25 Days until Christmas …

It is 25 days until Christmas – On December 25th, my Irish twin was born. She is the Martha Stewart of WestPark, with her kids, and all the kids, that live in the neighborhood. I admire her, I love her. Boy, did I made out THAT Christmas!
“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

Out & About Ohio December Events Not to Be Missed

Out & About Ohio – December 2011

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center
Library by appointment/ Genealogy for members. Tea Room by reservation. Irish Language Classes, Tuesdays 7:00 / Irish History Classes, Thursdays 6:30 P.M./ Saturday Art Classes / Children’s Saturday, Adult Tuesday Irish Dance Classes. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100, www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

Cleveland -The Harp
2nd – walking cane, 3rd – the portersharks, 7th – lonesome stars, 9th – kristine Jackson, 10th – james wailani, 14th – $100.00 trio, 16th – cats on holiday, 17th – fior gael, 21st – lonesome stars, 23rd brent Kirby, 28th $100.00 trio, 30th – Chris Allen, 31st – the boys from co hell. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com

Cleveland – Stone Mad
4th – Traditional Irish Session 7pm-10pm, 11th – Walking Cane, 18th – Little Big Horn, 19th – Annual Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Party w The Ohio City SingersLive music entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Traditional Irish Session 1st Sunday of ea/month, Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4 to 7. 1306 West 65th Street Cleveland 44102 216-281-6500

Cleveland – Flat Iron Café
2nd – Jim & Eroc, Classic Rock Duo, 9th – Becky Boyd, 16th – Kristine Jackson, 23rd – Donal O’Shaughnessy. 1114 Center Street, Cleveland 44113-2406 216. 696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com

Cleveland – Treehouse
4th – Walkin’ Cane, 11th – Chris Allen, 18th – The Treehouse Annual Customer Appreciation Christmas Party w/ The Ohio City Singers @ 8pm, 25th – Doors open @8pm, 31st – Come Celebrate New Years @The Treehouse. Open to the Public, Champagne toast @midnight! 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

Cleveland – PJ McIntyre’s
1st – Chris Allen, 2nd – Kreellers, 3rd – Craic, 7th – Monthly Pub Quiz hosted by Mike D. 8th – Craic Brothers, 9th – Time Warp, 10th – That 80’s, 16th – Stiletto Overdrive, 17th – Charlie in the Box, 22nd – T and Rich, 23rd – Wayne’s World, 30th – Spazmatics, 31st – VelvetShake. 17119 Lorain Avenue, 44111 www.pjmcintyres.com

Cleveland – West Park Station
1st – Jim & Eroc – Happy Hour & DJ Omni 10pm, 2nd – Kristine Jackson HH & DJ Ace of Spades 10pm, 3rd – Drunk Betty 10pm, 4th – Chili Cook-off, 5th- National Repeal Day Party, 7th- Station Karaoke Finals, 9th – Tricky Dick & The Cover-ups 10pm, 10th – UFC 140 & DJ Ace of Spades 10pm, 15th – Rkade HH & DJ Omni 10pm, 16th – Jackson Rohm HH & DJ 10pm, 17th – Trailer Park Ninjas 10pm, 23rd – Faction 10pm, 24th- Kitchen Closes @3pm Bar open til 12am, 25th – Christmas Day Bar Opens @7pm, 30th – The Porter Sharks HH & DJ Ice Cold 10pm, 31st – Picture Perfect New Years Eve Bash with DJ Kidd. Thursday – Ladies Night w/ DJ Destro! Wednesday -Station Karaoke Challenge! Sunday – Magic Man Paul Gallagher from 6-8pm and Every Sunday MINUTE TO WIN IT 9pm 17015 Lorain Avenue Cleveland 44111 www.westparkstation.com. (216) 476-2000.

