Dance, music and history events mark Irish month celebrations | News

LAWRENCE — A dance, road race and lunch are just some of the events planned this month to mark Irish Heritage Month.

With a crowd of local officials and Irish Americans gathered, Ireland’s flag was hoisted above City Hall earlier this week.

This year’s theme is “151 Years of Dedication to Religion, Heritage, Charity and Community”.

A variety of events, many sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Lawrence, are scheduled throughout the month.

They understand:

Friday March 4

Opening of exhibit, “Reverend James T. O’Reilly OSA, the Augustinians and Their Contributions to Lawrence”, Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St., free, handicapped accessible.

Saturday March 5

St. Patrick’s Day 150th Anniversary Banquet and Dance, Lawrence Lodge of Elks, 652 Andover St. Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner with Dance by the Silver Spears Irish Show Band 6-11 p.m., presentation by Richard Cardinal Cushing and Irishman and Irishwoman of the Year. For more information, contact Charles Breen at (508) 328-0323, handicap accessible.

Sunday March 6

28th Annual Claddagh Pub 4-Mile Classic Road Race – 11 a.m., 399 Canal St., rain or shine. For more information, contact (978) 688 8337

Lecture by Professor Richard Padova of Northern Essex Community College on “Lawrence: The Immigrant City” at the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St, 2 p.m. free, handicapped accessible.

Wednesday March 9

HAO National Hunger Month Food Drive: Canned food and non-perishable food donations sought. All food items received will be donated to a local food pantry. 6-7 p.m., Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal St.

Friday March 11

51st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, Lawrence, Lodge of Elks, 652 Andover St. Traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with entertainment by the Silver Spears Irish Show Band at noon. Presentation of the Honorable John E. Fenton Citizenship Award. For more information, contact Jack Lahey (603) 560-8192. Accessible to people with disabilities.

Saturday March 12

Division 8 Joint Installation of Officers, Sacred Hearts Church, 165 South Main St., Bradford, Mass., 4 p.m. Accessible to people with disabilities.

Sunday March 13

White Fund Conference with Joseph Blanchette. Blanchette will talk about her book “The View From Shanty Pond”, Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St., 2 p.m. Handicap accessible.

Thursday March 17

Open house, music all day at the Claddagh Pub and Restaurant, 399 Canal St. For more information, call (978) 688-8337.

Saturday March 19

Irish Film Festival, Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center, 1 Jackson St., 10:00 a.m. Free, Handicap Accessible.

Sunday March 27

Join pianist Terri Kelley and singer Bill Donelan for a new program of Celtic melodies, from ancient Gaelic Aires to current songs, a musical tribute to Lawrence legend Tom Garvey, Lawrence Public Library, Sargent Auditorium, 51 Lawrence St. 2 p.m. free, accessible to people with disabilities.

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