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Musical evening keeps tradition alive, celebrates Irish roots

On Saturday, March 18, organizers Kathleen Hackett and Diane Carson will be hosting an Irish Musical Evening at the Huntingdon Legion starting at 7:30 p.m.

All acts ranging from singing and dancing to poetry reading are welcome to showcase their talents, and organizers are hoping to attract some new talent for this year’s festivities.

Kieran Hackett and his sisters Theresa Eileen and Kathleen perform at the 1989 Irish Musical Evening Their mother encouraged them to sing together as a family at the annual event PHOTO Rosetta Hackett


“The concert is not about profit; It’s about giving back to the community and keeping our Irish heritage alive,” says Kathleen Hackett. The event has been celebrated by Irish descendants in the area for over 60 years, dating all the way back to 1962. It is a long-held tradition, carried out in homage to some of the region’s earliest settlers to ensure the spirit of those ancestral roots stays present.


Performers of the Irish play Merry Molly Malone pose for a group photo in the early 1950s the play was held in the hall across from the Huntingdon Catholic church PHOTO Patricia Martin

Hackett suggests that in the past people came to celebrate out of nostalgia, while noting many in the area have some Irish blood. ‘’If we don
t keep the tradition alive, it will fall apart,’’ she explains. As the event has been canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic, she says that they are “hoping for a good turnout to bring it back.”

Along with musicians, dancers, and singers, crowd favourite David Brisebois will bring his humour and wit back to the position he has held for over 20 years as master of ceremonies.


Fred Deyette formerly of Huntingdon strummed and sang a couple of Irish Favorites at the Huntingdon Legion 1989 PHOTO Gleaner Archives


‘’French, Irish, and Scottish descendants built this town, and they have always had a presence,” says Hackett. “No matter what your background is, you are welcome to come join us at this event and celebrate our Irish roots!” she exclaims.

Drinks, coffee, tea, and a light dessert will be served. Be sure to wear green to show your support.

Local performers who are interested in participating in the event can contact Diane Carson (450-264-3960) or Kathleen Hackett (450-264-9385).

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