Following a beautiful Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, several dozen hardy souls braved the frigid temperatures and biting wind to process from the church to Lowell City Hall for a short ceremony celebrating the start of the 34th annual Irish Cultural Week.
Mayor Edward J. Kennedy and State Senator Eileen M. Donoghue read proclamations from the city and state, respectively, inside the atrium at city hall. Eileen Sullivan, a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 1, sang the Irish national anthem before the group headed outdoors for the official raising of the Irish flag, performed by Irishman of the Year Ray Ralls.
The festivities concluded with the group walking to Cardinal O’Connell Parkway to place a wreath at the Irish monument.
Visit LowellIrish.com to view a full list of the week’s activities, including the annual Dinner Dance at Lenzi’s on Saturday, March 11, at which the Lucky Leprechaun drawing, featuring a grand prize of $5,000, will be drawn. On Sunday, March 12, the traditional Ceili will be held at the Lowell Lodge of Elks.
To purchase tickets to the dinner dance ($38) or the Lucky Leprechaun drawing ($25), contact Lowell AOH Division 19 president Steve Daly at (978) 204-4723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.