Tag Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

“No St. Patrick’s Day during Genocide” places focus on Palestine

A group of local Irish community members is asking the public to support and advocate for Palestinians this St Patrick’s Day. The group hopes to draw attention to the current deteriorating situation in Palestine.

Justine Rogers Basan, an organizer of the event, explains how the day will highlight the genocide in Gaza and the historical solidarity between the Irish and Palestinian people and draw parallels between the oppression experienced by both communities. The organizers of the event have called for a ceasefire, a Canadian arms embargo, and an end to the occupation in Palestine.

“No St. Patrick’s Day during Genocide” will take place at Waterloo Town Square on March 17 at 11 am.

Irish Real Live Festival focuses on alternative ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up — and with it, a whole bunch of stereotypes about Irish culture. The organizers of the Irish Real Life Festival in Kitchener wants to move beyond the usual narrative towards a deeper understanding of Irish culture in the broader world.

The eight-day festival is in its 9th year and celebrates all elements of Irish culture and not just those which, in 2019, led to a party that at its peak saw 33,000 students converge on Ezra St in Waterloo.

The Festival kicked off last weekend in Kitchener amidst local and international tensions. Organizers of the Irish Life Festival spoke with CKMS News about how they are working to expand people’s understanding of the Irish story by, if not detaching it from the association with heavy drinking, at least showcasing another side of Irish culture.

Within this year’s program, various events draw on Irish storytelling, spirituality and history to demonstrate similarities between different cultures and how, even in the face of war, peace is possible.

CKMS Community Connections for 15 March 2021 – The Holidays

Show Notes

Today is The Ides Of March, but the 15th of March falls in a run of other celebratory days: Pi Day, St. Urho’s Day, and of course, St. Patrick’s Day. So today we depart a bit from our usual format with some holiday music, and a poetry reading. The recording of Gene McCavic is a bit unclear, so here’s the text from the definitive St. Urho’s web site.

Ode to Saint Urho

by Gene McCavic and Richard Mattson

Ooksi kooksi coolama vee
Santia Urho is ta poy for me!
He sase out ta hoppers as pig as pirds.
Neffer peefor haff I hurd tose words!

He reely tolt tose pugs of kreen
Braffest Finn I effer seen
Some celebrate for St. Pat unt hiss nakes
Putt Urho poyka kot what it takes.

He kot tall and trong from feelia sour
Unt ate kala moyakka effery hour.
Tat’s why tat kuy could sase toes peetles
What krew as thick as chack bine neetles.

So let’s give a cheer in hower pest vay
On Sixteenth of March, St. Urho’s Tay.

Music Index

Time Title Artist Album
0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc Steve Todd CKMS Community Connections
0m26s Ides of March (XPS10) Sean O’Loughlin
3m50s Pi Day LaMar "Mr. Q-U-E" Queen, David "Mr D" Landix
6m44s Pi Hard ‘N Phirm
9m50s Ode to St. Urho Gene McCavic
10m30s St. Urho’s Day Polka Lloyd Houle and the Northshore Neighbours
13m35s Heavy Metal Perse – Urho Somberlain218
16m58s Gillis Mountain The Rankin Family Fare Thee Well Love
20m04s Fare Thee Well Love The Rankin Family Fare Thee Well Love
24m34s North Country The Rankin Family North Country
28m09s I See Fire – The Hobbit – Ed Sheeran Peter Hollens
32m58s Something I Can’t See Poor Angus The Gathering
37m02s Rambling Boys of Pleasure The Irish Rovers The Irish Rovers 50 Years – Vol. 2
40m34s Fields of Athenry Brier Irish Drinking Songs
44m44s Stars (Oscar Wilde) The Mahones The Hunger & The Fight (Part One)
50m52s Bonnie Dundee The Irish Rovers The Irish Rovers 50 Years – Vol. 1
55m02s Pi Song Extended 10,000 Digits Johann Frias

CKMS Community Connections Hour One airs on CKMS-FM 102.7 on Monday from 11:00am to Noon, and Hour Two airs on Saturday from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

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