What’s Going on THIS Weekend! A Story from this Month’s Issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Out & About Ohio August 2015

Brooklyn – The Hooley House – Brooklyn​!
28th – Dan McCoy Patio 5:30, Pieces of Eight 9:30. 10310 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn 216-362-7700. 1FunPub.com

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati​
Irish Teas/Library /Genealogy Detective/ all three by appointment. Irish Heritage Center 3905 Eastern Avenue 513.533.0100. www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com.

ALL under Cleveland;
The Harp​
28th – Pitch the Peat, 29th – Austin Walkin’ Cane​. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com
STONE MAD PUB, RESTAURANT AND BOCCE​
29th – Chris Allen​. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4 to 7. 1306 West 65th Street Cleveland 44102 216-281-6500
Flat Iron Cafe​
28th – Bluegrass Platter. 1114 Center St. Cleveland 44113-2406 216. 696.6968. www.flatironcafe.com
Treehouse Bar​
30th – Cats on Holiday. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com
PJ McIntyre’s​
28TH – Burning Rover Sound, 29TH – The New Barleycorn​! New Classes for Irish Dance. ALL SUMMER Weekends: summer payback to customers from 10-1, $2 drinks! Showing ALL GAA Football & Hurling!! Updated schedule weekly on www.premiumsports.tv.
– SIN Night- every night 7-Close: 25 % off yourbill! 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. PJ McIntyre’s is 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.
Music Box Supper Club​
Summertime on the Riverfront concert series every Thursday through Sunday 3:00 – 6:00 pm, including Irish Music Sundays, features free live music, rain or shine with an outdoor oyster bar and great craft beer specials. Free admission, bands perform outside on riverfront deck, weather permitting. 30th – The Kilroys and a Ceili!. 1148 Main Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113. http://www.musicboxcle.com
Flannery’s Pub​
28th – The Swap Meet, 29th – Ryan Melquist. 323 East Prospect, Cleveland 44115 216.781.7782 www.flannerys.com
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Avon Lake
Ahern Ahern Catering & 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​
28 – No Strangers Here. PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.eastsideirish.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
Plank Road Tavern​
Open Sessiún Every Thursday 7 – 10. $3 Guinness and Jamieson. 16719 Detroit Avenue, 44107

Medina / Montrose
Sully’s Irish Pub​
28th – Mossy Moran​. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com.
Hooley House Hooley House – Montrose​
28th – Nick Zuber​ Patio 5:00, Michelle Romary Band 9:30, 29th – Brigid’s Cross​ Patio 5:00, Attraxxion 9:30. 145 Montrose West Avenue Copley, Oh 44321 (234) 466-0060 www.1funpub.com

Mentor
Hooley House – Mentor​
28th – Vince Menti Patio 5:00, The Players Club 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. 30th – 3rd Irish Bluegrass Country Festival, 9/20 – Annual Clambake, 12/11 – Willoughby Brothers​ Christmas Dinner/Concert WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868. Ceili Dancing lessons every Thursday except meeting night, 7:00-9:00. $10.00. Info call instructor Maire Manning at 216-456-5395. WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Put-in-Bay
Hooligans Irish Pub, Put-in-Bay​
29: The Rice Brothers Trio. 9/26: ½ Way to St Patrick’s Day-traditional music, bagpipes, & more! Live entertainment every Sunday 10:30am-1:30pm, Wednesday 4-6: Iseult O’Connor on fiddle & guitar. Sundays open early w/ Irish Breakfast. Whiskey Wednesdays w food & drink specials all day. 421 Co Rd 215, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456 (419) 285-8000. www.hooliganspib.com.

Valley City
Gandalf’s Pub​s
Great food, atmosphere, staff and now open, our Patio! 6757 Center Road Valley City, 44280 www.gandalfspub.com.

Westlake
The Hooley House – Westlake​
28th – Brigid’s Cross Patio 5:00, Marys Lane​ 9:30. 24940 Sperry Dr Westlake 44145. 1FunPub.com (440) 835-2890
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.

