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Irish Heritage Festival back on for 2013

Posted by Patrick Rosso  August 16, 2013 05:32 PM

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The Irish Heritage Festival in Dorchester is back on after a brief hiatus.

The daylong celebration of Irish culture and the Dorchester community, has in years past been held in Adams Corner, but is being moved to Florian Hall and the John McKeon Post, because of anticipated construction in the neighborhood .

“We were in a jam because they are going to be digging up the parking lot, but we took a shot with Florian Hall and the McKeon Post and it was the luck of the Irish that they weren’t booked,” explained John O’Toole, co-chair of the event.

The festival, which did not take place last year because of logistical issues, according to O’Toole, is in its third year.

“There has always been a battle about what Dorchester is and what it isn’t,” said O’Toole. “We know what this neighborhood is and we want to project that positive image.”

The event is set for October 13. O’Toole said participants, who have numbered in the thousands at past festivals, can expect a lot from this year's festival, including two stages for musical performances, family activities, and lots of food.

“It’s an Irish heritage festival, but it’s for everyone,” said O’Toole. “We’re just trying to highlight the positive aspects of our community.”

Right now O’Toole and his co-chair Sean Weir, are in the early-stages of planning and are in need of volunteers.

“It’s a monumental undertaking to organize this and it’s all done by volunteers,” said O’Toole.

More information about the festival and how to volunteer can be found on its website or by contacting O’Toole at (617) 201-7866

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