Ohio Irish American News: A Story from this Month’s Issue: A Letter from Ireland – The Williamite war

A LETTER FROM IRELAND…Cathal Liam
All hail the Glorious Revolution, aka The Williamite War, of 1688-1691. Sure, July is the month for celebrating. The 12th is the day for parading, bonfiring, wearing your orange sash, beating the Lambeg [Irish] drum and maybe your Catholic neighbour, if you’re so inclined. [Sorry…I couldn’t resist the gibe…please forgive.] Yes, July is the month to bring the past back into focus, or at least some insist so.
For me it’s a time to remember driving around the narrow, back roads of Co. Meath and tromping through the sodden, grassy fields along the River Boyne, just east of the village of Slane, back in the spring of 2008. The Office of Public Works [OPW] Battle of the Boyne Heritage Centre was about to launch its inaugural season. [www.battleoftheboyne.ie]

With a little imagination and some educated guesswork, the Battle of the Two Kings played itself out before my eyes. But before going further, let’s set the stage.

Charles II died in 1685, taking to the grave his secret yearning for restoring Catholicism in England and for seeking revenge upon those who’d betrayed his father, Charles I. Leaving no successor, the crown passed to James II, third son of Charles I and brother of Charles II. James, an experienced military commander, who openly embraced Catholicism, was greatly reviled in England. As king, he also packed Parliament with his supporters and overtly conspired with the King of France, England’s bitter enemy. Protestants watched with horror as James’s political followers began dismantling the Tudor legacy that had established the Church of England/Ireland as a religious force in both lands.

But things were soon to change. In 1677, James’s daughter Mary married Holland’s William of Orange, her cousin. Out of favour with the English landed gentry, James eventually fled England in 1688. Soon afterwards, Parliament petitioned William, the champion of European Protestantism, along with his Protestant wife Mary, to occupy James’s now-vacant throne. [William III & Mary II ruled as joint sovereigns of England, Scotland & Ireland, 1689-1694.] After much hemming and hawing, William, at the head of a strong army, left for England in November, 1688 to claim his prise.

Not coincidentally, an army of Jacobites landed in Ireland at the same time. They secured a headquarters in Dublin and marched on Derry, the seat of Irish Protestantism. Hoping to capture the town without opposition, their efforts failed to take the city and restore James’s crown. The following April, 1689, James landed in Ireland and joined his supporters outside Derry’s walls…a siege was on.

A year later, with the rebellion at more or less a standstill, William sailed to Ireland with an armada of 300 ships and an impressive array of military might. Landing in Belfast Lough and determined to put an end to the Jacobite rebellion, King Billy headed south to engage James’s forces, now repositioned around Dublin. James answered William’s challenge and marched his army north.

So it was, along the banks of the River Boyne, that the two armies collided. The ensuing battle saw them fighting for their disparate religions and national honour. It would be the last time two English kings faced off against one another.

Outnumbered and poorly matched, the Catholic Jacobites fought for England’s contentious King James, who poised an undeniable threat to Albion’s Protestant way-of-life and their anti-Popish Parliament. The Jacobites [Latin for Jacobus/James], numbering some 25,000, hoped to restore the Stuart legacy to the English/Scottish thrones. A mixture of rather ill trained and poorly armed Irish, Scottish and English soldiers, they were reinforced by a contingent of French-mounted cavalry, compliments of Louis XIV, a supporter of James, who was always on the lookout for an English ally.

With spirits high, the Jacobites arrived at the Boyne, some thirty miles away from their base in Dublin, hoping to defeat the opposing Protestant army led in person by William of Orange. Though this Dutchman was hunchbacked, pockmarked and asthmatic, he was a well respected military commander and much admired by his men.

Despite the fact that the citizens of Derry, a Protestant Williamite stronghold, had successfully withstood James’s 105-day siege [April-July, 1689], William seemed to question their fighting prowess. His army of 36,000 well-trained and equipped men, led by his crack Dutch Blue Guards, was reinforced with Danish, Finnish, French and Irish Protestants, some who’d already faced the Jacobites in Derry.

