Sean Duffy, Bishop Whelan Div No 1
Bishop Whelan Div 1, Wheeling, West Virginia held its 4th annual Irish Road Bowling Ohio Valley Championship on September 7, 2013. It is currently the best attended tournament in the state, as 343 people on 53 teams competed in 2012. The day featured food, music and fun.
Peter Ryan, Irish Deputy Counsel General from New York City visited Wheeling in mid-July. He met with Bishop Whelan Division representatives at the Celtic Cross monument at Wheeling’s Heritage Port, where he learned that the cross was designed to celebrate the Irish of Wheeling and the Upper Ohio Valley who built the National Road and the B&O Railroad.
Members of the Bishop Whelan Division also conducted a canned food drive on July 20 at Riesbeck’s Food Market in the Elm Grove neighborhood of Wheeling on a wet and stormy Saturday. The generosity of the customers allowed the collection and delivery of a full pick-up truck of food to the Catholic Charities Food Pantry on 18th Street in Wheeling. The Pantry was in need of food at this time of year due to the drop-off in food drives conducted by the local parochial schools over the summer.