It is 25 Days Until Christmas

It is 25 Days Until Christmas …

It is 25 Days Until Christmas …

For 25 days, I will be writing about things that matter to me, I’ve learned, or simply wish to pass on, as we approach Christmas. I got the idea four years ago from Maggie Keenan, a co-worker, who wrote about things she appreciated or was grateful for. The response was significant, and moving to me, so I resolved to do it every year as a Thank You for all the blessings I am humbled by.

I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 29 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.

I always decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving – some thing poetic and right about the timing and how Thanksgiving blends into Christmas in a season so blurred, timelines and propriety no longer hold sway. It is still very special to me. Tradition! But this year, I am a’ scramblin to finish my next book.

Music has always fascinated me, captivated me. I cannot hear well, so the words are often missed, or misinterpreted. I have gotten lost in them more times than my quiet little world can hold.

I am so grateful for the internet, and being able to find those lyrics and the stories behind them, so easily now. My first book was all about the people who made the music that defined a people. This new book, called “99 Years From Freedom”, is all about the songs I and many of the Irish Diaspora all around the world, grew up with – where they came from, who wrote them, why they wrote them, and therefore, what they really mean.

These are the songs of Irelands strike for freedom, starting in 1798, thru the rest of that, and the next three centuries. Really though, it focuses on the 1916 Rising, Ireland first successful, though diluted effort; the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising will be commemorated the World over in 2016.

On Friday, instead of pulling the lights and the smashed ornaments and smashed Dickens Village memories, I ran errands to get them out of the way, and got the bread made and the tea going for a monster write out. Butt on couch at 11;45 am, I stopped at 9:45 pm., and BREATHED …

Ten months of “as I could” writing, is wrapping up. I started to write with purpose about ten years ago. I had Rheumatoid Arthritis, first diagnosed when I was 19 years old (I turned 49 last week), but that didn’t open the writing door. Almost 11 years ago, I cracked vertebrae in my back and herniated each and every disc when I was swept off my feet, and came down on my spine, on the ice. Shiver me timbers indeed!

I worked, and worked; long hours at KeyBank in their Operations Center at 2025 Ontario, trying to find my way upward. I couldn’t wrap my strength around the vise grip that went hip to hip, a hot iron across my back, rusting through at the core. Eventually, I had to stop working. For 3 ½ years I spiraled downward, until, I stopped.

Requested to write Memorials, a few poems and other such requests, were the only writing I had done up to that point. Then, as three years without work passed, I had to find a way to make money. I had bottomed out, but my body was so wracked, I never knew how the next day would be, if I would even be able to stand. The RA jumped in every once in a while; just to let me know I was not alone. I got divorced, and in long, searching hours, I started to write.

I don’t think I have ever really stopped writing, and moving, since. This will be my 4th book. The December issue out Thursday will mark my eighth year as CoFounder, Publisher and Editor of the Ohio Irish American News. I am so blessed to find a way out of the abyss. Many do not.

Thanksgiving sharpens the need to say Thanks, to live in the moment, and revel in the 5 senses tingling in your brain. At the Sheriff’s Office, we call it Situational Awareness – Living in the Present – appreciate it, mark it, don’t get lost looking back, and love those who made it possible. December 18th will be my 8th Anniversary with the SO.

I don’t have many memories, a score and nine of meds have stripped them from my mind; I traded total recall for less simmering joints. I frequently set up and pull triggers that can coax more recent memories; I have learned to purchase the forces that squeeze the trigger.

I resolved to replace the smashed Dicken’s Village pieces, but can’t find them any more. I would if I could, replace them. The smashed ornaments can’t be duplicated, but every place I travel, I grab one special to that place, and I add it to my tree, and to the memory reminders all the anti-inflammation meds have inflamed, and stolen from me. The ornaments are a memory trigger usually sparking a smile and a 2nd trip to where I went before.

Researching 99 Years, learning, has been such a joy to me, much like those Dickens Village and ornaments are and used to be; I can’t wait to share this book with you too.

There have been so many ‘Ah Ha” moments and fascinating stories that I will recount in the book. The stories spark new strength, new bricks in my village wall. I am still determined to replace the Dickens Village too, some how, some day. The Tree is up; the new ornaments look smashing!

Christmas Tree 2014
Christmas Tree 2014

It is 25 Days Until Christmas … A Very Merry Christmas it will be with the 25 members of my family. My folks, my three sisters and I grew up with no relatives in the U.S. – Dad is from Co. Roscommon, Ireland; Mom from Montreal. But now, there are 25 of us: 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. I must write to understand. I hope you understand.

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Out & About Ohio November 2014

Brooklyn – The Hooley House – Brooklyn
28th – Brigid’s Cross, 29th – Breakfast Club. 10310 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn. 216-362-7700. 1FunPub.com

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati
Tue & Thu: Irish language, music, dance classes. For genealogy sessions, call for appt. Book now for parties, meetings, classes, film screenings or events. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100. www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

ALL under Cleveland;

Kristine Jackson:  22nd – Flannerys, 28th – The Harp,
Kristine Jackson:  28th – The Harp,

 

