What’s Going on this Weekend, from your Ohio Irish American News

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What’s going on this weekend, from your Ohio Irish American News:

Top O the Tower Benefit honoring Fr. Bob Begin, @LaCentre
@ChrisAllen@The The Harp
Marys Lane@Pj McIntyre’s
Austin Walkin’ Cane Flannery’s Pub
HighStrungIrishBandSully’s Irish Pub
JinxThe Hooley House
Flanagan’s Wake – ClevelandPlayhouseSquare

SchoolGBirlCrushThe Hooley House – Brooklyn


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March Issue of the Ohio Irish American News Hits the Streets Thursday

March issue of the Ohio Irish American News hits the streets tomorrow ~ with fantastic highlights of March/St. Pat’s news, events, history and Shenanigans!

Our cover features Ciaran Sheehan, performing with the Cleveland Pops March 15th at Severance Hall.

The largest issue in our 7+ year history, it is packed with fun. Where do you get get your Ohio Irish American News?


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DJCarl&Karaoke@Pj McIntyre’s
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Solas@CuyahogaValleyNational Park
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Ireland Past & Present: A Story from this Month’s Issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Ireland Past & Present: The Principal Offender
By Niamh O’Sullivan

I frequently drive the Famine Road here in Callan. A ‘public works’ road, it is a haunting relic of that catastrophic time when Ireland lost roughly one quarter of her population in six years. In 2011, I visited the new museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, enthralled. Of all the objects and statistics I absorbed, one set of figures lingers: 11,000 men died there. 40,000 were wounded, captured or missing, comprising 51,000 casualties. Together these made up twenty times the population of the little 1863 town. Accompanying words on a text panel cling to my mind, unshakable: “It leaves us a different people in everything”.

Consider John Mitchel, someone who actually lived through those events, being deeply and personally affected by them both. Young Ireland member and later citizen of the Confederate States of America, Mitchel obliquely questioned his own sanity in the aftermath of the Irish Famine, or Great Hunger (1845-1852). At the beginning of his iconic work, “Jail Journal”, chronicling conditions in Ireland, his arrest and transportation out of the country, he wrote: “At the end of six years I can set down these things calmly, but to see them might have driven a wise man mad.” John Mitchel lost his youngest son, Willie, less than a decade later during General George E. Pickett’s tragic charge on the third day at Gettysburg.

When I first studied Mitchel’s life in Ireland during the Famine, I admired him greatly. On learning that he chose the Confederate side in the American Civil War, I dismissed him out of hand, my youthful idealism furiously disappointed. Starting work in the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina, Co. Mayo, I promised myself several hours alone with their fantastic collection of The Nation newspapers.

John Mitchel
John Mitchel

Founded in 1842 by Thomas Davis among others, this was the paper that appeared throughout the Famine years. I wanted to see how exactly events were reported as they unfolded. I wish I had taken notes, I wish I had taken a more scientific approach, but I do recall from that long session my ever increasing puzzlement. Where is it? Where is that anger which should have been obvious on every page? I reached the 1847 editions before it became especially noticeable.

I did rediscover John Mitchel tho. The Nation was toning down his contributions; he left to establish The United Irishman, his own explicitly revolutionary newspaper. And there I found it: John Mitchel’s legendary sacred wrath. Initially appearing on 12 February 1848 (Abraham Lincoln’s 39th birthday) until Mitchel’s arrest three months later under the infamous Treason Felony Act, Mitchel named the wretched corpses.

His paper quoted incidents of deaths by starvation, restoring their names to the dead, leaving the horror vividly in our dooryards and along our streets. Mitchel dared dedicate editions to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Earl of Clarendon. He chastised the man, openly challenging him with the startling: “…you should tell your policemen to let my agents alone. I, the principal offender, am here, at 12 Trinity Street, a few yards from your Castle gate. I remain, your enemy, John Mitchel.”

In a separate essay, he related an 1847 visit to a family he has last seen two years previously. He arrived in their tiny village, keenly aware of the terrible, ominous silence, every door open. The family are dead, all of them. He explains, “… the father was on a ‘public work’, and earned the sixth part of what would have maintained his family, which was not always duly paid him; but still it kept them half alive for three months, and so instead of dying in December they died in March.”

