What’s Going On This Weekend: 18 Things to do from your Ohio Irish American News

August 14th, 2014

HAPPY Summer!

Friday 8/15

NickZuber patio 5pm / CharlieintheBox The Hooley House – Brooklyn
PitchthePeat The Harp
Donal OShaughnessy Flat Iron Cafe
Colin Dussault Pj McIntyre’s
Mossy Moran @Sullys Irish Pub
Austin Walkin’ Cane Flannery’s Pub
Itex patio 5pm / TheUsualSuspects Hooley House – Mentor
BigShip The Hooley House – Westlake

Saturday 8/16

Chris Allen @TheHarp
DocRoc&theRemedies Shamrock Club Dart League
LiveMusicEverySunday STONE MAD PUB, RESTAURANT AND BOCCE
DJ PJ McIntyres Irish Pub
DonalO’Shaughnessy Sully’s Irish Pub
CocktailJohnnys @HooleyHouseMentor
DanMcCoy John Mullarkey’s

Sunday 8/17

GAA All-Ireland Hurling 8:30 Limerick vs Galway / 10:30am Cork vs Tipperary P.J. McIntyre’s
LiveIrishMusicEverySunday Stone Mad

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Irish Fest – Riding Shotgun

August 8th, 2014

Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
Ireland is Calling You … to Cleveland: Riding shotgun

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This is my 32nd year with Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival. I grew up with it, I hope grew wiser with it and the life lessons it taught. My dad, John Sr., gathered a group of friends and we started the festival in 1982.

It has grown, massively, since the first fest. I am often asked if it has become a year round endeavor. In many ways, it has, certainly mentally, often physically.

On Sunday we close; on Monday we clean, we clear, we unscrew and we store, mindful of next year’s preparation, in putting things away. Then, the families disperse to their homes 3 and 6 hours away and we drive off the grounds, essentially for the last time that year, by 5pm on Monday.

LAST goodbye

LAST goodbye

There is still much to do. Pay bills of course, figure out where the heck we are going to put all this stuff, count everything so we know what we used, and what we will need to order for next year, store it so it wont be damaged, etc…

For the first time in months, I am able to park my truck in my garage, we pull the pop ups out of my backyard, cut and trim the weed patch otherwise known as my lawn; we put all the pieces parts away till May.

That takes a couple of weeks of course. I made the mistake of calculating how much vacation time I have taken for The Fest – a little over 6 months time in 30 years. I could write another book in that time. In fact, I have.

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Through it all, the music and the madness, there is great love; not so much for the physical toll, the miles put on the car, the evenings and weekends given to preparing people, displays and processes, but in seeing the reunions, the relaxation, the families and the memories we help create for others – this is love. We get more than our fair share, coming below.

We will meet again in a month or so; talk about what we did, what went well, what didn’t. What do we have to change, improve, eliminate or add; everything but the weather gets a once over (This year, the weather once over’d us).

Then we look at the results, and we choose 12 charities to help for that year. We crossed half a million dollars in donations a few years ago.

Off we go, on another year’s journey. Bands come first mostly, though a million little decisions and agreements are made, long before the winters freeze settles in. By January we know most of our lineup, some of our new things, and bigger changes and challenges.

After that, it is a freight train on a downhill rush, always under control, sort of, and it is being driven, sort of. But time flies and the momentum won’t be slowed. We go forward, adding, discarding as ideas are played up, or played out.

We start on the grounds the Sunday before The Fest. Banners and lights mostly, but this year, more than a dozen people, new volunteers and older ones, got up and showed up for the exciting task of painting easels, all 75 of them; Black. 6 hours and some really funny conversation, we were done. With that.

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Tuesday night we set those easels in place and unloaded more than 20 man sized boxes of displays, plus lights, signs, banners and Velcro, lots and lots of Velcro, into the Temple Bar & Museum, the Sports Hall, Tir Na nOg (Land of our Youth) kids area and Abbey Theatre. Sorted, arranged and left to be adhered.

