Since its inception, the Saint Louis Tionól operates under the aegis of The Focal Point Center for Traditional Arts. For more information about Focal Point please visit their website. Focal Point is an IRS 501c3 organization and a designated Not For Profit.
The The Saint Louis Tionól (originally the Mississippi River Celtic Music Festival) sprung out of a meeting between Judy Stein of Focal Point, Michael "Piper" Cooney, and Mike Mullins back in 1997. The goal was to organize a weekend of sessions and workshops focusing on traditional Irish Music.
Clarkson School is one of the premier Irish Dancing Schools in the Midwest. It was established in 1989 with an enrollment of 30 students and has grown to more than 150 dancers - boys and girls. Most dancers are between the ages of 4 and 19. Clarkson School dancers range in ability from beginner to championship level and practice at two sites in St. Louis.
The St. Louis Hurling Club was founded in the Summer of 2002 on the south side of Tower Grove Park, by three former Milwaukee Hurling Club mates, Paul C. Rohde, Dan Lapke, and Patrick O’Connor.
The vision included introducing the sport of hurling to the metro St. Louis area, creating opportunities to play the sport, developing better hurlers, and developing strong St. Louis representation in nationwide competition.
In autumn 2002, small scrimmages were being held in the park.
On April 26, 2003, St. Louis played its first national match at Chicago’s Gaelic Park, defeating the University of Notre Dame 3-9 (19) to 2-3 (9).
In May 2003, the St. Louis Hurling Club was honored, one year ahead of the Club’s objective date, with the rare invitation to join 21 other American cities aligned with the North American County Board (NACB). NACB is overseen by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the governing body of hurling and Gaelic football.