New Day LXXXVII: No One Left to Speak for Me

March 27th, 2015

New Day LXXXVII: No One Left to Speak for Me

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
- Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), first made popular in the 1950s

In my life:
They came for the Irish, they came for the African American, they came for the gay, the immigrant, the woman, the laborer, the religious;
I am left; I speak out

A nation of immigrants, speaking against immigrants; a “Christian” sub-community, speaking against Christians, bereft of Christ; built on the back of labor, they came for the laborers. Why are the lessons of the well-sharpened blades of man’s cruelty to man, lost on man?

Any word can be sectioned off, to ill begat intention, losing the letter and the spirit of the letter, or the law. The bible evolved with Christ, Old to New testaments of a life plan all-inclusive, in community and with the key to the gates of heaven.

“I gave you only 10 Commandments, and only asked you to read one book; what took you so long,” He said.

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Dance Like No One is Watching: Things To DO This Weekend

March 27th, 2015

FUN things to do this weekend Out & About Ohio
from your Ohio Irish American News

Out & About Ohio March 2015

Flanagan’s Wake is Back!
The Hilarious Interactive Irish Wake is Every Friday & Saturday at 8pm and Kennedy’s Theatre at Playhouse Square; Downtown Cleveland. 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353 www.playhousesquare.org

Brooklyn – Hooley House!
10310 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn 216-362-7700. 1FunPub.com

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center
Irish Teas/Library/Genealogy Detective/ all by appointment.  Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100. www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

ALL under Cleveland;

The Harp
27th – Kristine Jackson, 28th- Chris Allen. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com

Stone Mad
29th  – Chris Allen. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4 to 7. 1306 West 65th Street Cleveland 44102 216-281-6500

Flat Iron Café
27th – Fish Fry  Craic Brothers. 1114 Center St.  Cleveland 44113-2406 216.696.6968.  www.flatironcafe.com

Treehouse
29th – Becky Boyd. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

PJ McIntyre’s
27th – Colin Dussalt, 28th – Disco Inferno. Coming April 25th – LEO & ANTO FROM THE SAWDOCTORS. 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.

Flannery’s Pub
27th – The Bar Flies, 28th – Brent Kirby. 323 East Prospect, Cleveland 44115 216.781.7782 www.flannerys.com

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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

Euclid Irish American Club East Side
27th – Fish Fry Craic Brothers. PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.eastsideirish.org

Findlay Logan’s Irish Pub
Trad Sessiún 3rd Wednesday. 414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

 Hiram College SEAN MOORE IRISH MUSIC SESSIONs
29th – Learn tunes: 2:00 Open session: 3:00. Potluck refreshments—All welcome. Frohring Music Hall Room 102 (recital hall) 11746 Dean St., Hiram Village

Lakewood  Beck Center for the Arts
28th -29th The Fairy Doll Ballet. 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

Medina / Montrose
Sully’s
27th  - One a U2 Tribute Band, 28th – Smug Saints. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Hooley House Montrose
145 Montrose West Avenue Copley, Oh 44321 www.1funpub.com

Mentor Hooley House
Every Tuesday – Open Mic w Nick Zuber, Every Wednesday – Trivia Night.  7861 Reynolds Rd Mentor www.1funpub.com (440) 942-6611.

The Twisted Paddy
7079 Lakeshore Boulevard, Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 525-5565. https://www.facebook.com/thetwistedpaddy

Olmsted Twp
West Side Irish American Club
28th – Steak Shoot, 29th - Easter Bunny Breakfast (res required). Fish Fry every Friday in Lent 2/20 – 4/3. Great live music every Friday.  WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Westlake Hooley House
24940 Sperry Dr Westlake 44145. 
1FunPub.com
(440) 835-2890

Willoughby The Wild Goose
4144 Erie St, Willoughby, OH 44094. (440) 951-6644 www.wildgoosewilloughby.com

Croagh Patrick’s Pub
4857 Robinhood Dr, Willoughby, OH 44094. (440) 946-8250 www.croaghpatrickspub.com.