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Set up Wednesday is the heart & soul of the effort. Stages, tents, dance floors, and loads of supporting pieces; the grunt work begins. I have 17 nieces and nephews. All 17 came.

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So did 30+ others each day, and 300+ the weekend of.  Some have been here so many times that they just show up with a hammer or a screw gun, grab a box of screws and get started.

Pat Leneghan and Andy Dever shook my hand as they walked in, and a few hours later, shook it again as they walked out. In between handshakes, they completed the Abbey Theatre set up, completed it, perfectly, all for the cost of a turkey sandwich and some chewy chocolate chip cookies. Friendship has no cost.  I would surely clone them if I could (the men, not the cookies).

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We melded the Celtic Heritage Hall into the brand new Temple Bar and Museum this year. We purposely did not have a ton of meetings, but we did have a ton of ideas, from our new subcommittee. Email facilitates less meetings, and more meaningful dialogue when we do meet. Over the months, more than a dozen people Got up, Showed up and helped us Lift up, the new festival feature, utilizing the best, and the most possible, of those ideas. Many more were written down, for next year.

Ballad, Pub, trad and dance Sessiúns, lessons and workshops, an Irish language teacher and the new Temple Bar brought great response and a few surprises. Maureen Conway Reich and crew did a masterful job.

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I never expected the walk through the village, to the Temple Bar, lined with painted storefronts, to be a highlight. So many stopped and took photos, using the storefronts as backdrop. Families sharing a name with the storefronts, couples sharing a love; I took at least a ½ dozen pics of people, for people, over the weekend as I passed thru. I saw dozens more on Facebook and Twitter in the days following. Molly Kearney’s paintings were gorgeous.

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We are so fortunate to have eloquent spokespeople like Rasa Chambers, Alec DeGabriel, John Delaney, Bob Canann of Claddagh Irish Pubs, Pat Campbell of Brady Campbell School of Dance, Marys Lane – people who jump in to do TV and radio shows and commercials promoting the fest, and freeing us up to assemble the giant. Their passion is contagious and their humor gives great stamina. They are our greatest feature, asset, ambassador, and most importantly, friends.

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Each morning, certainly NOT with the sun, I grab a McD Bacon, Egg n Cheese bagel and a large coffee as I head out the road – a treat I love to push me on the road and onto the ground(s). Did you know what is $4.98 in West Park is $6.51 in Middleburg Heights? Why?

What’s that smell? Did you taste and smell the peat turf burning? Maureen Casey at Casey’s Irish Imports hunted down the product and the process to burn the quintessentially Irish turf all weekend in Temple Bar, without an open flame; a nice touch of home, whenever Ireland is calling you.

Through Thursday and into Friday signs, flags and flowers get hung, banners get found and placed, and the tables and chairs get set, tableclothed and filled to the brim. Our Celtic Cross honoring volunteers who have passed away had to be edited this year, as Eamon D’Arcy went to the biggest celebration of all, he went to heaven.

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Then, the gates opened.

I have seen The StepCrew live before, but never like they performed at The Fest. They have been on far fancier stages, but no stage has ever seen such joy, energy and power. To watch Jon and Nathan Pilatske stand toe to toe, playing Julie Fitzgerald’s fiddle as she held it on her shoulder sticks in my mind, and will remain there forever more. On that set, Julie occasionally played it too, and all three burst into great rips of dance. The StepCrew are the only group to ever make Riverdance look melancholy.

The StepCrew

The StepCrew

Malachi Cush, Plunkett McGartland, Alec DeGabriel and many more joined in a Ballad Boom sessiún that could be heard far outside the building. Such voices are truly instruments of joy.

Ballad Boom Sessiun w Malachi Cush & Alec DeGabriel

Ballad Boom Sessiun w Malachi Cush & Alec DeGabriel

The little queen joined the High Kings and for many, tears flowed, as they saw the pure joy of the young fan, singing side by side with her favorite band – she knew every single word of every song and let it out with such happiness.

