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 am excited for elections and the coming year!

Thank you to Carolyn Collins and her committee for coordinating the May Crowning, and to Father Pat Toner for serving at the event as Msgr. Cody recuperates from cataract surgery.

We are planning for summer events, the Shamrock Club Music Festival July 7-8, DOE Golf Outing July 15, scone baking July 29 and the Dublin Irish Festival Tea Room Aug 4-6. Please plan to volunteer and help us organize volunteers for these fundraising events! We especially need strong, tall individuals to put up and take down the tent sides Friday & Saturday evening and Saturday & Sunday morning at the Dublin Irish Festival. Watch for more details after the May meeting.

Congratulations to college scholarship winners Ali Lothes and Isabel Winters; and to the Irish Life Experience winner, Shawn Peterson. The Shamrock Club is hosting a car wash and bake sale for his trip to Ireland, June 4, watch for updates.

Thank you,

The May meeting and Elections are 12:30-1:30 p.m., the meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at Trinity School, Saint Christopher Church on Grandview Ave.

Hospitality asks us to come early and bring a salad ... potato, chicken, jello, macaroni or your favorite salad.

Charities reports there is a needy family in need of a few items. We are collecting items for three children, one boy and two girls items needed include:
  • A baby grooming kit, soaps, medicines (pain, salves, etc.) and forehead thermometer
  • Century Dine on 4-in-1 high chair, Splash
  • Vibrating baby bouncer
  • Baby blankets
  • Diapers, size #2, #3 and #5-6 and baby wipes
  • Boy clothes, 3-6 months
  • Girl clothes, 24 month or 2T and 9-12 months
  • Baby play mat activity gym

If you have questions or ideas for a monthly charity, please contact Cheryl Costello at 614-774-8879 (text or call) or email cherylcostello@yahoo.com.

The Daughters of Erin Installation will be held Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. 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 will have our own room. Please RSVP to Patty Archer at 614-832-3160 by Sunday, May 21.

Dinner choices:
  • Fish & Chips or Beef Au Jus with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.
Dessert choices:
  • Carrot cake or Bread pudding

Water, iced tea and coffee are included. The cost is $25 per person. Drinks and alcohol are available at your own cost, the bar is in the banquet room.
Hello, My name is Sharon Tantes.
I have been a member since 2001. My mother was a member of years when I was younger and into my adulthood.
It was her special time for her and her friends.
My sister, Nancy and I are in charge of the fundraising table and continue do so today. I have been on the board, and Vice President in 2020 and 2021.
In 2013 was Irish member of the year in 2017 and Irish Woman of the year.
For the last year I have been your President. 
Please vote for me so that I may continue to serve this wonderful organization.
Thank You, Sharon Tantes

Hello, my name is Becky Ellis. I’m the current Vice President and would like to continue for another term in that role.
Over the years I have served in many capacities beginning as Hospitality Chair, Secretary and President. I have chaired or volunteered for many of the DOE activities including the Irish Breakfast, Christmas dinner, Tea Rooms at both the DIF and the Summer Feis, Golf Outing and many more.
My past Board and volunteer experiences have left me with a unique understanding of the organization and all it’s parts. I bring that history with me when helping make decisions that effect the organization.
I also discovered how tight the Irish community is and why the DOE and the people I have met and become friends with have meant so much to me. Please vote for me so I can continue to serve the DOE.
Thank You, Becky Ellis

I have served as the secretary and board member during the last six years. I have been a member of the DOE since 2016. I enjoyed the positions and having the opportunity to work with our members and the other Irish groups.
I served on the Hospitality Committee with Patty Archer. Due to Covid our only large event was the Christmas Luncheon in 2021.
I have volunteered at meetings and for the Children's Christmas party,the Easter Egg Hunt, the Dublin Tea Room and the Irish Breakfast.
I am happy to be serving as the secretary again to help our organization.
Thank you for your consideration.
Peggy O'Neil Arnold
My name is Mary Enright Freimark. My father was a charter member of the Pipes and Drums Corp. and I am proud to say I grew up in the Irish Community. I have been retired from government for 3 glorious years. 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 for 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. I am also thankful for the enormous generosity this organization has given to my daughter Anna, and since she is away at college, I would like to have the opportunity to give back to the organization. 
Thank you, Mary Freimark

