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March 27th, 2014

08:01 pm - Thy Damnation Slumbereth Not
Whoah. I haven't posted here for years, but I've been considering a return. Do people still use this thing? If so, then hello! I hope you've been well.

I made a lot of good friends here, and probably took the whole thing for granted before unintentionally abandoning it. I think that's how a lot of things get left by the wayside over the course of a typical life, though. Luckily, this part of the Internet is like a storage space that doesn't require rent to stay put. I appreciate it. I don't deserve it, but I appreciate it.

Anyway, if you're reading this, I probably haven't talked to you in ages. I hope you don't take it personally. How're things?

I live in San Diego now. San Diego's cool!
Current Location: United States, California, San Diego
Current Mood: full
Current Music: Half Man Half Biscuit - Thy Damnation Slumbereth Not

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January 8th, 2009

10:58 am - Muirshin Durkin w/ THE DIRGES @ Clancy's Long Beach Tonight!
Come hang out at Clancy's in Long Beach with us tonight (Thursday, January 8th) for the first Muirshin Durkin of '09!

For NO COVER from 8 pm to close (or whenever bartender Justin's head is throbbing from the nonstop cacophony of mandolins, bagpipes, and whiskey-ravaged vocal cords and he tells us to cut out that damned racket), thrill to:

Live music by THE DIRGES (between 9 pm and midnight when the neighbors will tell us enough is enough)!

Guinness and Harp for $3.75!
Bushmills for $4.50!
Connemara single malt Irish whiskey for $5.50!

Various flavors of Celtic music, from traditional to punk and in-between whenever the band's not playing!

Remember: Going out on a Thursday night just makes the Friday you thank God for seem longer!

Current Location: Long Beach, California
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: Hoist the Colors - When the Tide Turns

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December 11th, 2008

02:31 pm - Tonight: Muirshin Durkin w/ HOIST THE COLORS!
As with every second Thursday of the month, Muirshin Durkin Celtic music night will be happening at Clancy's (803 E. Broadway) in Long Beach tonight: December 11th, 2008!

No cover?
Guinness and Harp for $3.75 all night?
Kitchen open 'til 10 pm?

You got it! Come join us between 8 pm - last call!

Pogo, jig, or lazily sway to the lively and loud HOIST THE COLORS from 9 pm - midnight!

When the band's not playing, I'll DJ Celtic music that ranges the spectrum from The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem to The Pogues to Flatfoot 56 to Andy M. Stewart to Seamus Ennis to Flogging Molly to The Tannahill Weavers to Christy Moore to Hamish Imlach to The Dubliners to Black 47 to The Chieftains to The Battlefield Band to The Dropkick Murphys to The Makem & Spain Brothers to Blood Or Whiskey to Mill a h-Uile Rud to Ahead To The Sea to The Tossers to... well, I'm always open to suggestions! Drop some requests at celtcore.com!

Current Location: Long Beach, California
Current Mood: ecstatic
Current Music: Mutiny - Bligh

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November 15th, 2008

12:40 pm - THE MIGHTY REGIS? Mighty Astounding!

Whew! THE MIGHTY REGIS put on one hell of a show at this past Thursday's Muirshin Durkin at Clancy's in Long Beach. They're a phenomenal bunch of people, and I encourage you to see them in small venues while you still can, because I see big things (and big stadiums) in their future.

Overall, it was just a really positive night, filled with high energy and warm, fuzzy feelings: an excellent crowd fueled by excellent music. This all served as a bright, encouraging reminder of why I wanted to start this sort of thing in the first place. If you missed out, I'm sorry for your loss. If you really want to rub salt in the wound, Jason DeFillippo (who is, among other things, a photographer; his work was recently featured as the cover of Liam Clancy's new album) captured the spirit of the evening with a few heartwarming -- or heartbreaking if you weren't there -- pictures.

But take heart! We hope to have 'em back in a few months -- and they're one of the hardest working bands on the circuit right now, so I imagine you'll be able to see 'em at a favorite watering hole near you (if you happen to live near Los Angeles or San Diego). I know I'll be seeing 'em at The Auld Dubliner in Long Beach on November 22nd; check their site for upcoming shows and, for Pete's sake, pick up their new album. It's stunning.

Next month's Muirshin Durkin will be on December 11th (as always, the second Thursday of every month), and we'll be proud to present HOIST THE COLORS. The lads and lady from THE MIGHTY REGIS had nothing but great things to say about them, which leads me to believe that you should take the opportunity to get your filthy mugs out of the house and over to Clancy's that night! I know I'm already looking forward to it -- and looking forward to seeing you there!