Cleveland /Olmsted Twp -West Side Irish American Club
5th – Andy Cooney Dinner & Concert, 31st – Ring in New Year 5pm to 10 pm. Every Friday 5:30 to ? Food & Music in the Pub. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Cleveland / Medina – Sully’s
2nd – Scully, 3rd – The New Barleycorn, 9th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 10th – The Craic Brothers, 16th – Callahan & O’Connor, 17th – The Island Doctor, 23rd – Marys Lane, 30th – Westside Steve, 31st – Music Men. Every Tuesday 6 – 8pm Magician Paul Gallagher performs tableside. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Cleveland / Lakewood – Sullivan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
10th – New Barleycorn. 13368 Madison Ave. Lakewood, 44107 www.sullivansirishpub.net (216) 529-8969

Cleveland / Lakewood – Beck Center for the Arts
2nd -31st – Encore production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 3rd -4th – Beck Dance Workshop presents “Nutcracker…Jazzed Up!”, 5th -10th – Bring A Friend Week, 8th – Hear & Touch the Music, 9th -18th – Beck Youth Theater presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, 10th – Super Saturdays @ Beck with Usbourne Books 10th – Beck the Halls! Holiday Boutique, 15th – Early Childhood ABC17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 (216) 521-2540 www.beckcenter.org

Cleveland / Mentor – Hooley House
2nd – Itex, 9th – Matt Johnson – Dueling Pianos, 16th – Brigid’s Cross, 17th – Abbey Rodeo, 22nd – Nick Zuber, 23rd – Richie Reece Show, 31st – NY eve – DJ & Dinner Dance Party. Every Tuesday – Open Mic w Nick Zuber, Every Wednesday – Trivia Night. 7861 Reynolds Rd Mentor www.1funpub.com (440) 942-6611.

Cleveland / Willoughby – Mullarkey’s
3rd – Kevin McCarthy, 10th – One More Pint, 17th – Dan McCoy. Karaoke Wednesdays. Thursday Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com

Cleveland / Willoughby – Croagh Patrick’s
8th – Mossy Moran, 10th – Lunch w/ Santa, 13th – Irish Session, 17th – Dear Jimmy Band; Ugly X-Mas Sweater night, 22nd – Celtic Christmas Party, open @8pm Xmas Eve & Xmas Eve night, 31st – New Years Eve Party. 4857 Robinhood Drive Willoughby, 44094 (440) 946-8250. www.croaghpatrickspub.webs.com

Cleveland / 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

Cleveland / Avon Lake – Irish Heritage Club
Pot Luck Mondays / Taco Tuesdays / Friday Happy Hour. 726 Avon Belden Rd. (440) 933-3413.

Cleveland / Euclid – Irish American Club East Side
PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. 2nd – Craic Brothers, 9th – Mossy Moran, 16th – One More Pint, 18th – Cahal Dunne Christmas Dinner Concert $25, 23rd – Kid and Me, 30th – Marcus Dirk and Friends. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.irishamericanclubeastside.org

Cleveland / Euclid – Paddy’s Pour House
922 East 222nd Street, Euclid, 44123
216.289.2569

Columbus – Shamrock Club Events
3rd – Ann Richens Memorial Party, 4th – Gen. Meeting, 9th – Markley Christmas Concert, 10th – Kid’s Christmas Party, 16th – Statehouse Dinner. Happy Hour every Friday from 5-7pm! 60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449 www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com

Columbus – Byrne’s Pub
1248 West 3rd Avenue 43212 www.byrnespub.com
Columbus – The Claddagh – Polaris Parkway
8745 Sancus Blvd. Columbus 43240 (614) 885-0100 www.claddaghirishpubs.com

Findley – Logan’s Irish Pub
2nd – Maiden’s Four; 3rd – The Kreellers; 9th – Nickle Plate; 10th – Highland Reign; 21st – Traditional Session; 31st – Dulahan. 414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

Solon – A Celtic Christmas Concert w/ Murphy Irish Dancers
11th – Murphy Irish Dancers Solon High School, 33600 Inwood Rd, Solon. $13 Adults, $10 Students & Seniors. call 440-876-7057

Ongoing Traditional Irish Sessiúns – Bring your instruments and play along!
Akron Hibernian’s Ceili Band Sessions, Wednesdays 7:30 pm. The Akron AOH Mark Heffernan Div 2 Hall 2000 Brown St , Akron , Ohio 330-724-2083. Beginner to intermediate
Croagh Patrick’s – 2nd Tuesday of every month from 8 to 10pm
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
Claddagh Irish Pub, Legacy Village, Lyndhurst 6 – 9 pm
Wooster Street Center, 1124 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green, OH -2nd & 4th Monday, 7:00 to 8:00
Blarney Pub* – Toledo, 1st Saturday of the month 5-8 pm.

