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October 2012 News:


Ann Hill from Universal Health Care gave a very informative talk on affordable health care at our last meeting. Our next meeting will be on Thursday October 11th.  If you haven’t bought your Thanksgiving Raffle tickets,
please do so. Your club needs your support. It’s not too soon to think about Christmas. Our party will  be on Thursday December 13th; details next month.  Door prizes or Chinese raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated.

Mary Ellen Grealis, Chairperson 440-235-6528
Janet Saringer, Vice-Chairperson; Mickey Grealis, Treasurer;
Mary Ellen McFarland, Secretary; Carol Trego, Sergeant-at-Arms

Please contact Rosemarie Houlehan, Health and Welfare Chairperson, at 440-353-0925, to send a card to Forever Young Members who are sick or have lost an immediate family member.


West Side Irish-American Club Annual Thanksgiving Day Raffle

Only 2,500 Tickets Sold * Winner Need Not be Present * Drawing Held November 22, 2012
Donation: $20.00
First Prize – $10,000 * Second Prize – $2,500 * Third Prize – $1,000 * Fourth Prize – $1,000

Return Your Tickets Early to be Entered into the Special Seller’s Drawing.  At the October 18th General Meeting we will have a special drawing for all raffle tickets sold and returned to the Club by October 18, 2012. One ticket will be drawn; the seller of that ticket will receive a $100.00 GAS CARD. The ticket will then be returned to the drum for the Thanksgiving Day drawing. The sellers of the winning tickets will also receive a money prize.

Please check the October 2012 bulletin for ticket order form.

Forever Young Report (Sept. 2012)

Our annual picnic was held inside because of the threat of rain. On the bright side we had no bees or ants. Thanks to our volunteers: Tom and Betty Clark, Marge Lavelle, Mary Napier, and Mickey and Mary Ellen Grealis. The food by P.T. O’Malley was great; the Pasta Salad by Tim got great reviews. Door prizes were donated by Marge Jeffers, Jean Kessler, Marge Lavelle, and Mary Napier.

Our next meeting is on Thursday Sept 13th. Hope to see you there. Happy Labor Day!

Mary Ellen Grealis, Chairperson 440-235-6528
Janet Saringer, Vice-Chairperson; Mickey Grealis, Treasurer;
Mary Ellen McFarland, Secretary; Carol Trego, Sergeant-at-Arms

Please contact Rosemarie Houlehan, Health and Welfare Chairperson, at 440-353-0925, to send a card to Forever Young Members who are sick or have lost an immediate family member.

WSIA to appear in Kamm’s 4th of July parade…

Kamm’s Corners Independence Day Parade Join us for the July 4th parade at 9:30 am. Our beautiful float from the St. Patrick’s Day parade will be there. The parade departs from Kamm’s Plaza, travels east on Lorain Avenue, turns north at West Park Avenue which curves west to Rocky River Drive. Come along for the fun!

Gaelic Football history in Cleveland

Cleveland itself has an amazing GAA history going back to c1918 with the Cleveland Young Ireland’s Football team. Players on this team included the late Pat Duffy, Jim Mannion and Phil McGovern. There are stories of how the team would take the night boat to Detroit for games. After the game they would attend a dance then the night boat back to Cleveland. It is believed there were also active clubs in Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

Henry Cavanaugh was President of the Cleveland GAA in the 1930’s. Games were played at local venues such as Gordon Park, Edgewater Park, Puritas Springs Park and Shamrock Field. It is thought that none or very little Gaelic football was played in the city from the late 1930’s to mid-1940’s. It is in 1948 that we find records of the current club Cleveland St Pat’s GFC being formed.

In 1949 Pat Lynch, Henry Cavanaugh and Pat Duffy in conjunction with contacts in Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Buffalo formed the Midwest Gaelic Football League. Games were played at Brookside, League Park, Shaw Stadium and West Tech. A new practice field was eventually located at E110th and St Clair. In the fall of 1950 Katherine (Murphy) Kearney was elected secretary of the Cleveland GAA. At the same time a Midwest select team travelled to Boston to play a New England select team. The Midwest team was coached by Pat Duffy and had 2 Clevelanders on the team: Mickey Prendergast and Gene O’Donnell. The Midwest would win by a single point.