Traditional Social Dance for Adults: All are welcome to learn and have fun
• Set Dance Lessons: Tues: 8-10 pm, St. Clarence Church, N. Olmsted / Wed: 7-9 pm, Irish American Club – East Side
• Traditional Ceili: 13th – St. Clarence Church, Terrace Room, 8PM, $10.
Contact CeiliClubCleveland@gmail.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

• Bardic Circle @The Shamrock Club of Columbus Beginner – friendly, intermediate level Irish session meeting every other Thursdays 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
• 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
• 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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Living with Lardie: I’m not a Three, A story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Living with Lardie: I’m not a Three
by Richard Lardie
A story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Something reminded recently of an adventure I had while in the Army. I had mentioned earlier of my tendency to goldbrick at every chance. The reception Center is where you go the first week in the army. You get your haircut, clothes, nametags etc. You wait for orders on basic training assignment. . I pulled a stunt there – this stunt kept me on pins and needles for 8 weeks. I will explain.

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We were all in formation in front of the barracks. We did not have name tags on our uniforms yet and were being told what would be happening over the next 24 hours. The sergeant then told us to count off by fours. 1, 2, 3 ,4, 1,2 ,3 ,4 etc. All the threes were then told to stay back and everybody else was dismissed. I was a three so there we stood. The sergeant informed us that he had seen that we all had special talents and had been chosen to be on KP to enable us to show those talents off.

We would all be awakened before reveille around 5 AM and we would be marched to the kitchen, where we would be on duty until about 7:30 PM. 14 hours, are you kidding me? The sergeant then told us to tie a towel on the end of our bunk so the cooks would know who to wake up in the morning.

The rest of my day was spent thinking of how I could avoid this without getting into trouble. I kept coming up with no solution until just before I tied the towel. I figured out that the sergeant didn’t know who we were. That was why we had to tie the towel. Aha, I thought, I just won’t tie a towel. They won’t even know I am gone. I went to bed.

I lay awake thinking of all the horrible things they would do to me for not tying the towel. I swear it would have been easier to go on KP, but I was committed. Then, while I was up using the head it dawned on me that they may have a count on how many guys they picked. Hmmm!

That presented another problem. I must have been groggy in the middle of my sleep but a brainstorm struck me. I tied my towel on the bunk next to mine. I giggled as I fell asleep knowing they would wake him up for KP.
I awoke to hear them waking the guy up next to me. He was arguing with them that he wasn’t on KP. The cook said “That’s what they all say private, now get out of that rack and get dressed.” “I’m not a three. I don’t have KP”. He said. The cook pointed at his sleeve and said; “These stripes say you have KP. Up and at em, NOW.”

“Yes sir” My bunkmate said. He got dressed and I heard him saying he was going to kill somebody for this. That was when I saw how big he was. He had to be 6 foot three and 200 pounds of lean 18 year old muscle. He stopped just before he walked out and just above a whisper said; “I will find out who you are.”

Everyone was fast asleep again in minutes so I got up and retrieved my towel. I was planning my escape if he discovered it was me. When I went thru the line at breakfast I saw him doing the pans in the back. The day progressed and we found out the next day we would be assigned to our companies and we would relocate to our basic training barracks. I had to get thru the next 24 hours without him finding out. Then I would be home free.

We got lined up for our companies alphabetically. That is when I found out my 6’3” bunk mates last name was Lawrey. We would be bunkmates for the next eight weeks. We both had lower bunks next to each other and I was incorporated into his search for the person that had messed with him in the reception center.

I assured him I had seen nothing that night but I would ask around to see if anyone else had seen anything. I joked that if we solved this we could start a detective agency when we got out of the army. Twice during the next eight weeks he yelled my name loudly in the barracks and I thought, Oh, oh, here we go, but he usually just wanted to tell me something funny.
For eight long weeks I bunked next to this guy and we became good friends. I still couldn’t tell him it was me. When our training was over we were all leaving at different times and by different means.

Busses and trucks out front, names being called, bags being loaded, good byes being said, promises to write and we will keep in touch being assured. I watched my bunkmate get on the bus and sit by a front window. We were all waving and saying goodbye as the bus started to pull out.

I walked along as it slowly moved out and mouthed the words, “It was me, I did it”. He looked at me blankly and I mouthed the words again feeling safe as the bus driver gunned the engine. The top sergeant came running up yelling for the bus to stop. He held up some more paper work for the bus driver. The bus stopped and the door opened and out comes my bunkmate running at me like a linebacker.

Oh, crap, I stood there frozen waiting for the beating that he had been promising for eight weeks. He stopped, looked at me and said “What were you yelling at me? I couldn’t hear you.”

