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News and Upcoming Events for Irish in Cleveland

2017

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017

The United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland is a non-profit organization consisting of representatives from 27 Irish Organizations whose primary purpose is to organize the Cleveland's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Cleveland's Parade is Ohio's oldest and finest comprising approximately 10,000 participants in 125 units.

The theme of the 2017 Parade was celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Parade in Cleveland.

The 2017 Parade Honorees were:

  • Grand Marshal Roger S. Weist
  • Irish Mother of the Year Angela Murphy
  • Co-Chairs John Patrick Lackey and Margaret Lynch

Grand Marshall Roger Weist blows the whistle to start the Parade

Grand Marshall Roger Weist blows the whistle to start the Parade


Photos and Video of the National Anthems, Dignitaries and Whistle blowing


St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Division 1

Division 1 included the Irish American Club East Side, Holy Name Societies, Red Hat Society, Plumbers Local 55, Murphy Irish Arts Center, Sea of Blue, Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland 19 News, Cleveland Metroparks, St Ignatius HS Marching Band, Pipefitters Local 120, Alpacas, Cleveland Polonia, St Helen Unicycle Drill Team, The Corrigans, Elevator Constructors Local 17, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Asian Festival, Rolling Thunder POW/MIA, Ohio State Alumni, Cleveland Indians, St Brendan Parish and the Weed Man.

Irish American Club East Side Float at St Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland

Irish American Club East Side Float


Photos and Video of Division 1 of the Parade


St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Division 2

Division 2 included the West Side Irish American Club, Gaelic Football Club, Pioneers, St Martin de Porres band, Irish Wolfhounds, Painter Union, Krazy Kops, St Pat's Westpark, Cleveland Right to Life, Lake Metroparks, Red Cross, Notre Dame College Band, Cleveland State, Wizard World, O'Hare School of Irish Dance, University Circle, Cleveland Vegan Society, Mentor Fire Fighters, Magnificat HS, St Vincent-St Mary HS band, Local 3 Heat and Frost, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Boy Scouts, Thistledown, Jack Casino and Millwrights Local 1090.

West Side Irish American Club

West Side Irish American Club Float


Photos and Video of Division 2 of the Parade


St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - Division 3

Division 32 included the Leneghan Academy, St Malachi, Great Lakes Science Center, South Central HS Marching Band, Great Lakes Brew, Wickliffe Percussion, The Blue Gavel, Tom Patton, TNT Starlettes, Knights of Columbus, Ohio Rose of Tralee, Cleveland Ceili Club, St Ed's Trash Talkers, Cleveland Hiking Club, Wiremen's Shamrock Club, Irish Setter Club, Irish Northern Aid, Cathedral Latin, NDCL High School band, Academy Irish Dance and the Cleveland Rovers Rugby Club.

Ohio Rose of Tralee

Ohio Rose of Tralee Float


Photos and Video of Division 3 of the Parade


St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017 - People Page

Who do you recognize?

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Marilyn Madigan

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Marilyn Madigan


Photos and Video of People at the Parade


Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians celebrate Saint Brigid

The Our Lady of the Rosary Division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians celebrated their patron Saint Brigid with a Mass and Breakfast. At the Breakfast, the 2017 Hibernian of the Year and the United Irish Societies honorees were introduced and recognized for their contributions. This was the first "official" event of the 2017 St. Patrick's Day season.

Dignitaries at the LAOH event

Top Row: Ron Hagan, Father Ols and Father Mahoney
MR: Maura Manning, Maura Leffel, Marilyn Madigan, Sheila Crawford
Seated: Maggie Lynch, Angela Murphy and Roger Weist


2017 Grand Marshall Roger Weist with St. Patrick

2017 Grand Marshall Roger Weist with St. Patrick


Photos and Videos of the Honorees and others


2016

Irish at One World Day

The Irish Cultural Garden and Irish community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags which included the Irish American Club East Side Pipe and Drums as well as the Murphy Irish Dancers.

Irish American Club East Side Pipe & Drums

Irish American Club East Side Pipe & Drums

Irish in Parade of Flags

Irish in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Irish community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Irish Cultural Garden and shared Irish food, dance lessons and gave a look at Irish culture.

Cleveland Ceili Club

Cleveland Ceili Club


The band No Strangers Here consisting of Pat Hoynes, Bob Crawford and Larry Bachtel performed on the main stage.

No Strangers Here

No Strangers Here

More from the Irish at 2016 One World Day


Mother Teresa Canonization Ceremony

Did you know that Mother Teresa studied in Ireland after leaving Albania and before leaving for India? Needing to learn English, the young postulant spent six weeks in Loreto Abbey in Dublin, Ireland.

The Albanian Cultural Garden hosted a canonization ceremony for Blessed Mother Teresa on Sunday September 4, 2016.

Bishop Roger Gries, O.S.B., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus as well as Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, FACHE Congregational Leader, Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine, and Sister Kathleen Ryan, administrator for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, all spoke about the new saint and her influence on the world and their lives.

Sheila Crawford, Sister Ryan, Bishop Gries, Dona Bradt, Sister Karam and Adem Meta

Sheila Crawford, Sister Ryan, Bishop Gries, Dona Brady,
Sister Karam and Adem Meta

See photos and videos of the Mother Teresa ceremony


Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland Annual Tea

The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland was founded in 2004 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide a forum for information and activities of interest to individuals of Irish descent particularly those with ancestral ties to County Mayo. Their Annual Meeting and Tea was held Sunday June 12, 2016 at John Carroll University.

Cleveland Indian owner Paul Dolan was announced as the upcoming Mayo Person of the Year.

Murphy Irish Dancers

Murphy Irish Dancers at the Mayo Tea


Photos and Videos from the 2016 Mayo Society Tea.


Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2016

The United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland is a non-profit organization consisting of representatives from 27 Irish Organizations whose primary purpose is to organize the Cleveland's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Cleveland's Parade is Ohio's oldest and finest comprising approximately 10,000 participants in 125 units.

The theme of the 2016 Parade was "Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland's Quest for Freedom"

The 2016 Parade Honorees were:

  • Grand Marshal John "Jack" Coyne
  • Irish Mother of the Year Bridget McIntyre
  • Co-Chairs Teresa Reilly Kowalski and John Myers

Dignitaries gathered on the steps of the Bishop Cosgrove Center before the Parade

Grand Marshall Jack Coyne blew the whistle to officially start the 2016 Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Grand Marshall Jack Coyne blew the whistle to officially start the 2016 Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade


Main 2016 Saint Patrick's Day Parade Page

Irish American Club East Side

West Side Irish American Club

Parade Highlights
Bands, Cleveland Indians, Murphy Irish Dancers, St. Helen Unicycle Drill Team, more

People at and in the Parade - who do you recognize?

Irish setters, wolfhounds and other Dogs and Horses

Polish community at St Patrick's Day Parade

Cleveland Asian Festival at St Patrick's Day Parade


2015

Traditional Irish Dress

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

Model Nancy Ragozzino wore an Emerald Dream Dress that 13th Century ladies would have spent their days in. Scooped neckline and shoulders feature a delicate green and gold piping while the hem and sleeve ends are adorned with beautiful wide trim.

Fashion of Ireland - Nancy Raggozino

Fashion of Ireland - Nancy Raggozino

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show


Mayo Society of Cleveland 2015 Ball

The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland was founded in 2004 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide a forum for information and activities of interest to individuals of Irish descent particularly those with ancestral ties to County Mayo.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O'Donnell was honored as the 2015 Mayo Person of the Year.

Justice Terrence O'Donnell and Gerry Quinn

Justice Terrence O'Donnell and Gerry Quinn


4 pages of photos and video of the Mayo Ball


Gerry Quinn receives Founder's Award

The president of the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland was surprised with the Founder's Award at the 2015 Mayo Ball

Gerry Quinn and Mayor Michael Holmes

Gerry Quinn and Mayo Mayor Michael Holmes



Photos and video of the Founders Award


World Champion Murphy Irish Dancers

The World Champion Murphy Irish Dancers performed at the 2015 Mayo Ball

Murphy Irish Dancers

Murphy Irish Dancers



Photos and video of the Murphy Irish Dancers


Mayo Ball People Page

Faces in the crowd at the 2015 Mayo Ball. Who do you recognize?

2015 Mayo Person of the Year Judge Terrence O'Donnell and family

2015 Mayo Person of the Year
Justice Terrence O'Donnell and family


Photos of people at the Mayo Ball


Irish American Club East Side Fall Festival

Irish band Mary's Lane performed at the Irish American Club East Side Fall Festival. In this video they performed the Celtic Thunder song 'Raggle Taggle Gypsy'



This is a video of their song 'Step it up Mary.'




Celtic Cooking and Foods

The Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride demonstrated Celtic foods at the Ohio Celtic Festival at Classic Park in Eastlake, home to the Lake County Captains.

Most people think of Celtic people as those living in Ireland and Scotland, but the Celts also hail from Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany in France, Galicia in Spain and Asturias.

Watch as the Celtic Caterer explains Celtic food, spices and cooking.

Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride

Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride


Celtic Caterer Chef Eric W. McBride


Easter 1916 Commemoration

Marilyn Madigan, Irish Historian of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (Cleveland) told about the men and women who fought in Easter Week at the Pride of Erin in Cleveland Ohio at an Easter 1916 Commemoration on the 99th anniversary of the declaration of Irish independence and the armed rebellion to oppose English tyranny.

Marilyn Madigan

Marilyn Madigan


The event was organized by Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and Irish Northern Aid.



More from the 1916 commemoration event


East meets West and History is Made

For the first time ever, the Irish American Club East Side and West Side Irish American Club Fife and Drum Corps units enthusiastically unite under the Jack McDonough Fife and Drum Corps flag for the annual Cleveland One World Day Parade.

Members as young as three learn the basics of the traditional Irish Fife and precision marching, and promote Irish culture year round through performances in and around the greater Cleveland area. With a wealth of new, young talent every St. Patrick's Day season, these units promise to be a staple of the Cleveland Irish American community for generations to come.

The Parade will step off around noon on Sunday August 23, 2015 near the British Garden on East Blvd.

See the Parade Route and other details (parking, etc) about One World Day.



Steve Mulloy inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

(Photos, video and more coming soon)

When Stephen L. Mulloy arrived in Cleveland in May 1954 to start a new life thousands of miles from home, he was lucky enough to have three aunts and an uncle to welcome him to West Park. He also had a strong Irish community that helped him settle, get work and find his place in this city far different from the fishing villages of his native Achill Island, off the rugged coast of Ireland's County Mayo.

Steve would spend the rest of his life paying that hospitality forward to not only his fellow Irishmen and women, but to his entire adopted city as well.

Steve Mulloy was inducted posthumously into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell.

Steve Mulloy

Steve Mulloy


Read more about Steve Mulloy

Over 500 people attended the induction ceremony on April 29, 2015 at the Marriott at Key Center.


Murphy Irish Dancers win World Championship

Montreal, Canada - April 5, 2015

The Murphy Irish Senior Dancers spent Easter Week in Montreal, Canada competing with more than five thousand Irish dancers from all over the world. And they won! They are the World Champions!

A panel of seven judges - also from around the world - scored the dancers 475 out of 500 available points. They outscored their closest competitor by over 100 points. It is estimated that more than 20,000 people were spectators and had the opportunity to witness the competition.

A win like this does not come easy. Competition is stiff and the dancers need to practice constantly. Few athletes practice as much, and in this Superbowl of Irish Dancing it paid off for the Murphy Irish Senior Dancers.