The Harp
28th – Kristine Jackson, 29th – The Porter Sharks. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com
STONE MAD PUB, RESTAURANT AND BOCCE
30th – Chris Allen. 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 Cafe
28th Irish Songs – Donal O’Shaughnessy. 1114 Center St. Cleveland 44113-2406 216.696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com
Treehouse
23rd – Jeff Sherman; 30th – Brent Kirby. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com
PJ McIntyre’s
28th – Hot Carl, 29th – Velvetshake.
Cavs and Browns Specials! Irish Language Classes Every Tuesday. Don’t forget T-Shirt Tues: wear any PJs T-Shirt get 15% off bill! Whiskey Wed: ½ off every whiskey in the house. Thurs – Craft Beer $2.50. NEW CRAFT BEER REFRIGERATOR. A Local 10 Union establishment / Home of the Celtic Supporter’s Club and the GAA. Book all your parties & Events in our Bridgie Ned’s Irish Parlor Party Room. 17119 Lorain Road, 44111. www.pjmcintyres.com 216-941-9311.
West Park Station
‘Merican Mondays & Trivia Night 7pm. Tues: Roll Call-discounted drinks for all Fire, Police, Military & Med Professionals 9pm. Wed: Karaoke 10pm. Thur: Girl’s Night 10pm. Sun: SIN Night 9pm. 17015 Lorain Avenue Cleveland 44111 www.westparkstation.com. (216) 476-2000.

Flannery’s Pub – 28th & 29th- The New Barleycorn, PLUS: Winterfest on East 4th Street – Ice sculptures, complimentary hot cider, tree lightings, carolers, crafts for kids & More. 323 East Prospect, Cleveland 44115 216.781.7782 www.flannerys.com
***

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

Euclid
Irish American Club East Side, Inc
IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.irishamericanclubeastside.org

Findlay
Logan’s Logan’s Irish Pub
Trad Sessiún 3rd Wednesday. 414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

Lakewood
Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 (216) 521-2540 www.beckcenter.org
Plank Road Tavern
Open Sessiún Every Thursday 7 – 10. $3 Guinness and Jamieson. 16719 Detroit Avenue, 44107

Medina
Sully’s Irish Pub
28th – Smug Saints, 29th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 21st to 23rd – Medina’s 30th Annual Candlelight Walk. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Mentor
Hooley House – Mentor
28th – School Girl Crush, 29th – Monica Robins and the Ninja Cowboys & the Ninja Cowboys. All starts @9:30. 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
Great live music and food in the Pub every Friday. 9th – “25” Card Game, 27th Annual Mass and Raffle. 22nd _ Monthly Steak Shoot, 30th – Annual Trim-A-Tree Gathering. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Westlake
The Hooley House – Westlake
28th – Matt Johnson’s Piano Fiasco, 29th – Brigid’s Cross. 24940 Sperry Dr Westlake 44145. 
1FunPub.com
(440) 835-2890

Willoughby
John Mullarkey’s
28th – 107.09 Band, 29th – The Thrifters. Wed: Karaoke, Thurs: Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com

Columbus
Shamrock Club Events
Happy Hour every Friday from 5-7pm! 60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449 www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com
Tara Hall
Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. No Cover. Tara Hall 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

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
• Irish Eyes Heavenly Pub, 1st Wednesday of month. 3324 Secor Rd, Toledo
Stone Mad – 1st Sunday of the month Holleran Traditional Irish Session, 7pm
• Plank Road – Every Thursday 7 – 10. All ages and experience welcome. 16719 Detroit Road, Lakewood, 44107
• The Harp – 1st Friday of every month, 9pm
• Logan’s Irish Pub – 3rd Wednesday of the month, 414 S. Main St., Findlay, 7:30 pm
• Oberlin’s Traditional Irish Session – 2nd Monday of the month 7 – 9 Slow Train Café, 55 East College St., Oberlin. Informal all experience welcome: www.oberlin.net/~irishsession
• Claddagh Irish Pub – Sundays 6:00pm-9:00pm. All experience levels welcome
o 585 S. Front St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
• Tara Hall -Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

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Out & About Ohio November 2014

Brooklyn – Hooley House!
21st – Big in Japan, 26th – Thanksgiving Eve Party w Jukebox Heroes, 28th – Brigid’s Cross, 29th – Breakfast Club. 10310 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn. 216-362-7700. 1FunPub.com

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center
20th -Irish Pub Music Night. Tue & Thu: Irish language, music, dance classes. For genealogy sessions, call for appt. Book now for parties, meetings, classes, film screenings or events. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100. www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

The Harp
21st – Pitch the Peat, 22nd – Chris Allen, 26th – Chris & Tom, 28th – Kristine Jackson, 29th – The Porter Sharks. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com
Stone Mad
30th – Chris Allen. 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
21st – Chad Hoffman, 28th – Donal O’Shaughnessy. 1114 Center St. Cleveland 44113-2406 216.696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com

20th - Ohio City Singers @Treehouse
20th – Ohio City Singers @Treehouse

Treehouse
20th – TURKEY JAM Ohio City Singers 8:00 pm; 23rd – Jeff Sherman; 30th – Brent Kirby. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

PJ McIntyre’s
21st – Whiskey Sinners, 22nd – Crazy Chester, 26th – THANKSGIVING EVE w/ Marys Lane, 27th – Happy Thanksgiving! Open @7pm, 28th – Hot Carl, 29th – Velvetshake.
Cavs and Browns Specials! Irish Language Classes Every Tuesday. Don’t forget T-Shirt Tues: wear any PJs T-Shirt get 15% off bill! Whiskey Wed: ½ off every whiskey in the house. Thurs – Craft Beer $2.50. NEW CRAFT BEER REFRIGERATOR. A Local 10 Union establishment / Home of the Celtic Supporter’s Club and the GAA. Book all your parties & Events in our Bridgie Ned’s Irish Parlor Party Room. 17119 Lorain Road, 44111. www.pjmcintyres.com 216-941-9311.

