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Newtown Irish Festival to Begin March 15

The Newtown Irish Festival will feature live music, Irish dancing, traditional Irish food and more.

The Third Annual Newtown Irish Festival will be held March 15 to 17 at the Green Parrot. It will feature live music, Irish dancing, traditional Irish food and more.

The Irish Festival will begin noon on March 15 and will continue through St. Patrick’s Day. According to organizers, there will also be a pre-festival party on March 14 at 8 p.m. featuring Irish singer/songwriter Ray Coleman.

The festival will feature an outdoor tent for live music. Performers include: Boys of County Bucks, Clancy’s Pistols, Loose Leaf Trio, Ian Gallagher, Class A Kings, The Seven Band The Zone, Dean Street Duo, and headliners The Naturals and Modern Bliss. DJ Johnny Bones will be spinning hits in the pub.

Irish step-dancing will be performed on the patio by Rince Ri Irish Dance, Fitzpatrick Irish Dancers and Nicholl School of Irish Dance.

The Green Parrot will serve traditional Irish food, like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie.

For more information, visit the Green Parrot on Facebook or call 215-504-PARROT.

Nancy J Ferguson February 27, 2013 at 04:38 PM
History Lesson: Corned(salted) beef was partially responsible for the mass starvation during that occurred during the Great Famine in Ireland. It began when Britain colonized Ireland and took over their farmland to satisfy the British consumers demand for corned beef. The majority of the farms were owned by wealthy British landlords and the overwhelming majority of the Irish were tenant farmers. This left the poor and disenfranchised to grow a crop that could survive in their meager allotment of land. The fungus attacked. That is not to say that there wasn't food, but the British Corn Law banned the import of the cheap Indian corn sent from the US and forbid the British ships from taking food from Britain to Ireland. In a little over a decade, one million died, and two million immigrated, nearly 50% half of the population. Not everyone was saddened by the deaths, as The Times (London) looked forward to the day when the kind of Irishman native to Ireland would be “as rare on the banks of the Liffey as a red man on the banks of the Manhattan.” In America, beef was less costly than pork, so it is thought that the new Irish-Americans acquired their taste for it having used it in place of pork for traditional dishes such as ham and beans.Corned beef is an Irish-American tradition as is the Drinking Party tradition atmosphere of St. Patrick's Day. Taisteal Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona agus laethanta saoire .

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