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Playlist: St. Patrick's Day

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

Get into the spirit of the day with Irish history, music, and more.

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Erin go Bragh: St. Patrick's Day

From Loyola Productions, Inc. | Part of the Kaleidoscope series | 01:33:41

View Kaleidescope's St. Patrick's Day Playlist. Dedicated to the late broadcaster, J.P. McCarthy—Detroit's #1 Irishman—here is a two-hour celebration for St. Patrick's Day. In song, poetry, and prose, this program is an exploration of the Patron Saint, the culture, the lore, and the luck o' the Irish!

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One of two Kaleidoscope programs for St. Patrick's Day, this episode originated for a 2 hour commercial radio slot.

*See "Timing and Cues" for suggested edits, if any, for call letters, date/series info, etc.

*This program originated on analog tape using non-digital source material. Some tape hiss and record pops should be expected.


Hour (49:00-1:00:00)

The Chieftains: San Patricio

From Joyride Media | 59:00

The Chieftains and Ry Cooder present the history behind their collaboration inspired by The St Patrick's Battalion of Irish-born soldiers in the Mexican War.

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Public Media Service and Joyride Media are happy to announce a new one-hour CHIEFTAINS & RY COODER radio special featuring their unique take on a rarely told chapter of Irish-American history - the story of the "San Patricio Battalion," Irish immigrant soldiers in the US-Mexican War who deserted their US posts to fight for the Mexican side.
 
Chieftains' Paddy Maloney, Ry Cooder, Irish-American historian Peter F. Stevens and members of the Mexican-American band Los Cenzontles discuss the history of the San Patricio Battalion, the kinship between Irish and Mexican cultures, and how they relate to the music from the SAN PATRICIO album, plus one exclusive live track from a Jan 2010 Dublin concert.

The Irish Connection

From Capital Public Radio | Part of the Connections series | 59:00

“There are only two kinds of people in the world,” goes the saying, “The Irish, and those who wish they were.” That may be the reason so much classical music celebrating the Emerald Isle is by non-Irish as well as Irish composers. Join host Stephen Peithman for Irish-inspired classical music, from Purcell to Beethoven, from Mendelssohn to Victor Herbert.

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The Irish Connection

Series 13-04


This piece begins with: 

 

I'm Stephen Peithman. Welcome to Connections.

 

Music: 01   The Fair Day - Vivace Ma Non Troppo Presto, 00:00 - 00:05, then under                        [:05]

            From Harty Irish Symphony, track 02

 

“There are only two kinds of people in the world,” goes the saying, “The Irish, and those who wish they were.”

 

In the next hour, classical music celebrating the Emerald Isle--from Purcell to Beethoven to Victor Herbert.

 

Music up full,   00:16 - 00:31, then under                                                                                    [:15]

 

Beginning in the late 17th century, the Irish increasingly looked to traditions, folklore, and music that would be relevant to their ongoing struggle for independence from English rule and influence.

 

In the process, they introduced people outside Ireland to this musical heritage, as well—including the English.


The program continues with samples of Irish music by different composers, best summed up by the promo copy: 

 “There are only two kinds of people in the world,” goes the saying, “The Irish, and those who wish they were.” That may be the reason so much classical music celebrating the Emerald Isle is by non-Irish as well as Irish composers. Join host Stephen Peithman for Irish-inspired classical music, from Purcell to Beethoven, from Mendelssohn to Victor Herbert.


 

Timing

28:47     Part 1 [24:12 music + narration]

29:13     Part 2 [25:41 music + narration]    

01:00     Underwriting break

59:00     TOTAL

 

 

 


 

RECORDINGS USED

CD Title

Group/Artist

Disc/Track*

Catalog #

UPC

Harty Irish Symphony

Ulster Orchestra, Bryden Thomas

2

Chandos CHAN 8314

095115831427

Instruments from the Russell Collection

John Kitchen

10

Delphian DCD 34039

801918340390

The Beggar’s Opera

Adrian Thompson (tenor), Broadside Band,

2/29

Hyperion CDA 66591/2

034571165912

Beethoven Edition Box Vol 17 - Folksong Arrangements

 