26 Days ‘Till Christmas

It is 26 days until Christmas ~ Our family started out with two Irish Immigrants: Mom, from Montreal, Canada, & Dad, from near Athlone, Co Roscommon, Ireland. Their four children grew up without relations near, but we have made up for that! Love hoe close my 17 nieces and nephews are with their cousins, and with me.
A Very Merry Christmas to the 26 members of my family: Mom & Dad; Noreen & Mike, Caitie Tommy, Brian, John, Will, Michael, Annie, Caroline; Cathy & John, Maura, Kathleen, Jack, Declan; Trish & Phillip, Maria, Tony, Phillip, Eileen, Neal; ME! I am having the best one of all.

It is 27 days until Christmas ~ I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 27 years; it has made me a better person, more empathetic; a better writer, more versed in the colors, tastes, scents, vibrations and texture of struggles in the world; and more understanding that the greatness of a man can nearly always be measured by his willingness to be kind. Doors close so windows will be opened.

It is 28 days until Christmas – I am grateful for the estimated 28,000 people who read the Ohio Irish American News each month in print and online.

It is 29 days till Christmas, I am grateful for all the friendships we have made, over the 29 years of the festival, so far!

It is 30 days till Christmas ~ I am grateful for 30 years of Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

Days till Christmas

It is 30 days till Christmas ~ I am grateful for 30 years of Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

It is 29 days till Christmas, I am grateful for all the friendships we have made, over the 29 years of the festival, so far!

It is 28 days until Christmas – I am grateful for the estimated 28,000 people who read the Ohio Irish American News each month in print and online.

It is 27 days until Christmas ~ I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 27 years; it has made me a better person, more empathetic; a better writer, more versed in the colors, tastes, scents, vibrations and texture of struggles in the world; and more understanding that the greatness of a man can nearly always be measured by his willingness to be kind. Doors close so windows will be opened.

Happy Anniversary

The January issue of the Ohio Irish American News is now under construction. This is our 61st issue – our 5th Anniversary. Five years flew faster than we could have ever imagined. New columnists, new features and new markets have all joined the OhIAN since we launched five years ago, and more waits in the wings, ready to grow as advertising allows.

When we launched the OhIAN in January 2007, the economy was good, the market was niche but growing. Today, that niche and that growth is even more a part of our foundation than it was in the beginning. Our columnists continue to shine and each has their own committed following, ever growing, ever more interactive. The economy has not been kind, but the very thing that made us small, our niche market offering, is the thing that has spurred our growth, and our success ~ It is the very reason we have survived, when so many have not.

The Irish community is active, vibrant and very committed to the promotion, presentation and preservation of our heritage, past, present AND future. As John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future”. We cannot wait for the economy to turn, we cannot wait for the future to arrive. We cannot dwell on what was, or should have been. Our future is now. The first five years were just practice. Now we must go from success to significance.

We are no longer new, we are no longer irrelevant. Five years of struggles, great memories and great friendships – a strong foundation on which to build. Our future impact can only be shaped by those willing to shape our community, to support it with more than a “Good Job” or “I love the paper”. We respectfully ask for your support beyond words, as we step into the 2nd half of our first decade.

Encourage advertisers to partner with us in the OhIAN; sponsor ads for those unable to do it themselves or those non-profits or new businesses whose cause you passionately embrace; sponsor columns for those whose words touch you each month. It will allow us to grow and them to grow, together. There is much more to say about the Irish in Ohio, with your support we can craft the news and events that shape each of us, to shape the next generation too.

If you can, please share the OhIAN with those of like interest, potential advertisers or not.

First Generation World Tour 2011! What Happens in Chicago …

What a whirlwind, What happens in Chicago… got caught on camera! My new book, First Generation, came in on Wednesday. Good timing, as I had a book signing in Chicago on Saturday at Irish Books, Arts & Music (iBAM) Showcase. Thanks to Mark Owens, I got a great rate on a rental, and took off Friday morning. Not too bad of a drive, 5 ½ hours, if you like that sorta thing.

