Elvis Presley 40th. RTE1 Ryan Tubridy.

UPDATED 18th October 2017.

Elvis notes to Colgans now on www.nationaltreasures.ie and newspaper coverage also. See them below.

For the attention of Jack White. This CD and a lot more printed material including a three page letter from Ed Leek with photos,  would complement the, ‘My Happiness’ exhibit in Nashville. Contact Tel 353 01 8403685 or email Maurice_Colgan@yahoo.com


Great news! Elvis at 13 featured in the New nationaltreasures webpage, Dublin.   https://nationaltreasures.ie/submissions/XDZLHJ

Elvis Presley International Airport, Memphis. The idea first publicised in The Memphis Business Journal is alive again on twitter!

Talked to Ryan Tubridy about some of the following stories on his RTE1 Radio show for the 40th Anniversary. The whole of Ireland heard it. Great feedback!


Also to  Marty and Conor on Radio Nova Dublin.

Elvis’s 50 Greatest Hits 2017 now on sale in Golden Records Dublin & Tesco stores etc., high in the UK., Album chart already!

See my Elvis story featured by a reporter, with photos in the ‘Irish Independent’ newspaper Review section August 12th 2017.

Excellent BBC Documentary on Elvis Presley.

Great news! The media is producing a huge number of Elvis anniversary stories by the day. Many of them in great depth.

Received another note from ex-movie star Dolores Hart.  We have been exchanging letters and cards since 1998.

Suzanna Leigh with Elvis. She is looking for support on facebook as she is sadly but very bravely fighting Cancer. The photo dedicated to me was obtained by a mutual friend in Tupelo 2005

Hi Paul Allen. Greetings from Ireland.  Your book the ‘Idea Man’ is excellent and inspiring.  How WE all evolved as computers  without real control of our own brains is quite a mystery. We really need the key to unlock all indoctrination including self indoctrination so we can be really free. I’m working on it. 🙂

Hi Bill Gates. Thanksamillion for the best toy I ever got! Can we have one that the seniors can get to grips with without losing their minds. like I nearly did back in 1998 when I purchased my first computer and learnt to use it all by myself over a number of month.

Displayed in my front garden and attracting attention from  the passing public. 4ft Square.


Elvis Presley fans should display his image outside our homes for all to see. Especially ‘the Guardian’. We are alive!

My front garden art for all to see. A work in progress.

The Annual Elvis Festival 1-4 June 2017 was very successful in Tupelo Mississippi, where he was born.

I believe my early 1999  call to Glenn McCullough Mayor of Tupelo at that time may have started the ball rolling as news of the first Elvis Festival was forwarded to me by a long distance call to Ireland by his secretary two days after my telephone call from Ireland to Mississippi. The first Elvis Festival took place in the heat of August of 1999.



Loosely  based on a spiral Galaxy. An experiment. May do a few more. People like it.

Card from Elvis co-star Dolores Hart arrived today.





Elvis Presley a millionaire at 21 returned to his birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi 26th September 1956 to do a benefit concert. He was given keys to the city by the Mayor.

The newspaper article is from the Northside Dublin People printed some years ago. Maureen and I by the ‘Elvis at 13’ statue in Tupelo August 2002.


Swords. Tel 8403685.

Busy on  https://twitter.com/MauriceColganIE


A small Elvis Presley Museum in Dublin Ireland is Needed. It would be a Great Tourist attraction. Entrepreneurs? Landlords?

1961 I wrote to Elvis Presley. Replies below. Authenticated by Sotheby’s, Bonham’s, and Graceland.

1997 the story won us a trip to Memphis. May 1998 an RTE1 radio Documentary covering our trip to Graceland was broadcast. Received  letters from Elvis co stars Dolores Hart and Anne Helm etc.

January 2002 After my suggestion to the Mayor of Tupelo MS the ‘Elvis at 13’ statue by Michiel Vander Sommen was unveiled. We were invited to the city by the Mayor.

My bid for a Statue of Elvis as a soldier was covered by ‘Stars and Stripes’ US Army newspaper 16th August 2002.

2003 Invited to Memphis by a Presley relative. Maureen’s idea of an ‘Elvis at 3’ statuette realised. 2015 two more statues of Elvis by Michiel Vander Sommen unveiled. I was there after an invitation from Michiel. We had dinner together that day. Models and images of the statues on all sorts of items are available for sale at Elvis’s birthplace shop.  Plaques depicting the ‘Elvis at 13’ have been placed all around the city of Tupelo. Did I start an industry in the USA?



Met Elvis’s first manager and famous guitarist Scotty Moore backstage  at Vicar Street in Dublin.

There is a lot more to be told. Deserves a feature, Documentary, a movie!!!

16th August 2017 the 40th Anniversary of Elvis’s death. Lots of media interest, and I have a truly amazing Elvis story  to share.  Call 353 01 8403685

Elvis at 3 by sculptor Michiel Vander Sommen. Maureen my Wife gave him the idea when he was here in our home. The little statue is available to purchase at the Elvis birthplace shop in Tupelo MS USA.


Contacted by RTE1 Liveline.

Elvis at 13 by his birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi USA., by sculptor Michiel Vander Sommen.

 The idea of the statue was born in my head here in Ireland and transmitted by letter to, Larry K Otis, the Mayor of Tupelo. The story deserves a Documentary.

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There is an Elvis stamp on ebay, asking price just, ONE Million Dollars!


A painting I have done of the Ocean crashing on rocks.

My wife, a little ‘Jewish Princess’ on the day we married 26th September 1959. Maureen passed away 14th September 2015 aged 74. I miss her every long day. I see her in my dreams.

Two years now without Maureen. It is tough.























Ireland. Landscapes and Culture.

A rare portrait of Ludwig Van Beethoven. His magnificent 7th symphony is based on an Irish air, “Save Me From the Wise and Grave”. The 4th movement “The apotheosis of the dance”, said Wagner.

It would have  <Michael Flatley>, of River Dance fame, spinning.

Welcome to this website where stories about Ireland and the extraordinary impact this little island has had on the world will include a great many music related episodes sure to educate and entertain.


Above a view from the very beautiful Skellig Michael.  Recently episodes of the latest <“Star Wars”> movies, were shot there.

The rocky Skellig islands are roughly twelve kilometres from the coast of county Kerry. Boat trips are available in the summer season. It would be wise to bear in mind the climb to the summit of Skellig Michael is very steep indeed, and no hand rails!

A lot more information can be found about the Skellig islands on Wikipedia and google searches. There will be more here later as  I research further.

Ireland is an ancient land with an amazing history. Before the bronze age little is known of the inhabitants, but the massive man-made stone and rock structures dotted all over the Irish countryside tell of a people with a great knowledge of building complex structures, and a fine understanding of  Astronomy.

<Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth> are  prime  examples.


Please follow me on twitter. @MauriceColganIE  as I post there fairly frequently. Thousands of impressions per day.

For  fascinating Discovering Ireland, photos.