Thomas Allen

4/3

Deutsche Grammaphon 453 786-2

0028945378626

Sweet Power of Song

 

Felicity Lott, Ann Murray (sopranos)

1

EMI Classics 0077774993029

 

0077774993029

 

Field Complete Piano Music: Rondos

Pietro Spada

2

Arts 47179-2

600554717920

Danny Boy, track 3

 

Kiri Te Kanawa

3

EMI Classics 47080

077774708029

Mendelssohn: Sonata in G Minor/Fantasia, Op. 15/Variations, Op. 83

Benjamin Frith

4

Naxos 8.553358

0730099435826

Flotow: Martha

Lucia Popp, Siegfried Jerusalem

2/9

RCA 74321 32231 2  [Germany]

743213223124

Stanford: Six Irish Rhapsodies

Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley

1/1

CHAN 10116

095115858127

Harty: An Irish Symphony

 

Ulster Orchestra, Bryden Thomas

2

CHAN 8314

095115831427

Symphony No. 1

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones

1

Naxos 8.553525

730099452526

Herbert: Eileen

Dean Power (tenor),  Orchestra of Ireland, David Brophy

2/4

New World Records 80733-2

093228073321

*Multi-disc recordings indicated as disc#/track#

 

 

 

 

Script Date: 02/27/2013 1:32:36 PM

St. Patrick's Day 2011 - Ireland and the Irish in Film 11-10

From All Classical Public Media | Part of the The Score with Edmund Stone series | 59:00

This week on The Score with Edmund Stone, Ireland and the Irish in Film.

Edmund_for_the_score_ad_8-2012_small This week on The Score with Edmund Stone, Ireland and the Irish in Film. We’ll hear music from The Secret of Roan Inish, Ryan’s Daughter, The Quiet Man, Waking Ned Devine, and other films that celebrate the Emerald Isle and its people on the next edition of The Score.

Higher Powers

From Playing on Air | Part of the Playing on Air Full Length Episodes series | 53:00

Aidan Quinn, Audra McDonald and Tonya Pinkins star in shorts by John Patrick Shanley (Oscar, Pulitzer, Tony winner) and Lynn Nottage (Pulitzer Prize winner). In Shanley's charming BANSHEE, an Irish sprite offers a teacher an out-of-this-world proposal. In Nottage's funny and powerful POOF! a woman's words prove cosmically potent.

Audra_mcdonald_grey_sweater_credit_autumn_de_wilde_small Aidan Quinn, Audra McDonald and Tonya Pinkins star in shorts by John Patrick Shanley (Oscar, Pulitzer, Tony winner) and Lynn Nottage (Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony winner). In Shanley's eerie but charming Banshee, an Irish sprite who can sense the dying offers an ailing teacher an out-of-this-world proposal. In Nottage's funny and powerful POOF! a woman's curse proves cosmically potent. Banshee by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck, Outside Mullingar) features Geraldine Hughes (Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa) and Aidan Quinn ("Elementary," Michael Collins, Desperately Seeking Susan). Poof! by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Intimate Apparel, By The Way Meet Vera Stark) features six time Tony winner Audra McDonald (Porgy and Bess, 110 In The Shade, A Raisin In The Sun, Ragtime), Tony winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change, Jelly's Last Jam) and Keith Randolph Smith (Broadway's Fences, The Piano Lesson). Directed by Seret Scott. Original music composed for both plays. Interview after each features playwright,director and cast. Spoiler: turns out Geraldine Hughes and Aidan Quinn truly believe in banshees.

Celtic Connections (Series)

Produced by WSIU

A weekly series (cherry-picking of episodes is permitted). Celtic Connections offers listeners a variety of traditional and contemporary music associated with the western European lands occupied at one time or another by people of the Celtic tribes and their descendants, including Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and Galicia, as well as Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and other parts of North America where the Celtic influence has been felt.

