Growing Up Irish: Giving Thanks

Growing Up Irish: Giving Thanks
By: Maureen Ginley

There is something truly magical about the Fall. Something about the changing leaves, the smell of weekend bonfires in the air, and pumpkin-flavored everything makes me feel so blissfully happy, that nothing can bring me down between September and November. One of the best parts about this season though doesn’t have to do with food or falling leaves that I so look forward to every year. It’s Thanksgiving. A time spent with relatives and family members as we reminisce on the past year and express what we’re most grateful for – what could be better? I’m a firm believer in expressing one’s thanks for the people and places and things surrounding and enriching the lives we live, so this month I will be expressing the thankfulness for all of the people, places, and things that make my life as blessed as it is.

I would be remiss if I didn’t begin my “list of thanks” by singing my family’s praises. There is something unique about growing up with four siblings that are all close in age. As kids, we were each other’s first and best friends. My parents encouraged my brothers, sister, and I to explore the world and discover what our true passions were.

We spent afternoons playing soccer, baseball, and other games in the front yard. Well, Katie, Chris, Mike, and Billy played. After an unfortunate incident that ended in a metal bat making swift, harsh contact with my face, I made a graceful retirement from the Ginley Sports League.

We spent weekends going to Geauga Lake or visiting at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house, where countless cakes, pies, and loaves of soda bread were made. We goofed off and had fun. Cackling laughter was the soundtrack to my childhood years. Now that everyone is older and off at school/working awesome jobs, some would think that things may change.

That is not the same. In fact, in the years since my siblings and I have gone off to school/graduated/began working, the entire Ginley family unit has grown closer than ever. This is due, in part, to the constantly buzzing group message we’ve got going, which is littered with life updates, the occasional viral video, and of course – lots of smiley face emojis. Thanksgiving is one of the several times a year we all are able to get together and spend a day talking and laughing together, and I am looking forward to see what the 2015 celebration has in store.

Throughout my life, education has been something that’s been extremely dear to my heart. For someone that wasn’t the best athlete/dancer/artist as a youngster, I compensated for those lacking talents by throwing myself into schoolwork. Some of my earliest memories are of recess times during Kindergarten and grade school – I’d take a book out on the playground with me, explaining the photos to my friends and eventually reading the text myself. I fell in love with words at a young age.

As a kid, I think I knew exactly what a story could do, and how it could change one’s life. Now, years later, as I approach the “halfway to an MFA” point in my schooling, I am reminded more than ever just how lucky I am to be able to learn about something I’m so passionate about.

Not everyone has been presented with the opportunities I have. It is a blessing that I get to wake up everyday, go to school, and expand my breadth of knowledge. I hope to take this luck, turn it around, and work hard to make sure everyone has access to the educational opportunities I’ve encountered during my life.

Through my years of schooling and the countless extracurricular activities, I have met an abundance of silly, thoughtful, and caring people I am lucky enough to call friends. They are smart, they are unique, and they challenge me in countless ways to grow and become a better person.

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Some I’ve met through classes; they push me in moving beyond my writing comfort zones and encourage me to look at all views when it comes to any given subject. Others I’ve met through work; they make me laugh during long days, cracking jokes and making various projects even more fun. And some – as you may have been able to guess – I’ve met through the Ohio Rose Centre; they show me the true light and love of the Irish spirit, and encourage me to be strong and confident every single day.

Something I’m thankful for every year, but particularly in 2015, is my Irish heritage. The pride I feel for it was heightened ten fold by my experience with the Ohio Rose Centre, but even more so by the sheer amount of information I have learned about my family and their history in County Mayo.

To know I have relatives that worked as hard as they did to provide the life they did for their children/grandchildren/great grandchildren/etc. makes me wish I had the opportunity to meet those Ginleys (and Loftuses) that are no longer with us. From the stories I have heard from my Dad, my Grandma, and other relatives, I come from a long line of strong, confident Irish men and women. The greatest gift my Irish ancestors have given me is the strength to look on the bright side of things, and I plan to make them proud by continuing to maintain this positive outlook throughout every aspect of my life.

