Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization


Trasna an Ghabhail

 Across the Junction

A lively resource to complement the arts and community activities at The Celtic Junction, the CJ newsletter has articles on food, culture, written arts, children's activities, spotlights on artists and more. Trasna an Ghabhail is published at each of the Celtic high holidays -Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasa and Samhain - and sometimes in between as the spirit moves!

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Issue 13, Lughnasa 2014

  • The Layered Legacy of Paddy O’Brien by Siobhán Dugan
  • How is the Tradition Handed Down: Let Me But Count the Ways by Siobhán Dugan
  • Written Word: Original Poems on Irish Musicians by Paddy O’Brien
  • Celtic Cuisine: Carrot and ‘Sea Spaghetti’ Salad by Diane Roemer
  • How is the Tradition Handed Down: Let Me But Count the Ways
    by Siobhán Dugan

Issue 12, Beltane 2014: 

  • Beginnings of the Center for Irish Music-CIM founders Kate and Jode Dowling share the history of the founding of the school
  • Sean Nós Irish Dancing: Beginner Teresa McCormick Tells All
  • Written Word: Guillevic and Thomas, Poets from Brythonic Celtic Lands
  • Celtic Cuisine: Hazelnut Gâteau Breton

Issue 11, Imbolc 2014:

  • Featured Artists: Fertile Minds CIM musicians Norah Rendell, Todd Menton and Chad McAnally on the creative process in composing new music
  • What’s in a Name? Dáithí Sproule muses on the origins of words used for Irish festivals & events
  • Written Word: Where Shall We Walk? Poem by Seán Ó Tuama
  • Celtic Cuisine: Casey’s Multi-Grain Onion-Nut Bread An original recipe by baker and community member Mike Casey 

Issue 10, Samhain 2013:

  • Featured Artists: Legendary Band Skara Brae Comes to the Junction
  • Dancing Across the Junction: O’Shea Irish Dance Steps It Out!
  • Hop Tu Naa /Samhain Folk Customs for Kids: Turnip Lantern Carving
  • Written Arts: Homage to Seamus Heaney
  • Celtic Cuisine: Manx Hollantide Fairings (Celtic Ginger Cookies)

Issue 9, Lughnasa, 2013:
We hear about the first days of Irish language radio from Meaití Jó Shéamuis. The Artist Focus is on Natalie O'Shea and Julia Carey as they share some thoughts about theater at the Junction. A Lughnasa folk custom 'Bilberry Sunday' is explored. The Written Word features a poem by Belfast writer Ciarán Carson. Black currant jam is this issue's delicious recipe.  

Issue 8, Beltane, 2013:
We speak with Todd Mention about his May Day experiences. We learn much about the Scottish traditional music archive 'Kist o Riches', and learn how to make a proper cup o tae. 

Issue 7, Imbolc, 2013:
Our featured artist is dancer, musician, and now, researcher Danielle Enblom who sends us a letter on the little-known history of Irish dance. We explore the spirituality of Imbolc, and the early Irish poem 'Pangur Ban'. We top off this edition with a robust mid-winter comfort food recipe, Steak and Guiness Pie.

Issue 6, Samhain, 2012:
A year ago at this time, we began this newsletter at The Celtic Junction. Inside you'll find an article to give you a nice seasonal thrill, a reminder of an important truth from the Scottish poet Robert Burns, musician Laura MacKenzie is the subject of our Artist Focus, plus much more.

Issue 5, Lughnasa, 2012
In this edition we celebrate the roots of the Celtic holiday and our local great Irish Fairs, learn a little about Celtic myths, how to brew red ale and how to prepare Irish Red Ale Shepherd’s Pie.

Issue 4 - Beltane, 2012:
This newsletter has two Artist Focus articles featuring CJ resident and cowboy, Pop Wagner and Balkan dance band, Orkestar Bez Ime; a Written Word interview with director and founder of the Celtic Players, Patrick O'Donnell.


Issue 3 - Imbolc 2012
The Imbolc issue focuses on the whys and hows of our Brigid's Cross - with a new recipe and a poem to enjoy. 

 Issue 2 - Christmas 2011: 
Christmas issue featuring an article on Celtic Christmas traditions, a letter from Natalie and Cormac O'Sé, and a simple holiday (and typsy making) dessert.


Issue 1 - Samhain 2011: 
Our inaugural  newsletter. This issue examined recent Celtic Junction growth and place in our community, The Written Word features author Ethna McKieran and her launch of a new book of poetry.