The official Celtic Cafe
page began on May 11, 1999 although the chatroom began way before that.
Since then, many things have happened at the Celtic Cafe and here is
just a sampling...
Early in May 1999, Bernadette
got more than 50 people from the Celtic Cafe chatroom
to go to Rotterdam to watch Lord
of the Dance. On August 1999, we covered the movie premiere of The
Thomas Crown Affair in Beverly Hills and we have the photos to prove
it! Irishman Pierce Brosnan was definitely great in the movie, and so
was his beautiful costar, Renee Russo.
In August, the Featured
Writer of the Month was born! We've featured Maeve Binchy, Morgan
Llywellyn, J.K. Rowling, Fr. Andrew Greeley and young adult mystery
writer Nancy Monaghan, to name a few!
Thanks to our many volunteers
and contributors, the Celtic Cafe has become the best site for the latest
in Celtic-related news. From our Feet Of
Flames coverage to Alex's
up-to-date Tourdates, the Celtic Cafe strives to bring you only
the best news and features.
1999 also marked the beginning
of audio greetings by performers like Daire Nolan, Natalie MacMaster,
Maire Brennan, Riverdance's Breandan
de Gallai and more! Visit our Sound Byte
Page to listen in!
Before 1999 ended, the Celtic
Cafe was featured by Courtenay Martin in San Antonio Life! In March
2000, Access Magazine rated the Celtic Cafe a 3 out of 4 stars as one
of the best cybercafes online! Even the world's first virtual newscaster,
Ananova, checked out our
website in March! Click here to go to our Media
page and see what everyone has to say about the Celtic Cafe!
In April this year, we covered
The Flintstones Viva Rock Vegas premiere to take pictures of
Scotsman Alan Cumming (his interview appears in our June 2000 launching
of our Scotland and Highland Dance
pages!) and one of Irish American Magazine's 50 most influential people
of the year, Rosie O'Donnell. The premiere benefited O'Donnell's For
All Kids Foundation, which helps under privileged children.
Respected writer Earle
Hitchner's articles can also be found in the Celtic Cafe! He
is one of our contributing writers and we're honored to have him on
our site! In the world of Irish dance, Irish
Dancing Magazine has the latest news and you can check out some
of their articles and subscribe to their magazine right here!
Beginning June 2000, we have
also launched our Scotland and Highland
Dance pages, where you can find Dancer Magazine columnist Loraine
Ritchey's articles about Highland Dance. Don't forget to take a peek
at Mindy's Book Bag for the latest
reviews of Celtic related fiction! You can also add to her great reviews
and tell her about your favorite books!
From one Celtic
Cafe Onelist, we now have country-specific onelists (or eGroups)
and lists dedicated to Irish Dancers and Michael Flatley. Click on the
link below or enter your email address to sign up!
have Country-Specific Onelists! Please click
here for more information or enter your email address below!
For great graphics, you can
check out Graphics by Jadiee.
You can use her graphics on your own sites as well! We've also had the
pleasure of having Dani's great
montages here at the Celtic Cafe! In July, Petra
of Germany sent
us copies of her paintings depicting Michael Flatley and Lord of the
Dance, and in December, she followed up with more paintings which you
can view here!
Ever wondered how some of
the Celtic Cafe visitors sounded like? Well, you can go to the Sound
Gallery to find out! For those of you wishing to learn Gaelic,
check out our Gaelic language
pages as well, where you can check out online classes on this ancient
language. The Gaelic language page is also featured in the Celtic
Cafe Bookstore which includes works by Frank McCourt, Maeve
Binchy and more!