World Champion Murphy Irish Dancers

World Champion Murphy Irish Dancers


More from the Murphy Irish Dancers win in Montreal


Mayo Society of Cleveland Tea and Farewell to Irish Consul Aidan Cronin

The 2015 Mayo Tea was held at John Carroll University and included a farewell to Aidan Cronin, outgoing Consul General of Ireland.

Aidan Cronin and Gerry Quinn

Aidan Cronin and Gerry Quinn


Photos and videos of the Mayo Tea


Slovenian Irish Slo-Ish Bowling Tournament

The Slo-Ish bowling tournament started 4 years ago April 2012. Colleen Frank was on her way to a Slovenian meeting and thought there should be an event that both Irish and Slovenian groups did together and maybe grow the memberships of both groups. Bowling came to mind.

When she went to the SNPJ meeting they loved the idea. She also met with the board of the Irish Club and they loved the idea. Colleen and her Slovenian friend Gina Volpe have been organizing it ever since.

The groups involved are SNPJ Loyalites Lodge #158, Slovenian Society Home- Euclid, and the Irish American Club Eastside.

Photos and more on the 2015 SloIsh Tournament.

Gina Volpe Joe Evanish Lou Novak Colleen Frank

Gina Volpe, Joe Evanish, Lou Novak and Colleen Frank




Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2015

The 148th Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade was a great success.

On the following pages you will find video and photo highlights of the Parade in somewhat chronological order.

Grand Marshall Daniel Corcoran and Co-Chair Fr. Robert Begin

Grand Marshall Daniel Corcoran and Co-Chair Fr. Robert Begin


The main St. Patrick's Day page

Honorees, National Anthems and Blowing the Whistle

Start of the 2015 Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade

Cleveland Police in the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Cleveland Fire Fighters in the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Div 1 - Irish American Club East Side

Cleveland Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies

Saint Joseph Academy celebrating 125 years

Irish Dancers - Leneghan, Murphy and O'Hare

More from Division 1

Div 2 - West Side Irish American Club

St. Helen Unicycle Drill Team from Newbury Ohio

St Vincent - St Mary Band

Cleveland State University

St Martin de Porres

Holy Name Elementary

Notre Dame Cathedral Latin

Cleveland City Dogs

Irish Northern Aid

Cleveland Right to Life

Walsh Jesuit HS Band

Ohio State Alumni

Irish Wolfhounds

Polonia - Cleveland's Polish Community

Notre Dame College Band

Cleveland Asian Festival

Knights of Columbus

More from Division 2

More from Division 3


Cleveland Firefighters Shamrock Club at St Patrick's Day Parade


Irish American Archives Society Walks of Life

Windows on the River - February 26, 2015

The Irish American Archives Society (IAAS) was founded in 1994 to support the collection and preservation of archival materials that document the history of the Irish American experience in northeast Ohio.

Hundreds of Cleveland's Irish and their friends came together on February 26, 2015 to honor three distinguished recipients with the Walks of Life Award. Congratulations to: Terry Joyce, business manager of Building Laborers' Union Local 310, Linda Kane, senior vice president and treasurer of Forest City Enterprises Inc. and Patrick McLaughlin, Vietnam Veteran and former US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Congratulations also to the two non-Irish recipients of the new Thomas F. Campbell Award Judge Raymond Pianka and Councilman Matt Zone.

IAAS Walks of Life 2015

IAAS Walks of Life 2015


Photos and Video from the Walks of Life


2014

Irish Dance and Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event

The Murphy Irish Dancers performed traditional Irish dances in soft and hard shoes at the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

Murphy Irish Dancers

Murphy Irish Dancers


More photos and videos of the Murphy Irish Dancers at the event

They also participated in the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Fashions of Ireland


Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show


Fr. Caroli B. Shao, A.J. Pastor of St Colman Church in Cleveland wrote these remarks about St Colman Day and the honoring of Fr. Robert Begin.

"This year as we honor Fr. Bob, we recall his 20 years of commitment to the people of St. Colman Parish and to the entire neighborhood. During his 20 years as Sacramental Minister and Pastor, we saw St. Colman Parish growing tremendously in all aspects of parish life: spirituality, social justice, service, education and finances.

Fr. Bob never sat back to watch what would happen. He became a key player in the field, along with all of the parishioners who work so hard to ensure St. Colman's future. Thank you, Fr. Bob, for your gift of service to the people of St. Colman's, the neighborhood and the City of Cleveland."

Father Bob Begin art


More from the Fr. Bob Begin reception (including the Portersharks)


Unacceptable

The Plain Dealer published this Wizard of Id cartoon on October 20, 2014.

Wizard of Id Racist anti-Irish comic

We wrote the Plain Dealer and our letter was not published in the print paper but was published on-line as follows:

It's 2014. Do I really have to complain about the racist stereotype in the Wizard of Id cartoon Oct. 20 where an inebriated Frankenstein monster has "the liver of an Irishman"? Certainly you know this portrayal is an offense to the hundreds of thousands of Irish Americans in Cleveland. If the cartoon featured another group and an equally offensive stereotype, would it have been printed? Why is it OK to perpetuate this stereotype and degrade the Irish this way?

We work with the 117 distinct ethnic communities in Northeast Ohio and feel our diversity is one of Cleveland's best attributes. To allow a slur like this to any of them is unacceptable. You owe an apology.

Dan Hanson, Debbie Hanson and Pat Hanson, Cleveland

The Hansons are with ClevelandPeople.Com.


Fr. Bob Begin honored on St. Colman Day

Fr. Caroli B. Shao, A.J. Pastor of St Colman Church in Cleveland wrote these remarks about St Colman Day and the honoring of Fr. Robert Begin.