Now, with June, 1690 ending, the dye was cast. The Glorious Revolution, fought to maintain Protestant authority in both England and Ireland, was greeted with open arms by the Protestant Ulsterites and the Cromwellian settlers in Leinster and Munster. [Remember, Cromwell had dispossessed most Irish Catholics, pushing many of them westward into Connaught in the 1650’s.]

Early on the morning of Tuesday, 1 July [old-style Julian calendar dating which translates to 11 July new-style Gregorian calendar dating, effective years later in 1752], William’s army of allied troops began fording the Boyne in several places. The main crossing was at Oldbridge, the site of today’s OPW centre.
Additionally, William sent a strong force of men west along the river to a ford at Rosnaree several miles away near the village of Slane. In an attempt to thwart this Williamite flanking manoeuvre, James unwisely diverted much of this army to counter William’s move.

Though successful in crossing the river at Rosnaree, the splinter Williamites and Jacobites were unable to mortally engage one another due to a deep ravine at nearby Roughgrange. Thus, these troopers spent the rest of the day stalemated on opposite sides of this marshy divide.

During the day, the Williamites, led by their commander himself, successfully crossed the Boyne opposite Oldbridge and at two other fords to the east. After hours of close-quarter fighting, the Jacobites were eventually overwhelmed and forced to retreat uphill to Donore churchyard. At this point in the battle, James was no where to be seen.

As the day ended, the rebel Jacobites slipped away and regrouped, eventually heading for an unsuccessful stand against the Williamites at Limerick Town along the Shannon. In triumph, William’s forces headed for Dublin. Later, they tasted more victories in the west of Ireland, all culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Limerick. William returned to England to rule until 1702 while James ignominiously fled to France, dying there in 1701. So on July 12th, strangely not the 11th, Ulster remembers and honours William’s victory at the Boyne while James is all but forgotten.

The upshot of the Glorious Revolution saw England’s governance become both constitutional and parliamentary while Ireland was doomed to suffer the slings and arrows of bitter sectarianism and eventual partition… still felt to this day, especially in July. But do keep the hope alive,
We shall overcome.
Cathal
Cathal’s newest novel, A Fire On the Mountain, is scheduled for release in mid-2013.

Ohio Irish American News: A Story from this Month’s Issue: Terry from Derry ~ Mind the Gap!

Terry From Derry:  Mind the gap

The May trip to Ireland was, I believe, a success.  With twenty-four people, we began our adventure in Dublin and headed North to Derry/Donegal.  But rather than simply rehash the itinerary you can read more on my blog of the trip.

http://www.irishamericannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3327:boyle-in-ireland-today&catid=163:iblogs&Itemid=420

While our trek aimed to explore many of the country’s cultural and historical sites, it was hard to avoid the larger questions that face Ireland in both the North, and the twenty-six counties.  In the Republic, a looming European debt and its repercussions were visibly present in the recent elections.  There wasn’t one area we visited that we were not reminded of the dire economic plight Ireland finds itself bogged down in.

The question of austerity measures, and who holds the power in Europe were only a couple of issues that seem to infiltrate the minds of the ordinary citizens, whether they fully understood the intricate details of their relationship with the Eurozone or not.  Falling house prices, rising unemployment, and a rise in emigration become the immediate realities to which most people relate.  The latter, symptoms of an economy in trouble, is shown in the cynicism of the Irish people who fear for their future.

The North, while not tied to the same debt, fares no better.  The effects of the recession have led to an economic downturn.  It was strange to witness Derry prepare for the city of culture in 2013 while unemployment continues to rise and businesses close.  There’s a certain incongruity to seeing money being pumped into beautifying the city, prettying it up for the expected onslaught of tourists, while its people feel the stranglehold of desperate times.

One either has to admire the optimism of such gestures as faith, or pity the idealism as foolish.  Since I tend to be fundamentally hopeful, I want it to be the former rather than the latter.  Unfortunately, the impending festivities of the city are also blighted with a political hangover.  There is still the irritating existence of those who threaten to sabotage Derry’s attempts to establish peace.
All of which sounds depressingly bleak.  But while this appears to be at odds with the spirit of the blog, it’s simply the other side.

