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Library

The mission of the West Side Irish-American Club Library is to promote the culture and traditions of Ireland by providing the club members educational materials in various formats on Irish and Irish-related topics. To preserve and maintain these collections for the enrichment of future members and the promotion of the Irish heritage.

The McNeeley Library, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, houses more than 1,600 books, periodicals and videos about Ireland or Irish related American materials. The library encompasses a comprehensive collection of history, biography, fiction, literature, travel and sports titles. Publications such as "The Mayo News" are featured. Some reference materials are available. 

The library is open to members of the West Side Irish-American Club, and special access for researchers can be arranged. 

The library is open on: 

* Friday evenings 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
* Meeting nights, the third Thursday of each month, before and after the meeting.

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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in April, 2014)
 
Do you plan to be a part of the McNeeley Library’s new endeavor? We are starting a ‘Book Club’ for our club members. Our Book Club is a little different than the typical book club. We will meet less often; basically we will get together 3 or 4 times per year. We will choose a specific author for each meeting and discuss his/hers various books, writings. This will be a great way to get acquainted with a new author or add a new author to your repertoire of reading. Our first “Book Club” meeting, Maeve Binchy Day, will meet Sunday, May 18th; 2:00 pm, at the WSIA Club. We have chosen Maeve Binchy as the first author we will discuss. Ms. Binchy passed away in July, 2012; she was an Irish novelist, with a special knack for marvelous characters, humor and knowledge of Ireland’s people and history. If you care to bring along your favorite Binchy book, and join in what we hope is a lively chat about the beloved author’s books. Refreshments will be served. Due to the generosity of our membership, we often receive multiple donations of material at the Library. We have literally run out of space and to that end, we are planning to have a book sale, offering our excess inventory to our Club members at very reasonable prices. This will occur at the Club, before and after the general meeting. Watch the bulletin for an announcement.



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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in March, 2014)
 

Hip Hip Hooray to our 2014 honorees; Andy, Bridie, Mark & John Jr., Anna, Kevin and most especially the Library's own director, Midge.

Book Review by Donna Gilson: "The Time of My Life" by Cecelia Ahern, Dublin, the daughter of former prime minister, Bertie Ahern.

Life coaching is the topic of Ahern's newer novel. Lucy, the main character, continues to receive an appointmen t card at her doorstep, "Dear Lucy Sichester, You have an appointment for Monday, May 30, 2011. Yours Sincerely, Life." Lucy is a twenty-something single stuck in a rut deluding herself and everyone around her. She has a boring dead-end job,a string of unsatifying and unsuccessful romantic flings, multiple dysfunctional family dramas occuring, and spend her free time hiding her cat from the landlord in her apartment.

Life appears as a disheveled man in an old suit who is determined to bring about change in her life by following her everywhere. Lucy begins a long journey of self-discovery as she learns that many of her relationships and choices have been built on half-truths. Life, aka Cosmo, encourages her to stgopy lying to others, but mostly herself, to change her out-look, and give herself a chance to be happy.

Ahern provides an "out of the box" slant to the age old topic of maturing and achieveing a life of value. The reader does eventually become "hooked" and wants to know if Lucy is up to the challenge.

Look for our detailed announcement of our book club in your April Bulletin.


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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in February, 2014)
 

The McNeeley Library, along with the Board of Trustees, is extremely appreciative of the $3,000.00 donation that we recently received from the Mayo Society. We have been planning to convert our library of movies from VHS to DVD. We also have been planning to add some new publications to the collection. Thanks to the generous donation we will move forward with these projects. Also on our planning schedule will be a book club, which we plan to initiate in the spring. Do you have an interest in a book club for our WSIA Club? The Library would choose an au-thor, we will invite the members to read materi-al written by the author and we will then have a group meeting to discuss the material. Let us know what you think about the book club. Watch for upcoming articles in the bulletin re-garding it.

Good health, good reading, Rose Conley


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From Your Library
Book Review provided by Donna Gilson (published in January, 2014)
 

Maeve Binchy is the author of numerous best-selling books such as Circle of Friends and Tara Road. She was living in Dalkey, Ireland at the time of her death in July 2012 with husband, Gordon Snell. She died shortly after finishing this book.

Binchy has served up her final novel with flair. If you are a fan of the west coast of Ireland, A Week in Winter will capture your heart and spark your interest. The description of Stoneybridge, a small town in the west, conjures up pleasing images of Westport, Newport, or Tourmakeady.

