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Tuesday, May 21 News

Weston gala features traditional Irish fare

WESTON — Everyone was a little bit Irish last weekend when the St. Francis of Assisi community celebrated St. Patrick’s Day during its “Eat, Drink $ Be Irish gala at the church on Saturday.

“It’s a fun event for the parish,” said co-organizer Tim Lawler. Around 175 people enjoyed a feast of traditional Irish fare, drinks, live music, and a festive performance by members of the Monroe-based Lenihan School of Irish Dance.

“It’s just a good way to bring our whole community of the school and parish together,” said the Rev. Jeffrey Couture, “and to celebrate good food, good company, and good spirits.”

Tickets for the event were sold in advance during Mass for $100 each, as well as at the door. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the celebration at the church, with proceeds benefiting the parish and preschool, according to Couture.

“It was a wonderful and successful evening,” said Mary Odierna, preschool administrative assistant for the church.

Throughout the night, an Irish dinner of corned beef, cabbage and soda bread was shared between friends and families while listening to live entertainment provided by the band Third Rail.

“I’m glad we were able to have a great turnout,” Couture said.

A silent auction, live auction and raffles rounded out the night. Up for bid were a day on Long Island Sound, a private flight, and a “wall of wine” raffle in which a lucky winner walked away with 50 bottles of wine.

Couture himself offered a seven-course dining and wine tasting experience with his twin brother and chef Victoria Knap.

“This event would not have been possible without all of our volunteers,” Couture said. “... We demonstrate our faith in action every day through our community outreach, sacramental and spiritual growth as well as social service through our Corporal Works of Mercy.”

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