Central Ohio's Largest Irish-American Women's Organization
"American by birth, Irish by the grace of God!"
Hello Ladies of the Daughters of Erin,

I look forward to meeting this weekend Saturday and Sunday. We'll talk about the great activities in March and April and what's coming up through the summer.

Please join us for the May Crowning at 11 am, Saturday, May 18 and the Installation of Officers at 6 pm, Thursday, May 30. We hope you can join us. Find the details below and please RSVP to the committee chair. I will be accepting payments at the meeting on Sunday.

Over the last two years I have learned so much from so many of you in the Daughters of Erin and the Clann Na nGael, I am so proud of the generations and the work we all do as sisters for our Irish heritage and for the good of those in need. I appreciate your passion for your Irish heritage and for the Daughters of Erin.

I would like to thank the elected board, committee chairs, volunteers and all the dedicated members (and their family members) who have shared their time and talents the last two years. I am so fortunate to have worked with such a hardworking and dedicated members.

Your support of this organization help us to continue the mission of the Daughters of Erin.

Thank you,


The May meeting is at 2 pm, Sunday, May 19 at Old Trinity Lutheran Church, 404 East 4th St. Voting is from 1-3 pm. We need help setting up tables before and after the meeting.

The Junior Division will meet during our meeting at 2 pm.

Hospitality asks us to bring goodies that your Mom used to make or that remind you of your Mom. There will be an Irish Cookbook raffle and a 50/50 raffle to benefit the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Our charity for May is Domestic Violence Shelters within Ohio, primarily in Franklin County that help Ohioans escape violence and begin new lives free from their abusers.

The greatest need currently is for tall kitchen garbage bags and new underwear and socks for both women and children. Or any of the items listed are welcome:

  • Shampoo & Conditioner (children & adults)
  • African American Hair Care Products
  • Mouthwash (non-alcoholic)
  • Soap (hand soap, bar soap, body wash)
  • Feminine Hygiene (Pads/Tampons)
  • Disposable Razors
  • Toothbrushes (adults & children)
  • Toothpaste/Dental Floss
  • Body Lotion (adults & infants)
  • Hair Brushes/Combs
  • Deodorant
  • Facial Tissues/Kleenex
  • Body Spray/Perfume
  • Diapers/Pull-up's (all sizes)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand wipes/Hand Sanitizer

  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Air Fresheners
  • Paper Towels
  • Spray Disinfectants
  • Multi-purpose cleaners (for bathrooms & kitchens)
  • Garbage Bags
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Batteries (Various sizes)
  • New Pillows
  • Art Supplies (Crayons/Coloring Books, etc.)
  • Journals
  • Manicure Kits
  • Antibiotic Ointments/Bandages
  • Ziplock Bags (All Sizes)

Thank you for your generous support as always. If you have any questions or need anything picked up please call or text Cheryl Costello at 614-774-8879.

The Daughters of Erin and the Ladies Ancient of Order of Hibernians are hosting the 2024 May Crowning, Saturday, May 18 at 11 am at Holy Family Church, 584 West Broad Street, in the Parish Center, behind the church.

All are invited ... bring friends and family!

There is a luncheon immediately after the Rosary and May Crowning.

RSVP to Carolyn Collins at 614-893-1700. If you are interested in volunteering to set up and clean up, please come early or plan to stay after.

Cardo's Pizza & Tavern is hosting the annual Charity Golf Outing benefiting the Daughters of Erin and Lighthouse Against Domestic Violence of Fairfield County.

Saturday, June 8
Pine Hill Golf Club
4382 Kauffman Road
Carroll, OH 43112

  • Check-in starts at noon, shotgun start 1:30 pm.
  • $380 Team/$95 Person, pre-register and pay below.
  • Register as a team or as an individual. We will match players with teams.
  • Register by Saturday, June 1
  • First come, first served
  • After party at Cardio’s Pizza and Tavern, pizza and beer cards

The Daughters of Erin Installation of Officers is Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 pm at the Old Bag of Nails, 24 North State St., Westerville 43081. Parking is available in the downtown area. There is an elevator and we have our own room.

The meal is a buffet and includes rolls, broccoli and Caesar salad.
  • Dinner: Fish & Chips and Seared Chicken & Penne Pasta
  • Dessert: Carrot cake or Bread pudding

Water, iced tea and coffee are included. The cost is $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Alcohol is not included, tab available, the bar is in the banquet room.

