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News and Upcoming Events for Irish in Cleveland

2022

Quinn Irish Radio Show featuring Irish Network USA, Aer Lingus, Cleveland Hopkins Airport and Ambassador Ed Crawford

On Sunday October 23, the studio of the Gerry Quinn Irish Radio Show was packed. Gerry had guests from Irish Network-USA, Aer Lingus, Cleveland Airport System and Ambassador Ed Crawford. They spoke about the Aer Lingus direct flights to Dublin, the IN-USA conference and the visit of Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason.

Cathal McSweeney, Ambassadorr Ed Crawford, Cleveland airport's John Hogan, Steve Lenox and Mark Owens

Cathal McSweeney, Ambassador Ed Crawford, Cleveland airport's John Hogan,
Steve Lenox and Mark Owens


Pictures and video from the Quinn Radio Show


Aer Lingus Cleveland and Dublin direct flights




Cleveland Airport's John T. Hogan talks about the new Dublin direct flight




Irish Network USA Conference in Cleveland

Irish Network USA is the national umbrella organization integrating the Irish Networks that exist in various cities across the United States. The mission of IN-USA is: to bolster business opportunities and economic development between the United States and Ireland; to support and encourage Irish Arts and Culture through film, literature, theater, dance and language; to encourage and promote the mission and expansion of Irish sports, throughout the United States; to support the efforts of local Irish organizations and associations; to serve as a conduit between newly arrived Irish immigrants and their communities in Member cities and states.

The 2022 annual conference was held in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason at IN-USA Conference

Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason at IN-USA Conference


Among many other things, the Ambassador spoke of the deep impact of Irish culture on the diaspora in Cleveland and the US. She reminded us that the landmark Good Friday Agreement was signed on 10 April 1998. 2023 will mark a quarter century since that important day. It's worth your time to watch the entire keynote.

Photos and video from the IN-USA Conference


Ambassadors Geraldine Byrne Nason reception at Cleveland City Hall

Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ireland's Ambassador to the US, was in town for the annual conference of Irish Network USA, the national umbrella organization integrating the Irish Networks that exist in various cities across the US. She was the guest of honor at a reception in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.

Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason welcome sign

Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason in Cleveland City Hall


Photos and videos of the speeches and reception

Everyone wanted to meet and take photos with the Ambassador.

Blaine Griffin, Brian Kazy, Chris Ronayne, Ambassador Byrne Nason, Mayor Bibb, Kerry McCormack and Ambassador Crawford

Blaine Griffin, Brian Kazy, Chris Ronayne, Ambassador Byrne Nason,
Mayor Bibb, Kerry McCormack and Ambassador Crawford


See a page of photos of the attendees


Ambassadors Geraldine Byrne Nason and Ed Crawford in Irish Cultural Garden

Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ireland's Ambassador to the US, was in town for the annual conference of Irish Network USA, the national umbrella organization integrating the Irish Networks that exist in various cities across the United States. Before the reception she joined former US Ambassador to Ireland Ed Crawford and Irish Network Cleveland leader Mark Owens at the Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland.

Ambassador Ed Crawford and Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason in Cleveland's Irish Cultural Garden

Ambassador Ed Crawford and
Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason
in Cleveland's Irish Cultural Garden


See more photos and a video of the Ambassadors walk through the Irish Garden


Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland Annual Mayo Ball

Each year the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland honors a very special person as Mayo Person of the Year. In 2022 the honor went to Michael E. Gibbons, Senior Managing Director & Principal of investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang & Company and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Global M&A Partners Ltd, Dublin, Ireland.

2022 Mayo Person of the Year Mike Gibbons

2022 Mayo Person of the Year Mike Gibbons


See photos and video of the Mayo Ball


People at the Mayo Ball

Part of the fun of events like this is seeing the people who attended and who you might know.

Mike Gibbons and Ed Crawford

Honoree Mike Gibbons and Ambassador Ed Crawford

Gerry Quinn table

Gerry Quinn table


Enjoy these photos of people at the 2022 Mayo Ball.


Margaret Lynch inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Since 2010, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) has inducted people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural society. Cleveland is home to people representing about 120 different ethnic groups. The CIHF exists not only to honor those special people but also to inspire a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.

