Mind Yourself works to improve the health and well-being of Irish people in London. Based in Angel Islington they work throughout London. They provide one-one health related advice, information and support, accompaniment to health appointments and a wide range of group activities including choir, yoga, film and book groups, and meditation. They also have monthly Carers and LGBT support groups. For more information, call 020 7354 5248; email: email@example.com
Mind Yourself and Irish in Britain are organising a fun run like no other on October 26th on Clapham Common.
The All Ireland Run for Your County event, sponsored by Mount Anvil, who create homes and communities in London, will see 500 runners draped in their county colours taking part in either a 5 or 10km run. There’s even a 2km track for children. Proceeds to Cuimhne and Mind Yourself’s Mental Health Programme. Follow on twitter #Run4cty. Runners can register online at www.innovationsports.co.uk Click on “Races” at the top of the page and then on the All Ireland Run. There is also a link at both www.mind-yourself.co.uk and www.irishinbritain.org
Irish Spectrum Radio and irishradio.org are delighted to have a special guest reviewer to give you her eye witness view on our featured show Rhythm of the Dance.
Friend of our programmes, Carly Murphy, an accomplished Irish dancer herself is Head of Dance at a large secondary school. Carly has a BA(hons) in Dance and professional practice from Coventry University and a Masters of Teaching from The Royal Academy of Dance. As you can imagine, she sets the bar high! Here is what Carly told us about Rhythm of the Dance, which she went to see with a group at The New Wimbledon Theatre:
“Rhythm of the Dance is a colourful, high energy Irish music and dance spectacular from start to finish.
From the opening haunting Celtic sounds, to the driving rhythms of the finale, the show brought the audience on a journey of Irish music, dance traditions and history punctuated with a modern edge. The up to date beats and a fusion of styles, including the fun and flirtatious Charleston to the tango added another dimension to the dynamics of the production and culture of the music and dance.
The dancers were sensational. Their incredibly fast footwork, synchronisation and seamless transitions into a variety of visually exciting formations brought the music to life. The raw power and energy of the male dancers and grace and precision of the female troupe were impressive and showcased the athleticism of the dance, particularly when driven by the exceptional musicians who pushed the tempo and energy throughout. The musical conversations between the dancers and the musicians demonstrated rhythmical complexity and talent from the whole cast.
The beautiful tones and harmonies of the young Irish tenors were captivating. From their moving ballads to the rousing hand clapping, foot tapping inducing traditional songs, which had the whole audience participating, they embodied the spirit and vitality of Irish music which excites theatre-goers.
A fantastic production, which will entertain fans of the traditional and new audiences alike. Rhythm of the Dance is a show not to be missed!”
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The Lark in the Bower Sang Sad Songs
Irish Spectrum Radio review: Tony Horgan’s autobiography, The Lark in the Bower Sang Sad Songs is receiving acclaim from The Irish Post, The Kerryman, Radio Kerry and others. Irish Spectrum Radio have posted a review of our own at irishradio.org and would highly recommend the book. It skilfully, yet charmingly, tells of life in 1930s Killarney, taking in every facet of Irish life – the landscape and local architecture, education, sport and leisure, music, industry and commerce, family life and military experiences. Of course, rich and colourful descriptions of the local characters are key. It progresses to Tony’s experience of emigrating to Fulham in 1946, meeting his late wife, Mary, at The Garryowen and details his happy family life with four children and grandchildren, who are proud of him for compiling this significant record of social history. It also tells of his contribution to the Irish community in west London. Tony does not shy away from the hardships of the era. This is not a tale told through rose tinted spectacles and yet it is not a depressing read but highly entertaining. As Tony says, “I am putting pen to paper because the worst ink survives the best memory.” You can also still hear the podcast of Tony Horgan’s interview with Radio Kerry at media.radiokerry.ie. The book is available on Amazon and from The Killarney Bookshop.
Synopsis: A social history and autobiography of an Irish boy growing up in Killarney during the hungry 1930’s who eventually boarded the cattle boat from Dun Laoghaire to England.
So gracefully written, so full of interesting and evocative detail. Making so many connections with literary and historical figures. It’s a real tour de force. What an amazing memory he has for places and people… Such an enjoyable read. Priscilla Thomas. Historian. “I read this book in one evening .. it is outstanding .. it has economy, purpose, character and lyricism .. a lovely homage to Killarney .. important as social history (incredibly, photographically detailed) .. a joy to read” John Hart “A rich social history…His memories of old Killarney are still vivid and it shines through in his book” Kevin Hughes,The Kerryman Satellite Steve View all the World Cup action!!! **** For TV aerial and satellite services call Satellite Steve on 07776 143608. Steve can help you get peak performance from your HD TV and multimedia technology. Call Steve now for friendly advice and a no obligations quote, including provision of channels from all over the world, including Ireland. To view the best movies and shows available call Steve – satellite, aerial and international channels provider on 07776 143608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ****
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