The Queen and The High Kings

The Queen and The High Kings

We rented 2 Air Conditioners for the first time – the delivery team didn’t know how to work them. I am serious. Neither did the front office. Calls in finally found the owner and also found 1 unit broken. A repairman came, twice. On Saturday, cooler air prevailed and we found the idea has possibilities.

Damien “DAMO” Dempsey, the Dublin, and now world-wide sensation, made his first fest appearance. Fantastic, mesmerizing; Damo is one of my favorite musical memories from this year.

Damo

Damo

When Damo joined the High Kings Sunday night on stage, I knew we were seeing something incredible, special, for the very first time. It was magic as they sang Damo’s signature ‘The Rocky Road to Dublin”.

Damo and The High Kings

Damo and The High Kings

Black 47 were also making their first, and their final, festival appearance. We were all on the Final Tour, as they are retiring after 25 years together. Surreal, Saturday’s show was surreal. I will always see Larry belting it out, the sax man, leaning back against him on one side, the bass on the other; the spotlights setting sun just right behind them.

Larry Kirwan, Black 47, spoke of the Final Tour, and the journey

Larry Kirwan, Black 47, spoke of the Final Tour, and the journey

Marys Lane were a highlight too. With a new CD and infectious passion, they showed why they are one of the top Celtic Rock bands on the circuit today.

The 2014 Sean Moore Memorial Irish Vocals Scholarship Winners Elise Scullin and Sydney Rexing were announced, and each sang so beautifully. If we can keep that flame lit, our ballad tradition shall rise again.

Sean Moore Memorial Irish Vocal Scholarship 2014 Winners: Elise Scullin and Syney Rexing

Sean Moore Memorial Irish Vocal Scholarship 2014 Winners: Elise Scullin and Syney Rexing

Every year, we give away a trip to Ireland, courtesy of Pat Hollywood at Travel Connections. This year, for the first time ever, the winner, Eastlake’s Cathleen Ellers, was in the audience when I called her name, drawn from the hopper by The Stepcrew’s Cara Butler. She screamed, we all screamed, for Ireland.

I remember later that Sunday nite. We had had a good day, sunny and with a nice crowd, after festifying in the Irish rain all day Saturday.

A Walk in the Irish Rain

A Walk in the Irish Rain

I always resolve to not clean up, to see a final show instead, as the fest comes to a close. The weekend is such a blur, we don’t get to see much of the music, but for a song or two. I did see some of the epic finale The StepCrew arranged, inviting Dervish and Eileen Ivers on stage for a rambunctious revelry of music that shook the posts and rocked souls like only Trad music can.

A frenetic finale; The StepCrew, Eileen Ivers, Dervish

A frenetic finale; The StepCrew, Eileen Ivers, Dervish

Yet … I am aware of all the work and money that goes into preparation, and how easily chunks disappear, when someone steals a sign for their bedroom. So I called for an available golf cart, and #1 nephew Tommy Beardmore roared around the corner, picked me up and we pulled all the signs and banners from the gates, before anyone could seek out a last souvenir gift for home. Tommy dropped me off and I kept walking, gathering more signs and banners as I walked the almost deserted midway, starting at the back gate, grabbing signs off beer & pop trucks, rest rooms and ticket booths.
We bring every sign, stage, light, tent, table and chair in to the festival grounds. They must be brought out too, by 5pm on Monday, the day after the fest. Of course, they have to be paid for, returned or not.

About 11:20, #3 Nephew John Beardmore radioed me “what’s your 20?” I said ticket Booth #2. He didn’t respond. I saw a bunch of kids just inside the new Temple Bar and stepped in.

Every square inch of the hall had been unscrewed, stacked and stripped. Maureen Carr, Kathleen Mangan, Dan & Kathleen Chambers and their nieces, nephews and friends had taken down and sorted in less than 1 hour, what had taken 2 ½ days to put up. Neatly and with Big picture, what are we going to use first next year understanding, to be boxed and stored .

