Editor’s Corner: Nollaig Shona Daoibh to You and Yours
By John O’Brien, Jr.
Whelp, That’s a wrap. Sixteen years of Ohio Irish American News/iIrish has been printed, disseminated and please God, is being enjoyed. I hope we have earned your trust in driving this caboose, as an authentic offering of our Irish colored world each month in print, and much more often in the eBulletin, website and all our social media platforms. Please engage with us.
We want your opinion, your experiences, your ideas, and your laughter to ring out, as only an Irish human being can. Expansion is important – for if you stagnate, you die, but we focus on continuous improvement of all that is iIrish too, with your help.
I am very excited to announce that the iIrish Express Tour of Ireland is finally back on, after three years of COVID cancellations. T’would make a mighty Christmas gift for your loved ones, and for you too.
We lift off from Cleveland on June 14th, on the new Aer Lingus Direct Flight to Dublin Airport, just in time to join Bloomsday in Dublin Town.
The itinerary is star-studded, and includes, just to date (we have six more months to add more of whatever magic my mind conjures): All hotels, plus Killarney, Mizen Head, Skellig Michael, the Dingle Peninsula and Town, Bunratty Castle, Grange Stone Circles, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, the Aran Islands and Dun Aengus, Kilronan, Bunratty Folk Park, Limerick, a medieval-style banquet, and of course, those magnificent hotels, castles, many, many meals and Best of All ~ music!
We return to Cleveland via Shannon Airport on June 24th. I hope you will join me and 40++ of my closest friends. The tour offers multiple days to choose A or B and options to go off on your own too.
Contact me directly for more info or to Book ‘em JohnO’, at the phone or email below. Deposit is only $350. John: 216.647.1144 or jo*****@ii****.us">jo*****@ii****.us.
It is a proud thing to see an Irish film appear in mainstream American theatres. To see “Ireland,” and then The Banshee of Inisherin within a month are prime examples of the successes, the quality and the demand for Irish films and Irish film stars. We are so grateful to see them getting their due; long may they live.
Within we have more shenanigans: Hope for Lasting Peace in Ireland and Uncivil Wars; The Westminster Scorecard; a Gaelic story on Linguistics, Leprechauns and Legends, and an Irish language lesson or two, too.
Ireland’s Flu Epidemic of 1918 and other Heath Matters wisdom; Cork’s Efforts to Build Business and other efforts to build Stone Walls; Famous Irish Boxers and other sports; Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies and other recipes; The Smuggling Nun Poitín; Stories, Books and giggles for the Kids; and Book Reviews and great gifts for Christmas for adults, that last all year long are also found inside. HO! HO! HO! MERRY Christmas (Did you just say that in Santa’s voice?)!
But Dear friends, the things we hope the most to last all year long is this: no matter where you call home, we extend our wishes to have a memorable, Merry, Blessed Christmas, filled with love, laughter, and joyful experiences that you will be talking about, next Christmas.