The Monsignor Donal O'Carroll Division of the Ohio Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold its 31st annual Gathering of the Irish from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Grand Ballroom of the Lafayette Hotel.
The event will feature activities, live entertainment, food and raffles, a cash bar, door prizes and raffles, including a Waterford Crystal Grand Prize donated by Baker and Baker Jewelers. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children and advance reservations are required.
A buffet featuring corned beef and cabbage and other items will be available. Entertainment will include traditional Irish music by Boudica, a Celtic band from Plain City, Ohio, and performances by the Athens Irish Dancers.
Boudica specializes in Celtic rock and contemporary folk music and performing with Irish, Scottish and belly dancers. It features Kay Hess on lead accordion, vocals and keyboards, Mike Chambers on strings and Mike Yonchak on percussion. The band has played for the governor of Ohio and the Ancient Order of Hibernians Columbus Father Colby Division.
Reservations and information may be obtained from the Lafayette Hotel by calling 373-5522, Pete Corcoran at 374-7344, Tom Binegar at 374-4559, in Athens with Chip Rogers at 593-7405 and in Parkersburg with Jim Udell at 304-295-4673.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded May 4, 1836, and is active across the United States. A part of its mission is to aid Irish immigrants and to preserve the history, culture and heritage of Ireland.