Editor’s Corner: Irish Heritage Month Knockout!

Editor’s Corner: Irish Heritage Month Knockout
By John O’Brien, Jr. @Jobjr

Irish Heritage Month didn’t pull any punches. Mostly good stuff all around, we saw conversation further people’s understanding of commonalties between different groups. More conversation is needed, with respect for all.

We had the pleasure of being a sponsor of the 4th Annual Donnybrook 2023: Pittsburgh Boxing club vs. Drimnagh Boxing Club of Dublin. Great matches all evening, wonderful music and pipes and food and … all for a great cause – the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh.

Have you ever stayed at the magnificent @PrioryInnPittsburgh – incredibly cool, old but modernized and richly preserved, and right around the corner from the tournament – highly recommended. Inside the Monk’s Inn served refreshments, and 1.1 miles away, was the Pittsburgh St Patrick’s Day Parade the next morning. 

We met a load of our Ancient Order of Hibernians in America Pittsburgh Brothers and were back in Cleveland for another event by 2:30 on Saturday. #BlessedBlessedBlessed. Check out the load of pictures on our iIrish Facebook page (

So delighted to see the launch of our vastly upgraded website: All 196 issues, all interactive, have been added, so you can check out any issue from our first, in January 2007, through #196, this month’s issue. 

We will be compiling many of the topics into libraries as well: Speak IrishKid’s Craicthe GAA, recipes, interviews, reviews , things of Irish significance, and so much more will also be located on the site, to be found by topic, rather than just by issue. We are working to make the website a great go-to resource for our community, well beyond what the print edition carries.

Favorite Features
One of my favorite features will be a calendar for the whole community to enter (with a password) their events, with the goal of letting everyone know what, is when, and avoid that way too often irritation of three events on the same day one week, and no events the next.

What’s the Craic? Have you heard of the Wolf-men of Ireland? The Wolfhound? How about The Witches of Islandmagee? See inside for many stories and activities to not miss from throughout our Ohio and Pittsburgh organizers. Plus, music and events and Taking the Fields of Glory sports, with men’s, women’s and youth Gaelic Football and Hurling schedules, plus how to watch for free and how to join in, are within.

With all the madness last month, we forgot to welcome two new columnists: Welcome Columbus Irish Columnist Andrew Shuman and Wise Craics Columnist Joe McDonough. They will be joined next month by new Pittsburgh Irish Columnist Kathleen Diulus. That brings us to thirty-four iIrish enthusiasts working together with you to bring the very best news, events and notes, past present and future, each month to your door, Pub and gathering place, 634 locations strong. For the complete list, sorted by zip code, check out that new website. We are still hiring: two part-time hourly plus commission sales reps and many of our paid Intern positions are still open.

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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