February Issue of the Ohio Irish American News Now Out

The February issue of the Ohio Irish American News is now out and about Ohio. See www.ianohio.com for a list of where you can get your copy, or see the issues online.

February features stories on:
New Orleans Style Irish Cooking
Countess Markiewicz
Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerlad McFaul
40th Anniversary Tour The Boys of the Lough
Tommy Makem Luminary Awards
CD Reviews – Columbus’s The Kells and Chicago’s Blackthorn
Book Reviews
Owen’s Sports
The Book of Kells Right Here in Ohio
Mary Robinson to Speak in Cleveland
Massillon/Canton Ulster Project
Senator George Voinovich’s Open Letter to the Irish Community
Cincinnati Irish Big Place in Irish History
Irish Families Story Project
Simple Gifts

Book Reviews, Ever Expanding Out & About Ohio Section of State Wide Events, and much more.

Check it out at www.ianohio.com!

February Irish Events in Ohio

Out & About Ohio – February

Irish Sopranos to Play with Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall
The fantastic Irish Sopranos will be appearing with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall on Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m. Presented by The Irish American Charitable Foundation, to benefit Ohio non-profit organizations, the talented trio will join one of Ohio’s true treasures, the Cleveland Pops. An event sure to sell out, and not to be missed.

West Side Irish American Club Announces Fish Frys Every Friday thru Lent & Live Entertainment too!

Dinner menu includes fried and baked fish, salmon, swordfish, burgers, muscles, Mac & Cheese, grilled cheese, shrimp and weekly specials, all followed by live Irish music in the pub. All proceeds go to providing programs in the club throughout the year. All are welcome. The WSIA is located at 8559 Jennings Road, Olmsted Twp, Oh. 44138

Akron AOH Starts Fabulous Fish Fry’s

2000 Brown Street, Akron, Ohio 44319. February 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Baked & Fried fish, hot dogs, Mac & Cheese, all potatoes and more.

A Night at the Races
Join the Mark Heffernan Division in Akron (Summit County) for our annual “Hearts & Hoofs” fundraiser. Proceeds to benefit the setup of the St. Paddy’s Day Parade festivities. Saturday, February 16th. Horse tickets are $20, are available now. Admission, food and drinks are included when you purchase a horse. General admission is $10.00 and also includes your food and drinks. Please contact Leo Stalter at (330) 882-3174 to buy a horse or for more information.

Toledo Irish Club Offers Irish Dance and Irish Language Lessons

Beginner Irish Dance classes with the Heinzman School of Irish Dance – Contact Kathy Huber @ 419-266-0226. Gaelic Language Classes are on Wednesday evenings. Contact Mary Dennis @ 419-352-8050.

See www.toledoirish.com for more information on the Toledo Irish Club, and their events.

Columbus – Byrne’s Pub February Sched:

1248 West Third Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43212 (614) 486-4722 www.byrnespub.com

February 2 - Roger Drawdy & the Firestarters
February 9 - Yankee Celtic Consort
February 16 - Bruno’s Boys
February 28 - Andy M. Stewart
March 1 – Mossy Moran

Interested in Playing Gaelic Football?

St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club in Cleveland is currently recruiting for the upcoming season for both men’s and ladies football. Ideally, players should be at least eighteen years of age. Games are played between Memorial Day and Labor Day against teams from Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburgh. If interested, please email club Chairman Mark Owens at markowens@ireland.com or visit our website www.stpatsgfc.org.

If you are under 18 or have children interested in learning more about the game, St. Pat’s GFC is forming a youth program in February. This is open to both boys and girls aged seven and up. The first information day will be held at the West Side Irish-American Club in Olmsted Falls on Sunday February 10th from 1pm to 4 pm. For more information, contact our Youth Officer, Conor Hart, at conorhart@yahoo.com.

Massillon/Canton Ulster Project Announces Fundraiser

A fundraising concert for the Massillon/Canton Ulster project will be held April 3, 2008 at Lions Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon. Featured entertainment will be Maidens IV, a Celtic quartet from the Loudonville area.

