night owl chat – some irish music

In honor of the G8 summit being held on the Emerald Isle, some kick-ass Irish music.

Ok, I love the opening shot of this video – “Traditional Irish music, Brogan’s Bar, Ennis, Ireland”

Bringing back memories for Chips – “Traditional Irish Music from LiveTrad.com: Fleadh Cheoil”

Now, on to the non-traditional – U2, of course, from “Boy” – “I Will Follow”

An unjustly overlooked band – Hothouse Flowers – “Don’t Go”

The Waterboys – “Fisherman’s Blues”

A little band from Ulster known as Snow Patrol – “Just Say Yes”

And, of course, another Northerner, Van the Man – “Open The Door (To Your Heart)”

This is your smiling Irish eyes night owl chat. (And Happy Bloomsday!)

148 Responses to “night owl chat – some irish music”

  1. 1 Dudette
    June 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm


  2. 2 Dudette
    June 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I might actually watch the show a bit this summer!

    • 3 amk for obama
      June 16, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Yes, oliver is good. Also. Too. All the sidekicks. Sam Bee’s hillary takedown in 2008 was epic.

  3. 4 vitaminlover
    June 16, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Is river dance considered Irish? I love to watch that.

  4. 11 Jovie
    June 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Where’s U2?

  5. 15 Dudette
    June 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden is inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame

    On March 21, 2013, Irish America magazine proudly inducted Vice President Joe Biden into the Irish America Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and luncheon was held at the J.W. Marriott Essex House. The Irish America Hall of Fame is housed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship and Emigration Centre in New Ross, County Wexford.

  6. 18 Jovie
    June 16, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Tu ra Lu ra lay!

  7. 22 Dudette
    June 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Oh LL!! Read it wipe my friend (or hop a plane to Atlanta) 🙂

  8. 28 Jovie
    June 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    By NICK GASS and ELIZABETH TITUS | 6/15/13 10:54 PM EDT
    Joe Biden said Saturday morning in Sunnyvale, Calif., he hasn’t changed his mind on the government’s collection of telephone call information, according to the pool report.

    In a 2006 interview with CBS News, the then-Sen. Biden said that the Bush administration’s practice of collecting similar metadata was “very intrusive.”

    “No, I was talking about a different program then,” Biden told the pool reporter on Saturday. “It was a different program.”

    Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) joined Biden at Hobee’s, a coffee shop chain in the Bay Area for a campaign-style stop, according to the pool report. The congressman from California is facing a tough primary challenge from Ro Khanna in the 17th District.

    Biden and Honda spent about an hour at the café chatting with customers and Honda’s district staff director Mari Maben. The veep stayed in the Bay Area on Saturday, with plans to see his grandniece receive her master’s degree from Stanford in the afternoon.

  9. 29 Dudette
    June 16, 2013 at 11:57 pm

  10. 31 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:11 am

  11. 32 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:11 am

    • 33 Dudette
      June 17, 2013 at 12:17 am

      UTV Live News – Article and Video
      Obama due in Belfast ahead of G8

      Published Monday, 17 June 2013
      US President Barack Obama is due in Belfast later, accompanied by his wife and children, ahead of the G8 summit hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron in Co Fermanagh.

      Mr Obama is only the third serving US president to visit Northern Ireland, following in the footsteps of Bill Clinton and George Bush.

      While Mr Bush’s visits in 2003 and 2008 were post-9/11 and security conscious, Mr Clinton and his wife Hillary enjoyed the hope blooming just a year after the paramilitary ceasefires.

      Their 1995 trip to Belfast was aimed at giving a boost to the still fragile peace process.

      “To this day, Bill Clinton and his First lady say visiting Belfast was the best day of his two-term presidency.” – Denis Murray

      Peace will also be on Mr Obama’s mind when, introduced by his wife Michelle, he gives a keynote address to an audience at the Waterfront Hall on Monday morning.

      Speaking to 1,500 young people and around 500 other invited guests, the president will hail Northern Ireland’s progress.

      Security does remains tight throughout the city ahead of the visit, with some roads affected by closures and a no-fly zone also in place – although commercial air traffic should not be affected.
      While Mr Obama will afterwards head to the Lough Erne Resort for talks with eight of the world’s most powerful leaders, the First Lady and daughters Malia and Sasha will travel to Dublin.

      Before the first full session of the G8 summit, Mr Obama and Mr Cameron will meet to discuss issues like the ongoing situation in Syria – with the US and UK concerned by chemical weaponry.

      The conflict will also be among the topics on the agenda when all eight leaders meet on Monday evening, and again when Mr Obama later holds bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
      [… more in the article]

  12. 34 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Excitement at POTUS’ arrival is building! 🙂

  13. 36 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Global BloomsDay Gathering Videos (readings of James Joyce’s Ulysses streamed from 25 cities across the globe)

  14. 37 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:39 am

    America’s First Lady will be gone from Dublin by the time “career agitators” gather in the city centre to protest her husband’s presence at the G8 summit in Fermanagh. [Article includes video, but I can’t get it to play cleanly on my PC]


    “Gardai are expecting anti-globalisation groups to assemble in Dublin city centre on Tuesday afternoon but by then Michelle Obama and daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 12, will have left the city for a visit to Glendalough.

