Cleveland Irish: Irish Love

iIrish Patron

Truth be told, there is not a long list of laments in my library, not to bewail me books. In Irish cultural history, the banshee foretold of death. A “banshee,”or “woman of the faires,” would mournfully wail at night as death was imminent.

It was believed that banshees limited their lamentations to

Illuminations: The Monastery at Clonmacnoise


The monastic way of life, which began in Egypt in the 3rd century, was introduced into Ireland by St. Patrick. He wrote of consecrating, “The sons and daughters of the leaders of the Irish are seen to be monks and virgins of Christ!” Monastic communities in the strict sense, involving vows, complete seclusion and discipline, owes its origins in Ireland to

Blowin’ In: The Drummers

By Sue Mangan One grey winter day, I sat outside on the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago drinking coffee. I planned, as I always do when visiting the […]

Milestone & Sweet Snaps

Picture of Ireland's Ambassador to the U.S. Geraldine Byrne Nason sitting with the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

Celebrate milestones and sweet moments with Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Geraldine Byrne Nason, and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians National President Marilyn Madigan at the President’s Testimonial Dinner. Explore the joyous occasion and honor Kathleen Savage, the inaugural recipient of the Constance Markievicz Award. Discover the achievements of Leta Frank who was awarded the Pat Taylor, Sr. Founder’s Award for her contributions to the Akron Hurling Club.

Editor’s Corner: Halloween Origins Are in Ireland

Learn about the Irish origins of Halloween and discover the words and legends associated with this holiday in Bob Carney’s Speak Irish Column. Also, celebrate the 30th anniversary of Casey’s Irish Imports and join the Annual Al O’Leary Hurling & Camogie Tournament hosted by the Akron Celtic Guards. Don’t miss the Mayo Ball at the end of the month, coinciding with the 20th Anniversary of the Twinning of Cleveland and Achill in Co. Mayo.

Akron Irish: Working for a Living

By Lisa O’Rourke On a post pandemic road trip a few years ago, my husband and I found ourselves in a concrete sprawl desert. We plodded down a four-lane road, […]