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SEATTLE-IRISH NEWS JULY-AUGUST 2007

By JOHN KEANE

CONDOLENCES - Catherine McMorrow, born in County Cavan in 1909, died last month in Edmonds aged 98. Catherine came to New York in 1926 where she worked as a housekeeper for New York Governor (later President) Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

In 1931 she married Frank McMorrow from County Leitrim, and in 1945 they moved to Ellensburg. In 1997 they moved to Edmonds where Frank died in 1998. Catherine is survived in Edmonds by son Hubie, his wife Gerri, and other relatives and friends, including many in Ireland, to all of whom deepest sympathy is extended. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis - May her faithful soul be at the right of God.

AT THE STAGED reading from James Joyce's Ulysses during Seattle's Bloomsday celebration on June 16: Maura Donegan, Ellen Coyle, Wendy Joseph, and Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh who each portrayed aspects of Gerty MacDowell from Ulysses.

AT THE STAGED reading from James Joyce's Ulysses during Seattle's Bloomsday celebration on June 16: Helen Brew with Congressman Jim McDermott, Bill Kuhn, George Reilly, and Joseph Ryan who each portrayed aspects of Leopold Bloom from Ulysses, with Niall McDonnell and Don Berg in the background.

AT THE STAGED reading from James Joyce's Ulysses during Seattle's Bloomsday celebration on June 16: Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh, Christina Bonfield, Niall McDonnell, Joe Martin, Don Berg, Congressman Jim McDermott, Bill Kuhn.

IRISH PICNIC - Seattle's Irish Community Picnic is July 22, noon to 6 PM, at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore (see www.parks.wa.gov for directions). All are welcome, especially families.

Admission is free - just bring your own food and drink although there will be hot dogs and hamburgers provided for those who forget. There will be hurling and football for young and old along with kids' races, tug-o-war, sack races, water-balloon-toss, etc.

Our crowd gets bigger each year and we suggest getting there early to ensure a good parking spot (free parking). For more information, contact (206) 229-8512 or melissae@irishclub.org.

IRISH BASEBALL - Discounted admission tickets are available to Irish Night at the Mariners, July 31, for the Mariners vs. LA Angels at Safeco Field, and you don't have to be Irish to buy them! $18 view reserved seats are just $10, and $38 field level seats are just $24, and each ticket includes an Irish Night Mariners baseball cap. For tickets and more information, visit www.mariners.com/IRISH.

GALWAY TRIP - Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels travels to Ireland from September 28-30, on a Sister City visit to Galway during Galway's Oyster Festival. Seattle Galway Association members and supporters are invited to join the Mayor and his party in Galway during the festivities and the more the merrier!

For details, contact Heidi Kinsella at (425) 822-2333 or visit www.etitravel.com/galway. For Galway Oyster Festival information, visit www.galwayoysterfest.com.

15TH FEICEÁIL - The Irish Heritage Club will have gatherings on the 15th of each month for people to socialize, at a movie, meal, or excursion, etc., without a lot of bother. Everyone is invited to participate.

The first 15th Feiceáil gathering is July 15, for an all day trip to Sol Duc Falls and Ancient Groves Nature Trail in Olympic National Park (www.nps.gov/archive/olym/dayhike.htm). Bring a lunch and plan to take the 10:10 AM Edmonds Ferry and drive from Kingston. To arrange carpools or for more information, contact Melissa at (206) 229-8512 or melissae@irishclub.org.

GAA TELECASTS - GAA games can now be seen Live at Fadó Irish Pub in downtown Seattle (First Avenue at Columbia) for $20 per game or $100 for the season. For details on games and times, call (206) 264-2700.

ENNIS REUNION - The last weekend in June, 150 descendents of Christopher Ennis met in Bellevue for a family reunion, many of them traveling long distances to attend, from Oklahoma, New Jersey, and places in between. The event was organized by the matriarch of the clan, Mary Dore, who lives in Bellevue and who at one time owned an Irish restaurant in Bellevue called Christopher's.