Mullarkey’s
27th 107.9 Band, 28th – Mossy Moran. Wed: Karaoke, Thurs: Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com 

Columbus Shamrock Club Events
27th – Fish Fry; 28th  – The Sirens; 29th  – General Membership Mtg. Happy Hour every Friday 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.

Traditional Social Dance for Adults: All are welcome to learn and have fun

  • Set Dance Lessons: Tues: 8-10 pm, St. Clarence Church, N. Olmsted / Wed: 7-9 pm, Irish American Club – East Side
  • Ceili Lessons: 3/5, 12 & 26: 7-9 pm, West Side Irish American Club.
  • Traditional Ceili:  13th – St. Clarence Church, Terrace Room, 8PM, $10.

    Contact CeiliClubCleveland@gmail.com

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
  • 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
  • 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

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Jane Campbell: Lean on Me; A Story from this Month’s Issue of the Ohio Irish American News

March 26th, 2015

Inner View: Jane Campbell: Lean on Me; a Lifetime of Helping Hands
by John O’Brien, Jr.

Jane Campbell served as the 56th and first female mayor of Cleveland, Ohio from 2002 to 2006. Community development, advocacy, equal rights and most of all, helping those that, for whatever reason, Inner View Jane Campbellaren’t getting the same benefits and opportunities available to others has been her credo and legacy since she first stepped into the forefront of leadership, now spanning more than thirty years.

Jane was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1984 and reelected five times, serving as the majority whip and later the assistant minority leader. She was also appointed to work with the Clinton administration intergovernmental group of governors, mayors, county officials and state legislators on the Welfare Reform effort of the mid-90s.
“It came out of ‘The War on Poverty,’” Campbell recounted. “We were trying to find ways to bring capital into underserved communities: housing, job opportunities, redevelopment, investment, the public/private partnership that is so much a part of Cleveland.

“The Public Policy side is to make sure that government is very aware of needs. Sherrod Brown is a great champion. The importance of maintaining credit on new bonds – tax credits fuel investment.”

In 1996 Campbell was elected Cuyahoga County commissioner and reelected in 2000. Throughout her years as County Commissioner, Campbell efforts for urban development and redevelopment projects changed the face, and vibrant esteem of Cleveland. Overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Steelyard Commons, Gordon Square Arts District, Battery Park, The Avenue District, East 4th Street redevelopment and the Euclid Avenue transit corridor all found foundation under Campbell’s interagency collaboration efforts. In 2004, Cleveland became the first city to host the International Children’s Games.

In 2009, Campbell became Chief of Staff to Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, then joined National Development Council in 2014 as Director and Head of National Development Council’s Washington office of Public Policy and Advocacy. NDC is a national non-profit with a mission to increase the flow of capital for investment, jobs and community development to under-served urban and rural areas across the United States. Campbell directs NDC’s advocacy campaign, NDC Advocating for Communities Together, or NDC ACT. With NDC ACT as a platform, Campbell works to raise awareness of the impact of state and federal job creation and community economic development programs, leading its efforts to preserve capital for job creation and community revitalization.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jane as Director of NDC Public Policy and Advocacy,” said Robert W. Davenport, President of National Development Council in a December 3rd, 2014 press release announcing Campbell’s hire. “Throughout her career, Jane has been an outspoken advocate of federal housing and economic development programs, and her knowledge and experience will help us continue to make a difference in Washington.” (www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12370034.htm)

Full participation of everyone in economic opportunities in our community is a Campbell ethos. “My mom’s forebear was an Irish Presbyterian Minister. He felt Ireland should be free; this was just before the American Revolution. The Queen put a price on his head, so he left for America. He joined up in the Revolution.

“The Irish community is very active in Cuyahoga County. I had the privilege of serving in the General Assembly when discussions on peace in Northern Ireland in discussions on how to bring Apartheid down took place.”