The Ulster Project began in 1975 with a deceptively simple but brilliant premise—bring the Catholic and Protestant youth of Northern Ireland together in a safe, non-threatening atmosphere and let them get to know each other, far from the troubles that are a part of the fabric of their lives. Hundreds of years of sectarian violence and estrangement may not disappear overnight, but the longest journey begins with a single step. Church of Ireland Canon Kerry WaterstoneManchester, Conn. and allow them to interact in America, where the “melting pot” society had long been in effect. The project has since grown to over twenty-eight active American host communities, including the Massillon/Canton Ulster Project and has involved over 6,000 teens from Northern Ireland. had the idea to bring teens from both side of the divide to

Maidens IV – the Justice sisters–Havilah, Heather, Abigail and Tabitha—perform traditional music with a modern flair and four-part harmony. For more information, check out www.maidensmusic.com.

Highlands of Ohio Announces Winter Performers Schedule:
Wed. February 6, 2008 Old Blind Dogs (From Scotland)
www.oldblinddogs.co.uk 7:30pm Bellville Opera House,
142 Park Place, Bellville, OH.  Tickets $15 advance/ $18 day of show.
Fri. February 29, 2008  Andy M. Stewart and Gerry O’Beirne
(Scottish and Irish music) www.andymstewart.com
http://gerryobeirne.com/ 7:30pm  Pumpkin Hollow, 24 Bell St.,
Bellville, OH.  Tickets $15
Thurs. March 27, 2008 GRADA (Irish supergroup)
www.gradamusic.com  7:30pm.  Bellville Opera House,
142 Park Place, Bellville, OH.  Tickets $15 advance/ $18 day of show. 
Information and all tickets from:Highlands of Ohio 419-522-5058
highlands@neo.rr.com  www.highlandsofohio.com

Bruno’s Boys February Sched: Homeland’s February Sched:

Feb 1st O’Callaghans – Milford, Mi. Feb 9th Dublin Pub Dayton, Ohio
Feb 7th O’Callaghans – Milford., Mi. Feb 15th Fado’s Columbus, Ohio

Feb 16th Byrne’s Pub – Columbus, OH. Great Guinness Toast.

Feb 17th The Canal Street Tavern, Dayton OH.

Feb 24th UIS Parade Fundraiser, Livonia MI.

Feb 27th Full Kilt Pub, Mt. Clemens, MI.

Feb 29th O’Callaghans, Milford Mi

Lakewood Beck Center Announces February Productions:

Beck Teen Theater presents:
“The Diary of Anne Frank” New adaptation by
Wendy Kesselman, Based on the original play
by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.
Directed by Sarah May
January 22 - February 15, 2008.  Mackey Main Stage
A compelling new adaptation of Anne’s famous diary,
recounting the terrifying existence of eight
European Jews hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.
Public Performances: Feb. 1, 3 & 9 / Student
Matinees: Feb. 5, 7, 12, 14, & 15
(also open to the public).  Call 216-521-2540
for specific show dates and times. For student
matinees and group sales, contact Linda Hefner at
ext. 232.  www.beckcenter.org. The Beck Center for
the Arts is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in
Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown
Free, on-site parking is available.

Cincinnati Presents Sacred Relics

The History of the Irish in Cincinnati display, March 1st @ St. Ignatius Church’s Fr. Hilvert Center. 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Ancient order of Hibernians
St. Patrick’s Division 1, Cincinnati Ohio. For more info: Sceala0@aol.com

(513) 245-9299

Mentor Hosts Fr. Tom Johns Emerald Ball

Fr. Tom Johns Emerald Ball at LaMalfa on Heisley Road in Mentor on March 8th, and the “Hooley in the Kitchen” on that Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, is in honor of St. Aloysius Parish and those who have helped it through the years. The band “Good Clean Fun” will play at both events. There is a sumptuous buffet on Saturday and a corned beef dinner on Sunday. The Hooley only holds 330 and is always sold out by mid February so move fast if you want to attend! Call Marty McGinley at 440-975-9364 for confirmation of above, other details and tickets.