Historically, Ireland has suffered, but also triumphed.  And it was on a recent trip to San Francisco that my hope began to revive.  Walking through the Mission District of the city, my friend and I visited the Mission church and the Basilica.  Since we’d arrived before opening time, with mass being said in the church, we were invited to start at the end of the tour, the cemetery.

It might sound strange, but I quite like graveyards.  I enjoy walking through the graves reading the epitaphs.  You learn so much about a place from their dead.  What surprised me most about this particular graveyard was the proportion of Irish among the dead.

Over half of the graves I saw were Irish men and women who proudly bore on their gravestone either the city or county in Ireland they came from.  The names rang in my mind like a litany, Meath, Down, Dublin, Donegal, and even Co. Londonderry!  Since most of these people died in the mid-to-late 19th Century, I can only assume that they came to the West Coast escaping the famine at home, and in pursuit of wealth, perhaps the gold rush?

Here were some of the diaspora.  Some of those who had refused to give up, and who were forced to survive in whatever way they could.  For me this was the other side, the stories of those who left in tears, but who were responsible for shaping this new land.

I could only imagine what it was like for those who had left their mother country, their families, knowing that they may never see them again.  As someone who has only been in the US less than a decade, the tale of Irish immigrants to this land is still a new one for me.  It continues to hearten me how these men and women were able to make such an impression in a place not their own, but one which became the means for them to demonstrate their potential.  And, while this is a tale of most ethnic groups, these stones spoke to me of lives that were profoundly marked by their Irish identity.

They too came from times that were forged in hardship, and poverty.  They bore their circumstances with fortitude and stoicism.  This might sound a little sentimental, and, to be honest, it is.  I was moved by the pragmatism of a people who were able to turn their fortune around.  And, sometimes we need to look to the past in order to secure our future.  While those dead souls in that graveyard have long since gone, the spirit they embodied lives on.  We are a stubborn, determined people, and given the opportunity can turn misery into hope, and joy.

*Terry, originally from Derry, now resides in Chicago and teaches Irish and British Literature at Loyola University, Chicago. terenceboyle@sbcglobal.net

ROAD TRIP! 25th Annual Dublin Irish Fest Next Weekend

Very Excited to be signing my books “Festival Legends: Songs & Stories” and “First Generation”, at the 25th Annual Dublin Irish Festival next weekend. I will be performing “At Each End of the Rifle” all weekend as well.

Festival Legends: Songs & Stories – by John O’Brien, Jr.
Biographical look at Irish music legends ~ the people who made the music that defined a people
First Generation – original poetry by John O’Brien, Jr. on growing up in Irish-America

At Each End of the Rifle: From throughout mankind’s history, brothers and neighbors have fought; wars of words, wars of philosophy, and simply just, wars. Our similarities, tho often hidden, tie us together, more than the differences tear us apart. At Each End of the Rifle explores, in poem and verse, those similarities, in a legacy filled with stark reminders of just how similar we all are, whether born in Boston, in Belfast, or in Bethlehem.”

Friday 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m.
Sunday 4:00 p.m.

 

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John O’Brien, Jr.
Publisher / Editor Ohio Irish American News
Deputy Director 30th Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

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Ohio Irish American News ~ A Story from this Month’s Issue: Commemorating 1916 in 2016?

Commemorating 1916 in 2016?
By Niamh O’Sullivan, Dublin Ireland

I write this on 3 May, 2012: ninety six years to the day since the dawn execution by British forces in Kilmainham Prison of Patrick Pearse, Thomas Clarke, and Thomas MacDonagh, in the aftermath of the Easter Rising, 1916. Only four years left then, in the countdown to the centenary.

The question begs itself, loudly – do we commemorate 2016, and if so, how? Quite apart from the fact that there is still a fiercely ongoing debate as to whether or not the celebrations in 1966 were appropriate, we have today an additional reason to simply turn a blind eye; to decide that if we must have any official ceremonies, then at least, please, keep everything very much low key. We actually did not quite make it to the centenary; we have lost our economic sovereignty.

