February Intro

There is a rainbow at the end of the dark night. Winter’s gnarled grip never quite extinguishes the flame within us because we know, not far off, just after the next blizzard or two, the fun and faith, music and machinations of the St. Patrick’s season glimmers. From the Green & Red of Mayo that predominates in Cleveland to the Green and the Blue that strikes chords across the rest of the Buckeye State, March’s Irish American Heritage Month kicks the winter out the door with finality, a drum and a fiddle.
The first Irish Fest of the year is at St. Josephinum, near Columbus, February 26th. Knot Fibb’n, The Ladies of Longford, Regan Irish Dancers, The Shamrock Club of Columbus Pipe and Drum Band, Maidens IV, and 9 Castle Close provide the music. Many more festivals follow quickly, but this one is also special, because it aids in the preparation of priests for the Church of the future.
All across the U.S. and, indeed, the world, festival organizers are getting into the detail and discovery of preparing for another festival season. The music has never been better, the interest and ability to share, online or over the road, never easier. Ohio has an abundance of Irish and Celtic festivals from Cuyahoga Falls thru Cleveland, Dayton, Dublin and Cincinnati – Gentlemen, Start your Engines!
Our cover comes to us from photographer Kelvin Gillmor, of Galway City. Check him out on the web and on facebook, a great talent. We are very blessed to receive many submissions and photos from our readers; things that they think other readers will enjoy – please keep it up, we love sharing the wealth, the history and the highlights.
Happy St. Valentine’s Day – hope you are in love, falling in love, or will take this month to rekindle what may have gotten cold over the winters; that flame can be fired again, you know, when we look back and forward, beyond ourselves.
This issue is our fabulous 50th. See you next month.

Slán,
John