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Date of Issue: March 04, 2009

St. Patrick's Day tickets on sale now

The Island Ceili Dancers entertain a crowd of 120 or so folks wearing mostly green at the annual Irish Breakfast at the Moose Lodge. Tickets are on sale now at The Islander newspaper office for the St. Patrick's Day (March 17) event. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Breakfast at the Moose Lodge are on sale, priced at $8 each, and can be purchased at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and at Sato Real Estate, 519 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

The annual sell-out breakfast, sponsored by The Islander, will feature the naming of the Irishman or Irishwoman of the year, Irish tunes, Irish tales and Irish dance.

The Anna Maria Island Ceili Dancers will perform, along with some special guests, including vocalist Gene Doolan of St. Joseph, Mo., affectionately known as Missouri’s Irish Leprechaun. Doolan is a retired insurance agent who has served on the St. Joseph park board and is a member of the St. Francis Xavier parish there. He says he’s 100 percent Irish, including graduating from St. Patrick grade school, and loves to talk about his Irish heritage.

Another special guest will be Bob Slater, former newspaper reporter and editor and a retired utility executive. He too is a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in St. Joseph, and he will be on hand to tell a few Irish stories.

Proceeds will go to Our Daily Bread, volunteer organization to help the homeless.

The celebrating will begin at on St. Patrick’s Day at 9:30 a.m. (need we say, Tuesday, March 17), at the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.

Because parking is sure to be a problem, those attending should “ride the free green trolley” that will be running up and down Gulf Drive on that special day.

Irish honors

In keeping with the tradition established by the late Don Maloney, who established the Irish Breakfast, a new Irishman or Irishwoman will be crowned and maintain their title for a year.

Past winners, to honor the day and, according to Maloney, the “Irish in all of us,” include John Corbett, Pat Geyer, Bonner Joy, Chuck and Joey Lester, Bob LoPiccolo, Sam McDowell, Sean Murphy, the Anna Maria Island Privateers, and, finally last year, although posthumously, Don Maloney.