On March 4th, the St. Patrick’s Irish Cultural Committee kicked off its 35th Annual Irish Cultural Week with a program that included a parade through the Acre and the raising of the Irish Flag at Lowell City Hall. Fittingly, the parade began following mass at St. Patrick’s Church.
The Irish Cultural Week tradition dates back to 1984 and has presented over 150 programs, most free of charge to the Greater Lowell community and beyond. The St. Patrick’s Irish Cultural Committee has also contributed over $250,000 towards the preservation of St. Patrick’s church on Suffolk St. Although Irish Cultural Week is the annual staple, the committee also hosts other functions throughout the year, including special events such as the visit of the former president of Ireland in 2013.
Mayor William Samaras welcomed the crowd to City Hall for the flag raising with a speech about the impact the Irish American community has made in Lowell.
“It is an Irish story; It is a Lowell story; It is an American story,” the Mayor noted during his remarks, “The experience of the Irish in Lowell is truly emblematic of the immigrant story in America.”
The St. Patrick’s Irish Cultural Committee also received a proclamation, officially designating the period of March 4th to March 17th as Irish Cultural Week in the City of Lowell.
The flag raising duties were handled by longtime St. Patrick’s Cultural Committee member Garrett Sheehan with the help of his grandchildren.
2018 Irish Cultural Week events continue throughout the month of March. More information and a full schedule can be found at www.LowellIrish.com