Exuberant crowd kicks off the “season” at Irish Night 2016

It was a high-spirited crowd that came out to celebrate Irish Night on February 27. Lauralton faculty member and Celtic music master Damien Connolly and his band TRAD entertained early arrivals and eager table decorators with traditional Irish jigs and reels. TRAD was followed by the sounds of thundering bagpipes and drums as the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band marched in, signifying the official start of this spectacular event.

Irish entertainment continued throughout the night. Once Removed, a musical group of family members played music that has been described as "the Band gets silly, kidnaps the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan, and goes off to Ireland", and spectators were wowed by step dancers from the Sheeaun Academy of Irish Dance who performed Irish céilis, jigs and reels. The Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band returned for another set, beginning with an incredible drum solo followed by the entire pipe band joining in for the encore.  

The enthusiastic parents, alumnae, faculty, staff, friends and Irish music lovers were equally wowed by the musical group Keltic Kick Band, New England’s Premier Irish Band. Their unique blend of energized traditional Irish music has kept them at the forefront of the concert and club scene in the Northeast for over three decades. Founder and frontman Billy Donaldson leads this group of musical friends, who have been playing pubs, clubs, weddings, private parties and Irish festivals from Orange County, N.Y. and Block Island, R.I. to Milford, CT and their hometown, Fairfield, CT.

Rounding out the evening were homemade desserts contributed by members of the Irish Night Committee, as well as a “Luck of the Irish” raffle, with proceeds benefiting the Alumnae Scholarship awarded to current Lauralton students in need of financial aid.

Shelton resident Steve DeAngelo was blessed with the luck of the Irish when it came to winning the Vodka Basket raffle. “I was thrilled to win the raffle and this event is a fun way for those who are Irish to celebrate being Irish, and those who aren’t to pretend they are Irish for the night. But more importantly, it's a great way to help support Lauralton Hall and bring the community together.”

A special thank you to the Lauralton Hall Alumnae Executive Board for sponsoring the event, and to the many alumnae and parent volunteers!  



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