Get Involved

Volunteers are at the heart of our club and what makes it successful. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and volunteer as much or as little time as you have to give. These committees often plan many of the major activities for members to attend. We have a number of committees/activities covering a wide variety of  interests for all ages, singles, couples, or families.


20/30 Club                             
Erin Homan                 

This group is for members of the club aged in their 20's and 30's. The 20/30 Club offer events and activities that targeted to young adults.


317 Society:                           
Michael Byrne                            216-990-2581      



Kevin McCluskey                        216-956-2653

Bartenders provide service behind the bar for club events (volunteer/tips only), The Pub (volunteer/tips only) and rentals (paid).


Bereavement Committee:     
Robin Burton                              440-668-1551

This group of dedicated and heartfelt volunteers sets up and serves food  when the club is rented for an after funeral luncheon. At the end the group also packs up any remaining food for the bereaved family to take home.

Breakfast with Santa             
Heather O'Brien                          440-547-2763                   

Sponsored yearly, the Club hosts Breakfast with Santa for the children of IACES member families. Volunteers are needed for planning, booking the entertainment, shopping for gifts (and wrapping them), setup, cooking of the breakfast, and clean-up at the end of the event.

Building Beautification/Maintenance         
Michael Byrne                            216-990-2581      

This team helps to keep our facilities updated and operational. No experience is needed, but if you have any experience in the trades (plumbing, electrical, painting, construction, etc) - your services could be very valuable.

Celtic Threaders:                   
Jean Walsh                          


Cleveland Ceili Club

Amanda Murphy              

This group promotes traditional social dances of Ireland, holding classes weekly both on East and West side. There are ceilis quarterly with live entertainment sponsored by Padraic Pearse.

Club Dinners:

Chuck Comiskey                 216-289-0286

This committee plans and executes the monthly club dinners. Volunteers are needed for setup/table decorations, marketing, soliciting raffle prizes, assistance in our kids area in the lower level of the club where children enjoy activities while their parents enjoy entertainment in the Main Hall, and clean up at the end of the event.



Manages internal and external communications of the club, including website and social media.


Constitution and By-Laws     
John Tigue                    440-946-7567 Home   440-796-7959 Cell

The Bylaws Review Committee consists of a Chair appointed by the IACES President and members selected by the Chair, based on the provisions of Article V, Section 5.1 of the Club’s Bylaws. The Committee attempts to meet monthly.  The present committee has established a priority lists of seven areas of the Bylaws for review.  The Committee reports to the Board and the membership.

Kevin McCluskey           

The entertainment committee scouts out and books musicians/bands and other entertainment for The Pub as well as club sponsored events.

Fish Fries                               
Kevin McCluskey                        216-956-2653

During lent, the Club sponsors a Fish Fry every Friday night. Help is needed for setup, cooking, and clean up.

Golden Shamrocks                 

The Shamrocks are a social group for seniors.  They meet every Wednesday afternoon at 1pm in the Club’s main hall.  Activities include: Trips, Guest Speakers, Luncheons and Card Parties

Halloween Party (Children)  
Volunteer Needed

An annual event in October, the club sponsors a Halloween party for club member families. This includes a lunch, games, and costume parade with trick or treating. Volunteers are always welcome to help plan, market, setup and clean up.

Lip Sync Show                        
Gary Smrdel                               

Also known as The Great Pretenders, this group has been putting on a Lip Sync performance every year since 1995. Volunteers are needed to perform in the show, help with the set, props, run lights, run music, etc.

Linda Burke                               440-667-6335      



The goal of the membership committee is to create and manage campaigns and increase membership for the club. Membership drives will be off the site in various parts of the East Side. Volunteers are needed for ideas and to work membership events.


Padraic Pearse Center:         
Pat Dowd                                   440-354-7012

Housed in the lower level of the club, The Padraic Pearse Center, Inc. is the cultural arm of the club.  The center’s purpose is to promote Irish heritage and culture through such activities as it’s library, Irish dance and Gaelic language lessons, various lectures, theatrical productions and educational programs. 

  • Book Club                   
    Bonnie Easton


Parade Units: These groups march with pride, as they represent the IACES in Cleveland’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.  They also take part in other parades around the area, as well as other club events. Practices begin in January for March events.

  • Jack McDonough Fife and Drum Corp          
    Tom Davis                     216.849.6450           
    Club members of all ages are invited to be part of the fife and drum corp. Learn the basics of traditional Irish Fife and precision marching

  • Pom Pom Unit                                                
    Beckie Hart                   216.978.7994       
    Our littlest and cutest members always put on a great show. Girls as young as 4 delight the IACES crowd year in and out with an adorably original performance. The Pom Pom unit is a great way to introduce your child to the IACES and all the joy that comes with it.

  • Flag Corp                                                       
    Elizabeth Smrdel             440.525.4860       
    Proudly twirling, spinning and waving their IACES flags down the parade route has become a hallmark of this small yet motivated group of young ladies. Ages 13 and older please.

  • Ladies Drill Team                                           
    Heather O'Brien              440-547-2763           
    For our more mature club members, the Ladies Drill Team combines precision drill, innovative maneuvers, hard work, and a few pints of Guinness into a wonderfully unique performance. The Ladies Drill Team headlines Irish Coffee Night in March and always does the IACES proud in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

  • Float:                          
    Bob Henry
    The creativity and muscle of club members work on this masterpiece months in advance of Cleveland’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. 

Pipes and Drums                   

Bruce Greig                               440-897-9617      

The Pipe Band was formed in the Fall of 2001 by a few members with the mission of putting together a fun marching band for the Irish American Club, East Side. The Band continues to grow, currently boasting a roster of more than 30 members and students. The musicians in the band share the same desire of promoting our culture and heritage playing traditional bagpipe music while proudly representing the club. They represent the club year round at parades and festivals, and compete in Pipe and Drum competitions.


Ann Turk                                   440-943-3088      

The Schanachie is the club's monthly newsletter. Volunteers are needed for writing articles, photography, selling ad space, proofreading, and assisting with mailout.

Social Gaming Leagues

  • Pinochle League

  • Wii Bowling League


  • Jack Kilroy Memorial Golf Tournament
    Linda Carney         216-531-3816    


  • Softball team                                                 

  • Soccer team                                                   
    Tom Davis                    216.849.6450  
    Co-Ed team plays on Friday evenings at Lost Nation Sports Park in Willoughby.

  • Sand Volleyball team                                                   
    Erin Homan                                         
    For 2015 our Co-Ed team plays on Thursday evenings at Bumpers in Mentor.

St. Patrick's Day Raffle                                             
Mary Alice Fitzgerald   

This raffle  is an annual fundraiser for the club. Volunteers are needed to help sell tickets.

How do I order tickets for an event?

Contact one of our ticket chair-women via email or phone:

Mary Jo Gurry: 216-375-5468 

Sue McGill: 216-386-2194

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