It gives me great pride to be the Celtic/Irish event manager for Tir Na nOg Irish Pub, the pub is located in the heart of the City of Raleigh at 218 South Blount Street. Last weekend Sept 30th & Oct 1st we held the 1st Celtic Warrior weekend, an extension of our annual Kilt Nights, We had a brilliant turn out , it never ceases to amaze me just how many locals wear Kilts, OR want to wear the Kilt, but a lot seem to feel it would NOT be welcome attire unless for a special purpose event, such as a wedding or Kilt Night.. I want to let you all know that Tir Na nOg is a KILT friendly public house all year NOT just for special event. NC is full of Scots/Irish History and proud of it, so why keep that for just special occasions.However IF your looking for something special to air your Tartan then we have a couple of events coming up soon,in which you can proudly and publicly display your Tartan Pride. www.tnnirishpub.com
On October 21st My 3 Kilts will open at 8pm at Tir Na nOg for RATHKELTAIR http://www.rathkeltairmusic.com for a great night of Celtic music featuring world famous Piper Niel Anderson who was founding member of Seven nations and an all round American hero, serving several tours of duty in Iraq.We will make this Night the 1st night of our fall & Winter Celebrations in a Salute to our Troops. Show your Valid Military ID at the pub and you will get a 15% discount on food.
The event is just a $5 admission. Coming up to the Holidays our Military serving overseas will be delighted to be able to contact family and friends back at home, to help make this possible we will collect long distant calling cards and mobile phones to be sent to them in a care package. Please drop these items at the pub host stand we will have a box marked . “Support Our Troops” and that box will be there from Oct 21st Until mid December.
Again on November 5th another KILT wearing opportunity for you, as we host the CD release party for
WAKE & DISTRICT Pipes & Drums. http://www.forourfallen.org. The Pipe band was formed in 2006, it is made up of local paramedics/firefighters/police officers and Military along with some local Civilians, they travel to the funerals of the fallen Hero’s to play a tribute to them. It is an amazing band , a bunch of wonderful people, and a big part of our Tir na nOg family. They are led by Pipe Major Joe Brady . The band is a credit to the State of NC. We are very proud to host the bands 1st “CD release party” Again we will be making a big PUSH at this event to collect Calling cards and Mobile phones for the troops. So please come out and support the Pipe band and the troops.
The night will also feature Irish dance from Inis Cairde, and Celtic rock music from The Havers, they will have you up and dancing all evening. Check out the Pubs NEW Fall/ Winter Menu.
There will be NO cover charge on November 5th. we would like you to make a purchase of the bands CD the proceeds from that go back into to the band who continues to support ” Our fallen Heros”
For more Info on Celtic events at Tir Na nOg, or to host your own Event please contact Annie Nice
I am including some information on the history of the Kilt, there is a wonderful KILT service on line called ” Stillwater Kilts,” I have seen the finished product and they look fantastic for the price. www.stillwaterkilts.com They also have The Irish Tartan in stock. so check them out. Let them know we sent you.
Look forward to seeing you at some of our events. In the meantime take care and be kind to each other
The great kilt
The Breacan an Fhéilidh (belted plaid) or Féileadh Mòr (great plaid) is likely to have evolved over the course of the 16th century from the earlier ‘brat’ or woollen cloak (also known as plaid) which was worn over a tunic or léine, as was the style in Ireland. This earlier cloak or brat may have been plain in colour or in various check or tartan designs, depending on the wealth of the wearer; this earlier fashion of clothing had not changed significantly from that worn by Celtic warriors in Roman times.
Over the course of the 16th century, with the increasing availability of wool, the cloak had grown to such a size that it began to be gathered up and belted. The belted plaid was originally a length of thick woollen cloth made up from two loom widths sewn together to give a total width of 54 to 60 inches, and up to 7 yards (6.4 m) in length. This garment, also known as the great kilt, was gathered up into pleats by hand and secured by a wide belt. The upper half could be worn as a cloak draped over the left shoulder, hung down over the belt and gathered up at the front, or brought up over the shoulders or head for protection against weather. It was worn over a leine (a full sleeved garment stopping below the waist) and could also serve as a camping blanket. The solid colour léinte of the Irish were also often soaked in goose grease to make them waterproof.
A description from 1746 states:
For battle it was customary to take off the kilt beforehand and set it aside, the Highland charge being made wearing only the léine or war shirt. The exact age of the great kilt is still under debate. Some claim it had existed at the beginning of the 16th century.Earlier carvings or illustrations prior to the 16th century appearing to show the kilt may show the Leine Croich, a knee-length shirt of leather, linen or canvas, heavily pleated and sometimes quilted as protection. The earliest written source that definitely describes the belted plaid or great kilt comes from 1594.The great kilt is mostly associated with the Scottish highlands, but was also used in poor lowland rural areas. Widespread use of this type of kilt continued into the 19th century, and some still wear it today.
The small kilt or walking kiltSometime in the late 17th or early 18th century the fèileadh beag, filibeg, or philabeg (the small kilt) using a single width of cloth hanging down below the belt came into use and became quite popular throughout the Highlands and northern Lowlands by 1746, though the great kilt also continued in use. The small kilt or philabeg is a clear development from the great kilt, i.e. it is essentially the bottom half of the great kilt.
A letter published in the Edinburgh Magazine in March 1785 by one Ivan Baillie argued that the garment people would today recognize as a kilt was invented around the 1720s by Thomas Rawlinson, a Quaker from Lancashire. Rawlinson was claimed to have designed it for the Highlanders who worked in his new charcoal production facility in the woods of northern Scotland. After the Jacobite campaign of 1715 the government was “opening” the Highlands to outside exploitation and Rawlinson was one of the businessmen who took advantage of the situation. It was thought that the traditional Highland kilt, the “belted plaid” which consisted of a large cloak, was inconvenient for tree cutters. He supposedly brought the Highland garment to a tailor, intent on making it more practical. The tailor responded by cutting it in two. Rawlinson took this back and then introduced the new kilt. Rawlinson liked the new creation so much that he began to wear it as well and was soon imitated by his Scottish colleagues, the Clan MacDonnell of Glengarry.
This story has become well known, due in part to the historian Hugh Trevor-Roper’s work, but more recent evidence has shown this theory to be out of date as several illustrations have been found of Highlanders wearing only the bottom part of the belted plaid that date long before Rawlinson ever set foot in Scotland.There is some suggestion of its use in the 1690s, and it was definitely being worn by the early 18th century. It most likely came about as a natural evolution of the belted plaid and Rawlinson probably observed it and quickly deduced its usefulness in his situation and insisted on introducing it among his workers. So while it may well be the case that Rawlinson promoted the philabeg, he is no longer credited with inventing it.
The first instance we have of the pleats being sewn in to the philabeg, creating a true tailored kilt, comes in 1792. This kilt, currently in the possession of the Scottish Tartans Authority is the first garment that can truly be called a ‘modern’ kilt as we know it today. Up until this point, the kilt was folded, rather than pleated. This development served to speed the donning of the kilt and was brought into use by the Scottish regiments serving in the British Army. The tailored military kilt and its formalised accessories then passed to the civilian market during the early 19th century and has remained popular ever since.