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Letters to and from Tara McNeill / Thank you from Tara
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:25:10 PM »
Tara asked me to post this message from her to all of us fans from the forum that were able to support her and the other girls at the DVD recording:

Thank you all so so much for travelling all the way to Ireland to see us.  It really meant the world to me that you made such an effort to fly over here and it was wonderful to see your familiar faces in the audience!  I’m just sorry that there wasn’t an opportunity to chat to you all at some point.  I would have loved that! But unfortunately it didn’t work out this time.

I just wanted to make sure you all know how much I appreciated you being there, in the cold all those hours!  It really was one of the best times of my life, and I’m so glad you were there to share in it!  I hope I will see you again soon on the upcoming tours! You are all part of our Celtic Woman family!  Lots of love, Tara xx

She is so sweet! Something I really, really wish I'd been able to express in the PBS interview is this: these ladies are some of the sweetest, most talented people I know and we are soooo lucky to be their fans.

Tara McNeill Link / Simple With You
« on: September 01, 2018, 12:00:57 PM »
Tara Tweeted a video today of her performing one of her own songs.

'Simple With You' is simply beautiful:


Tara McNeill Link / Tara's Covers
« on: March 30, 2018, 06:50:49 PM »
Tara posted a clip on Instagram and Facebook today of her covering "How Does a Moment Last Forever" from Beauty and the Beast!

Tara shows off a number of her many talents in this one!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg9vzkQgnEW/?taken-by=taramcneillmusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taramcneillmusic/videos/1934694463230559/

Forum Questions & Comments / Board Icons
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:38:56 PM »
Different Icons for Different Boards

Here's a snip of the page source from the main Celtic Woman Forum page, showing what it looks like for Susan's board:

         <tr height="64px">
            <td rowspan="2" class="windowbg2" width="83px" align="center" valign="middle"><a href="http://www.celticwomanforum.com/index.php?action=unread;board=79.0"><img src="http://www.celticwomanforum.com/Themes/CWIOH/icons/79/off.jpg" alt="No New Posts" title="No New Posts" border="0" /></a>
            <td class="windowbg2">
               <b><a href="http://www.celticwomanforum.com/index.php?board=79.0" name="b79">Susan McFadden</a></b><br />

See the part in red? That tells us tiny bit about how the board icons work there. The icons are located within the icons directory of a theme.

Each board has a different board id, which we can see in the URL when you access a board, and also in the page source above (see the part in teal).

So basically, the icons in CWF are organized by board ID for starters. Whether all themes can do that or just special ones, I'm not sure yet.

Now the other interesting thing about this source above is the file name.

If we tinker with the file name, we can see how that part works too, based on whether there are read/unread posts:

Here's the icon for board 79 (Sue's board) when there are no new posts:


Here's the icon for board 79 when there are new posts:


Neat, huh?

So next, we need to figure out:
- Is this capability of all themes in SMF 2.x, or do only certain themes support this?
- Is there a standard way to configure this for different themes, or does each theme have its own way?
- Specifically, are the file / folder naming conventions the same.

For giggles, I checked the page source for Tara's forum and picked the "Tara McNeill Link" board arbitrarily as an example.

It looks like the on/off naming convention is the same for the theme Tara's forum uses.

<td class="windowbg" width="6%" align="center" valign="top"><img src="http://www.taramcneillforum.com/Themes/sunset-2-0-1-5/images/off.gif" alt="No New Posts" title="No New Posts" />
      <td class="windowbg2" align="left" width="60%">
         <a id="b4"></a>
         <strong><a href="http://www.taramcneillforum.com/index.php?board=4.0">Tara McNeill Link</a></strong><br />



An important thing to note about Tara's forum vs CWF is that Tara's forum doesn't currently use any board subdirectories in the images folder.

That "Tara McNeill Link" board happens to have ID = 4, which we can see from its URL:

So I wonder if having different icons for different boards is as simple as:
1. Adding a subdirectory for each board within the icons directory of the theme (naming each subdirectory as the board id for that board), then
2. Adding a off.gif and on.gif (black and white vs color), with a separate off/on image for each board, within each board's directory.