West Park Station
‘Merican Mondays & Trivia Night 7pm. Tues: Roll Call-discounted drinks for all Fire, Police, Military & Med Professionals 9pm. Wed: Karaoke 10pm. Thur: Girl’s Night 10pm. Sun: SIN Night 9pm. 17015 Lorain Avenue Cleveland 44111 www.westparkstation.com. (216) 476-2000.

Kristine Jackson:  22nd – Flannerys, 28th – The Harp,
Kristine Jackson: 22nd – Flannerys, 28th – The Harp,

Flannery’s Pub
21st – Walking Cane, 22nd – Kristine Jackson, 28th & 29th- New Barleycorn, PLUS: Winterfest on East 4th Street – Ice sculptures, complimentary hot cider, tree lightings, carolers, crafts for kids & More. 323 East Prospect, Cleveland 44115 216.781.7782 www.flannerys.com
***

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

Euclid
Irish American Club East Side
21st – Donegal Doggs. PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.irishamericanclubeastside.org

Findlay
Logan’s Irish Pub
Trad Sessiún 3rd Wednesday. 414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

Lakewood
Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 (216) 521-2540 www.beckcenter.org
Plank Road Tavern
Open Sessiún Every Thursday 7 – 10. $3 Guinness and Jamieson. 16719 Detroit Avenue, 44107

Medina
Sully’s
21st – Westside Steve, 22nd – Marys Lane, 26th – The Music Men, 28th – Smug Saints, 29th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 21st to 23rd – Medina’s 30th Annual Candlelight Walk. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Mentor
Hooley House
21st – Almost Famous, 22nd – Brigid’s Cross, 26th – Thanksgiving Eve Party w Samantha Fitzpatrick, 28th – School Girl Crush, 29th – Monica Robbins & the Ninja Cowboys. All starts @9:30. 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
Great live music and food in the Pub every Friday. 27th – Annual Mass and Raffle. 22nd – Monthly Steak Soot, 30th – Annual Trim-A-Tree Gathering. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Westlake
Hooley House
21st – Cocktail Johnny, 26th – Thanksgiving Eve Party w Charlie in the Box, 28t – Matt Johnson’s Piano Fiasco, 29th – Brigid’s Cross. 24940 Sperry Dr Westlake 44145. 
1FunPub.com
(440) 835-2890

Willoughby
Mullarkey’s
21st – Mo Andrews, 22nd – Mossy Moran, 28th – 107.09 Band, 29th – The Thrifters. Wed: Karaoke, Thurs: Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com

Columbus
Shamrock Club Events
Happy Hour every Friday from 5-7pm! 60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449 www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com
Tara Hall
Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. No Cover. Tara Hall 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

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
• Irish Eyes Heavenly Pub, 1st Wednesday of month. 3324 Secor Rd, Toledo
Stone Mad – 1st Sunday of the month Holleran Traditional Irish Session, 7pm
• Plank Road – Every Thursday 7 – 10. All ages and experience welcome. 16719 Detroit Road, Lakewood, 44107
• The Harp – 1st Friday of every month, 9pm
• Logan’s Irish Pub – 3rd Wednesday of the month, 414 S. Main St., Findlay, 7:30 pm
• Oberlin’s Traditional Irish Session – 2nd Monday of the month 7 – 9 Slow Train Café, 55 East College St., Oberlin. Informal all experience welcome: www.oberlin.net/~irishsession
• Claddagh Irish Pub – Sundays 6:00pm-9:00pm. All experience levels welcome
o 585 S. Front St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
• Tara Hall -Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

November 2014 Cover of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring the Johnny Kilbane statue in Battery Park
November 2014 Cover of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring the Johnny Kilbane statue in Battery Park

 

100 suggestions for: What to do … what to do …

November 2014 Cover of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring the Johnny Kilbane statue in Battery Park
November 2014 Cover of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring the Johnny Kilbane statue in Battery Park

The Harp
15th – Fior Gael, 19th – Lonesome Stars, 21st – Pitch the Peat, 22nd – Chris Allen, 26th – Chris & Tom, 28th – Kristine Jackson, 29th – The Porter Sharks. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com
Stone Mad
16th – Heather Venesile Jazz Duo, 30th – Chris Allen. 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
21st – Chad Hoffman, 28th – Donal O’Shaughnessy. 1114 Center St. Cleveland 44113-2406 216.696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com
Treehouse
16th -Pat Shepard; 20th – TURKEY
JAM Ohio City Singers 8:00 pm; 23rd – Jeff Sherman; 30th – Brent Kirby. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

New Barleycorn at Pj McInytre's
New Barleycorn at Pj McInytre’s

PJ McIntyre’s
15th – New Barleycorn, 21st – Whiskey Sinners, 22nd – Crazy Chester, 26th – THANKSGIVING EVE w/ Marys Lane, 27th – Happy Thanksgiving! Open @7pm, 28th – Hot Carl, 29th – Velvetshake.
Cavs and Browns Specials! Irish Language Classes Every Tuesday. Don’t forget T-Shirt Tues: wear any PJs T-Shirt get 15% off bill! Whiskey Wed: ½ off every whiskey in the house. Thurs – Craft Beer $2.50. NEW CRAFT BEER REFRIGERATOR. A Local 10 Union establishment / Home of the Celtic Supporter’s Club and the GAA. Book all your parties & Events in our Bridgie Ned’s Irish Parlor Party Room. 17119 Lorain Road, 44111. www.pjmcintyres.com 216-941-9311.