Current Location: Long Beach, California
Current Mood: optimistic
Current Music: The Mighty Regis - Scotland (You Owe Us)

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November 13th, 2008

06:29 am - Muirshin Durkin @ Clancy's with THE MIGHTY REGIS! Tonight!
Muirshin Durkin monthly Celtic music night turns mighty with the lady and gents of THE MIGHTY REGIS on Thursday, November 13th @ Clancy's in Long Beach, California (803 E. Broadway).

No cover (8 pm to close)!
Guinness & Harp: $3.75!
There will be a whiskey (or maybe even whisky) special of some sort, and the kitchen's open 'til 10:00 pm.

See you there, I hope!

Current Location: Long Beach, California
Current Mood: excited
Current Music: Mill a h-Uile Rud - De Mu a Dheidhinn

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October 8th, 2008

01:06 pm - Muirshin Durkin Monthly Celtic Music Celebration This Thursday!
Muirshin Durkin proudly presents THE GOBSHITES (California)

Thursday, October 9th from 8 pm - close
Clancy's Irish Pub (803 E. Broadway) in Long Beach, California

Guinness & Harp: $3.75
Knappogue Single Malt Irish Whiskey: $5.50

Song requests? Mailing list? Want to see past playlists? Are you a performer who would like to play at future events? Drop us a line at celtcore.com!

Current Location: Long Beach, California
Current Mood: excited
Current Music: Ceoltoiri Chualann - Peigin Leitir Moir

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September 11th, 2008

02:50 pm - Muirshin Durkin Monthly Celtic Music Celebration Begins Tonight!
Muirshin Durkin: A celebration of Celtic music (from traditional to punk and in-between)

Thursday, September 11th from 8 pm - close
Clancy's Irish Pub (803 E. Broadway) in Long Beach, California

Guinness & Harp: $3.75
Jameson 12-year: $6.50

Song requests? Are you a performer who would like to play at future events? Drop us a line at celtcore.com!


"And it's goodbye, Muirshin Durkin,
I'm sick and tired of workin'
I'll no more dig the praties,
I'll no longer be a fool
As sure as me name is Carney,
I'll go off to California
And instead of digging praties,
I'll be digging lumps of gold."
-- Trad. Arr. The Pogues
Current Location: Long Beach, California
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: Deaf Shepherd - Gie's A Drink

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June 20th, 2008

08:38 am - No Delicious for You!
From the memo for Staci's work's dinner party this evening:

Delicious. (That's all I'm saying right now, except that vegetarian meals will be available for those who prefer them.)

Why, I do believe they're implying that vegetarian meals will not be delicious!

But I like delicious! Sad dinner party!
Current Location: Long Beach, California, USA
Current Mood: hungry
Current Music: Anne Briggs - The Doffing Mistress

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May 31st, 2007

05:39 am - Bill Maher Mocks Christianity and Catholics Again
Dear Chairman Nelson:

I sincerely think it's awesome that Time-Warner, HBO, and Bill Maher felt it necessary to attack Christianity in general and Catholics particularly. I find Mr. Maher's comments demeaning to self-righteous busybodies -- please keep up the good work!

It is hoped, in the future, you can use humor that'll REALLY piss off the extreme religious right like the people who belong to the American Family Association. Those folks are crazy!

Robert Glen Fogarty

Current Location: Long Beach, California, USA
Current Mood: sleepy
Current Music: Dead Boys - I Need Lunch

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May 30th, 2007

10:53 pm - IKEA Dahmer is my new punk rock name.
<SubWolf> Now I just need some furniture.
<SubWolf> PC and its peripherals are sitting on a rather unsteady shelf system.
[Fogarty] Cinder blocks and two-by-fours?
[Fogarty] Or carboard and toothpicks?
<SubWolf> Heh, $30 shelf system from Wal-Mart.
[Fogarty] Ah! So the latter, then?
[Fogarty] I need to get a bookshelf, come to think of it.
[Fogarty] I'd go the cinder block and two-by-four route if the damsel wouldn't shoot me for making the house look like it was decorated by a serial killer.
<SubWolf> Heh
[Fogarty] It's the IKEA Dahmer selection. Hey, that wouldn't be a bad punk rock name! Like Jello Biafra. IKEA Dahmer.
Current Location: Long Beach, California, USA
Current Mood: thirsty
Current Music: Liam Clancy - The Rocky Road To Dublin

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