Irish Night tickets available for March 1

'Tis a fine time you'll be havin' if you take your Irish soul down to Lauralton Hall on Saturday, March 1, to "celebrate the green."  Enjoy our video showing all the fun that was had at Irish Night 2013.

The ever-popular Irish Night is an evening of congeniality and Irish entertainment that celebrates the school’s long affinity for Irish culture and hospitality. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy more than 100 years ago, Lauralton Hall is committed to “empowering women for life,” and fostering a community atmosphere enriched by the Mercy tradition. “The Sisters of Mercy were founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin,” says Lauralton Hall President Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola. “Irish Night pays homage to Lauralton Hall’s Irish roots while also raising money for the restoration of our historic Carriage Barn.” 

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and guests will be greeted by the rousing sound of TRAD, a foot-stomping trio with Lauralton Hall faculty member and Celtic music master Damien Connolly and his wife Sally. The evening will officially commence with the award-winning Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band. Once Removed, a musical group of family members that drives their audience to sing along, will add their musical talents to the mix and step dancers from Bridgeport’s Sheeaun Academy of Irish Dance will provide a taste of the old Irish céilis with their jigs and reels.

“This will be our fourth year performing at Lauralton Hall’s Irish Night,” said Moira Speer-Warren, Director of the Sheeaun Academy of Irish Dance, “and we love it! The crowd is always so responsive and it’s a great way to kick off the ‘season.’ The event feels authentically Irish as everyone jumps in to join the dancing, singing and playing music.”

The evening will culminate with multi-layered, upbeat music from the Highland Rovers Band. Drawing from the diverse New York Metro music scene, the Highland Rovers Band fuses popular rock percussive rhythms, bagpipes, fiddle and vocal harmonies to create an intricate and fresh sound which showcases their universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences searching for a distinct Celtic flavor. “One of the great things about Irish Night,” says Event Coordinator Kathleen Donahue, “is that there is something for everyone.  It brings the community together and, most importantly, our proceeds are directed to the restoration of the Lauralton’s historic Carriage Barn, which will be the new Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.” Kathleen emphasizes that you don’t have to be Irish to attend, but be prepared for an evening of hospitality and merriment.

Back again is the optional Best Table contest which offers guests the opportunity to become as creative and competitive as they like, decorating their tables in the spirit of the season.  Trophies are awarded—including a perpetual trophy for first place winners with their names engraved on it—so your collaborative creativity can live on in the Lauralton archives!

A “Luck of the Irish” raffle includes many sought after prizes. Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided. Bring your own beverages, ice and snacks.

The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy/Lauralton Hall is located at 200 High Street, Milford. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the event starts at 7:30 p.m. Advance reservations are necessary at $25 per person. Reserve your place today!  For more information, contact Kathleen Donahue, Director of Alumnae Relations, at 203-877-2786, ext. 114 or


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