CURRENT ISSUE:  OCTOBER 2023

Health Matters: Saying Goodbye to Back Pain

back pain

Chronic back pain, lasting for more than three months, can profoundly disrupt daily activities, affecting relationships, hobbies and overall well-being. This persistent discomfort not only limits physical activities, but also takes a toll on mental and emotional health, leading to a sense of loss and frustration.

It is important to address both the physical symptoms and the emotional impact of chronic back pain. Thankfully, treatment options are available.

Donnybrook: Sinn Fein Leading Polls

A recent poll by Ireland Thinks reveals Sinn Fein leading over the traditional parties in Ireland but not enough for an outright majority in the Dail Eireann. This could pave the way for Sinn Fein to lead a coalition government, possibly alongside Fianna Fail. Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will receive the Sean MacBride Humanitarian Award, and the Peter Leneghan Entrepreneurial Foundation donated $10,000 to St. Edward High School. Irish-American Artist Dr. Maureen O’Leary is showcasing her work in Westport, and Gerry Quinn of Quinn’s Irish Radio Show received recognition from Mayo County Council. Also, there’s concern regarding the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill, opposed by many major political parties.

Irish Lit: A Terrible Beauty is Born

The Decade of Centenaries in Ireland, from 2012 to 2023, marked significant historical events like the Easter Uprising and the Irish Civil War. The commemoration aimed to encourage reconciliation, peace, and a deeper understanding of the complex narratives and memories of this period. It promoted respect for diverse perspectives and local histories, resulting in rich historical resources and new interpretations. Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy, set during these times, is being staged by Druid O’Casey, providing an opportunity to reflect on this history.

Illuminations: Rosanne “Rosie” Hackett

Mike Finn delves into the life and achievements of Rosanna “Rosie” Hackett, an influential figure in Irish history who dedicated herself to improving pay and working conditions for Irish women. Rosie’s involvement in the trade-union movement, her role in the 1913 Dublin Lockout, and her contributions during the Easter Rising are highlighted. Her legacy is commemorated through the Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin.

Cooking Up a Hooley: Savory Turned Sweet Halloween Coffins

Katie Gagne reminisces about Halloween traditions, with a focus on family memories and a fun recipe for “coffins” made from rolls filled with seasoned ground beef and cheese. Try this easy and creative recipe, especially with the kids.

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.