    Tomorrow Michelle and her daughters are attending a special performance of Riverdance in the Gaiety Theatre after visiting Trinity College Library to see records of President Barack Obama’s Irish ancestry and the Book of Kells.

    The first anti-G8 protest demonstration took place in Belfast yesterday.

    The march, ahead of next week’s G8 summit in Northern Ireland, left the city’s Custom House square amid a major security presence.

    About 1,500 protesters, advocating a variety of causes, braved torrential rain as they walked through the streets.

    Anti-G8 protesters are also expected to travel to Dublin today after assembling in London to protest. Gardai are closely monitoring ports but do not expect major problems.

    The main anti-globalisation protest for Dublin is expected at around 1pm on Tuesday near the Shelbourne Hotel where Michelle Obama and her daughters have their overnight stay before leaving for Wicklow on Tuesday morning. Mrs Obama leaves Dublin for Berlin on Tuesday evening…” [More in the article]

  15. 38 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:40 am


  16. 39 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Independent IE (Irish newspaper) coverage of German elections

  17. 40 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Wow, I think there’s an echo in the room! Is anybody out there?

  18. 45 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 12:57 am

    @Tigerfists88 takes us on another terrific trip down memory lane from PBO’s visit to Egypt

  19. 46 Mellesia Barnett
    June 17, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Night owler checking in for the night shift. I haven’t said that in a while. Hey D watz up?

  20. 48 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 1:14 am

  21. 49 vcprezofan2
    June 17, 2013 at 1:16 am

    You guys have been awfully quiet. How do you expect me to stay awake if the place is so quiet I can hear my thoughts (actually only one) bouncing around? [I sure hope they don’t call me for work tomorrow!]

  22. 54 Mellesia Barnett
    June 17, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Vc am in the building

  23. 57 Mellesia Barnett
    June 17, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Thanks a lot D!:-)

  24. 59 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 1:34 am


    • 60 Dudette
      June 17, 2013 at 1:37 am

      Oh crap… I didn’t pay attention where that came from! Cooties alert! Cooties alert! Delete that this thing! DO NOT RETWEET!

      • 61 globalcitizenlinda
        June 17, 2013 at 7:06 am

        was going to warn u about that source – responsible for a big chunk of my hair being pulled out

      • June 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

        I retweeted and then saw your warning. He had already thanked me for retweet before I could undo. I did undo it? What’s going to happen? Cooties you say? Will I get a virus? I’m nervous. . . 😳

  25. June 17, 2013 at 1:35 am

    A different look at Dublin for tourists. . .

  26. 64 vcprezofan2
    June 17, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I’m poking around in the TOD archives ( good hanging-out spot) before going to bed. I never knew FLOTUs used to wear glasses…


  27. 68 vcprezofan2
    June 17, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Dude, Mellesia, CarolMNow that I know you have each other for company I’m going to bed in case they call me to work.

  28. 69 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Off-topic but worth it!

  29. 70 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 1:48 am

  30. 72 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 2:10 am

    This guy seems to be a whiny pos.

    Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has linked his departure from New York University to “unrelenting pressure” from Beijing.

    Mr Chen has been a fellow at NYU since mid-2012. He is to leave this month.

    The activist caused a diplomatic flurry last year when he fled house arrest and went to the US embassy in Beijing. He was later allowed to go to the US.

    NYU has rejected his claim, saying his fellowship had always been expected to last a year at most.


    Beijing authorities wanted “to make me so busy trying to earn a living that I don’t have time for human rights advocacy, but this is not going to happen”, he said.

    NYU spokesman John Beckman said Mr Chen’s claims were “both false and contradicted by the well-established facts”.

    “Mr Chen’s fellowship at NYU and its conclusion have had nothing to do with the Chinese government. All fellowships come to an end,” he said in a statement.


    So, what he wanted was a cushy sinecure while he “advocated”? eff him.

  31. 73 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 2:14 am

  32. 74 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 17, 2013 at 2:19 am


    Yes We Can

    • 75 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 17, 2013 at 2:51 am

      Rest well, TODers, and for those arising or already up and about on 17 June 2013 ….


  33. June 17, 2013 at 2:28 am

    So now that Father’s Day is over, I’d like to say how much I enjoyed the pictures and stories of great dads like President Obama and Dudette’s, both here and posted by friends on facebook. My own father had his issues. I guess it is best expressed by saying he loved me as much as he could, which wasn’t very much. He had had a difficult childhood and was very needy himself, I think, so didn’t have much left for others. Although never physically abusive to my mother, he was emotionally abusive to her. As much as having a great father has an effect on your life, a father like mine has an effect too. My mother’s father was the same way, and after going out of my way to find someone as unlike my father as I possibly could, I ended up marrying a person who was different in superficial ways, but ended up treating me the same way. It took me 16 years to figure this out. My son and daughter have both been affected by their dad’s immature emotional absence, although they are great kids and are doing well. So three generation repeating a pattern. I find great joy in President Obama’s wonderful, loving relationship with his family. I love how in every picture they are hugging, holding hands, touching in some way. I love to hear the stories of who love and laugh and send their sons and daughters out confidently into the world. I loved my father and I am sorry now for the things that prevented him from participating fully in our family and I am sorry for my ex-husband in the same way.

