Calendar of Events for 2018 


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Great Lakes Irish Wolfhound Association 



Annual Meeting-Dinner - February 10, 2018 

Rockwood Tap House, 3131 Finley Rd., Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 964-3131 -

Cocktails at 6:30pm (cash bar), Meeting at 7:00pm

Dinner will be served after the meeting around 7:15pm


Roast Sirloin of Beef Au Jus or Parmesan Crusted Tilapia served with Fresh Baked Bread & Butter, a Caesar Salad,

Roasted Red Potatoes with Herb Butter and Green Beans Almandine. Vegetarian Pasta dinners are available upon request. 

We will have a Chocolate Sundae for dessert.

Coffee, Tea or Iced Tea are included. 

$39.00 per plate


Back by Popular Demand!!!

Trivia Night 

Hosted once again by Kim Oliver and Michael Cherry 

We are looking for a bigger turnout with more teams this year as there will be amazing prizes of undetermined value!!! Teams will be selected randomly (sorry Maria).

Silly/Fun Prize donations are most welcome (let Kim & Michael know at or MichaelCherry1704@comcast net.


Our precious memories will be continuously projected in Power Point on one wall throughout the evening thanks to Debbie Greene and Mark Bettin. We have wonderful photos of our events over the last couple years and would like to add some photos of the wonderful GLIWA friends, both human and furry that we have lost recently (We will do our best to add captions if you include them). Please send up to five digital photos to: Debbie Greene at by January 29th, 2018

RSVP by January 29 

Please send your reservations with a check made out to GLIWA specifying your entree and how many will attend to:

Joseph Mahoney, 21536 Mattox Lane, Shorewood, IL 60404

or for your convenience, you can use PayPal on our web site:

Make sure to specify your entree and how many will attend.

Hotels near by:

Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Downers Grove, 3031 Finley Road, Downers Grove, Il 60515



March 10
Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Illinois St .Andrew Society is sponsoring us. Step off time 10 am. Line up position will be available as soon as I receive it from the committee. 
They recommend you get there early for parking, sometime between 8:30 and 9am.
The Parade begins at the Naperville North High School located at 899 N. Mill Street. It continues south on Mill Street, east on Jefferson Avenue, south on Main Street and west on Water Street to the Municipal Center. 



March TBD
South Side Irish Parade
The Irish American Alliance sponsors gliwa in the south side parade. We will walk along side their float with St. Patrick.
Unit line up number # TBD. Line up location; around 102nd and Western Ave. Just look for the Irish American Alliance float.

A suggestion for those who are new to walking in the south side parade; we have found that it is a lot easier to park near the end of the parade. (115th Western) and walk to the designated line up location. This means you would be walking the parade route twice. Although it is a lot of walking, it will be easier than you having to walk back to your vehicle after the parade.

( Please note; parades can be very loud, make sure your wolfhounds are ok with that, and no retractable (flexi) leashes)



Hoffman Estate Celtic Fest

Sunday, April 8, 2018

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry

Entertainment, food, vendors, activities and much more!!!

Our role at these festivals is to introduce your wolfhounds to the public and answer the many questions everyone likes to ask about our wonderful breed.

 It is held  at the Sears Centre Arena, located at the Poplar Creek at 59/90 Entertainment District near the intersection of Route 59 and Interstate 90. This is an indoor event and only gliwa members can bring their wolfhounds. Any questions about the event, contact Mike Cherry@ 



June TBD

Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Hamilton Lakes, Itasca. Times are anytime between 8-4pm. 

The Midwest’s premier showcase for Scottish arts and Culture. Come out and spend the day with your wolfhound. The Irish wolfhound fans will be out in full force asking you every question there is to know about our wonderful breed.  If possible please bring some kind of shade for your dog(s).




Letter to organizations that request our Irish Wolfhounds                              to participate in their events

Due to the many requests we receive, there are requirements we need to make the event a successful experience for all.

*Adequate shade and water. Irish Wolfhounds don't do very well in the extreme heat

*Wolfhounds are considered one of the largest breeds. We require a larger area to set up.

 *Since we are a not-for-profit club, we would appreciate it if your organization offered a donation for attending. We like to reimburse our members for any expenses, plus it helps to keep our club successful.

*We carry a substantial insurance policy that is required by most events.

 *Once we receive a request for an event, we will need the date, times, and any other information that is relevant.