Reservations or questions, contact Sheila Hiveley, 614-962-1291. Please include contact information.


Tickets are on sale at meetings and events or by contacting Becky Ellis at 614-262-3643.

The drawing is July 13 at the Shamrock Club Music Festival. Check with family and friends for a chance for a table of 10 at the Columbus Commons.
DAUGHTERS OF ERIN | 1978 to 2023

We still have badges available! 2024 Daughters of Erin badges are $1 each or you can purchase a bag of 10 or 25 badges. The sales support the Saint Patrick's Day parade costs.

If you would like to purchase badges, contact Becky Ellis at 614-262-3643.

We want to celebrate special birthdays, work announcements, honors, etc. Please share the details, so we can share and celebrate with you.

May 2 Valerie Del Monaco
May 7 Sara Trepanier
May 11 Devan Costello
May 24 Kathleen Odgen

Peggy and Karen Fahy volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House this month, hosting crafts for the children and families staying there.

We will be sponsoring craft nights in the coming year, watch for updates from Cheryl Costello and the charities committee.

If you have daughters, granddaughters, or nieces who would like to learn more about Irish culture, participate in charitable activities, and make new friends, please reach out to us or bring them to a meeting.

The meetings are at the same time as our meeting.

Please keep our members and those on the prayer list in your thoughts and prayers. Please join us in prayer for peace and for all those who've lost family members across the world.

All the children at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Mary Hayes, Karen Jones, Gwen Redmond, Pat Fahy, Sharon Selby, Sharon Tantes, Mike Koch, Brian Morris, Bob Archer, Kelly Archer Tamerlano, Ed Kelly, Judy (Mickie) Dildine, Tim Fallon, Tim and Pat O'Farrell, Sharon Cattey, Patricia Furney, Michele Benjamin, Tim Jones, Toby Betts, Eileen Baesmann, Tim McSweeney, Regan, Dacoda Harmon, Tim Robbins, Dianna Ardrey, Chris Sweeney, Carol McConahay, Franklin Tack, Terry Baesmann, Joann McNamara, Paul Tisdale, Kathy Kelly, Clyde Fenton, Karen Franz, Kay Fallon, Ed and MaryKay Moriarity, and all those in need of our prayers.

If you are interested in receiving a call or calling a member to check in from time-to-time, please email Carolyn Collins at collinscarolyn07@gmail.com.
Peggy Shanahan, My father joined the Shamrock Club when he moved to Columbus in the 1950s. At this time, they only allowed men to become members. It wasn’t until October 1978 when the Daughters of Erin was created which allowed women an opportunity to join an Irish organization. My mother and I became members in the first year.
My family has been very involved with the Irish Community. In the 1970s, my sister, Bridgid and I joined Irish dance, which I continued and eventually became the first person from Central Ohio to be certified to teach by the Commission of Irish Dance. My parents were on the committee that created the Columbus Feis. My sister, Kathy, when DOE President, helped to start Clann na nGael, One Family Irish.
Since becoming a member of the Daughters of Erin, I have served on every committee, as well as being elected as a Board Delegate multiple times and Secretary. I was the youngest member elected to office, was instrumental in starting the DOE Junior Division, and was honored to be Irish Woman of the Year in 2008 and Member of the Year in 2017.
Many members, some not with us any longer, have mentored me throughout the years, grooming me for President, showing me how to run the organization and help to make it grow. As we approach our 50th anniversary in 2028, I look forward to helping our organization’s continued growth, improving involvement with Clann na nGael, and publicizing the good works we do throughout the year. I respectfully ask for your support in my run for President of the Daughters of Erin.


My name is Mary (Enright) Freimark. I am proud to say I grew up in the Irish community. My father was a charter member of the Pipes and Drums Corp. I worked in government 31 years and have been retired for four. I grew up and currently live in Clintonville. I am married and together we have a blended family of five grown children. I love OSU football, entertaining family and friends and traveling. I love the Irish community and I am glad my parents got me involved from a young age. I am amazed of all the incredible things the organization does for the community and I have enjoyed getting to know all the strong amazing ladies in the Daughters of Erin.


Hello ladies! My name is Marcia Springer. I am running for secretary for the Daughters of Erin. I have a membership card from as early as 1980! I have recently rejoined and have really enjoyed spending time helping out with various events. My passion is to educate and serve others. My family has been in the Irish community in Columbus my whole life. I cherish my Irish heritage. I have been married for 35 years with two adult daughters. I am in my 35th year of teaching in the Diocese of Columbus. I am currently a first grade teacher at Saint Brigid of Kildare. I look forward to serving the daughters of Erin in the coming year.