Over 150 worthy candidates were nominated for both the 2020 and 2022 Classes of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. The selection committee was advised by previously inducted members of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

Covid-19 forced the always sold out induction ceremonies to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. We tried to induct the 2020 class virtually but it was not the same. So once we were able to gather together again, we included the 2020 class in the induction ceremony for the 2022 class on June 7, 2022. The event at Windows on the River was a sell out and the 2020 class finally got their moment in the spotlight.

On the evening of June 7, 2022 Margaret Lynch was finally honored in person and was inducted by Gerry Quinn.

Gerry Quinn gives CIHF award to Margaret Lynch

Gerry Quinn gives Margaret Lynch her CIHF award


See photos and videos of Margaret Lynch's induction

Photos and videos of the entire induction ceremony

Photos of some of the sold out crowd


Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland Annual Meeting and 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. The annual meeting was held at John Carroll University.

Mayo Society President Gerry Quinn announced that Mike Gibbons would be the 2022 Mayo Person of the Year at the Mayo Ball in September. Ambassador Ed Crawford also spoke.

Gerry and Nellie Quinn and Mike and Diane Gibbons

Gerry and Nellie Quinn and Mike and Diane Gibbons

The Murphy Irish Dancers performed.

Murphy Irish Dancers

Murphy Irish Dancers


See photos and video of the Mayo Tea


Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade 2022

March 17, 2022 had beautiful weather and hundreds of thousands of parade watchers.

Grand Marshals (2020) Tom Scanlon and (2022) Tom McManamon Jr.

Grand Marshals (2020) Tom Scanlon and (2022) Tom McManamon Jr.

See photos and videos of the Parade as follows:

Cosgrove Steps Whistle Blowing Ceremony

Step Off of the 2022 St. Patrick's Day Parade

Irish American Club East Side

Division 1 of the 2022 St. Patrick's Day Parade

West Side Irish American Club

Division 2 of the 2022 St. Patrick's Day Parade

2022 St. Patrick's Day Parade - Photo Page


Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Before the Parade

St Patrick Day Parade Cleveland 2022


The 180th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, presented by the United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland, stepped off at 1:04 p.m. at East 18th Street and Superior Avenue. More than 100 units participated in the parade, which was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic.

This year, the parade theme is Ireland's Scenic Coastlines and Linda Carney is executive director.

Father Thomas Mahoney will be honored as the Hibernian of the Year.

Thomas McManamon Jr. is the 2022 parade grand marshal. His father was one of the original organizers of the UIS in 1958 and served as its first executive director. He was parade grand marshal in 1977. This is the first time that a father and son will have been grand marshal of the Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade. We hear that Tom Scanlon who was chosen for Grand Marshal two years ago when the Parade was cancelled will be walking along with Tom McManamon this year.

Rita Lally is the 2022 Irish Mother of the Year.

Patricia Lavelle of North Olmsted is this year's parade inside co-chair and Eileen Mangan Stull is outside co-chair of the 2022 parade.

Father Phil Bernier, OFM Cap, administrator of St. Peter Parish, East 17th Street and Superior Avenue - adjacent to the parade's starting point - invites everyone to stop by the church for hot chocolate, coffee, tea and bakery items, which will be on sale for a nominal fee. Proceeds will benefit the parish ministry and church restoration fund. Visitors also are welcome to tour the historic church, which dates to 1857. Restrooms will be available.


Irish American Club East Side Members of the Year

Congratulations to the Irish American Club East Side 2022 Co-Members of the Year: Mary Jo Gurry and Michael Byrne

Irish American Club East Side Members of the Year 2022 Mary Jo Gurry and Michael Byrne

Mary Jo Gurry and Michael Byrne


Welcome to our new Irish Ambassador Shannon Corcoran

Ambassadors to ClevelandPeople.Com are individuals who are outstanding representatives of their culture and heritage. They have demonstrated great dedication to the advancement of their own community and to the greater good of honoring and celebrating other ethnic groups and communities to make our city and region more vibrant.

We are honored to have Shannon M. Corcoran join us as an Ambassador to the Irish community. Shannon will be joining Gerry Quinn on the team. Thanks to Regina Costello for serving as an Ambassador for several years.

