Memorial Mass for Mike Lackey this Saturday

The memorial mass for Mike Lackey will be Saturday, March 1, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church on Montrose Avenue in Cleveland’s Westpark.  Mike and all of the Lackey’s have been integrally involved in Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival for all of its 25+ years.  We will miss him, and our thoughts and prayers continue for John, Margie and all the extended Lackey family.

March Events in Oh High OH, and thereabouts

Out & About Ohio – March

Last Call for Tickets – Irish Sopranos to Play with Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall

The fantastic Irish Sopranos will be appearing with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall on Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m. Presented by The Irish American Charitable Foundation, to benefit Ohio non-profit organizations, the talented trio will join one of Ohio’s true treasures, the Cleveland Pops. An event not to be missed.

West Side Irish American Club Announces Fish Frys Every Friday thru Lent & Live Entertainment too!

Dinner menu includes fried and baked fish, salmon, swordfish, burgers, muscles, Mac & Cheese, grilled cheese, shrimp and weekly specials, all followed by live Irish music in the pub. All proceeds go to providing programs in the club throughout the year. All are welcome. The WSIA is located at 8559 Jennings Road, Olmsted Twp, Oh. 44138

Fabulous Fish Fry’s in Akron too!
Enjoy this wonderful menu every Friday in Lent and more…March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. Baked or Fried Fish, Hot dog, Fries, Macaroni & Cheese, Sides Baked Potato, French Fries, Macaroni & Cheese, Cole Slaw, Applesauce, Cottage Cheese.
The A.O.H. Hibernian Hall – 2000 Brown Street, Akron Ohio 44301
(330)724-2080 for more information.

Columbus – Byrne’s Pub March Sched:

3/1 Mossy Moran
3/2 Brigids Cross
3/8 Seanchai & The Unity Squad
3/12 Black 47
3/14 Knot Fibb’n
3/15 Drowsy Lads / Yankee Celtic Consort
3/16 Drowsy Lads, The McCabes
3/17 General Guinness, The Kells
3/18 The Hooligans
3/29 Roger Drawdy & The Firestarters

Massillon/Canton Ulster Project Announces Fundraiser

A fundraising concert for the Massillon/Canton Ulster project will be held April 3, 2008 at Lions Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon. Featured entertainment will be Maidens IV, a Celtic quartet from the Loudonville area.

The Ulster Project began in 1975 with a deceptively simple but brilliant premise—bring the Catholic and Protestant youth of Northern Ireland together in a safe, non-threatening atmosphere and let them get to know each other, far from the troubles that are a part of the fabric of their lives. Hundreds of years of sectarian violence and estrangement may not disappear overnight, but the longest journey begins with a single step. Church of Ireland Canon Kerry WaterstoneManchester, Conn. and allow them to interact in America, where the “melting pot” society had long been in effect. The project has since grown to over twenty-eight active American host communities, including the Massillon/Canton Ulster Project and has involved over 6,000 teens from Northern Ireland. had the idea to bring teens from both side of the divide to

Maidens IV – the Justice sisters–Havilah, Heather, Abigail and Tabitha—perform traditional music with a modern flair and four-part harmony. For more information, check out www.maidensmusic.com.

Highlands of Ohio Announces Winter Performers Schedule:

Thurs. March 27, 2008 GRADA (Irish supergroup) www.gradamusic.com 7:30pm. Bellville Opera House, 142 Park Place, Bellville, OH. Tickets $15 advance/ $18 day of show.

Information and all tickets from:Highlands of Ohio 419-522-5058
highlands@neo.rr.com www.highlandsofohio.com

Bruno’s Boys March Sched:

3/8 O’Callaghans, Milford MI

3/14 Conor O’Neills – Ann Arbor, MI

3-15 Jefferson Yacht Club – St. Clair Shores, MI

3/17 O’Callaghans, Milford

3/21 Nine Irish Brothers Irish Pub – West Lafayette, IN

3/22 Conor O’Neills – Ann Arbor, MI

Columbus Fitton Center to Host Knot Fibb’n

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts features Knot Fibb’n on March 15th. The show is nearly sold out, so get your tickets fast. See