When Campbell was mayor of Cleveland, she led a delegation for the Twinning of Achill, Mayo and Cleveland. “It was a highlight for me. More than 70 people came from Cleveland to Achill to witness it. Steve Mulloy was the passion behind it. He had wanted to do it for years. He got my support as Mayor. I remember Steve singing Danny Boy. I have a great picture of all of us on the shore of Achill island.
“You look around, see all the glass windows, rescue squad plaques that say donated by family and friends in Cleveland, Ohio. There are more people in Cleveland from Achill than are people in Achill.”
Steve will be inducted into the International Hall of Fame in February; Jane is coming to Cleveland for the ceremony.

“Growing up, I was aware of being Irish. It wasn’t a daily highlight, but rather more a part of a faith-based upbringing. Cleveland was such a destination for the Irish. The history of Cleveland, we welcomed the Irish with open arms. Discrimination was why they left. We look at what the Irish have meant to the community, enhanced the community, in the way that new immigrants are enhancing it now.
“My mom and dad, my brother are here. Whenever we gather for holidays, events, we gather in Cleveland; it will always be Home. My company has an office in Cleveland as well, so that’s great!

“We invest in commercial and housing development, which benefits the people in that neighborhood on a day to day basis. Building businesses forms a foundation for development – like we did around East 4th – Bowling (Corner Alley), House of Blues, comedy, ancillary development. It sets the stage for Cleveland. I am so pleased that the economic renaissance is slowly beginning to happen. People thought we were touched in the head, that we thought we could get people to come downtown. Now, the Heinen’s; I really think it is a great opportunity for Cleveland.

“I watch my kids and nieces and nephews; they are excited. As they get married and have kids of their own, amenities, parks, education, sports. We were right to believe in Cleveland. It makes me so happy.”
The vision, perseverance and heart necessary to do what is right for the long term betterment of mankind, and willingness to take the bruises along the way dished out by those looking for the short term score, has given our community more than a one street success. Campbell’s lifetime of service, dedicated to giving equal footing and opening doors has served Campbell’s legacy, and all of our community, well.

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New Day LXXIV: The Last First Generation

March 25th, 2015

New Day LXXIV: The Last First Generation

America is still an immigrant nation – I read a lot about the Irish American experience, and see stark similarities between the Irish and other immigrant Italian, Croatian, Polish, Hispanic and other cultures. Faith based, family centric, pick yourself up by the bootstraps, make your way, then reach a hand down and help another do the same – the power of multitudes and passionate belief in paying it forward.

For the Irish in Cleveland, they went to the West Side Irish American Club first. It was where you went to begin the search for success: for a job, an apartment, to find friends and a spouse.

They are not coming any more; this is a first – the first time there will no longer be significant numbers of 1st Generation Irish in Cleveland; my generation is the last First. All of the Irish based organizations I am involved with are aware of it, lament it, are slow to respond to it, why? Because we don’t know how; it has never happened before.

Festivals and fairs, dance and Irish music schools and bands and Irish related businesses, feel the vacuum of replenishing Irish born blood in Cleveland; the volunteerism and active, physical support that birthed, nurtured, grew Irish owned businesses and providers, and provided the backbone of the community, and the city. No one knows how to fix it, because it has never happened before: not in 400+ years of the Irish coming to America post Columbus; not since St. Brendan the Navigator first arrived in a currach in America in the 5th Century, 1000 years before Chris.

Irish Network Cleveland, the newly incorporated Cleveland Irish Business Chamber of Commerce, will debur some sharp edges for those looking for a job or a friend; the rebirth of Cleveland has opened so many eyes once again, to all that Cleveland has to offer; and the focus of This is Cleveland has returned to its roots, opening doors and dialogues with people and entities that want to come here. PEL Manufacturing is an Ireland based business that opened its US Headquarters in Cleveland early this year. The crack in the dam starts with one drop.

Don’t cry wolf, cry the great Craic in Cleveland, as awareness of an issue creates that first drop. My father and mother are immigrants, shall I not offer my hand to the next generation?