By 1865 these heart-rending events in Ireland and America had burned themselves out. In an 1866 letter to a former Young Ireland friend, after having been imprisoned in Fortress Monroe with Jefferson Davis, John Mitchel states, “Future of humanity be damned – why, I don’t believe in the present, let alone the future.”
Author Drew Gilpin Faust, in “This Republic of Suffering”, argues that Americans during and after the Civil War had to exert enormous effort to comprehend and to cope with the colossal number of deaths it delivered; the figures and the reality were too overwhelming.

John Mitchel arrived in America right in time for the Civil War, just after witnessing the worst of the Irish Famine. Mitchel’s colleagues and some historians believe the devastating events in Ireland alone transformed him. His youngest son killed in Gettysburg, Mitchel’s oldest son, John Junior, also in the Confederate army, perished one year later during a Union attack on Fort Sumter. It leaves us a different people in everything.

Coming full circle, I need to re-examine one of Mitchel’s most abhorrent notions; advocating the reopening of the slave trade….. How could this ostensibly fearless, principled man articulate such a position? Was he used up and disillusioned? Was he conforming to his time and place? Do we judge from our time, or theirs? Did his quest for nationhood, Irish and Confederate, temper all rational thought? His love for Ireland dominated: did he hope for an American / British conflict which might benefit Ireland? Or did he believe it, plain and simple? Could he be a courageous agitator for social justice at home, suffer the humiliation of being removed from Dublin in chains, and defend slavery in America?

Charles Dana, journalist and contemporary of Mitchel, wrote of him, “He not only spoke the truth at all times, but he spoke the whole truth by a kind of moral necessity. He knew no reserve and no disguise … no prudence in this regard … his sincerity was perfect and his courage fearless.”

Yet, words concerning Mitchel sent by Jefferson Davis, erstwhile President of the Confederate States of America, linger, “Together we struggled for states’ rights, for the supremacy of the Constitution …”. That Constitution Davis revered recognised enslaved people as property. And this remarkable, flawed Irishman, who knew how it felt to walk in chains, although later disillusioned with Davis, had joined in that struggle with him.

*Niamh O’Sullivan worked in Kilmainham Prison for 24 years with Kilmainham Jail Restoration Society & in the Archives. She is involved with the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, and the Irish Life and Lore Series, Kerry”. niamhva@gmail.com

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Can you Believe it ~ Only 150 Days Until the 32nd Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

Can You Believe it? It is ONLY 150 days until the 32nd Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival!!!!

Who’s comin?

Oh, you mean who’s appearing at The Fest? (To Date):

  • Ronan Tynan
  • The High Kings
  • Eileen Ivers
  • Dervish
  • Scythian
  • The StepCrew
  • Damien Dempsey
  • Bernadette Ruddy
  • Malachi Cush
  • Marys Lane
  • Black 47
  • The New Barleycorn
  • Dermot Henry
  • James Kilbane
  • Brigid’s Cross
  • Guaranteed Irish
  • Lost State of Franklin
  • Dennis Doyle
  • The Kiroys
  • Fintan Stanley
  • Donal O’Shaughnessy

Dancers, Pipe Bands, Theatre, Food Court, Tir Na nOg Children’s Area, Sessiúns, Workshops, Presentations, and More ~ www.clevelandirish.org

Owens Sports ~ Rugby – Six Nations Championships: A Story from this Month’s Issue of the Ohio Irish American News

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Rugby – Six Nations Championships The annual European rugby international tournament, better known as the Six Nations Championship, kicks into gear this month with the first matches taking place February 1st, when current champions Wales will play host to Italy. The Welsh team is looking to make history by becoming the 1st team to win the Championship in three consecutive years.

In the last thirteen seasons, only England and France have won the Championship in its current format of six teams back to back (each once), but neither was able to three-peat. Wales are coming into the Six Nations on the back of a mixed series of autumn games when they lost to Australia and South Africa. Despite this though, Warren Gartland’s men will be the favorites for the championship, with talented players such as Leigh Halfpenny, Sam Warburton and George North all hopeful of continuing their fine individual play from last season.

If not Wales, then the next threat may actually come from England, looking to build momentum for 2015 when they host the World Cup. The English will host rivals Ireland and Wales, which could prove to be crucial home field advantage.

Then there are the French, a team you can never write off, despite a horrible 2013 season, when they finished last in the Six Nations and became a national embarrassment, finishing below minnows Italy.

Ireland, who most recently came within a few minutes of beating the All Blacks, will have to build up extra motivation if they are to win the Championship this time around. They begin their campaign on home soil on February 2nd, hosting Scotland. Their big rival game with the English will be held on Saturday February 22nd.