“I am going to miss you.” I said. “Me too,” he said, got back on the bus. I never saw him again.

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Cleveland Irish: Irish Immigration by Francis McGarry​. A story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Cleveland Irish: Irish Immigration
by Francis McGarry​

Grace McGarry always said, “if you want the whole story you have to start at the start”.

In 1978, Nelson J. Callahan and William F. Hickey provided us with Irish Americans and Their Communities of Cleveland. It was a part of a series of publications by the Cleveland Ethnic Heritage Studies Department at Cleveland State University. These publications were made possible by with the support of the U.S. Office of Education, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and a grant from The George Gund Foundation.

It is my intention to amplify that seminal work on the Cleveland Irish to reflect an expanded understanding of the Irish in America as well as in our great city, and to include source material. My work is made possible by an occasional pint of Guinness. My monthly article will be devoted to disseminating sections of my research to the readers of the Ohio Irish American News​.

To start at the start, at least the start of the Irish in America, has typically meant a ubiquitous recitation. The History of the Irish in America is the story of the Great Hunger and the consequent exodus of masses of Catholic Irish who made their way to America. These faceless hordes invaded New York and Boston, then made their way to Chicago and in lesser numbers places to the south and west. They were preceded by small numbers of Irish, mostly Presbyterians from the North, who became in America the “Scots-Irish.” Our story is not that simple of a history.

Every narrative of immigration is distinctive to the immigrant and to share each story is an insurmountable task. However, Irish American history has much more to share than a far-too-generalized basic recitation of our migration and settlement.

The Famine not only accounted for exodus, but can be classified as genocide beyond comparative comprehension. As a singular event, it defined Irish history on both sides of the Atlantic and throughout the Irish Diaspora. However, there was history and migration before the Famine and not all of Ireland was effected by the Famine in the same manner.

The population of Ireland in 1841 was over 8 million people and by the 1920s it was just over 4 million. However, the population of Donegal experienced a slight increase during the Famine years and a relatively low Famine-related death rate. Donegal felt the effects as a county and as individuals of the mechanization of spinning in 1828 and weaving in 1845 perhaps more than the Famine.

Irish history is often viewed as inextricably interwoven with the potato. The potato, native to the Peruvian Highlands, was domesticated over 8,000 years ago. The wild potato still has over 2,000 species in the Americas, and today, the Andes farmers grow over 5,000 potato domesticated varieties. Historically in the Andes, time was defined by how long it took to cook a potato. The potato was one of the new world crops introduced into Europe in the 16th century. Tomatoes, peppers, tobacco and cane sugar were other new world crops. Feel free to share that info at the Mayfield Smoke Shop during The Feast, particularly the information about the tomato. The potato was introduced in the American colonies in 1621 and was not widely cultivated until one hundred years later.

Irish American history before the American Revolution established the macro settlement pattern for later Irish immigrants and direct trade relationships between Ireland and America. The 17th century witnessed the arrival of up to 100,000 Irish. The majority of these immigrants were indentured servants being sent to the West Indies or the tobacco plantations in the Chesapeake Bay area. Some of these folks were prisoners, rebels, and felons. Their sentence was America.

This migration was forced and the pattern of settlement was determined by the powers that be. Many of the Irish who first landed in the West Indies eventually made it to the colonies because of the expansion of the sugar economy.
The early 18th century experienced an increase in Irish immigration to America. Large numbers of these Irish filtered their way to the frontiers of Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. They were primarily Presbyterians, descendants of lowland Scots, who had been assisted in relocating to Ireland by the British. Quakers, Methodists, Baptists and Catholics also migrated in lesser numbers.

Taxes, tithes and high rents were a catalyst for these Irish to leave from their adopted northern ports. In the south of Ireland seasonal labor in the fisheries of Newfoundland and an extended historical and generational attachment to the land lessened the economic pressures and want to migrate. The relaxing of the Penal Codes also permitted the Irish in the south to perceive that things were getting better for them.

The Irish who made their way to America did not all reach the frontier like Davey Crockett, whose paternal ancestors left Ireland in the early 18th century. Irish also established themselves in the colonial cities along the east coast, primarily in New York and Philadelphia, and in the Delaware Valley.