Shannon Corcoran


Shannon Corcoran was born and raised in Ohio, and currently lives in the Westpark neighborhood of Cleveland. Shannon was raised in Cleveland's Irish community, starting as a competitive Irish Dancer with the Burke School of Irish Dance. Her family was a member of the West Side Irish American Club, where she attended music and dancing events. While still competing, she joined the Greater Cleveland Feis Society as a stage monitor, and still manages one of the championship stages today.

Shannon served as the Executive Director of the United Irish Societies (UIS) of Greater Cleveland from 2016-2019. The UIS sponsors and organizes the Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade, which is one of the city's largest single-day events and one of the city's oldest and most beloved traditions. Prior to becoming the organization's executive director, Shannon coordinated the parade's Line of March for nearly 20 years, including processing parade unit applications and assigning the marching order. In 2010, she was chosen as the Parade's Inside Co-Chair, and that year she started photographing the Parade, and activity she continues to this day.

Shannon is a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Our Lady of the Rosary Division, and is currently the Division's Secretary, a role she previously held along with that of treasurer. Shannon is an active supporter of the Murphy Irish Arts Center; one of Cleveland's Irish dancing school. She is also a member of the Irish American Club East Side.



2021

Irish Christmas Memories
Christmas Past by Francis McGarry

Francis remembers his Grandfather John Francis and Christmas at Aunt Irene's house.

Read the Irish Christmas story

Irish Christmas Blessing

Nollaig Shona Duit


Irish Cultural Garden at One World Day 2021

Cleveland's Irish community was well-represented at the 75th One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 29, 2021. The Irish American East Side Pipe Band, Jack McDonough Fife and Drums and others marched in the Parade of Flags.

Jack McDonough Fife and Drums in Parade of Flags at One World Day

Irish Cultural Garden in Parade of Flags at One World Day 2021


The Murphy Irish Dancers performed on the main stage in the Plaza and in the Irish Cultural Garden.

Murphy Irish Dancers at One World Day 2021


The Irish Cultural Garden had thousands of visitors who enjoyed music, dance and activities.

Irish Cultural Garden volunteers


See more from the Irish Garden on One World Day 2021


James Kilbane pays respect

Singer James Kilbane stands by gravestone of Ernest Ball in Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland Ohio.

James Kilbane


Singer James Kilbane stands by the gravestone of Ernest Ball in Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland Ohio. Ernest Ball wrote the Irish classic "When Irish eyes are smiling". (photo by Gerry Quinn)


2020

St. Patrick's Day Honorees

Though the St. Patrick's Day Parade did not occur on the 17th due to the coronavirus, many of the honorees made the rounds at events before the virus struck.

Congratulations to these great people from our community. Thanks to Shannon Corcoran for the photos and IDs.

Irish Mother Honorees in Cleveland

Irish Mothers of the Year (from left to right)

Joan Reali (2018), Bonnie McNally (2010), Eileen Kilroy (2019), Kathleen Sheehan (2011), Bridie Joyce (2014), Kathleen Mangan (2020), Vera Casey (2012), Kay Hough (2008), Mary McCluskey (2002), and Bridget McIntyre (2016)


Grand Marshals of Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade

Grand Marshals

Helen Malloy (2005), Walter "Mickey" McNally (2012), William Homan (2019), Thomas Scanlon (2020), and Sheila Murphy Crawford (2018)


Parade Co-Chairs of Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade

Parade Co-Chairs

Front row: Maureen Mohney (2020 Inside Co-Chair), Chris Cooper (2020 Outside Co-Chair)
Second Row: Fr. Thomas Mahoney, Rasa Chambers, Bonnie McNally, Bridie Joyce, Teresa Kowalski, Linda Burke, Rita Lally, Murphy Crawford, Marilyn Madigan, Maire Leffel
Back Row: Margaret Lynch, Mary Alice Curran, Bill Chambers, Helen Malloy, Noreen Halley, James Kilbane, Jim McGuirk, Walter 'Mickey' McNally, Shannon Corcoran, John Myers


Hibernians of the Year in Cleveland

Hibernians of the Year

Front row: Fr. Francis Walsh, Robert Fitzgerald (2020)
Middle Row: Sheila Murphy Crawford, Patti Lavelle, Maire Manning, Marilyn Madigan
Back Row: James Kilbane, Ray McGann, Jim McGuirk



Some English words that come from Irish Gaelige

The Irish language, known as Gaelige in Irish, is a Celtic language. Today, it's estimated that there are nearly 75,000 daily Irish speakers in Ireland, with over 1.5 million learning it as a second language. It is an official language in Ireland, and if you have ever visited the country, you will see the language on road signs and government documents. While you may not know any Irish yourself outside of fáilte ("welcome") or sláinte ("cheers"), some of the English vocabulary and slang you use comes from or is influenced by the Irish language.

