David Shaughnessy, professional photographer (he has a website), and the man responsible for booking Kansas City Irish Festival performers, has been having his annual fit about nothing.
Shaughnessy is expressing unhappiness with Irish KC, and he’s doing it in the name of the Kansas City Irish Festival.
UPDATE: email received 5/18/2007 9:32am:
I have read the slanderous and liable blog postings on Irish KC about me. This is something that I will not tolerate. Unless all information on your Irish KC blog that directly links me, my business, and my family, is removed immediately, I will have my attorney contact you and I will proceed with legal action.
An immediate response is appreciated.
I did not reply to this email but after I posted it here David then posted a comment below to which I did respond.
UPDATE 2: September 2007 - Festival disowns David Shaughnessy’s comments
David’s big beef? His reason for posting 8 comments on this innocuous little post about Cathal Dunne’s 1979 Eurovision appearance?
Supposedly Shaughnessy can’t understand why I referred to the Kansas City Irish Festival as “the Irish festival in Crown Center” (my full phrase was actually “Irish festival in Crown Center last year in Kansas City“, horror of horrors).
IN SHORT? Using a description instead of an official name is just one of many terms used to help people find what they’re looking for. There’s nothing sinister about it; I did the exact same thing when I wrote the official festival website and blog, and other events get the same treatment.
ANYTHING ELSE? I’m a search engine professional, in the way that David Shaughnessy is a professional photographer. I’ve been doing this for many years. Everybody gains from it: people who search, search engines themselvess, my web site, and the subjects I post on. It’s not black magic.
SHAUGHNESSY’S RESPONSE? People have been confused, and angered, as to why I refer to the Kansas City Irish Festival as the “Irish fest at Crown Center,” “Crown Center Festival,” or “the September 2007 Irish festival.”
Read that last paragraph again. Angered. People have been angered. By the use of the words “the September 2007 Irish festival” instead of “Kansas City Irish Festival”. Of all the things in the world to be angry about. In a country presently at war. Two wars even. Can people be that stupid?
However before I can say return to square one and read again, he asks me “Why can’t you refer to it as it is?” I do, I say yet again. And “Why do you make up names for it?” I don’t, I repeat.
MORE? Irish KC got close to 60,000 page views in March of this year. That’s 8 times the traffic of the official festival blog (a description, not a name). 95% of visitors to Irish KC arrive here by way of search engines, because that’s what I want. In advertising terms over a year, especially with the demographics that visit Irish KC, the publicity is worth thousands. And I provide it for free.
From Kansas City to Ireland performers have thanked me. Organizations have thanked me. Businesses have thanked me. Film-makers have thanked me. Etc. I don’t expect it, but it is very nice. David Shaughnessy however says my references to the Kansas City Irish Festival don’t induce gratitude, instead they anger people.
I should note that David is unmoved by references other than the official festival name being used on:
• The official festival website
• The official festival blog
• The Shaughnessy family website
It’s only on Irish KC that he has a problem.
David’s final salvo: “you will never associate the Kansas City Irish Festival with its true name. We won’t be bothered, especially since you don’t work for KCIF anymore” And once more for emphasis: “I am sick of trying to ask you to refer to the Kanss City Irish Festival properly and I realize that you never will. We, KCIF staff, won’t be bothered by your resistance to refer to the Kansas City Irish Fstival properly [sic]”
Okay then let’s look at how guilty I am of the crime which isn’t even a crime anyway had I committed it.
Use Google. Advanced Search. Exact Phrase. On IrishKC.com
(NOTE: The following counts will all increase over time, as I create more pages and as the number of Irish KC pages in Google’s index increases)
David’s Preferred phrases (I actually use):
• “KCIF” (found 72 times)
Phrases David Frowns upon (I actually use):
The terms Shaughnessy says I don’t use and will never use, I have actually used at least 594 times. And the times I’ve used descriptive terms that David is sick and tired asking me not to: 14 times.
So David Shaughnessy’s counting skills, the man responsible for a budget of thousands of dollars in booking acts for the Kansas City Irish Festival, you know the one, the one that takes place in Crown Center, equates “never” with many hundreds rather than the more traditional zero that you or I might go for, and all I ever do (infinity? hundreds?) he equates with a handful.
WHAT? In reality I do the exact opposite of what David accuses me of.
I refuse to believe that Shaughnessy really does speak for the Kansas City Irish Festival and the many fine and very hard working people I worked with for years.
But why does David Shaughnessy, Professional Photographer, get to publicly insult people like this, in the name of the KCIF, without rebuke?
Note: Figures quoted are from the pages in Google’s index. They do not include any pages that may not be indexed. They also include duplicates where a term appears on a post that is in more than one category. Minor variances may occur depending on what datacenters you access Google via, and what time you click those links.
See Other Explanations Given to KCIF Over a Year Earlier: Linking to KC Irish Fest