I have a lot to be thankful for, but not nearly enough space to single out, comment on, and praise each and every individual/experience that’s help shape me into the person I am today. My life is full of love, light, and laughter, and I am so thrilled to be able to share that joy with all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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Things Going On This Weekend

Out & About Ohio

Brooklyn – Hooley House!
27th– Almost Famous. 10310 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn 216-362-7700. 1FunPub.com

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center
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

O n A Kristine Jackson
Kristine Jackson @ The Harp 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com

 

27th – Kristine Jackson, 28th – Brent Kirby. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com

Stone Mad

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

27th – Donal O’Shaughnessy. 1114 Center St.  Cleveland 44113-2406 216.696.6968.  www.flatironcafe.com

Treehouse

29th – Tom Evanchuck. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

PJ McIntyre’s

27th – Disco Inferno, 28th – U2 Cover Band. Good Luck to the Brady Campbell Irish Dancers at the 2015 Midwest Oireachtas in Minnesota: Bring Home the Gold!
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. 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.

Flannery’s Pub

27th & 28th – New Barleycorn. 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

27th – Michael Crawley. PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.eastsideirish.org

 

Findlay

Logan’s Irish Pub

414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

 

Valley City

Gandolf’s  6757 Center Road Valley City, 44280 www.gandalfspub.com.

 

Lakewood 

Plank Road Tavern

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

 

Medina / Montrose

Sully’s

27th – Ray Flanagan & the Authority, 28th – Donal O’Shaughnessy. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com.

Hooley House Montrose

27th – Players Club, 28th – Cocktail Johnny. 145 Montrose West Avenue Copley, Oh 44321 (234) 466-0060 www.1funpub.com

Mentor

Hooley House

27 – Pieces of Eight. 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

29th –Trim-a-Tree.12/11 – Willoughby Brothers Christmas Dinner/Concert, 12/12 – Children’s Christmas Party. Great live music and food in The Pub every Friday.  WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

 

Rocky River

Casey’s Irish Imports

19626 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116 440-333-8383. www.caseysirishimports.com

 

Westlake

Hooley House

27th – the Atraxxion. 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.

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Traditional Irish Social Dancing

Set dancing lessons, Tuesdays 8-10 pm, St. Clarence Church, North Olmsted

Wednesdays 7-9 pm, Irish American Club – East Side

Ceili dancing lessons, Thursdays, November 5, 12, 7-9 pm, West Side Irish American Club

Holiday Ceili, Friday, December 18 at Irish American Club-East Side

for information, contact CeiliClubCleveland@gmail.com or find us on Facebook

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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Inner View: Brooklyn – The Movie

Inner View
John O’Brien Jr.​
A story from this month’s issue of The Ohio Irish American News​

“Brooklyn” – The Movie

I love a good rush, a movie that actually moves the audience to shout out or cry, an emotional tug involuntary and surprising. When that happens, you have been touched so deeply that the reaction sneaks up on you, catching even you, by surprise.

In “Brooklyn”, there was not a bullet fired, nor a squealing car chase, yet the drama simmers high, the emotions – fears of an emigrant; of finding your way, all alone; of strange lands and stranger people; of pettiness and perseverance; though well-known to us from bards past, sneak up on you, scene by scene, until suddenly, you let go, you let a cry, a tear out, before you were even aware it had escape plans.

Brooklyn is a throw back, auld style immigrant story of love and anguish, hope and dreams, set in 1950s Ireland and then in Brooklyn, NY. When an audience groans with the character, pangs with the character, and cheers for her, you know you have a winner. The electric Saoirse Ronan, with Dominall Gleason, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, headline the just released movie directed by John Crowley.