My partner in the Ohio Irish American News is Cliff Carlson, who publishes Chicagoland’s Irish American News and is founder of iBAM. This is the 3rd year for iBAM and I haven’t missed one yet. It grows, and is more fun, and more amazing, each year. Very proud to launch the new book at iBAM, where my poem, The Vacant Chair, won last year’s Poetry Contest, and was the final prod I needed to finally gather and publish a book of my own poetry. It was entirely fitting therefore, to launch First Generation at iBAM 2011.

Held at the Irish Heritage Center on the north side of Chicago, iBAM features authors, tons of live music, cultural events and presentation, exhibits, dancing and more. It is kicked off with a gala black-tie dinner dance on Friday, where major contributors to the Irish in American are honored. This year’s honorees included Maeve Binchy and Maurice Lennon, who I have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know this past year.

It was closer to tomorrow than tonight when I finally made it to bed. Three hours later, I awoke, but thankfully, didn’t have to be to the Heritage Center till noon. Got there around 9:30, hauled in all me shtuff and set up my booth for the weekend with the new book and copies of the Ohio Irish American News – for some reason, those Chicago folks didn’t swarm on the paper, tho many thought it was the Chicago IAN. 11:00 a.m. and I am READY to roll.

The very polished and informative Yeats exhibit from Ireland was a feature of iBAM, check out my facebook page for pictures of the exhibit, and the whole iBAM weekend (www.facebook.com/OhioIrishAmericanNews). I also saw the work of sketch artist Jennifer Allen, from Ireland – just breathtaking – check her out on facebook or the web – 24 years old, genuine, gifted and full of laughter, Jennifer is a star with breathtaking art words cannot do justice to.
I roamed around for a bit, waiting for the noon opening. Saw many of my Chicago friends and did my best to boost the profits of coffee companies that morning, and all weekend.

Back at my booth, I met Cynthia Neale, author of a children’s book series and the new book, Norah. She and her friend, also named Nora, were great fun all weekend, and we watched each other’s booths when one needed a break. Think coffee. I added a foam core display of my poem, The Vacant Chair, so folks could get an idea of my writing before buying the book – I made some people CRY!

Right across from me, Rachel Gaffney, of Real Ireland, had her table. She was scheduled to do a cooking demonstration as well, at noon. Rachel writes a column for us at the Ohio Irish American News, also called Real Ireland. I helped Rachel prepare for the demo, and watched a bit – what a vibrant, fun woman.

Back to the booth – Cathal Liam, another one of our columnists, was also at iBAM, with his most recent book, Tom Cullen, Irish Revolutionary. Another columnist, Terry Boyle, came by – between Cliff, Cathal, Rachel, Terry and I, we had the place pretty well covered!

After a good day, the signings ended at 6, I headed down to The 5th Province, the pub. Cliff came by, we had the one, and got home at 2. I take a lot of photos, but never have I been in so many.

Sunday started off the right way – with an Irish Breakfast! Tho you can never have enough bangers or black pudding, I restrained meself, made the big leap from coffee to tea, and was back at my booth for the noon kickoff. The highlight of the whole weekend happened soon after, when my nephew, who lives in Chicago, and my niece, who is in college there, came to see me. My heart leapt. The launch of my new book is special; the presence of my niece and nephew at it, was far beyond that, something I will never forget.

Sales were grande on Sunday, more people cried and I saw the very entertaining Chicago Reel and Cunningham Family Dancers to end the evening. The aforementioned beautiful niece helped me load up my shtuff, which is always a dreaded part of a tour – she made it quick and easy. Off to the 5th Province we went again, for the one, told stories and grew. The Niece and Nephew had to head back, I blinked away the tears, then we went to an afters party at Josephine and Frank Gleason’s – more singing, music and stories. 4 a.m. I am not liking your familiarity.

