Ireland leads in value of imports to Oregon

This appeared in the most recent edition of the Portland Business Journal:

While international exports are a well-known economic driver and matter of pride for Oregon, Oregon also imports from abroad a substantial volume of goods, largely to supply the same manufacturers and growers producing the cherished exports.

In a surprise move, the tiny Republic of Ireland has climbed from No. 8 last year to No. 1 this year with imports to the state valued at $3 billion, a 425 percent increase. Now that’s a lot of Guinness —or more likely, a lot of processors and controllers for electronic integrated circuits, the state’s No. 1 product, representing 19 percent of import value and 30 percent of export value last year.

All-Ireland Cultural Society Board of Directors

Board of Directors elected at the Annual Meeting on April 22, 2017

President – Mary Rose Kerg

Vice-President – Brendan Kerg

Recording Secretary – Julie O’Connell

Corresponding Secretary – Helen Grealish

Treasurer – Christine Seed

Colleen Spiering (3 years) – Trustee

Shirley Hahn (2 years) – Trustee

Tom Crowley (1 year) – Trustee

Caroline Fogarty (3 years) – Director

Patrick Seed (2 years) – Director

Louise Martell (1 year) – Director

 

 

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2017

on site.

The All-Ireland Cultural Society thanks the following businesses and members for their financial and in-kind support of the 76th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Mr. Tom Kelly and the Neil Kelly Company

Owen Roe Winery

Ceilí of the Valley in Salem

Carrie Dixon and O’Hara’s Irish Beers

Bob’s Red Mill

Gemma Whalen and the Corrib Theatre

American Automobile Association

Columbia Chapter of the Belleek Society

Carlow Brewing and O’Hara’s beer

Dulin’s in Vancouver

Fiorano Ristorante in Tualatin

T.C. O’Leary’s Irish Pub

Oregon Garden Resort

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Paddy’s Bar and Grill

Pittock Mansion

Raven and Rose Restaurant

Red Star Tavern, downtown Portland

Ringside Grill

Spaghetti Factory

Sayler’s Steak House

Mr. Joe Schiwek

Rick Bolme and Sue Jordan

Jack Crowley

Sylvester DeBray

Margaret Doherty

Peggy Doherty

Shannon Doherty

Wanda Huff

Kathleen Hudert

Brendan Kerg

Helen and Paul Lyons

Louise Martell

Mary Rose Mulligan

Rose Ann and Tony Ranft

Sheila Redman

Mary Sacksteder and Larry McKinley

Christine and Kevin Seed

Colleen Spiering

Debbie Timmins

The All-Ireland Cultural Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This is the only fundraiser of the year which supports the Society’s mission of promoting Irish culture, music, education and social activities.

Daimh here in Portland – concert

DAIMH – 2016 Scottish Folk Band of the Year in Concert

Tix available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2696495

Door price is $30 each starting at 6:45. Show 7:30

Taking their name from the Scottish Gaelic word for kinship, Gaelic Supergroup Daimh (pronounced dive) are a 5 piece band based in Lochaber in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; an area as much renowned for its scenic beauty as for its rich musical and cultural heritage. A long-established favourite at folk festivals in Scotland, Ireland and across Europe, 2014 saw the group win the Eiserner Eversteiner European Folk Music Award in the 23nd German Folkherbst competition and also nominated for Folk Band of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Daimh  Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye.

Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for kinship Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco.

With a reputation as giants of the Bagpipes and Fiddle, Angus Mackenzie and Gabe McVarish lead the melodic powerhouse with fellow founder member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the Guitar. The Band are joined by new guy Murdo Yogi Cameron on Mandola and Accordion to complete the instrumental line up.

Daimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current line up only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the Gaelic firmaments most rapidly rising star, Ellen MacDonald on vocals.

Recent accolades include last years award for the Best Folk Band in Europe at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and most recently winner of Folk Band of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

Weekly traditional Irish Ceili class – Tir Eoghain

Irish Ceili (Kay – Lee) Community Dance Class – Folk

Portland, OR – Weekly drop-in classes
Every Tuesday evening, 7:30-9:30pm
St. Therese Multi-Purpose Center, 1260 NE 132nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230
$3 – $5 sliding per person per evening

Don’t be bashful, there are new folks almost every week! You do not need to be Irish to learn something new! Only $3-$5 (what you can afford). Class is from 7:30-9:30pm every Tuesday night. Come have fun and get active while reducing stress and having fun! Don’t stress that you don’t know how to dance because every week there are beginners like you attending. And don’t worry if you are experienced, plenty of challenging dances for you too!
The Tir Eoghain (Tyrone) Irish Dance & Ceili (kay-lee) class is where it happens! We are celebrating 38 years teaching this great cultural event that is not only good for your spirit but also your health to the community! It is a self supporting cultural event. Try it and dance a jig, leap to reels, have more fun on St. Patrick’s Day and meet new friends!
Come drop-in every Tuesday night for this class that has been ongoing since 1978! 13 & older. Bring your water bottle, wear comfortable clothing and a pair of dance shoes or sneakers.

The Tír Eoghain group started in 1978 with Brother Eugene from Co. Tyrone, Ireland (hence the name Tír Eoghain, the Gaelic spelling of Tyrone) and Mary Rose Kerg of the All-Ireland Social Club which is now the All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon.

Brother Eugene had the drive and expertise to teach traditional Irish dance here in the Portland area and Mary Rose assisted in the organization of such.

The dances we do are primarily Céilí (KAY-LEE). They are group, social dances that are from Ireland. Kind of a cross between contra and a square dance.

Media http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tW4VN7aeQ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erm8fdoaAiY