Newsletter Summer 2016

Chicago Irish American Alliance Newsletter  Summer    2016

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 Upcoming Events

 The Picnic

The 2016 Irish American Alliance Annual Picnic and Pig roast is here!!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

This year, thanks to the intricacies of the Cook County picnic grove reservation system, we are at a new location (a location we have enjoyed in the past):



This Grove is on the EAST side of Harlem and Grove features easy access handicapped parking, a beautiful rustic stone pavilion and lots of shade trees.

There will be live Irish music by Murphy-Roche Irish Music Club, a Field Mass, Food & Drink, Fun & Games for all and Raffles.

We have expanded the menu to include hamburgers and hotdogs throughout the afternoon and are shooting for an earlier arrival of the cooked pig

Mark your calendars – Save the date – see you there!

For those interested in a rosary, please meet at Noon at the pavilion.

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day White Sox Game

This year’s game is on Friday, September 9.

The opponent is the World Champion and Central Division rival the

Kansas City Royals

In a game which (we hope) could have real importance.

Plan to arrive early and join the on field parade with us (remember, free commemorative Sox hats to all who march).

Better yet, join us on the bus and avoid the cost of parking!

See the flyer for more information.  Bus leaves at 5:00 pm Parade Starts at 6:00 pm. Game Starts at 7:00 pm

Day at the Races

2016’s Irish American Alliance Derby Day at Hawthorne Race Track is penciled in for Saturday, November 5th – details are to be announced.

Recent event


(“Water of Life 2016”) a/k/a “The Whiskey Tasting”

The Theme of this year’s Whiskey sampling was “Irish Roots – American Branches” and showcased excellent spirits both in the bottles and among our members. Three Irish Whiskies were sampled alongside three American Ryes and Bourbon. First place in the blind taste challenge was taken by member and Pig Roast Expert, Maurice Cochran.

Members Meeting

For those who wish to help with the picnic, or any of the other events scheduled for this fall, there will be a meeting on Thursday, August 11th at 7 pm at the IAA (Tom Lynch’s) office, located at 9231 S Roberts road in Hickory Hills. Refreshments will be available.

 Member’s News

Our friends of the Murphy Roche Irish Music Club have released a new CD entitled “The Boys of Murphy Roche”. Previous releases have been “The Girls of Murphy Roche”, “Twos and Threes” and “One”. All are available for purchase and clips can played on their web site They have performed brilliantly at our Pre-Parade Party and Picnic for the past several years now and it’s been great to see as they grow in talent. We are pleased to have them providing the Music at our Picnic again this year!

Laurell Brogan has recovered from a fracture and John is doing better so we look forward to seeing them at the Picnic also.

Jim O’Reilly recently paid a quick visit to the hospital but they let him go the next day and all looks OK.

 Preview of 2016 Irish American Alliance Events

Watch the News Letter and web site ( for further information on our 2016 Events as the dates approach.

August 28              Picnic (see flyer)

September 9           Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day White Sox Game

October 2016        Golf Outing*

November 2016    Derby Day*

*Details will follow in a future mailing.

Just a reminder for those who are interested, Milwaukee Irish fest runs from August 18 through August 21 this year.

Would you like to add your event to our Calendar?  Let us know, call 708-598-4838 or e-mail the information to!

A Wee Bit of Humor

Murphy walked into the IRS office and kept strolling around the place and chatting with the staff. When the manager asked what he wanted he said

“Oh nothing really – I just wanted to meet the people I’m working for.”

Back before the Euro:

Old Mrs. O’Leary boarded the bus in Cork and asked the conductor for a tenpenny ticket and handed him a five pound note. Hogan the conductor asked “Is this all you have ma’am?” She said “Oh not at all, I’ve got forty-eight pounds in the bank.”

An American tourist was driving the Ring of Kerry when the rental car conked out. He got out to see if he could locate the trouble when he heard a voice behind say “It’s the carburetor that’s the problem.” He turned around but he only saw an old horse. The horse repeated “It’s the carburetor that’s the problem.” The yank nearly passed out from fright and dashed into the nearest pub and downed a large whiskey. He then told Feeney the barman about the horse.Feeney said “Pay no mind to him – he knows nothing about cars anyway.”





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