The novel is the story of Stone House, a refurbished mansion, that now serves as a bed and breakfast. Headed by a creative and dynamic lass named Chicky Starr, Stone House is the locale for many interweaving stories of its inhabitants. The guests are vastly different and each has an interesting tale to tell ranging from a retired headmistress to an incognito American movie star.

Binchy treats each one carefully and amicably. The guests become like an ensemble cast and the reader becomes very involved in each individual story.

In summary, A Week in Winter is an entertaining story and easy-to-read novel for any week in winter. Your McNeeley Library will have it available for your enjoyment, on a two-week loan.

Happy New Year – Rose Conley


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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in November, 2013)
 

Review of Lola’s Secret by Monica McInerney. This well accepted author was born in Australia, now resides in Dublin with her Irish born husband. The book is somewhat of a sequel to The Alphabet Sisters, although one can enjoy this book without first reading the prequel.

McInerney’s characters are somewhat off the wall in a very delightful way. Tops among them is Lola Quinlan, a grandmother and great-great grandmother, who runs an inn in Australia. She’s a lively 84 year old, dresses like a punk rocker, gives advice on family life, aging, the community, whatever else fits the situation. The title implies a secret, but actually there are many secrets and Lola, herself, has a secret. She plans a Christmas celebration at the inn, inviting mystery guests, whom she will involve in a contest. The author has the ability to make you feel the people are real, they are engaging and funny, and one feels involved in their lives. This is a lovely story of a family, a Christmas event, of fascinating lives, love and adventure. It is a feel good novel.


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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in September, 2013)
 

I hope you have marked your calendars for Sunday, Oct 6th at 2:00 pm in the Abbey Room.

The McNeeley Library is pleased to present Mr. Larry Turner, member of The Ohio Canal Society, on Oct. 6th in the Abbey Room. He will speak on the canals of lreland and the Ohio Canal. Mr. Tumer attended the World Canals Conference in Ireland and has numerous photos of their canals to bring for the talk. His family connections are McAleese, Connery and McGowans. This promises to be a very enlightening and educational afternoon.

It is a known fact Irish immigrants were prominent in the history of America. Their strength of character, their brawn, their blood and sweat helped form this country. Here in this area we have the Ohio and Erie Canal. Many of our ancestors suffered heavy mortality due to malaria while constmcting the canal from 1817 to 1825. When the work was completed on October 26, 1825, it connected the waters of Lake Erie and the Hudson River. At that time it was the longest canal in the world. The Irish are credited with many of the songs about the canal work. These songs tell of the back-breaking work of digging the canal and show the pride of accomplislunent felt by the Irish workers. They took pride in the name they gave themselves, "canawlers". The Irish immigrants knew they were involved in a project that was much larger than themselves, one that would change the course of human events.

Please join us for this talk; bring your questions about the canals; maybe you have some canal history to share. Invite your friends and family. We look foreard to seeing you. Refreshments will be served.


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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in July, 2013)
 

If you are planning a trip to the old sod in 2013, here is a website that you should check out: www.thegatheringireland.com/. 2013: The Year of the Reunion - known around Ireland as "The Gathering", involves villages, cities, towns and people organizing and hosting a year-long celebration of all that is unique and special about Ireland. Just some of the events occurring you can chcck out on the above website which has a calendar listing all the events and dates:

In July experience Riverdance in Dublin. Sept. 12th-15th, celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy visiting his homeland in New Ross, Co. Wexford. Also Sept. 26th, Guiness Cork Jazz Festival; so much more. Over 2000 Gatherings are planned. This is an opportunity to experience Ireland like never before.

Have you noticed the special window display in the pub? Check it out, the beautiful trophies the many groups of our WSIA Club earned at the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Sneak Preview: Stay tuned for a special event coming this fall, presented by your Library Committee.


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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in June, 2013)
 

Do you have an idea you would like to see implemented in the McNeeley Library? Are there particular books, music, or DVDs that interest you? We are very open for suggestions. We would be happy to review any ideas you submit to us, discuss them with you and if it is feasible, we will do all we can to implement your idea. We are easy to reach via emai: library@wsia-club.org. You can reach us throught he club's telephone line 440-236-5868 and leave a message. Each Friday from 6:30pm till 8:30 pm, and on general meeting night , there is a librarian on duty who will accept your written request. It is your library; why not tell us what you would like to see in the library?