The majority of the half a million Irish who immigrated to America in the 18th century were a part of the relationships these Irish established with their personal, familial and Church connections in Ireland. It is a story of flax, linen and people as a commodity.

During this time, over 90% of American flaxseed was from New York City and Philadelphia. This was cause for ¾ of all ships from Ulster between 1750 and 1775 to sail to these two cities. American flaxseed fed the Irish linen industry, consolidated in the north of Ireland. The south of Ireland and its provisions were exported via Britain and sent to Europe or commandeered for its colonies in the West Indies.

The merchants involved in the trade of flaxseed were not fond of ships sailing for American ports devoid of cargo. This issue was answered with the commodification of the Irish. They became the cargo. As the linen industry doubled following the American Revolution, immigration increased as an impetus for this trade.

The American Revolution also affected the economies of the south. Before 1776 nearly ¾ of all southern Irish beef was taken to the West Indies. After 1783 that same Irish beef was sent directly to America. Irish ships began on greater occasion to sail for northern American ports like Boston and New York. This was the beginning of transportation structure for the Famine Irish.

Next month, the post Revolution and pre-Famine migration to America will be detailed. Additional information can be found in: New Directions in Irish-American History, edited by Kevin Kenny; Out of Ireland, the story of Irish emigration to America by Kerby Miller and Paul Wagner; To Hell or Barbados, the Ethnic Cleansing of Ireland, by Sean O’Callaghan; and The Irish Diaspora in America by Lawrence J. McCaffrey.

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Just Stay

JUST STAY…

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.
“Your son is here,” she said to the old man.

She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack,
he dimly saw the young
uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent.
He reached out his hand.
The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers
around the old man’s limp ones,
squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair
so that the Marine could sit beside the bed.
All through the night the young Marine sat there
in the poorly lighted ward,
holding the old man’s hand and
offering him words of love and strength.
Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away
and rest awhile.
He refused.

Whenever the nurse came into the ward,
the Marine was oblivious of her
and of the night noises of the hospital –
the clanking of the oxygen tank,
the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings,
the cries and moans of the other patients.
Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words.

The dying man said nothing,
only held tightly to his son all through the night.
Along towards dawn, the old man died.
The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding
and went to tell the nurse.
While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned.
She started to offer words of sympathy,
but the Marine interrupted her.

“Who was that man?” he asked.

The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.

“No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied.
“I never saw him before in my life.”

“Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”

“I knew right away there had been a mistake,
but I also knew he needed his son, a
nd his son just wasn’t here.
When I realized that he was too sick
to tell whether or not I was his son,
knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.
I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey.
His son was Killed in Iraq today,
and I was sent to inform him.
What was this Gentleman’s Name?”

The nurse, with tears in her eyes answered,
Mr. William Grey…

The next time someone needs you … just be there. Stay.

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WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS GOING THROUGH A TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.
WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS GOING THROUGH A TEMPORARY HUMAN EXPERIENCE.

PLEASE PASS THIS ONE ON AND GOD WILL BLESS YOU!

THIS IS WHAT WE ARE PUT ON THIS EARTH TO DO ANYWAY, RIGHT ?

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND BLESS SOMEONE ELSE IN SOME LITTLE WAY TODAY!

GOD IS SO GOOD, All the time…

Thanks to John Lackey​ for this.

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Got Irish? Wanna Learn? A story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Got Irish? Wanna Learn?
– “Tir gan teaga, tir gan anam.”

A country without a language is a country without a soul.
Patrick Pearse

Dia daoibh (jee-uh yeev) Hello all

Each month we will give examples of key words and phrases in Irish, with a phonetic spelling, to help you speak a little Irish.

hello Dia duit jee-uh ghitch
please le do thoil lay duh hull
thank you go raibh maith agat guhraw maw agut
cheers slainte slawncha
goodbye slan slawn

This will get you started!