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New Day LXXIII: Ethos: There is No Crying in Irishtown Bend

March 23rd, 2015

New Day LXXIII: Ethos: There is no Crying in Irish Town Bend

Author Website: www.songsandstories.net

It is funny, it was ingrained all my life to not show emotion, to never let them know you hurt and never, ever cry. I haven’t since my Uncle Harry died in 2001. I know it as a father’s wisdom, and I think an Irish thing, but it is probably more an immigrant’s thing than just an Irish one. I worked my ass off to not limp, to not let my crosses, be others’ crosses. In no way am I relating those crosses to Jesus’, just the simile.

But of all the topics I have written about, the ones that have had the most conversation, are the emotional ones. For a writer, response is everything. You feel you have something to say, many writers say NEED to say. Sometimes just saying it is enough, but in the great majority, you hope your audience agrees (that it is relevant to them and worthwhile enough to share). You hope that they feel with you connections, personal, emotional or of an issue important, that leads to sharing with them, and they with their friends and family, and so on, and so on. Limbs are fragile places to perch; tho their bark may be thickened over time.

On Friday, I sent our April issue to print. It is our 100th issue of the Ohio Irish American News. One of the things I have been thinking about lately, with St. Pat’s and the 100th Anniversary of Johnny Kilbane’s reign as World Boxing Champion, amidst all the celebrations, commemorations and films is, 100 years later, we are sharing his story. It is the story of our parents, our grandparents, great-grandparents, any generation’s immigrant journey; why they left, why they came here, and what they did when they got here. It is not to live in the past, but to shine a light, a way out of the darkness, for those who may be looking for meaning, roots, connection.

We have been there; we know the way out.

The Ohio Irish American News are a Media Sponsor for the Cleveland International Film Festival, our 3rd year sponsoring a film, and I gave opening remarks for the premier of Kibanetown Comeback, Des Bishop’s documentary on the process of locating, designing and building the Johnny Kilbane Statue at Battery Park. It was dedicated on September 11th, 2014. We love the arts, it is our oxygen, and are grateful for the opportunity to actively support it, not just in print, but in person.

Side View

Side View

Johnny grew up in Cleveland, his father from the Achill area. Johnny lived a horrendously cruel and triumphant life. He was World Champion from 1912 to 1923 – the longest reigning champion in boxing history. Mike Tyson cites Johnny as one of the top 10 boxers in history, one that he learned from.

During his reign, Johnny lived on Herman Avenue, around West 73rd Street, 2 streets south of Battery Park, where the triumph of his life is highlighted in a 3 figure sculptor by internationally renowned Dublin, Ireland artist Rowan Gillespie. The sculpture, shows Johnny as boy, as a boxing champion and as a State Senator and Clerk of Courts.

Side View

Side View

He had a legendary temper, but perseverance is the tape to which he was measured. Like Tyson, when you pissed him off, he unleashed.

October Issue of the Ohio Irish American NEws, featuring the unveiling of the Johnny Kilbane Statue

November Issue of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring the unveiling of the Johnny Kilbane Statue

There is much to celebrate; much to learn from; much to share, in both our Irish and our American histories. We are forged of the same fire; we are of the same mind. In Newsmagazines like the Ohio Irish American News, books, and films, our past, our present AND our future are before us, live and in living color.

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New Day LXVI: You Are Not the Target

March 21st, 2015

New Day LXVI: You Are Not the Target

You are not the target – you may often feel so.

Author Website: www.songsandstories.net



Church is not for Saints, but for sinners. I go often, for I urgently want to be a better man, and alone I cannot stand the bent joints, back rusting through at the core. Even in attending mass, a far better drug for me personally, I occasionally fail, at the beguile of a warm bed, a football game or travel.

Pain is a daily part of life. We are forged in trial and trail. We are not meant to arrive at death well-preserved, at peace and all pretty, but battered, bruised and beholden to God for carrying us along the way when we could not longer lift our weary soul. Even Saints suffer horribly, sometimes in death, at the end of their life, sometimes at the beginning, and some, somewhere in between. It is not usually the death that brings sainthood. Many are like us, in that we suffer a more silent screaming martyrdom.