Assessing this serious question as the 1916 weeks unfold in 2012, I come across a quote by Mr. Winston Churchill, which greatly aids my internal debate. A nation that forgets its past has no future. Of course he is right.

Do not take the easy way out, and excuse ourselves on the grounds of loss of sovereignty, no matter how somber we consider this to be. We owe it to our children to teach them about the past, to let them know what was done for them, rightly or wrongly, in a time when people were yet prepared to sacrifice themselves for their country, rather than the more familiar refrain today of (some) sacrificing their country for themselves…

Let us honour 1916. Let us have the debates.

During the first 50 years after the Easter Rising, we tended to deify the men and women who went out on that fateful Monday: they could do no wrong, and their very humanity was stifled in the retelling. Then after the 50th anniversary in 1966, which was labeled triumphant by many, and was perhaps considered to be a contributing factor to the subsequent ‘Troubles’ in the six north eastern counties, we began to mock and ridicule these self same 1916 men and women.

But what have we ourselves achieved in the last one hundred years? In 1966 we were hoping our youth would secure our economic future, in 2016 we will be earnestly hoping our youth can secure our economic survival. Our children will be paying for our failures for most of their lives; perhaps we should leave any ceremonies in their hands.

To this end, I am delighted to be working once more with the teachers and students of the History Club of Colaiste Pobail Setanta in Dublin 15, and reading their thoughtful proposals for any 2016 observances. These children will be leaving school by that time, and are certainly entitled to a contribution of their own.

Beyond this suggestion, all my serious research into past commemorations of 1916, in particular those of 1966, leads invariably back to the pain and the divisions of the Civil War and the partition of Ireland. This country and its people never recovered sufficiently from the horror of that time to ever get back on course, or even perhaps to begin at all.

So many creative people perished between the years 1916 – 1924, and in the aftermath of the savagery of the Civil War, it was all we could do to put one foot in front of the other, to follow old methods, old systems, already in place. For those wounded by such a war to even utter the word ‘Republic’… might that be expecting too much?

A different Civil War leader in a different Civil War was also very conscious of this problem. Abraham Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural Address delivered in front of the Capitol Building, on 4 March 1865 emphasized: With malice towards none; with charity for all … let us strive … to bind up the nation’s wounds. We in Ireland have never set aside a conscious time or place in an attempt to so do.

This lack has led to the festering of bitterness and hatreds, and takes on a life of its own in the famous lines written by WB Yeats in 1931: Out of Ireland have we come / Great hatred, little room / maimed us at the start / I carry from my mother’s womb / a fanatic heart.

In a ritual peculiarly our own, perhaps we might hire four Irish Keeners, in the age old Irish tradition which gives them license to mourn and keen for us all, and place them in Dublin’s General Post Office (headquarters of the insurgents in 1916) for some time between 24 – 29 April 2016. Let us leave everything with them – every grievance, all loss, all pain, from every side; from the neglect of Home Rule and the National Volunteers who fought in the British Army in the First World War; to a reflection for or against 1916; for or against the December 1921 Treaty; reflecting on the current loss of sovereignty; all of it.

The Keeners can include all of Ireland’s wounds; past and present, and work through them towards hope – allowing us to look back on the Civil War with kindness and approach the next hundred years with a softening of hearts. Maybe even allowing us to heal.

Ohio Irish American News ~ A Story from this Month’s Issue: Owens Sports

Owens Sports

The Irish Olympic Team

The Summer Olympics are right around the corner and with it are Irish hopes of a medal or two. An Irishman or woman can become a household name and a national hero with a podium finish, never mind an actual gold. A team representing Ireland has been present at the Games every year since 1924. Being present every four years is the only real consistency with the team itself.  In all, the Irish Olympic team has won a total of twenty-three medals.

Ireland’s 1st medal at the Summer Games came way back in 1928, when Pat O’Callaghan won the gold medal in the hammer throw event at the Amsterdam Games. He would follow this up four years later with gold in the same event. Ireland’s 2nd gold medal came at the same Games, where hurdler Bob Tisdall won gold for his performance in the men’s 400 meter hurdle event.