If you arc a new member, here are the names of the library committee: Midge Gannon, Director; Jill Gallagher, Donna Gilson, Bill Luther, Kay Martin, Laura Reagan-Gigliotti, Dehorah Turner and Rose Conley.


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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in May, 2013)
 

New, just for the ladies; “The Lace Makers of Glenmara” by Heather Barbieri. Kate Robinson is traveling through Ireland, the homeland of her family. She is seeking an elusive something in her life after a broken love affair and the loss of her dear mother. Always in Kate’s mind is her mother’s words, “You can always start again, all it takes is a new thread”.

On a very rain drenched evening, Kate lands in the seaside village of Glenmara, a long forgotten small village on the west coast. Her first acquaintances are Bernie and Aileen, two of the ladies of the town who make and sell lace at the fair. The author introduces us to Bernie, recently widowed; Aileen, who has forgotten what it is like to be young; Oona, Moira, Colleen all lace makers with their own outlook on life. There is Sullivan Deane, who faces his own tragedy.

The local priest, Father Byrne, watches his parish like the old priests of years past. He is sure the Lace Makers Society, who meet more often now that Kate has arrived, is up to something sinful.

The author has depicted real characters, real feelings in this story. One can follow the story and the ladies easily and feel for them, understand their strife and their loves.


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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in March, 2013)
 

Our WSIA Club members have been involved in the wonderful events leading up to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Included in those happenings are many, many practice sessions at the Club for the young marchers. To the parents of the young children: Sometimes it is difficult for younger siblings to stay occupied while their brothers or sisters are practicing. Why not stop in the McNeeley Library next to the Pub bar and check out some of the reading material we have for them? The Library has material for all ages of children. We have many lovely picture books for the very young. The Library is not open on Sunday, but if you are in the Club Friday evenings or monthly meeting night, we are open. Please ask the librarian on duty to assist you. Your membership card is all you need to check out material.

The McNeeley Library extends their congratulations to the WSIA honorees for 2013: Joe Kilbane, Man of the Year; Marge Flynn, Woman of the Year; Megan Stefancin, Queen and Dan Chambers, parade co-chair with Timothy Leahy. Kevin McGinty, Grand Marshal; Una Ellis, Mother-of-the-Year; Pat Lavelle, Hibernian of the Year.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all.



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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in February, 2013)
 

Children’s Book Review submitted by Laura Reagan Gigliotti

“The Ink Garden of Brother Theopane” by C.M. Millen

During the Dark Ages, monks in medieval monasteries painstak-ingly copied the Bible and other scholarly works by hand, writing on parchment or vellum with inks made from boiled tree bark. The Brothers used bark from the trees to make brown ink. This chil-dren’s book is about a young monk, Brother Theopane, who helps at the monastery in the mountains of Ireland. He grew tired of copying books and started experimenting to create colored ink. He went into the woods to collect bark, berries, leaves and roots. He began making beautiful colors and pictures. Soon the other monks were using his ink to illustrate their manuscripts. It is beautifully illustrated in a style reminiscent of the scribes of the Middle Ages. The simple poetry and thought in the book are based on an actual research of monk’s writings and informal art-work.

Reading this book introduces children to the work of the monks, their habits and creativity in producing different colored inks from nature. One will find scenes of Ireland and her animals.



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From Your Library
by Rose Conley (published in January, 2013)
 

“The Mother’s Story” by Julia O’Donnell Book review by David Conley The mother of Daniel O’Donnell tells the story of her life in Ireland, raising Daniel and his four siblings. Julia McGonagle was born in 1919 in Owey, off County Donegal, a remote island off the northwest coast of Ire-land. They had to take the ferry to reach a hospital; the children took the ferry to attend school. She spent her young years doing hard labor as a child, such as picking potatoes in Ireland or gutting fish on the ports of Scot-land. She married her beloved, Francie, and had five children. They were a close-knit family. He worked hard and was forced to leave the family for long periods of time to work on the farms in Scotland. But the strenu-ous lifestyle took its toll on him. While still in her for-ties, Julie became a widow, left to raise her children alone. She knitted sweaters to support her family. The relatives in America sold the sweaters, sending the mon-ey back to Julie in Ireland. Then God smiled on her, as two of her children became famous in the world of mu-sic. Both daughter Margo and son Daniel became well known names at the top of the music charts in Ireland; and Daniel enjoys great success in the States. This is a heartwarming story of overcoming adversity, keeping humor in her life, inspiring the children to be the best, and living to see the fruits of her labor. Many of our younger people today could well benefit from this book showing the difference in their abundant lifestyle vs. a sincere struggle just to get through the day. Stop in the McNeeley Library to check out the book.



