22 Things to do this weekend:

September 11th, 2014

I am off to perform at the mighty Michigan Irish Music Festival this weekend, so here’s a few things to check out while I’m gone:

22 Things going on this Weekend: From your Ohio Irish American News

Friday 9/12

@Walking @The Harp
@Kristine @Flat
BarFlies @Flann
One (U2TributeBand) @Sully
SchoolGirlCrush @HHM
LiveMusic&FoodinThePub @WSIA
UsualSuspects @HHW
EricButler @Mull
JukeboxHeroes @HHB
GeneralGuinnessband @TaraHall
ForeverPlaid @Beck

Saturday 9/13

HillbillyIdol @TheHarp
Annual OysterFestwBoysfromtheCoHell&BluegrassPlatterBand@Stone
@Walking @Flann
SomethingDadaComedy @Beck
1/2 WaytoSt.PatsCelebrationwNewBarleycorn @Sully

Sunday 9/14

@ChrisAllen @Tree
TradSession @Logans

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Issue #93; September 2014, featuring The Queen, and The High Kings

Issue #93; September 2014, featuring The Queen, and The High Kings

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23 Things to do this Weekend

September 4th, 2014

Going offline this weekend, so here are 23 things to see and do:
Let me know what I missed!

What’s going on this Weekend: From your Ohio Irish American News

Friday 9/5

House TunesPj McIntyre’s
Marys Lane Sully’s Irish Pub
NickZuber (patio 5pm) Collage The Hooley House – Brooklyn
Brigid’s Cross (patio 5pm) CocktailJohnny Hooley House – Mentor
JoeRollinPorter Flat Iron Cafe
TheHigbees Flannery’s Pub
Hooligans Shamrock Club Dart League
Full Set Logan’s Irish Pub
VelvetShake The Hooley House – Westlake
JamSammich John Mullarkey’s

Saturday 9/6

CarlosJones PJ McIntyres Irish Pub
PorterSharks The Harp
Brent Kirby @Flannerys
QuizNite @Shamrock Club
KevinMcCarthy @Mullarkey’s
SomethingDadaComedy Beck Center for the Arts

Sunday 9/7

GAA All-Ireland: Hurling P.J. McIntyre’s 8:15 Hurling Minors Championship Final Limerick vs Kilkenny / 10:30 am All-Ireland Sr Hurling Final Kilkenny vs Tipperary
AnnualClambake West Side Irish American Club

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Issue #93; September 2014, featuring The Queen, and The High Kings

Issue #93; September 2014, featuring The Queen, and The High Kings

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What’s Going on This Month ~ Stick it to the Fridge

September 1st, 2014

Out & About Ohio September 2014

Brooklyn – Hooley House!
5th – Brigid’s Cross patio – 5:00 / Cocktail Johnny, 12th – Jukebox Heroes, 19th – Collage, 20th – 1/2 Way to St Patrick’s Day Party, 26th – Carlos Jones. Live Music on the Patio Every Friday, 5p.m.! 10310 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn 216-362-7700. 1FunPub.com

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center
Call for Irish Rugby Schedule Games Streamed in from Eire. Irish Teas/Library /Genealogy Detective/ all three by appointment. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100, www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100, www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

ALL under Cleveland;
The Harp
3rd – Lonesome Stars, 6th – Porter Sharks, 10th – Chris & Tom, 12th – Walking Cane, 13th – Hillbilly Idol, 17th – Lonesome Star, 19th – Pitch the Peat, 20th – Fior Gael, 24th – Chris & Tom, 26th – Kristine Jackson, 27th – Becky Boyd. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com

Stone Mad
7th – Holleran Traditional Irish Session, 13th – Annual Oyster Fest: Boys from County Hell / Bluegrass Platter Band / Oyster Shucking Contest, much much more! 28th – Chris Allen solo acoustic. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4 to 7. 1306 West 65th Street Cleveland 44102 216-281-6500

Flat Iron Café
5th – Joe Rollin Porter, 12th – Kristine Jackson, 19th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 26th – Bluegrass Platter. 1114 Center St. Cleveland 44113-2406 216. 696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com