Homeland’s March Sched:

Mar 17th, Fado’s Columbus 2pm-5pm
Mar 17th, Dublin Pub Dayton, 9pm-Midnight

Mentor Hosts Fr. Tom Johns Emerald Ball

Fr. Tom Johns Emerald Ball at LaMalfa on Heisley Road in Mentor on March 8th, and the “Hooley in the Kitchen” on that Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, is in honor of St. Aloysius Parish and those who have helped it through the years. The band “Good Clean Fun” will play at both events. There is a sumptuous buffet on Saturday and a corned beef dinner on Sunday. Call Marty McGinley at 440-975-9364 for confirmation of above, other details and tickets.

The Harp’s (West 44th & Detroit, Cleveland) March Music Schedule:

March 1- Walking Cane

March 5 Lonesome Stars

Youngstown Irish Americans in our Community Presentation

Sally Murphy Pallante will present “Irish Americans in our Community” as part of the Mahoning County Historical Society’s “History on the Go” series. At the event scheduled for March 10, 2008, @ 6:30 at St. Patrick’s Church, Oak Hill Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio,

Murphy-Pallante will discuss the history of the Irish in the Mahoning Valley. In addition to reviewing “The Irish in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley,” Pallante, President of the Irish American Archival Society which sponsored this work, will present interesting anecdotes and historical reflections of Irish families who were an integral part of the foundation of our community. Admission is free; refreshments will be served. For additional information: mvhs@mahoninghistory.org

Akron‘s EJ Thomas Hall Announces Great Irish Shows

EJ Thomas Hall in downtown Akron hosts Riverdance April 1-3, The Irish Orchestra April 15th and Martin Sheen April 21st. Riverdance is almost sold out, so hurry to get your tickets. See www.ejthomashall.com for more information.

P.J. McIntyres Echoes with the Sounds of Beoga and U2

March 12thBeoga
March 15th – Zoo Station ( U2 cover band )

Cleveland‘s West Side Irish American Club Announces March Concerts & Events

March 5th – Tony Kenny’s Ireland Info: Helen Malloy 216.251.4075
March 8th – 5th Annual Claddagh Ball. Sean Fleming Band, New York. Info Kathleen
Chambers 440.427.0858
March 15th – Music in the Pub, sit by the fire, share a pint and meet new friends
March 16th – Boxty, Sausage & Bailey’s Night, with Live Music. 440.235.5868
March 17th – Mass @ St. Coleman’s 10:30 a.m. Parade starts at 1:04 p.m. Two Bands,
food, and fun at the club starts at 3:30 – Free admission.
March 29th – Ceili, music by Francis Quinn Band. Info Una Ellis 440.748.5362

The W.S.I.A. is at 8559 Jennings Rd., Olmsted Twp., Ohio 44138

Marietta, Ohio’s The Green is Soon to be Seen: the 27th Annual Irish Gathering

This year’s Gathering will be held Sunday, March 9, 2008, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Hotel Ballroom in Marietta. The buffet will be a “Taste of Old Ireland,” and guests will be toe tapping to the Celtic flavor and fervor of the Athens-based Boys of the Hock, with sound augmentation by Third Street Music of Marietta. To further capture the moment, the Athens Irish Dancers, under the direction of Ms. Sue Farley, and accompanied by the Boys of the Hock, will perform traditional Irish dances featuring the colorful and symbolic Irish dance costumes.

Advance reservations are required. To make reservations for the 27thMarietta from Tom Moran, (740) 374-2362, or Pat Kelly, (740) 374-0538, and in Athens from Chip Rogers, (740) 593-7405. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 – years of age and younger and may be obtained from any Msgr. O’Carroll Division member. Annual Gathering, please call the Lafayette Hotel at (740) 373-5522 or (800) 331-9336. Tickets may be purchased in

Columbus Events

Columbus Emerald Society’s – Starting out the season right with Every Friday Fish Fry’s with live Irish entertainment following.

