MISSOULA – The University of Montana Irish Studies Program invites the Missoula community to celebrate Irish Week with activities March 9-15.
The week will kick off with a free concert and soda bread competition on Sunday, March 9. The event will take place from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at St. Anthony’s Parish located at 217 Tremont St and donations are welcome. The soda bread competition will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and all entries should be made at home. A concert of Irish and Irish-American music and dance will follow from 2:30 to 4 p.m. UM students will play music, sing and dance.
Later in the week, an Irish Film Festival will be held at the Roxy Theater, located at 718 S Higgins Ave. There will be an early showing from 6-8 p.m. and a late showing from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. Tickets cost $7.50 per show or $10 for both. Films available for the early showing are “Some Mother’s Son” and “Waking Ned Devine.” Films available for the late showing are “The Quiet Man” or “In the Name of the Fada.”
The week’s events will culminate at the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 15. Missoula residents are invited to attend morning Mass downtown, enjoy a parade, ride the carousel for free and feast at the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction in the evening.
The celebration will kick off at 8 a.m. with Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church, located at 420 W. Pine St.
The St. Patrick’s Day parade will assemble at 11 a.m. at Broadway and Higgins Avenue, departing at noon. Attendees are invited to wear green, bring their families and join in the parade. Entry forms are available at the Missoula Chamber of Commerce.
Free carousel rides will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Carousel for Missoula located at Caras Park.
The St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel located at 100 Madison St. Friends of Irish Studies will host the banquet to support the UM Irish Studies Program. It will feature silent and live auctions, a traditional Irish meal and plenty of good music, song and dance. The “Painting the Irish” art show also will be on display. The show contains works that embrace an Irish theme and 50 percent of sales will support Friends of Irish Studies. The cocktail hour and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person and $15 for children 12 and younger, and are available at the door or in advance at http://www.friendsofirishstudies.com/spd.html.
More information on the Friends of Irish Studies is available online at http://www.friendsofirishstudies.com. For more information on the events, call Traolach O’Riordain, director of the UM Irish Studies Program, at 406-544-0311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.