Greater Cleveland Irish Directory now being compiled – please help, spread the word

The Greater Cleveland Irish Directory Now Being Compiled

The Greater Cleveland Irish Directory will gather, update and offer for research/promotion information on Irish organizations, locations, performers and events, in a printed publication scheduled to be released in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, 2010. The Directory is being published under the auspices of the Irish American Charitable Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio Irish American News,

Businesses, organizations, performers and events can submit their information online only, at www.clevelandirish.org/thedirectory, from November 1st through November 30th, 2010. Categories include: Band/Performer/Artist, Dance School, Elected Official, Festival/Event, Hibernian (AOH/LAOH), Import Store/Vendor, Irish Organization/Club/Sports Team, Media, Restaurant/Pub/Bar/Caterer, Speaker/Author/Teacher, Travel/Tourism, Venue.

Branches of organizations with more than one unit in the area are encouraged to submit once, with all branches listed under a master title.

Please pass this information on. Your support will make the Greater Cleveland Irish Directory a source of information and a legacy of the vibrant, active Irish in and around Greater Cleveland.

Thank you

My poem, “The Vacant Chair”, took 1st Prize at the Irish Books, Art & Music Showcase 2010!

The Vacant Chair
By John O’Brien, Jr.

I asked her if she could go home or did she have to stay out all night
She looked at me kind of funny, her laughter peeled with delight
My heart broke in two and I can still freeze the moment
But a terrible devil had been born, it’s destruction to foment
We saw no sign. We were young, without a care
Now I sit alone at the table, across from the vacant chair

We struck up a friendship; there was nothing more at first
Yet every time we separated, I felt an unquenchable thirst
Friends grew to lovers, in body and the spirit
We finally faced our fate, no time to hear it.
We found each others joys, She loved the teddy bear
And she nearly keeled right over, when I built the vacant chair

She was beautiful, she was gorgeous. The kindness that I saw
How she left me after the night, and always in such constant awe
I was never so happy, we traveled and we laughed
We danced and we sang, she was a master at her craft
I wrote while she painted, her skill extraordinaire
Poems and fond memories, engraved deep in the vacant chair

We never had such happiness, each was wide with wonder
That kindred souls found each other, amidst the din and the thunder
No children had we, tho’ in the thought we’d often revel
For the sickness had already started, the bastard of the devil
Waiting, throwing up, more chemo left to bear
And when the pain got too bad, I widened out her chair

Time slipped away, but the devil wouldn’t let go
The drugs and the treatments – rained blow upon blow
She fought it so valiantly, she cried that we might part
Then I learned that it was winning and a knife ripped apart my heart
I did all that I could, she loved when I washed her hair
Damn you devil, Damn the empty – the vacant chair

Day after day, yet her smile was still bright,
When I’d walk in the room, see her body lying there so white
She was home now, in her own home, peaceful here at last
We planned out her funeral, and remembered about the past
The pain and the fashion, were more than I could bear
For one last night I held her close, as we sat in the vacant chair

I asked her if she must go home or could she stay out all night
She looked at me kind of funny, then laughed with remembered delight
My heart broke in two and I can still freeze the moment
But the terrible devil had won, death’s taking it did foment
We were frozen in time, lost, without a care
Now I sit alone at the table, across from the vacant chair

The time it goes so slowly, the moment’s hard to wait
This that brought such delight, now I’ve started to hate
How can it sit empty, when I am still sitting here
How can the crying stop, when every single thing brings a tear
I miss you love, we were a once-in-a-lifetime pair
So I search out the polish. Lovingly, I caress the vacant chair

Greater Cleveland Irish Directory Announcement

The Greater Cleveland Irish Directory Now Being Compiled
Under the auspices of the Irish American Charitable Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio Irish American News, The Greater Cleveland Irish Directory will gather, update and offer for research/promotion information on Irish organizations, locations, performers and events, in a printed publication scheduled to be released in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, 2010. Businesses, organizations, performers and events can submit their information online only, at www.clevelandirish.org/thedirectory, from November 1st through November 30th, 2010.
Categories include: Band/Performer/Artist, Dance School, Festival/Event, Hibernian (AOH/LAOH), Import Store/Vendor, Irish Organization/Club/Sports Team, Media, Restaurant/Pub/Bar/Caterer, Speaker/Author/Teacher, Travel/Tourism, Venue.

Branches of organizations with more than one unit in the area are encouraged to submit once, with all branches listed under a master title.

PLEASE share this or pass on to individuals or organizations who may want to be included in the Greater Cleveland Irish Directory.

Thank you!