Sad, but true, the First Generation book launch weekend was ending. I had to have the car rental back before 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Off by 11:30, an hour out, I hit a massive, deadening, scary-slick road thunderstorm. Buckets and buckets of rain and slick roads. Just another White-knuckle Monday. For over an hour I fought fear and fit as the rain pelted. Then it lessened, then it cleared, till about 10 minutes outside of Cleveland.

Back home at 5:40, I emptied the car of all my shtuff in driving rain, and booked for the return. At 5:57, I pulled into the car rental. By then, it was buckets of rain again. My ride was not available, so I played Noah and walked home in the flood. Drenched is not even close to adequate. Singin in the rain, my ass. Never, ever, have I been that soaked with no where to run too, baby.

Arrived home to find my web maestro had already put the book on this here website. After much catching up, I fell down, into bed. 7am comes fast, too fast, and Hi Ho, Hi Ho, off to work I go. But I got a nice rekindling, with all the notes, fb posts and most of all – new book orders! that have come in today.

I am so looking forward to sharing the book with everyone in my Cleveland hometown. Already book tour dates are being lined up. The great folks at Casey’s Irish Imports, who have been huge supporters of all my writing and projects, have invited me for a book signing on December 8th from 5-8. It is going to be a very fun evening. Thank you everyone, I am a very, very blessed man.

Finally, It Arrives

My new book, First Generation, finally arrived today. It looks great. A gathering of of my favorite poems that I have written, they cover a variety of topics, but each was written on or at an impactful moment or event that shaped me. The 69 poems are broken into 6 chapters:

Love
Ireland; Music to America
My Family
It’s Love in a Way, but Really R.A.
Ghosts in the Attic
My City

Like most, I have had my fair share of trials, often in doubt God really knows what He is doing when He says I am not given more than I can handle. I was born 50% hearing loss in each ear, and have worn hearing aids since I was 6, hence my shyness. I got Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 19, it became severe quickly. I broke my back at 35, it was, and is, a continuous struggle. Meds and docs, pain and persuasion.

So many have it so much worse, and the reality on the evening news and fb leave no doubt. I am grateful for what the challenges have wrought, but not grateful for the damage and missed memories they have been committed in their name. I have never been more aware of how blessed I am.

The book is a long time coming, five years since my last one, and my first effort at publishing a book of my poetry. In between I have seen the birth and growth of the Ohio Irish American News, a new role at the Sheriff’s Office, The Greater Cleveland Irish Directory, Fine Irish Pubs of Greater Cleveland poster, and the tremendous joys life offers. I do not complain; “just the facts Ma’am”.

I hope you will enjoy First Generation. The poems are stories of my life.

Thanks for listening to my story, I hope you will share yours.

November Letter from the Editor

Tho Summer is my favorite time of the year, Fall is the prettiest. The cold turn is tempered by the warmth of Thanksgiving, and a blink later, Christmas. Earth’s rainbow seems to explode on us with the colors of changing leaves, crops and Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Summer flies, winter creeps, but I love the gatherings and the time with my peeps, that this season nurtures.

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has a strong presence in Cleveland and Akron. I grew up playing Gaelic Football and Sundays with friends at Gunning and then at the meal afterwards, often at our house. I am proud to say that my father has had an impact on the wealth of experience available to me and many others through his work with the GAA in Cleveland. It is too close to the vest for me to feel comfortable writing about in the OhIAN, but I got a nice surprise when I received Mark Owens Owens Sports column this month, where he writes of the birth and growth of the GAA in Cleveland. Dad, I had nothing to do with this story!

As year end nears, many projects that we started this year near end as well: Fine Irish Pubs of Greater Cleveland poster is continuing to do well, the Greater Cleveland Irish Directory is completed and slowly making its way around our community, Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival prepares for its 30th Anniversary and the Ohio Irish American News achieves it’s 5th Anniversary next month. My new book, 1st Generation will be out about the time you read this. It has been a year full of surprises and blessing; the unexpected often bringing the richest rewards for the mind and the soul.

We wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving, filled with family, fun and many blessings. Our Thanksgiving is offered every month in this column ~ where we thank you for all of your support. Hope to see you at iBAM November 12th & 13th in Chicago; the Irish Books, Arts & Music Showcase will feature many great authors, musicians, cultural presentations and so much more. Check out the ad or the website for details, and we hope you will stop by our table, pick up a copy of the new book and share a story or two.