Most recent piece in this series:

Celtic Connections 1749

From WSIU | Part of the Celtic Connections series | 58:28

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The medleys in this week's all-instrumental program feature tunes with the word "favourite" in the title, usually preceded by the name of the musician associated with the tune, or even the composer of the tune. We follow the British/Irish spelling by keeping the letter "u" in the word on Celtic Connections.

Celtic Connections offers radio listeners a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music associated with the western European lands occupied at one time or another by people of the Celtic tribes and their descendants, including Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and Galicia, as well as Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and other parts of North America where the Celtic influence has been felt.

 

The program's host, Bryan Kelso Crow , also brings you great music from England and from Scandinavia and other European regions, all of which have connections with a Celtic past.

 

Each week on Celtic Connections , you can count on hearing the finest selections from new releases as well as from Celtic classics. We also offer occasional concert performances, recorded exclusively for Celtic Connections , along with original interviews with some of the top names in the Celtic music world.

 

Voice of the Troubles: Stories from the Irish Conflict(52/59 minute versions)

From Charles Lane | 59:00

Exploring conflict in the modern world through the stories and experiences of the Irish Troubles.

Vottourture_small For Americans watching current events in Iraq, the stories of the Troubles are haunting. And when the looking glass is pulled back we see eerie similarities between the two conflicts: warring factions on all sides with a foreign army caught in the middle trying desperately to keep the peace. What is it like to live in constant conflict? What does the brink of civil war sound like? Voice of the Troubles answers those questions for an American audience by entering the lives of those who lived in Ireland during the 70s and 80s, waking up each morning to find bodies on their doorstep and bombs under their kitchen window. The program begins with an intimate conversation with a hunger striker's brother who was with him on his last night alive. We then hear two starkly different interpretations of the riots and protests that followed. The second segment follows the earlier lives of two children growing up during the Troubles, the good times and the bad. The program concludes in a soundscape of wisdom on the effects of conflict, how it erodes even the most fundamental elements of society. It's history passed through the lens of today's headlines.

Luck o' the Irish

From Wind and Rhythm | 58:30

St. Patrick is one of the best known saints of the early Christian Church because the people of Ireland have kept his memory alive for about 1600 years. We can trace the use of the shamrock as an icon in the Irish tradition to his teachings and of course many of us know that he is credited with getting rid of all snakes from Ireland. These are great legends and they are the basis of our program this week at the gathering place for people who love band music.

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The mission of Wind and Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

Through Emerald Eyes: Liner Notes Special on Ireland

From Liner Notes | Part of the LINER NOTES series | 59:00

Irish and Irish-American authors and artists explore the magical isle.

Photolgirelandweb_small An exploration of the breathtaking scenery, cultural delights and captivating cities of the Emerald Isle. Guests include Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes), Pete Hamill, Nuala o'Faolian, Larry Kirwan, Mary Pat Kelly, Colum McCann,Jimmy Breslin and others. Listeners are taken on a literary pub tour of Dublin, learn about the must-see spots, and where to find the best music. Production of LINER NOTES is made possible through the generous support of Cunard: classic British ocean liners offering a most civilized adventure.

Shadows on Sparks Street

From Sarah Boothroyd | 53:42

This is the true story of the only Canadian federal politician in history to be assassinated, the last public execution in Canada, and a mystery that refuses to die. Sarah Boothroyd explores this nineteenth century world of spies, lies, secrets and murder.

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140 years ago one of the Fathers of Canadian Confederation was gunned down just a few blocks from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Thomas D’Arcy McGee remains the only Canadian federal politician ever to be assassinated. He has been called “Canada’s JFK” – a charismatic politician, poet, and journalist, shot on the doorstep to his rooming house on Sparks Street. He was killed six days before his 43rd birthday, and left behind a wife, a brother, and a 10-year-old daughter.

This is the story of Canada’s first political assassination – one that happened less than a year after the new Dominion of Canada was formed – and one that many think led to the wrongful conviction and execution of Patrick James Whelan, an Irish tailor. Shadows on Sparks Street by Sarah Boothroyd explores this mystery, drawing on various archival materials as well as the expertise of historians David Wilson and David Shanahan, as well as lawyer Lawrence Greenspon.