7th – Top Hat Black, 14th – Chris Allen 21st – Becky Boyd, 28th –brokenENglish. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

PJ McIntyre’s
New menu! New weekly specials! 3rd – monthly pub quiz by quiz 7pm. 5th – house tunes, 6th – carlos jones, 12th & 13th – ½ Way to St. Paddy’s Day Weekend and 7th Anniversary Party: 12th – barleycorn, 13th – , 19th – craic brothers, 20th – abby normal, 25th – Noel Lenaghan in Concert Bridge Ned’s Party Room, 26th – iced cherry (band debut), 27th – crazy chester. 21st -GAA Football Final!!! Check back for times, teams. Don’t Forget: T-Shirt Tues: wear any PJs T-Shirt get 15% off bill! Whiskey Wed: ½ off every whiskey in the house. Thurs – Craft Beer $2.50. NEW CRAFT BEER REFRIGERATOR. PJ McIntyre’s is a Local 10 Union establishment. Home of the Celtic Supporter’s Club and the GAA. Book all your parties & Events in our Bridgie Ned’s Irish Parlor Party Room. 17119 Lorain Road, 44111. www.pjmcintyres.com 216-941-9311.

West Park Station
‘Merican Mondays & Trivia Night 7pm. Tues: Roll Call-discounted drinks for all Fire, Police, Military & Med Professionals 9pm. Wed: Karaoke 10pm. Thur: Girl’s Night 10pm. Sun: SIN Night 9pm. 17015 Lorain Avenue Cleveland 44111 www.westparkstation.com. (216) 476-2000.

Flannery’s Pub
5th – The Higbees, 6th – Brent Kirby, 12th – The Bar Flies, 13th – Walking Cane, 19th & 20th – New Barleycorn, 26th – The Bar Flies, 27th – Kristine Jackson. 323 East Prospect, Cleveland 44115 216.781.7782 www.flannerys.com

Avon Lake
Ahern Banquet Center
Ahern Banquet Center is booking weddings and special events. Call Tony Ahern / Lucy Balser @ 440-933-9500. 726 Avon Belden Rd, Avon Lake 44012. www.aherncatering.com

Annual Pioneer Abstinence Association Mass w/ Fr. Pat Spicer
28th – 10:30 am Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Road.
Irish American Club East Side

12th -Celtic Union, 27th – Fall Irish Fest: 12 bands, Irish merchandise vendors, food, beverages. Noon-midnight, 5K race 9:00 am. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.irishamericanclubeastside.org

Logan’s Irish Pub
5th – Full Set, 14th – Trad Session, 20th – Lonesome Meadow, 27th – Lone Raven. 414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

Fullset: 5th - Logan’s Irish Pub

Fullset: 5th – Logan’s Irish Pub

Beck Center for the Arts
3rd – Fall Semester Begins, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th – Something Dada Improv Comedy, 12th -14th, 19th – 21st, 26th – 28th – Forever Plaid, 18th – Babes in Arms – In Concert. 17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 (216) 521-2540 www.beckcenter.org

Plank Road Tavern
Open Sessiún Every Thursday 7 – 10. $3 Guinness and Jamieson. 16719 Detroit Avenue, 44107

5th – Marys Lane, 6th – The Whiskey Sinners, 12th – One (U2 trib band), 13th – Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! w/ New Barleycorn, 19th – Craic Brothers, 20th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 26th- Noel Lenihan. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Noel Lenaghan 25th - @ PJ McIntyre’s, 26th - Sully's Irish Pub

Noel Lenaghan 25th – @ PJ McIntyre’s, 26th – Sully’s Irish Pub

Hooley House
5th – Nick Zuber patio 5:00 / Collage, 12th – School Girl Crush, 19th – Matt Johnson Piano Fiasco, 20th – 1/2 Way to St Patrick’s Day Party, 26th – Abbey Normal. All starts @9:30. Live Music on the Patio Every Friday, 5p.m.! Tues: Open Mic w Nick Zuber, Every Wednesday – Trivia Night. 7861 Reynolds Rd Mentor www.1funpub.com (440) 942-6611.