Safe travels,

John

Out & About Ohio November Events

Out & About Ohio – November 2011

Bellvile – Highlands of Ohio Al Petteway and Amy White in Concert
21st – 7:30pm, All Souls UU Church, 25 Church St., Bellville, OH 44813 $12 advance/$15 day of. 480 Edgewood Road, Mansfield, OH 44907 419-522-5058 highlands@neo.rr.com www.highlandsofohio.com

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center
12th – Green Tie Affair – wine reception, hors d’oeuvres, dancers, musicians, a Broadway singer, theater, an art exhibit and overall great craic. Library by appointment/ Genealogy for members. Tea Room by reservation. Irish Language Classes, Tuesdays 7:00 / Irish History Classes, Thursdays 6:30 P.M./ Saturday Art Classes / Children’s Saturday, Adult Tuesday Irish Dance Classes. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100, www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

Cleveland -The Harp
2nd – Lonesome Stars, 4th – Walking Cane, 5th – The Porter Sharks, 9th – Lonesome Stars, 11th -Brent Kirby, 12th – Chris Allen, 16th – Lonesome Stars, 18th -Kristine Jackson, 19th – Fior Gael, 23rd Lonesome Stars, 25th – Cats oh Holiday, 26th – G.S. Harper, 30th – Lonesome Stars. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com

Cleveland – Stone Mad
Live music entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Traditional Irish Session 1st Sunday of ea/month, Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4 to 7. 1306 West 65th Street Cleveland 44102 216-281-6500

Cleveland – Flat Iron Café
4th – Jim & Eroc, 7-10pm, 11th – Mossy Moran 7-10pm, 25th – Donal O’Shaughnessy. 1114 Center Street, Cleveland 44113-2406 216. 696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com

Cleveland – Treehouse
6th – Kelly Wright, 13th – Chris Allen, 20th – Kristine Jackson, 24th – Thanksgiving “Turkey Jam”, 27th – Theresa Wilcox & Ben Nieves. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

Cleveland – PJ McIntyre’s
3rd – Brigid’s Cross, 4th – Spazmatics, 5th – Kreellers, 6th – Brady Campbell Irish Dance Adult Fundraiser, 1-5pm, 11th – Cruisin, 12th – Loud Crowd, 18th – Disco Inferno, 19th – Top Dog Band, 23rd -Thanksgiving Eve- Marys Lane, 25th – Carlos Jones, 26th – Velvetshake. 17119 Lorain Avenue, 44111 www.pjmcintyres.com

Cleveland – West Park Station
3rd – Jim & Eroc – Happy Hour & DJ 10pm, 4th – Faction – 10pm, 5th – UFC 138 & DJ Ace of Spades 10th – Sean Benjamin – Happy Hour & DJ Omni 10pm, 11th – Porter Sharks – Happy Hour & DJ 10pm. 12th – Porcelain Bus Drivers from New York – 10pm, 17th – DJ Omni 10pm. 18th – Jackson Rohm -Happy Hour & DJ 10pm, 19th – UFC 139 & DJ Ace of Spades, 24th – Thanksgiving Bar Opens at 7pm, 25th – Billy & Brooks -Happy Hour & DJ Ice Cold 10pm, 26th – The Sellouts 10pm. Thursday – Ladies Night w/ DJ Destro! Wednesday -Station Karaoke Challenge! Sunday – Magic Man Paul Gallagher from 6-8pm and Every Sunday MINUTE TO WIN IT 9pm 17015 Lorain Avenue Cleveland 44111 www.westparkstation.com. (216) 476-2000.

Cleveland/Lyndhurst – Claddagh Irish Pub
7th – Richard Brentar, 13th – Forsythe Special, 20th – The Terriers. 25389 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 44122 (216) 691-0534 www.claddaghirishpubs.com.