In some piece of our lives, each of us suffers some martyring, but we do it, for our God, our spouse, child or neighbor; and grace spills from our heart. Trails of blood are not requisite in martyrdom.

You were not targeted:

Target

Your daughter was not God’s target when she was killed by a drunk driver; God did not target you when you were arrested by a cop for doing something Civilization decided, there needed to be a law against – don’t shoot the messenger; God did not target your spouse, your child, for Cancer; God was not aiming for you when you were hit in that drive by shooting, or when Heroin grabbed you by the throat, and menaced you and everyone near by; God did not choose your soldier for a bullet, or a prosthetic.

I struggle within my pain and myself, to understand; is the hardship because God wanted us to be the light out of the darkness for someone else, perhaps who was blinded in that moment? Does God really only test as far as we can bear, does he test at all? Or is that a pep talk for the determined to be damned? We see many choosing to be a martyr, some are pure of heart; some we find hurting their shoulder patting themselves on the back.

Is life really random,
or is it mapped by God’s desires, but full of detours made by our choices,
or is it unequivocally destined?

I don’t know. I do know God did not target you for hate;
I do know He targeted you for love,

if you let Him.

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Out & About Ohio Things to Do This Weekend!

March 20th, 2015

Out & About Ohio March 2015
from you Ohio Irish American News

Flanagan’s Wake – Cleveland
The Hilarious Interactive Irish Wake is Every Friday & Saturday at 8pm and Kennedy’s Theatre at Playhouse PlayhouseSquare; Downtown Cleveland. 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353 www.playhousesquare.org

Brooklyn – The Hooley House – Brooklyn!
10310 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn 216-362-7700. 1FunPub.com

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati
Irish Teas/Library/Genealogy Detective/ all by appointment. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100. www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

ALL under Cleveland;
The Harp
20th – The New Pitch, 21st – Fior Gael, 25th – Chris & Tom, 27th – Kristine Jackson, 28th- Chris Allen. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com

STONE MAD PUB, RESTAURANT AND BOCCE 29th – Chris Allen. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4 to 7. 1306 West 65th Street Cleveland 44102 216-281-6500

Flat Iron Cafe
20th- Fish Fry Pop the Cork, 27th – Fish Fry The Craic Brothers. 1114 Center St. Cleveland 44113-2406 216.696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com

Treehouse Bar
22nd – Cats on Holiday; 29th – Becky Boyd. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

PJ McIntyre’s McIntyre’s
20th – Charlie in the Box, 21st – Smug Saints, 27th – Colin Dussalt 28th – Disco Inferno. Coming April 25th – LEO & ANTO FROM THE SAWDOCTORS. 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.

Flannery’s Flannery’s Pub
20th – Rob Dusky, 21st – Stacey & Mike of Rumors, 27th – The Bar Flies, 28th – Brent Kirby. 323 East Prospect, Cleveland 44115 216.781.7782 www.flannerys.com

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Avon Lake
Ahern Ahern Catering & 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

Euclid
Irish American Club East Side, Inc
20th – Fish Fry Pop the Cork, 27th – Fish Fry Craic Brothers. PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.eastsideirish.org

Findlay
Logan’s Logan’s Irish Pub
Trad Sessiún 3rd Wednesday. 414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

Hiram College
SEAN MOORE IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS
29th – Learn tunes: 2:00 Open session: 3:00. Potluck refreshments—All welcome. Frohring Music Hall Room 102 (recital hall) 11746 Dean St., Hiram Village

Lakewood
Beck Center for the Arts
21st – 22nd & 28th -29th The Fairy Doll Ballet. 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

Medina / Montrose
Sully’s Irish Pub
20th – The Other Brothers, – 21st – Westside Steve, 27th – One a U2 Tribute Band, 28th – Smug Saints. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com
Hooley House Hooley House – Montrose
145 Montrose West Avenue Copley, Oh 44321 www.1funpub.com

Mentor
Hooley House
Every Tuesday – Open Mic w Nick Zuber, Every Wednesday – Trivia Night. 7861 Reynolds Rd Mentor www.1funpub.com (440) 942-6611.
The Twisted Paddy
7079 Lakeshore Boulevard, Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 525-5565. https://www.facebook.com/thetwistedpaddy