View related images and archival materials online at http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/features/2009/12/18/shadows-on-sparks-street-cd/ and view the short video trailer for this story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aADI7iTszYA

St. Patrick’s Day 2010: Luck O' the Irish

From All Classical Public Media | Part of the The Score with Edmund Stone series | 58:28

Cinematic music from Ireland celebrating her history, moods and mysteries on The Score with Edmund Stone.

Edmund_for_the_score_ad_8-2012_small This week on The Score with Edmund Stone we celebrate the Emerald Isle with The Luck O‘the Irish. Cinematic music from Ireland that honors a land and its people who are inextricably interwoven into the fabric of who we are. Join us for The Secret of Roan Inish, Ryan’s Daughter, The Quiet Man, Waking Ned Devine, and Angela’s Ashes. Celebrating Ireland and her history, moods and mysteries on The Score with Edmund Stone.

Compact Discoveries 96: Classically Irish

From Fred Flaxman | Part of the Compact Discoveries series | 58:56

Irish folk tunes turned into orchestral music by Leroy Anderson, Victor Herbert, Frank Bridge and Hamilton Harty.

Cdslogo2inch_small You don't have to be Irish to write Irish music any more than you have to be Jewish to love bagels. So this hour includes American composer Leroy Anderson's "Irish Suite" and English composer Frank Bridge's "An Irish Melody: Londonderry Air," as well as two pieces by composers who were actually born in Ireland: Victor Herbert and Hamilton Harty. Although this hour is perfect for scheduling on or near St. Patrick's Day, that Irish holiday is not actually mentioned, so that this program can be used any time. If you want this program to come out to exactly 58 minutes, you can do that by fading the closing "Danny Boy" music out at that time. Otherwise the song, as performed by the Celtic Tenors from their album, "Remember Me," will conclude at exactly 59 minutes. The complete script for the program, including information on every CD used, is available here or at www.compactdiscoveries.com.

BEAT LATINO 004: San Patricio's Day - The Celtic Side of Latin

From Catalina Maria Johnson | 58:52

Music for St. Patrick's Day from the Latin/Latino musical universe.

Beatlatino-st-pats_small Beat Latino, hosted and produced by Catalina Maria Johnson, celebrates in every hour a different facet of the extraordinary diversity of the Latin/Latino musical universe.

Beat Latino presents music that is not only wonderful to listen to but illuminates a particular historical and cultural context. This hour of Beat Latino presents music from a variety of intersections of the Celtic world and the Latin world. Hosted in English and Spanish, the hour includes selections of the Celtic-origin bagpipe music of northeastern Spain and Portugal, Tex-Mex/Irish folk-music, salsa from Scotland and a salsa-tinged and most danceable version of "Danny Boy" by Ruben Blades from Panama!

THIS PIECE PREVIOUSLY LISTED AT ANOTHER URL - SEE THE 5-STAR REVIEW HERE: http://publicradioexchange.org/reviews/6876

Broadcasts nicely for St. Patrick's Day, or just about anytime!

Frank McCourt on "The Song Is You" with Bonnie Grice

From "The Song Is You with Bonnie Grice" Group | Part of the The Song Is You with Bonnie Grice series | 59:00

A SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY REMEMBRANCE ON "THE SONG IS YOU": Author of the best-selling memoir, Angela’s Ashes among others, Frank McCourt traces his life musically from the Rocky Road to Dublin, featuring the Chieftains and the Rolling Stones, to the sounds of New York, New York with Frank Sinatra.

Frank-mccourt-cp-300-705297_small A SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY REMEMBRANCE ON "THE SONG IS YOU": Author of the best-selling memoir, Angela’s Ashes among others, Frank McCourt traces his life musically from the Rocky Road to Dublin, featuring the Chieftains and the Rolling Stones, to the sounds of New York, New York with Frank Sinatra.

The Chieftains

From Joyride Media | 59:01

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with The Chieftains.