It would be another twenty years before Ireland would pick up another medal, John McNally took silver in the men’s bantamweight boxing event in Helsinki. In 1953, McNally won a bronze medal in the European Amateur Boxing Championships held in Warsaw, and won the Golden Gloves Championships, representing Europe against the USA in Chicago.

In fact, McNally, within the space of a year, beat three American Golden Gloves champions and was awarded an honorary pair of Golden Gloves in recognition of this achievement.

The 1956 Games in Melbourne would prove to be the most successful medal haul for an Irish Olympic team. They won a total of fve medals that year, four in boxing. The other medal was gold, when Ronnie Delaney won the men’s 1500 meters. Boxing would continue to serve as an avenue for Irish Olympic medals over the years, indeed twelve of Ireland’s twenty-three total medals have come in men’s boxing.

Most recently, at the 2008 Beijing Games, Ireland brought home their only medals when Paddy Barnes took bronze in the men’s light flyweight, Kenny Egan took silver in the men’s light heavyweight and the late Darren Sutherland took Bronze in the men’s middleweight division.

This Year’s Irish Medal Hopefuls

Katie Taylor European Boxing Champion 2009

Katie Taylor: The Bray, County Wicklow native is everyone’s favorite to win the gold medal in the woman’s lightweight boxing event. She is a 4-time world champion in her sport. Gold for her will surely elevate her to a national hero in Ireland and beyond. Ireland has not really had a female athlete to shout and roar for since the days of Sonia O’Sullivan. This is Katie’s gold to lose – we wish her luck.

Paddy Barnes: The Belfast man will be hoping to go one or two better this time around by winning gold or silver. At the last Games in Beijing, the twenty-five year old won a bronze medal, but he himself admitted had it not been for a few miscues here and there he could just have easily have won gold. Barnes will once again fight in the men’s light flyweight division.

Barnes claimed his fifth consecutive national title at the beginning of March to add to his Commonwealth gold from Delhi, as well as European light-flyweight champion. With considerable experience under his belt, he will step into the ring in London looking to become the first Irish athlete since 1932 (Pat O’Callaghan) to win medals in consecutive Games

Michael Conlan: Another boxing hopeful, who, like Barnes, hails from Belfast, will be appearing at his 1st Olympic Games when he represents Ireland in the flyweight division. The Falls Road man earned his way to the ‘big one’ by winning the Irish flyweight title in October of last year. He is a young boxer (20 years old) but by all accounts he seems to be a serious contender for a medal and an opportunity to add his name to that ever growing list of Irish boxing greats.

Gráinne Murphy: This Irish swimmer realized her dream last November when she secured her place to swim for Ireland in the Olympic Games in London after finishing third in the 800m freestyle event at the Dutch Open Championship.  She had already made qualifying times in 2009 and 2010, but it was too early to be ratified for Olympics 2012.

Derval O’Rourke: The 100m hurdler has been known to save her best performances for the big stage and the Irish will be hoping she can produce the goods yet again on the track in London. The former world indoor champion and two-time European silver medalist is an outside bet for an Olympic medal, but she will leave nothing to chance in her chase for a podium finish.

Born in Cork, the sprinter had just recovered from injury when she finished fourth in the 60m hurdles at the European Indoors earlier this month in a race described as the most competitive final for the event in the history of the Championships. Each medal position required personal bests, and O’Rourke set a season best.  Her determination and hunger for success epitomizes the fighting Irish tag.

Billy Twomey: Ireland’s equestrian team was shrouded in controversy at the last two Olympic Games, with Cian O’Connor being stripped of his gold medal for doping offences in Athens and Denis Lynch was disqualified for similar reasons on the morning of the finals in Beijing. The controversies reflected poorly on the Irish Olympic team, so much so the president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Pat Hickey, questioned show jumping as a future Olympic sport for the country.