Olmsted Twp
West Side Irish American Club
28th – Steak Shoot, 29th – Easter Bunny Breakfast (res required). Fish Fry every Friday in Lent 2/20 – 4/3. Great live music every Friday. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Westlake
Hooley House
24940 Sperry Dr Westlake 44145. 1FunPub.com(440) 835-2890

Willoughby
The Wild Goose Wlby
26th – The Shizz. 4144 Erie St, Willoughby, OH 44094. (440) 951-6644
www.wildgoosewilloughby.com
Croagh Patricks Patrick’s Pub
4857 Robinhood Dr, Willoughby, OH 44094. (440) 946-8250 www.croaghpatrickspub.com.
John Mullarkey’s
20th – Nick Zuber, 21st – Dan McCoy, 27th 107.9 Band, 28th – Mossy Moran. Wed: Karaoke, Thurs: Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com

Columbus
Shamrock Club Events
20th – Fish Fry; 27th – Fish Fry; 28th – The Sirens; 29th – General Membership Mtg. Happy Hour every Friday 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.

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Traditional Social Dance for Adults: All are welcome to learn and have fun
• Set Dance Lessons: Tues: 8-10 pm, St. Clarence Church, N. Olmsted / Wed: 7-9 pm, Irish American Club – East Side
• Ceili Lessons: 3/5, 12 & 26: 7-9 pm, West Side Irish American Club.
• Traditional Ceili: 13th – St. Clarence Church, Terrace Room, 8PM, $10.
Contact CeiliClubCleveland@gmail.com

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
• 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.

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New Day LXX: Need, for Speed

March 20th, 2015

New Day LXX: Need for Speed!

We are ½ way thru Lent – most view it as a time of sacrifice, but a different view was taught at St. Ignatius High School. We learned the value of commission, rather than omission – meaning we did something extra, rather than, or in addition to, giving up something we craved. Heaven will wait, but you can improve the trip. Men for Others is the motto, exemplified in action of helping others, more than censuring yourself.

Sacrificing today for a better tomorrow is at the root of our faith. Lent is not about succeeding or failing. It is about allowing God to meet us where we are and to take us where we need to go. Hope is at the heart of Lent, because it draws us closer to Jesus, who, indeed gave the final full measure of devotion.

roadrunner

Tech age means so much of my life is fueled or greased at my laptop. The whole of the Ohio Irish American News is run on a 500 GB laptop. When it crashes, speed bumps hurt. I took the 4 year old Mac to the Genius Bar, expecting them to tell me I needed a new hard drive, it has been 2 years since I last replaced it.

No No No Johnny; something else entirely. On a 500GB computer, I have 10 MB left. I empty my trash every so often, but unless you “securely empty”, it does not delete it off the computer. So space is less. We cleaned up other things, but it would take “hours” to clean the trash, so I took it home to do it. At 6pm on Wednesday, I set it to empty. 247,000 files to be deleted! Now, 42 hours later, it is still emptying, with 11,000 files to go ~ sure glad I didn’t try to wait it out at the Mac Store!

Once I get all the 247,000 files deleted, then I will back up the computer on my external hard drive. That will be another all night, set it and go to bed task. My pictures from 8 years of the Ohio Irish American News, Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, my passionate travel bug and my family, eat up 345 GB of the 500. I will move them to another external storage device, delete them off my computer and hopefully, then be the roadrunner. That will be 2 all night, set it and go to bed tasks. Hopefully, need for speed fulfilled by Monday!

The life is funny moment tho, is that I have been flu sick since Monday. I took a vacation day for St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday, but was so dizzy and light headed, I gave my Keynote Address, walked in the parade and then stayed with friends at an annual party downtown the rest of the day, quite quietly. I even forgot to take the Orencia shot on Tuesday night.

