Roger Cox, Suzanne Tomich and Lucie Manifold get in the swing of St Patrick’s Day at the dinner dance.
Roger Cox, Suzanne Tomich and Lucie Manifold get in the swing of St Patrick’s Day at the dinner dance.

Celebrating all things Irish

THE craic was flowing across the Southern Downs on Saturday with many participating in St Patrick's Day functions.

For Warwick residents keen to join the Irish celebrations, a St Patrick's Day dinner dance was held at St Mary's Hall on Saturday evening.

Organisers, Warwick Zonta Club and Warwick Sunrise Rotary Club did an outstanding job of decorating the hall in a sea of green, with shamrocks adorning the walls creating a true Irish feel for some 150 revellers, many who dressed in theme.

Zonta club president Jenny Eldridge said they were very lucky to have the K-Dels reform for the night and donate their time.

"The band played all the old favourites as well as some traditional Irish music," she said.

All proceeds from the evening will go to youth exchange and leadership programs and birthing kits for third world countries, among other charities.

And what better place to acknowledge the ancient Irish tradition of St Patrick's Day than Killarney, named after the original Irish town for its striking resemblance.

The Killarney festivities began as a life-size leprechaun and town crier arrived by horse-drawn carriage to Canning Park where a free family fun day had been organised by Ann Whitfield.

Mrs Whitfield said she wanted to generate activity and community spirit in the town and St Patrick's Day seemed the ideal opportunity.


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