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From Your Library
(published in December, 2012)
 

The Story of Mayo by Rosa Meehan

Whether you are from County Mayo, have family still living there, have visited there while touring Ireland, or just have a curiosity about this very popular part of Ireland; you will enjoy this most enlightening book published by Mayo County Library.
The book describes the people, their culture and work, the land, history, landscape and archaeology. You will discover stories of the people and the political struggles as well as their talents in the arts and sports. Along with wonderful reading, there are many photos from the first train in Mulranny, the Bacon Factory in Castlebar, paintings by local artists to the Holy Mountain of Croagh Patrick. The fascinating story of Grace O’Malley, Pirate Queen, is on page 48. There is an area in the beginning of the book, page 6, written in the Irish language.

Stop in the library any Friday evening, or on regular meeting night and check out this coffee table book. It is available for loan to our members.

A Blessed Christmas from McNeeley Library Committee



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From Your Library by Rose Conley
(published in November, 2012)
 

McNeeley Library extends to everyone a very Thankful and Happy Thanksgiving. As you start the Christmas shopping tasks, may we suggest a brick for the walkway in honor of that special person? The people honored by the bricks can enjoy it while they are still living. See any librarian for a form to com-plete. The cost is $50.00 per brick. Book review submitted by Laura Gigliotti: Fiona McGilray’s Story, A Journey from Ireland in 1849, by Clara Pastore. Journey to America is a historical fiction series for younger readers. This is the first book in a series by the author on young girls emigrating from their home countries to America. Twelve year old, Fiona, and her family face hard-ships, as many families did during the potato famine. After losing her sister, Fiona’s parents decide to send her and her brother to their relatives in America. In the middle of the night they flee their homeland, heading to Boston. It is a grueling, long voyage, on-ly to arrive in America unable to find their relatives. They live alone in a basement room, finding enough work to survive. This is an introduction for young people to the strug-gles the Irish faced in 1849 during the famine. The story incorporates Irish history and culture. The journey includes sadness, happiness and love of fam-ily, emphasizing survival and determination. Don't forget Sat., Nov. 10th at 2:00 pm in the Abbey Room, Judge Kenneth Callahan will speak about "The Irish in the Civil War". Young people hearing this talk will learn much about their ancestors and the Civil War. Older people will remember history or hearing about history from their older family mem-bers. No charge. Light refreshments served.


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From Your Library ...
(published in July, 2012)
 
A DESPERATE POEM

You were cleaning the closets of your house And what did you find? For real? A library book? Stuck back behind stuff in a little ole nook Not just any book, but a WSIA Club library book! Oh my, maybe you should take a closer look Someone might say you’re a VHS movie crook Whoops, that DVD belongs to the McNeeley Library group The headlines will read “WSIA Club Library Scoop” That little white sticker is right there so everyone sees And the records at the library office truly agrees, The items we loaned you back long, long ago Should be returned to the McNeeley Library pronto Then all the library committee will get off your back It will make us so happy, we’ll have a great craic!

Please, so I do not write another lousy poem, check for library materials you’ve forgotten to return.


Good health, good reading,
Rose Conley


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From Your Library ...
(published in June, 2012)
 
Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy, Audio Book read by Sile Bermingham

Summer vacation time is coming; sometimes this means long road trips. The kids are occupied in the back with their electronic games or movies. What about you and Dad? What if you’re a single person traveling the roads for your company. Have you tried listening to a book? It sure makes a trip go faster.

This is a light hearted story, with a bit of intrigue included. The story evolves around a heart clinic in Dublin. Dr. Clara Casey is charged with establishing the clinic. The staff she hires brings a together a group of people with interesting lives, striving to help their patients become independent.

We meet Casey’s grown daughters, Adi and Linda, as well as her ex-husband; there is Frank Ennis, the frugal manager of the clinic; delightful Anaya, a young polish girl, Dr. Declan Carrol, lovely nurse Fiona, Gentle Bobby and his disagreeable wife, Rosalind and their son, Carl. We meet many more characters, all with their own agenda. Binchy brings back some characters and places to this story, from previous books she has written. You’ll recognize the restaurant, Quentin’s and Adian and Nora Dunne.

