How Do You Celebrate St. Pat’s?

Editor’s Corner

How do you celebrate? I start out with my family, and my extended loving family, the West Side Irish American Club, with the annual mass at St. Colman’s, whose gorgeous marble, and design, commissioned to Irish men in Dublin, I appreciate more and more each year; I may be daydreaming, but ghosts seep out of the marble for me. Then it is off to this year’s 149th Annual Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I walk with the Sheriff’s Dept. at the front of the parade, then circle around and march with the WSIA family, again.

I absolutely love it. The massive crowds are awesome to see, a culture like no other, one that invites all cultures to join us as we celebrate roots, family, and a passionate heritage that touches every curve and corner of the globe, through our own hard work, perseverance, and passion for freedom, in so many forms.

After walking the parade, we walk to a local hotel, and eat, drink and make merry, as outside our walls, downtown clears out. A few other parties and must go to appearances fill out the day, until we all reassemble at the Folks, for dinner, stories and as many cups of tea as your nerves can handle.

#LiveMoreLifeBeMoreIrish is my personal social media tag line and has been my credo for as long as I can remember; it is a life urgency instilled by my father, to make a difference as you trade each day of your life, for something; let it be worthwhile. You can find that same credo throughout the Irish community; it translates to any culture. Be aware, be awed and be grateful.

There is much to do this month; of course musical and event lists and labels run rampant in this issue. Deliberate, and then deliberately, pick your passion; pick your company, and Live More Life, as the Irish are wont to do.

We would love to hear and share how you celebrate – send me a note (jobrien@ianohio.com) or post on our FB page. Pics are welcome, as long as you own them. Follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages listed below and Opt-in to our Cleveland Irish Fest (clevelandirish.org) and Ohio Irish American News (ianohio.com) occasionally and respectfully sent and guarded email list, and win prizes like fest tickets, an annual OhIAN subscription, books or CD’s. We will run favorites in our April issue; share your memories, share your milestones, share all that being Irish, means to you.

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Go dtí an mhí seo chugainn, slán a fhágáil
(Until next month, goodbye)
John

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Speak Irish: A story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

SPEAK IRISH
By Bob Carney
carneyspeakirish@gmail.com

I scath a chéile a mhaireann na daoine – In each other’s shadow the people live

Conas atá sibh? In past lessons we have learned how to ask for things(our visit to the pub), how to ask and respond to how are you?, greet people, ask the time, and some polite phrases we can use with others. This month we’ll meet some new words and phrases we can use to interact with others; that is the purpose of any language. The first thing after greeting someone we have just met is to find out their name, and introduce ourselves.

Cén t-ainm atá ort? (kayn tan-um uh-taw ort) What is your name?
Is mise ….. (iss mishuh) I am ……
If you are asking someone else’s name in return, we would use the tone of our voice to show emphasis when speaking in English. In Irish we can change the last word in the phrase as well as using tonal inflection.
Cén t-ainm atá ortsa? (kayn tan-um uh-taw ort-suh)
Ar mhaith leat (air why lyat) Would you like
Ba mhaith liom (bah hwah lyum) I would like
Cad é sin ? (cahd ay shin) What’s that ?
Is …… é (iss …… ay) It’s a ……
Cá bhfuil (kah hwill) Where is
Cé as tú? (kay oss too) Where are you from?
Is as …… mé (iss oss …… may) I am from
Cá bhfuil tú i do chónaí? (kaw will too ih duh khoe-nee) Where do you live?
Tá mé i mo chónaí ( taw may ih muh khoe-nee) I live in
Tá sé anseo ( taw shay un-shuh ) It is here
Tá sé ansin ( taw shay un-shin) It is there
Níl sé anseo ( neel shay un-shuh ) It is not here
Vocabulary:
Stáit Aontaithe ( stoych ayn- tih huh ) United States
Eirinn (air-in ) Ireland
Meiriceá ( mair- ih kaw ) America
Sasana (soss-uh nuh) England
Albain (all-uh bin) Scotland
trá (traw) a beach
an trá (un traw) the beach
óstán (oess-tawn) a hotel
an t-óstán (un toess-tawn) the hotel
siopa (shoop-uh) a shop or store
an siopa (un shoop-uh) the store
fuinneog (fwin-ngog) window
nuachtán (noo ak-tan)
newspaper leabhar (lyore) book
an fear (un -far) the man
an bhean (un-van) the woman
múinteoir (moo-un-cheore) teacher
fiaclóir (fee -uh- klor) dentist
úll (ool) apple
bainne (bon yuh ) milk
briosca (bris-kuh) cookie
rothar (ruh-her ) bicycle
cóta (ko-tuh ) coat
sráid (tryed ) street
an sráid (un-tryed) the street
rud éigin (row de gan) something
ól (oel) drink
Examples:
Cá bhfuil an sráid? Where is the street?
Tá sé anseo It’s here
Ar mhaith leat rud éigin a ól? Would you like something to drink?
Ba mhaith (buh- wah) Yes
Níor mhaith (neer-wah) No
Ba mhaith liom uisce I would like water
Tá mé i mo chónaí i Meiriceá (taw may ih muh khoe-nee ih mair-ih-kaw) I live in America
Agus tusa? (ah-gus tuh-suh) And you?
Is as Béal Feirste mé (iss oss bell farshta may) I’m from Belfast

We can go back to past issues and use words we have learned to create many new phrases. I know you will be very surprised at how much Irish you have! Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or things you would like to see covered in future Speak Irish columns.
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Use your “cúpla focal”, couple of words, of Irish as often as you can. Irish language is growing worldwide and is as important as our music, food, sports and all of our history that makes up our Irish-American heritage. Share it with pride!
Slán Go Foill

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Happy New Year, and Happy Anniversary too!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. I’d also like to add, Happy Anniversary – to all our Ohio Irish American News writers, advertisers, distributors and supporters – we are 9 years old; we are very blessed to know you, and to have your active support. We continue to learn, to grow and to get better, thanks to your feedback.

 

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As always, there is much going on in and around Ohio. Every month ads and the Out & About Ohio section are filled with what’s to come; so save the date, share the wealth and plan accordingly to not miss the best the Irish have to offer each other, and our friends.

 

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It gives us great joy to share the wealth of our heritage, past present and to come. Seeding others bears so much fruit; just as it has for generations of ground breakers, immigrants, sponsors and saviors, who then sent those proceeds back and forward, to ease the road for the next one on it. We aim to have the same impact. In 2015, our budget for helping those in need was $10,000; we blew by that in June, and will end up being nearly double it for the year. To whom much is given …

 

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Irish Network Cleveland, the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Cleveland, has launched; Music Box Cleveland Sundays are back, The Cleveland International Film Festival; Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee, and RISE Foundation events are fast approaching; Primary elections are March 15th, with many Judicial races impacting our communities; The 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising is fast approaching; Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival and many more events are this month, next, or deep into planning. I know they would welcome your support, and your help; they are asking, if you are looking for that chance to make a difference, and have fun.

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