From those years, we don't have many photographs or recordings, no movies, yet the heritage stands far from mute as we view these beautiful 19th century churches with their glorious details. And the words of the Irish writers who paid tribute to that era, in written material and song, or in speech, were eloquent and moving. Larry Kirwan, Peter Quinn, Pete Hamill, Peter McNamara, Thomas Fleming, Ann Maguire, Kathleen Hill, Malachy McCourt -- we salute you as bards. Just to remind everyone, telephone calls to Cardinal Egan should be directed to 1-212-371-1011, ext. 2990 - ask for Communications.
Upcoming festivals: The Irish Summerfest of Euclid - Euclid, OH, Thursday Through Sunday; 26th Annual Taste of Chicago - Friday Through July 9 and Irish American Heritage Festival , also Chicago, July 7-9; Colorado Irish Festival, Littleton, CO, July 8-9;Sláinte Irish Festival , Patchogue, NY, July 14-16; Canada's Irish Festival, Miramichi, CA, also July 14-16; Saline Celtic Festival , Saline, MI, July 15; and, if you happen to be in New York State's Catskill region, East Durham's Irish Arts Week - July 9-16, with the Traditional Music Festival as the culmination of the Week. More can be found at http://www.aviso.net/dir/usa/irish/events/index.htm.
-- Patricia Jameson-Sammartano, WGT Culture Editor