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Division 8 Announces Irish Heritage Month Schedule

The Rev. James T. O’Reilly Division 8 in Lawrence Massachusetts has announced their Irish Heritage Month schedule. This year the focus of activities will revolve around the 150 Anniversary of the American Civil War and the part Irish Americans played in this venue, particularly the Irish of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Frank Ford and Joe Danahy, members of Division 8 AOH have developed and created a 36 panel exhibit on this subject which will be on exhibit at the Lawrence Heritage State Park during March. Below is a schedule of activities that will take place during Irish Heritage Month, 2011. Irish Heritage Month is supported in part by a grant from the Lawrence Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Sunday, February 27               Lecture by Michael Quinlan on the Irish & Civil War – 2 pm

Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St. Lawrence

Tuesday, March 1                   Irish Flag Raising – The North Common, Lawrence – 11 a.m.

Wednesday, March 2              Open House – The Hibernian Collection – South Lawrence Branch Library, 135 Parker St, Lawrence – 10 am – 1 pm

March 3 – 31                            Exhibit on the Irish and the Civil War – Daily 10 – 4 Heritage State Park Visitors Center, Lawrence

Sunday, March 6                     Lecture by Dr. John Condon on the Irish & the Civil War – 2 pm Heritage State Park Visitors Center, Lawrence

Friday, March 11                    42nd Annual St. Patrick Day Luncheon, Claddagh Pub & Restaurant, Lawrence – Noon

Saturday, March 12                140th Annual S. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance at the Claddagh Pub & Restaurant 7 pm

Sunday, March 13                   Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 19                Irish Film Festival – 11 am – Heritage State Park Visitors Center

Sunday, March 20                   White Fund Lecture by Robert Bateman on Captain Timothy Deasy,- 2pm – Heritage State Park Visitors Center, Lawrence

Sunday, March 27                   Ireland in Song -Celtic Melodies for the Voice and Piano – 2 pm Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St. Lawrence