The Heritage Highlanders provide some Celtic assistance to their friends across the water with some pipe music.
The Heritage Highlanders provide some Celtic assistance to their friends across the water with some pipe music. JENNA CAIRNEY

Festival honours great Irish fable

IT sure was good craic in Clifton on Saturday, when the town was painted green, white and orange and the Irish took over for the day.

O’Shanley’s Bar held its eighth annual Finnegan’s Wake, with leprechauns coming from all over for the event.

The day kicked off with a parade led by the Heritage Highlanders.

Participants dressed as nuns, priests, leprechauns and even the Pope and Finnegan himself made appearances.

Irish ex-pats from Dublin, Monaghan, Cork and the “real” Killarney came from their new homes in Brisbane to join in the day’s festivities.

Live music, a barbecue and lots of Guinness made it a lively afternoon.

Owner Kathleen Shanley said the event started as a modest family do with eight or so people but had now grown to attract Irish from all over.

“It’s amazing how much it’s grown,” she said.

“It just gets bigger and bigger each year.”

Even though the Heritage Highlanders hail from Scotland (via Warwick) they delivered some good Irish classics.


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