Olmsted Twp
West Side Irish American Club
Great food & live music in The Pub every Friday. 7th – Annual Clambake, 18th – Monthly Meeting. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Hooley House
5th – Velvet Shake, 12th – Usual Suspects, 19th – Matt Johnson Piano Fiasco, 20th – 1/2 Way to St Patrick’s Day Party, 26th – Charlie in the Box. Live Music on the Patio Every Friday, 5p.m.! 24940 Sperry Dr Westlake 44145. 
(440) 835-2890

5th – Jam Sammich, 6th – Kevin McCarthy, 12th – Eric Butler, 20th – Dan McCoy, 26th – Brendan Burt Band, 27th – Mossy Moran. Wed: Karaoke, Thurs: Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com

Shamrock Club Events
5th – the Hooligan’s, 6th – Quiz Night; 13th – Mad Maudlin. Happy Hour every Friday from 5-7pm! 60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449 www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com

Tara Hall
Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. No Cover. Tara Hall 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

Drake’s Landing Banquet Center
29th – Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly (of Celtic Thunder). 2177 W. Western Reserve Rd. Canfield, OH 44406. http://byrneandkelly.com http://drakeslandingbc.com/events.html. Proceeds to Mahoning Valley Ulster Project. Special raffle in memory of Celtic Thunder’s George Donaldson to support his daughter’s education fund.

Drake’s Landing Banquet Center 29th – Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly (of Celtic Thunde

Drake’s Landing Banquet Center
29th – Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly (of Celtic Thunde

Ongoing Traditional Irish Sessiúns – Bring your instruments and play along!
• Akron Hibernian’s Ceili Band Sessions, Wednesdays 7:30 pm. Mark Heffernan Div 2 Hall 2000 Brown St, Akron 330-724-2083. Beginner to intermediate
• Croagh Patrick’s – 2nd Tuesday of every month 8 – 10pm
• Bardic Circle @The Shamrock Club of Columbus Beginner – friendly, intermediate level Irish session meeting every other Thursdays 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
• Irish Eyes Heavenly Pub, 1st Wednesday of month. 3324 Secor Rd, Toledo
Stone Mad – 1st Sunday of the month Holleran Traditional Irish Session, 7pm
• Plank Road – Every Thursday 7 – 10. All ages and experience welcome. 16719 Detroit Road, Lakewood, 44107
• The Harp – 1st Friday of every month, 9pm
• Logan’s Irish Pub – 3rd Wednesday of the month, 414 S. Main St., Findlay, 7:30 pm
• Oberlin’s Traditional Irish Session – 2nd Monday of the month 7 – 9 Slow Train Café, 55 East College St., Oberlin. Informal all experience welcome: www.oberlin.net/~irishsession
• Claddagh Irish Pub – Sundays 6:00pm-9:00pm. All experience levels welcome
o 585 S. Front St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
• Tara Hall -Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

Issue #93; September 2014, featuring The Queen, and The High Kings

Issue #93; September 2014, featuring The Queen, and The High Kings

“Follow me where I go, what I do and who I know;

Get up; Show up; Lift Up

One Salad:

August 30th, 2014

Editor’s Corner

One Salad …

We are many nations, but a description that sticks in my head is the U.S. is a salad bowl. For good health, lots of multi colored ingredients are mixed together, dressed in choice of different flavors. Add some nuts, or some flakes, a mustard seed, music for the taste buds … they all make for a great way to fuel the body and the mind of a person, or a country.

I think, when something bad happens, Like Ariel Castro, or 9-11, those pieces parts fall down the list of our priorities; they don’t matter. We become one: we unite to fight, or to celebrate.

Unfortunately, that One voice; One message seems to wear off, and we cheaply, sometimes anonymously, take a pot shot at our countrymen for no reason other than to try to make ourselves feel superior; Did it work? A land of immigrants should be wise to the trials of their fathers, and not exact those same hatreds on the fathers to be, or their children.

On the day after a beach wedding, I returned, for the sun and scenery. I was part of that salad bowl of America: Hispanics, African-Americans, Caucasians sat side-by-side and no one cared. We were working on tans, or burns, or just enjoying what has been a spectacular summer, appreciated more for the long cold winter in the rear view mirror. When a child got in trouble, we all jumped in the water.

