Editor’s Corner: What’s the News? What’s the News?
By John O’Brien, Jr. @Jobjr
Our 1st ever iIrish Express Tour of Ireland in June is SOLD OUT! After three years in a row of cancelling due to COVID, Lordy this is going to be FUN – Bloomsday watch out … Sixty Knuckleheads in the iIrish Newsare going to experience soo many amazing high lights and high places – who knows, maybe we will see Garth Brooks too …
Despite the fact that Winter is coming, a fine balance is coming too – Valentine’s Day (yes, I do love you) and Irish Heritage Month (I love you even more) are in sight. If your organization has not sent their St. Patrick’s Day Honorees to us yet, Janie Mac, get movin’; jo*****@ii****.us please. We need their bio and high-resolution pic – that you own, by February 8th.
Cleveland Irish Columnist Francis McGarry is launching a fascinating new project about mapping the Irish in Greater Cleveland. We cannot wait to see the fruits of his already significant labor. I look forward to his column every month, with the below the surface dig and real insights on who, and why. Read all about it, on page 12-13.
See the What’s the Craic?, Taking the Fields of Glory, and so much more within for all the craic, and the details too. Just as we begin the celebrations around Irish Heritage Month, the events are beginning this month too. What’s the Craic ~ Out & About iIrish America is on page 16-18.
Delighted to join iIrish Columnist John Myers, who is speaking on The Good Friday Agreement, during the celebrations at the West Side Irish American Club’s GOAT Festival March 9 – 12. I’ll be speaking on Michael Collins, as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of this magnificent Irish leader’s horrible loss to an assassin, never found. Oh, what would Ireland, and the world, be like today, had he not fallen?
John wrote about the extensive number of this and other very meaningful anniversaries being celebrated/commemorated this year, in his January Donnybrook column. You can read that again Here (or cut and paste www.iirish.us/2022/12/31/donnybrook-285-years-ago/). This month, John writes about the very exciting appointment (finally) of new Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, Joseph Kennedy III, on page 8.
iIrish is so proud to provide a $1,000.00 scholarship to Bluestone Charities this month, to support students entering the priesthood. The demands made of mere men are super high, the scrutiny even higher. Yet, the vast majority strive to be of service, good trouble, and live their life of service with love, compassion and positive impact. My life is proof.
iIrish is made in America. We have always been green, and are proudly Irish, all year long. But … Irish Heritage Month is almost here. Our staff are so looking forward to the Cleveland, Akron, Columbus and Pittsburgh Parades and parties. I better get one of those Apple watches to count our steps. If you see us, please say hello, share your ideas, and our posts, as we too, strive to be of service and impact.
Nuair a stapann an ceol, an damhsa déanann an amhlaidh
(When the music stops, so does the dance)