Podcast: Feargal McKinney on His New Henderson Avenue Bar, the Skellig

He truly is the finest Irishman.

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A few notes to aid your enjoyment of this week’s episode of EarBurner, in which Feargal McKinney — proprietor of the Old Monk, Idle Rich Pub, and Blackfriar — talks about his plans for a new Henderson Avenue joint, the Skellig, in the old J. Black’s spot:

1. “Feargal” does not appear on Zac’s first list of names for a dog better than the name “Story.” Nor the second or the third.

2. Elvis Andrus’ steal of home of the other night:

It is indeed right out of the everything’s-coming-together montage in Major League (see the 37-second mark):

3. How to pronounce “Oneonta”:

4. North Texas is also home to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

5. From Irish Immigrants in New York City, 1945-1995:

A word here about the visa programs: beginning in 1986, a series of non-preference visa programs were established by Congress to provide immigrant access to America for thirty-six countries identified as “adversely affected” by the 1965 Immigration Act. (The Republic of Ireland was one of the countries.) The first of these were known as the Donnelly, Berman, and Morrison Programs for the congressmen who sponsored each bill; the two most significant to the Irish were the Donnelly and the Morrison. The Donnelly Program distributed 40,000 visas (called NP-5 visas) over three years starting in 1988. Applicants could apply as often as they wished to this program. The Irish won 40 percent (16,000) of the Donnelly visa. The Morrisons were basically an extension of the Donnellys; the Irish were allocated 40 percent (48,000) out of 120,000 visas made available over three years beginning in 1992.

6. Blackfriar Pub opened in 2003. The Idle Rich Pub opened in 2005.

7. Bono is 5-foot-6-inches tall.

Now, on to the show. Listen via iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcatcher — or through the player below:

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