"This year as we honor Fr. Bob, we recall his 20 years of commitment to the people of St. Colman Parish and to the entire neighborhood. During his 20 years as Sacramental Minister and Pastor, we saw St. Colman Parish growing tremendously in all aspects of parish life: spirituality, social justice, service, education and finances.

Fr. Bob never sat back to watch what would happen. He became a key player in the field, along with all of the parishioners who work so hard to ensure St. Colman's future. Thank you, Fr. Bob, for your gift of service to the people of St. Colman's, the neighborhood and the City of Cleveland."

Father Bob Begin art


More from the Fr. Bob Begin reception (including the Portersharks)


2014 Mayo Ball
September 26, 2014
Westin Hotel Downtown

The 10th Annual Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland Ball was held at The Westin Hotel in downtown Cleveland. It was a very special event in that the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland (MSGC) hosted the 2014 World Convention of Mayo Societies in Cleveland that weekend.

The 2014 Mayo Person of the Year is the first to not have roots in Mayo. Honoree Ed Crawford's family is from Cork.

Tom Scanlon, Senator Rob Portman, Ed Crawford and Gerry Quinn

Tom Scanlon, Senator Rob Portman,
Ed Crawford and Gerry Quinn



Photos and videos from the 2014 Mayo Ball

Don't miss the People Page from the Mayo Ball

Last 4 Mayo Men of the Year - Jim Boland, Ed Crawford, Bill Conway and Jack Kahl

Last 4 Mayo Men of the Year
Jim Boland, Ed Crawford, Bill Conway and Jack Kahl



Johnny Kilbane Statue Unveiling
Battery Park - Cleveland Ohio
September 28, 2014

Johnny Kilbane was a featherweight boxer who held the world featherweight title from 1912 to 1923, the longest period in the division's history. He was the second longest world title holder in boxing history, behind only Joe Louis.

He was also an Irish immigrant and Clevelander.

Hundreds congregated at Battery Park in Cleveland for the unveiling of a statue of Johnny Kilbane by world-class sculptor Rowan Gillespie.

Johnny Kilbane statue in Battery Park in Cleveland


More from the Johnny Kilbane Statue event

Kevin O'Toole, great grandson of Johnny Kilbane, and other members of the O'Toole family unveiled the new statue of Johnny Kilbane in Cleveland's Battery Park. Father Jim O'Donnell then blessed the statue.

Photos/video of the Johnny Kilbane Statue unveiling

The statue by world-renowned sculptor Rowan Gillespie, reflects 3 eras of Kilbane's life: as a child, a boxing champion and as statesman.

Johnny Kilbane Statue in Battery Park in Cleveland Ohio


Photos of the Johnny Kilbane Statue

Everyone wanted to pose with the newly unveiled statue of boxing champion Johnny Kilbane.

Dan Coughlin takes a poke at Johnny Kilbane

Dan Coughlin takes a poke at Johnny Kilbane

People at the Johnny Kilbane Statue event


One Day Irish Fall Festival
September 27, 2014
Irish American Club East Side

The Irish American Club East Side hosted the second annual One Day Irish Fall Festival inside their Euclid home. The daylong event featured bands, dancing, food and drink and shopping.

Irish dancers

Dancing at the IACES


Photos and videos from the 2014 IACES Irish Fall Festival


15th Annual Irish Famine Memorial Mass
September 20, 2014


Since the dedication in 2000 hundreds of people come to the Memorial Site to remember and honor those who fled the famine and left Ireland to seek a better life in America. Sadly, the "coffin ships" kept many from reaching our shores. Many of our ancestors were among those brave people - some perished and some were able to make their way here. This Mass is a way of remembering the many Irish men, woman and children who sacrificed so much to give us a better life.

Father Jim O'Donnell

Father Jim O'Donnell


Photos and videos from the 2014 Irish Famine Mass


Ohio Celtic Festival

Now in its 3rd year, the Ohio Celtic Festival once again enjoyed great weather, great crowds and great entertainment.

Pat Coyne, Festival Founder, was thrilled with the lineup of Celtic musicians from Ireland, Canada, various places in the U.S. and of course, great local bands. Children and adults alike found lots to do and lots to eat and drink.

Casey Hatcher and kids

Casey Hatcher and kids at the Festival


Photos and videos from the 2014 Ohio Celtic Festival


Thomas J. Scanlon inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Did you know that only 2 communities have had an inductee in every class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame? Irish and Indians.

  • Lonnie McCauley was inducted posthumously in the inaugural class in 2010.
  • Gerry Quinn was inducted in 2011.
  • Fr. Jim O'Donnell was inducted in 2012.
  • Jack Coyne was inducted in 2013.

Thomas J. Scanlon continued the tradition when he was inducted into the 2014 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in a dinner ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center on Monday May 12, 2014. Sam Miller inducted Tom.

Sam Miller and Tom Scanlon

Sam Miller and Tom Scanlon


Photos and videos of Tom Scanlon from the Cleveland International Hall of Fame


St Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland 2014

The 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland featured Parade Grand Marshall Andy Dever, Irish Mother of the Year Bridie Joyce and Co-Chairs John O'Brien Jr. and Mark Owens as well as visitors such as Ireland's Minister of Health James Reilly and Consul General Aidan Cronin.

Margaret and Andy Dever

Margaret and Andy Dever

One of the highlights of the Parade was the US Air Force Honor Guard from Washington DC.

US Air Force Honor Guard marching at Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade

US Air Force Honor Guard marching at Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade


We have 16 pages of photos and videos from the Parade for those who couldn't attend or want to relive the grand event.

St Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland 2014


2013

Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland 2013 Mayo Ball

October 12, 2013
The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland was founded in 2004 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide a forum for information and activities of interest to individuals of Irish descent particularly those with ancestral ties to County Mayo.