Back to work on Wednesday, I remembered, and caught up that night, but was so sick Thursday and today, I took off and coach potatoed it all day. The extra time, allowed me to haunt this computer O mine, and try to Lazarus it. Of course I don’t have Jesus’ power, but with LOTSA prayers, He seems to be working anyway!

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New Day LXVI: Little Victory

March 16th, 2015

New Day LXVI: Little Victory

I have been moaning about my disease and the detrimental effect using Medical assistance/insurance has had on me over the past 15 months. Today I had a little victory, so sharing that is way more important. Today I walked (for exercise) for the first time since sometime last summer. I have a nice 4 ¼ mile course laid out downtown; I walk by the water, check out Browns Stadium advances, cut thru the heart of the city, and now, get to watch the reshaping of not only our square, but our whole city.

Because of RA, running, weight lifting, even swimming, is out for me. Walking has been my fashion and my passion for years – but I haven’t been able to do it since last summer. Its absence has been unsettling, and gnawing at me. Life is funny. Today was so painful, yet felt so good at the same time. I know, if I don’t walk today, I won’t be able to walk tomorrow, so today was a welcome leap, and the sense of another brick in the road to less of that pain.

This time of year especially, there are so many Not to Miss events. It is the first time in a long time that pain didn’t make me choose to miss one. Some ran concurrently, but the ones that I was free to hit, Celtic Women at the State Theatre on Friday, the Claddagh Ball at the West Side Irish American Club on Saturday and The Roundabouts and The Portersharks at Music Box Supper Club on Sunday were such a lift. There is Spring in the air. It matters.

Coupla Highlights:
The voice is my favorite instrument. Celtic Women’s cast has it in spades. I find all the seemingly random walking around in circles a big distraction, but the voices are glorious.

Waltzing with Maureen Casey Brubaker at the Claddagh Ball – I love to dance, and miss it badly, but haven’t been able to until a few weeks ago, when we went to see Brittany Reilly Band and thundered the floor with Sally Clem, Mindy Carter and Wes Feathers. Dancing at the WSIA is as familiar to me as the switches for the lights and sound there, and has been sorely missed. I was a half beat behind thru most, but I’ll catch up. Taking selfies with the Ohio Roses was hilarious; they are such fun, and called ambassadors, but they personify it in deed, not just word.

rose selfie
The Roundabouts & Portersharks took stage at the Music Box Supper Club on Sunday. I love seeing shows there, and the food is superb – try the slider plate – sublime. Francis Quinn is the Portersharks extraordinary fiddler. He cajoled his mom up on stage – I have heard Anne sing at house parties, but never on stage – she nailed it. She hugged me after and said, “Oh I made a fool of myself.”. I made sure she knew, she most certainly did not. It was beautiful, and something I will never forget.

Mom Quinn & Francis

Mom Quinn & Francis

Tonight is Boxty & Irish Sausage at the WSIA and tomorrow I have the distinct honor to be the Keynote Speaker at the Irish Goodfellowship Club Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon. Many “politely” suggested to me to keep it under 15 minutes; everyone has the parade to get to! I timed it as I refined it, 10 minutes on the dot, so Mike Kearney, I am listening!

I’ll post the text after the address.

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New Day LXIV: Live Music

March 14th, 2015

New Day LXIV: Live Music

In my neighborhood, PJ McIntyre’s and other Live music pubs like Sully’s, The Harp, Flannery’s, the Irish American Clubs, Treehouse, Beachland Ballroom, Hooley House and many more, go all out in living the credo and risk of supporting live music; Pj’s alone brought Dervish, Lunasa and the Saw Doctor’s Leo & Anto. BIG kudos to Pat Campbell, Karen O’Malley, Sean O’Donnell, Cindy Barber, John Reece, Paul Jones, John Sullivan and the other ambassador business owners for going out on that limb, to bring world class talent to Cleveland.

Live bands provide entertainment, gathering places, reasons to ruminate, of course. But in their success, they also provide a living, for businesses and their owners, their staff’s and their families – and what many forget, when they support live performers, they are providing those performers with a living too. This allows great talent to keep performing, instead of having to change to another sustainable bread earning, with the resulting loss of talent, creativity, and for many, soul.

