Friday, December 31, 2010


This from Society Member Cliff Armas

Terry McCarthy and I have been attending the Summer School of Bagpiping every year. I have attended the last four years and Terry a tad longer than I. It is a fantastic school. For one week you get to be immersed in piping or drumming and better yet get to go out for a toddy or two every night. The instructors are literally world class.

I received an e-mail from John Keys,CAPT, LAFD (Ret.), giving the dates for the school in 2011. John helps organize the school.

Here is the info about the school and tuition. The school is held at the Army and Navy Military Academy in Carlsbad. The prices are: $775 for room and board (including linens), and $615 for day use (including 3 meals per day). The dates are June 17 to June 24. If you have any questions, talk to Terry or yours truly. I know it is some major coin but worth the money. Put it this way, a week of golfing or skiing would be more expensive.

Irish Honoree OTY Nominations Due (City of Los Angeles)

Nominations for Irish Man and Woman of the Year Requested

The 136th Annual Irish Day Civic Ceremonies Committee is now accepting nominations for 2011 Irishman And Irish woman
Of The Year (OTY) and also for 2011 Irish Honorees' of the Year.

The 2011 Irishman and Irishwoman and Irish Honorees' will be Honored By The Los Angeles Mayor And City Council on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2011 at the136th Irish Day Civic Ceremonies in the Los Angeles City Council Chambers and then feted at the Official City of Los Angeles' St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Thursday, March 17, 2011 and the Grand St. Patrick's Day Ball and Rose of Tralee Presentation on Saturday, March 12, 2011 in the Grand Ballroom at the Atrium Hotel, Orange County John Wayne Airport.
Irish Day Civic Ceremonies are Sponsored By The Los Angeles City Council, Under The Auspices Of Councilmember Tom Labonge and the Irish Fair Foundation, Inc.

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria For All Honors Is That The Nominee:
A. Is Recognized As An Outstanding Leader And Major Contributor In Their Career, Social, Arts, Cultural, Religious, Business, Academic, Sports Or Political Field, and as such, reflects great credit on Irish Americana in general; or
B. Is recognized as a major celebrity figure who by virtue of their success, character and integrity reflect great credit on Irish Americana. or
C. Is Recognized As A Major Contributor And Leader In The Local American Irish Community By Virtue Of Their Involvement And Service Efforts In Local Activities, Programs, Organizations And Clubs.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than February 11, 2011.

Nominations Should Be Mailed To:
Irish Nominees
C/O Irish Day Civic Ceremonies
Post Office Box 2429
Toluca Lake, Ca 91610-0429

Sunday, December 26, 2010

IRELAND & SCOTLAND: 04/18/11 - 04/25/11 Eight Day Trip

This from Society Member Larry Breazeale

IRELAND & SCOTLAND: 04/18/11 - 04/25/11 Eight Day Trip wife Rebecca Candelaria, a 9th grade English teacher, is looking for any Emerald Society members who may want to join in on an 8 day trip to IRELAND & SCOTLAND, leaving the L.A. area April 18 and arriving back on April 25, 2011.

The trip is part of the famous "EF" tours.

Rebecca will be a group leader. Every year, she and I go on these trips to Europe, with several of her fellow teacher friends from work. This time, she has several slots available. If you or, anyone else you know is possibly interested, please contact my wife Rebecca by phone at 714-282-9723 or e-mail her at . If you commit AFTER this Dec. 31st, 2010, the fee may increase somewhat.

Thank you for your consideration.
- Larry Breazeale,
Deputy Sheriff LASD retired

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

An Nollaig – An Irish Christmas

Thursday, December 23, 8:00pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall

LA Phil Presents Eileen Ivers:
A rare treat for lovers of Celtic music! Experience fiddle sensation Eileen Ivers, her superb band and championship Irish dancers as they celebrate Christmas in the unparalleled magnificence of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

This is a great opportunity for the Irish community to enjoy a Celtic music celebration this holiday!

For tickets and information, visit:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Irish News Christmas Party

ALTADENA CA: Irish News Christmas Party Mon Dec 13 8pm – 10pm

Kris Colt Concert 8:PM at The Coffee Gallery Backstage 2029 N. Lake St. Altadena, Ca. 91001

Hope to see a lot of you there; this will serve as our
Irish News Christmas Party.

Annual St. Vincent de Paul Friends Outside Children's Christmas

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums entertain children at the annual Saint Vincent de Paul Childrens Christmas Party in Anaheim, California. Pictured is the opening ceremony march. The second video shows the Band performing in the big tent.

NCLEES London 2012

Dear Emerald Society Members,

I wanted to give you an update on how we are progressing and I am pleased to announce that as of now you can reserve your rooms for the NCLEES Fall Conference in London 2012.

The below link will take you to the hotel information page where you will find full details including a photo slide show, sample food menus, facilities and a link to the secure on-line booking engine where you can reserve your room and get instant confirmation direct with the hotel.

The MPS Emerald Society has an allocation of 60 rooms for this conference and we are advising NCLEES members to reserve their rooms for this event as soon as possible.

Flights will not be released until approximately one year prior to the conference, however at this stage you can reserve rooms for the core days of the event (11th October 2012 - 15th October 2012) and later add or amend the booking with extra days as your travel plans are firmed up.

I would be grateful if you could publicise this within your own Emerald Society so we can get as many people interested as possible and that early bookings can be made. This will help me with extra bargaining power when I return to the hotel to finalise the discounts along with other preferential offerings.

Rooms can be secured with a credit / debit card at no charge at this stage. You may cancel rooms at no charge up to 1400 local time, three days prior to arrival.

If you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them by return email or by sharing them to the wider group on our web forum.

Please note that my mailing list for this event is still being developed and is by no means exhaustive. If you know of someone whom has expressed an interest in the conference please feel free to pass this onto them.

I look very much forward to seeing you in London in 2012 for this unique and first conference outside of the United States. I will be doing my utmost to ensure that you get an opportunity to see some of the very best of what London has to offer including some seldom seen sights. If you have been to London before and already done the tourist trail worry not there will be plenty more to do on the schedule.

Can I ask that when you book your rooms can you email me the room type you have booked along with confirmation numbers so I can ensure that they tally up with the hotel booking system.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry and peaceful Christmas.

Patrick OHara
NCLEES 2012 Coordinator
MPS Emerald Society

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lee Robinson, Father of Milburn Robinson - EOW

Brother and Sister Emeralds,

Brother Milburn Robinson asked me to pass on the information on the passing of his father Lee Robinson, who some of you may remember when Milburn would bring his family to our Emerald Society events. Lee Robinson passed away peacefully at home and the entire Emerald Society extends its condolences to the Robinson family. Please see the attached information on the viewing and services for Lee Robinson. May Lee Robinson rest in peace and God Bless the Robinson family.

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

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