The annual Flatley Company and Representative Eugene O’Flaherty St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Knights of Columbus Hall is being held Friday evening.
It is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and finish up around 10:00 p.m.
We urge you to attend. It is one of this neighborhood’s major events of the year and brings out the community in a way that no other event but Bunker Hill Day can compare.
It is sponsored by the Flatley Company, whose founder, the late Tom Flatley, used to stand by the door welcoming everyone by name into the big party until his death in 2008 at the age of 76.
Mr. Flatley was a fabulous, friendly, outgoing man, proud of his Irish heritage and respectful of his Catholic religion. He was a great friend to this neighborhood. He was a great friend to humanity in general and his philanthropy and his interest in others is well known in this neighborhood and wherever Mr. Flatley made a presence.
He was an ecumenical man through and through – first class all the way. His son has carried on where he left off and we at the newspaper are grateful for that.
Gene O’Flaherty is a great friend to this neighborhood. He comes from the same hard working background as Mr. Flatley exception being that Gene loves the politics and has succeeded on Beacon Hill in becoming a strong voice as the chair of the Judiciary Committee.
He loves all things Irish but like Mr. Flatley, is an ecumenical man with something in his heart for struggling people.
So the party Friday night, the 25th Anniversary of the Flatley Company’s Irish Celebration, will be a special one at that.
There will be the full dinner of corned beef and cabbage and what is being advertised as the food, culture and music of the Emerald Isle.
It is even more than that.
It will be about people who know and love one another getting together for the major celebration of the year in the neighborhood.
See you there.