Irish Heritage Month kicks off in White Rock

Irish Heritage Month kicks off in White Rock

WHITE ROCK — They say that everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but in White Rock, that extends to the rest of the month with Irish Heritage Month now underway.

Following a successful debut in 2013, Irish Heritage Month is taking over the City by the Sea once again with even more Irish activities to be enjoyed throughout March.

Started last year as a partnership between the Irish Club of White Rock, Semiahmoo Arts and the City of White Rock, the 2013 Irish Heritage Month was a hit with locals and visitors alike, leading to this year’s calendar of events looking even bigger and better than before.

Activities taking place throughout the month include limerick writing workshops, learning how to cook Irish fare, several Irish concerts at Blue Frog Studios and Irish Whiskey tastings, to name a few.

On St. Patrick’s Day proper, Jimmy Flynn’s Celtic Snug will be offering an outdoor beer garden with loads of Irish entertainment such as dancers and music. Ceili’s in South Surrey will also be holding a big bash, with a similar repertoire of entertainment and Sawbucks will also be getting in on the action.

Other activities include learning how to play the Irish fiddle, Celtic dancing and Irish poetry nights.

And according to organizer Ray Fynes, you don’t have to be Irish to come out and enjoy the festivities.

“We think this would appeal to anybody,” said Fynes during the event last year. “But there are also over 3,000 people in White Rock who have Irish ancestry, according to the 2006 census. In South Surrey it’s 11,000, so that’s already 14,000 in the area so we think these are the

demographics who would want to do something special, to be in touch where their ancestry came from.”

To check out the full Irish Heritage Month schedule, click here.

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