Flogging Molly Revs Up Columbus

February 8th, Lifestyles Pavilion in Columbus (across the street from nationwide arena) at 6:30 PM.

The Harp’s (West 44th & Detroit, Cleveland) February Music Schedule:

Feb 1- Walking Cane

Feb 2 The Porter Sharks
Feb 6- Lonesome Stars
Feb 8- Kristine Jackson
Feb 9- Chris Allen
Feb 13- $100.00 Trio
Feb 15- Cats on Holiday
Feb 16- Pitch the Pear
Feb 20- Lonesome Stars
Feb 22- TBA
Feb 23 Chris Allen
Feb 27 $100.00 Trio
Feb 29- Pitch the Peat
March 1- Walking Cane

Youngstown Irish Americans in our Community Presentation

Sally Murphy Pallante will present “Irish Americans in our Community” as part of the Mahoning County Historical Society’s “History on the Go” series. At the event scheduled for March 10, 2008, from 6 to 7:30 PM at St. Patrick’s Church, Oak Hill Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio, Murphy-Pallante will discuss the history of the Irish in the Mahoning Valley. In addition to reviewing “The Irish in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley,” Pallante, President of the Irish American Archival Society which sponsored this work, will present interesting anecdotes and historical reflections of Irish families who were an integral part of the foundation of our community. Admission is free; refreshments will be served. For additional information: mvhs@mahoninghistory.org

Columbus Shamrock Club Irish Dance Lessons

Irish Dance Lessons are being taught at the Shamrock Club. The lessons are held on Tuesday nights: Beginners are from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Advanced Beginners are from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Intermediate are from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Adult lessons are from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The cost is $45 for children and $35 for adults per month. Contact Katie Regan at 279-3248 for more information.

Cincinnati kicks off the Green Season with the David Munnelly Band

It is never too early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  Cincinnati Folk Life
is presenting The David Munnelly Band (Best Band - 2005, Composer
of the Year 2004 & 2005 and Best Concert of the Year - 2006… so say
LiveIreland.com and the Irish American News) on February 24th at the
20th Century Theater in Oakley.
For more info, see www.CincinnatiFolkLive.com. 

Marietta, Ohio’s The Green is Soon to be Seen: the 27th Annual Irish Gathering

This year’s Gathering will be held Sunday, March 9, 2008, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Hotel Ballroom in Marietta. The buffet will be a “Taste of Old Ireland,” and guests will be toe tapping to the Celtic flavor and fervor of the Athens-based Boys of the Hock, with sound augmentation by Third Street Music of Marietta. To further capture the moment, the Athens Irish Dancers, under the direction of Ms. Sue Farley, and accompanied by the Boys of the Hock, will perform traditional Irish dances featuring the colorful and symbolic Irish dance costumes.

Advance reservations are required. To make reservations for the 27thMarietta from Tom Moran, (740) 374-2362, or Pat Kelly, (740) 374-0538, and in Athens from Chip Rogers, (740) 593-7405. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 – years of age and younger and may be obtained from any Msgr. O’Carroll Division member. Annual Gathering, please call the Lafayette Hotel at (740) 373-5522 or (800) 331-9336. Tickets may be purchased in

The Wolfe Tones

Appearing Live February 24th !

@ The West Side Irish American Club – 8559 Jennings Road Olmsted Twp, Ohio 44138 For info/tickets contact Helen Malloy 216-251-4075

Columbus Events

Columbus Emerald Society’s Fat Tuesday – Tuesday, February 5th – Starting out the season right with an authentic Fat Tuesday Party before the beginning of Lent. Great New Orleans buffet by Chef John Crawford and dancing with the Shrunkin Heads. 5 PM to 11:59 PM

Every Friday, beginning February 8th-Fish Fry’s with live Irish entertainment following.

Cleveland – New Barleycorn to Play

P.J. McIntyre’s

A new kitchen, fantastic bar food and The New Barleycorn, all at PJ’s on February 23rd. See one of the best Irish Ballad bands performing today in a night of song, laughter and great craic.

