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Mission Statement

The Corporation will endeavor to promote and preserve the history, music, art, dance, language and literature of the Irish, Scottish, and Welsh immigrants of the United States and their generations. The Corporation will specifically highlight the many contributions these cultures have given the United States, through education and performance.

Organizational History

The Celtic Cultural Center of Texas was a special project founded by Donnelle McKaskle in the year 2002. The CCC became a federally recognized 501C3 non-profit in the following year. The CCC's main focus at the time was to raise funds to build a Center in Austin to house the rich cultural heritage of the Irish, Scots and Welsh groups who were so vital to the discovery, development and success of Texas and America.

This project has now evolved into an event based organization featuring several highly recognized and critically acclaimed events including the St. Patrick's Day Festival and the Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral. Donnelle McKaskle and the Board of the CCC have worked to solidify their vision with other Austin Cultural groups, including the Austin Celtic Association, the Gaelic League of Austin, the Renaissance Austin Theatre Company, the Irish Dance Center, the Scottish Country Dance Alliance, and the Hill Country Highland Dancers.

The CCC still maintains the vision of infrastructure and developmental for building a center, however they quickly realized that there was a more immediate need for community activity and public events that highlighted the Celtic culture throughout the year. Many of the events have become so large they require the main attention of the association.

Working with local producer and activist, Donnelle McKaskle, The CCC has partnered with many great businesses in the last couple of years to help produce some of Austin's most spectacular events including:

  • St. Patrick's Day Festival (several all over the city)
  • The Cajun Celt Show
  • Celtic Christmas at St. Mary's Cathedral
  • An Irish Summer Night at the Cactus Café
  • The Blue Collar Hollar Labor Day Showcase
  • The Rites of May Celebration
  • The Irish Come Down From the Mountain Music Showcase
  • Finnegan's Wake
  • Mother Egan's Summer Ceili
  • A Night of Scottish Poetry
  • An Evening of Irish Poetry

In addition, the CCC has worked with other local producers and organizations to help produce:

  • "The Celtic Video Project" - Animator and Director Eric Power
  • "Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off" - Renaissance Austin Theatre Co.
  • "Under Milk Wood" by Dylan Thomas - Renaissance Austin Theatre Co.
  • "Macbeth" - Renaissance Austin Theatre Co.
  • "A Skull in Connemara" - Renaissance Austin Theatre Co.
  • "Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten" - Renaissance Austin Theatre Co.
  • Texas Highlander's Night at "How Late It was How Late" performed by the Rude Mechanicals.
  • Texas Highlanders Present: Scottish Novelist Ian Rankin
  • Robert Burns Supper and Celebration - Texas Highlanders
  • Tartan Day - Texas Highlanders
  • The Austin Celtic Festival - Austin Celtic Association (currently in production)
  • Saturn Na Gael - The Gaelic League of Austin
  • Celtic Reels - The Gaelic League of Austin

The CCC regularly works with a group of key local Celtic artists including Jeff Moore, The Tea Merchants, The Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums, Ed Miller, and others.

One of the CCC's largest activities is hosting international dignitaries and performers including the sampling below:

  • From Scotland:
    • Brian Taylor - Head of BBC Scotland
    • Best Selling Scottish Author - Ian Rankin
    • Musician and Artist - Andy M. Stewart
    • Musician and Artist - Brian MacNeill
  • From Ireland:
    • Mr. Victor Brownlees, CEO, Armagh City Council
    • Mr. John Condon, County Secretary, Mayo County Council Mr. Liam Hannaway, Development Director, Banbridge District Council
    • Mr. Richard Lewis, CEO, Moyle District Council
    • Mr. Aidan Maher, Senior Executive Officer, Dublin City Council
    • Mr. Daniel McLoughlin, County Manager, Leitrim County Council
    • Mr. Philip O'Neill, Director of Services, Kilkenny County Council
    • Mr. Trevor Polley, CEO, North Down District Council
    • Musician: Sean Tyrrell
    • Musician: Tommy Sands
    • Musician: Gregory Grene and the Prodigals
    • Musician: James Kelly
    • Musician: James Keane
    • Company: The Schola Cantorum of St. Mary's Cathedral
    • Musician: John Doyle
    • Musicians: Tommy O'Sullivan and Matt Cranitch
    • Musician: Frankie Gavin and Sean Gavin
    • Musician: Johnny B. Connolly
    • Musician and Storyteller: Mairtin De Cogain