I have genuinely enjoyed my term as a Delegate to the board. I have learned so much and now appreciate and understand all the work and time that our board, committee chairs and event chairs and coordinators put into making the Daughters of Erin the successful organization that it is. I am proud to be part of this group and even prouder of our support of local charities. I would like to continue as a Board Delegate because I feel I need to contribute as much as possible to help us continue in our mission. Having moved to Columbus several years ago and then retiring, I needed a way to connect and make friends here. Joining The Daughters of Erin has provided me with more than friendships--it has become family.
Thank you, Karen Jones

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 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 Secretary in 2009/10 and 2010/11 and recently chaired the Irish Breakfast 2023.

I would love to have your vote for one of the Board Delegate spots in 2024.

Thank you for your time!
Donna O’Brien
DAUGHTERS OF ERIN | 1978 to 2020

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 2023 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 want to celebrate special birthdays, work announcements, honors, etc. Please share the details, so we can share and celebrate with you.

May 7 - Sara Trepanier
May 9 - Annie Curran
May 13 - Ansley (Rothwell) Wilkinson
May 20 - Kathy Ebersbach
May 21 - Leslie McGregor
May 24 - Kathleen Odgen, Valerie Delmonaco

Please keep our members and those on the prayer list in your thoughts and prayers. Please join us in prayer for healing and blessings, we will update the list in the Echo of Erin.

Peggy Arnold on the loss of her brother Patrick O'Neil, Patty Ardery's daughter, Patty Archer's husband, Ansley Rothwell, Diane Miller, Patty Bryant, Mary Grady Strickland, Chris Sweeney, Suzy Lhamon, Carol McConahay, Jeri and George Burton, Franklin Tack, Denise Contos, Terry Baesmann, Sue Whittier, Joann McNamara, Jim Taratine, Maureen Gillespie Lovell, Mary & Paul Tisdale, Kathy Kelly, Clyde Fenton, Karen Franz, Kay Fallon, Ed and MaryKay Moriarity and all those in need of our prayers.

Please pray for all affected by recent storms and for peace around the world. We also pray for all those in the military, police and healthcare workers.

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.

For the third year, Cardo's Pizza & Tavern is hosting a Golf Outing to benefit the Daughters of Erin.

Our participation is finding hole sponsors and door prizes! Please help get donations for the event.

If you would like to sponsor a hole or donate raffle items (gift cards, liquor, golf items, etc.) please call or text Sharon Selby at 414-595-2010 or Debbie Lynch at 614-203-4164.

Thank you ladies for shopping at Kroger, we continue to receive funds from YOUR use of the Kroger cards! This money is raised from Kroger Cards registered through Kroger Community Rewards program.

If you shop at Kroger and have a Kroger Card, please register your account so your rewards benefit the Daughters of Erin. The best part is that YOU still receive your Kroger rewards (coupons, fuel perks, etc) but behind the scenes, the Daughters of Erin receives a percentage of what you spend at the Kroger Store.

You can register in store at the Customer Service Desk, the Daughters of Erin organization number is 81910 -- or -- register online at
In the search field, type in Daughters of Erin or enter the organization # 81910. And press SAVE.
Thank you for your support!

There are so many things happening in the Irish Community. Please visit the websites and Facebook pages for events and activities.

May 19, Quiz Night, 7 pm, Shamrock Club, 50/50 benefits Shawn Peterson's Irish Life Experience
May 19, AOH Birthday Night, 7 pm, Tara Hall
May 21, May Meeting and Elections, Trinity School, St. Christopher Church
Voting begins at 12:30 pm, meeting at 1:15 pm
May 31, DOE Installations of Officers, Old Bag of Nails, Westerville
June 9, Dogwood Road, 8 pm, Shamrock Club
June 4, Car Wash and Bake Sale at the Shamrock Club meeting for Shawn Peterson's Irish Life Experience trip
June 11, Shamrock Club Blood Drive, 10 am-4 pm, Shamrock Club
June 11, June Meeting, 1 pm, Trinity School, St. Christopher Church
July 7-8, Shamrock Club Brew Fest & Music Festival
July 15, DOE Golf Outing, Cumberland Trails Golf Course
July 29, Scone Baking
Aug. 4-6, Dublin Irish Festival Tea Room

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 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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