2014 Season is Rolling

Despite Jarlath’s inability to take just one photo during their training sessions, half of the team has been meeting up for jogs around Lakewood and Rocky River. Practice will be held down in the Metroparks Valley near the Lakewood-Rocky River border.

Labor Day GAA Finals

First Game against Los Angeles Wild Geese GFC Friday at 4:50 PM. Tickets are $10.

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Barton-Bradley Recreation Field. Soccer Field in North Olmsted. 30642 Bradley Rd. North Olmsted, OH 44070

No parking at the fields. Free shuttle from the nearby North Olmsted Sportsplex at 31515 Lorain Rd North Olmsted, OH 44070

http://www.gaacleveland.com/ticket-information.html

Coming Together

Jarlaths welcomes everyone to visit Plank Road Tavern in Lakewood to learn more about the sport. Stay tuned for event schedule.

The tentative schedule for the 2013 season is as follows:

June 1/2 at Pittsburgh against the Celtics

June 8/9 at Cleveland against St. Pats

June 15/16 BYE

June 22/23 at Columbus against Naghten Street

June 29/30 BYE

July 13/14 at Avon Lake against Detroit

July 20/21 at Detroit against Detroit

July 27/28 at Avon Lake against St. Pats

August 3/4 BYE

August 10/11 at Avon Lake against Naghten Street

August 17/18 at Avon Lake against Celtics

Pilot Podcast w/ Pat Campbell

PJsPJ McIntyre’s owner Pat Campbell sat down with Séamus O Cadhain to discuss ”Erin Og,” which translates to Young Ireland. PJs is located in Kamm’s Corner in Westpark, Ohio and will host the events associated with the 2013 GAA Finals. This podcast is a rough copy and the audio technician was unavailable, so stay tuned for an updated version that included Irish dancing, the Cleveland community, and much more. Live music this weekend at PJ’s!

Gathering of the Irish Americans

This year in Ireland, people from around the globe will gather for events around the idea of bringing people back home. Unfortunately, there are millions who will not be able to make it. Instead of regretting our inability to travel to Ireland this year, let’s have our own Gathering. We need to do this before St. Patrick’s Day. We need to do this before the Labor Day GAA Finals, which are being held in North Olmsted this year. In 1982 and 1989, Cleveland held the GAA Finals, in which Jarlath’s made it to the semi-finals in ’82 and the finals in ’89. Sean Gannon of St. Pats GFC led the organization of the games. Gannon was the chairman of the North American GAA for a number of years.

We need to come together before it’s too late. Our Irish Community in Cleveland is fragmented at best. Let’s talk over a pint at our own events we’ll be having these next few months. There’s so much we should be doing together. How can we expect teams from around the country to save money for a trip to Cleveland when we can’t even come together ourselves?

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All Irish groups in Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Erie, and other Midwest towns are invited to comment. We all need to work together or else we’ll miss out on an amazing opportunity.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, young people organized with Pete Kelly to form a minor league Gaelic football team called Erin Og.  “Erin Og” translates to Young Ireland.

Gaelic Revival

Ireland prepared for dynamic change 100 years ago. After centuries of British rule, the people of Ireland grew tired of the political efforts that promised a free and independent Irish Republic. In 1916, nationalists planned an uprising against the British establishment in Dublin. They assumed too much and went into battle without the necessary resources. After shelling public buildings in Dublin, killing hundreds of civilians, the British arrested and executed the leaders of the infamous Easter Rising. Initially criticized by Irish citizens, the executions provided the climate that arguably led to the Irish Free State a few years later, the stepping stone to what we know now as Ireland.

Today, this heritage spreads throughout the world with 450,000 Clevelanders calling themselves Irish, according to the Plain Dealer. For over 30 years, St. Jarlaths has cultivated a team from locals to Irish from all over the Island. Some of the best players came from Belfast, a continued hotbed of sectarian conflict. Catholics were unable to find jobs for decades after Ireland became what it was after the Irish Civil War and Northern Ireland was left to the administration of the British. Protestants occupied most of the high paying manufacturing jobs until those jobs moved into third world countries, thanks to corporate consultants who advised on low tax rates and labor costs. During the troubles in Northern Ireland, in which 3,500 people were killed and 47,000 were injured, many Catholics moved overseas and attended some of the best schools in the world. Many came to Cleveland. And some joined the St. Jarlaths Gaelic Football team, which went on to win nationals two years in a row in the mid 2000s.

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Michael Collins

Everyone must keep in mind that St. Jarlaths and most self-respecting Irish-Americans do not endorse the actions of those who thought they could achieve political goals through violence. That may have been the case in 1916, but what became known as the IRA (Irish Republican Army) and other derivatives is entirely against what Michael Collins, the George Washington of Ireland, believed was right. Collins was assassinated for his efforts to fight for peace during the Irish Civil War and the IRA became perverted by people who would walk into community fundraisers and take all the money for “the cause.”

Before Ireland achieved its independence, an effort was started by the Irish community for a “Gaelic Revival” in which the government was no longer acknowledged as banned sports such as Gaelic Football and other cultural gatherings became the norm in the lead up to a populist fight for Irish freedom.

In the coming months in Cleveland, St. Jarlaths plans to launch a “Gaelic Revival” to develop the athletic community, correct perceptions, and provide all those coming into town for the parades, festivals, and 2013 GAA Finals with the right information on where to go to experience the good people of Cleveland.

Stay tuned for updates and visit the Plank Road Tavern in Lakewood on Thursday evenings for Irish music and great food and drink specials. As Michael Collins said, “We won’t play by their rules…we’ll invent our own.”

Up Cleveland!