Peggy Arnold, Hello, I am running to fill one of the Board of Directors open positions. I filled that position eight years ago and since have been secretary when Sharon Selby was president. After that I was Hospitality Chair for two years and secretary for the last two years. I'd like to continue on the Board and contribute in any way that I can. I am committed to supporting the DOE fundraising and our charitable work. I was on the interviewing committee panel and I found the scholarship and Irish Life Experience applicants to be both interesting and enjoyable. It was wonderful to meet these young people who are looking to the DOE to help them in both their personal and academic journey. It was wonderful to hear how the Daughters of Erin has impacted lives in a positive manner. My focus as a member of the Board Of Directors will be to explore more ways we can get our message out to the young people to know about and take advantage of the financial aid as well as the opportunity to experience their Irish heritage.I hope you will consider voting for me for Board of Directors.

Kelly Kennedy Hetrick, a lifelong resident of Columbus, grew up in Clintonville, and graduated from Whetstone High School and The Ohio State University.
Kelly retired from the Ohio Department of Health in 2017 after 30 years of public service in various positions, including those as a probation officer for adult offenders and a social worker for juvenile delinquents. Her last 16 years in public employment were with the Ohio Women, Infants, and Children’s Program, with her last year serving as the statewide director of the program. In this capacity, she oversaw the provision of health and nutrition services to 250,000 low-income women infants and children; management of 1200 State and local staff and 200 statewide clinics; and management of an annual budget of $250 million. Kelly’s “retirement” job is working as the lead receptionist at the Westerwood Rehabilitation and Senior Living complex, where she manages three reception desks and 10 receptionists (She is currently looking for another receptionist, so give her a call!).

Kelly has extensive leadership and decision-making experience, having served in various organizations and on numerous committees and boards over the years, including serving as past president of the Agonia Women’s Club, board member of the National Association of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs, and board member of the Daughters of Erin! She has received numerous commendations from the State of Ohio and USDA for her leadership skills, integrity, contributions to public health, and dedication to Ohio’s citizens. I would be honored to serve on the board again, thank you for your consideration. 
My name is Donna O’Brien. I am Irish by blood and an O’Brien by marriage. My grandmother is an O’Rourke and her brother (my great uncle) Jerry was a past President of the Shamrock Club. I have been a member of the DOE multiple times at various stages of my life and have volunteered for many events. I’ve been on the Board as a Board Delegate in 2023/24, Secretary in 2009/10 and 2010/11 and recently chaired the Irish Breakfast 2023 and 2024.

Annual membership dues are $10 for Junior members (under 18 years of age) and $20 for Regular members (ages 18-79).

Honorary members, age 80 and over, please confirm your information with Peggy McCathran. She will have the applications to review.

View and print the 2024 Membership Application.

Dues can be paid by mailing a check made out to Daughters of Erin (please spell out on the check) to: Peggy McCathran, 3012 E. Mound St., Columbus, OH, 43209 or call Peggy with questions at 614-235-2969.

If any of your contact information has changed, please include it with your check.

We're planning for the Daughters of Erin 50th Anniversary Celebration coming in 2028. Call or text Peggy Fahy, 614-203-7179, if you're interested in helping or have questions.

There are so many things happening in the Irish Community. The websites and Facebook pages are linked below.

Thursday, May 16, Shamrock Club Cornhole, weekly
Friday, May 17, Birthday Night with Jim, Ed & Friends, Tara Hall, 7 pm
Wednesday, May 22, Shamrock Club Horseshoes, weekly
Monday, May 27, March in the Worthington Memorial Day Parade
Friday, June 14, Shamrock Club Flag Day & the McIans, 6 pm
Saturday, July 13, Shamrock Club Music Festival
Saturday, July 27, DOE Scone Baking & Bread Pudding for the Dublin Irish Festival
Friday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 4, DOE Tea Room, Dublin Irish Festival

The Shamrock Club is open every Friday for Happy Hour. Watch the Shamrock Club Facebook page or website for additional events.

Tara Hall is open every Friday featuring music and Birthday Night on the third Friday. Watch the Tara Hall Facebook page or AOH website for entertainment listings.

The Central Ohio branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann celebrates Irish music, language and culture. Visit the Columbus Comhaltas website for details.

The Daughters of Erin
P.O. Box 1912
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1912  

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