dennis at the State House and with regret over his not being elected Mayor of Denver. He praised Dennis’ accomplishments, especially the renowned Gallagher Amendment to the State Constitution and the leadership Dennis exhibited in leading a vote to override a veto of a bill by then Governor Roy Romer that would have allowed the creation of the state lottery. Mr. Stealey told the story of how when called on the carpet by Governor Romer, Dennis asked him if could explain the difference between number 34 on the Lotto machine and B-12 on a bingo card. The veto was overridden, Governor Romer didn’t speak to Dennis for over 90 days and today we have Lotto. He closed with the presentation of a cigar from his factory in Nicaragua to Dennis in the hope that in the years to come, that Dennis would “…look at it, think of two basketballs and my name would come up.”

Dennis closed with brief remarks expressing his joy at being with everyone that night, thanked them for coming and directed everyone’s attention to a love letter to the people of Denver that was included in the program. He said that the love letter was inspired by Rabbi Manuel Laderman of the Hebrew Education Alliance who wrote a letter like that to his congregation when he retired in 1971 and that he thought that when he retired, he would write a similar letter to the people of Denver. He thanked all the roasters, pointed out his son Daniel Patrick Gallagher and the people who helped put the event together. As you would expect from a Sligo man of such letters, he closed with a quote from William Butler Yeats: “Think where man’s glory begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.”

(To see pictures of the event, The Athenian Oath and Dennis’ love letter to the people, please visit the Celtic Connection Facebook page: )

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