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PROGRAM FOR VIRGINIA CITY’s

“2017 IRISH WEEKEND”

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

June 9th, 10th & 11th

Annual Event presented by the Thomas Francis Meagher Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) from Helena MT and the Virginia City Chamber of Commerce, the Bale of Hay Saloon and the Businesses and People of Virginia City Montana

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The overall Theme this year will be Thomas Francis Meagher・who he was, where he came from and what he meant to Ireland, Virginia City, the State of Montana and America.

FRIDAY Afternoon ・June 9th

1pm—5:00pm AOH Community Service–Annual Clean-up at Meagher Cabin on west Idaho Street by the Helena AOH– A free family event.

Time for Lunch or Dinner on own at the various eating places in Virginia City and Nevada City

5pm—6:45pm Live Celtic music by the Dillon Fiddlers at the Historic Bale of Hay Saloon on west Wallace St– A free-will donation family event

7pm—8pm lying of the Irish green stripe down the center of Wallace Street (the main street in Virginia City) – A free family event—Everyone can participate

8pm—9:30pm Cultural Exhibit Presentation and live 1860’s and live Music tying Irish Music to Montana at the Fellowship Hall at St.Paul’s Episcopal Church on Idaho St. consisting of an Exhibition of illustrated panels prepared by the Irish Studies Program at the University of Montana in Missoula, depicting

the Background and Life & Times of Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Hero and American Civil War General and Acting Territorial Governor of the Montana territory. Also live Celtic Fiddle music linking Ireland to territorial Montana by Tom Robison & Richard Burke from Bozeman Mt. This event is a free family event.

SATURDAY・June 10th

9 am Welcome Speeches & Irish Flag Raising at the Historical

Madison County Courthouse— A free family event

10:00 am Outdoor Catholic Irish Mass at the AOH Mass Rock at the

Meagher Cabin on west Idaho St.—a free family event.

11:00-1:00pm Lunch (Baked Montana/Irish Potato Bar) Camaraderie

at the Bale of Hat Saloon-A small free will donation family event.

1:00pm—1:30pm Annual AOH Parade St following the path of Irish green stripe on Wallace St—everyone welcome to Participate in this Parade—a free family event.

2:00pm—4:pm Tiernan Irish Dancers—Irish Dancing exhibition at the Community Center on Van Buren ST. A free family event

2:00pm—2:45pm Repeated event presented 3 times during the day. Live

4:00pm—4:45pm music “Songs of the Civil War” by a trio from Bozeman

7:00pm—7:45pm (Alice Hanks Allen, Fiddle & vocals, Jim McMillan, guitar and Phil Schladweiler, banjo) focusing on the 1860’s era When Thomas Francis Meagher was a Union General in the U.S. Civil War and then Territorial Governor of the Montana Territo. A free family event at the Followship Hall on the lower level of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Van Buren St.

6:30pm—9pm Free time for Dinner & Camaraderie in/around Virginia City

9pm—11:30pm Live music with a tint of Irish by Diblin Gulch from Butte Mt. at the Bale of Hay Saloon–A free family event

SUNDAY ・ June 11th

10:30am Catholic Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish—at Laurin MT—A family event

Note: The Ternan Irish Dancers from Helena and Butte will be performing at the Community Center, the Bale of Hay Saloon and various business locations in Virginia City throughout the day on Saturday.