PHOTO: Dennis Williams
AT THE ENNIS family reunion in Bellevue, a representative of Whitman College in Walla Walla presents Mary Dore with the Sally Rodgers Award for Lifelong Achievement.

PHOTO: Dennis Williams
THE HEFFRON BROTHERS, great-grandsons of Westmeath man Christopher Ennis, at the Ennis family reunion in Bellevue.

Her late husband, Fred, who died in 1996, was Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court. Mary's grandfather, Christopher Ennis, was born in Raharney, County Westmeath, in 1845 and came to Nevada in 1869, working his way west laying the railroad.

He came to Walla Walla, Washington, in 1871 where he initially worked as a butcher. He later herded cattle for the Kirkman Brothers and after joining them as a partner, bought their 2,000 acre farm where he raised cattle and grew wheat. He died in Walla Walla in 1904.

DORE AWARD - At the Ennis family reunion, Mary Dore was presented by Whitman College with the Sally Rodgers Award for Lifelong Achievement. The award is given every other year by the Alumni Association to "an individual or individuals who graduated from Whitman College over 50 years ago and whose life exemplifies the qualities of a liberal arts education."

Both Fred and Mary Dore were graduates of Whitman College in Walla Walla, and they turned their grief over the 1961 crib death of their daughter, Christine, into a lifelong prevention crusade against what is known today as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and its devastating effect on parents.

They raised money for medical research to prevent SIDS, and they tried to comfort bereaved parents who like themselves had lost a baby to the mysterious ailment. Fred died in 1996 and Mary still lives in Bellevue where she is also involved in the Seattle Galway Association and in the Friends of St. Patrick.

FUNDRAISER - The Seattle Breast Cancer 3-Day will take place September 7-9, benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. A fundraiser in aid of the event will be held at Mick Kelly's Irish Pub in Burien on July 19. For more details, contact kds7620@yahoo.com.

CONGRATULATIONS
To John Kane who recently received his Irish citizenship which he claimed through his Galway-born grandfather.

To Cora and Patrick (who hails from Dublin) Finney on the recent birth of their baby daughter, Penelope Ann, who weighed in at six pounds 14 ounces!

To Claire McHugh from Mayo, a barrister-at-law graduate of the King's Inn in Dublin, who is the 2007 Thomas Addis Emmet law fellow. She recently arrived in Seattle to spend the summer working on public service law projects at the Washington Appleseed Center.

DON'T FORGET
o Seattle's Dance for Life Feis (Irish Dancing) is July 28-29, Seattle Airport Marriot, 3201 S 176th Street. For details visit www.srsirishdance.com/DFLhome.htm.

That 32-question non-intrusive survey of the Pacific Northwest's Irish-born is ongoing. Contact Melissa at (206) 229-8512 or melissae@irishclub.org.

HOBAN REUNION - Descendants of Thomas Hoban and Eleanor Sloyne from Lisbane, Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, who married in 1867, will hold a two-day family reunion on August 25-26, at the Senior Activity Center in Kent with displays, history program, cemetery visit, group photo, etc. For more information, contact Bill Mallow at wpmallow@hotmail.com.

POKER CHAMP - Ciaran O'Leary from Seattle, originally from County Cork, won the $727,012 first prize in the No-Limit Hold'em tournament at the 2007 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He was one of 2,998 players who each paid $1,500 to play. O'Leary operates a remodeling/construction company in Seattle.

PIGOTT DONATION - A donation from Seattle's Pigott family has established an American History Lectureship at Dublin's Trinity College. At the announcement, Mark Pigott, Chairman and CEO of PACCAR, spoke of his great-grandparents, Michael and Anna Pigott, who left Ireland in 1847.

Their son William settled in Seattle and in 1895 founded the company that today is called PACCAR, known mainly as a worldwide manufacturer of premium light- medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

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