Chieftains_small THE CHIEFTAINS RADIO SPECIAL PLEASE CONSIDER SCHEDULING THIS PROGRAM AROUND ST. PATRICK S DAY The audio for this program is now available. PRSS Feed: Wed, March 8, 1600 ET Program ID: 06-000-00198 Channel: A72.7 Stereo One-hour music documentary salutes The Chieftains, Ireland's musical ambassadors to the world. You'll hear music they've recorded throughout their storied career, interviews with the band, comments and tributes from Celtic music historians and special guest artists who have joined them over the years - including Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs and Don Meade. Host: Acclaimed Celtic singer/songwriter Susan McKeown Producer: Paul Chuffo, Joyride Media Length: 59 mins with top/bottom of hour breaks Broadcast window: March - April, 2006 Terms: Free for all USA radio stations Contact: Andy Cahn, cahnmedia@comcast.net, 201-386-1736


Half-Hour+ (30:01-48:59)

Don't Go Far...

From Documentary on One - RTE, Ireland | Part of the RTE Documentary On One series | 39:01

The story of two boys who, in 1985, instead of going in for their dinner, decided to go on a little journey....

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Dublin in August 1985 and two boys aged 10 and 13 hop on a DART train for a ride that will take them a few thousand miles beyond their stop.

Keith and Noel were friends. They had a knack for bunking off. One day they hopped on a Dart and skipped out to Dun Laoghaire for a laugh. Nothing there but boats and day trippers. So they snuck on a ferry and went to Holyhead. They'd been there before. The last time they'd been spotted and sent packing. This time they made if off the boat and bunked on to the train to London. Back home their dinners were getting cold.

They got talking to a fellow voyager who admired their skills and offered them a meal and a sofa for the night in the family home. Then he dropped them back to the London station. They saw a tube for Heathrow and figured they might fly home. Keith and Noel were used to getting trains and buses and ferries. This wasn't their first adventure. They'd been to Butlins, they'd been all over. Keith used to bunk off school and go on little adventures. But they'd never taken a plane.

They hadn't any luggage to speak off. Heathrow was a pretty big place for a 10 year old, but no one bothered them, no one asked to see their tickets. Keith and Noel just walked on through the checkpoints telling anyone who needed to know that their mum was just behind them. That's all. Straight through Heathrow international airport with nothing but a few coins they'd nicked from the charity fountain. Dead easy.

The lads asked a passenger where his plane was going. He said New York. Keith looked at Noel. Noel looked at Keith. In for a penny. Surely someone would stop them. Someone did. They told them they were sitting in their seats. The lads got up and moved down to the back of the plane, an Air India Boeing 747, just like the one that had blown up off the Irish coast two months before killing everyone on board. Security was tight. Someone was going to twig it.

Then the doors closed, the plane moved away from its gate. A few minutes later Keith and Noel were taking off in to the London sky bound for JF Kennedy International airport in New York. Outbound movie playing that week was the new James Bond - "A View To A Kill".

Brilliant.

(PRX homepage image from Shutterstock.) 

Erin go Bragh (1 hr.)

From Loyola Productions, Inc. | Part of the Kaleidoscope series | 47:56

View Kaleidescope's St. Patrick's Day Playlist. Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with this edition of Kaleidoscope. From Mose the Firefighter to terminology and Irish practices, here is a look at the fact and fiction of the Emerald Isle.

Patricks_day2_small One of two Kaleidoscope programs for St. Patrick's Day, this episode originated for a 1 hour commercial radio slot.

*See "Timing and Cues" for suggested edits, if any, for call letters, date/series info, etc.

*This program originated on analog tape using non-digital source material. Some tape hiss and record pops should be expected. 


Half-Hour (24:00-30:00)

Sisters of Mercy

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes series | 28:56

In a little known chapter of American history, hundreds of thousands of Irish Catholic children were taken from their families in New York City and sent West by train to live with Protestant families.

Orphantrain1_1__small The contributions that Irish nuns made to help destitute immigrant Catholic children in New York City were instrumental in developing modern American social institutions like foster care and welfare. Maureen Fitzgerald says before the nuns aided these children, they were being sent to live with Protestant families outside NYC, often never seeing their parents again. Also: Cindy Hahamovitch compares the history and experience of guest workers in the United States to other countries.