Irish language word art image


See some of the familiar words that come from Irish


2019

Irish Garden at One World Day

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 74th annual One World Day on August 25, 2019. Police estimates say that over 30,000 people visited the Gardens and attended One World Day. There was a lot of activity in the beautiful and historic Irish Cultural Garden.

Shannon Corcoran explains the Irish Cultural Garden to a visitor

Shannon Corcoran explains the Irish Cultural Garden to a visitor


No Strangers Here on One World Day

No Strangers Here on One World Day


Lennon Fountain in Irish Cultural Garden

Lennon Fountain in Irish Cultural Garden


Murphy dancers volunteering in the Irish Garden on One World Day

Murphy dancers volunteering in the Irish Garden on One World Day


See more from the 2019 One World Day.

A highlight of One World Day is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. This year was undoubtedly the largest and most colorful in memory.

Irish Garden in the Parade of Flags

Irish Garden in the Parade of Flags


Irish Garden in the Parade of Flags


Video and pictures from the Parade of Flags at 2019 One World Day


Marilyn Madigan inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Marilyn Madigan's involvement with the Irish Community started in 1969 when she started marching with the Ladies Drill Team of the West Side Irish American Club in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Her love of sports was enhanced by her participation in the Irish sport of Camogie. She was a player and President of the Emerald Camogie Team and served as the Registrar of the North American Camogie Board in the early 1980’s. Marilyn continues to be an active member of Cleveland’s Irish Community with memberships in Cleveland Comhaltas,Gaelic Society, Irish American Club East Side, Irish Northern Aid, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, United Irish Societies, and the West Side Irish American Club. She was a member of the Irish Music Academy of Cleveland, Cleveland Feis and a dancer with the O’Leary Manning School of Irish Dance. Marilyn has served in many leadership positions: Board Member, Vice-President of the Irish Music Academy, Board Trustee of the West Side Irish American Club and Co Chair of the Ohio Irish Festival.

She has volunteered for many years at the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival and with the Irish American Archives Society at the Annual Walks of Life event. She is currently a columnist with the Ohio Irish News, a Deputy Director of the United Irish Societies, Treasurer of Cleveland Comhaltas and the National Secretary of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.

The organization that Marilyn is most active with is the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. She has been a member for 40 years serving in many offices including Division, County and State President. She was a founding member of the Ohio State Degree Team, and has served as Treasurer and Guardian. In 1988 when Cleveland hosted the National Convention, Marilyn served on the local committee. Marilyn served as National Fundraiser 2012-2014, National Irish Historian 2014-2016, National Treasurer 2016-2018 and is the current National Secretary. She was very proud and honored to be serving as National Irish Historian during the Centennial of the Easter Rising. Marilyn has been very diligent and enthusiastic in promoting the Women of 1916 in the cause of Irish Freedom speaking in Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Ohio

On April 16, 2019 Marilyn was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by Ohio Irish American News Publisher John O’Brien Jr. .

John O’Brien Jr. inducts Marilyn Madigan

John O’Brien Jr. inducts Marilyn Madigan

Marilyn Madigan gives her acceptance speech

Marilyn Madigan gives her acceptance speech


Watch the video of Marilyn Madigan being inducted and her speech.



See more photos and videos from the 2019 Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions


St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019

The 2019 St Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland was the 177th in the city.

Before the Parade. Honorees and dignitaries gathered on the steps of the Cosgrove Center including Grand Marshall Bill Homan, Mother of the Year Eileen Kilroy, Inside Co-Chair Patti Maher Hanrahan and Outside Co-Chair Sr. Corita Ambro.