Chambers/Campbell Clans

Chambers/Campbell Clans

My heart leapt, for the work and weight of tomorrow had been taken from my shoulders. They didn’t stop there, for they came BACK on Monday, and did much more, plus they brought Irish soda bread!

I celebrated and thanked each of them, then turned to cover the rest of the Midway, seeking the signs. Just then, #3 Nephew John walked in, with every single sign in hand and piled them with the already picked up signs. It is the simplest pleasures that tell us, in action, God provides.

The after parties at the hotel each night always live on in my mind. Sunday night especially is a release like no other. The ever laughing Alec DeGabriel, Malachi and Claire Mary Cush, Lisa McQuade, Plunkett McGartland, Bernadette Ruddy, Lex and Alex Fedoryka … T’was hard to go to bed with laughter hurtin sides and jaw so stitched up.

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The After’s Party: Malachi Cush, Alec DeGabriel, John O’Brien Jr, Plunkett McGartland

So many milestones and memories, none better than another; just bricks n mortar in what makes an event, momentous.

On Sunday we close; on Monday we clean …
Ireland is calling you; we’ll never know if what we do has an impact, but most of all, we at least hope, you had fun.

 

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21 Things to do this Weekend

August 7th, 2014

21 Things to do this Weekend: From your Ohio Irish American News

HAPPY Summer!

Friday 8/8

Carl&OldSchoolJoe patio 5pm / Breakfast Club The Hooley House – Brooklyn
Marys Lane The Harp
Kristine Jackson &BeckyBoyd @FlatIron
HouseTunes Pj McIntyre’s
TheNewBarleycorn @Flannery
GoodTimeCharleys Shamrock Club Dart League
TradMusic2GeneralGuineessBand @TaraHall
Morrison&McCarthy patio 5pm / SchoolGirlCrush The Hooley House – Westlake
CarlosJones Hooley House – Mentor
EricButler John Mullarkey’s
BrokenEnglish @Stampers

Saturday 8/9

GAA All-Ireland Sr Football 11am: Donegal Vs. Armagh
1:00 pm Dublin Vs. Monaghan @PJ McIntyres Irish Pub
MattJohnsonPianoFiasco @HooleyHouseBrooklyn
PorterSharks @TheHarp
LiveMusicEverySunday STONE MAD PUB, RESTAURANT AND BOCCE
@MarysLane and Bachelor Auction Benefit for St. Pats GFC @PjMcIntyre’s
TheNewBarleycorn Flannery’s Pub
WoodBrothers Sully’s Irish Pub
TheWesties Stampers Bar

Sunday 8/10

GAA All-Ireland Sr Hurling 10:30am Kilkenny Vs. Limerick
AnnualSteakRoast West Side Irish American Club
Varga&Criscione Stampers

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Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, Dayton Celtic Festival and Dublin Irish Fest go back to back to back – Homeruns all

July 31st, 2014

Editor’s Corner

August is filled with great work, and great relaxation. We compile and edit, sell and celebrate the Ohio Irish American News, amidst organizing Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival. We pull and prod, push and proclaim, Blessed Are We, to have such a rich heritage in our midst. Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, Dayton Celtic Festival and Dublin Irish Fest go back to back to back – Homeruns all.

 

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Once Cleveland’s is put to bed, we usually head for the hills, but this year, we’re heading for Chicago. Co Publisher Cliff Carlson went and got married July 26th! His heart & soul belongs to Cathy Curry, our new, and fabulous layout artist. Dunno which happened first, but we both made out!

How’s your summer been? So much music, dance, pipes, readings and presentations, the summer is halfway thru, or even 2/3, by the time August has hit the news stands. Though our Irish tans (burns) wilt, I do truly believe we appreciate it more, because it is so short. Tribulations foster appreciation in Eire or on Erie.

