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4th of July Parade 2011

Half Way to St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl 2009

4th of July Parade 2010
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Celtic Cultural Series presents Irish Stories for Children The Celtic Cultural Series presented Irish Stories for Children at 2 p.m Saturday, August 29 at the Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia Street, Coral Gables.
The event was a great success! We had 92 people in the audience composed of parents, grandparents and kids. The library staff was surprised at the big turnout and had to bring out more chairs and there was still standing-room only at the back of the room.

Dan Fitzgerald and Mary Ann Kerr did a great job and Dan had girls from the Breffni Academy illustrate his stories with Irish dancing.

pictured are Dan Fitzgerald, Past President of The Emerald Society and Mary Ann Kerr, the current First Lady of The Emerald Society who read that day.

The audience

The Breffni Dancers

ReJoyce. Miami Celebrates the 105th Anniversary of Bloomsday

June 16th was an extraordinary day...

On that day, 105 years ago in 1904, two residents of Dublin, Ireland, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom embarked on their epic converging journeys through the city. Their travels and adventures, both real and imagined, were memorialized in James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, the world's most highly acclaimed modern novel. "Bloomsday," named after Leopold Bloom himself, has become a tradition for Joyce enthusiasts all over the world. From Tokyo to Sidney, San Francisco to Buffalo, Trieste to Paris, Sarasota to Miami, dozens of cities around the globe hold their own Bloomsday festivities

Miami-Dade County will join these cities in observing the Bloomsday 105th Anniversary Celebration with a series of activities in Coral Gables. The St. Patrick’s Day Committee, the Miami-Dade Public Library System, the City of Coral Gables, Actors' Playhouse, Books & Books, and John Martin's Restaurant and Irish Pub are sponsors. The project is presented with the support of the City of Coral Gables, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

Pictured above are: Ollie Kerr, President of the Emerald Society and Mary Ann Kerr, his First Lady, playing Leopold and Molly Bloom

The Celtic Cultural Series presents “The Bagpipe”
Pipe Major Nigel MacDonald

Where there are Celts, there are bagpipes. From Galicia in Spain to Scotland and Ireland, the bagpipe is there. Why do Celts love that sound that drives others to distraction? Pipe Major Nigel MacDonald of the St. Andrews Pipe Band will explain all that, give us the history of the bagpipe, along with how they are made and he will play a few tunes.

The presentation will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 in the Upstairs Room of John Martin’s Irish Restaurant, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.

All Celtic Cultural Series events are free and open to all. Ample parking is available on Miracle Mile and in the City Parking Garage behind John Martin’s, accessible from Aragon Avenue. On Sundays, the parking is free.

The Celtic Cultural Series is funded by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee, Inc. with support of the City of Coral Gables and the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.

Pictured is Pipe Major Nigel MacDonald

City of Coral Gables presents St. Patrick's Day Committee, Inc. with a Proclamation
on Feb. 25, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Festival Chairman, Charlie Davis, accepts the City of Coral Cables Proclamation declaring March 14, 2009, as "St. Patrick's Day Festival in Coral Gables" from Mayor Donald D. Slesnick. Looking on is our own, Marge Hartnett, wife of former Mayor Fed Hartnett for whom Ponce Circle Parkis named after.

Left to right is Commissioner Ralph Cabrera Jr., Commissioner Maria Anderson, Mayor Don Slesnick II, Charlie Davis (former Coral Gables Firefighter), Marge Hartnett, Commissioner Chip Withers and Vice Mayor William Kerdyk, Jr.

January 4th reading of "Time to Go" by Sean O'Casey Time to Go is a one-act comedy that transcends time and place and will elicit gales of laughter from both modern viewers and traditionalists. The subject is the reckless pursuit of money and its consequences. What is true for a small town in Ireland is applicable to our present culture.

The money grubbers in the center, the saloon keeper played by Dan Fitzgerald and the general store proprietor played by Oliver Kerr are flanked by the ephemeral do-gooders played by John Kane and Janice McKay.

Bloomsday on Miracle Mile

Decked out in full, early 20th century regalia, the Irish and non-Irish alike came out to downtown Coral Gables on June 16 to celebrate the 104th anniversary of Bloomsday, which honors the life of the writer James Joyce, and enjoy a typical Irish holiday of music, merriment and beer.

Key Biscayne Parade
July 4th

4th of July Parade on Key Biscayne in 2008. From the left are David Gerhardt and Chuck Daley carrying flags, and Sean Glynn, Robert Ritchie and Bill Gregory carrying the Emerald Banner.

Grave of W. B. Yeats

Grave of W. B. Yeats; Drumcliff, Co Sligo.
Taken late in 2005.

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