March 4, 2017
Doors open at 4:30pm
American Legion Post 2
450 South Barre Rd., Barre, MA
About the event
Make your reservations now for an incredible night of Irish entertainment! Music, dance, food, raffles, fun! Doors open at 4:30, live music and festivities until 10:00.

View the All Things Irish 2017 poster (PDF)

Emceeing the night will be Kevin O'Hara, author of Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, which chronicles his 1,720-mile journey through Ireland with a donkey in 1979. Kevin's second book, A Lucky Irish Lad, is a witty evocation of growing up as an Irish Catholic immigrant in western Massachusetts in the 50s and 60s. Both books will be available the night of the show.

Plans are still underway, but so far we have confirmed:
  • Irish step dancers from Barre who are studying at the Listening/Wellness Center.
  • Come for dinner! Homemade Shepherd's Pie and baked apples are on the menu. More info to come!
  • "Shillelagh Awards" for local Barre residents making a difference in the community, presented by former Senator Stephen Brewer.
  • Traditional Irish ballads and all the songs you love, by local band "Yoke Shire." See below to hear some of their tunes!
  • Advanced step dancers from the Irish Rhythm School in Clinton (to be confirmed).
  • Raffles with unique Irish and local items.
  • A cookbook of favorite Irish dishes that doubles as a Resource Guide for "All Things Irish" in the local area.
  • The highlight of the night is a special presentation by Larry Kirwan, formally of Black 47, one of the most popular performers/personalities in Irish-America.
Proceeds support Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, Inc., a Petersham-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports people with disabilities, including local students who are legally blind through After-School and internship programs; "Family Care at Home" for elders and people with disabilities; and rehabilitation, training, and economic support for coffee farmers in Colombia and child refugees from Syria who have been caught in the crossfire of war and conflict.

No cover for the event, though donations are welcome, and reservations are requested. This event is sponsored in part by the Barre Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. To learn more about becoming an event sponsor and / or advertising opportunities in the Cookbook / Resource Guide, please contact Theresa at 978-270-2457, tkane@poluscenter.org. To make reservations, please go to www.allthingsirish.eventbrite.com