It will be interesting to see what new manager Joe Schmidt can rustle up, he has the players there, but as they showed against the All Blacks when they led going into the final few minutes, they might just lack the bottle. Let’s hope not.

Finally there’s the Scots and the Italians, who finished 3rd and 4th respectively last season – the best finish in the competition for Italy, and further proof that they are no longer the whipping boys of Europe.  Although it is highly unlikely that either of these teams will walk away with the trophy, do not be surprised to see them record a few victories again this year. I think it will be hard for Wales to win three in a row; there is a lot of pressure on them to do so – perhaps too much. As much as I hate to bet against the Irish, I think 2014 could see the Six Nations Championship return to England. Like most of my predictions over the years, let’s hope this will not happen, and the Irish will prove me wrong!

Here is the full 2014 Six Nations schedule – for those looking to watch live in the Cleveland area, PJ McIntyre’s Irish Pub in West Park shows the games live, as does Claddagh Irish Pub in Legacy Village (Lyndhurst).






Round 1
Sat 1st Feb 9.30am Wales v Italy
Sat 1st Feb noon France v England
Sun 2nd Feb 10am Ireland v Scotland
Round 2
Sat 8th Feb 9.30am Ireland v Wales
Sat 8th Feb noon Scotland v England
Sun 9th Feb 10am France v Italy
Round 3
Fri 21st Feb 3pm Wales v France
Sat 22nd Feb 8.30am Italy v Scotland
Sat 22nd Feb 11am England v Ireland
Round 4
Sat 8th Mar 9.30am Ireland v Italy
Sat 8th Mar noon Scotland v France
Sun 9th Mar 10am England v Wales
Round 5
Sat 15th Mar 7.30am Italy v England
Sat 15th Mar 9.45am Wales v Scotland
Sat 15th Mar noon France v Ireland

Trivia: First last month’s question: Next month sees the Six Nations Championships kick off once again, but who are the reigning champions? Wales. This year they are going for 2 in a row.

This month’s question: When was the last time Ireland won the Six Nations Championship?

*Mark Owens is originally from Derry City, Ireland and has resided in the Cleveland area since 2001. Mark is the Director of Marketing for Skylight Financial Group in Cleveland. Send questions, comments or suggestions for future articles to Mark at: markfromderry@gmail.com

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Journey to the top of the Green World

What a mighty journey – Cleveland to Clearwater to Miami to Ocho Rois to Costa Maya to Miami to Chicago, back home to Cleveland, and immersion in the March issue of the Ohio Irish American News, topped off by the Guinness Perfect Pour Competition last night.

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Doing My Bit for Ireland: A Story from this Month’s Issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Illuminations: “Doing My Bit for Ireland”
By: J. Michael Finn

Throughout Easter Week 1916, women often faced the same dangers as did the men, risking their lives so that Ireland could be free. One such interesting person of the Rebellion was Margaret Skinnider.

Margaret was born on April 5, 1892 to Irish parents in the Lanarkshire town of Coatbridge, Scotland. The family later moved to Glasgow. Her father and mother had roots in County Monaghan and the family often returned there to visit relatives. She wrote, “Scotland is my home, but Ireland my country.”

When she was twelve a friend loaned her a book on Irish history and she could not help but notice the difference between actual Irish history and the “English version” of Irish history that she was taught in Scotland. She noted that, “The resentment I had felt in County Monaghan grew hotter.”

In college she was trained as a mathematics teacher. Believing that “An English war is always a signal for an Irish rising” she joined Cumann na mBan (pronounced coo-man nah van) and the Irish Volunteers in Glasgow in 1914. It was at this time that Margaret learned to shoot at a rifle club, which had been established so that women could help in defense of the British Empire. Margaret became a very good shot.

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Her work in Glasgow for Cumann na mBan and the Volunteers came to the attention of Countess Constance de Markievicz and she asked Margaret to come to Dublin to visit her. Margaret made the overnight trip to Dublin during Christmas of 1915.

In crossing the Irish Sea, she chose to sleep on deck, using her hat for a pillow rather than sleeping in a stateroom. For in her hat, she was smuggling explosive detonators and had wires wrapped around her under her coat. Margaret was fearful that in a stateroom she would run into a stray electric wire or a steam pipe that would detonate them. She wrote, “That I ever awakened was a miracle. Pressure, they told me when I reached Dublin, is just as dangerous, and my head had been resting on them all night!”