Throughout the 1950’s it seems there were several different Gaelic Football and hurling teams in Cleveland. It would be Cleveland St Pat’s team that would go on to dominate the North American GAA scene during the 1960’s winning 3 national titles in a row

Over the next few decades members of the Cleveland GAA would become greatly involved with the National GAA – John O’Brien, Sean Gannon, Henry Cavanaugh, John Herlighy, Al O’Leary to name but a few. St Pat’s GFC would continue alone through the 1970’s. this past few decades the club has seen several men take on the role as club chairman; from the 1980’s to early 2000’s it was the Gannon family who made the commitment with both Sean Sr. and Jr. taking on the role. More recently, since 2005 Derry native Mark Owens has served as Chairman.

Cleveland St Pat’s have been the long standing home team of the West Side Irish-American Club for quite a while and have long term plans to develop the current field with the help assistance of the GAA in Ireland. It is an exciting time for the local team as they will be leading the way in hosting the 2013 National Gaelic Games to be held in Cleveland.

If interested in playing for the team please email stpatsgfc@yahoo.com or visit their website at www.clevelandstpatsgfc.com. Feel free to call Mark Owens with questions at 440-331-3539.

Forever Young News: July 2012


Our annual Mass for deceased members was celebrated at our June 14, 2012 meeting. The Mass was inspiring, as was Fr. Cornelius Murray’s homily. Thanks to Marge Lavelle and Mary Napier for setting up the Alter. Good Job Ladies.

Our annual Picnic will be on August 8th. Tickets will go on sale at the July 12th meeting. Price will be $11.00 per person.

Mary Ellen Grealis is planning a trip to Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh for Tuesday July 17th. The cost is $26.00 per person. Please call Mary Ellen at 440-235-6528 if interested.


Mary Ellen Grealis, Chairperson 440-235-6528 Janet Saringer, Vice-Chairperson; Mickey Grealis, Treasurer; Mary Ellen McFarland, Secretary; Carol Trego, Sergeant-at-Arms

Please contact Rosemarie Houlehan, Health and Welfare Chairperson, at 440-353-0925, to send a card to Forever Young Members who are sick or have lost an immediate family member.

June 2012: Bulletin News highlights


Restrooms coming to our Pavilion!
Two new restrooms are being installed in the
pavilion. The Ladies Room will have two flush
toilets, and the Men’s restroom will have one
flush toilet and one urinal. This will be a very
welcome addition to our summer activities.
Completion is expected in June.



Everyone enjoyed the gardening tips presented at
the May meeting by Noel, the Petitti Garden Center
representative. Lucky members won some of the
beautiful plants donated by Petitti.
Nominations for officers for the upcoming year
were held. All of the officers were unanimously reelected
for another term.
Our annual Mass for the deceased members of
Forever Young will be celebrated at our June 13th
meeting. Father Cornelius Murray will be the
Our annual picnic will be held on August 8th, more
details next month
Marilyn Farone has several trips call 216-267-3215
if interested in Whatcha Got Cooking, July 24;
Ridgeview Farms, Nov.28th; or Living Christmas
Tree, Dec.9th.



The Club’s annual “25” card game was held on April 15, 2012. It was well attended.  The Winners were Marty Joe Kilbane and Tom McGowarn.  A big Thank You to all who baked and volunteered.  We were happy to have Kathleen O’Grady back among us, as an active player, after a prolonged illness.

Frank Buckley, Bill Rice, Mike Holian



Ceili Dancing has been discontinued for the summer.
Dates for new classes will be listed in August Bulletin.
-Una Ellis



March 14, 2012…Old News

Ceili lessons will resume on Thursday March 1, 2012 at 7:15 PM. Contact Una Ellis for information 440-748-3562

Easter Bunny Breakfast: Join us on Sunday April 1, 2012 for our annual breakfast, raffle, and Easter Egg Hunt. Please see the flyer for details and registration form.


