Editor’s Corner: Halloween Origins Are in Ireland

Oíche Shamhna Shona duit!” (ee-ha how-na hun-uh gwit)

Halloween originated in Ireland. These words mean Happy Halloween in Irish. Samhain – pronounced ‘sow-in’, with the emphasis on the sow, literally means ‘summer’s end,’ while Oíche Shamhna is ‘the eve of Samhain.’  Learn even more of the legends and the words of Halloween in Bob Carney’s Speak Irish Column.

Casey’s is 30!
We wish the Happiest of anniversaries to Casey’s Irish Imports,
celebrating their 30th Anniversary at the beginning of this month, October 5th -7th!

A load of great offerings are part of the party, so be sure to stop by Casey’s, wish them Congrats and a Thank you or two, too.  If you can’t make it, they also have a great website to visit, often (


The 7th is also the Annual Al O’Leary Hurling & Camogie Tournament, Hosted by the Akron Celtic Guards, at the Akron Indoor Soccer facility – fear not, all the games are outdoors.  This has been a very fun event every year, and the setting is perfect. 73 Rosewood, Akron 44301 is a quick drive from Cleveland.  Hope to see you there.

Mayo Ball
The end of this month features the Annual Mayo Ball, a fixture in the celebration of our roots for so many of Cleveland’s immigrant Irish, and a great cause with all of the work they do for so many in Greater Cleveland and abroad. It coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the Twinning of Cleveland and Achill, in Co. Mayo, so there will be loads of celebrations and fun activities all weekend long. I am getting a new knee on the 9th, so I don’t know if I will be mobile, but if I can, save the last dance for me.

Tabhair féirin dom, nó buailfidh mé bob ort!” (toh-er fayr-een dom no bub ort)

 Give me a gift or I’ll play a trick on you.
Trick or Treat!

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

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


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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, so far.

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