A bright yellow inner tube drifted with the tide. Too late, a child saw the drifting with the tide; brother and sister went after it, using a brown inner tube to steady them. 300 yards out, they realized the push of wind and tide were faster, they would never catch the tube, and they let it go. They turned, to return, to the beach.

50 yards onward, the sister realized her brother, pushing her back to shore, was in trouble. She waved, she yelled, and suddenly, a peaceful, sunning beach, was galvanized. First her father went in, but he could not swim. He shouted, another relative went in, with another floatation device, for the father. He could not swim either.

Then, another man burst across the sand. With a long graceful leap, he dived across, and then into the water. He swam out. With power, the man quickly reached the panicked boy and girl. Reassurance in strength and skill, he calmed both siblings. The three made their way back on the legs of the one who could swim. By the time they got back to shore, the Sheriff’s, Police and Rescue units were all on scene; secure everyone was ok

                  Live a life less ordinary;
Live a life extraordinary,
With me
Live a life less sedentary;
Live a life evolutionary,
With me
- Life Less Ordinary, Carbon Leaf

People are sometimes surprised when they see a newspaper column of someone winning an award or recognition, for a service or achievement, above and beyond living. Perhaps we didn’t even know about that portion of someone’s life, a defining part of their life.

What we know, how much we know, of someone, is only a window view into a life; a trailer in a movie, not the full movie. It is someone’s perception of the highlights, maybe all of them. Or there may be more dramas, more excitement, more surprises, yet to come.

We all know we should never judge a movie from a clip, nor can we judge a life from the window seat. It is enticing, but it is not the full Monty. We don’t know their joys, their sorrows; their trials and their triumphs. We sit at the window, looking in, but we don’t see past the walls.

Be kinder than necessary, for someone is always fighting a battle unseen, in its fierceness, or effect. There is a difference between being nice, and being good. Be good. Want to figure out what to do with your life? Be something beautiful for God. That’s it. It is that simple.

If you don’t believe in God, you lose nothing by being good, but gain respect, both spiritual and in the eyes of other men, by doing good for others when there is no perceived reward for yourself. The greatness of a man can nearly always be measured by his willingness to be kind. That only leads to more open doors, more rewards. Be leaven for the world; plant seeds and nurture the flowers – what a wonderful world it would be.

Friendships break down; even tragedies break down, the self-imposed barriers between people. No one is born knowing how to hate. They learn it. They can unlearn it too. It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting; work and action; matter and form.

If you aren’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes. So the learned hate, doesn’t get unlearned, it is passed on to the next generation. Kids are our future and our legacy. What’s it gonna be? Gonna lead?


Get Up; Show Up; Lift Up

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20 things to do this weekend:

August 30th, 2014

20 things to do this weekend
from your Ohio Irish American News:

Saturday 8/30

GAA Sr. Football Semi-Final Replay: Mayo vs Kerry 12:00 Pj McIntyre’s Live from Ireland
Pigs&Whiskey at Visit Downtown Willoughby
Cleveland Rovers Impett Park 1pm
NancyCorriganExhibitOpens International Women’s Air & Space Museum 7:30pm
Brent Kirby The Harp
AlexKates Flannery’s Pub
The New Barleycorn PJ McIntyres Irish Pub
CocktailJohnny The Hooley House – Westlake
DonegalDoggs John Mullarkey’s
GreekFest Kamm’s Live

Sunday 8/31

GAA All-Ireland Live from Ireland: Minor Football Semi Donegal vs Dublin 8:30 am / Sr Football Donegal Vs Dublin 10:30 am @PJMcIntyres
Pigs&Whiskey at Visit Downtown Willoughby
SinNite West Park Station
The Portersharks Carney’s Bar
JeffVarga Stampers Bar
GreekFest @Kamm’s Corner

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Got Irish? Wanna Learn?

