2019 Cultural Village
This year’s Cultural Village will showcase Irish literature, music and the language through visual exhibits, interactive tools and performing art demonstrations.
Attendees will learn how these changed over time and how they had a substantial influence over life for the Irish many years ago. The history of the Irish language will be showcased and displayed over time with visual exhibits. While much of this history is political, it changed from century to century and region to region. Language lessons will be given on-site at the event. Learn about Irish slang and Irishisms too!
The history and origins of traditional Irish music will be explored and displayed. Instruments will be displayed and played. Traditional Irish “Sing Songs” will provide an interactive opportunity for festival attendees to appreciate Irish story telling so prevalent in Irish songs. Notable Irish groups that will be showcased include The Wolfe Tones, The Dubliners, U2, The Cranberries, The Saw Doctors, The Clancy Brothers, and more!
The works of famous Irish authors and writers will be showcased and displayed. Authors such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats are just a few who will be recognized for their contributions. There will be an interactive display for kids, educating them that there is more to the Irish than a lucky four leaf clover and a pot of gold.
Other attractions will include the Rocky Mountain Wolfhound Association, Irish genealogy support from WISE (Wales, Irish, Scotland, England Family Search Society) and the Irish county flag display.
2019 Cultural Village Presentation Schedules
Friday, July 12th
|Friday, July 12th|
Saturday, July 13th
|Saturday, July 13th|
|11:30 AM||DNA||Greg Liverman|
|12:30 PM||Irish Language Basics||Dermot Healy|
|1:30 PM – 4:30 PM||Pipe Band Competition|
|4:30 PM||English That Irish People Speak (Irishisms)||Dermot Healy|
|6:00 PM||Pub Sing||Michael Thompson/Mulligan Stew|
Sunday, July 14th
|Sunday, July 14th|
|12:00 PM||DNA||Sylvia Tracy – Doolos|
|1:00 PM||Irish Language Basics||Dermot Healy|
|2:00 PM||What the Americans Thought of Irish Immigrants in Newspaper Cartoonsin Famine Times||Dennis Gallagher|
|3:00 PM||Leadville Irish Memorial Project||James Walsh|
|5:30 PM||Pub Sing||Michael Thompson/Mulligan Stew|
2019 Cultural Village Presenters
Denver native Dennis Gallagher, is son of Ellen Flaherty Gallagher and William Gallagher, a Denver firefighter. Dennis served 24 years in the Colorado Legislature and eight years on city council. He co-authored Images of America – Irish Denver which showcases the very first Irish in Denver who came as miners, railroad workers, soldiers and domestic servants.
Originally from a small town in County Galway (West of Ireland), Dermot Healy has been in the US for over 20 years – 15 in Upstate New York and since 2010 in the Denver-area. He has been active in the Irish-American community and has provided Irish language and cultural instruction over his years in the US. He is board member of the Irish Network Colorado and is an engineer by education. He travels back to Ireland frequently to see family and friends. He is married to Kristy and has two sons, Patrick and Conor.
Sylvia Tracy-Doolos has been interested in genealogy for over thirty-five years, and working as a genealogist for nine years as the owner of New Leaf Genealogy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and Broomfield Genealogy Society. Sylvia is President of the Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society, and Genealogist for Adams County Genealogical Society. She recently completed her B.A. in History with a minor in “American Linguistic Heritage”, after a career based on her education as a computer programmer. She also is a family history writing coach, guiding and inspiring people as they share their family’s story in their authentic voice.
James Walsh Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Dept. at the University of Colorado Denver, where he has taught for the past 19 years. He specializes in Irish-American, Labor, and Immigration history and politics. Walsh is the co-author of Irish Denver and several articles about Irish miners in 19th century Leadville. He is also the founder of the Romero Theater Troupe, an all-volunteer community organic theater troupe that preserves unknown stories of human rights struggles in Colorado.
2019 Cultural Village Organizations & Their Displays
Ancient Order of Hibernians – Michael Collins Division:
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City in 1836 at New York’s St. James Church. The Order can trace its roots back to the early 1600’s in Ireland. The Order evolved from a need in the early sixteen hundreds to protect the lives of priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic faith alive in occupied Ireland after the reign of England’s King Henry VIII. When England implemented its dreaded Penal Laws in Ireland, various secret social societies were formed across the country. These groups worked to aid and comfort the people by whatever means available. Similarly, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was founded to protect the clergy, and church Property from the “Know Nothings” and their followers. The first waves of Irish immigrants arrived in Colorado with the discovery of gold near Central City in the late 1850’s. By the early 1860’s, the Irish comprised Denver’s largest, and most visible, immigrant group. Desiring to band together as Irishmen and to protect the Catholic Church, a group of Irish miners in Central City formed the first AOH division in Colorado in 1878. AOH membership in Colorado soared throughout the 1880’s and 1890’s. By 1901 there were nine AOH division in Colorado. These divisions sponsored social and political activities and protected Catholic churches from the rising tide of reactionary anti-Catholicism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The AOH also participated in labor organizing in the mining region of Leadville. The Michael Collins AOH division will display information about where in Ireland those that immigrated actually came from – whether it was small, unincorporated crossroad villages, or larger cities or counties. In addition, they will display information about the history and locations of AOH divisions in Colorado.