Fairview Park – Stamper’s Grill Pub

March 13th -The Burke Irish Dancers & The New Barleycorn.
March 14th – Patrick O’Sullivan
March 16th @ 5pm, The Burke Irish Dancers, The 87th Cleveland Pipes, Brace Yourself Bridget.
St. Pats Day Open @10am – The 87th Cleve. Pipes at 5pm.Brace Yourself Bridget at 6:30pm, Oasis at 10pm

Cleveland – WestPark Station Events:

Thursday 6th Jim Tigue & Eroc – Happy Hour
Friday 7th Joe & Jay – Happy Hour
Saturday 8th Zippy’s Brother
Tuesday 11th Jam Night Finals – Cash Prizes for Best Musicians
Thursday 13th Scott Celani
Friday 14th Etiquette
Saturday 15th Faction
Monday 17th Live Music All Day: Punch The Clown & The Kilroys, Breakfast, Pipers, Dancers, Bus Trip to Parade!!
Tuesday 18th The Kilroys – 8pm: Hair of the Leprechaun Party
Thursday 20th Jackson Rohm
Friday 21st Delgados – Happy Hour
Saturday 22nd Kentucky Thunder
Thursday 27th Bald Paul – Happy Hour
Friday 28th Turn & Cough
Saturday 29th Porcelain Bus Drivers

Kent – Boys of the Lough 40th Anniversary Tour @ Kent Stage

The Boys of the Lough, the masterful traditional band who have released 22 classic albums
and whose cutting-edge, innovative style has redefined Celtic music, are performing at
The Kent Stage in their only Ohio appearance. March 6th.
See www.kentstage.org for more information or to get tickets.

Irish Heritage Cub, Avon, Ohio

Bobby Masterson’s Irish Dance Classes at the Irish Heritage Center in Avon Lakeon Wednesday evenings. For more info, contact Bobby at: 440-331-0276
Chinese Raffle Sunday, April 6th, 2008. The club is looking for more donations of prizes to make this an exciting event. Tickets will be on sale soon. More info: Diane 440-933-3413 or Lucy 440-949-4845.

Gaelic League of Detroit
5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance – March 8th
Eastside St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance and Show to Benefit the HSID Booster Club World Competitor fund. March 8th, 6 p.m. $35-Dinner-Show-Party. $20-Show-Party.
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Event will be in a beautiful setting for a lovely sit-down Irish meal (boiled dinner of ham, potatoes etc., salad, dessert, coffee or tea) cash bar. Blossom Heath is an old Inn on Lake St. Clair that was once a speak-easy during prohibition. It features an octagon dance floor with a domed ceiling where the kids will dance (and so will our guests!).

Granville – Cathie Ryan
The Granville Recreation Commission Presents Traditions of Ireland,
Featuring Cathie Ryan
Sunday, March 16th, @ 1:00
Granville Schools Performing Arts Center
210 New Burg Street, Granville, Ohio
Also Appearing: The Drowsy Lads, Scoil Rince Ni Chiara Irish Dancers
General Admission $5, Children & Students Free.
For more info: www.granvillerec.org

Morrison & McCarthy St. Patrick’s Day Schedule:
Saturday, March 15th, The Public House, 17219 Lorain Avenue 9:00 p.m.
Monday, March 17th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Fat Fish Blue, 21 Prospect AvenueCleveland).
5:00-9:00 p.m. Savannah Bar & Grille, 30676 Detroit Rd, Westlake, Oh.
(downtown

Defiance Ohio Irish Festival

Defiance Public Library – March 15 & 16
A weekend full of celebrations of Irish music, history, performance and culture to highlight the connection of Irish roots in Northwest Ohio. Featuring professional
Storyteller Michael O’Malley (www.michaelthestoryteller.com.

Sunday, March 16th will feature Toraigh (www.toraigh.com) and traditional Irish dancers. The public is invited to explore Irish cultural displays and exhibits on show throughout the library. There are also fun activities for children there all weekend long.

Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Gearing up for 2008 – Wanna Play?

St Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, Cleveland is currently recruiting players for the upcoming season for both its Men’s and Ladies team. Please contact Mark Owens at markowens@ireland.com or visit www.stpatsgfc.org for more details.

We are also in the process of starting a GAA Youth Program for kids aged 7 to 18. For more details please email conorhart@yahoo.com.

