Editor’s Corner: You’ll Never Beat the Irish

Editor’s Corner: You’ll Never Beat the Irish
By John O’Brien, Jr. @Jobjr

Our world is not normal, though I suppose every generation says that. Yet, I see the familiar returning in some places. Restaurant/pubs import stores and many more still can’t find staff – including here at iIrish. That is mind-boggling to me.

We are searching for PT, remote sales reps and paid interns for the summer. Finding them has been a way bigger challenge than any working person could imagine, especially in days gone by.

We are delighted to introduce you the newest member of our team, intern Sanjana Pandit, who joins us this month. Her experience and energy will be a great asset to us at iIrish, and we are committed to giving her a great experience to pull from the rest of her life too.

What is a return to normal is the … 16th Annual FANtastic Festival Focus issues. May kicks off the fun and seeing so many festivals return to full or near full activities fills my heart, and these pages, with the music, dance, food and other highlights that are the trademark of wonderful Celtic Festivals everywhere. Is your favorite festival included? Festival Focus runs through September –  There is still time to plan and create the summer to remember.

So looking forward to the myriad of events this month, near and far. Cleveland GAA’s Night at the Races is May 13; Mother’s Day is the 14th; the iIrish eBulletins come out May 3 and 17; Walks of Life is May 18th; and the Mighty @AerLingus launches their direct flight, Cleveland to Dublin, on May 19.

The Cleveland GAA Memorial 7-a-Side Tournament is May 20 at the West Side Irish American Club in Olmsted Twp., just 20 minutes west of downtown. Teams from across the Diaspora will be in Cleveland to play, dance, eat and jive to live music. All are welcome.

This year’s memorial is in honor of Daniel (Danny) Doherty, Sr., who gave a lifetime of support, and action, to Cleveland area Irish youth and their friends by forming and coaching kids in Gaelic Football. His daughter Denise writes a wonderful tribute, on page 28 & 20.

Things are just getting started at that point. Memorial Day is the 29th, our last Speak Irish Cleveland class May 30th ends our 10th year sponsoring the class in partnership with PJ McIntyre’s Irish Pub until the fall. The June issue of iIrish arrives on May 31st.

Irish Arts & Culture Champion
We are honored and delighted to be awarded as a United States Arts & Culture Champion! We will share a few pics and stories in next month’s issue, but are very grateful to all of you, our readers and advertisers, that give us the opportunity in our work to share the rich Irish arts and culture we all enjoy.

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

New this month is Kathleen Diulus’ Pittsburgh Irish monthly column, taking about what is going on in the Irish community in and around Pittsburgh. See Page 9.

Have you visited our new website yet? You will love It’s easy searchability to find articles current and previous by any topic will be a wonderful tool for researchers and fans, no matter the topic. We are recording our history and those who make an impact in action and support of our community, for our future, forever.

iIrish’s Shamrock Squares premiers in this issue as well – a fun and challenging game of connecting lines, with the goal of completing squares. Whoever completes the most, wins! Every game is unlike any other. This month, it is on Page 39.

Puzzles and protocol, recipes and reviews, history and health, sports and special opportunities for Ireland are within. Together, you’ll never beat the Irish, no matter what you do …. You don’t have to remember it all, but you should share it all, for we are all Arts & Culture champions.

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.

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