Editor’s Corner: Being Irish Is So Much More Than March

Since you are reading this, you managed to survive Irish Heritage Month, what a fine month March has been to us. The Irish Unity Summit, iIrish’s Speak Irish Cleveland massive enrollment and outstanding leadership from Speak Irish Cleveland columnist Bob Carney; Akron St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Hibernian After’s party; The G.O.A.T. Festival; Ohio Rose of Tralee planning meetings; an outstanding presentation on Robert Emmet by Professor Ruan O’Donnell and another on United Irishmen through the Ancient Order of Hibernians; the Bluestone Hibernians volunteering at the St. Malachi Run; Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade; the fantastic interview with WOIO’s CLE Weekend host Jamie Sulivan; the very fun Spoken Word presentation on the Irish American Journey to the Normandy Senior Living Facility; the Extend St. Pat’s Party; Celtic Woman at Playhouse Square; and the healing prayers and services around Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter; and getting this issue prepared and then sent to print; we are so blessed (and out of breath).

Prayers also to Terry Boyle for knee replacement healing and return to action, as well as a hearty Congrats to Ohio Supreme Court Justice Michael P. Donnelly, St. Ignatius High School classmate ‘84, and a big supporter of iIrish, who will awarded the Leo M. Spellacy ‘52 Bellarmine Award on April 18th, “for his excellence in the legal field, promotion of fair and ethical principles in law and exemplary service to our famed alma mater.”

March is obviously busy, special, and treasured; being Irish is so much more than the parades, and so much more than March, with unlimited opportunities to enrich yourself, and others. The richness of our heritage in everyday life is evident all around us.

See What’s the Craic? for opportunities to come; spring is in the air; a most historic time is upon us. There is so much more inside and to come.

Have you seen the new website, that replaces our previous new website, at We are excited about that, and even more excited about the new iIrish Merch Store coming your way. With the usual favorites of T-shirts, crew necks, hoodies, pins and so much more, plus things you won’t expect (but will love), we are adding new products, and new designs as we develop, listening to our customers’ desires and preferences.

Become an iIrish ambassador, influencer (and stylishly outfitted) supporter of our work, and our mission. You will earn rewards toward purchases; access to exclusive contests, giveaways and products; and become an advisor to our shop product and growth efforts. Shop ‘til you drop.

iIrish is made in America. We have always been green and are proudly Irish, all year long.

Nuair a stadann an ceol, an damhsa déanann an amhlaidh
(When the music stops, so does the dance)


John O'Brien, Jr.

John O'Brien, Jr.

*John is a Founder and the Publisher and Editor of iIrish, an archivist, spokesman, emcee, Spoken Word presenter and author of five books, (see below) so far.

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iIrish has donated more than $390,000 to local and national charities since our 2006 inception.

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