It is oxygen for our culture. Remember – if we don’t attend shows when magnificent talent comes to town; magnificent talent will not come to town. The same is true for locally based talent. No regrets, No more words; get up, show up. Verbal support and spreading of posts and the news is great and necessary; but showing up is vital.

I don’t make much money, and I spend what ever is left over on others. I don’t want or need a fancy car or home. It is not economically feasible to attend every show in a hotbed of great talent, local based or visiting. I try to attend what ever I can, when ever I can. In a community of 176,000 Irish in Greater Cleveland, if even a small percent can rally to make live music a valued part of our expendable dollars, Cleveland will remain, or even expand, to be on the tour schedule of the all the great ones.

The Irish immigrant mode of action of our parents’ generation paid this forward, and they brought their kids bodies and minds, too. Next up for me for bands visiting Cleveland is Ireland’s Lunasa, coming to Pj’s on the 19th. I am so looking forward to that, and before and after seeing The Roundabouts and Portersharks tomorrow at The Music Box Supper Club, and soon Barleycorn, Marys Lane, PorterSharks, Brigid’s Cross, Mossy Moran, Lisa Spicer, Craic Brothers … the list, like our blessings, is endless.

The Fr. Cregan Chapel at EnnisCourt fundraiser was the Friday. The halls are crisscrossed with Irish, present and past. Fr. Cregan went way beyond his duties as a caring priest, to care, concern and gentle, heartfelt support, whether it was an officer down, or a friend in need. He encircled and embraced our whole community, no matter if faith based, uniform based or those simply in need.

Barleycorn sang, Brady Campbell School of Dance danced. Cregan’s Crew served fantastic food and craic and the conversation was Art. I imagine Fr. Cregan loved the laughter, the hugs and the families who gather to build a chapel in the former Chaplain’s name. Everyone is a ripple; Fr. Cregan’s ripples reached far, and will for generations.

While watching the dancers, I saw Mike Mitchell. Our families grew up together. Mike’s mom Bridget, is my Godmother, and my folks are Mike’s. It has been decades since I saw Bridget last, her eyes went wide with wonder when Mike whispered my name to her. Her hand went a few feet off the ground, to indicate her memories of me as a little boy. We chatted and I remember growing up, playing on the red brick road in front of their house, holidays and parties at their house and ours. Time ticks, hugs stop it.

Last night I went to Celtic Women at the State Theatre. This is their 10th Anniversary as a group. Their very first gig in the US was here in Cleveland.

The voice has always been my favorite instrument. Celtic Women are world class in voice and world class in instrumentation too. I am not a demonstrative person, so the walking about in weird circles has never clicked for me; I find it distracting rather than enhancing. The cast members are all so talented, I would rather let that be the focus. It is enough, and more.

They sang many of their favorites, with almost no breaks between songs; it was so vibrant. Caledoania is one of their crowd favorites, but I tell ya, no one sings that song better than our own Cleveland treasure, Peggy Goonin Baker (of Brigid’s Cross). My favorite Celtic Women song is I am the Voice. I always find it so moving, both in lyric and in accompaniment. If I ever host a weekly radio show, to showcase our rich Irish music and history, this song will be the opening:

The Voice

I hear your voice on the wind
And I hear you call out my name

“Listen, my child,” you say to me
“I am the voice of your history
Be not afraid, come follow me
Answer my call, and I’ll set you free”

I am the voice in the wind and the pouring rain
I am the voice of your hunger and pain
I am the voice that always is calling you
I am the voice, I will remain

I am the voice in the fields when the summer’s gone
The dance of the leaves when the autumn winds blow
Ne’er do I sleep throughout all the cold winter long
I am the force that in springtime will grow

I am the voice of the past that will always be
Filled with my sorrow and blood in my fields
I am the voice of the future, bring me your peace
Bring me your peace, and my wounds, they will heal

I am the voice in the wind and the pouring rain
I am the voice of your hunger and pain
I am the voice that always is calling you
I am the voice

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