West Side Irish American Club News Archive

September 2013 News


The booth at the Irish Cultural Festival was very successful this year bringing us over 100 new and renewed memberships. We have just exceeded the 3000 mark and are still receiving applications in the mail.  A BIG thanks go to our festival volunteers Mary Ellen Grealis, Ann Murphy, Helen Malloy, Kathleen Mangan, Noreen Hastings, Mary Graven Clayton and Jim McGuirk.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  — Marge Flynn and Dianne Luther


What a great day for a Picnic. Food was very good especially Tim’s Pasta Salad. Marge Lavelle, and her daughter, Mary Napier and, of course, our Mary Ellen Grealis all did a great job. Thanks to all the members who donated the wonderful door prizes. At our next meeting on September 12th, we will have George McNulty, from Playhouse Square, present. He will give a talk on the Broadway Series. Mary Ellen Grealis is having a trip to Thistledown Racino on Wednesday, September 11th. The price is $20.00, with a casino bonus of $15.00. For reservations call Mary Ellen at 440-235-6528.  Have a safe and sound Labor Day.


To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Twinning of Achill and Cleveland, a delegation from Achill will present to us two clocks manufactured in Achill. One clock will show Achill time and one clock will show Cleveland time. The presentation will be held on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 th at 8:00 PM. Please stop by and welcome our visitors and join in the festivities. The Annual Famine Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday. September 21 st at 5:00 PM across from the Flat Iron Cafe. The celebrant will be Fr. Jim O’Donnell.

We just completed the resurfacing of our parking lots and driveway at a cost of $107,000.00. The continued
support of our membership has allowed us to undertake this important project. As funds become available, other improvements and maintenance will be addressed.

For the third straight year our membership has had a modest but important increase. We just tipped the 3,000 mark. Thanks to all who helped spread the word about our Club. Also, a sincere thanks is due to Marge Flynn and Dianne Luther for reorganizing the office and updating various procedures for membership.

Our much loved and efficient Financial Secretary, Jim Caffrey, has retired after nearly 30 years of committed service. Ann Murphy, and Mary Ellen Grealis have stepped in and are handling the job without a hitch.

After many years of being an all male fraternity, our Tuesday Daytime Work Crew is becoming more integrated each year. Joining us most Tuesdays are Kathleen Egan, Marge Flynn, Kathleen Mangan, Helen Malloy, Ann Murphy, Mary Ellen Grealis and Maureen (McGinty) Cseh. They definitely are a welcome addition. And last but not least, it costs approximately $320.00 per day to keep our Club up and running.
John O’Brien, President, WSIA Club

Cleveland Youths Receives Scholarships In Irish Music: 
This past July, three young Cleveland musicians received scholarships to attend Augusta Heritage Center’s Irish/Celtic Week in Elkins, West Virginia. Emmett Galla, 12, the son of Greg and Colleen Galla, along with sisters, Abbygael Cancian, 13, and Molly Cancian, 11, the daughters of Brian and Christine Cancian, were privileged to participate in the oldest Irish Week of its kind in the United States. For 31 years, Augusta has attracted the world’s finest instructors to immerse students in the very best of Irish music, dance, craft, and folklore.

The children’s days were packed with sessions, classes, concerts, and ceilis. Emmett, Abby, and Molly participated in two sessions each day where they had the opportunity to play along side the great accordion player, Robbie O’Connell and All Ireland fiddle champion, Sean Clohessy. They had lessons twice a day on their individual instruments. Emmett studied fiddle with Patrick Ourceau, Abby studied fiddle with Tony DeMarco, and Molly studied the DADGAD style of guitar accompaniment with Brian Miller. The children spent the early evening in a ceili band class, under the instruction of Daniel Neely, learning tunes appropriate for dancers. After sessions and classes, the day was far from over. The evening activities included more sessions, ceili and set dancing in the dance pavilion, and two fabulous concerts that featured the instructors from the week. The week’s instructors hailed from Ireland, Canada, and the United States, and have played with world renowned bands and shows including Black 47, The Clancy Brothers, Riverdance, and Lord of the Dance, to name a few.
It was a wonderful week filled with learning, tradition, culture, and fun and it wouldn’t have been possible without the
dedication of their teachers, Rasa Chambers and Brian Bigley, and their letters of recommendation. For more information about Augusta Center’s Irish Celtic Week visit AugustaHeritageCenter.org.

For more information about Irish Music for kids in Cleveland contact Colleen Hannon Galla at colleen.galla@yahoo.com.
You can find these young musicians around town playing their fiddles and guitar in kid house sessions, the Plank Rd. Tavern sessions on Thursday nights, and The West Side Irish-American Club Pub on Friday, September 13, 2013.

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