Madigan Muses: Two for ’22
by Marilyn Madigan
Our Cleveland tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day came to a sudden halt in 2020, when the Parade and many other events were cancelled due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, we were not able to celebrate again in 2021. The past two years have caused us to look at how we celebrate our Patron Saints and Irish Heritage.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians have a long history of celebrating their Patron Saints, St. Brigid and St. Patrick. In 2022, the Celebration of St. Brigid and St. Patrick will be held on February 5th, with a Mass, Dinner and a Dance. A Grand Celebration for our two Patron Saints in 22.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians Boland Berry Division and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Our Lady of the Rosary Division are proud to Honor our patrons, St. Brigid and St. Patrick, on Saturday February 5, 2022, at the West Side Irish American Club, 8559 Jennings Road, in Olmsted Township. The evening will start with a Mass celebrated by the Hibernian of the Year and the LAOH Chaplain Fr. Thomas Mahoney at 4:30pm.
After Mass, a dinner and dance will be held. Cost of the event is $65, and reservations need to be made by January 30 to Mary Jo Rawlins, at 216-410-6273.
At this event, the United Irish Societies Honorees will be introduced to the Irish Community. Congratulations to the Parade Grand Marshal, Thomas McManamon Jr.; Irish Mother, Rita Lally; Parade Co-Chairs, Patricia Coleman Lavelle and Eileen Mangan Stull.
Hibernian of the Year
There will be a commemorative book available to honor the Hibernian of the Year and the United Irish Societies Honorees. For more information on the book, please email Patricia Lavelle at pl********@gm***.com. Please join us at this event to honor our patrons, and those individuals who have given service to our community to preserve our proud Irish Heritage.
*Marilyn Madigan is the National Vice President of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and a Deputy Director of the United Irish Societies of Cleveland. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. John College and retired from Nursing at University Hospitals of Cleveland.