New Ireland Blog Launched

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The Plain Dealer’s Mosaic Ireland, in association with the International Community Council and has launched a new blog about Ireland – news, history, blurb, events, issues and discussion. Written by Ohio Irish American News Co-Founder and Associate Publisher, and Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival Assistant Director John O’Brien, Jr., the blog welcomes you, your input and open and respectful discussion. I hope you will visit often and contribute whenever you have something to say.

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Peace Walls Must Come Down

Peace Walls Have Outlived Their Usefulness

“If life is a relay, not a race

Doesn’t that somehow help to explain

Why progress is so often viewed as a loss?”

         from “Credo” by Pat Boren

In a time of unprecedented peace and unprecedented prosperity in Ireland, we are still loathe to live outside the walls, the protection, of our troubled past.  To loose the strings that have held our identity for so long is difficult, and in many cases, against all we have  been taught.  The land of saints and scholars, poets and sad songs; things that are as part of our blood as oxygen, are tough barnacles to break off.  Maybe it is time to not hold those strings so tightly, to let a little slack free, to see what it catches.  At the very least, to not hold the sins of the father against the son, grandson and on.  We could do this, in order to come to grips and full realization of the Celtic Tiger.  Perhaps, it is the only way that we can, before it has burned on by, and taken the soul of the country with it.

Of North and South, borders blur and traditions are often lost in the mist. The boom has peaked.  Seeking, finding and capturing that balance between prosperity and our soul, just as our ancestors struggled to find the balance between survival and holding onto their Irishness. In either case, our Irishness, our soul, is still the battle, whether our opponent be The Stranger, or the stranger known as prosperity.

Preserve what we must, but no one wants to, nor should be, judged by their religion, the street they live on, or their name; to be bunkered in.  Let it be their character that judges and God the judger.  The peace walls must come down.  Not all at once, not without forethought, but the walls must come down.

August Events in Ohio

Out & About Ohio – August

Columbus – Shamrock Club Annual Corn Roast

All you can eat corn (roasted on the grill or steamed), brats, hamburgers and the fixins’ for only $10 person. Family Price of $30 per family (kids under 18).

Friday, August 15th, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm is Food Service

8:00 pm- ? Music provided by Death by Banjo, Sponsored by the Shamrock Club of Columbus, 60 West Castle Road, just off South High Street.  Playground, horseshoes, corn hole and plenty of fun. 614-491-4449

Cleveland -The Harp (West 44th & Detroit, Cleveland) Music Sched:

1- Walking Cane

2- Pitch the Peat

6- Lonesome Stars

8- Porter Sharks

9- Chris Allen

13- $100.00 Trio

15- Kristine Jackson

16- Pitch the Peat

20- Lonesome Stars

22- Jack Fords

23- Chris Allen

27-$100.00 Trio

29- TBA



Cincinnati – 16th Annual Cincinnati Celtic Festival, Sept 12-13

Yeatman’s Cove on Cincinnati’s Riverfront.  Held along the Ohio River, the fest is a celebration of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Wales.  Highlights include:  Celtic Spring, Enter The Haggis, Seven Nations, Town Pants, Roger Drawdy & the Firestarters, Homeland, Fannigan’s Isle, Dulahan, The Kreellers, Liam’s Fancy, The Kells, Bruno’s Boys, Ceol Mhor, Mossy Moran, Vinegar Hill, Barnacles, Pub Uglies, Silver Arm, Clark and Jones Trio, Murphy’s Law, The Roving Rogues, Dark Moll, The Flock, Dave Hawkins and Celtic Core, Ceol Mhor, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club, The Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums, Tri Werin, White Orchid, Alair, and others.   Dance troupes include: The McGing Irish Dancers, The Erickson Academy of Irish Dance, and The Celtic Rhythm Dancers.  The Irish American Theatre Company will present a collection of favorite scenes and stories.  There will be many artisans and vendors of authentic Irish, Scottish and Welsh and American hand crafted goods and the Riley School of Irish Music and performing musicians will offer workshops on your favorite instruments.  For more information, call 513-479-4816 or visit the website at

Lakewood – Sullivan’s Celebrates New Patio, and 16 Foot Fireplace

Sullivan’s Irish Pub, known for great food and great atmosphere, has opened their new patio – with a 16 foot high wood burning fireplace!  The place to be!

23rd – New Barleycorn

Coming in September – 1st Annual Lamb Roast.

Willoughby – Mick’s Pub The First Rock, Paper, Scissors Contest

Saturday August 2nd at 1pm. 128 people will compete to win a trip for two to Chicago

Hotel and Dinner for two at one of Chicago’s Top Irish Pubs, The Celtic Mist.  Cost is $15 includes T-Shirt, Beer, & Pizza.  Must register by July 24th.