Good health, good reading,
Rose Conley


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From Your Library ...
(published in May, 2012)
 
”Death and Nightingales” by Eugene McCabe
Eugene McCabe has been compared to William Trevor, another famous Irish writer. Some have deemed this book to be one of the great Irish masterpieces of the twentieth century.

It is 1883 and the farms of County Fermanagh, on the border of Ulster and what we now know as the Republic of Ireland, are overwhelmed with tensions of religious, political, and generational nature.

This is the story of two miserable souls: the middle-aged Protestant landlord and minor industrialist, Billy Winters, master of the small estate of Clonoula; and his Catholic stepdaughter, Beth, whom he resents, but adores her as a cuckoo in his nest. Born to a Catholic mother and an unknown Catholic father, conceived shortly before her mother's marriage to Billy, Beth has lived a life of silent suffering since her mother's death. Determined to decide her own fate, but doomed to repeat the tragic circumstances of her own birth, Beth chafes under Billy's rule and eventually makes a desperate attempt to escape by throwing in her lot with a furious revolutionary, but the plan misfires.

The author captures the fine social weave of the country and the time in a few apt words. The book has the suspense one finds in a good thriller. It is a powerful and quite unforgettable book, in the way of historical novels. It wasn’t an easy read for this writer, but very intriguing.

Good health, good reading,
Rose Conley


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From Your Library ...
(published in March, 2012)
 

If you are looking for a great resource of information on Irish organizations, places and people in the Cleveland area, the McNeeley Library has a copy of "Greater Cleveland Irish Directory" by John O'Brien , published under the auspices of the Irish American Charitable Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio. This notebook type publication is well presented, has easy to read subject tabs and very current information. It was published in July 2011. This is classified as reference material, consequently it cannot be removed from teh library. Stop in and browse through it.

The Library is pleased to announce they are working with Kevin O'Toole to present a program about Johnny Kilbane, featherweight boxing champion from 1912 to 1923. Kevin is the great-grandson of the boxer. Mark your calendars for this exciting event to be presented Sunday, April 22, 2012, 2:00 PM at the Club. More detailed information will follow in the April Bulletin.

Good health, good reading,
Rose Conley


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From Your Library ...
(published in February, 2012)

If you are looking for a great resource of information on Irish organizations, places and people in the Cleveland area, the McNeeley Library has a copy of “Greater Cleveland Irish Directory” by John O’Brien, published under the auspices of the Irish-American Charitable Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio”. This notebook type publication is well presented, has easy to read subject tabs and very current information. It was published in July 2011. This is classified as reference material, consequently it cannot be removed from the library. Stop in and browse through it.

The library is pleased to announce they are working with Kevin O’Toole to present a program about Johnny Kilbane, featherweight boxing champion from 1912 to 1923. Kevin is the great-grandson of the boxer. Mark your calendars for this exciting event to be presented Sun., April 22, 2012; 2:00 pm at the Club. More detailed information will follow in the April bulletin.

Good health, good reading,
Rose Conley


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From Your Library ...
(published in January, 2012)
 
Review submitted by Donna Gilson

“The Woman Who Walked Into Doors” by Roddy Doyle: This story is a realistic and poignant tale of Paula Spencer and her family in working class Dublin in the 1970’s. She is a victim of domestic abuse, she uses drugs and alcohol to numb her experience, she feels she is the only person to suffer her fate. The title of this book is a euphamism. It's what Paula and thousands of women like her say to their friends to cover their black-eyes and bloodied, broken noses. The writer succeeds in painting a shockingly realistic portrayal of a relatively unassuming wife who has gotten herself trapped in a violent and abusive relationship. Doyle does an excellent job of telling her story in the first person, in a forthright and even funny way. She becomes very real; the troubles of her marriage and children become very real as the characters are vividly brought to life. The writer makes the reader feel the tears, hear the music and even taste the Guinness page after page. Paula becomes a widow, forcing her to confront her demons. Her children have been affected by the dysfunctional behaviors of both parents. She begins to make amends to them in her simplistic way. Doyle received many positive accolades from reviewers and his peers on this well written book.