West Park Station
‘Merican Mondays & Trivia Night 7pm. Tues: Roll Call-discounted drinks for all Fire, Police, Military & Med Professionals 9pm. Wed: Karaoke 10pm. Thur: Girl’s Night 10pm. Sun: SIN Night 9pm. 17015 Lorain Avenue Cleveland 44111 www.westparkstation.com. (216) 476-2000.

Flannery’s Pub
15th – Brent Kirby, 21st – Walking Cane, 22nd – Kristine Jackson, 28th & 29th- New Barleycorn, PLUS: Winterfest on East 4th Street – Ice sculptures, complimentary hot cider, tree lightings, carolers, crafts for kids & More. 323 East Prospect, Cleveland 44115 216.781.7782 www.flannerys.com
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Euclid
Irish American Club East Side
19th – Annual Lip Synch Show $8, 14th – Pop the Cork @ Club Dinner, 20th – Steak Shoot,21st – Donegal Doggs. PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.irishamericanclubeastside.org

Findlay
Logan’s Irish Pub
Trad Sessiún 3rd Wednesday. 414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

Lakewood
Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 (216) 521-2540 www.beckcenter.org
Plank Road Tavern
Open Sessiún Every Thursday 7 – 10. $3 Guinness and Jamieson. 16719 Detroit Avenue, 44107

Medina
Sully’s
15th – Mossy Moran, 21st – Westside Steve, 22nd – Marys Lane, 26th – The Music Men, 28th – Smug Saints, 29th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 21st to 23rd – Medina’s 30th Annual Candlelight Walk. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Mentor
Hooley House
15th – Abbey Rodeo, 21st – Almost Famous, 22nd – Brigid’s Cross, 26th – Thanksgiving Eve Party w Samantha Fitzpatrick, 28th – School Girl Crush, 29th – Monica Robbins & the Ninja Cowboys. All starts @9:30. 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
Great live music and food in the Pub every Friday. 9th – “25” Card Game, 27th Annual Mass and Raffle. 22nd _ Monthly Steak Soot, 30th – Annual Trim-A-Tree Gathering. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Westlake
Hooley House
21st – Cocktail Johnny, 26th – Thanksgiving Eve Party w Charlie in the Box, 28t – Matt Johnson’s Piano Fiasco, 29th – Brigid’s Cross. 24940 Sperry Dr Westlake 44145. 
1FunPub.com
(440) 835-2890

Willoughby
Mullarkey’s
115th – Dan McCoy, 21st – Mo Andrews, 22nd – Mossy Moran, 28th – 107.09 Band, 29th – The Thrifters. Wed: Karaoke, Thurs: Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com

Columbus
Shamrock Club Events
Happy Hour every Friday from 5-7pm! 60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449 www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com
Tara Hall
Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. No Cover. Tara Hall 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

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
• Irish Eyes Heavenly Pub, 1st Wednesday of month. 3324 Secor Rd, Toledo
Stone Mad – 1st Sunday of the month Holleran Traditional Irish Session, 7pm
• Plank Road – Every Thursday 7 – 10. All ages and experience welcome. 16719 Detroit Road, Lakewood, 44107
• The Harp – 1st Friday of every month, 9pm
• Logan’s Irish Pub – 3rd Wednesday of the month, 414 S. Main St., Findlay, 7:30 pm
• Oberlin’s Traditional Irish Session – 2nd Monday of the month 7 – 9 Slow Train Café, 55 East College St., Oberlin. Informal all experience welcome: www.oberlin.net/~irishsession
• Claddagh Irish Pub – Sundays 6:00pm-9:00pm. All experience levels welcome
o 585 S. Front St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
• Tara Hall -Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

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Coal Tattoo

Coal Tattoo

Back in the 90s, I was working in a coal mine in Alabama. There had been an accident, and we were sent to find ways to get more coal, safer. Kids were the 3rd, 4th generation to go down. They were 16.

At 7 a.m., 20-30 men would enter the mine elevator, called the shaft. It went down 2,000 feet. We piled out, and 4 men got in a little rail car. Very like a roller coaster car, from not so long ago.

My right knee, then the guy across from me’s left knee, then my left knee, then his right, then the guy next to me’s right knee, etc. 4 to the car. We then jerked, rattled, bumped, shifted, rolled down the tracks, to the digging site.

It was then about 7:40 a.m. It got blacker as we rolled. Each man wore a hard hat, with a spotlight attached. We also carried “cardinals”, modeled after the auld days, when they actually did have a live cardinal. If the bird died, there was gas, run. Now, it is an electronic sensor. If it beeps, run.

Digging was in three prongs: the dig – a massive teeth grinding machine, bigger than a snow plow, that ate away at a tunnel; scooper then conveyed the loosened coal and rock back to a monster bed,like those old paper drive truck beds, that hauled it out; and then a safety crew, that shot massive ribar, capped with a large metal plate, into the walls and ceiling – THAT is what held it all from falling – when it didn’t fall.

If your light was off, you could not see your hand if front of your face. In many of the forks, water was ankle to knee high. You brought your lunch, and somehow, some, still brought their cigarettes.

