Preparations are under way in Melbourne to revive a St Patrick’s Day festival in the city for 2009.
A new committee of like-minded people has just been established with the aim of reviving Irish festivities in the Victorian capital for next year.
A public meeting has been called for May 5 at the Celtic Club from 7.30pm to harness community support.
Anyone interested in taking part or helping out with next year’s festivities is invited to come along.
Convenor Avril Mulcahy, who has been working with the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce, told the Irish Echo that there has been a disturbing absence of community celebrations in Melbourne.
“The last St Patrick’s Festival in Melbourne was in 2005, celebrated by over 3,000 Irish Australians. But due to a number of major festivals, for example, Grand Prix and the Commonwealth Games, overshadowing the Irish celebrations, plus a lack of volunteerism and general support, our national festival ceased to exist in the Victorian capital.”
Ms Mulcahy, from Tipperary, said that the newly-formed committee, comprised of both new and old members, was instilled with “bucket loads of enthusiasm” to rejuvenate the festival for all to enjoy.
“Essentially, the committee understand the importance of the support from all Irish related groups, in order to provide a festival that promotes an eclectic mix of fusing traditional and modern values,” she said.
“Next year, our goal is to organise a stand-alone event to showcase our unique Irish culture in a way that represents the modern Ireland of today.”
For more information, contact Avril Mulcahy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend the meeting on May 5.