Ohio Irish American News Editor’s Corner:
If you are reading this before or on Labor Day Weekend, get out to the Gaelic Games at Barton-Bradley Field in North Olmsted – the national sports of Ireland are live and in breath-taking action Friday thru Sunday as 105 teams from throughout North America and the Cayman Islands come to compete in Cleveland Labor Day weekend. The ancient games of Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie are brought live, with music, food and a Cleveland Games only production of Croke Park Ale. Fun for the whole family in sport, camaraderie and celebration of our heritage in the cultural village will highlight the weekend.
This issue has stories on The Irish National Flag; More Irish Trivia in Linda Fulton Burke’s Crossword Puzzle; Rachel Gaffney’s Taste of Ireland; A Massillon Teen Irish Dances her way into theatre; Irish Dogs are Blowin’ In; A Letter from Ireland; Mark Owens Sports; On This Day in Irish History; Book Reviews; Engaging the Diaspora in A Letter From the Honorary Consul of Ireland and more.
How Green is my valley? From Christmas through Joanie Madden’s Folk & Irish Cruise, St. Pat’s and a summer of fantastic festivals to Labor Day weekend’s GAA North American Championships, our valley has shimmered, in Forty Shades of Green. I write often of paying it forward, but stopping to smell the roses and slow down the fury of a life well lived is never a bad practice. This year, we have reveled in the moments, while the moment is still going on. We have created memories certainly, but we have planted seeds too. We’ve lived a purpose driven life through ¾ of the year, we still have ¼ of a year left to make a difference.
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Looking forward to my first trip to the Mighty Muskegon Irish Music Festival September 13th Weekend. I have never been, but heard so many great things about the festival, the people and the fun. Tweet me if you’re going, otherwise, I’ll let you know how it goes!
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Congrats to Sean Moore Memorial Irish Vocals Scholarship Winners Abbey Canciun and Rosemary Heredos, who each were awarded a $1,000.00 Vocals Scholarship.
Congrats to the Great Lakes Pipe Band, who took 2nd Place in the North American Pipe Championships!