The UEFA EURO 2016 in France is over. Portugal is European football champion. For the first time ever. European football fan champions in my opinion are the Irish. Again. With their merry and creative singing and activities, they showed the world how wonderful and entertaining it can be to support and celebrate your own team with full dedication. One song out of their repertoire woke up very special memories: The Fields of Athenry.
During the last two weeks, work brought me up to Erlangen for a couple days. So I finally was able to visit the Kitzmann BräuSchänke (brew pub) after passing it dozens of times.
100 years ago today, on 24 April 1916, a minority of Irish men and women led an armed insurrection against British rule to gain independence. While the series of events, that are now known as the Easter Rising, were neither the start nor the end on the long path to a free Ireland, they have a very special place in Irish history and the hearts of Irish people all over the world.
It is one of the main reasons why Bavarian and German beer is so popular at home and abroad. At the same time, it is the oldest food and consumer protection law that is still valid today. The purity law for beer (called Reinheitsgebot in German) from 1516. Today, it celebrates its 500th birthday.
Two years ago to the day, Father Ray Kelly gave a remarkable performance in his parish that significantly influenced his life and touched the hearts of millions of people worldwide. I’m delighted to commemorate this illustrious event here with some of his thoughts and experiences that he shared with me especially for IrishBayrisch.
We see a lot of green in the underground. Much more than usual. As we climb up the stairs at Münchner Freiheit we can hear drums. A few minutes later it starts: The 21st St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Munich.
23 December 2015. The day before Christmas Eve. I’m in Castlebar in County Mayo. My passion for bookstores leads me to Eason in Main Street. In the Irish corner, I spot a thin, white book: Echolocation from Terry McDonagh. The first sentence on the back immediately arouses my interest:
One week until Christmas Eve. There is no snow in and around Munich. On the Christmas markets, I’d rather have a cold beer than a hot mulled wine. It reminds me of Christmas 2012. After a few weeks in Ireland I came back to Bavaria. The winter was almost as mild as this year. And I realised how green Bavaria is.
A music experience from 21 October 2015 at the Schlachthof in Munich
“We play in flat keys, they play in sharp keys. That doesn’t really fit.” This statement is from somebody who knows what he’s talking about: Siegi Mühlbauer. And that’s exactly why I’m here tonight. I’m curious to find out how it sounds when the Bavarian music comedians Da Huawa, da Meier und I and the traditional Irish band Na Ciotogi present their first joint CD together. Of course it is entitled Irish-Bayrisch.
The idea for this blog has been on my mind for a long time. I can’t even remember when it first emerged. I only know that I had to summarise all my thoughts in a first little concept at some stage. That was in October last year. Since then, the idea has been growing and growing and growing. And now it’s time to turn this idea into reality.