August 30th, 2014

Got Irish? Want to learn? See the flyer below, register via email and Send a check to us at the Ohio Irish American News, 14615 Triskett Road Cleveland, OH 44111-3123 We will register those who have paid until the class is full.
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Got Irish?  Wanna learn?

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Out of the Mailbag: Marys Lane A story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

August 26th, 2014

Out of the Mailbag, Comes Songs & Stories
By John O’Brien, Jr.

Marys Lane, See You Next Time, 2014 11 Tracks, 43 minutes
Guests: Brent Hopper, Brian Bigley

Celtic rock – hard to define, hard to resist, much like Marys Lane. “Marys Lane” is a place, way back in the old country, not owned by Mary, at least not any more. The band Marys Lane is rock, and reel, but most of all, the good times roll. Their Cleveland Rock roots are evident, but they are knee deep in the ghosts of Ireland – not maudlin mind you, but in the typical Kitchen Party made so famous by the Irish – everyone comes, everyone joins in, one way or another, and everyone leaves wishing the night would never end.

Marys Lane

Marys Lane

Their newest release is See You Next Time. Given the prolific playing schedule of Marys Lane, it won’t be long, till next time, is tonight. The guys were all musicians, and got together one day at Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival; “Hey, we should start a band?”. One year later, they met again, and realized waiting was no longer an option. They have been full steam ahead ever since, playing festivals and gigs in an ever-widening circle testament to their skill, their fun, and the passionate following their performances and personalities provoke.

Marys Lane is Michael Crawley: Vocals, Guitar; Patrick Mulloy: Vocals, Guitar; Matthew Sofranko: Bass guitar, vocals; Mark Whalen: drums; Paul Kirk: fiddle.

Mailbag Marys Lane

1. Slowpoke – a tease of an intro, soft and subtle, gives way to the trademark, “Let it Rip” sound of Marys Lane in I got a Letter Today,
2. I Got a Letter Today – We all hear the wisdom – stick to the plan, go to college. Sometimes, it’s not enough.
3. Robin Hood of Collinwood (Danny Greene Ballad) – Danny Greene is a local legend, whose story went front page in the bombings that shook the Collinwood neighborhoods as he fought for control of Cleveland’s gangster streets circa 1977. Greene challenged the mafia head on, and survived four assassination attempts, brazenly. He gave to the neighborhood, and protected it fiercely.
Lyndhurst Police Chief Rick Porello wrote his story, ‘To Kill the Irishman: The War that Crippled the Mafia” that explained how bombs in Cleveland caused explosions across the US. For the first time in US history, Omerta was violated and the Mafia’s code of silence was broken. Convictions across the country became a model and an end. The movie, “Kill the Irishman”, starred Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D’onofrio and Val Kilmer.
4. Picture of Jesus – “This isn’t something that one Sunday can fix”. Regret, and wondering why, one little mistake, and ripples, why?
5. Sway – the song’s melody causes the sway, love of the next meeting, with a drink in your hand, when will we meet again? Classic merge of country and rock, with a little Americana thrown in to balance it all out.
6. Wrecking Ball with No Clue – One of my favorites, trying to win back the girl, and not knowing how; we’re a Wrecking Ball, despite best intentions. Another song that brings to mind a packed dance floor at PJ McIntyre’s, arms in the air at Avenue Tap House and a sweaty, pulsing, laughing, loving it, crowd at Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival.
7. The Tangie – Instrumental, The Tangie is a different kind of dance, starts quick and goes quicker, leaving nothing but spent breathes in its wake.
8. See You Next Time – The title track, “… take me to where the beaches are gold and the sheep guard the sea …” Going Home, the craic and the cousins, this may be Marys Lane most recognized song, full of joy and longing, home like only the Irish treasure it.
9. West Side IA – The West Side Irish American Club is home base for most of the Irish who came to Cleveland; 475,00 of their descendants and new immigrants are now in Greater Cleveland. The WSIA was first at West 65th, then at West 93rd and now, at it’s home since 1990, in Olmsted Township on 38 gorgeous acres. “Songs they wrote as they braved the boat” … Lovers met, wedding receptions, baby showers and baptisms, generations follow and home across the ocean becomes a two way street. West Side IA captures the essence of the 1st Generation.
10. Pretty Little Song – “I wonder when I’ll get my piece of the pie…” A little love, a little longing and waiting, anticipation, for you, with head held high. It’s a proud song, a bit of defiance, but not without hope.
11. Sweet Mary – A bit more bittersweet “do you remember the first time I asked you to dance, tho I didn’t have a chance … Take me back….”. We all wish we could fix the big wrong, have another chance for the missed “one”. It’s harder when they are still in sight. We can’t go back, we can’t stop wishing we could.