Thanks to Ohio Irish American News and P J McIntyre’s Irish Pub, from Irish Language Cleveland

Slan Go Foill (slawn go fall) – Goodbye for now

Join us for Intro to Irish every Tuesday night, for 10 weeks, at Pj McIntyre’s Irish Pub, 17119 Lorain Road at Kamm’s Corners. Classes start September 29th, 6:30 – 8ish. All are welcome.
$120 + $25 for the book for beginners, $100 + $25 for the book if needed, for returning students.
Cash or checks to: Ohio Irish American News
14615 Triskett Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44111-3123

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100th Commemorations: Dr Kathleen Lynn – An Unsung Heroine, a story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

100th Commemorations: Dr Kathleen Lynn – An Unsung Heroine
by Anne Waters
a story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News​

The men of 1916 have been justly commemorated with word and song, but there were many women who fought bravely by their side who have largely remained invisible. One such woman was Dr Kathleen Lynn, an Irish heroine by any standard. The story of Kathleen Lynn is one of conviction, compassion, courage and strength, but also of prejudice because of gender, religion and sexuality.

Kathleen Lynn was born into a comfortable middle class family in County Mayo in 1874. Her father was a Church of Ireland clergyman, so her background was not a typical breeding ground for Irish republicanism. From an early age she was horrified at the poverty that surrounded her, particularly acute in the aftermath of the Irish Famine.

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It is believed that from the age of sixteen she was determined to become a doctor, no easy achievement for a woman at that time. She was educated in private schools and received medical training first in Ireland and eventually the United States. Kathleen was an active feminist and nationalist, which was contrary to the upbringing she would have received. She became a close confidante of James Connolly, himself a tireless advocate of the downtrodden, working in the soup kitchens during the infamous 1913 Lockout; he later made her Chief Medical Officer of the Irish Citizen Army.

It was during this period that she met her lifelong friend and companion Madeline Ffrench Mullen, who was also committed to the service of the poor and to the nationalist cause. Kathleen’s contact with the Dublin poor continued through her membership of the Irish Women’s Workers Union and became a lifelong commitment.

During the Rising she was stationed in City Hall; when the commanding officer was shot she took charge. The first casualty of the Rising was a young man called Sean Connolly. He died in Kathleen’s arms and afterwards she wrapped him in a green flag. Subsequently she was imprisoned in Kilmainham Jail with other female activists Constance Markievicz and Madeline Ffrench Mullen.

Kathleen continued the political activism and joined Sinn Fein, becoming vice president of the executive in 1917. The Civil War in Ireland between those supporting the Treaty to set up of a State of 26 counties, and those fighting for full independence for all 32 counties, was bitter and violent. Kathleen supported the anti-treaty side, but she was in the forefront campaigning to bring the war to an end because of her desire for peace and an end to bloodshed. Although she was elected to the Dail (Irish Parliament) Kathleen’s involvement in politics lessened as she focussed her energies on her new venture St. Utans Hospital.

St. Ultan’s was a pioneering institution in Ireland of the early 20th century. Kathleen Lynn and Madeline Ffrench Mullen were a driving force, and instrumental in it’s establishment. Poverty and in particular the health of women was always a major concern. She petitioned to have soldiers tested for Syphilis before re-entry to Ireland after the war. An anticipated 15,000 soldiers were expected to return with a consequent surge in the incidence of the disease. Her pleas fell on deaf ears, in the main because it was ‘only prostitutes‘ who would become infected.

St Ultans catered for these women and the babies born infected with venereal disease. Before long, Kathleen was once again arrested, but Dublin’s Lord Mayor successfully petitioned for her release, citing the new threat in the country, ‘Spanish Flu’. It is estimated that more than 18,000 people died from the flu and medics were in short supply.

The establishment of St. Ultans provided a place where women and their babies could be safely delivered and treated. Kathleen envisioned not just a hospital but an education centre where women could learn how to care for both themselves and their children.

The child-centred approach advocated by Dr. Maria Montessori was encouraged, with Dr. Montessori visiting St. Ultans in 1934. In addition, the hospital was one of the first to vaccinate against TB, introduced to the hospital by another female, Protestant nationalist, Dr Dorothy Stopford – Price.

All ventures need funds and St. Ultan’s hospital was in constant need of support. Along with three other hospitals, the Irish Sweepstake was founded in 1929. This was a double edged sword as the government now withdrew all state support, but also demanded full control of the sweepstake when funds reached two million pounds. Monetary assistance came from a variety of organisations including the Women’s Education League of San Francisco and a book was sold entitled ‘Leabhair Ultan’, comprised of contributions from a variety of well-known persons at the time, including the playwright Sean O’Casey and artist Jack B. Yeats .