2019 St Patrick's Day VIPs in Cleveland

Grand Marshall Bill Homan blew the whistle to start the Parade.

Grand Marshall  Bill Homan blew the whistle to begin the Parade

Grand Marshall Bill Homan blew the whistle to begin the Parade


See photos and video of the start of the Parade.


Division 1 of the St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019 - Irish American Club East Side

There were 3 Divisions to the Parade. Division 1 was led off by the Irish American Club East Side and their first-place winning float.

Irish American Club East Side

See more of the IACES and Division 1


Division 1 of the St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019 - Irish American Club East Side

There were 3 Divisions to the Parade. Division 2 was led off by the West Side Irish American Club.

West Side Irish American Club in 2019 Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade

See more of the WSIAC and Division 2


St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019 Photo Page

Lots of photos from the 2019 Parade and people in it and watching. Who do you recognize?

Bishop Perez and Linda Carney

Sheila Murphy Crawford

NORAID- 2019 Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade

Photos from the 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade


Visit our on-line Irish Store
Books, Music, DVDs, Clothes,Flags and More


Out & About - Photos and Event Recaps of Irish in Cleveland

2018

Irish community at Cleveland Museum of Art

International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a celebration of the rich diversity of our region’s multiethnic communities, featuring traditional music and dance performances, cultural displays, and ingallery experiences. The Irish community was represented with a performance by Murphy Irish Dancers.

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Murphy Irish Dancers at Cleveland Museum of Art


Photos and videos of Murphy Irish at the Art Museum


Irish Cultural Garden on One World Day 2018

The Cleveland Irish community was out in full force at the 73rd annual One World Day on the site of the Irish Cultural Garden. Members of the community marched in the annual Parade of Flags and later there was music, dancing, entertainment, food and fun as members of the Irish community shared their culture with thousands of visitors on One World Day.

Click on the white arrow to watch a short video.



Murphy Irish dancers in Irish Cultural Garden on One World Day

Murphy Irish dancers in Irish Cultural Garden on One World Day

Murphy Irish dancers in Irish Cultural Garden on One World Day

Irish Garden in Parade of Flags at 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Irish Garden in Parade of Flags


Irish Garden in Parade of Flags at 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens


Irish Garden in Parade of Flags at 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens


Irish Garden in Parade of Flags at 73rd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens



See photos and videos from the 2018 One World Day


Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary celebration

In 1978 Sheila Murphy made a trip to Ireland to take the teacher and adjudicator tests in order to open an Irish dance school with full recognition from An'Comisiun in Ireland. She passed both tests and started the Murphy Irish Arts Center in September of 1978. The Murphy Irish Arts Center 40th anniversary dinner dance was held July 21, 2018.

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Bob Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Bob Crawford


Photos and videos of the Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary celebration


36th annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival is a non-profit, annual civic event, benefiting local and national charities while highlighting the many aspects of our Irish culture. They have donated more than $770,000.00 to local and national charities since their 1983 inception, due to your continued generous support. Attractions include: 24 performers on nine stages, a multitude of exhibits, and myriad kiosks representing some of the finest vendors in the United States. Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival seeks to preserve, memorialize and document Irish History and Traditions and was the vision of founder John O’Brien, Sr.

Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival backdrop


See photos and videos from the 36th annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival


Uilleann pipes (national bagpipe of Ireland) explained and played

Michael Vignoles both makes and plays the Uilleann pipes, the characteristic national bagpipe of Ireland. He explained the pipes at the 36th annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival and then played a song.



See more from Michael Vignoles and his Uilleann pipes


Cleveland Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2018

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 2018 Parade (the 176th anniversary of the Parade in Cleveland) was Prominent Irish Pioneers of the 20th Century.

Click on the links below to see photos and videos from the Parade.

Grand Marshall Sheila Murphy Crawford blows the whistle to start the parade

Grand Marshall Sheila Murphy Crawford blows the whistle to start the parade


Start of Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2018 - on Cosgrove Steps

Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2018 in Cleveland - Step Off

Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2018 in Cleveland - Division 1

Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2018 in Cleveland - Division 2

Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2018 in Cleveland - Division 3

Extras from the 2018 Parade

2018 Cleveland Parade Photo Page - who do you recognize?


The Flag of Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick's Saltire or Saint Patrick's Cross is a red saltire (X-shaped cross) on a white field, used to represent the island of Ireland or Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Bill Salmon carried the flag in the 2018 St Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland and explained the meaning.



