by Denise Kelaher, Association Jeanne Jugan
The room was filled with the lilt of Irish laughter as Residents, Little Sisters, families and friends gathered at Antun’s Restaurant for our annual Irish Nite dinner-dance fundraiser. Naturally, the color of the evening was green! There were 40 shades represented, for as we all know on that night we are all a bit Irish.
The music of the band Irish Mist filled the air with traditional ballads like Black Velvet Band, Irish Colonial Boy and Rose of Tralee, to name a few. As the evening went on, we had jigs, reels and of course the Irish stepdance, performed with precision by our very own version of Riverdance, the children of the Golden School of Irish Dance. Everyone had a grand time.
The dinner served was the American-Irish fare of corned beef and cabbage. Along with dinner we had our famous homemade scones made in the kitchens of Queen of Peace by Sister Elisabeth Anne and her leprechauns.
Sr. Rose, Sr. Gabrielle, Sr. Alice and of course Mother Celine made the night very successful, selling chances and crafts made by the residents and volunteers of the Home.
To all those who so generously worked together to make this evening possible for the Home, here is an old Irish Blessing …
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!