Eilis (Ronan, pro. n Aye liss), is a young Irish girl with no future in Ireland. Her wise older sister, with a deep secret of her own, paves the way to America, despite financial, and personal, sacrifice. For Eilis, a new land, a new opportunity and a future yet unseen, marked with innocence and inexperience, are fostered by an Irish network to fill the gaps and consoles the thousand little nicks of one so far from home, torn yet marching firmly forward. The old home and the new home each have hooks.

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Brooklyn will wrap you in innocence and old style grace, a bit of the knife and a bit of sorrow at what life sneeringly throws at us. Perseverance preserves a glimmer of hope in a story well known to an immigrant nation steeped knee deep in ghosts. Once, not long ago, our parents, or theirs, shared hauntingly similar stories around a fire; on a long car ride; or after all the presents had been opened, the tea dished out again, and the awareness of just how blessed we are, is contentedly warming our soul.

Great writing to memorable and often funny characters and dialog salve the loneliness and fear Eilis struggles to overcome and the anticipation in our heart. The similarities between the Irish and Italian ethnic communities guarded in protection and different accents are plain to see and enjoy.

To life and to the big screen, Brooklyn brings all those stories out of our memory banks, as well as the ones no one dared tell. The seminal jewels and juries of our past are painted richly in sight and sound. Through it all, love courses through Brooklyn.

Brooklyn opened nationwide November 25th: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/trailer/262/watch-the-official-trailer/ www.Brooklyn-themovie.com

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November Issue, #107, of the Ohio Irish American News

Cleveland Comhrá (Cleveland Conversation) w Michael Crawley

Cleveland Comhrá
(Cleveland Conversation)
by Bob Carney
carneyspeakirish@gmail.com
A Story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Today we sit down with Michael Crawley to discuss the 87th Cleveland Pipe Band, his solo work, and band Marys Lane.
OhIAN: Hello Michael. Thanks for meeting with us. Tell us about yourself. Are you a native Clevelander?
M.C.: Yes, I grew up by the airport in Brookpark. My parents bought a house there when they originally came over from Scotland in 1963. They lived across the street from St. Colman’s, and then bought the house in Brookpark.

OhIAN: Was your family musical?
M.C.: I’m the youngest of four siblings and all of us played bagpipes. My oldest sister, Kathleen, is still an active player with the 87th. My dad was a piper from the age of eight or nine. He played in pipe bands in Scotland, and when he came to the states he played with a couple of bands until he took a job with the Ford Motor Co. He stopped playing for about 17 years. In ‘86 or ’87, he was approached by the Irish Heritage Club to start a pipe band. He put together the band under the assumption it was going to be sponsored by the club, which eventually fell through.
Originally the band was to be named after the club, but they changed to the 87th Cleveland after the year it was formed. – probably the most common question about the band!

OhIAN: What is the 87th?
M.C.: I would say we are a civilian band centered around competing, which is different from most pipe bands.

OhIAN: When you travel to competitions does the expense fall on the members?
M.C.: Yes. For the most part the band picks up instrument and uniform expenses, but as far as travel, that is up to the individual.

OhIAN: You recently competed in Scotland. Did you have time to sightsee or was it all rehearsals and competition?
M.C.: We were there for a week. There was always time for people to do stuff; it was easy to take a one or two hour train ride from Glasgow.

OhIAN: You did fairly well in the competition.
M.C.: Yes we finished 8th out 15 in our group, which was pretty good. Obviously when you’re that close to something it would have been great to play the finals. For about 70% of the band, that was the first time they traveled to Scotland. It was a good trip and everyone got along great.

OhIAN: As far as teaching bagpipes, it seems like it would be a difficult instrument to learn?
M.C.: It’s about a 12 to 16 month process before a person can play the bagpipes. You start on a practice chanter which is similar to a recorder. The hardest part is you’re learning on an instrument that sounds nothing like the bagpipes. It’s not like a piano where when you play you hear the same note you’ll hear in ten years time. The physical coordination involved is challenging as well, but, if the determination is there, you find a way.

