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2023 Arts & Culture Awards

John O'Brien, Jr.

An author, writer, poet, publisher and spokesman, John Francis O’Brien, Jr. is Co-Founder, Co-Publisher and Editor of iIirish newsmagazine, which premiered in January 2007. John is a United Irish Societies Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Honoree and was named as one of Irish America Magazine’s Top 100 Irish Americans. He is the author of five books. 

iIrish is a monthly newsmagazine that covers news and events of interest to the more than 2.1 million people of Irish descent in Ohio and Pittsburgh, PA. Twenty-seven columnists bring the movers, shakers & music makers to you each month. It is available at over 643 locations in Ohio and six surrounding states.

John is a founder and served as Deputy Director of Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, which will celebrate their 38th Annual event in 2023. The festival has given over $776,000 to local and national charities since its 1982 inception. 


2023 Arts & Culture Awards