Cleveland /Olmsted Twp -West Side Irish American Club
Food in the Pub Every Friday 5:30 – ?. 20th – Card Tournament. 20th Trim A Tree Party, 24th – Thanksgiving Mass & Annual Raffle 10:30 a.m. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Cleveland / Medina – Sully’s
4th – The New Barleycorn, 5th – Craic Brothers, 11th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 12th – Mossy Moran, 18th – Jim Gill, 19th – Pompous Ass, 23rd – Scrapin’ the Barrel, 25th – The Kreellers, 26th – Scully. Every Tuesday 6 – 8pm Magician Paul Gallagher performs tableside. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Cleveland / Lakewood – Sullivan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
5th – Barleycorn 23rd – Barleycorn. 13368 Madison Ave. Lakewood, 44107 www.sullivansirishpub.net (216) 529-8969.
Cleveland / Lakewood – Beck Center for the Arts

3rd-6th – Beck Youth Theater presents “Charlotte’s Web”, 4th -20th – David Mamet’s “RACE”, 5th – Super Saturdays @ Beck w Cleveland Botanical Garden-free hands-on arts activities 4 children 10 & under, 5th – Beck the Halls Holiday Boutique, 10th – Hear & Touch the Music (Piano), 12th – Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, 17th – Early Childhood ABC. 17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 (216) 521-2540 www.beckcenter.org

Cleveland / Mentor – Hooley House
4th – Big in Japan, 11th – Jeff Soukup Band, 12th – Cocktail Johnny, 18th – Brigid’s Cross, 23rd -Thanksgiving Eve Richie Reece Show with Nick Zuber, 25th – Brigid’s Cross, 26th – BE Mann. Every Tuesday – Open Mic w Nick Zuber, Every Wednesday – Trivia Night. 7861 Reynolds Rd Mentor www.1funpub.com (440) 942-6611.

Cleveland / Willoughby – Mullarkey’s
5th – Kevin McCarthy, 12th – One More Pint, 19th – Dan McCoy, 26th – West Side Steve. Karaoke Wednesdays. Thursday Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com

Cleveland / 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

Cleveland / Avon Lake – Irish Heritage Club
1st- St. Nicholas Raffle continues 7th- Gen. Meeting 20th- IHC Craft Show. Pot Luck Mondays, Dart / Ladies Nite Thursdays, Every Friday Very Happy Hour in the IHC Pub. 726 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake (440) 933-3413.

Cleveland / Euclid – Irish American Club East Side
PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. 4th – Michael Crawley, 11th – One More Pint, 18th – Kevin McCarthy, 23rd – Pumpkin Pie Night w Minute 2 Win It Games, 25th – Wally Franz, 26th – (Upper Hall). IACES Pipes and Drums Hooley with Callahan and O’Connor. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.irishamericanclubeastside.org

Columbus – Shamrock Club Events
6th – Gen. Meeting / Harvest Day, 18th – Memorial Mass, 26th – OSU – Michigan Party. Happy Hour every Friday from 5-7pm! 60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449 www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com

Detroit – Gaelic League of Detroit
27th – Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones – www.gaelicleagueofdetroit.org

Hiram – Sean Moore Memorial Sessions at Hiram College
13th – 2:00 Learn tunes, 3:00 Open session. All welcome. Tea provided, potluck refreshments Frohring Music Hall, 11746 Dean St., Hiram See Hiram College web page for directions. Information: dreisbachts@hiram.edu

Rocky River – Beleek Artist Signing Special Edition at Casey’s Irish Imports
16th – Come meet Belleek artist, Collette Green, direct from Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, signing our Collector’s piece for 2012” $30.00, 2-6pm. Now taking preorders. 19626 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, 44116 www.caseysirishimports.com (440) 333-8383

Ongoing Traditional Irish Sessiúns – Bring your instruments and play along!
Akron Hibernian’s Ceili Band Sessions, Wednesdays 7:30 pm. The Akron AOH Mark Heffernan Div 2 Hall 2000 Brown St , Akron , Ohio 330-724-2083. Beginner to intermediate

Croagh Patrick’s – 2nd Tuesday of every month from 8 to 10pm
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

Claddagh Irish Pub, Legacy Village, Lyndhurst 6 – 9 pm
Wooster Street Center, 1124 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green, OH -2nd & 4th Monday, 7:00 to 8:00
Blarney Pub* – Toledo, 1st Saturday of the month 5-8 pm.