Fairview Park – Stamper’s Grill Pub features first gig of revamped

Brace Yourself Bridget

Saturday, February 29th come see the Rock n Irish of Brace Yourself
Bridget as their new line up takes the stage for the first time.  Playing
favorites from Saw Doctors to Great Big Sea and everything in between.

Toledo’s Mickey Finn’s Pub, February Calendar of Events

602 Lagrange, Toledo 419-246-3466 www.mickeyfinnspub.com

Mondays – vistula film showcase night- and the glass city rollers

present: rollergirls on film!! Come see some great derby action live on film. Meet

some of the derby girls, and sign up to join the brand new league today!!

visit: www.myspace.com/glasscityrollers

Tuesdays – gothic/industrial night with trifektid 10pm-2am every tuesday

night!! $1.50 rum and cokes, and $2.00 tall boys!!

Wednesdays – open mic night call chris at 419-320-8642 to sign up today!!!

don’t miss your chance to be heard Toledo!! No cover

Live Bands every Thursday, Friday & Saturday plus often on Sundays. See www.mickeyfinnspub.com for bands and dates

Sheila Murphy School of Irish Dance 
Annual Ceili Fundraiser 
Featuring Callahan & O’Connor - February 22nd, 7:30 p.m. at the
East Side Irish American Club, 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, Ohio 44123.
Support our dancers as they prepare for the World Championships.
Kent – Boys of the Lough 40th Anniversary Tour @ Kent Stage
The Boys of the Lough, the masterful traditional band who have released
22 classic albums and whose cutting-edge, innovative style has redefined
Celtic music, are performing at The Kent Stage in their only Ohio
appearance.  See www.kentstage.org for more information or to get
Currently listening :
Indian Summer

Merry Christmas – Remember our uniforms!

Christmas in the Trenches
by John McCutcheon

My name is Francis Tolliver, I come from Liverpool.
Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school.
To Belgium and to Flanders, to Germany to here
I fought for King and country I love dear.
‘Twas Christmas in the trenches, where the frost so bitter hung,
The frozen fields of France were still, no Christmas song was sung
Our families back in England were toasting us that day
Their brave and glorious lads so far away.

I was lying with my messmate on the cold and rocky ground
When across the lines of battle came a most peculiar sound
Says I, “Now listen up, me boys!” each soldier strained to hear
As one young German voice sang out so clear.
“He’s singing bloody well, you know!” my partner says to me
Soon, one by one, each German voice joined in harmony
The cannons rested silent, the gas clouds rolled no more
As Christmas brought us respite from the war
As soon as they were finished and a reverent pause was spent
“God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” struck up some lads from Kent
The next they sang was “Stille Nacht.” “Tis `Silent Night’,” says I
And in two tongues one song filled up that sky
“There’s someone coming toward us!” the front line sentry cried
All sights were fixed on one long figure trudging from their side
His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shown on that plain so bright
As he, bravely, strode unarmed into the night
Soon one by one on either side walked into No Man’s Land
With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand
We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well
And in a flare-lit soccer game we gave ’em hell
We traded chocolates, cigarettes, and photographs from home
These sons and fathers far away from families of their own
Young Sanders played his squeezebox and they had a violin
This curious and unlikely band of men
Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once more
With sad farewells we each prepared to settle back to war
But the question haunted every heart that lived that wonderous night
“Whose family have I fixed within my sights?”