See You Next Time is a fun, rollicking ballad from start to finish. It is Irish life, with musical interludes, emigration, the auld sod, making your way to a better world, and the hills you have to climb to get to, where ever you are. The typical Irish American Story, sung well, played well, and with an unmistakable life loving style that is so typical of our story, with the style that is all Marys Lane. See You Next Time is a Top Shelf Selection.

Ohio irish American News, August 2014

Ohio irish American News, August 2014

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Illuminations: Wrong Way Corrigan: A story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

August 24th, 2014

Illuminations: The Flying Irishman
By: J. Michael Finn

Douglas Corrigan was born in Galveston, Texas on January 22, 1907, the son of a construction engineer and a teacher. Corrigan was named Clyde Corrigan after his father, but legally changed his name to Douglas as an adult. He was of Irish descent. The family moved often, until his parents divorced. Douglas Corrigan settled with his mother, and two siblings in Los Angeles, California. Quitting high school, he went to work in construction.

In October 1925, Corrigan saw people paying to be taken for rides in a Curtis JN-4 “Jenny” biplane near his home. He paid the $2.50 for his own ride. After that ride he was hooked on flying. A week later, he began flying lessons, spending non-flying time watching and learning from local aircraft mechanics. After twenty lessons, he made his first solo flight on March 25, 1926.

Benjamin Franklin Mahoney and T. Claude Ryan, aircraft manufacturers, operated Ryan Aeronautical Company from the airfield where Corrigan had learned to fly. They hired him to work at their San Diego factory. Charles Lindbergh commissioned the design and construction of the Spirit of St. Louis from the company shortly after Corrigan was hired. Corrigan was responsible for the wing assembly and the installation of the gas tanks and instrument panel. He recommended increasing the lift of the aircraft by extending the wing of Lindbergh’s plane 10 feet longer than any previous design.

After Lindbergh’s successful transatlantic flight in 1927, Corrigan decided he would duplicate it and selected Ireland as his objective. He discussed the idea with friends and even mentioned the possibility of flying without permission. In those days you required government approval to make a transatlantic flight. When Ryan Aeronautical moved to St. Louis in October 1928, Corrigan stayed in San Diego.

Corrigan moved from job to job as an aircraft mechanic and instructor, using his employer’s planes to develop his flying skills. He gained his transport pilot’s certificate in October 1929. He also made money with barnstorming displays of his stunt flying.

In 1933, Corrigan spent $310 on a used 1929 Curtiss Robin monoplane and flew it from the East Coast to California, where he again went to work as an aircraft mechanic while he modified the Robin for transatlantic flight.

He installed a new engine, increasing the plane’s horsepower to from 90 to 165. He also installed extra fuel tanks. Corrigan applied to the Bureau of Air Commerce in 1935, seeking permission to make the transatlantic flight from New York to Ireland. The application was denied. His plane was deemed unsound for a nonstop transatlantic trip.

Over the next two years, Corrigan made repeated modifications and reapplications for certification, but none succeeded. By 1937, after making extensive modifications to his plane, his aircraft was again refused renewal of its license because it was deemed to be too unstable for safe flight.

On July 9, 1938, Corrigan and his modified plane named “Sunshine” flew nonstop from California to Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York. The flight plan he filed called for him to make a return nonstop flight to California.

Upon his unannounced arrival at Floyd Bennett Field, Corrigan decided against repairing a gasoline leak that had developed during the flight from California. He wanted to take off that same night, but the manager of the airfield persuaded Corrigan to wait until first light. Corrigan also stated that the manager advised him to take off on the east runway and then circle back over the Atlantic to be headed west.

