Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day and a Happy Birthday to the Pups

St Patrick's Day!

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Father Ray wishes everyone a Happy St Patrick's Day!
Buddy and Biddy's birthday is also today, Happy Birthday
to them!!

Germany Celebrations Recap

Here is the Facebook Post:
I had the pleasure of spending last weekend as an invited guest to Munich in Germany for their St Patrick' s Celebrations. Having had a wonderful guide to show me some of the sites of the city. 1. Town Hall with its Carillion which plays four different tunes on the hour. We climbed the 306 steps to the bell tower of St Peter' s Church where we saw some wonderful scenes and buildings of the city.
On Saturday we had our St Patrick's Mass at in St Ludwig Church
I was the main celebrant at the Mass and while I delivered my homily in English, Mary Ronane followed me with a perfect German translation.
The Mass was attended by over 1000 people and our music was provided by Dean Power (Tenor ), Teresa O'Donnell ( Harp ), Abigail McDonagh ( Violin ) and Dermot Hyde ( Uilleann Pipes ) I sung the Gloria during the Mass and led the people with Hail Glorious Saint Patrick.
After the Mass each there was a short concert and each musician entertained the congregation in the church and needless to say I sang "Hallelujah".
Meanwhile, from about midday on the Saturday, Bavarian TV were making a tv programme including myself with famous chef Fritz Haring. He runs a Resturaunt on the lake outside Munich in a small town called Tutzinger and he travels the world making tv programs. The show will probably not feature on Bavarian TV until St Patrick' s Celebrations 2018.
Then it was off the Hofbrauhaus for the Pre Parade Party where there was a sold out night of entertainment. Over 600 fitted into the hall. I entertained the audience with a selection of Songs from my album "Where I Belong". In the Irish spirit of the evening, Galway Bay and Danny Boy were the favourites and I finished up with "Hallelujah". I was delighted to meet two of my special friends Marion and Tomas from Dresden who came with their young daughter to the show to say hello.
Last year they invited me to Dresden to sing at their wedding and we have become very close friends since then.
St Patrick was in attendance too.
At 9.30am on Sunday morning, we attended our pre parade breakfast. I met the Irish Minister of Agriculture, Michael Creed, after a typical Irish/ English breakfast it was off to the parade for a midday start.
I was in a horse-drawn carriage and I thought I should make friends with the horses before they pulled me along. Thousands of people lined the streets (estimated at 20,000). I felt like royalty in my carriage as I waved to the people. Minister Creed met some of his Kerrygold Cows on the parade. And The "Walking Man " stretched out his arm as we passed him along Leopold Boulevard.
When we reached the platform on the Wittelsbacherplatz I blessed to Shamrock in the Irish language. Then various speakers including our Irish Minister spoke and the the real party started with plenty of entertainment for a few hours. Again I sang my few Irish songs and finished up with Hallelujah.
My sincere thanks to Fr Nial Leahy for his kind hospitality over the weekend, and to Paul Daly, David Dempsey and all the organising committee for inviting me to be part of this special Irish Weekend in Munich. I hope we can do it again sometime.

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