01 - 'Ca de mar ata tu!' (Hello)

From Raymond McCullough | Part of the Celtic Roots Radio series | 29:56

Celtic 'n' roots music, 'n' craic from Northern Ireland. Check out all three pieces in the series!

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with music from:

Tinsmith, (Maryland, USA)
- Cold, Frosty Morning Set (Jigsaw);

Green Man, (California, USA)
- She Moved Through The Fair, (lovedeathbeauty);

Leahy, (Canada)
- B Minor, (Leahy);

Green Man, (California, USA)
- Moodball, (lovedeathbeauty);

Hollie Smith, (New Zealand)
- Gone, (Light From A Distant Shore);

Fret Not, (California, USA)
- All My Tears, (Hundredfold)

Produced by Precious Oil Productions Ltd, for Celtic Roots Radio

RN Documentary: Seamus Heaney: Bogging In Again

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the RN Documentaries series | 29:30

Poet and Nobel laureate revisits dark past in response to recent wars and violence.

Showimage_small Northern Irish poet Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. Since then his lines have been quoted by world leaders, his new translation of "Beowulf" has become a best-seller, and he has praised rapper Eminem for encouraging interest in poetry among young people. But in his latest collection, District & Circle, Heaney returns to some of the darkest images of his work in the 1970s...when the violence in Northern Ireland was still his main preoccupation. Perro de Jong talked to the poet at the 2006 Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam. About the perils of discarding history too soon...and the need to go back to the "first life" of memory and place when the world makes you feel "simply lost?

Sly Crooner Episode 50 - Jack St. Patrick

From Geoffrey Tozer | Part of the Sly Crooner series | 28:30

An Irish Love story.

Oogaboogasquare_small Jack is full of swagger and cash until he meets Katie, soon to be the woman of his dreams.  But there's a catch and a long, and winding road involving some jail time.  Nothing Jack can't handle but, is it worth it?

Sly is in rare form as he takes on this tortuous tale of love, redemption, hard time and harder times.


Segments (9:00-23:59)

The Radio Ballads (Series)

Produced by Susan O'Leary

The Stories Behind The Songs

Most recent piece in this series:

To The Borderline: David Francey Interview

From Susan O'Leary | Part of the The Radio Ballads series | 08:30

Late_edition_small Canadian singer-songwriter David Francey talks about inspiration, endless touring and the importance of melody on the eve of the release of his 9th album, Late Edition, and the beginning of a mammoth tour that will take him all around North America and over the water to Ireland.

Blue Collar Babysitter

From Eric Winick | 11:35

A portrait of Mike Butler: tannery worker, hard drinker, avid gambler, and, in the eyes of three young boys growing up in suburban Massachusetts in the 1950s, the greatest babysitter ever.

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Story by Jim Perakis, from the files of Yarn AudioWorks.

Jim Perakis is the former CEO of Hyperion Software.


Cutaways (5:00-8:59)

The real Irish St. Patrick's Day

From Maeve Conran | 05:59

How do the Irish celebrate St. Paddys Day?

Default-piece-image-2 Irish Producer Maeve Conran, takes a nostalgic look back at what the old St. Patrick's day celebrations were like...but Ireland 20 years ago was a whole other world. The new 21st century Ireland is a whole different thing, and so is the celebration of the national holiday. Interviews with a priest and theologian on the religous and historical significance of St. Patrick, aswell as a talk with the man in charge of the St. Patricks Day Festival, no longer just a 1 day deal, but a 5 day, event, expecting 1 million attendees. But the real celebration happens in the local pub, as barman Vivian Walsh, explains...

The St. Patrick's Day Parade, Dublin, 1965

From Jackson Braider | 05:51

The Irish in 1965 felt differently about St. Patrick's Day

Default-piece-image-0 First aired in a much abbreviated and altered form on Day to Day, 3/17/04 The Braider family moved to Ireland in 1963 because my father was a writer and it was a cheap place to live. Who knew that being the second-best student in religious knowledge at St. Conleth's College (his older brother was the best) would land commentator Jackson Braider in a tableau vivant cruising up and down Dublin's main drag on St. Patrick's Day?