Happy New Year to all from The McNeeley Library
 
Good health, good reading,
Rose Conley


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From Your Library ...
(published December, 2011)
 
The McNeeley Library is proud to present a special opportunity for our WSIA Club Members, and any guests with which they wish to share this website. Linen Hall Library, the oldest library in Belfast (l788) and the only subscription library left in Ireland, has recently digitized their Postcard Collection, which dates back to the late 19th century and covers the 32 counties of Ireland. There are over 6000 historic images available, which should be of great interest to our club members. Many small towns and villages in remote parts of Ireland are featured. They are making this collection accessible to an international audience. This collection can be viewed at www.linenhall.com/shoponline.asp . If you have questions regarding this collection, you may contact Monica Cash, Deputy Librarian at Linen Hall Library. The library address is: 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB. Her email address is: m.cash@linenhall.com.

The members of the McNeeley Library wishes all of our WSIA members a very Merry Christmas and we wish for you a Healthy, Happy New Year.
 
Good health, good reading,
Rose Conley


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From Your Library ...
(published October 2011)
 
I wonder how many members -- and guests -- have noticed the showcase window in the pub?  That's the nice big window showcase between the bar and the Library door.  The theme changes from time to time.

Have you seen the digital picture frame in the window?  It's great fun to check it out, see if your photo pops up on the screen.  Now here's your chance to submit photos for the display.

We are looking for interesting pictures of an event or person, which pertains to our IA Club.  It can be an old or new photo, something from back when.  If you would please have your photos loaded onto a media device, such as a flash drive, DVD, CD, or a photo card, it would be helpful. If you do not have access to such a device, you can take your photos to any drug store, Wal-Mart, K-Mart or photo store to have the photo transferred.  It is very inexpensive to have this done. You can give the media device to a librarian or leave it in the office in an envelope with your name and phone number on it.  After we load your photo onto the digital screen, we will quickly return your device to you.

The Library Committee's discretion will choose which photos we can use.  Remember it must pertain to our West Side Irish-American Club.  You may include a note with any information you wish regarding the photo.

Good health, good reading,
Rose Conley



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From Your Library ...
 
Book review by Brendan Gannon

William P. sexton, in "Escape from Barbados," introduces us, not only to Ireland and its people, but also takes us on an historical journey which is both dangerous and exciting.

Between 1652 and 1659, over 50,000 Irish men, women and children were transported to Barbados and Virginia by England's Oliver Cromwell, and as of now there is no account of anyone escaping.  Sean Tierney was one of the many deportees who were sent to Barbados.  He was taken in chains from his Limerick home from his wife and children in the middle of the night.  It took him over 35 years to return to Ireland.

This is Sean's story, about his adventures, the difficulties he went through to return home to his family.  During the time he was enslaved, he fell in love with an African Princess  that he met on Barbados.  His multiracial son and grandson also journey with him on his adventure.  In his travels he meets many historical figures; famous pirates, priests and slaves from Africa and he fought alongside these characters throughout the book.  This is a struggle of pure determination and courage by one man to endure against overwhelming odds in his quest to return to his homeland.

This is an exceptionally poignant story of the plight of the Irish who were transported as slaves to the Caribbean without being preachy about it.  The action is both exciting and believable. The writer could have put more into his characters and their activities, as the book was rather condensed.

Good Health, Good Reading, 
Rose Conley


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From Your Library ...
(published August 2011)
 
As I sat down to write this article, with a very blank mind, I started to look back through the articles I have previously written for this bulletin.  I was surprised to discover copies back to Dec. 2006.  That’s a lot of book reviews, publicity on events the library sponsored, articles to urge you to pick out a book to read and enjoy, articles to let you know what material we have in the library, articles to encourage the children to read, articles regarding the memorial bricks, articles of congratulations to the honorees each St. Patrick’s Day. It makes me feel good when a club member tells me the current article was interesting. I am pleasantly surprised to see who reads my articles. The articles are written for the McNeely Library.  I am proud to accept your kind words in their name. If you have criticism, that’s ok, tell the librarian on duty. 
 
I encourage you to visit the library if you are not acquainted with us.  We are a laid back group that enjoys the material in the library.  We especially enjoy bringing interesting programs and speakers to the club for you. Again we invite you to join us on our committee.
 
Good health, good reading,
Rose Conley


The West Side Irish-American Club
8559 Jennings Rd
Olmsted Township, OH 44138
U.S.A.
Phone: 440-235-5868
Fax: 440-235-3169
Email Address: INFO@WSIA-Club.Org