Then, we’re all off to Dublin, in the green … Can’t wait to see everyone there, and my first chance to sit and hear the bands after Cleveland. I’ll be performing At Each End of the Rifle at 1:30 on Saturday at Dublin Irish Fest, then again at Michigan Irish Music Fest in Muskegon September 12-14th.

The International Mayo Convention is coming to Cleveland two weeks later, September 26-28. Mayo men and women from across the globe will gather here to teach, to learn and to celebrate. For details, and to join us, see our back cover!

The International Convention of Mayo Societies is coming to Cleveland

The International Convention of Mayo Societies is coming to Cleveland

More festivals, meetings, music and much more; Much to see and do, featured in this issue, as you squeeze the last rose of summer. Have a look about, plan out, and GO! Don’t wait. We’ve been to too many funerals to not dance at the weddings,

Slán,
John

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Milestones:

Congratulations to Carol Kovach, starting her new position as editor of The Universe Bulletin!

Congratulations to Sean Lackey and The Yank, Winner Best Comedic Feature Films at the Manhattan Film Festival!

Congratulations to OhIAN Co Publisher Cliff Carlson and new bride Cathy Curry, married July 26th! We wish them great love, great health and great happiness.

20 Things to do this Weekend:

July 24th, 2014

20 Things to do this Weekend: From your Ohio Irish American News

Dayton Celtic Festival
Great American Irish Festival

Friday 7/25

Brigid’s Cross patio 5pm The Hooley House – Brooklyn
Brent Kirby The Harp
DonegalDoggs Flat Iron Cafe
TimeWarp Pj McIntyre’s
TheOtherBrothers Sully’s Irish Pub
Carl&OldSchoolJoe patio 5pm / JukeboxHero The Hooley House – Westlake
Itex patio 5pm Hooley House – Mentor
BrendanBurtBand John Mullarkey’s

Saturday 7/26

GAA All Ireland Sr Football Championship @PJMcIntyre’s
12:00pm EST: Sligo Vs. Cork / 2:00pm Galway Vs. Tipperary PJ McIntyres Irish Pub
PJMcIntyre’s 1stAnnualBeachParty
FiorGael @TheHarp
IrishGolfClassic @ShamrockClub
TasteoftheEastsideFood&BevFairw/BlackSabbath&Craic
DonegalDoggs@Mullarkeys

Sunday 7/27

GAA All Ireland Sr HurlingChampionship @PJ McIntyre’s
9:00am EST: Limerick Vs. Wexford / 11:00am Tipperary Vs. Dublin
Chris Allen STONE MAD PUB, RESTAURANT AND BOCCE

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Issue # 91, July 2014, featuring singer and songwriter Ashley Davis.

Issue # 91, July 2014, featuring singer and songwriter Ashley Davis.

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Lucky 13 Things to do this Loooong Happy Weekend

July 3rd, 2014

From your Ohio Irish American News

HAPPY 4th of July!!

Thursday 7/3

Independence Day Porch Party w/ @Chris Allen & Friends @Stone Mad

Friday 7/4

@Chris Allen & Friends @TheHarp

Saturday 7/5

10:30am ET GAA All Ireland Sr Hurling Championship: Clare Vs. Wexford / 2:00pm ET GAA All Ireland Sr Hurling Championship: Galway Vs. Tipperary @PJMcIntyre’s
Porter Sharks @The Harp
DublinCornetBand @ShamrockClub
TomEvanchuck @Sullys
KevinMcCarthy @Mullarkey’s

Sunday 6/22

9:00am ET GAA All Ireland Senior Football Championship: Kerry Vs. Cork / 11:00am ET GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: Dublin Vs. Kilkenny @PjMcIntyre’s
SunshineDaydreams @StoneMad
TopHatBlack @Treehouse
Annual @WestSideIrishAmericanClub Picnic w/ @TheNewBarleycorn

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Issue # 91, July 2014, featuring singer and songwriter Ashley Davis.

Issue # 91, July 2014, featuring singer and songwriter Ashley Davis.

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Heeeeeeere’s July!