OhIAN: You also do solo work?
M.C.: Yes, memorials, weddings, funerals, and anniversary dinners etc… There is enough of a demand in Cleveland to make decent money at it. I’m doing more of that recently than in the past. I left my full time position in the corporate world in April to pursue music full time, which gives me a lot more flexibility as far as bookings.
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OhIAN: How did you get into guitar?
M.C.: I started playing later in my teens. My sister played in church choir as long as I can remember. My dad also played, so there were always guitars in the house. We also had a piano, as well as bagpipes and drums around to try and play. It’s relaxing to sit down with a guitar rather than standing and playing the bagpipes, and you can play anytime. The first band I was in, I was hired to play bagpipes. I would play two or three songs a show just playing bagpipes, and then I asked if I could sit in on some guitar stuff.

OhIAN: Let’s talk about Marys Lane.
M.C.: Pat Mulloy, Mark Whalen and myself have been in the band since its inception. It started out as a conversation in 2008 at Cleveland Irish Festival, watching a band play under the tent. We talked about how we should try to put something together, but it kind of fizzled out. One year later the three of us found ourselves at the same exact tent watching the same exact band and decided to really get serious about it.
Our first practice was in 2010. We procrastinated a good 14 or 16 months before the band finally got on its feet. We’ve had a couple of changes on bass and fiddle; we had a piano player for awhile. We’re in the process of integrating a new member who plays mandolin, guitar, and piano; I think we’re going in the right direction. We’ve had places like P.J.s, Sullys, and the Park Tavern give us a break very early on when we were completely unknown. Now we’re trying to get people to take a chance on us a little further away and at bigger venues.

OhIAN: You always seem to be having a good time on stage.
M.C.: Yes, it’s easy to play in an Irish bar where people know the songs. It’s harder to play in a place like this (we’re at Park Tavern). People don’t really know half the stuff you’re playing, but know they want to get up and dance and have a good time. Our mentality early on was to play our first set as long as we can and only take one break a night. We play that first set long so people loosen up, have a good time and want to stay all night. During the entire night we’ll play 3 or 4 slow songs, so mostly the energy level is high. It is fun and we have a pretty loyal following, which makes it all worthwhile.

OhIAN: You also play a pretty good blend of music.
M.C.: We have a good mix of originals and country, and Pat brings some alternative stuff as well. We’re trying to find older Irish music that hasn’t really been played that much here. I like stuff from the 60’s folk scene that fused into rock. We’re also exploring more modern bluegrass tunes.

OhIAN: Any advice you would give to aspiring musicians?
M.C.” I guess the best thing is to get out and sing or play, make mistakes, but keep going. Take advantage of any opportunity to perform that comes along.

OhIAN: Michael, thank you very much and the best of luck to you, Marys Lane and the 87th Cleveland.

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Fantastic new movie, Brooklyn, is Coming!

Have you heard about the Fantastic new movie, Brooklyn, coming out?

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An advance screening has been scheduled for “Irish influencers” and I have been asked to share it with you ~ so I invite you to come. (No, I don’t care whether you re Irish or not ~ it is a good movie, and a good movie about emigration, which so many of our countrymen and women share)

Trailer: Brooklyn

and here is the info for tickets:
BROOKLYN Advance Screening
Tuesday, November 17 – 7:30 PM – Cedar Lee Theater
To download an admit-two pass, visit: http://www.foxsearchlightscreenings.com/OIANBK
*Please arrive early, as seating is first-come, first-serve.

BROOKLYN Advance Screening
Tuesday, November 24 – 7:30 PM – Cinemark Valley View
To download an admit-two pass, visit: http://www.foxsearchlightscreenings.com/OIANBK2
*Please arrive early, as seating is first-come, first-serve.

Both screenings will sell out, so act now.

So MUCH going on in and around Cleveland this weekend

Out & About Ohio November 2015

Brooklyn – Hooley House!