The hospital had strong nationalist links, with many of the staff and supporters believing in a secular Republic, but Independence had given the Catholic Church tremendous power. In their estimation, Kathleen Lynn was unacceptable as woman and a Protestant, but also a lesbian. When she tried to amalgamate St. Ultans with National Children’s Hospital, she met a strong adversary in Archbishop McQuaid. The hospital eventually closed in 1964.

Kathleen Lynn is very much an unsung hero. Her background alone made her an unlikely Republican, but combined with her gender, she was a woman out of step with the times she lived in. Her educational achievement as a doctor was unusual enough but to dedicate herself to easing the lives of the poverty stricken women of Dublin displayed exceptional compassion and courage.

The Catholic Church could not see beyond her gender and her sexuality and recognise the beauty and integrity of this woman who could have had a life of ease if she had so chosen. When she died, the President of Ireland, Eamon DeValera, paid his respects but remained in the Church grounds because the funeral was non-Catholic.

The recent referendum in Ireland placed the country on the world stage with regard to the rights of gay and lesbian citizens. Kathleen Lynn’s sexuality became such a focus of the Catholic Church that the life she spent tending to the poor in Dublin was almost subsumed and obscured, and certainly undermined.

Almost 100 years later, the question of a person’s sexuality is still a contentious subject. By voting yes in the referendum to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, it is hoped a climate of acceptance and equality can be nurtured so that others like Kathleen Lynn can be remembered and honoured for their deeds and not their sexual orientation.

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A Story from this Month’s Issue of the Ohio Irish American News
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Editor’s Corner; A Story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Editor’s Corner

I played Gaelic Football most of my younger days. Cleveland St. Pat’s, and later Cleveland St. Jarlaths filled my summers with sport, travel, Irish culture and friendships that still vibrate today. There is a new generation of course, but getting to know the Cleveland Football and Akron Hurling teams, plus a few guys and girls from Pittsburgh, Columbus and beyond the Pale solidifies reassurance that the same heart and passion hums in them, as in my generation. Be Not Afraid.Midwest-GAA-Poster

August 7th, 8th and 9th will feature the Midwest Division battle to the Tom O’Donahue Cup, held this year in Pittsburgh. I am going; I love both sports. Men’s, and Women’s Irish Football and Hurling Division winners go on the Nationals, held this year in Boston; so looking forward to both amazing weekends. If you haven’t seen the national sports of Ireland, this is a chance for games all day Saturday and Sunday to choose from. Our own Ohio teams will be there, as well as the surrounding states.

We have extensive history and partnerships with the GAA, locally and nationally. Schedules, game results, highlights and events are within, each month, but especially all summer, when the games and teams are most active. The chance to share these wonderful bits of authentic Irish life, right here in America, is not to be missed.

Take the fields of Glory, form the first formation of the Irish Identity, independent and free, to nurturing the Irish Diaspora across the world … All Our Wars are Merry, all our games are fierce!

There are a lot of fundraisers and benefits this month, so many could use a helping hand, and so many have done that, and much more, for us. Support where you can, they need our help.

Ohio Irish American News and Pj McIntyre’s are proud to sponsor Irish Language Cleveland again this fall. Classes are every Tuesday, 6:30 to 8ish, for ten weeks. A fair few folks gather before for dinner, a speaker or just great craic. I have found great shared values, and new friendships there.

Classes kick off September 29th, in PJ McIntyre’s Bridgie Ned’s party room. Registration is required, so send cash or check to: Ohio Irish American News, 14615 Triskett Road. Cleveland, Ohio 44111-3123.
Don’t forget World Day, held at the Irish Garden on Martin Luther King Blvd. Parade, bands, food and much more fill the day (11-8:30). It is a wonderful event, and the Irish always host wonderful events!

Hope to see you at the GAA Games Midwest Finals August 7-9. As always, please say Hi; I’d love to meet you all.

Slán,
John

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August issue of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring Marys Lane, pic by Tom McInerney.
August issue of the Ohio Irish American News, featuring Marys Lane, pic by Tom McInerney.

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Milestones:

Congratulations to Colin and Jill Lackey, married June 20th; we wish you great Health, Wealth and Happiness.

Congratulations to Ohio Irish American News CoPublisher Cliff Carlson, elected to the Board of Directors of the Irish Heritage Center, Chicago.

Congratulations to Music Box Supper Club, celebrating their 1st Anniversary.