The 9th Annual Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland Ball was held at LaCentre Conference Center in Westlake and honored William (Bill) E. Conway as 2013 Mayo Person of the Year.

Kevin McGinty, Counselor Blackie Gavin, Aidan Cronin

Kevin McGinty, Counselor Blackie Gavin
and Consul-General Aidan Cronin


Photos and Videos from the Mayo Ball


Murphy Irish Dancers

The Murphy Irish Dance school is celebrating its 35th year. They performed at the 2nd annual International Cleveland Community Day at The Cleveland Museum of Art took place on Sunday October 13, 2013 as well as the 4th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity and many other venues.

Sheila Murphy Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford introducing her dancers



Twinning of Achill Island County Mayo Ireland and Cleveland

Ten year anniversary - October 10, 2013
The official twinning of Achill and Cleveland took place in 2003 as a result of members of the Achill Diaspora, most notably Steve Mulloy (RIP), making contact in 2001 with Terence Dever, CEO of CFÁA.

On October 10, 2013 a ceremony was held to recognize the 10 year anniversary of the twinning. The ceremony was held in Judge Patricia Gaughan's courtroom.

Group shot - Achill and Cleveland


Photos and Videos from the ceremony


One Day Irish Fall Festival

September 28, 2013
Irish American Club East Side

While you can't count on Cleveland weather in late September, you can count on the spirit of Cleveland's Irish. So the Irish American Club East Side hosted a One Day Irish Fall Festival inside their Euclid home.

The daylong event featured bands, dancing, food and drink and shopping.

Tommy Davis, Mike Byrne, Francis McGarry

Tommy Davis, Mike Byrne and Francis McGarry

Photos and Videos from the Festival


Irish Business Network Cleveland Launch

August 29, 2013
Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall

Cleveland is Open For Business! That was the message delivered at the launch of the Cleveland Chapter of the Irish Business Network in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

The mission of the Irish Network Cleveland is to provide an inclusive environment that facilitates effective coordination and collaboration, on a global stage, of Irish and Irish Americans from all vocations, with the goal of strengthening the economic, social and cultural ties between the U.S. and Ireland; and communicating and coordinating with other, non Irish Network, groups, including the Irish and U.S. Governments and government bodies, long standing industry and philanthropic bodies, and any other groups as may be appropriate to facilitate a unified advancement for all.

Jerry Hallissey, Mayor Frank Jackson, Consul Nick Michael and Martin Sweeney

Jerry Hallissey, Mayor Frank Jackson,
Consul Nick Michael and Martin Sweeney


Photos and Videos from the launch of the Irish Business Network Cleveland


Preparation in the Irish Cultural Garden for One World Day

A clean-up crew led by Char Crowley and including Mr. Ed Crawford, Jim Van Gorder & son, Mike Conkey, Tom & Mary Kay Malone, Pat Nemecek and Ann Drescher got the Irish Cultural Garden ready for One World Day.

Ed Crawford

Ed Crawford


Irish Garden Cleanup crew

Tom & Mary Kay Malone, Pat Nemecek and Ann Drescher
(Not in the photo Char Crowley, Mike Conkey who powerwashed the Fountain Plaza and Jim Van Gorder & son.)


Gothard Sisters in Cleveland

The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic all-female Irish music and dance group from the Pacific Northwest, USA. The three sisters perform and record new Celtic arrangements of well-known traditional tunes and popular songs, as well as their own original compositions from their 7 recorded studio albums.



In this video the Gothard Sisters explained the difference between an Irish jig and an Irish reel at a performance in Cleveland Ohio in 2013. Believe it or not, the words strawberry and rutabaga will tell you the difference.




Jack Coyne inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

John 'Jack' Coyne was inducted into the 2013 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in a dinner ceremony on Wednesday May 8, 2013. Jack joined a stellar class of inductees. He was inducted by Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland who came in from Chicago for the event.

Consul General Aidan Cronin and Jack Coyne

Consul General Aidan Cronin and Jack Coyne

See photos and videos of Jack and Aidan as well as the other Hall of Fame inductees.


Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee

The Mayor of Tralee, Ireland, Johnnie Wall and Kingsville Ontario Mayor Nelson Santos visited Westlake because of their twin sister city relationships. They were on hand as the 2013 Northern Ohio Rose was announced.

2013 Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee Kelsey Higgins and

2013 Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee Kelsey Higgins
and 2012 Rose Ashley Speaker




Photos and videos of the Northern Ohio Rose event


St Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland 2013

The 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland Ohio began on the steps of the Bishop Cosgrove Center on Superior. There were introductions of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Parade Grand Marshall Kevin McGinty, Irish Mother of the Year Una Ellis and Co-Chairs Daniel Chambers and Timothy Leahy.

Parade Grand Marshall Kevin McGinty blows whistle to start St Patrick's Day Parade

Parade Grand Marshall Kevin McGinty blows whistle
to start St Patrick's Day Parade


9 pages of photos and videos begin here


2013 Walks of Life Award Dinner

The Irish American Archives Society 2013 Walks of Life Award Dinner
February 28, 2013

Chris Connor, Dan Coughlin, Sister Susan Durkin and Judge Richard McMonagle were honored at the annual event.

Chris Connnor and Meg McGarry

Chris Connnor and Meg McGarry



2012

Murphy Irish Dancers
Ames Family Atrium Opening at Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The many different cultural performances were a highlight of the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012. This included a performance of the Murphy Irish Dancers.

Murphy Irish Dancers

Murphy Irish Dancers



Prime Minister of Ireland in Cleveland

The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland Mr. Enda Kenny was in Cleveland on October 12 and 13, 2012. It was the first ever visit of a sitting Irish Prime Minister to Cleveland.