  34. 81 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 2:59 am

    • 82 amk for obama
      June 17, 2013 at 3:00 am

      A top leader in al-Qaeda’s north Africa branch has been killed in fighting with France, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has said, according to a statement carried by the private Mauritanian news agency ANI.

      According to the statement released by AQIM on Sunday, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, considered a top commander within the group, was killed in the ongoing fighting in Mali.

      The statement did not provide details of the date of Zeid’s death, though it comes three months after France first announced he had been killed.

      The AQIM said the Algerian-born Abou Zeid, died “on the battlefield defending Umma (the Muslim community) and sharia law.”

      Paris had announced in March that Abou Zeid was killed in fighting with its forces after France led an offensive to rout al-Qaeda linked groups from northern Mali.

  35. 83 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 3:01 am

  36. 84 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 3:04 am

  37. 86 99ts
    June 17, 2013 at 3:05 am

    My lovely mother’s favorite Irish Songs

  38. 91 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 3:08 am

  39. 92 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 3:21 am

  40. 93 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 3:22 am

  41. June 17, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Hello all! I’m trying to stay awake for President Obama.

  42. 95 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Ok…awake to watch Pres. Obama’s arrival. Chipsticks where are you? 😀

  43. 96 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Live link to watch Pres. Obama’s arrival. AF1 is there.


  44. 97 99ts
    June 17, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Not sure what this is – but it says “live” – from the BBC

  45. 111 JER
    June 17, 2013 at 3:45 am

    8:36 The eagle has landed! Air Force One has just touched down at Belfast International Airport …

  46. 116 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Watching arrival on BBC World News

  47. 117 99ts
    June 17, 2013 at 3:53 am

    “The children don’t oft get to go on these visits – must be exciting for them” – HOW DIFFERENT to the US media approach

    • 118 amk for obama
      June 17, 2013 at 3:58 am

      Indeed. The brit commenters sure are the very welcome departure from the third rate racist american media.

  48. June 17, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Commentator sayssss…Let them out of the cold….funny

  49. June 17, 2013 at 3:57 am

    the commentators sound sooooo delighted……..

  50. 121 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Flotus is gonna making the introductory speech at G8 ? Cool.

    • 122 Dudette
      June 17, 2013 at 4:07 am

      …and a 16 yr old young lady will introduce FLOTUS (BBC just mentioned)

      • 123 amk for obama
        June 17, 2013 at 4:09 am

        Yea, just saw that woman say that. The young generation sure do know the value of this man.

      • 124 99ts
        June 17, 2013 at 4:11 am

        I don’t know who this man is on the beep – but he is SO positive about PBO
        And the “young people are so excited to see him”

        What the h-ll is wrong with the US media – oh gosh – maybe it’s because PBO is “different”

  51. 125 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:04 am

    The kids there are all hyped up. Eat that teabaggers and rwnj’s and emoprogs.

    • 126 99ts
      June 17, 2013 at 4:13 am

      Truly sad that most in the US never get told how much the world loves PBO. All they know is how much it costs when the blah guy travels. Truly truly sad.

      Funny – no mention of whistleblowers

      • 127 anniebella
        June 17, 2013 at 4:23 am

        No mention of whistleblowers, because there is no whistleblower, Edward Snowden is a traitor.

  52. 128 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:05 am

  53. June 17, 2013 at 4:05 am

    The Young people are indeed our future…I loved their comments

  54. 130 anniebella
    June 17, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I just saw the First Family land. Nice.

  55. June 17, 2013 at 4:08 am

    how glowing he is in his praise of our President!

  56. 135 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:10 am

    Cool tweet!

  57. 136 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:12 am

    BBC guy just dinged the dumbya boy.

  58. 137 Dudette
    June 17, 2013 at 4:12 am

  59. 138 utaustinliberal
    June 17, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Hey TOD, I just put up a new post for us early birds since this one is getting crowded. So skidaddle over on there.


  60. June 17, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Wow…interesting issue…of having a world wide taxes …addressing tax havens

  61. 142 JER
    June 17, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Next Up…
    June 17, 2013 4:30 AM EDT President Obama Makes a Speech – Belfast, Northern Ireland: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    June 17, 2013 9:30 AM EDT – President Obama Speaks to the Media – Lough Erne, Northern Ireland: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  62. 143 amk for obama
    June 17, 2013 at 4:18 am

  63. 144 overseasgranny
    June 17, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Check out the Digital Library [free downlaods] at this site for a range of Irish music:


  64. 145 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 6:00 am

  65. 146 Jovie
    June 17, 2013 at 6:07 am

  66. 148 Mellesia Barnett
    June 17, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Good Morning everyone!!!! Oh what a beautiful day it is already

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