At 2:10, men moved back to the rail car, and rattled back to the elevator shaft. On top around 3, they took turns into the showers. The eyeliner acquired never left. Ears, eyes, throat …

For a 16, 18 year old, the money was fantastic. A new pickup truck, an apartment at 18 or 19 … they turned 60, by their 40th birthday. The money was no longer fantastic. Because they worked in a coal mine, they were not eligible for health insurance. period.

In an ironic twist, I left that job, and returned to Cleveland, to accept a job with the American Cancer Society.  Tho I love the song Coal Tattoo, and sing it incesstantly, Paddy Reilly’s version of this song, Working Man, is also stuck in my head and my heart, ever since:

“Working Man”

T’is a working man I am
And I’ve been down underground
And I swear to God
If I ever see the sun

Oh for any length of time
I can hold it in my mind
I never again
Will go down underground

At the age of sixteen years
Oh he quarrels with his peers
He vowed they’d never
See another one

In the dark recess of the mine
Where you age before your time
And the coal dust lies heavy
On your lungs

It’s a working man I am
And I’ve been down underground
And I swear to God
If I ever see the sun

Oh for any length of time
I can hold it in my mind
I never again
Will go down underground

At the age of sixty four
He will greet you at the door
And he will gently lead you
By the arm

Through the dark recess of the mine
He will take you back in time
And he’ll tell you of
The hardships that were had

It’s a working man I am
And I’ve been down underground
And I swear to God
If I ever see the sun

Oh for any length of time
I can hold it in my mind
I never again will go down underground

What to do: what to do

Out & About Ohio November 2014
from your Ohio Irish American News

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center
8th – 1950s Sock Hop; 20th -Irish Pub Music Night. Tue & Thu: Irish language, music, dance classes. For genealogy sessions, call for appt. Book now for parties, meetings, classes, film screenings or events. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100. www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

The Harp

8th – Chris Allen, 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com

Stone Mad
9th – Walking Cane, 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

Treehouse
9th -Kristine Jackson 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com
PJ McIntyre’s
8th – Charlie in the Box. Cavs and Browns Specials! Irish Language Classes Every Tuesday. Don’t forget T-Shirt Tues: wear any PJs T-Shirt get 15% off bill! Whiskey Wed: ½ off every whiskey in the house. Thurs – Craft Beer $2.50. NEW CRAFT BEER REFRIGERATOR. A Local 10 Union establishment / Home of the Celtic Supporter’s Club and the GAA. Book all your parties & Events in our Bridgie Ned’s Irish Parlor Party Room. 17119 Lorain Road, 44111. www.pjmcintyres.com 216-941-9311.
West Park Station
‘Merican Mondays & Trivia Night 7pm. Tues: Roll Call-discounted drinks for all Fire, Police, Military & Med Professionals 9pm. Wed: Karaoke 10pm. Thur: Girl’s Night 10pm. Sun: SIN Night 9pm. 17015 Lorain Avenue Cleveland 44111 www.westparkstation.com. (216) 476-2000.
Flannery’s Pub
8th- Claire Stuczynski, 323 East Prospect, Cleveland 44115 216.781.7782 www.flannerys.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

Euclid
Irish American Club East Side
8th – The Great Pretenders, PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.irishamericanclubeastside.org

Findlay
Logan’s Irish Pub
Trad Sessiún 3rd Wednesday. 414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

Lakewood
Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 (216) 521-2540 www.beckcenter.org
Plank Road Tavern
Open Sessiún Every Thursday 7 – 10. $3 Guinness and Jamieson. 16719 Detroit Avenue, 44107

Medina
Sully’s
8th – New Barleycorn, 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Mentor
Hooley House
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
Great live music and food in the Pub every Friday. 9th – “25” Card Game, 27th Annual Mass and Raffle.. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Willoughby
Mullarkey’s
8th – Pat Shepard, Wed: Karaoke, Thurs: Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com

Columbus
Shamrock Club Events
Happy Hour every Friday from 5-7pm! 60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449 www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com
Tara Hall
Tara Hall 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

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
• Irish Eyes Heavenly Pub, 1st Wednesday of month. 3324 Secor Rd, Toledo
Stone Mad – 1st Sunday of the month Holleran Traditional Irish Session, 7pm
• Plank Road – Every Thursday 7 – 10. All ages and experience welcome. 16719 Detroit Road, Lakewood, 44107
• The Harp – 1st Friday of every month, 9pm
• Logan’s Irish Pub – 3rd Wednesday of the month, 414 S. Main St., Findlay, 7:30 pm
• Oberlin’s Traditional Irish Session – 2nd Monday of the month 7 – 9 Slow Train Café, 55 East College St., Oberlin. Informal all experience welcome: www.oberlin.net/~irishsession
• Claddagh Irish Pub – Sundays 6:00pm-9:00pm. All experience levels welcome
o 585 S. Front St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
• Tara Hall -Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

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Simponi is not simple ~ On Rheumatoid II

Simponi ~  On Rheumatoid II
By John O’Brien, Jr.

My ex used to say, you’ve had RA for a long time, you should be used to the pain by now, and dismissively move on to her complaint. You don’t get used to pain; time cannot lessen a wound that cannot heal. You do get used to the adaptations and trade-offs you make to keep on, keeping on. It took me two years of concentrated effort to learn not to limp.

My current project sounds hokey in writing; it is learning to have my smile be my normal facial expression, not my pain. I think it got harder, once I became aware that people thought I looked mad a lot. Unknowingly, I developed a crooked grin, almost like I was sneering – that was even worse! I see the different treatments when you don’t limp, and do smile.

