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St. Patrick's Day comes early for South Boston senior citizens

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 5, 2012 04:37 PM

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In Video: District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan, Senator Jack Hart, Representative Nick Collins and former City Councilor Michael Flaherty entertain the crowd with some Celtic tunes.

With plates piled high with corned beef, cabbage, and mashed potatoes, the South Boston Citizens’ Association kicked off its Tommy and Eddie Butler Senior Salute on Saturday.

Within the packed hall of the St. Monica’s Church, neighbors caught up on small talk and prepared for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities. The Senior Salute serves as the unofficial start of the events leading up the annual neighborhood parade on March 18.

“We do this to show appreciation for our seniors. It’s the way we were brought up,” said Tom McGrath, president of the SBCA. “They took care of us when we were kids and now it’s our turn to take care of them.”

Surrounded by tables of food and abundant green decorations, attendees enjoyed classic Celtic music performed by Mike Reynolds and Diane Shannon.

Then it was time for the politicians to take the stage, as District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan, state Senator Jack Hart, state Representative Nick Collins, and former City Councilor Michael Flaherty belted out their favorite Irish tunes.

“This is a great opportunity for our seniors to come out, have a little fun, and wear a little green,” Hart said. “It’s also about remembering all the history that surrounds St. Patrick’s Day and Evacuation Day.”

And it wasn’t just politicians who were joining in. Many of the seniors sang along to the Irish tunes, hugged neighbors, and enjoyed themselves.

“This is such a great event because we bring the entire neighborhood together and let our seniors know that they are a special part of our town,” said Linehan, who added that he’s excited for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities. “Every year [St. Patrick’s Day] is like New Year's and Independence Day all in one. For us born and bred in South Boston it’s all that.”

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(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)


Ed Flynn, chair of the South Boston St. Patrick Day Parade Committee dropping off a steaming plate to Patrick O’Malley.

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