When he took off on July 17, 1938 at 5:15 in the morning he had 320 gallons of gasoline and 16 gallons of oil, Corrigan headed directly east from the runway of Floyd Bennett Field and kept on going. Corrigan consistently claimed to have noticed his directional “error” only after flying over the ocean for about 26 hours.

During the flight the cockpit floor was awash with gasoline leaking from the unrepaired tank. He had to use a screwdriver to punch a hole through the cockpit floor so that the fuel would drain away on the side opposite the hot exhaust pipe, preventing a midair explosion. His provisions on board were just two chocolate bars, two boxes of fig bars, and 25 gallons of water.

Corrigan landed at Baldonnel Aerodrome, County Dublin, on July 18, 1938 after a 28-hour, 13-minute flight. He stepped out of his plane, and exclaimed, “Just got in from New York. Where am I?” After being asked for an explanation, he stated that he flew the wrong way because his World War I compass stuck after entering a cloud bank. His plane had fuel tanks mounted on the front, allowing him to see only out of the sides of the plane. He had no radio.

His landing in Ireland caused a media sensation around the world. The press referred to him as “Wrong-Way” Corrigan. Even before he left Ireland, he had become an instant national celebrity. Did he really fly the wrong way or was it all a ruse to make the transatlantic flight that he always wanted to make? US aviation officials sent him a 600 word telegram to explain the number of aviation rules he had broken. His punishment was a 14-day suspension of his pilot’s license.

Illuminations wrong way corrigan

After his famous flight, “Wrong Way” and his plane returned to America, aboard a steamer. As the ship entered New York Harbor, whistles started blowing and fireboats shot streams of water into the air. The Mayor’s reception committee came on board and welcomed him to New York.

At noon the next day he was given a ticker tape parade down Broadway in New York. Later he received the United States Flag Association medal in 1938. Galveston, Texas named an airport after Corrigan. He was also given a ticker tape parade in Chicago. The US was in the midst of the Great Depression and somehow the Irishman’s implausible story of his wrong-way flight took the country by storm.

Corrigan wrote his autobiography, That’s My Story, within months of the flight; it was published on December 15, 1938. He also endorsed “wrong-way” products including a watch that ran backwards. Hollywood reinforced his celebrity status. He helped RKO Studios make and starred in a movie about his flight entitled The Flying Irishman in 1939. A high point of his life was when President Franklin Roosevelt assured him that he never doubted his story for a minute.

Corrigan retired from aviation in 1950 and bought an 18-acre orange grove in Santa Ana, California. He lived there with his wife and three sons until his death on December 9, 1995. Throughout his life Corrigan stuck to his story of flying across the Atlantic by mistakenly flying the wrong way.

*J. Michael Finn is the Ohio State Historian for the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Division Historian for the Patrick Pearse Division in Columbus, Ohio. He is also Chairman of the Catholic Record Society for the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. He writes on Irish and Irish-American history; Ohio history and Ohio Catholic history. You may contact him at FCoolavin@aol.com

18 Things to Do this Weekend, and beyond

August 22nd, 2014

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

HAPPY Summer!

Friday 8/22

Austin Walkin’ Cane The Harp
Brittany Reilly Flat Iron Cafe
DJ Pj McIntyre’s
OtherBrothers Sully’s Irish Pub
DublinCornetbandShamrock Club Dart League
BarFlies Flannery’s Pub
Faction Hooley House – Mentor
@Brigids @HHW
BrendanBurtBand John Mullarkey’s

Saturday 8/23

Fior Gael @TheHarp
Kristine Jackson @Flannery’s
ComedyNite Irish American Club East Side, Inc
SuperSaturday Beck Center for the Arts w Something Dada
The New Barleycorn Barley @SullysIrishPub
Mossy Moran Mullarkey’s Irish Pub

Sunday 8/24

GAA All-Ireland Minor Football 8:30 Kerry vs Mayo / 10:30am Sr Football Kerry vs Mayo

Wednesday 8/ 27
Beoga, straight from Ireland at PJ McIntyres Irish Pub


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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
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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