March Madness All Over Ohio Again

Editor’s Corner March Madness All Over Ohio Again
by John O’Brien, Jr. @Jobjr

Even though the parade is down, WE are not! 
A few things to consider during Irish Heritage Month:

United Irish Societies Greater Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade:
Message from the Director,

Director Linda Carney and her father, Director Emeritus, Bill Carney

I am truly looking forward to 2022 and it can’t get here soon enough. It has been a disappointing year without the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I am sure we can all agree the Irish are proud and strong and this won’t keep us down.
This year we will all be celebrating in our own small ways, with family or friends, and honoring our annual traditions for the feast of St. Patrick: be sure to bake the Soda Bread, prepare the corned beef/ham and cabbage, and break out the Irish music that has memories and meaning for you and your family.  Soon, we will celebrate all together! 
And though there is no  live parade this year, you can watch previous parades courtesy of the City of Cleveland’s Channel 20 and relive the Glory Days.  We will also have links on our website to stream the parade; it’s the next best thing to being there!   
You can help support our parade by purchasing one of our annual, numbered, parade pins, sure to be a collector’s item, especially this year – visit

Linda M. Carney, Executive Director
United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland
and The St. Patrick’s Day Parade









Hello All,

Join us for the most wonderful VIRTUAL St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Mass will be streaming LIVE on the High Holy Day via St. Colman’s Facebook page, celebrated by Bishop Malesic, at Noon.  Save The Date and your space on your couch, to watch or got to St. Colman’s Facebook page for info and access.
Want to join me in supporting a good cause? I’m raising money for St Colman Church and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. 100% of your donation goes directly to the nonprofit.   Thank you for your support:

Rita Gaertner


Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

History, Traditions, and Activities

A Holiday Book for Kids

by John O’Brien, Jr. @Jobjr

Or for Author signed copies, contact Jobrien@Ohioianews.



11th – Nora’s Public House, 12th – The Flat Iron

Flat Iron Café
5th – Becky Boyd & Claudia Miller 7-10pm; 12th – Ballinloch 7-10pm; 17th- Open @ 7am for Kegs & Eggs! Donal O’Shaughnessy 11am til the Guinness runs out, 2nd floor, more fun TBD; 19th – Donegal Doggs 6:30-10:00; 26th – No Strangers Here 7-10pm. 1114 Center St.  Cleveland 44113-2406 216. 696.6968. 

We’re here 2pm to Close, 7 days a week for carryout growler fills and pints, toasted corned beef and Reuben sandwiches, shepherd’s pies and sausage rolls, and with your food order, cocktails to go!
Six Nations Rugby Round 4 & 5
13th – Italy v Wales 9:15am, England v France 11:45am; 14th – Scotland v Ireland 10:00am; 20th – Scotland v Italy 10:15am, Ireland v England 12:45pm, France v Wales 4:00pm.
19500 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116 (440) 990-7468

Irish American Club East Side
Dine in and Take-Out Fish Fry Fridays and other specials all month long. 6th – Corned Beef, Ham & Cabbage Dinner w/ No Strangers Here band;  7th – Corned Beef, Ham & Cabbage Dinner w/ Crawley & Sofranko; 13th – Harp & Guinness Nite w Loch Erie, 16th – Irish Coffee Nite w/New Barleycorn; 17th – St. Patrick’s Day w/ Mad Macs. 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. 216.731.4003

 P.J. McIntyre’s
Lenten Fish Fry Every Friday in Lent: Voted #1 In Cleveland! 13th – Hooley w/ Pat Shepherd, 7-10; 16th – St. Practice Day; 17thHAPPY St. Patrick’s Day (Open @7am…..   1st 100 people get an authentic Collector’s Item T-shirt (P.J’s was voted Best Place to Spend Your Holiday), Music, pipers, dancers, Irish Breakfast & More.
We will be showing and streaming Mass from St. Coleman’s, starting @noon! 18th –  Hair of the Dog Party w Live music: Free Trip to Ireland Drawing @ 7pm: Win a trip for 1 to Ireland or trip for 2 to Cancun, or $1,000 CASH! MUSTBe Present to Win. 17119 Lorain Road, 44111. 216-941-9311.

 Nora’s Public House and Wild Goose Willoughby
See the 18 Days of March month-long celebration schedule on Page 22.

West Side Irish American Club
Order with contactless pick-up: complete menu, or 440-235-5868.
14th – 3:00-5:00 PM Boxty, Irish Sausage & Irish Coffee Night. Info: 216-251-4075
17th12:00 Virtual Mass @St. Colman’s Bishop Edward C. Malesic presiding.
17th – 3:00-7:00 PM, Brennan’s Catering St. Patrick’s Day Fare for Take-out or Dine-in.  NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED.  Pub open 2:00-11:00 PM. 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 440-235-5868.

During a time of great anticipation and celebration, we are sad to say farewell to longtime Toledo Irish Columnist Maury Collins. Maury has been a huge supporter, in word and in great deed, of the OhioIANews, first spreading the word and seeking advertisers since day 1, in 2006.  We waited 10 years, then unleased his poetic side, when Maury joined us as a columnist, starting in November of 2016. 

Maury and I met up in Toledo one day, at the very start, back in 2006, and he has spent time, money and effort on our behalf ever since.  He steps aside as a monthly columnist, but not out; we are forever grateful for his active love.

Stepping in for Maury, is Molly!  Welcome Molly McHugh, who is our new Toledo Irish Columnist and advocate. Molly is the co-host with the legendary John Connolly of Echo’s of Ireland, a live radio show on Toledo’s AM1230 (11:30am-1:30pm EST), the iHeartMedia app, and their website.  Molly and John share the music, events and history of our rich Irish and American heritage, past and present.

Also stepping aside is Kid’s Craic columnist Dottie Wenger. Dottie started the Kid’s Craic column, and raised the bar.  We welcome our new Kid’s Craic columnist, Megan Lardie, a teacher and passionate practitioner of Irish dance and culture.

I do believe this is the longest Editor’s Corner column I have ever written. Covid.

Check out the podcast and eBulletin, they are growing like Shamrocks! Stay safe and sane, celebrate responsibly and with purpose; Celebrate!

Nuair a stadann an ceol, stadann an rince
(When the music stops, so does the dance)

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