She arrived in Dublin and was welcomed by the Countess to her home in Rathmines, known as Surrey House. The house was always a hive of activity, full of an odd assortment of characters – out of work actors; struggling writers and artists; republican revolutionaries; trade unionists; Irish boy scouts; and others.

Someone wrote that, “Until she (the Countess) came down to breakfast in the morning, she never knew what guests she had under her roof. In order not to disturb her, they often climbed in through the window late at night.”

Margaret soon fell right in, assisting the Countess with the training of her Irish boy scouts (known as Fianna Boys). The Countess, a trained marksman herself, was teaching them to shoot. Margaret accompanied the Countess and her boys to the woods surrounding Dublin, where the boys learned shooting, camping and military skills. Margaret wrote that the boys were delighted that she could hit the bulls-eye more often than any of them.

“The Countess had trained them to expect good marksmanship from a woman,” wrote Margaret.

At the encouragement of the Countess and after meeting James Connolly, Margaret signed on as a private in the Irish Citizen Army. She also made several trips back and forth to Glasgow, each time smuggling explosives into Ireland hidden in her clothing. Her Scottish accent often kept her from being searched or detained.

During the Easter Rebellion, Margaret was assigned as a dispatch rider to St. Stephens Green, reporting to Commandant Michael Mallin. She made several trips during that week between the Green and the General Post Office delivering dispatches and successfully dodging bullets from British snipers.

As fighting around the Green began, Mallin ordered that they take possession of the College of Surgeons building. Margaret was asked to utilize her skills with a rifle as she was sent to the roof, where she served quite effectively as a sniper under the direction of the Countess.

Then, Margaret and William Partridge were detailed to lead a patrol towards the Russell Hotel on the corner of the Green and Harcourt Street. Here they were ordered to gain entry to a nearby shop, work their way down the row of buildings, and set fire to a British outpost; this would remove the snipers, force the withdrawal of the military and deny this position to the enemy.

Upon arrival at the shop, Partridge smashed the front glass with the butt of his rifle. As the sound of breaking glass echoed throughout the street, a volley of rifle fire from British snipers erupted from a nearby building. Margaret turned just as Fred Ryan caught the full blast of the first volley of fire, killing him instantly. Ryan was just seventeen years old.

The second volley hit Margaret, and she collapsed on the street. She had been shot in three places. The others took cover in the shop doorway. Partridge dragged Margaret’s body into cover as the squad laid down covering fire. She was still breathing, but seriously wounded. She was the only woman wounded during the Rebellion.

Partridge carried Margaret back to the College of Surgeons, where they were able to remove the bullets, without anesthetic. That same day Partridge and the Countess returned to the scene of the shooting and the Countess personally dispatched the two British snipers who had killed Ryan and wounded Margaret.

When the surrender order was received on Sunday, it was decided to take Margaret directly to St. Vincent’s Hospital, rather than risk her falling into the hands of the British. She was in the hospital for several weeks after the Rising, was briefly detained and then returned to the hospital when the doctor advised the authorities that she was too sick to be jailed. From the hospital, she arranged to escape while awaiting medical treatment and obtained a travel permit from Dublin Castle to enable her to return to Scotland.

Margaret returned to Dublin later that year before fleeing to America in fear of internment. While in America, she collected funds for the republican cause and lectured with other women who had fought in the Easter Rising. In New York, Margaret also wrote and published her autobiography, titled, “Doing my Bit for Ireland”. Her book provides an excellent firsthand account of the Rebellion. She later returned to Ireland and took up a teaching post in Dublin in 1917.

During the War of Independence she was arrested and imprisoned. In the civil war she became Paymaster General of the Irish Republican Army until she was arrested in 1923 and held at North Dublin Union. There she became Director of Training for the prisoners.

After her release from prison, Margaret worked as a teacher at Kings Inn Street Sisters of Charity Primary School in Dublin until her retirement in 1961. She was a member of the Irish National Teachers’ Organization (INTO) throughout her teaching career and became its’ President in 1956. She lived her last years in Glenageary, County Dublin. Margaret Skinnider died on October 10, 1971 and is buried in the Republican plot in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

*J. Michael Finn is the Ohio State Historian for the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Division Historian for the Patrick Pearse Division in Columbus, Ohio. He is also Chairman of the Catholic Record Society for the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. He writes on Irish and Irish-American history; Ohio history and Ohio Catholic history. You may contact him at FCoolavin@aol.com.

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