The official blog of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
By Tom Keegan, Chairman of the Greater Patchogue Foundation’s Cultural Heritage Committee
As is customary, the Passing of the Sash was attended by a host of past Grand Marshals and of course the 2015 Co-Grand Marshals Anne Marie and Peter Sarich. Their appreciation of all things Irish was accented by the lovely brogue that seemed to infect those in attendance by the third stout, check that, I meant song.
As the crowd gathered at the Brickhouse Brewery, the music of Bangers and Mash, the Nitroboom Stout and the nine soda bread contestants began sowing the seeds of frantic Irish activity not seen on a Sunday morning since April 24, 1916 at the Dublin Post Office.(Yes, I know that was actually a Monday, but the “Easter” angle makes the analogy flow; don’t you think?)
Although Patrick Moore (immediate past Grand Marshal) was suspected as the source of all the Irish sounding voices, Anne Marie’s cousin Laura from Athlone, County Westmeath where Anne Marie’s Irish roots grow deepest, was found to be the source of the accent that all shared by the day’s end. A quick note about that area and apropos of this year’s theme, it is reported that Peter had to be physically restrained from writing a host of “aggravated over-vegetated” building code violations when he and Anne Marie recently visited Athlone and they drove past Moydrum Castle pictured below.
As the old saying goes: you can never keep a good lánúin a iniúchadh mhór Celtic Caisleáin down.
Join us this year on Sunday, March 22 at 11 a.m. for our annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Main Street. Kicking off the parade will be the ‘May the Road Rise to Meet Ye’ 5K race.