The sleeping pills, the side-effects and other sicknesses the meds produce, the hours lost awake in waiting rooms and treatment rooms and labs, just waiting, reading, books and people. Or most surprisingly, of finding a nurse or medical staff in one of those rooms that cares rather than condescends. Mental and physical motions; I treasure them for it.

People see me walking in the valley, in Rocky River or Tremont and say how are you able to do that, given the Rheumatoid and my cracked back, rusting thru at the core. But I know, if I don’t do it today, I won’t be able to do it tomorrow. It is the only way I have found to keep the progression and the pain at bay. Moments of fight or flow are so often choices of action over the fire or over the couch.

My young nephew, riding in a car with my sister, passed me walking on Rocky River Drive one day. He made his mom turn around, and go back; I wasn’t moving too well. It was cute. In those mostly daily walks, hard time breathing doesn’t stop me, the pain does. I have no kids of my own; I wonder what those 17 nieces and nephews memories of me will be.

Everyone has a story. Everyone is fighting a battle we both know nothing about, and often, we’d be struck in awe if we did. Their particular strength, just suited, selected and bestowed to fight that particular and personal war, is one of those unique gifts we always hear about. Impossible to understand; I bow, fight where I can make an impact, and accept: I understand that your ways, are not My ways, says the Lord.

No matter the cross, we can say, Why me? More than likely, that question is something we shall never know. Did I Eat, Move, Breathe in, the wrong way, the wrong thing? Did God send me that challenge because He trusted me to handle it, and share? Oh the fools, the fools! We are full of lessons for ourselves and others; some are sins of commission, some of omission.

Will the next med be “the One”? I’ve had luck good and bad in 29 years of RA. Meds are meant to erase pain, or at least mask it. I was on Naproxen and Lyrica for three months, with no relief. The Dr said, too soon; try another three months. I did; I didn’t lose any pain, but I did lose six months.

Finally, Sept 2nd, an appointment with the Dr, an RA specialist I have been going to for just over 16 years. On September 5th I was back for blood work; the results came back September 11th, and showed liver damage. The Dr. said stop the Naproxen immediately.

At the September 2nd appointment, the Dr. suggested a new medicine, called Simponi; my choices were self injection weekly, or infusion every other month. I chose the infusion, for I had done it before, when on Remicaide. She said her Assistant would call my insurance, check on what they would cover, and if the manufacturer would help with the rest, and get back to me.

After three weeks, I called the Referral Line and left a message. Two weeks later, I called the assistant. She was vague, and obviously knew nothing of the medicine, or the Dr’s orders. We then traded voicemails for two weeks. She has told me in the past that she did not have time to return patient calls. When we finally connected, on October 17th, 45 days after the Dr. appointment, she didn’t know costs, didn’t know what insurance would cover. I could call the transfusion center myself if I wanted to [i.e. if I don’t like it; leave].

She was flippant and condescending, exasperated that I was taking her time. So on October 23rd; I called the transfusion center at St. John’s and asked the nurse. She said she had no orders from the Dr. She was one of those ones I mentioned above, one of those that really care about people. She took my info, and said she would call herself; a short while later, she called back. 2 hours vs. 45 days.

I could get the Simponi, 7 doses per year, at a cost of $18,152 per dose.

Simponi is a “specialty med”, so not covered by Pharmacy; I would have to pay “charges for therapy”. I would have to pay $500.00 deductible per year first, and the $5,000 out of pocket maximum per year. She didn’t know if the drug manufacturer would help with that.

Breathing effects and lightheadedness etc… from meds is ever present. I am Off everything now. The Lyrica ran out, and the Simponi has not been set up.

CVS called. They have my vial of Simponi. Whut? It is a transfusion, why would I be picking it up at CVS? So I called the Dr.’s office. Very specifically, I said I wished to speak to the Dr., NOT her assistant. The assistant called back.

Full of justification, she “had the paperwork right there if I wanted to come look at it, she didn’t call CVS”. Dunno why CVS called me then – how would my local drug store have gotten the orders for Simponi, if she hadn’t sent them, I asked?

She rode over me, repeatedly. Three times I asked to please have the Dr. call me when available. She ignored me, and continued on with her reasons why she was not at fault. After the 3rd request, I hung up. I’ve not heard from the Dr since September 2nd.

I posted about Simponi on Facebook, and the response, suggestions and support was astounding. Both wrists, right hand, hips and back burn incessantly. Ankles and shoulders are slipping back into pain. Shaking hands starts with a wince of what’s coming, since life-long lessons to shake firmly and confidently, rip and burn, through the bones of my hand to my wrist. I know it’s coming. I’ve taken to shaking with my left hand. People are kind; they get it.

The support of people, on Facebook and in person means far more than the meds. Do not lead, I may not be able to follow; do not follow, I may not be able to lead; Walk beside me, and Oh, what we will achieve.

My insurance reup period for next year is December 31. I am going to switch to the County plan, at Metro, where more costs are covered, and try really, really hard, to hit the lottery; I will continue to pray too. Till then, keep dancing with me, hugs over handshakes.