Beck Center for the Arts New Production
Beck Center presents Cleveland Premiere of The History Boys by Alan Bennett Directed by Sarah May March 7-30, 2008. Mackey Main Stage. Winner of six 2006 Tony Awards including Best Play.
A brilliant comedy about eight bright British boys preparing for university entrance exams…and the year that influenced the rest of their lives. Their old-school teacher wants to give them the joy of learning but classroom loyalties are tested when a brash young teacher is brought in to show them how to skew their knowledge and give their essays more “edge.”

Medina – New AOH Division Forming

Attention, men of Irish descent! The Ancient Order of Hibernians is looking to expand into Medina County, Ohio. If you live in this area, are interested in your Irish culture and history, and if being Irish means more than just celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day, the AOH might be for you.
For more information, please contact Joe Casey at 330-225-0932 or on-line at qualityjoecasey@yahoo.com.

Callahan & O’Connor March Sched:
March 8th – Akron’s After Parade Party, Akron Hibernian Hall, 2000 Brown St.
March 13h – Rockne’s, Merriman & W. Market. 8:00 p.m.
March 14th – Kevin O’Bryan’s, Main and Wilbeth. 11:30am-3:30 p.m.
March 15th – St. Brendan Division AOH, N. Main St. , Akron. 2:00 p.m.
March 15th – Knights of Columbus Hall, Glenmount Ave. Akron. 8p-12 midnight
March 17th – Cleveland Hibernian’s After Parade Party, Cleveland. 2:00p-5:30pm.
March 17th – Ohio Brewing Company, S. Main & University, 7pm-11pm

Father/Son Vermont Camper’s Cyclone Charity Poker Event
Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament
$1,000 First Prize*, final table gets paid!!!
* (assumes a minimum of 100 players)

Saints Cyril & Methodius School Hall, 12608 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Saturday, April 5th. Doors open 7:00 p.m.; tournament begins at 7:30 p.m. Entry Fee: $60 – entry fee includes one tournament entry plus food. Side Tables during/after Tournament

The Vermont Camper’s Cyclone is a group of fathers that take a large number of kids from the Saints Cyril & Methodius parish camping for nine days each year. Due to the number of one parent families in the parish and the lack of high finance, fund raisers are held to defray the cost, approximately $100 p/child. This group is in it’s 31st year and has taken as many as fifty kids at one time. It a unique experience for the children, and some who came as children are now bring their own. Besides experiencing new things, mountains, hiking, Ben & Jerry’s, the ocean, how other people live and much of this great country, they have a very deep spiritual experience. If you would like more information, or to donate to the Father/Son Vermont Camper’s Cyclone, contact Tom Smith @ 216-228-4074.

Toledo – 2008 AOH Commodore John Barry Medals Awarded

The John P. Kelly Division (Lucas County) Ancient Order of Hibernians awarded Mike Cassidy and Tom King the Commodore John Barry Medal. This medal is awarded to a Hibernian who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the Order and his Division for a prolonged period of time. Mr. King has led the way in recruiting new members, selling program ads and promoting the annual Irish Night at the Mud Hen and the annual bus trip to the Notre Dame spring football game. Mr. Cassidy has led the way in obtaining donations and sponsorships from the area business community. He has developed a sponsorship package using the Division monthly newsletter and web site for the company’s promotion. He has started and developed the All Things Irish Art Fair, which showcases the talents of local students while promoting the Irish culture and heritage.

Prodigals Tracks Chosen for Major Motion Picture
Pride and Glory, an Irish cop movie starring Ed Norton and Colin Farrell
(http://www.prideandglorymovie.com) will feature two Prodigals tracks; The Bunch of Red Roses (from Needs Must) and The Open Reel (from Go On.). The latter track, is amazingly, placed at full running length. The movie was scheduled to be released March 14, 2008, but has been delayed due to Norton’s involvement in another movie, The Hulk. Producers do not want to release both near the same time, so it has been moved back to 2009. Congrats to The Prodigals!

