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Dublin, Ohio--home of the Dublin Irish Festival! (okay, I really live south of there and my hometown is even further south in central Ohio, but...)
About Me:
I'm a professional storyteller, specializing in Irish and Irish-American history, stories and songs. I have a husband of 32 years, four kids-- one in the Air National Guard and recently engaged to an Irish dancer, one just moved out in November, one away at college and one in high school--and two cats who let us live with them.
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I prefer trad and sean-nos (I have competed in Irish language singing on a local level), but enjoy most things Irish or Celtic (hey, I even own some cds of Scots bagpipe!)
Currently Reading? (Books Magazines etc)
Finally getting around to the Discworld series, after a friend suggested watching "The Hogfather" for Christmas (or Hogswatch)

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Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest--This weekend!

Posted on May 19, 2009 at 12:11 3 Comments

I hope anyone in the Chicago area will stop by and say hello--my husband and I will be hosting the Irish Wake Tent (nothing serious, just a going-away party!) across from the Cultural Tent the whole festival. I will also be telling stories and sharing the lore of the fairy folk in the Cultural Tent each day (Tales of the Fairy Pipes on Friday at 5 pm and Sunday at 1 pm, Fairy Lore Saturday at 7 and Monday at 1)--That's this weekend, May 22-25!

Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest--May 22-25, 2009

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 22:05 0 Comments

So why am I talking about that festival? Only because I'm going to be there, with the Irish Wake exhibit! More info as it comes about, but I hope to meet up with some of the "County Cook" Irish there!

Five years ago today, I kissed the Blarney Stone

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 15:16 0 Comments

I hadn't planned on doing anything so tourist-y, but we couldn't get to Kinsale and we found ourselves in Blarney--or rather, in a B&B looking out over Blarney town--and the next morning it just made sense to stop and see one of the most famous sites in Ireland. And since there was practically no line when we got to the top of the ruins....The things I remember most of that place was hearing the church bells peal out over the town (Lady's Day in Harvest time, after all) and the fairytale… Continue

I'm still around...a little teary, but here

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 13:03 2 Comments

#2 Son left this morning for basic training (Air National Guard)--the first chick out of the nest (three others still at home) and I'm drooping a bit. I know he'll be okay, I know he'll be back--not till November, in time for the holiday season--and I know he's not likely to be called into active duty, but I've never said goodbye to one of the kids for longer than 11 days before and even then I could call them.

And yet...this is the way it's supposed to be and it's not as bad as all those… Continue

Athbhliain faoi shéan agus faoi shona dóibh!

Posted on January 1, 2008 at 16:32 0 Comments

That's a prosperous and happy New Year to you all! May all your changes be for the best.

That's my wish this year because I see many changes coming in my own life. #2 Son, the one who used to help me with the Wake Tent, joined the Air National Guard just before Christmas and will be shipping out for training soon. He'll spend six months in Texas (Sheppard AFB) and possibly more, depending where he interns after the training. He'll be an EMT (emergency medical technician or paramedic)… Continue

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At 8:43am on November 02, 2012, Daithi Locha gave Cathy Jo a gift
At 10:35am on February 23, 2012, Alan Fanning gave Cathy Jo a gift
At 19:38 on July 7, 2008, Dabhoch said…
Pogs agus barrogs, mo chara..!! We're still kickin' the ball around the chatroom whenever we can..!! Lots of new folks, new DJ's, and the craic is still 90..!! Lots of folks seem to have trouble staying in there - lots of drops.. Maybe we all need new computers Grrr... Good to hear from ya, sweetheart..!!
At 15:44 on April 16, 2008, Bob Kirby said…
Yup, you surely did. Glad to add you to the friends list.
At 11:03 on February 13, 2008, Dimitris K. said…
Thank you Cathy for the add! We have to think the continue...:)..

Greetings from Greece,
At 23:37 on December 31, 2007, Chris ( GER ) said…
wish you a happy new year...!!!...:)
At 18:19 on December 24, 2007, Dabhoch said…
Nollaig shona duit..!! Glad Yule..!!
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
May your heart be light as a song.
May each day bring you bright, happy hours
That stay with you all the year long..!!
(HUGS) and *SMOOCHES*, Caitlin..!!
At 14:12 on December 17, 2007, John Sullivan said…
Hi Cath! Nice new stuff at LI... hope everything is good.
At 16:48 on November 25, 2007, Marshall Coulter said…
Greetings! Can identify with the cats "allowing" your presence. Amadeus (pictured) weighs about 170# now and "allows" whatever he wants (nice leopard!). Welcome aboard LiveIreland!
At 18:44 on October 29, 2007, Chris ( GER ) said…
Thanks for the welcome Cathy...:)

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