Toledo – RiverCruise August 7th

See for more information


Cleveland – West Park Station Music Sched:
1st – Charlie in the Box
2nd – Echo Forte
7th  – Jim and Eroc 6-9 Happy Hour
8th – Friday Kid Cleveland HH 6-9
9th – Faction  10pm   (also WPS 1st annual Luau)

14th – Faction and CC Deville
15th – Tricky Dick and the Cover Ups
16th – Punch the Clown 10pm
21st – Scott Celani
22nd – Superband
23rd – George Hartwig / Turn and Cough 10pm

29th – Jim Tigue and Quinn

30th – Drunk Betty

Olmsted Twp – West Side Irish American Club
West Side Irish American Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 FREE Concerts in The Pub, every Friday from 8:00 to 11:00

3rd – Fabulous Steak Roast.  Doors open at 2, Dinner at 3.  Bald Paul’s Irish Blues Band from 3 to 6. (N.Y. Strip, Colcannon, Corn, Shrooms, Baker, Salad, Fruit Salad, Rolls, plus Hot Dogs for the kids). Contact: Helen Malloy 216.251.4075.

Youngstown Gathering of the Irish Clans Festival August 9th & 10th

Held at St. Maron’s picnic grounds, Meridian Road, in Youngstown.   Entertainment will feature Ceann, and Homeland Friday and on Sunday, County Mayo Band, Ceann, Cahal Dunne, Homeland and the Burke Irish Step Dancers. On Sunday the Omagh Community Youth Choir will perform and the wee folk (children) enjoy activities in the Land of the Leprechauns. or 330-726-3351.


Cleveland – 8th Annual Alex & Alyssa Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Outing

The 8th Annual Rooster Open Charity Golf Classic is August 9th, is in memory of Alex and Alyssa Baker, the children of Paul Baker, renowned fiddle player and frontman of the nationally acclaimed Brigid’s Cross.  Alex and Alyssa passed away in August of 2000 in a car accident.  Contact Richie Reece at or 216-789-7556.

AOH/LAOH Raffle for Notre Dame Football tickets

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) are sponsoring a ticket raffle to benefit the Ohio National Convention Fund.  A Grande Prize indeed – four concurrent seats for the September 6 Notre Dame v. San Diego State football game, at ND. In addition to the tickets, the winner will also receive a $250 cash prize.  Tickets are $10 each.  Contact your local AOH or LAOH or Joseph Casey at 330-225-0932


Barleycorn Gigs &

September 16th – 25th Annual Irish Tour


Medina – Sully’s Music Sched:

2nd –    Jim Gill
8th –     Donal O’Shaughnessy
9th –     The Other Brothers
15th –   The New Barleycorn
16th –   Mossy Moran
22nd  –  The Kreelers
23rd  –   That Irish Band
30th  –   The Other Brothers


Centerville – Book of Kells Presentations

In its continuation of programs related to the Book of Kells, the Centerville Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Road in Centerville, Ohio, offers a series of medieval programs this summer. No registration is necessary and most events are appropriate for all ages.                                               See for more information.


Fairview Park – Stamper’s Grill Pub Sched (West 217th & Lorain)

24th – The New Barleycorn     


Mt. Vernon – Rathkeltair Celtic Rock’s Mt. Vernon

Friday August 22, 2008 Rathkeltair ( 7:30pm Memorial Theater, 112 East High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050


Youngstown – Valley to Host 2009 International Ulster Project Conference

The Mahoning Valley Ulster Project has been chosen to host the 2009 International Ulster Project Conference.  The four day event, in October, 2009, will include US and Irish chapter members.  Contact: Char McKenna 330.533.1876


Cleveland – PJ McIntyre’s Music and Events Sched:

1st – Joe and Jay
2nd – TBA
6th – First Pub Quiz with host mike d. Come in for a great night’s craic. Cash prizes!!!!!

8th – Carlos Jones
9th – Magpies (aka the Whiskeyhounds)
15th – Mossy Moran

16th – Cosmic Candy

22nd – Chris Allen

23rd – The Kreellers (formerly Bruno’s Boys)

29th – Zoo Station (U2 cover band)
30th – The Reality Band
* Gaelic Football and Hurling Games,  Check website for updates on dance school.
* New Menu with more veggie options!!!!!
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Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Irish Festival September 5 – 7

Gaelic Storm, Pogey, Glengarry Bhoys, Beoga, Screaming Orphans, Gadelle, Cahal Dunne, Dennis Doyle, Michael Murphy and the Shannon River Band, Matthew Craig and The Kerry Tipper Band, Red Hand Paddy, Hooley, Mike Gallagher, Burke Conroy Irish Dancers, Pittsburgh Ceili Club, Pittsburgh Irish Reelers, Bell School of Irish Dance, Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance, Corned Beef and Curry, Terry Griffith, Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh, Mark Guiser, Alan Irvine, Patrick Regan and many more.