6th – Top Dog, 13th – Collage, 20th – Pop Fiction, 25th – Thanksgiving Eve Bash – Walk of Shame, 27th– Almost Famous. 10310 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn 216-362-7700. 1FunPub.com

Cincinnati – Irish Heritage Center

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

4th – Lonesome Stars, 6th – Irish Session, 7th – The Porter Sharks, 11th – Chris & Tom, 13th – Clearfork, 14th – Chris Allen, 18th – Lonesome Stars, 20th – The Old Pitch, 21st – Fior Gael, 25th – Chris & Tom, 27th – Kristine Jackson, 28th – Brent Kirby. 4408 Detroit Road, 44113 www.the-harp.com

Stone Mad

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

O n A Kristine Jackson
Kristine Jackson: 6th – Flat Iron, 20th – Flannery’s, 27th The Harp,

6th– Kristine Jackson, 13th – Chad Hoffman, 20th – Jim & Eroc, 27th – Donal O’Shaughnessy. 1114 Center St.  Cleveland 44113-2406 216.696.6968.  www.flatironcafe.com

Treehouse

1st – brokENglish, 8th – Jeff Sherman, 15th – Chris Allen, 23rd – Mike Brogan, 29th – Tom Evanchuck. 820 College Avenue, Cleveland, 44113 www.treehousecleveland.com

PJ McIntyre’s

4th- Pub Quiz w/Mike D. 7pm, 7th – Carlos Jones, 13th – The New Barleycorn, 14th – Charlie in the Box, 20th – The Westies, 21st – Iced Cherry, 25th – Marys Lane (Thanksgiving Eve) , 26th – Happy Thanksgiving, 27th – Disco Inferno, 28th – U2 Cover Band. Good Luck to the Brady Campbell Irish Dancers at the 2015 Midwest Oireachtas in Minnesota: Bring Home the Gold!
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. 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.

Flannery’s Pub

6th – Claire Stuczynski, 7th – Rollin Joe Porter, 13th – Austin Walkin Cane, 14th – Brent Kirby, 20th – Kristine Jackson, 21st – Bar Flies, 27th & 28th – New Barleycorn. 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

7th – The Great Pretenders, aka Lip Sync, admission $8, 13th – Craic Brothers, 25th – Pumpkin Pie Night with Minute to Win It Games, 27th – Michael Crawley

PUB: 7:30 – 10:30. IACES 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003 www.eastsideirish.org 

Findlay

Logan’s Irish Pub

Trad Sessiún 3rd Wednesday. 414 South Main Street, Findlay 45840 419.420.3602 www.logansirishpubfindlay.com

Valley City

Gandolf’s

7th – Ed Feighan, 21st – Sarena Tamboritza Orchestra, 25th – Dean and Chad. 6757 Center Road Valley City, 44280 www.gandalfspub.com.

Lakewood 

Plank Road Tavern

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

Medina / Montrose

Sully’s

6th  – Island Doctor, 13th  – Michael Crowley & Friends, 14th  – Smug Saints, 20th  – Marys Lane, 21st – The New Barleycorn, 25th – Music Men, 27th – Ray Flanagan & the Authority, 28th – Donal O’Shaughnessy. 117 West Liberty Medina, 44256 www.sullysmedina.com.

Hooley House Montrose

6th – Pieces of Eight, 13th – School Girl Crush, 20th – Jukebox Heroes, 25th – Thanksgiving Eve Bash – Faction, 27th – Players Club, 28th – Cocktail Johnny. 145 Montrose West Avenue Copley, Oh 44321 (234) 466-0060 www.1funpub.com 

Mentor

Hooley House

6th – Pop Fiction, 13th – Big in Japan, 20th – Sunset Strip, 25th – Thanksgiving Eve Bash – Abbey Normal, 27 – Pieces of Eight. 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

8th – Fall “25” Card Tournament, 26th – Thanksgiving Mass and Raffle: contact Mary Ellen Grealis 440-235-6528, 29th –Trim-a-Tree.12/11 – Willoughby Brothers Christmas Dinner/Concert, 12/12 – Children’s Christmas Party. Great live music and food in The Pub every Friday.  WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 www.wsia-club.org. 440-235-5868.