See more from the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade


2017

Mayo Society of Cleveland 2017 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.

The 2017 Mayo Ball, honoring Chris Connor, former CEO of Sherwin Williams, was held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. This was the first time the Mayo Ball was held in the Rock Hall and guests were able to tour the entire Museum.

Photos and videos from the 2017 Mayo Ball



Gerry Quinn presents crystal bowl to Chris Connor

Gerry Quinn presents crystal bowl to Chris Connor,
2017 Mayo Society Person of the Year

Don't forget to visit Page 2 to see photos of the people at the 2017 Mayo Ball.

Alex Quinn, Tom Scanlon, Rita Quinn and Tara Quinn

Alex Quinn, Tom Scanlon,
Rita Quinn and Tara Quinn



Ceili Club teaches the Highland Fling Irish Dance

Members of the Cleveland Ceili Club performed the Highland Fling Irish dance at the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The dancers then taught people from the audience in the Irish Cultural Garden how to do the dance.



See more from the 2017 One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens


How Irish Music can shape Jesuit Education - the Tin Whistle Priest

The World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA), founded in 1956, holds an international Congress every four years to gather Jesuit friends and alumni-from as many as 50 countries representing a global network of Jesuit ministries-to build international networks and affirm Jesuit centric values for a greater good. From June 28-July 2, 2017, WUJA met for the first time ever in North America, at John Carroll University, in Cleveland.

Rev. Ryan Duns, S.J., also known as the Tin Whistle Priest led one of the presentations.

His topic was We need all the notes to play: How Irish Music can shape Jesuit Education. Father Duns is a professional Irish musician (accordion at feis and tin whistle) and spoke about Irish music, Riverdance and Irish dance.

Rev. Ryan Duns S.J.

Rev. Ryan Duns S.J.


Photos and videos of Father Duns presentation


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 3 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

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.



Murphy Irish Dancers at One World Day

The Murphy School of Irish Dance under the direction of Sheila Murphy Crawford performed traditional Irish dances at the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This performance was part of the annual Cleveland International Folk Festival.

Murphy Irish Dancers

Murphy Irish Dancers

Photos and videos from the Murphy Irish Dancers at One World Day


Steve Mulloy inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame



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

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


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


Sing Irishmen Sing by No Strangers Here

The Irish folk band No Strangers Here performed a Sing Irishmen Sing at a Global Cleveland event in the Cleveland Convention Center. No Strangers Here is made up of Pat Hoynes, Bob Crawford, Larry Bechtel and Tomme Hurley. All but Hurley were there for this event.




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



Mayo Society Tea - 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 in Hall of Fame

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


Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee

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

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.

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

Murphy Irish Dancers at Maltz Museum of Jewish History
September 26, 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 Honorees
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



2007

2007 St. Patrick's Day Honorees 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


2006

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

2006 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Cleveland
Grand Marshall Bill Carney and Norine Hastings,
Irish American Club East Side Member of the Year


2004

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

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. 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.

The organization was first founded in 1994 by the late Professor Thomas F. Campbell of Cleveland State University. Since then, an impressive list of board members has run the organization. Donations of Irish photographs, documents and memorabilia that "illustrate the impact of the Irish American community in Northeast Ohio" are always welcome.

Irish Radio

Gerry Quinn's Irish Radio. Sundays 10 AM - Noon. WHK AM 1420

The Hooley HourSundays 5 - 6 PM. WHK 1420

All Things Irish Tuesdays 6 - 8 PM. WOBC FM 91.5 (Oberlin)


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

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Irish History and Culture


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


Irish Famine Memorial
Cleveland remembers the "Great Hunger"

Cleveland Ohio Irish Famine Memorial (Dan Hanson photo)

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

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

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

Irish-American Information from the 2000 US Census Bureau
Irish descendants in the US are almost 9 times the Irish population.

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

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?

Interesting Facts from the US Census

Dogs Native to Ireland


Brief Irish History courtesy of the CIA World Fact Book

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.


Map of Ireland, Irish map


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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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