‘Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost, so bitter hung
The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung
For the walls they’d kept between us to exact the work of war
Had been crumbled and were gone forevermore

My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell
Each Christmas come since World War I, I’ve learned its lessons well
That the ones who call the shots won’t be among the dead and lame
And on each end of the rifle we’re the same

Looking for Marketing Intern for Ohio Irish American News

The Ohio Irish American News, a monthly newspaper featuring news,events,performing arts, profiles, history and everything of interest to the 1.45 million buckeyes of Irish descent, is looking for an intern for marketing research.  Internet based, the newest member of our team will search out contact information and new targets throughout Ohio and the 6 surrounding states where the Ohio Irish American News is available.  Sales responsibility is not included, but could be added for the right person.  For more information or to apply, email resume and/or letter of interest to us at jobrien@irishamericannews.com. Please fell free to pass this on to anyone/group/list that may have interest.  John O'Brien, Jr. Ohio Irish American News

Danny Doyle Needs Our Help

Balladeer Danny Doyle has been struggling with medical issues that do not allow him to sing or play guitar. Because of this, he has been unable to work and has canceled all is 2007 and 2008 bookings. A benefit event to help him through this rough time has been organized at the Four Green Fields Pub, 3412 Connecticut Avenue NW., Washington, D.C. 20008 (202) 244-0860. Seamus Kennedy, Christy Hughes, Saint Brendan’s Fair Isle, Liam Maguire, Daniel Flaherty and many more will take the stage in support of Danny, one of Ireland’s premier balladeers, who scored great hits with The Dutchman, Waltzing Matilda, Whiskey on a Sunday, Step it Out Mary, Leaving Nancy. The Rare Ould Times and the list goes on and on. Danny has been a fixture at festivals across the United States and Ireland, Australia and Europe, including Ohio’s own Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, where he has played more than a dozen times.

If you are able to help out one of Ireland’s true treasures, please send your donation, made out to Danny Doyle, to 10836 Moore Drive, Manasses, VA. 20111-2925. He has given us many hits, many wonderful memories, please help out, and say thanks, if you can.

Are You Single?
by John O’Brien

In the sounds of silence, urgency cries
on deaf ears crescendos crash
tendrils of your perfume scratch my heart
drawing blood, a bloody draw.

alone in a crowded room
divorced halves the test pool
and the band played on
deaf brings peace
… and  the loneliness
of the never asked to be
a confirmed bachelor

WOW! What a group

I got to see the just released new DVD of ANUNA, shot at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cleveland last January.  The group was known as being the original band for Riverdance, but have moved way beyond that now.  They are in the midst of a 41 city US tour, including stops in Cleveland, Cinci, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Indy.  We will be featuring them heavily in the September and October issues of the Ohio Irish American News, but mark the date, this is something you do not want to miss.


Currently listening :
Celtic Origins
By Anuna

My Patterns:

My Patterns:
by John O’Brien, Jr.

My patterns, my soul
like my Grandfather before me?
I don’t know those paternal and maternal roots of my tree
each was snuffed by the deadly, unaimed wheel
A missile guided by booze
cutoff in mid-bloom

I am my father
and my mother.
The never met expectations and negativity
the laughter and openness
spirituality and generosity binding all

My father never took a drink
Nor his father before him, nor hers

Like too many of the Irish
stereotypes aside
booze did them in
hemispheres apart
despite their best intentions

Leave your Tommy Makem memories here

Tommy Makem.jpgTommy Makem passed away one month ago today. I really had a hard time meeting the requests for comments and perspective about him, in the days that followed. How do you do justice to someone of that caliber, that character, in a few lines? I talked of his impact, his efforts, songwriting, presentations and so much more, depending on who was asking for the quote or the audience it was intended for. Even for the Ohio Irish American News, with more room and more time, I struggled to do him justice. In the50 years in music proclamation given at Cleve Irish Cult Fest.jpg paper I included excerpts from Festival Legends Song & Stories, from Tommy’s chapter, a poem I had written about the more than 400 songs Tommy has written, and a brief prose bit. But it felt so inadequate. As expected, Tommy’s funeral was massive and the tributes heartfelt and eloquent.

Tommy Makem Liam Tiernan and Luke Kelly.jpgStill, the man was so much larger than life, and broader than any picture could paint. Maybe time will do Tommy justice, because, right now, I still cannot.

God Bless The Bard

Tommy at Derek McCormack Tribute at Cleve Irish Cult Fest.JPG

Please feel free to leave any comments, memories, stories about Tommy here. I’m sure others would like to hear them too.