Dayton – St. Patrick’s Celebration

Saturday, March 15th, 2:00 to 10:00, IUE-CWA Local 755 Hall,1675 Woodman Dr., with Noon Mass @ St. Josephs Church, downtown Dayton. Featuring: Dulahan, Celtic Academy of Irish Dance and McGovern Ceili Dancers. Presented by: AOH JFK Division 1 & LAOH Mary of the Gael Division 1.

March Issue of Ohio Irish American News Coming

March & St. Patrick’s Issue Coming

March Issue Features!

For me, March feels like Thanksgiving. All the fantastic music and events, right from the very beginning of March through the whole month – The Chieftains March 1st, Mary Robinson March 3rd, The Irish Sopranos March 12th, Cathie Ryan March 15th & 16th, and our first Irish fest of 2008, the Lucas County Hibernian St. Patrick’s Day Festival, March 14th & 15th (Toledo). That isn’t even ½ of it! St. Patrick’s Day itself, with the parade and The Prodigals, Ronan Tynan on the 21st, carrying all the way to the end of the month, with Grada on the 27th – Ohio is filled with internationally recognized groups coming right to our door. We get spoiled with Ohio based groups Barleycorn, Brigid’s Cross, the newly revamped Brace Yourself Bridget, Callahan & O’Connor, Pitch the Peat, John Connolly & Company, Homeland, Dulahan and so much more – kickin’ it up all year long, but with a bit more frequency in March. Whether international or based right here in Ohio, Irish music is thriving and the opportunity to revel in our music is ample this St. Patrick’s season.

The other reason I feel so thankful is for our advertisers – some have been with us since the very 1st issue, and more than twenty have joined us for the first time this month. Please support them – and this is very important – let them know you saw their ad in the OhIAN.

No other nationality has a day in honor like the Irish, filled with parades, family, music and tradition. Last, and most importantly, I am grateful to St. Patrick, for bringing Catholicism to Ireland and his lasting legacy of forgiveness, tolerance and perseverance through the toughest of days. No matter how you choose to spend the day, remember the reason as we celebrate.

This issue is the largest we’ve yet produced, and is packed full of events, history, traditions and much more – hopefully, something for everyone. We hope you enjoy it – and if you feel so inclined, drop us a line – what do you like? What’s missing? What would you like to see more of?

March Features a Bridal Insert, Plus stories on: Knock, Owen’s Sports, Cathie Ryan, John T. McCormack, JFK in America, Arriving at the Port of New York, The Democratic Process, St. Patrick in the American Kitchen, Standing for Joe Byrne, Heart of the Issue, Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Honorees, The Clinton Parade Pin, Ballymaloe Cookery School, The Irish of the Cuyahoga Valley, Independant Concert Halls Battle Hard Times, CD and Book Reviews and much more.

Hope you enjoy this, the largest issue we have ever produced, out March 1st. Have a most joyous, safe and music filled St. Patrick’s Season – for it’s not just a day anymore.

John
jobrien@irishamericannews.com

10th Annual Guns & Hoses Bash to Feature Seven Nations

Saturday, February 23rd 7:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m.
@ the Historic Gray’s Armory
1234 Bolivar Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  (just east of Jacob’s Field).

Seven Nations
Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes & Drums
The Pipes & Drums of the Cleveland Police
Cash Bar, Good Food, Music and Cause

For tickets/Info:

John Coleman 216-256-3264

February Issue of the Ohio Irish American News Now Out

The February issue of the Ohio Irish American News is now out and about Ohio. See www.ianohio.com for a list of where you can get your copy, or see the issues online.

February features stories on:
New Orleans Style Irish Cooking
Countess Markiewicz
Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerlad McFaul
40th Anniversary Tour The Boys of the Lough
Tommy Makem Luminary Awards
CD Reviews – Columbus’s The Kells and Chicago’s Blackthorn
Book Reviews
Owen’s Sports
The Book of Kells Right Here in Ohio
Mary Robinson to Speak in Cleveland
Massillon/Canton Ulster Project
Senator George Voinovich’s Open Letter to the Irish Community
Cincinnati Irish Big Place in Irish History
Irish Families Story Project
Simple Gifts

Plus:
Book Reviews, Ever Expanding Out & About Ohio Section of State Wide Events, and much more.

Check it out at www.ianohio.com!