ClevelandPeople.Com covered the historic visit with photos and videos from many of the weekend's event.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at City Club of Cleveland (Intercontinental Hotel)
Friday, October 12, 2012

Ireland Taoiseach Enda Kenny at City Club of Cleveland


Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Cleveland City Hall with Mayor Jackson
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny

Mayor Jackson and Taoiseach Kenny



Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Irish Cultural Garden
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hundreds of Cleveland's Irish showed up at the beautiful Irish Cultural Garden to meet the Taoiseach. We have 7 pages of photos and videos of the visit! Who do you recognize?

Enda Kenny, Ed Crawford and Sheila Murphy Crawford at Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Ed Crawford and Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Irish Cultural Garden




2012 Mayo Ball
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Featuring 2012 Mayo Person of the Year, James C. Boland.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame jacket



Ohio's Celtic and International Fest
Labor Day weekend 2012

A highlight of the 2012 Ohio's Celtic and International Fest was the ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion. The ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion featured almost 20 different groups performing their culture's traditions in colorful native costumes. Enjoy the photos and video from their diverse and colorful performances.

In this video from the Festival, Linda Burke explains some aspects of Irish whiskey such as the aging, barrels used and even the spelling (Irish spells with an e, Scotch without it). She also talks about the first CA winery owned by an Irishman, James Concannon in 1883.



Photos of Festival performers The Fenians, Willis Clan, Ladies of Longford and more


No Strangers Here at One World Day
August 26, 2012

Bob Crawford, Pat Hoynes and Larry Bechtel played in the Irish Cultural Garden at the 65th annual One World Day in Cleveland.

No Strangers Here at One World Day

No Strangers Here - Pat Hoynes, Larry Bechtel and Bob Crawford
at One World Day



The Portersharks at One World Day
August 26, 2012

Francis Quinn and Billy Chambers aka The Portersharks played in the Irish Cultural Garden at the 65th annual One World Day in Cleveland.

Francis Quinn and Billy Chambers aka The Portersharks

Francis Quinn and Billy Chambers aka The Portersharks



Murphy Irish Dancers at One World Day
August 26, 2012

The Murphy Irish Dancers performed in the Irish Cultural Garden at the 65th annual One World Day in Cleveland.

Murphy Irish Dancers at One World Day

Murphy Irish Dancers at One World Day



The Mayo Society Tea was held on June 10, 2012.

The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland was founded in 2004 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide a forum for information and activities of interest to individuals of Irish descent particularly those with ancestral ties to County Mayo.

Pat Hollywood  Gerry Quinn and Maryann Kinkopf

Pat Hollywood, Gerry Quinn and Maryann Kinkopf




More from the Mayo Society Tea


Father Jim O'Donnell was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Wednesday May 9, 2012. Jack Kahl gave the induction speech.

Father Jim O'Donnell in the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Photos and Video of Fr. Jim in the Hall of Fame


The Northern Ohio Rose ceremony was held on April 27, 2012 at La Centre in Westlake.

2012 Northern Ohio Rose Ashley Speaker

2012 Northern Ohio Rose Ashley Speaker

Photos and Video from the Northern Ohio Rose event.


Saint Patrick's Day Parade

With record numbers of units (245) and attendees (half a million!) we had to do something special as well.

We have 22 pages of photos and videos from the Parade. 22 pages is a record for ClevelandPeople.Com and the 2012 record-breaking Parade deserves it.

As always, if you can help identify any people in the photos that we may have missed, please let us know.


Grand Marshall Mickey McNally

Grand Marshall Mickey McNally


2012 Saint Patrick's Day Parade - Page 1
Johnny Kilbane House and Kilbane Town Dedication
Johnny Kilbane was born to John and Mary (Gallagher) Kilbane in Cleveland, Ohio on April 9th, 1889. Kilbane held the world featherweight title from 1912 to 1923, the longest period in the division's history.

A crowd of almost 100 family and friends gathered at Kilbane's former house at 7413 Herman on Cleveland's West Side on March 16, 2012 for a special ceremony.

Kevin O'Toole, a relative of Johnny Kilbane

Kevin O'Toole, a relative of Johnny Kilbane
said a few words at the dedication


See photos and videos of the Kilbane Town dedication


Congratulations to the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Honorees including:

  • Parade Grand Marshall - Walter J."Mickey" McNally
  • Irish Mother of the Year - Vera Casey
  • Parade Co-Chair - Billy Chambers
  • Parade Co-Chair - Una O'Leary Escolas

2012 Irish honorees - Billy Chambers, Mickey McNally, Martin Carey, Vera Casey, Una O'Leary Escolas and Patrick B. Murphy

Billy Chambers, Mickey McNally, Martin Carey, Vera Casey,
Una O'Leary Escolas and Patrick B. Murphy


See photos and more of the 2012 Honorees.

Getting ready for the Parade
Honorees and others at the Irish American Club East Side
March 12, 2012

Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik with Martin and Kathy Carey

Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik with East Side Man of the Year
Martin Carey and wife Kathy



2012 Irish Walks of Life Awards
February 23, 2012

Michael Cleary, Edward Crawford, Sister Kathleen Kilbane, CSJ and Janice Murphy were honored.

Saint Joseph sisters

Sisters of Saint Joseph at the Walks of Life


Irish American Club East Side - 34th Anniversary.
January 21, 2012

Annie Profeta

Annie Profeta


2011

Irish Cultural Garden - October 8, 2011
4 new monuments dedicated

Cleveland Irish Garden Club

Cleveland Irish Garden Club members in attendance
Front row (l-r): Charlene Crowley, Ed Crawford, Jack Kahl
and Sheila Murphy Crawford

Back row: Martin Keane, Bill Summers, Martin Sweeney
and Jim Boland



Irish Cultural Garden
12 Monuments to Irish Culture

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore monument


7th annual Mayo Society Grand Ball
October 8, 2011 - Embassy Suites
Honoring Jack Kahl

Jack Kahl being introduced by Gerry Quinn

Jack Kahl being introduced by Gerry Quinn


Murphy Irish Dancers at One World Day
Cleveland Cultural Gardens August 28, 2011

Irish marchers with flag

Irish marchers on One World Day



Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds - July 22-24, 2011


Irish Night at the Lake County Captains

Leprechaun on dugout



Murphy Irish Arts Center dancers
at the International Folk Festival

Murphy Irish Arts Center dancers

Murphy Irish Arts Center dancers at the International Folk Festival



Gerry Quinn at Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Gerry Quinn at Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Tom Scanlon and inductee Gerry Quinn

Tom Scanlon and inductee Gerry Quinn


See photos and video of Gerry and the other inductees.