July 1st, 2014

Editor’s Corner & Milestones
from your Ohio Irish American News

When I was 16, my dad walked into my bedroom and said, “Johnny, we’re starting a festival; you’re doing the parking. And he walked out.” 32 years later, Here we go again … Hope to see you at the 32nd Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival. I am biased, but things worth seeing include 30+ performers like Black 47, on their final tour, The High Kings, Scythian, Dervish, Eileen Ivers, The StepCrew, Damien Dempsey and many more, an internationally recognized cultural hall with a brand new and very exciting, Temple Bar & Museum, three award winning Irish plays each day, Tir Na nOg (Land of Our Youth) Children’s area, food court, workshops, presentations and so much more.

The weekend after is the Dayton Celtic Fest and Great American Irish Festival, and the weekend after that is the Dublin Irish Fest – so GOOD to be Irish, in Ohio, or anywhere ~ it’s time to get your green on, and go!

Then, We’re all off to Dublin, in the green, in the green … I’ll be performing “At Each End of the Rifle” at Dublin Irish Fest, Saturday at 1:30 in the Spoken Word Tent, and also at the Muskegon Irish Music Festival September 13th – 15th.
“From throughout mankind’s history, brothers and neighbors have fought; wars of words, wars of philosophy, and simply just, wars. Our similarities, tho often hidden, tie us together, more than the differences tear us apart. At Each End of the Rifle explores, in poem and famous verse, those similarities, in a legacy filled with stark reminders of just how similar we all are, whether born in Boston, in Belfast, or in Bethlehem.”

Even more festival highlights are featured in this issue, in the continuation of our summer long Festival Focus, kicked off by the 8th Annual Festival Focus Issue last month. Irish and Celtic Fests in Cleveland, Dayton, Dublin, Great American (NY), Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Muskegon follow. Check them out and make your plans to make this summer, the best summer.

The World Cup is well under way, but here in America – It’s Independence Day – how blessed we are, as we watch events unfold across the world. Owens Sports has the low down on soccer and Irish football, for all ages; Out of the Mailbag … Comes Songs & Stories is a profile and CD review on the intriguing Asley Davis, Terry talks of the Books That Define Ireland; we have milestones and puzzles, The Book of Kells finds Illumination and Memory Lane is just a page or two away. We found a fantastic, funny, new writer in Richard Lardie, his 3rd column is inside. We still have two more openings for columnists; so if you think you can, submit.

Out & About Ohio and Out of the Mailbag highlight things to do, hear and revel in, and don’t forget, around the world, they are coming to Cleveland, for The Mayo Convention.

Issue # 91, July 2014, featuring singer and songwriter Ashley Davis.

Issue # 91, July 2014, featuring singer and songwriter Ashley Davis.

Please stop by and say hello at the fests in Cleveland, Dublin or Muskegon. I love your FB posts, Tweets, texts and emails, but putting a face to a name gives beauty to your byline.

Slán,
John

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Milestones:

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Irish American Club East Side: President Francis McGarry, Vice President Helen Murphy Vura, Secretary Linda Carney, Treasurer Mike Gronick and Membership Secretary, our own OhIAN Crossword Puzzle Columnist Linda Burke, plus Members in Charge Colleen Frank, Bill Homan, Michael Byrne, Erin Homan.

Been Hearing About Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival? What’s to see …

June 30th, 2014

32nd Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
July 18, 19, 20, 2014 Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea, OH

Ireland is Calling You … to Cleveland. The 32nd Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival takes place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio July 18, 19 & 20, 2014.

Over 100 singers, dancers and performers on three indoor and five outdoors stages will fill 117 acres, with entertainers from Ireland, Canada and the U.S.

The festival offers a wide range of music from traditional to Celtic rock. Headliners include Ronan Tynan, of the Irish Tenors; Black 47, on the Final Tour; Dervish, celebrating their 25th year as a band of worldwide influence; Damien Dempsey, and The StepCrew, like Riverdance, only faster! Returning favorites include The High Kings, Scythian and original Riverdance fiddler Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul.