I got as far as being able to see the file structure in Tara's forum while logged in as an administrator. But so far, I haven't found a way to add files / directories. That may be a privilege only you have or something that has to be down outside that administrator interface within the forum. I'm not sure yet.

Sadly, I never got around to installing a test forum in a lab, but I can see if there's some documentation on this somewhere we can refer to. My initial thought is it's pretty low risk to tinker around a bit and try it with one of the boards as a test, but as always, it's best practice to back everything up before making changes.

Hopefully this helps!

Homecoming Tour and DVD / Interview on RTE
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:36:41 PM »
Celtic Woman did an interview with RTE, posted on February 2, 2018.


It contains a short video interview, but a good one. There's some interesting things about the Homecoming tour they casually mentioned during the interview that should get fans excited!  ;)

The article also contains writeup of the interview.

Tara McNeill Link / Tara's Wedding
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:45:10 PM »
Here's a nice little article from back in September that touches on Tara's wedding:

And here's a link to their wedding page:

Tara McNeill Photos and graphics / Tara Wedding Pics
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:37:24 PM »
Here are some pics from Tara's big day on January 4th, 2018!

Also, here's some 'story of' photos on their wedding page:

Tara McNeill Photos and graphics / Happy New Year from Tara!
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:47:17 PM »
Tara took some time today to wish us a Happy New Year!

Right back at ya' Tara!

Here's to the exciting year ahead!

Tara McNeill Photos and graphics / Tara while she was in Anuna
« on: December 30, 2017, 05:00:48 PM »

Homecoming Tour and DVD / Release Date for Homecoming CD/DVD
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:34:46 PM »
Homecoming: Live From Ireland will release Jan 26, 2018 on CD/DVD & Digitally.

The album is available for pre-order today, along with 'The Parting Glass' which is available as a digital download audio track.


The Other Ladies in Celtic Woman / Merry Christmas from Mairead Nesbitt
« on: December 09, 2017, 06:45:37 PM »
Mairead's giving us our Christmas presents early this year.


NEW Christmas & Holiday packages! NEW starter violin! 10% off all Violin outfits! Use code

Lisa Lambe narrated a short film that has been nominated for Outsider's Best Outdoor/Adventure Film or Video 2017.

Video: Wild Atlantic Wildlife / A Wildlife Experience of the Soul:

Her voice is so warm and soothing. <3

It has beautiful scenes and a lovely soundtrack as well.

You can vote here:


Tonight, I finally got to see saw the Celtic Woman: Homecoming PBS special!

------------------------- SPOILERS BELOW !!! -------------------------

Set List

1. Mo Ghile Mear
2. My Heart Will Go On
3. Across the World
4. Walk Beside Me

First pledge break

5. Dulaman
6. She Moved Through the Fair
7. Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears
8. Danny Boy
9. Fields of Gold
10. Westering Home

Second pledge break

11. Amazing Grace
12. For the Love of a Princes
13. Ave Maria
14. The Voice
15. You Raise Me Up

Third pledge break

16. Ard T

The Other Ladies in Celtic Woman / Chloë on Hour of Power
« on: November 03, 2017, 06:39:28 PM »

Celtic Woman did an interview with Rory O'Connor at The Irish Embassy in London ahead of their Voices of Angels gig at the London Palladium. I'm posting it in the Homecoming special / DVD board because it has footage from the 3Arena show (aka the DVD recording)!!!


The interview itself covers well-treaded questions that they've answered in a lot of previous interviews.

The part where they talk about their reactions to the news Destiny Grammy nomination was great!

Tara is sooo adaorable!

Rory: "... and the audiences around the world love you too."
Tara: "Oh, I don't know about that."

Trust me, Tara, we love you!

The footage looks and sounds AMAZING! Those dresses really pop on camera!

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