Colorado Emerald Society
It is sung “It’s a long way to Tipperary”, but is a much longer way to Colorado from Ireland, especially if you are leaving Ireland during An Gorta Mor (great famine). Rather dwelling on the horrific circumstances that caused a million Irish ancestors to leave Ireland during the years of hunger, blessings should be counted that these ancestors provided the opportunity to be born in the United States of America, and for many of in the state of Colorado. The luck of the Irish, also known as the guiding hand of God, was with the Irish during a frightening and unpredictable voyage across the ocean. The courage, perseverance and adaptability our forefathers showed as they migrated from the east to west. They worked as maids and terriers (railroad workers) and farm laborers and miners so that their families could prosper. They educated their children who became police officers and fire fighters, and their children integrated into the world of business and politics. Today the Irish spirit touches every aspect of American life. Their courage became a part of Irish American heritage and it provided opportunities beyond their dreams. The Colorado Emerald Society pays respect to An Gorta Mor immigrants: Thank you for your courage. You endured the worst of life so that we could enjoy the best of life.
Irish Network Colorado
Irish Network Colorado (IN-Colorado) is a business network that connects Irish expatriates, Irish-Americans and friends of Ireland. Our mission is to provide a forum for social, business, and professional networking for our members and to strengthen economic, social, and cultural ties between Irish and American businesses in Colorado and more broadly between the U.S. and Ireland.
Kennedy Society of North America
The Kennedy Society of North America will play on J.R.R. Tolkien’s quote “Not all those who wander are lost.” They will loosely follow a “true to life” Irish immigrant family who survived the Great Famine and was part of the immigrant wave from Ireland that passed through Ellis Island. They will then ‘follow’ them to the coal mines in Ohio, and finally to Leadville, Colorado in pursuit of a better life. While their journey is a sad and tragic story, the Kennedy Society will focus on the indomitable Irish spirit and grit that kept this family moving forward and honor them for paving the way for all those of Irish descent to enjoy the life we have today. The Colorado Irish Festival is a celebration of who we are, where we have been, and where we are going!
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians:
Come explore artifacts depicting the beginning of the LAOH from the national organization. This organization was developed to welcome and support Irish women immigrants and their families as they came to America. Stop by their booth to enjoy traditional Irish recipes, bookmarks from the woman’s role in the 1916 Easter Rising and view their scrap book of faith, unity and Christian charity.
O’DEA Clan Association – U.S. Western Region
The O’Dea Clan is listed with the Clans of Ireland. This past May, they celebrated the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea in Ennis, Ireland May 10, 1318. Membership to the Dysert O’Dea Clan Association is open to anyone with the name O’Dea, O’Day, Dee, Dea, Day or other variation whose ancestors were from Ireland. Learn more at www.odeaclan.org. Next June 23-26, 2019 The North American Chapter of the O’Dea Clan will be hosting the International Clan Gathering in St Charles, MO.
Rocky Mountain Wolfhound Association
The Irish Wolfhound is an ancient breed, known in Ireland since before the Romans invaded. Many tales of these imposing dogs exist from 200 BC onwards. Used for battle, hunting, and guarding duties, the wolfhound gradually came to specialize in hunting wolves. After the wolf population was eliminated from the British Isles, wolfhound numbers decreased substantially. The Great Famine in the 1840s was also hard on this giant breed because people were unable to feed these huge dogs. In the late 1800s, Captain George A. Graham dedicated himself to restoring the breed to its ancient type. Generally a companion dog today, the Irish Wolfhound is also capable at lure coursing. Visit their booth and learn about their history, their immigration to the U.S. and how they have come to be a modern day family pet.
W.I.S.E. – Irish Genealogy
Volunteer Irish genealogists from WISE (Wales, Irish, Scotland, England Family Search Society) will be on-site to answer your questions about your Irish roots. They will have family location maps and surname displays available.