Scythian is described as “a pair of classically trained dueling fiddlers, a rhythm guitar and the occasional funky accordion, powered with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist. Their high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music has one goal in mind: to get people on their feet and dancing.”

All-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers brings her Immigrant Soul Band to the Festival. The New Barleycorn, Brigid’s Cross, Marys Lane, Bernadette Ruddy, Malachi Cush, James Kilbane and Lost State of Franklin will also be there.

Others on stage include Dennis Doyle, Guaranteed Irish, Dermot Henry, Fintan Stanley and The Kilroys.

Presenting the very best of Ireland doesn’t stop with the music. The festival showcases championship dancing and food, pipe bands, and award-winning drama.

New to the Festival this year is Temple Bar & Museum – Modeled after the world famous entertainment district in Dublin city centre, our Temple Bar & Museum has loads of singing, dancing, sessions and carrying on. A story, a song, a bit of the Guinness, a set dance lesson, you’ll find it all in our brand new AIR CONDITIONED Temple Bar & Museum. Paired with the internationally recognized Celtic Heritage Hall, with over 200 exhibits, workshops, step dancing lessons and instrument demonstrations.

The popular Dogs Native to Ireland are back, and there are over 50 Irish vendors with everything from Aran knits to delicious Irish chocolate. Books by Irish authors are also available.

The Tir Na nOg (Land of Our Youth) children’s area features continuous activities and live performances, T-Shirt painting, inflatables and much more.

Festival proceeds benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Holy Family Home and ten other local and national charities. Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival has donated more than half a million dollars to charities since its inception in 1983.

Festival hours are 5:00 to 11:00 pm Friday; 1 to 11:00 pm Saturday; and 1 to 10:00 pm Sunday. General admission is $12.00. Children under 10 are free.
For additional details see www.clevelandirish.org.

20 things to do this weekend!

June 27th, 2014

20 Things to do this Weekend: From your Ohio Irish American News

HAPPY Summer!

Friday 6/27

CharlieintheBomx The Hooley House – Brooklyn
PitchthePeat The Harp
Austin Walkin’ Cane Flannery’s Pub
TheOtherBrothers Sully’s Irish Pub
CarlosJones The Hooley House – Westlake
BrendanBurtBandJohn Mullarkey’s
Usual Suspects Hooley House – Mentor
Brother Crowe Hooligans Irish Pub, Put-in-Bay
Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings Stampers Bar
Ohio Celtic Fest all weekend long

Saturday 6/21

2pm Ulster GAA Championship ArmaghvsMonaghan PJ McIntyres Irish Pub
CharlieintheBox @Hooley Mentor
Beeswing Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati
HillbillyIdol @TheHarp
BarFlys @Flannerys
Brother Crowe Hooligans Irish Pub, Put in Bay
Ohio Celtic Fest all weekend long

Sunday 6/22

SunshineDaydreams STONE MAD PUB, RESTAURANT AND BOCCE
BlueMonsoonBandTreehouse Bar
Brother Crowe @Hooligans Put in Bay
GAA Football Leister Championship 9am KildarevsMeath; 11am WexfordvsDublin Pj McIntyre’s
Ohio Celtic Fest all weekend long

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June Issue of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee Grainne Mangan.  Photo by Marianne Mangan.  All rights reserved.

June Issue of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee Grainne Mangan. Photo by Marianne Mangan. All rights reserved.

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The Day of the Detour

June 22nd, 2014

THE DAY OF THE DETOUR
a story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

By Dick Lardie

“I don’t know, Dick, what do you want to do today?”
“I don’t know Tony, what do you want to do?”

It was about the tenth time we had said that. Tony was dragging a stick over the picket fence making a great rat-a-tat sound. I was kicking a rock I had gathered up off someone’s gravel driveway. It was the dog days of summer. We had done it all this summer and now we were getting close to starting school again. Boredom was setting in but we were too young to admit it.