Dayton – Ancient Order of Hibernians

JFK Division 1 / Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mary of the Gael, Division 1 & Member Organizations

 1st  – The McGovern Ceili Dancers present “First Friday Ceili Parties”.  7:00 to 8:30 p.m..  Contact Shelagh McGovern 937-830-0655 /

9th – An Irish Music Hall Session 8:00 to 11 p.m. at the AOH Hall.  Contact Kevin Graham 937-864-2641

15th  – AOH Social Hour, 8:00 p.m., AOH Hall

23rd  – AOH/LAOH Garage Sale at the AOH Hall, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00  p.m.  Contact Theresa O’Connell 937-258-0133 or Pat Smith  937-382-1212

          *The AOH, JFK Division 1 meets every month.  All men who are interested contact Mike McCutcheon, President, AOH, JFK Division 1 at 937-236-0756  *The LAOH, Mary of the Gael, Division 1, meets the second Tuesday of every month.  All women who are interested are encouraged to contact Theresa O’Connell, President, LAOH, Mary of the Gael at 937-285-0133 The AOH Hall is located at 4156 Dayton-Xenia Road in Dayton


Willoughby – Mullarkey’s Music Sched:
6th – Kevin McCarthy

13th – Porter Sharks

20th – Dan McCoy

27th – Pitch the Peat


Brigid’s Cross Sched:

2nd & 3rd  – Dublin Irish Festival

10th – Lakewood Summer Concert Series

13th – Howe Meadow Summer Concert Series

15th & 16th – The Beer Barrel Saloon / Put-in-Bay

22nd & 23rd  – Erin Feis,Peoria, IL

27th  – Casey’s Bar, Lakewood

Lucas County – River Cruise
Annual Lucas County Hibernian River Cruise, which will be held on Thursday, August 7, 
Cost is $20.00 per person.  Contact Sherri McNeill at


Lakeside – Celtic Tenors to Perform in Lakeside

Thursday, August 14th Lakeside is located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore or call 1-866-9LAKESIDE


Columbus – Byrne’s Pub Music Sched

8th – Bluegrass Happy Hour Gipson & Fitz

15thBluegrass Happy Hour, Big Red & The Wagoneers

16th –  Saturday Night – Celtic, Yankee Celtic Consort

22nd – Bluegrass Happy Hour, Megan Murphy & Yankee Bluegrass

23rd – Rathkeltair

Rocky River – Stamper’s Grill Pub Music Sched:

21st – New Barleycorn


August 29-31 – Kansas City Irish Fest

One of the world’s largest Irish Festivals will light the streets of downtown Kansas City Labor Day Weekend.  The Elders, Gaelic Storm, Slide, Damien Dempsey, Barra MacNeils, Enter The Haggis, Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfetones, Millish, Beoga, Eddie Delahunt, Bad Haggis, Jim Cosgrove, The Kelihans, Flannigan’s Right Hook, Wild Clover Band, Kelly, O’Riada Dancers and more.

The North American Festival of Wales!  

August 28 – 31, The Doubletree Hotel ChicagoThe North American Festival of Wales is a celebration of Welsh and Welsh American culture will feature the very best in Welsh entertainment and arts, including Fflur Dafydd, the award-winning tenor Aled Wyn Davies and the outstanding CF1 Choir from Cardiff. or (810) 632-7850


Ongoing Traditional Irish Sessions – Bring your instruments and play along!
            Great Lakes Brewing Co – First Monday of Every month in the Beer Cellar, 6-9 PM.  (tends to be intermediate to advanced players)

Mavis Winkles  -Independence Only on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (6:30pm-9:00pm)

Cleveland WSIA Club, Jennings Rd, Olmsted Twp – 1st Saturdays of the Month in Pub BEGINNERS AND KIDS WELCOME!  Usually 2-5pm, call to verify time. (440) 235-5868  website:

Old Angle Tavern, W25th Street in Cleveland – Thursday nights at 8PM

Bardic Circle at The Shamrock Club of Columbus  Beginner-friendly, intermediate-level Irish session meeting every other Thursdays from 8:00 pm -11:00 pm 2008 session dates: Aug 14, Aug 28, Sep 11, Sep 25, Oct 9, Oct 23, Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 4, Dec 18.

Only ONE Week ’till Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

26th Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
Berea Fairgrounds

10 stages featuring:

Pipe Bands
Dance Schools
Workshops on instruments and dancing and more
Children’s Area
Expanded Food Court
Over 200 Exhibits in the Celtic Heritage Hall

See it all at