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Out & About Ohio November 2014

Brooklyn – Hooley House!
7th -Velvet Shake, 14th – Charlie in the Box, 21st – Big in Japan, 26th – Thanksgiving Eve Party w Jukebox Heroes, 28th – Brigid’s Cross, 29th – Breakfast Club. 10310 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn. 216-362-7700. 1FunPub.com

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center
1st – 5th Anniversary Celebration Gala Green Tie Affair 6pm: Music, Food, Dance, Whiskey and Wine Tastings, Silent Auction, Art Exhibit, Museum, & Library; 2nd – Acting Irish International Theater Festival Fall Meeting; 8th – 1950s Sock Hop; 20th -Irish Pub Music Night. Tue & Thu: Irish language, music, dance classes. For genealogy sessions, call for appt. Book now for parties, meetings, classes, film screenings or events. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100. www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

ALL under Cleveland;

Kristine Jackson: 7th – Flat Iron, 9th Treehouse, 22nd – Flannerys, 28th – The Harp,
Kristine Jackson: 7th – Flat Iron, 9th Treehouse, 22nd – Flannerys, 28th – The Harp,

The Harp
1st – The Porter Sharks, 5th – Lonesome Stars, 7th – Irish Session, 8th – Chris Allen, 12th – Chris & Tom, 14th – Walking Cane, 15th – Fior Gael, 19th – Lonesome Stars, 21st – Pitch the Peat, 22nd – Chris Allen, 26th – Chris & Tom, 28th – Kristine Jackson, 29th – The Porter Sharks. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com

Stone Mad
2nd – Traditional Irish Session, 9th – Walking Cane, 16th – Heather Venesile Jazz Duo, 30th – Chris Allen. 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
7th – Kristine Jackson, 14th – Donegal Doggs, 21st – Chad Hoffman, 28th – Donal O’Shaughnessy. 1114 Center St. Cleveland 44113-2406 216.696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com

Ohio City Singers: 20th – Treehouse
Ohio City Singers: 20th – Treehouse

Treehouse
2nd -Chris Allen; 9th -Kristine Jackson; 16th -Pat Shepard; 20th – TURKEY
JAM Ohio City Singers 8:00 pm; 23rd – Jeff Sherman; 30th – Brent Kirby. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

PJ McIntyre’s
1st – Abby Normal, 5th – Monthly Pub Quiz w/ Mike D. 7pm. 7th – House Tunes, 8th – Charlie in the Box, 13th – Craic Brothers, 14th – Craic Band, 15th – New Barleycorn, 21st – Whiskey Sinners, 22nd – Crazy Chester, 26th – THANKSGIVING EVE w/ Marys Lane, 27th – Happy Thanksgiving! Open @7pm, 28th – Hot Carl, 29th – Velvetshake.
Cavs and Browns Specials! Irish Language Classes Every Tuesday. Don’t forget T-Shirt Tues: wear any PJs T-Shirt get 15% off bill! Whiskey Wed: ½ off every whiskey in the house. Thurs – Craft Beer $2.50. NEW CRAFT BEER REFRIGERATOR. A Local 10 Union establishment / Home of the Celtic Supporter’s Club and the GAA. Book all your parties & Events in our Bridgie Ned’s Irish Parlor Party Room. 17119 Lorain Road, 44111. www.pjmcintyres.com 216-941-9311.

West Park Station
‘Merican Mondays & Trivia Night 7pm. Tues: Roll Call-discounted drinks for all Fire, Police, Military & Med Professionals 9pm. Wed: Karaoke 10pm. Thur: Girl’s Night 10pm. Sun: SIN Night 9pm. 17015 Lorain Avenue Cleveland 44111 www.westparkstation.com. (216) 476-2000.

Flannery’s Pub
1st – the Bar Flies, 7th- The Higbees, 8th- Claire Stuczynski, 14th – The Bar Flies, 15th – Brent Kirby, 21st – Walking Cane, 22nd – Kristine Jackson, 28th & 29th- New Barleycorn, PLUS: Winterfest on East 4th Street – Ice sculptures, complimentary hot cider, tree lightings, carolers, crafts for kids & More. 323 East Prospect, Cleveland 44115 216.781.7782 www.flannerys.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

Euclid
Irish American Club East Side
2nd – Craft Fair, 7th – Mary Agnes Kennedy, 8th – The Great Pretenders, 19th – Annual Lip Synch Show $8, 14th – Pop the Cork @ Club Dinner, 20th – Steak Shoot, 21st – Donegal Doggs. PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.irishamericanclubeastside.org

Findlay
Logan’s Irish Pub
Trad Sessiún 3rd Wednesday. 414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

Lakewood
Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107 (216) 521-2540 www.beckcenter.org

Plank Road Tavern
Open Sessiún Every Thursday 7 – 10. $3 Guinness and Jamieson. 16719 Detroit Avenue, 44107

Medina
Sully’s
1st – Craic Brothers, 7th – Marys Lane, 8th – New Barleycorn, 14th – High Strung Irish, 15th – Mossy Moran, 21st – Westside Steve, 22nd – Marys Lane, 26th – The Music Men, 28th – Smug Saints, 29th – Donal O’Shaughnessy, 21st to 23rd – Medina’s 30th Annual Candlelight Walk. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com

