The Fields of Athenry

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.

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The Easter Rising of 1916

Black and white photograph of Abbey Street and Sackville Street with statue of William Smith O'Brien, the General Post Office and Nelson's Pillar. You can see piles of rubble, pedestrians, a few cars and a tram.

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.

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A very special Hallelujah

Father Ray Kelly sings Hallelujah and smiles.

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.

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That’s how Irish-Bayrisch sounds

The eight musicians of Da Huawa, da Meier und I and Na Ciotogi are standing and sitting on the stage playing an Irish-Bayrisch song

A music experience from 21 October 2015 at the Schlachthof in Munich

Anacrusis

“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.

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