Wheeling parish to offer a taste of Ireland

WHEELING – In an effort to bring a “taste of Ireland” to the Ohio Valley, St. Michael’s Parish will host its 5th annual Irish Evening at 5 p.m. March 15 at the Angelus Center.

Sponsored by the Holy Name Society and the Christian Mothers and Women, the evening will feature dinner and entertainment.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are available at the parish office located across the street from the church or by calling 304-242-1560.

Proceeds will benefit the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center on 18th Street in Wheeling. The parish has raised over $12,000 from the event over the past four years.

Dinner includes Irish stew, cabbage and noodles, cole slaw, Irish soda bread, desserts, drinks and more.

Tom Burgoyne will be the master of ceremonies for the evening’s entertainment portion. Entertainment will include Sean Decker, a teacher at St. Michael’s Parish School; the Oglebay Institute Folk Dancers; and yodeler Dick Brooks. Students from the grade school and high school will also display their talents during the event.

“This is the first time we’re going to have a yodeler,” said the Rev. Jeremiah McSweeney, pastor at St. Michael’s Parish.

The Rev. Larry Wrenn, a retired Catholic priest from Tipperary, Ireland, said the celebration is also part of the anticipation for spring as it gathers people in the community after what has been a long winter.

After the meal is eaten and entertainment is enjoyed, the fellowship will remain, according to Bill Bryson from the Holy Name Society. Based on past numbers, Bryson expects 400-500 people in attendance.