This year Saint Patrick’s Day falls on Tuesday, March 17. Below are various activities to help you celebrate the feast of Ireland’s patron saint.
One of the earliest events this year is being held by the Irish Community of Greater Mercer County, which is holding an Irish mass and flag raising commemoration on Saturday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, 626 South Olden Ave., Hamilton.
The flag raising ceremony will be directly after mass. Participants then plan to meet after the ceremony at Tir Na nOg Irish pub at 1324 Hamilton Ave. on the Hamilton-Trenton border. For information call (609) 581-8655.
Hamilton will be holding its 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m. The parade will start at the Nottingham Firehouse at 200 Mercer St. The parade is sponsored by Killarney’s Publick House, Guinness and Bill’s Olde Tavern.
The parade’s grand marshal is Gerard “Jerry” Sheridan, a Hibernian of the Year award recipient and former McGraw-Hill company executive. Sheridan has lived in Hamilton for many years, graduating from Steinert High School and Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey).
Miss St. Patrick goes to Nicole Brown, a student at Steinert. Brown has excelled in her academics making the honor roll and receiving multiple academic awards. Go to hamiltonparade.com for more information.
The Hopewell Theater will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day film fest in March. The Wind that Shakes the Barley, directed by Ken Loach, will be shown on Saturday, March 14, at noon and Sunday, March 15, at 7:30 pm.
The film is set in 1919 Ireland focusing on the war the Irish fought to gain their independence from Britain. The story focuses on an emerging doctor, Damien, and his brother, Teddy, who join the war to fight for freedom.
Michael Collins will be shown on Sunday, March 15, at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Set in the early 20th century, the film is about Michael Collins (Liam Neeson), who leads the Irish Republican Army with the help of his friends Harry Boland (Aidan Quinn) and Eamon de Valera (Alan Rickman), in a violent battle for Ireland’s independence from Britain. The film was directed by Neil Jordan.
The film fest concludes on Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. with The Boys and Girl From County Clare, directed by John Irvin.
In the film, John Joe (Bernard Hill) and his traditional Celtic folk band are ready to defend their championship at County Clare’s annual All-Ireland Traditional Music Competition when his prodigal brother, Jimmy (Colm Meaney), returns home from Liverpool with his new band.
To read more about the films and buy tickets visit tickets.hopewelltheater.com.
Mick Chorba and Ron Beauchamp of The Successful Failures will be performing at Tir Na nOg 1324 Hamilton Ave, Trenton, on Tuesday, March 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The band plays classical and modern Irish music in celebration of St. Patty’s day and occasionally incorporates Irish music into their regular sets. To read more about the event go to trentontirnanog.com/calendar. For more on the band, go to popdose.com/the-popdose-interview-mick-chorba-of-the-successful-failures.
Finally, the Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association will be honoring the patron saint of Ireland with its 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 21. The festivities will begin with mass at St. Gregory the Great at 8:30 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. behind the township municipal building near the reviewing stand. The parade will start at the Foxmoor shopping center at noon.
The Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association has suggested that participants park in the building across from the shopping center or at St. Gregory the Great Church and refrain from parking in the shopping center lot.
The association has chosen to honor the Robbinsville Township Police department as Grand Marshal for its service to the community and John Ward as Irish person of the year for having a strong influence on education in the East Windsor Regional School District, and for his service to the Robbinsville community.
To find out more information go to robbinsvilleirish.org.