Marketing the Irish Brand

From Stephanie Hughes | 05:02

Ireland is one of the first countries to successfully promote itself abroad as a brand. But on St. Patrick's Day, a holiday famous in the US for its pub crawls and green beer, what does that brand represent?

Irish_flags_small Most Americans have an idea of what it means to be Irish.  That may be partially due to the fact that Ireland's government has done a great job of branding itself overseas. But on Saint Patrick's Day, a holiday famous in the US for its pub crawls and green beer, what does that brand represent?  Stephanie Hughes reports.

True Story of St. Patrick

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Wandering Jew stories series | 08:18

St. Patty's Day and night in Butte MT: crime and punishment on the richest hill on earth.

Bgeye_small Crime and punishment on the richest hill on earth. Aired St. Patty's Day 1988 on NPR-ATC.


Drop-Ins (2:00-4:59)

Harrigan

From Song and Memory | 03:34

A Brooklyn woman how on St. Patrick's Day her father and his friends from the neighborhood would sing a spirited rendition of the classic drinking song 'Harrigan.

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Harrigan
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Song and Memory

Kathynapoli3yrs_small In this Song and Memory story, Kathy Napoli of Brooklyn, New York, remembers how every St. Patrick's Day her father would get neighborhood men to come up to the family's apartment and drunkenly sing Irish songs . Her most memorable song is "Harrigan" an Irish-American tune from the musical Yankee Doodle Dandy.

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland - A Child's View

From Maeve Conran | 03:00

St. Patrick's Day - as explained by school children in Dublin.

Default-piece-image-1 The pupils of St. Annes Elementary School (Scoil Aine) in Clondalkin, a suburb of Dublin, talk about who St. Patrick was and why he is the Patron Saint of Ireland. From minding sheep on a mountain to getting rid of all "the big massive spiders", St. Patrick was a busy guy...but why do snakes wear seatbelts?

A Priest and a Barman in Dublin

From Maeve Conran | 03:31

Irish producer, Maeve Conran, returns to her native Dublin to find that St. Patricks Day is a different kettle of fish from days of yore.

Default-piece-image-0 Irish producer, Maeve Conran, returns to her native Dublin to find that St. Patricks Day is a different kettle of fish from days of yore. Ireland is a whole different place from what it was 20 years ago, secular, modern, multicultural...so does a celebration of the origins of catholicism in Ireland, have a place in the Ireland of today? Carmelite priest Fr. Vincent O'Hara, describes how St. Patrick first came to the country and how the catholic tradition lives on. Bar man Vivian Walsh gives the inside story on what the real celebration is like, more partying than prayer, and just how much guinness can one city drink?


Interstitials (Under 2:00)

Dear Little Shamrock

From James O'Connor | Part of the Sound Beat series | 01:30

A brief history of St. Patrick and his use of the shamrock, set to an historic cylinder recording.

Shamrocks_small St. Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland, was actually born in Scotland…to Roman parents.  Kidnapped and forced into slavery in pagan Ireland around 400 AD, he’d remain from his early teens until age 20. He’d escape to Britain by ship, but would return to spread the Gospel. To make his point, St. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock as a symbol of the Christian Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

No Irish Need Apply

From James O'Connor | Part of the Sound Beat series | 01:30

When "The Great Hunger" ravaged Ireland in the 1840's, some emigrants to the U.S. received a frosty welcome.

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When a potato famine crippled Ireland in the 1840’s, Irish citizens flooded US port towns, especially Boston. By 1855, about half of Beantown’s hundred and fifty thousand residents were foreign-born, the vast majority of them Irish. The huge influx of poor and malnourished led inevitably to prejudice, and NINA, or No Irish Need Apply signs, came to be. Posted on shop windows, restaurants and the like, the signs forbade Irish from applying for advertised job openings.