Registration & First Practice is Sunday, January 8, 2012

Pom-Poms (12-18 & still in high school) Noon-2:00 PM
Contact: Patti Hanrahan, 440-779-0607

Majorettes (7 years & older) 2:30-4:30 PM
Contact: Heather Barry, 216-440-0801

Jr. Fife & Drum Corps (7 years & older) 2:30-4:30 PM
Contact: Heather Barry, 216-440-0801

Drill Team (14 years & older or in high school) 5:00-7:00 PM
Contact: Mary McCluskey, 216-261-5497

Sr. Fife & Drum Corps (Men & Women) 5:00-7:00 PM
Contact: Bill Hayes, 440-793-6023

For additional information, call Eileen Stull 216-272-2666



Steak Shoot Winners

Saturday, January 14, was a cold wintery night but it did not stop our Steak Shoot to be another success. The Tacos and Margaritas were enjoyed by all and a total of 71 steaks were won by the following:

Sharon Febel – 6
Mary Ann McNeela – 2
Jim Schall – 2
Pat Murphy – 4
Bernie Brooks – 2
Mary Agnes Barrett – 8
Ann Griss – 4
Eileen McNeela – 2
Donna Bowman – 6
Mary Ellen Brooks – 2
Mary Cunningham – 4
Kathleen Egan – 2
Kathleen McNamara – 5
Carol Gabrenya – 4
Sharon Spadar – 5
Bill Luther – 2
Marilyn Lucas – 2
Caroline Rickner – 6
Tom Egan – 3



  • Forever Young: Our speaker for January was Vincent Caraffi from the Board of Health. He gave a very interesting talk on hoarding. The speaker for the Fe. 9th meeting will be from the Automobile Club. Tickets for our St. Patrick’s Day party will be for sale at our Feb. meeting for $100.00. If you want to be on Lolly the Trolley for the Parade the cost is $15.00 if you are boarding from the Club, or $10.00 if you are boarding from St. Colman’s. Please contact Mary Ellen Grealis for tickets 440-235-6528.
  • Forever Young: Our Christmas party was held on December 8. It was a very enjoyable event: great food provided by P.T. O’Malley, good friends and loads of door prizes. Scott Brotherton did a wonderful job entertaining us. Thank you to the committee! Our next meeting will be January 12th. Hope to see you there!
  • Forever Young: At our September meeting the entertainment was Billy Fischer, a vocal impressionist.  Jim Gaffrey tells us he will have another nice surprise for us for our October 13th meeting.  Jerry Gaughan won the membership drawing.  It is not too soon to think about our Christmas Party on Thursday December 8th.  Door prize contributions are needed.  If you can help, contact Janet Saringer at 440-779-5029.
  • NOMINATION RESULTS FOR TRUSTEES:  All 6 trustees up for re-election were nominated and are unopposed, therefore there will be no elections needed at the October meeting.  We will have nominations for Club Officers, from the current 18 trustees, at the October Meeting.
  • Forever Young: Our picnic August 11th was great – the weather cooperated.  P.T. O’Malley wad wonderful food for us.  Our thanks go out to Janet Saringer, Mary Ellen and Mickey Grealis, Marge Lavelle and Mary Napier for all their hard work to complete the day.  NOTE:  Mary Ellen Grealis is having a gambling trip to Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh on Tuesday October 14th.  Cost of the trip is $27.00 which includes $15 free play and $5.00 food.  Contact Mary Ellen Grealis at the club for more information.
  • The September 15, 2011 General Meeting will have nominations for 6 trustees for a 3 year term starting on January 1, 2012.  The Trustees whose terms end December 31st and are running for re-election are: Jim Caffrey, Pat Leneghan, Kevin McDonough, Mike McGuire, Bill Rice and Maureen Rice.
  • Ceili dance lessons begin again on Thursday Sept, 8, 2011, at 7:00 PM.  For more information call Una Ellis, 440 748 3562 .
  • Desperately Needed… A Few Good Men and Women:  Our Tuesday Maintenance Crew has lost some members and would be very grateful for your help.  For more information on the Maintenance Crew or to volunteer, call John O’Brien or just show up at the Club on a Tuesday morning around 10:00 AM.