Third annual Irish Hooley raises $8,000 for Christ House

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Irish music and merriment flowed out of the Basilica of St. Mary School gym in torrents March 10 during the third Annual Irish Hooley, a party celebrating Irish music and culture. The sold-out fundraiser, organized by the Alexandria Ancient Order of Hibernians, drew more than 400 people, most in green and gold finery.

 Special guest Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Father Edward C. Hathaway, rector of the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria, officially opened the Hooley with a procession including the Hibernian color guard and St. Patrick, played by Jim McLaughlin. 

“It’s a great fundraiser for a great cause and a great excuse to celebrate our Irish heritage,” said Terry Riley, president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians

Both Bishop Burbidge and Father Hathaway received a plaque from the Hibernians thanking them for their dedicated service to the principles of friendship, unity and Christian charity.

Guests enjoyed an evening of socializing, while also feasting on traditional Irish cuisine donated by Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub. Irish music was performed by Pat Garvey and the Thistle and the Rose, a Celtic music duo including award-winning fiddler Kaitlyn Likas and Celtic re-enactor Chris Lindsay. There were also several exciting performances by the Boyle School of Irish Dance and a rendition of the beloved “Unicorn Song” led by Pat Troy. 

“My two favorite parts were just seeing the community come together in the spirit of building parish family and also seeing that our coming together led to a significant donation to Christ House,” said Bishop Burbidge.

“It was a fun evening for our parish family and a great way to help those less fortunate,” said Father Hathaway.

The Hooley raised more than $8,000 for Christ House in Alexandria, which provides food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless and clothing to those in need. Tom O’Neil, the winner of the 50-50 raffle, donated his prize back to Christ House.

 

“It’s a great fundraiser for a great cause and a great excuse to celebrate our Irish heritage,” said Terry Riley, president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. “America was founded in part by the Irish, including our parish. It was a primary promoter of religious freedom, which is why we gained basilica status, and we still promote religious freedom today.”

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© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018