Happy New Year! Happy 7th Anniversary!
We hope you had a Merry Christmas. Janie Mac we’re seven! This issue marks our 7th Anniversary. The journey to date has been both surprising and gratifying. From our group of great writers to our advertisers, we have been able to grow and expand because of the quality of our content and the quality of our advertisers. We now have thirteen regular columnists and are available at over 240 locations in Ohio, plus in six states (New York, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois and Pennsylvania). West Virginia, Here we come!
Sincerest of thank yous to our advertisers, who continue to support our endeavors with great enthusiasm and actively talk up the OhIAN to their customers and equally importantly, to other potential advertisers. You are at the heart of what we do and OUR best ambassadors!
In very tough times, your continued support is priceless.
The usual and unusual buffet of offerings are included in this issue, with book reviews, puzzle, Milestone, Illuminations of Irish history, Sports and recipes. We have a new column premiering this month on Press and Policy Makers making an impact in the Northeast Ohio community, kicked off with profiles on Denise Dufala and Erin Kennedy. Dan Coughlin’s update on St. Colman’s, a Letter from Ireland’s tour of Dublin, a few insights and perspectives on Christmas and of course, Out & Abut Ohio events going on in January are opportunities to support the locals, hear great music or make new friends.
Thanks to Mary French and the folks at The Emigrant Flame in New Ross, Co. Wexford for our cover photo. A story about the monument that beckons the past and the present emigrant all over the world is inside. Looking forward to Joanie Madden’s 3rd Annual Folk n Irish Cruise of the Western Caribbean in February (see inside for details of the 60+ Irish bands performing on the cruise), and of course, the green season that follows, in March.
If your organization has honorees for St. Pat’s, please send a bio & pic on to us, we’d love to honor them in the Ohio Irish American News too. Just remember, Patrick was a mighty man; if you must shorten it, it’s Paddy, not Patty.
We have much to celebrate, every day of the year. This Thanksgiving to Christmas to St. Pat’s season is especially poignant and present. I believe and pray that 2014 will be a most prosperous and blessed one for us, we will work hard to make it so.
Congratulations to The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s World Champion Ceili Team, holding their 1st Place Trophy, Belfast, Northern Ireland, at Waterfront Hall.
Congratulations to Denise Dufala, celebrating 20 years with 19 Action News and Erin Kennedy, celebrating 2 years with Channel 3 News, both are featured in our new Inner View column this month.
Congrats to Brady Campbell School of Dance, winning U8 and Adult Ceili categories at the Mid America Oireachtas Irish dance competition in Grand Rapids, MI.
Congrats to Sean Lackey and all the gang at Flanagan’s Wake, back for their 5th year at Playhouse Square. Fantastic fun, don’t miss it.
Athbhliain faoi shéan agus faoi shona duit ~ A prosperous and happy New Year to you
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Cover photo courtesy of Patrick Browne www.brownesphotography.ie