I never knew the real fun of summer, when you are 12 years old, was not having anything to do. We spent a great amount of time trying to figure out what to do.

I believe the statute of limitations has expired on what we thought of next. I do know I am finally allowed out again. We never got grounded back then, we were just not allowed out. When you were stuck in the house with no TV or video or anything, it was a real punishment. Today the kids don’t care because they don’t go out anyway and they have more fun inside.
It might have been Tony, It might have been me, but one of us suddenly remembered a discarded detour sign and two wooden horses at the corner of Lake Shore Blvd and Brighten Avenue in Bratenahl. They were left there by the Bratenahl service department after some road work earlier in the week.

Tony and I thought it would be great fun if we detoured a few (emphasis on a few) cars down Burton Avenue from Lake Shore Blvd. That sounded like it could be great fun.
[A little background here: in 1954, Lake Shore Blvd. was a major artery to downtown Cleveland. Burton Avenue was (and is) a dead end street about 20 houses long with 20 driveways on each side.]

And so the adventure began. We carried the two horses and the sign into the bushes at the corner and plotted how it would work. Tony would carry the sign and one horse, I would carry the other horse first, set it down, grab the sign so he could set his horse, then I would prop the detour sign against the horses. We needed to work this out because traffic was pretty heavy.

This should have been a clue as to what lay ahead – we were only going to detour westbound traffic ,so we only needed to block the westbound lane. Timing was important, because no one should see two twelve year olds creating the detour.

detour sign
We sat in the bushes waiting for a break in traffic. We were giggling already thinking about how funny this was going to be. It was great to have a good buddy sharing an afternoon of shenanigans on a hot summer day. Suddenly there was a break, no cars coming around the bend. Out we dashed, the plan went like clockwork. Soon we were back in the bushes watching the detour unfold.

Tony was laughing so hard he was rolling on his back and holding his stomach. The cars would come up, see the detour and turn left onto Burton. Tony and I laughed at every car. The plan was they would go to the end, turn around and come back out. They were all turning. This was great fun. No one was coming out.

We suddenly realized we had a problem. The street was filling up with cars. Soon almost all the driveways were full and people couldn’t back out because there was a car in the street behind them. Our laughing was getting a little uncomfortable.

Then we heard that ominous sound. A CTS bus was sitting at the detour. We could see the people on the bus craning their necks to see why they had stopped. We wanted to yell “Stop, don’t turn, it’s a joke.” But we just sat there looking at each other thinking, “We are in deep doo-doo now, boy”.

The bus turned and only got to about the fourth house and was at a dead stop. The street was full, every driveway was full and the traffic was backing up on Lake Shore Blvd now. Then we heard the siren.

We were stuck in this little patch of bushes. We couldn’t get out without being seen and caught.

The police came and were trying to figure out how to untangle this mess. We sat quite as mice in the bushes.

A car came from the other direction, stopped, opened the door and I heard a voice yell “Dick”
Tony said, “Oh no, it’s your dad”.

“Dick” Louder!
Tony whispered; “Don’t answer; he is going to kill us. He doesn’t know it’s us.”
“DICK”. He was shouting now.
“Yes, Dad.”
“This yours and Tony’s doing?”

I neglected to say that Tony and I had at times been accused of mischief before. Nothing harmful or destructive, but we were thought of as spirited lads.

“Yes dad, we didn’t think it would be this bad. We thought we would detour a few cars and it would be funny.”

My dad cleared the detour sign, went and talked to the police. They were busy backing the bus out. He sent Tony home and he told me to go home and that I wasn’t allowed out.

“For how long,” I asked ?

“Three score years,” Dad said. I went home and looked up how long a score was.
I am allowed out this summer. Good thing I lived to be 72.

June Issue of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee Grainne Mangan.  Photo by Marianne Mangan.  All rights reserved.

June Issue of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee Grainne Mangan. Photo by Marianne Mangan. All rights reserved.