Mentor
Hooley House
7th – Cocktail Johnny, 14th – Jukebox Heroes, 15th – Abbey Rodeo, 21st – Almost Famous, 22nd – Brigid’s Cross, 26th – Thanksgiving Eve Party w Samantha Fitzpatrick, 28th – School Girl Crush, 29th – Monica Robbins & the Ninja Cowboys. All starts @9:30. 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
Great live music and food in the Pub every Friday. 9th – “25” Card Game, 27th Annual Mass and Raffle. 22nd _ Monthly Steak Soot, 30th – Annual Trim-A-Tree Gathering. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Westlake
Hooley House
7th – New Barleycorn, 21st – Cocktail Johnny, 26th – Thanksgiving Eve Party w Charlie in the Box, 28t – Matt Johnson’s Piano Fiasco, 29th – Brigid’s Cross. 24940 Sperry Dr Westlake 44145. 
1FunPub.com
(440) 835-2890

Willoughby
Mullarkey’s
7th – Madison Crawl Trio, 8th – Pat Shepard, 14th – Eric Butler, 115th – Dan McCoy, 21st – Mo Andrews, 22nd – Mossy Moran, 28th – 107.09 Band, 29th – The Thrifters. Wed: Karaoke, Thurs: Ladies Night w/ D.J. 4110 Erie Street www.mullarkeys.com

Columbus
Shamrock Club Events
Happy Hour every Friday from 5-7pm! 60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449 www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com

Tara Hall
Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. No Cover. Tara Hall 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

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
• Irish Eyes Heavenly Pub, 1st Wednesday of month. 3324 Secor Rd, Toledo
Stone Mad – 1st Sunday of the month Holleran Traditional Irish Session, 7pm
• Plank Road – Every Thursday 7 – 10. All ages and experience welcome. 16719 Detroit Road, Lakewood, 44107
• The Harp – 1st Friday of every month, 9pm
• Logan’s Irish Pub – 3rd Wednesday of the month, 414 S. Main St., Findlay, 7:30 pm
• Oberlin’s Traditional Irish Session – 2nd Monday of the month 7 – 9 Slow Train Café, 55 East College St., Oberlin. Informal all experience welcome: www.oberlin.net/~irishsession
• Claddagh Irish Pub – Sundays 6:00pm-9:00pm. All experience levels welcome
o 585 S. Front St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
• Tara Hall -Traditional Irish music w General Guinness Band & Friends 2nd Friday 8:00 – 11:00pm. 274 E. Innis Ave. Columbus, 43207 614.444.5949.

November 2014 Cover of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring the Johnny Kilbane statue in Battery Park
November 2014 Cover of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring the Johnny Kilbane statue in Battery Park

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The Winds of November

Bronze or pottery are the traditional 8th anniversary gifts, with linens and lace being the more modern gifts associated with the 8th wedding anniversary. Symbols for an 8th Ohio Irish American News Anniversary?? I think they just happen to coincide with the highlights we are heavily blessed with this season, on everyone’s calendar: Thanksgiving and Christmas; all over again.

As you can see by the size of this issue, we keep growing. Two new columnists join us this month, making it six this year ~ Variety, humor, things we never knew, or have forgotten; great stories, written into life.

We welcome new columnists Katherine Boyd, writing on her roots search, tips, and a few findings a long the way; and Anne Waters, writing a series on the Forever Seven signers of The Proclamation, delivered April 24th, 1916, to start of the Easter Rising. The 100th Anniversary of the Rising strikes, in 2016.

Kat and Anne join Catherine Gallagher Kearney, Richard Lardie, Frances McGarry and Lisa O’Rourke, columnists who joined us earlier this year. We are growing, because of your support. Our new Cleveland Account Manager, Robin Neorr, has also started with a bang, and is working hard to help us make that leap from success, to significance.

What else would you like to see in your Ohio Irish American News?

Greater Cleveland An Gorta Mor (The Great Hunger) Memorial Mass
Greater Cleveland An Gorta Mor (The Great Hunger) Memorial Mass

The 14th Annual Greater Cleveland Famine Memorial Mass was held in mid-September. The ten-ton, ten foot high granite stone placed just down river from Irish Town Bed, and across from The Flat Iron, is a point of pride and respect, and for most a summer highlight of reflection and gratitude not to be missed. The Flat Iron is Cleveland Oldest Irish Pub, and served as a bed, and a mailbox, for longshoreman, sailors and those freshly arrived to our shores. It is well earned, and fitting.

The unveiling of the Johnny Kilbane Statue, at Battery Park
The unveiling of the Johnny Kilbane Statue, at Battery Park

Cleveland’s own World Boxing Champion (1912-1923), Johnny Kilbane, is featured on our cover. Johnny lived in Battery Park (West 75th Street area) while holding the World Championship, longer than any boxer in history, before or since. A statue by world renowned Irish Scupltor Rowan Gillespie was placed in a newly constructed and renovated park area right off the tracks, full of symbolism and story, for both Johnny, and the neighborhood – written from the fists and the service of a man finally receiving his due.
The words Thank You are not enough, but we offer them sincerely, so that Ohioans, past and present, may know, we are grateful for your continued, and ever growing, support.

Slán,
John

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November 2014 Cover of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring the Johnny Kilbane statue in Battery Park
November 2014 Cover of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring the Johnny Kilbane statue in Battery Park

Milestones:

Congratulations to Jim & Sue Henderson, retiring as owners of Gaelic Imports. The Hendersons have been offering the Gaelic Imports style traditon since the 60s. Jim & Sue have been big supporters of the OhIAN since our start; we wish them great health and great fun, in their retirement.

Congratulations to Mike Kearney, celebrating 35 years with Laborers Local 310.

Congratulations to Amy and Colm Carr on the birth of Cillian Patrick Carr, 7lbs 12 oz. 21 inches!