Editor’s Corner: We’re All Off to Dublin …

By John O’Brien, Jr.

Well, we’re all off to Dublin in the Aer Lingus Green, in the green… as the iIrish Express finally embarked on its oft-postponed trip to Ireland.  Brave souls entrusted us with their health, wealth and well-being as we kicked of by celebrating Bloomsday in Dublin. We will tell you all about that, next month

See the What’s the Craic?, Taking the Fields of Glory, and the Annual Festival Focus pages within for all craic, and the details too for July. There is so much more inside.

Congrats and Huge Thank You to Blowin’ In Columnist Susan Mangan on her 16th Anniversary with us, and Taking the Fields of Glory Columnist Vincent Beach on his 7th Anniversary too, as members of our iIrish team! You can meet the whole team on the “Our Staff” page on our new website anytime.

We have been so enjoying the GAA games this summer – especially at the @Cleveland GAA home field at the West Side Irish American Club in Olmsted Twp. So many players have put in so many hours to make the field there a field and a place we are all proud of.

Such a project takes many years of smart maintenance to make it state of the art –their efforts began a few years back and continues – they are already showing amazing results. Check out the home men’s, ladies and youth games and practices – free and open to the public to watch, to learn and hopefully, to inspire many to join the teams too. Plenty of free parking, kid’s playground, restroom facilities and a hotdog or two are available on site. We at iIrish are proud to be a sponsor and a member of both the club and the team.

Cleveland will host the 2023 Midwest Championships – for all the detail, see the Taking the Fields of Glory story on Page xx-xx or at

For 36 years, Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival brought the very best music, dance, and culture to attendees each year. The Fest is back July 14-16 at the Berea Fairgrounds. Check out the lineup and other highlights of this and many other Irish, Celtic and American Festivals in our July Annual Festival Focus section within.

I am starting to get worried – prayers to surgery warriors Linda Fulton Burke, Bob Carney, and Francis McGarry for a full and quick recovery.

Are you running for an elective office? There are over 2.1 million people of Irish descent in Ohio; 475,000 in Greater Cleveland; 460,000 in Pittsburgh, 176,00 in Cuyahoga County: Want to reach them?  Advertise in iIrish: [email protected] or 216.647.1144 to reach the Irish community in Cleveland, throughout Ohio and in six surrounding states.

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 is a Founder and the Publisher and Editor of iIrish, an archivist, spokesman, emcee, Spoken Word presenter and author of five books, so far. He can be reached at [email protected]

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