Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Show featuring Deidre Reilly on Oct 14

Renowned singer Deidre “Dee” Reilly will perform at our Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Show on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Lowell Lodge of Elks on Old Ferry Road. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the AOH Division 19/LAOH Division 1 Scholarship Fund.

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 11.12.11 PMA native of Western Massachusetts and the daughter of Irish-born parents, Reilly began performing at 5 years old and, at 18, toured the United States with Paddy Noonan’s Irish Variety Show. She spent three seasons performing at Opryland Show Park and has seven albums to her credit, including 2000’s “Unpredictable Stuff”, a compilation of mostly original material.

Tickets cost $25 and are available by contacting Division 19 president Steve Daly at steve-daly@comcast.net, Division 1 president Elinor Rafferty, at eraff@comcast.net or by calling (978) 251-8923.

Cocktails will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7.

For a taste of Dee’s talent, check out this video:


Brother Edward F. Croke has passed away

Longtime Ancient Order of Hibernian member Edward F. Croke passed away on Friday, April 7. He was 95 years old.

Services for Brother Croke will be handled by Dolan Funeral Home in North Chelmsford, with visiting hours from 4 to 7 p.m on Tuesday and a funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Edward F. Croke
of Lowell

LOWELL — Edward F. Croke, 95, of Lowell died surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell.

He was the husband of Mary (Weidmann) Croke of Lowell with whom he celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on August 25.

Born in Malden, he was a son of the late William and Mary Croke. He grew up in Everett and graduated from Everett High School. He attended Oblate College, graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor in Education in 1949 and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston College.

Edward taught in the Everett School System for over 31 years before retiring in 1982. He previously taught in the Shelburn Falls school system.

He was a charter member of the Billerica Knights of Columbus, Boston College Alumni and the St. Vincent DePaul at the Immaculate Conception Church.

Edward was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell for over 50 years where he also taught Religious Education, was a member of the Church Choir and served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Paul Croke of Charlottesville, VA, Kevin Croke and Deborah Estrem of Oakland, CA, Stephen Croke and Lori Holter of Londonderry, NH; six daughters and their husbands, Mary Therese and Thomas Linehan of Lowell, Anne and Harry Shoemaker of Marion, MA, Elaine and Gerald Felde of Lowell, MA, Maria and Thomas Sweeney of Sarasota, FL, Kathleen Croke, Bernadette Pugh and Richard Burrows of Tyngsborough, MA; nineteen grandchildren, Tom and Michael Linehan, Katie Wells, Chan Mao, Brent and Michaela Shoemaker, Daniel, Christopher, and Stephen Felde, Tom, Sean and Ben Sweeney, KellyAnn Estrem and Bridget Croke, Jake, Max, Seamus, and Brett Pugh and Julia Holter and 3 great-grandchildren, Brendan, Evan and Dylan Linehan.

He was the grandfather of the late Nicole Shoemaker who died in 2007 and of the late William Croke, Charles Croke and Helen Fredette.

The Family wishes to thank D’Youville Senior Care and Bayberry Assisted Living for their compassionate care of Ed.

CROKE — Edward Francis Croke of Lowell, MA died April 7, 2017. Visiting hours are Tues. from 4 to 8 pm. Funeral Wed. 9 am at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 Middlesex St., Chelmsford, MA followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at the Immaculate Conception Church Lowell, MA. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. Memorials may be made in his name to the St. Vincent de Paul at the Immaculate Conception Church, 33 Fayette St., Lowell, MA 01852. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.


Published in Lowell Sun on Apr. 10, 2017– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lowellsun/obituary.aspx?n=edward-f-croke&pid=185036292#sthash.3UMOsjm1.dpuf

Lowell’s Irish Cultural Week is underway

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.

c6lxmmmuoaajyygMayor 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 1wreath, 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 steve-daly@comcast.net.