Irish Cultural Garden Work Crew - April 30, 2011
See the people who make the Garden so beautiful

Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland



St. Patrick's Day Parade 2011
11 pages of pictures and video

Grand Marshall Gerry Quinn blows the whistle to start the Parade

Grand Marshall Gerry Quinn blows the whistle to start the Parade


St. Patrick's Day Parade 2011 Honorees
Parade route, honorees and step off

2011 Parade Honorees

2011 Parade Honorees
Parade Queen Caitlin Mackin, Co-Chair Sheila Murphy Crawford, Grand Marshall Gerry Quinn, Irish Mother of the Year Kathleen Sheehan and IACES member of the Year Pat Coyne



Irish American Club East Side Units
March 14, 2011

The Irish American Archives Society 2011 Walks of Life Award Dinner
February 24, 2011 honoring Richard Clark, Chris Coburn, Richard F. Coyne, Sister Mary Ann Flannery and Patricia Anne Gaughan

Tom Scanlon and Jack Kahl

Tom Scanlon and Jack Kahl


2010

Dedication of the Fountain in the Irish Cultural Garden
October 30, 2010

John Lennon and Ed Crawford

John Lennon and Ed Crawford in front of the new fountain


Crew at the Irish Cultural Garden preparing for One World Day.

Irish Cultural Garden clean up crew

Bob Crawford, Patty Nemecek, Sheila Murphy-Crawford, Candy Clemson(on wall),Laura Church, Jackie Church-Hopkins, Eileen Cooper-Reed, Mary Clare Cooper. Not pictured: Chris Cooper and Char Crowley



Please contact Char Crowley at charcrowleyclp@gmail.com to receive email notification for clean-ups/projects

Irish Sopranos in Cleveland
Top of the Terminal Tower

Irish Sopranos and Gerry Quinn

Irish Sopranos and Gerry Quinn

Cleveland's 143rd St. Patrick's Day Parade
Pictures and videos from the big day.

St. Patrick Church - West Park on St. Patrick's Day
Pictures and videos from the emotional service.

Saints Robert & William on St. Patrick's Day
Pictures from the East Side Mass.

Congratulations to the 2010 Parade Honorees including:

  • Parade Grand Marshall - John Hayes
  • Irish Mother of the Year - Bonnie McNally
  • Parade Co-Chair - Shannon Corcoran
  • Parade Co-Chair - Fr. Tom Johns
More Information

2010 St. Patrick's Day Parade Co-Chair Shannon Corcoran, Parade Executive Director Daniel M. Corcoran, IACES Member of the Year Patricia Homan, Parade Grand Marshall John Hayes, Irish Mother of the Year Bonnie McNally and Parade Co-Chair Fr. Tom Johns

2010 St. Patrick's Day Parade Co-Chair Shannon Corcoran, Parade Executive Director Daniel M. Corcoran, IACES Member of the Year Patricia Homan, Parade Grand Marshall John Hayes, Irish Mother of the Year Bonnie McNally and Parade Co-Chair Fr. Tom Johns



2009

Irish Cultural Garden Re-dedication
October 3, 2009

Familiar Faces at the Irish Cultural Garden Re-dedication
Pictures and videos

Sheila Murphy and Ed Crawford

Sheila Murphy and Ed Crawford at the Irish Garden

2009 Mayo Ball honoring the late Packy Hyland
October 3, 2009

2009 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Parade Pictures and Kathleen Cooper singing the National Anthems

2009 St. Patrick's Day Mass at Saint Colman
Pictures and video from this special Mass

2009 St. Patrick's Day Mass at Saint William
Celebrant Bishop Richard G. Lennon and others at Mass in Euclid



Claddagh Float at 2009 St Patrick's Day Parade

2009 St Patrick's Day Parade



2009 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Irish Setters, Wolfhounds and other animals at the Parade

St. Patrick's Day Festivities
Irish American Club, East Side

Mary McCluskey of the West Side Irish American Club
Celebrates 50 years of Marching

Irish American Archive Society Walks of Life Awards Dinner
February 26, 2009



2008

2008 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Grand Marshall John Campbell and others

2008 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Photos from the 2008 Parade

2008 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Pamela Donovan Tribute and historic US military uniforms

2008 St. Patrick's Day Parade
Irish Wolfhounds and other animals at the Parade

Irish American Archive Society Walks of Life Awards Dinner
February 7, 2008

Irish American Club East Side 30th Anniversary
January 19, 2008


Singing the national anthems at 2008 Parade


Games for St Patrick's Day
Games you can print out for Party Fun


2007 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland
Grand Marshall - Stephen L. Mulloy and others

Irish American Archive Society Walks of Life Awards Dinner
February 22, 2007

Irish American Archive Society Walks of Life Awards Dinner
More photos from the event


Hooley for Irish American Club East Side Pipe Band
November 25, 2006

2006 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland
Grand Marshall Bill Carney

Norine Hastings
Irish American Club East Side Member of the Year for 2006


Debbie Hanson and Tim O'Brien
Irish American Club East Side Members of the Year for 2004



Organizations and Resources for Irish in Cleveland


Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland - After 10-3-09 Rededication

Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland - before restoration



Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio

The Irish American Archives Society

he Irish American Archives Society (IAAS) was founded in 1994 to support the collection and preservation of archival materials that document the history of the Irish American experience in northeast Ohio. The primary goal of the IAAS has been to raise funds to build and maintain an Irish American Archives at the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS), the area's largest repository of materials for ethnic studies. A second goal of IAAS has been to support the development of exhibitions, books and other publications that draw on local collections to tell the stories of Irish immigrants.

