CURRENT ISSUE:  OCTOBER 2023

Cleveland Comhrá: Our Little Blue Dot

Earth Day 24

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” This quote by British Polar explorer and advocate for the protection of Antartica and renewable energy, Robert Swan, strikes to the core to

Speak Irish: Speak Irish Cleveland Takes A New Direction

I’ve written before about our Speak Irish Cleveland classes being a collective effort. The class would not exist if Caitlin and I didn’t have the support of others.

We’ve gradually begun taking a different approach, adding some things to the class that we’ve only talked about in the past. I’d like to take this opportunity to share some of them with you now.

Speak Irish: Leabharlann Phoiblí

After joining Cleveland Public Library’s International Languages and Foreign Literature Department, she persuaded her manager to allow her to take over the library’s Irish, Scottish and Welsh collections that

Cleveland Comhrá: Oisín and St. Patrick

For most Americans, the history of this place we call America begins with the arrival of the Europeans. The rich history and mythology of the native Americans that were here prior to that is largely ignored, except for the descendants

Speak Irish: More Seanfhocail

By Bob Carney “If you’re gonna stand there and moo, you’d better give milk!” I remember my grandfather saying that to me when I was young. I was complaining about […]

Cleveland Comhrá: Top Ten of 2023

By Bob Carney This is my fourth year of sharing my top ten books of the previous year, and believe it or not, it is becoming more difficult every year […]

Cleveland Comhrá: The Winter Solstice

Explore the ancient Celtic traditions around the Winter Solstice in Ireland, from the celebration at Newgrange to the battle between the Oak King and the Holly King. Discover the rich history of solstice festivities, including mistletoe rituals and the adaptation of Celtic practices into Christian celebrations. Uncover the connections between pagan beliefs and modern Christmas traditions.

Speak Irish: Scél Lemm Dúib

Nollaig shona daoibh means Merry Christmas you all

Explore the ancient Irish perspective on winter through the poetry of Finn MacCumhaill, a legendary figure in Irish mythology. Uncover the sentiments of the eighth or ninth century expressed in the Old Irish poem “Scél Lemm Dúib” and delve into the nuances of its translation. Join the journey back in time to understand the seasonal complaints and observations of days gone by.