Ireland is an Island, We are Not; Editor’s Corner

Ireland is an Island, We are Not: Editor’s Corner
by John O’Brien, Jr.

Ed Ward (MilwaukeeIF), Sandra Puskarcik (DublinIF), John O’Brien, Jr. (ClevelandIF), Nan Krushinski (PittsburghIF).

The Mighty Ed Ward, founder of Milwaukee Irish Fest, passed away October 13th. It is not possible to articulate all that he has done, and meant, to the Irish community, not only in Milwaukee, but across the Diaspora well beyond the Pale. 

A fountain of knowledge, readily shared, a phone call away (often made) to help anyone who asked, and always, the easy laughter, marked most every interaction. His advice was always to do the right thing, to be inclusive and to not let the dogs get you down. 

“Ireland is an Island, we are not,” he said.

Bono and; Ed, Talking Love; Living the Dream

You were so often the light out of the darkness, my dear friend. Our world is so much poorer today. Thank you for all the heads ups, guidance, and of course, laughter; I do not have the word sufficient to the occasion; may you rest in peace.

See Colm Croffy’s tribute to Ed on page 4.

Are You Woke?

This weekend, the weather flipped.  Winter is coming.  I’m not a coffee addict, but I am challenging that assumption this week. As I read more about Ed, and the great work of others in and around this issue ~ I strive to do better; to do more; to make the world a better place, for my being here. Are you Woke?

Nuair a stadann an ceol, stadann an rince

(When the music stops, so does the dance)


“Follow me where I go, what I do and who I know;

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