Irish Radio Shows in Cleveland


Submit your Cleveland Irish organizations and resources.

Business, Education and Employment Information

Submit your Cleveland Irish jobs, classes and other opportunities.


Cleveland Irish Feedback and Memories

Irish (and other) Stories
Tales told by our Shanachie Amy Kenneley

A Special St Patrick's Day
Chat with Pat talks about the big day

The Trip to Ireland
By Bonnie Easton


One World Day

Mike Keenan, Peggy Barman, Sheila Murphy Crawford and others representing the Irish at One World Day

Irish banner at One World Day

Submit your Cleveland Irish Feedback and Memories.


Irish History and Culture


Tell us about the music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make the Irish so special.



Irish Music - Song, Dance and Pipers
Videos of Cleveland Irish performances

Irish Famine Memorial
Cleveland remembers the "Great Hunger"


Cleveland Ohio Irish Famine Memorial (Dan Hanson photo)

Cleveland St Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshalls
Since 1958

County Mayo in the province of Connacht
by Bonnie Easton

Maud Gonne MacBride - The Irish Joan of Arc
by Bonnie Easton

Mother Jones - Mary Harris from County Cork
by Bonnie Easton

Eulogy to John F. Kennedy by Richard Cardinal Cushing
Boston, November 24, 1963

A Prayer for Bad Times
by Richard Cardinal Cushing

The Lorica - poem by Saint Patrick
St. Patrick's Breastplate

Dogs Native to Ireland
Irish Wolfhound, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Setter, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Irish Terrier

Irish-American Information from the US Census Bureau
Irish descendants in the US are almost 9 times the Irish population.

A Brief History of Ireland
Highlights from prehistoric Ireland to modern times

What it means to be Irish - Humor
You have a sister named Catherine, Elizabeth or Mary ... and one is Mary Catherine Elizabeth.

Irish Jokes
Some old and some older

Musical Instruments of Ireland
Bodhran, Penny Whistle, Pipes, Harp & more

Irish Proverbs
You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was

Irish Quotes
What's the use of being Irish if the world doesn't break your heart? - JFK

Irish Toasts
May the enemies of Ireland never meet a friend

Irish Food
Beyond Irish stew, potatoes and corned beef and cabbage

Irish Trivia
How well do you know Ireland and the Irish?

More Irish Trivia
How well do you know Ireland and the Irish?

Irish Trivia - Part 3
How many can you answer?

Cleveland Irish Trivia
How well do you know Cleveland's Irish?





Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600-150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian Boru defeated the Danes in 1014.

English invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. A failed 1916 Easter Monday Rebellion touched off several years of guerrilla warfare that in 1921 resulted in independence from the UK for 26 southern counties; six northern (Ulster) counties remained part of the UK.

In 1949, Ireland withdrew from the British Commonwealth; it joined the European Community in 1973. Irish governments have sought the peaceful unification of Ireland and have cooperated with Britain against terrorist groups.

A peace settlement for Northern Ireland is gradually being implemented despite some difficulties. In 2006, the Irish and British governments developed and began to implement the St. Andrews Agreement, building on the Good Friday Agreement approved in 1998.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


Map of Ireland, Irish map


Submit your Cleveland Irish cultural items.


Profiles of Irish in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Helen Bacon
This Nurse's Charity began at Home but extends to the World

Sister Maureen Burke
In the "habit" of leading young women

Eddie Campbell
Helping to Unite Cleveland's Irish

George Condon
Chronicling Cleveland with Wit & Wisdom

Susan Daniels
Cleveland's Female Private Eye

Mary Fitzpatrick
Overcame tragedy through Faith, Family & Friends

Margie Flynn
Doing Well by Doing Good

Bridget McCafferty
Knows the Law, Loves the People

Pat Dailey
Great Lakes Troubadour

Mike Douglas
Ground-breaking Talk Show host and Class Act

Bill Faragher
Family + Fun = Faragher

John Feighan
Spreading good will from Moriartys to Murray Hill

Ed Hurley
Father of the Year 2005

Fr. John McCarthy
Around the World by Rail and Sail

John Murphy
That Smiling Irishman

Doris O'Donnell
Front-Page Girl

Tim Ryan
Picture Perfect Man who poured a Perfect Pitcher

Claire Schmidt
A WAVE and a Lady

Marty Sullivan
Still a Superhost

Joe Sweeney
Continuing a Life of Learning & Art



Lonnie McCauley inducted into Inaugural Class of Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

Lonnie was named the first-ever woman Grand Marshall of Cleveland's St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2001. She was not able to march that year however. Lonnie died March 18, 2001.

As a past-president of the Padraic Pearse Center, Lonnie was instrumental in starting and maintaining the library that bears her name as well as the library at the West Side Irish American Club. Her passion was always Irish culture and tradition and she loved nothing better than to share that passion with others.

Lonnie is a fine example of someone wanting and willing to share the heritage they are so proud of with others. Lonnie joined a stellar cast of inductees in the inaugural class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

Pat Dowd, President of the Padraic Pearse Center, inducted Lonnie McCauley

Pat Dowd, President of the Padraic Pearse Center,
inducted Lonnie McCauley






Pat Dowd inducted Lonnie McCauley.  Tom McCauley accepted for his late wife.

Tom McCauley accepted the award for his late wife
Lonnie McCauley



Tom McCauley accepted the award for his late wife Lonnie McCauley



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