London 2012 represents a new horizon for Irish show jumping and an opportunity for Billy Twomey to win back the respect Ireland deserves in the event. The latest World Ranking list saw Twomey leapfrog fellow countryman Denis Lynch,  and now sitting seventh in the world.  A big equestrian performance on a world stage will be needed for the Irish to regain their faith in the tarnished sport.

Trivia

First last month’s question: Who is the current top goal scorer for the Irish national (football) team? Robbie Keane has (as of June 8th) a record of 53 goals in 117 appearances for the National side. His 1st goal came in a 2000 Euro qualifier against Malta, in a game in which he actually scored twice in a 5-0 victory.

This month’s question: One of Ireland’s medal hopefuls for the London Olympics is Katie Taylor, who is known mostly for her sporting skills as a boxer. But in what other sport has the Wicklow girl represented her country?

*Mark Owens is originally from Derry City, Ireland and has resided in the Cleveland area since 2001 where he is employed by State Farm Insurance Companies. Mark is the Chairman of the 2013 North American Gaelic Games Finals to be held in Cleveland. Send questions, comments or suggestions for future articles to Mark at: markowens@ireland.com.

 

 

 

 

Ohio Irish American News ~ Out & About Ohio July Events

Out & About Ohio – July 2012

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 / Sat Art Classes / Children’s Sat, Adult Tues Irish Dance Classes. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100, www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

The Harp
4th –Annual 4th of July Bash w/Chris Allen, 6th – 1st Friday Irish Session, 7th – the Porter Sharks, 11th – chris & tom, 13th – g.s. harper, 14th – chris allen, 18th -lonesome stars, 20th – brent Kirby, 21st -fior gael, 25th – chris and tom, 27th – walking cane28th – kristine Jackson. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com
Stone Mad
Live music entertainment every 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
Flat Iron Café
(All Start @ 7) 6th – Mary’s Lane, 13th – Becky Boyd, 20th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 27th – Jimmy-O. Cleveland 44113-2406 216. 696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com
Treehouse
1st – Walkin’Cane, 8th – Chris Allen, 15th – (Taste of Tremont) Marys Lane & Boys from County Hell, 22nd – Joseph Knapp, 29th – Brent Kirby. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

11th – Mickey Finns CD Release Party @ Pj McIntyre’s

PJ McIntyre’s
4th – Kamm’s Corners 4th of July Parade, 6th – Victory Highway, 7th – Carlos Jones 11th – Mickey Finns CD Release Party, 12th – Kelly Wright & Friends, 13th – Sky’s The Limit, 14th – Crazy Chester Band, 18th – Monthly Pub Quiz Hosted by Mike D, 20th – Time Warp, 21st – Wicked Street, 27th – Abby Normal. WATCH ALL GAA ACTION HERE. Great Irish Breakfast too! 17119 Lorain Avenue, 44111 www.pjmcintyres.com

Seven Nations at West Park Station July 19 and Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival July 20, 21 & 22

West Park Station
5th – Jim & Eroc – HH, 6th – Ally & Company HH, 7th – UFC 148, 13th – Etiquette HH, 14th – POP ROCKS 10pm, 15th – Alex Bevan – HH, 19th – Irish Fest Kickoff Party w/ SEVEN NATIONS 10pm, 20th – PERSONNELL 10pm 21st – DRUNK BETTY 10pm, 27th – Porter Sharks HH & DJ Ice Cold 10pm 26th – Jacob & The Good Company 10pm. Wednesday -Station Karaoke Challenge! Thursday – Ladies Night w/ DJ Destro! 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.
Flannery’s Pub
6th & 7th – New Barleycorn, 13th – Walking Cane, 21st – Brent Kirby, 20th 7 27th – Bar Flys. 323 East Prospect, Cleveland 44115 216.781.7782 www.flannerys.com

6th – Enter the Haggis @ Beachland Ballroom w/ Craic Brothers

Beachland Ballroom
6th – Enter the Haggis/Craic Brothers 8:30. 15711 Waterloo Road Cleveland 44110 (216) 383-1124. beachlandballroom.com
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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
Irish Heritage Club
2nd – Gen. Meeting, 21st – Patio Party, Music, Food/Drink Specials, Mons-Pot Luck Dinner, Tues-Golf League & Dinner. Weds-Ladies Nite, Thurs-Darts & Wieners Night, Fri- Happy Hour.. 726 Avon Belden Rd. (440) 933-3413.

