ST PATRICK’S Day was celebrated early by the Irish Association as members and guests attended a sell-out dinner and dance on Saturday at the Tiara Park Atlantic Hotel, in central Lisbon.
Guests were entertained by top traditional musicians from Ireland and an Irish ceili dance caller, who invited them to kick up their heels in traditional Irish dances.
Organisers and members of the Irish community said they were “delighted to share the evening’s craic with both Portuguese and many other nationalities”.
The evening began with a reception, accompanied by welcome drinks and the strains of an Irish harp, flute and concertina performed by Michael Rooney, June McCormack and Micheal O’Raghallaigh.
Following a buffet dinner, the evening was officially opened by words from Irish Ambassador James Brennan and a prize draw ensued with donations from Tourism Ireland, O’Gilin’s Pub, O’Luain’s Pub, Penha Longa Golf Club and the Tiara Park Atlantic Hotel.
The music and dance began with Stephen Kenny urging everyone off their seats and on to the dance floor.
After a few practice runs, the guests got into the rhythm and had great success with the Irish steps, according to the organisers.
They added that without sponsors Secil, The Embassy of Ireland, Spengler Fox, and Grafton Recruitment, the evening’s success would not have been possible.
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