Rocky River

Casey’s Irish Imports

18th – Annual Belleek event, with Belleek artist coming to sign two event pieces. 11:00 to 4:00. 19626 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116 440-333-8383. www.caseysirishimports.com

Westlake

Hooley House

6th – Faction, 13th – Cocktail Johnny, 20th – Carlos Jones, 25th – Thanksgiving Eve Bash – Sunset Strip, 27th – the Atraxxion. 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 Irish Social Dancing:

Set dancing lessons, Tuesdays 8-10 pm, St. Clarence Church, North Olmsted

Wednesdays 7-9 pm, Irish American Club – East Side

Ceili dancing lessons, Thursdays, November 5, 12, 7-9 pm, West Side Irish American Club

Holiday Ceili, Friday, December 18 at Irish American Club-East Side

for information, contact CeiliClubCleveland@gmail.com or find us on Facebook

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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Philosophy ~ be Thank full – you’ll never go hungry.

Editor’s Corner
by John O’Brien, Jr.

Of course, our theme this month is to be Thank full –
you’ll never go hungry.

In life, the wonders never cease, but in autumn, we see them so much more clearly.

When I was young, I felt the pang of no relatives in the US.  Families adopted us, but I saw the families near me swarming with cousins and other relations.  Now, our family has grown to 27, with the first of my 17 nieces and nephews marrying last month.  I relish gatherings, to see them interact, to see them share in each other’s lives.  Despite a hellish famine and forced emigration story, the Irish are family fanatics; family full, we never go hungry.

Some love Christmas, some love Halloween, summer or St. Pat’s.  For me, Thanksgiving is the one that means the most.  I have nothing; I am nothing; I need nothing, and I am so grateful to be so blessed.  We gather, we eat, we visit; the tea gets cold, we are blessed to be able to make more, and then … we eat more …
The diet dies, but the starvation for family and friends is more satisfying, providing me with insulation against the coming cold. No pressure on gifts, no guilt on extravagance, except for hugs, those are given in abundance, freely.

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, the focus turns from within, to being with out – and offers a format for recognition of the good in a day and a life; for saying thank you, for saying what someone means to you, without wilting as a sap.
Inside, listen and look for a laugh, a language lesson and a letter from Ireland; a Heroes Run, a ravioli, a review and a raid; a puzzle to do and many puzzles to plan, plus amazing advertisers who, by their very actions, create the Ohio Irish American News.

Ohio_1015-24pages_page2Do You Remember ..? we often ask that in the OhIAN – we love the richness of our past, and the success of #tbt (throw back thursdays) on social media shows others do too.  In nostalgia is a fun place to dwell; we Irish seem to have a particular affinity for that.  We don’t live there, as vibrancy must be fed for the future, but our progress across the world has been a function of survival. Not of looking back, but toward a better life going forward.  Our backs may bend; our hearts may break, but still, we pay it forward.

I am proud to serve on the board of the RISE Foundation.  Founded by singer Frances Black, the RISE Foundation helps the families of those struggling with addiction, especially alcohol. Providing service to those in need has been a driving force for us, and is one for Frances and RISE too.  Save the date:  The 2nd Annual RISE Foundation Fundraiser is January 17th at The Music Box Supper Club.  Frances, Aoife Scott and The New Barleycorn will perform, the food is fantastic and the event will sell out.  Go to www.musicboxcle.com for tickets.

Irish playwright Brian Friel passes:

“His passing will be celebrated.  He will have many eulogies from friends and statesmen and women, but there will be others, such as I, who never knew him, but loved his craftsmanship.  There will be those of us who will mourn the fact that Ireland may not produce another playwright who can make the simple profound, and who exposes the cracks of our lives with such compassion, and humility.”
– Terry Boyle’s Terry From Derry’s Cracks of our Lives column, on page 23.

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 Slán,

John

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