Irish Week celebrations begin Wednesday

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The Irish Newfoundland Association was founded in 1976 with a simple mandate: to promote and foster understanding and appreciation of Irish culture in this province.

The Dardanelles. — File photo

To that end, it will begin its annual Irish Week celebrations Wednesday, focusing on our ties with the Emerald Isle.

Free events at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s include:

• Wednesday, March 12, 8 p.m.: A presentation by ethnomusicologist Evelyn Osborne called “Interaction Between Irish and Newfoundland Musicians — Electronic Mass Media and the Construction of Music Sense of Place,” and by archaeologist James Lyttleton called “Iris Castles, An Archaeology of Medieval Lordship”

• Thursday, March 13, 8 p.m.: A presentation by the O’Brien Farm Foundation on Irish farming traditions in Newfoundland and the restoration of Thimble Cottage

• Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m.: Readings by novelist Claire Wilkshire, writer Marjorie Doyle, and poets Mary Dalton and James Langer

Irish Week will conclude with a St. Patrick’s Day Dance with full bar service at the Holiday Inn starting at 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, featuring The Dardanelles, Fergus O’Byrne, Fergus Brown-O’Byrne and Ron and Robert Kelly. Tickets are $20 and are available at O’Brien’s Music, Fred’s Records, The Travel Bug, Alpine Country Lodge and online at



Organizations: Holiday Inn, Construction of Music Sense, O’Brien Farm Foundation on Irish

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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