Euclid
Irish American Club East Side
6th – Kevin McCarthy, 13th – Scully, 20th – Wally Franz, 27th – Loch Erie. PUB: 8 – 11. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.irishamericanclubeastside.org
Paddy’s Pour House
922 East 222nd Street, Euclid, 44123216.289.2569

Lakewood
Sullivan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
– New Barleycorn. 13368 Madison Ave. Lakewood, 44107 www.sullivansirishpub.net (216) 529-8969
Beck Center for the Arts
2nd-20th – Acting Camp, 4th – Talk of the Town: Yankee Doodle Dandy Encore Fundraising Party, 6th-29th – “Legally Blonde The Musical”, 9th-13th – Dance Camp & Songwriting Camp, 9th – 20th – Teen Visual Arts Camp, 12th – Hear & Touch the Music, 16th-20th – Arts Sampler Camp, 23rd-Aug10th – Junior Theater Camp , Musical Theater Camp, and Visual Arts Camp. 17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 (216) 521-2540 www.beckcenter.org

Medina – Sully’s
6th – The Real True Stories, 7th – Craic Brothers, 13th – Pompous Ass, 14th – Marys Lane, 21st – Mossy Moran, 27th – Music Men, 28th – The New Barleycorn. Every Tuesday 6 – 8pm Magician Paul Gallagher performs tableside. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Mentor
Hooley House
13th – Nick Zuber patio 5:00, My Manic Episode 9:30, 20th – Itex patio 5:00, 27th – Nick Zuber patio, Brigid’s Cross 9:30, 28th – Jeff Soukup Band: Every Tuesday – Open Mic w Nick Zuber, Every Wednesday – Trivia Night. 7861 Reynolds Rd Mentor www.1funpub.com (440) 942-6611.

Olmsted Twp
West Side Irish American Club
Food & Great live music every Friday, 5:30 – ? 8th – Annual Club Picnic, 19th Monthly General Meeting 8pm. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Willoughby
Mullarkey’s
7th – Kevin McCarthy, 13th – Eric Butler, 14th – One More Pint, 21st – Dan McCoy, 27th Brendan Burt Band, 28th – Donegal Doggs. Karaoke Wednesdays. Thursday Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com
Croagh Patrick’s
4857 Robinhood Drive Willoughby, 44094 (440) 946-8250. www.croaghpatrickspub.webs.com

Columbus
Shamrock Club Events
13th & 14th – Irish Music Festival; 14th – Clann na nGael Summer Feis; 28th – Irish Golf Classic. Happy Hour every Friday from 5-7pm! 60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449 www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com

Findley
Logan’s Irish Pub
18th – Traditional Session; 21st – The Drowsy Lads; 28th – Mossy Moran. 2414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

Put-In-Bay – Hooligan’s Irish Pub
6 & 7 – Bastard Bearded Irishmen, 20 & 21 – Corned Beef & Curry Band, 27 & 28 – Sandcarvers. 421 Catawba Avenue. Put-In-Bay, 43456 419.285.8000. www.hooliganspib.com

Ongoing Traditional Irish Sessiúns – Bring your instruments and play along!
Akron Hibernian’s Ceili Band Sessions, Wednesdays 7:30 pm. Mark Heffernan Div 2 Hall 2000 Brown St, Akron 330-724-2083. Beginner to intermediate
Croagh Patrick’s – 2nd Tuesday of every month 8 – 10pm
Bardic Circle @The Shamrock Club of Columbus Beginner – friendly, intermediate level Irish session meeting every other Thursdays 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wooster Street Center, 1124 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green 2nd & 4th Monday, 7:00 – 8:00
Blarney Pub – Toledo, 1st Saturday of the month 5-8 pm. Stone Mad – 1st Sunday of the month Holleran Traditional Irish Session, 7pm
The Harp – 1st Friday of every month, 9pm