STAFFORD - The weather was perfect but the Ocean County Irish Festival still drew a large crowd on Saturday, September 7 at the Manahawkin Lake Park. The event has been hosted the past three years by the fairly new Ocean County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh club.  

The great bands performing all day included The Captain and O'Neill, The Eammon Ryan Band and Bloody Callan.  The Devin School of Irish Dancing and the local Starlight Academy also performed at the Festival.  Those who attended also got the opportunity to enjoy the work of the Ocean County Emerald Society Pipes and Drum Band. The Ocean County Emerald Society Pipes and Drum Band performed a number of times throughout the day.  

Irishman of the Year
Daniel Coleman was honored as Ocean County Shillelagh Club's 2019 "Irishman of the Year."  Coleman is the co-owner of Caffrey's Tavern in Forked River.  Caffrey's burnt down last year and this great establishment is being rebuilt and soon to reopen. Mr. Coleman is the type of person that the Shillelagh's overwhelming voted to be this years recipient. 

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Daniel Coleman, 2019 Irishman of the Year (second from right).  Also in picture left to right, Shillelagh President Ken Hansen, Councilman Tom Steadman, Mayor Greg Myhre, Dan Coleman and Shillelagh Vice-President Jim McCabe. 

There were many food and merchandise vendors all throughout the park.  The Shillelagh's would like to express a special thank you to all who supported the event.  It was one big fun day for all. The event was "free" to the public.  

The list of sponsors is exhaustive.  The Shillelagh's would like to thank all the following sponsors who supported the event. 

Grand Celtic Sponsor

  • Shore Point Distributing Company

Celtic Sponsors

  • Terrace Tavern
  • Delaware Avenue Oyster House & Bar
  • Oyster House at Home Catering
  • Fusaro's Pizza & Pasta
  • The Boatyard
  • New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association
  • Hotel LBI
  • The Mainland Kitchen
  • The Mainland Adventure Park
  • D'Arcy Johnson Day Lawyers
  • State Trooper NCO Association of NJ

Pot O' Gold Sponsors

  • Royal Bine Brewing Co.
  • Tricia Carey Bookkeeping & Business Solutions
  • Nu-Tier Brands, Inc. 
  • Taylor Made Cabinets, Inc.
  • Kubel's Bar & Grill, Barnegat Light
  • NJ State PBA Conference Ocean County
  • Haven Beach Motel
  • Federici Dental
  • Barlow Buick GMC
  • Wherever Tours
  • Monetti Homes
  • Superior Officer's Association of Newark, NJ
  • Frog Canoes & Kayaks
  • Loyal Order of Moose - Beach Haven Lodge 1575
  • Greenwood Tree Service
  • Homestead Fence
  • The Sheridan Group of BHHS Zack Shore Realtors
  • Law Offices Stein & Supsie
  • Drunken Clams
  • Patriot Financial
  • Long Beach Township PBA 175
  • Long Beach Township PBA 373
  • Barnegat Twp PBA
  • Stafford Twp PBA
  • R.C. Shea & Associates, Counsellors at Law
  • DMM Law Firm
  • RSZ Construction & Tile, LLC.

Shamrock Sponsors

  • Abby Lifts
  • Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340
  • Philly Pretzel Factory of Manahawkin
  • Zanos Italian Market & Trattoria
  • Loyal Order of Moose, Point Pleasant Lodge 1549
  • Connolly Dermotology
  • Brian K. Logan, CPA
  • Seacrest Villages & The Terraces
  • Speakeasy Pizza
  • Mariner's Marina Inc.
  • One-Of-A-Kind Lawn Maintenance
  • Loyal Order of Moose - Lacey Lodge 1907
  • Mystic Island American Legion Post 493
  • VanPelt & Son Agency, Inc.
  • Meadowbrook Industries
  • AT&T -  Wireless Experience, Barnegat & Tuckerton Stores
  • Amato Team
  • OCSD PBA 379
  • Oyster Creek Brewing
  • Suplee, Clooney & Co.
  • Doyles Pour House - Barnegat
  • Barnegat Light VFW Post 3729
  • Country Corner Farm Market
  • A&R Pool Service
  • Grant Thornton LP
  • Nardi's Tavern
  • Kiwanis Club of Long Beach Island
  • Haymarket Hobbies & Toys
  • LBI Hot Spring Spas
  • Kathleen A. Sheridan, Esq.
  • Printing2go
  • Maximilian Foundation
  • The Florio Family

Leprechaun Sponsors

  • Dover Twp PBA137
  • Loyal Order of Moose - Vineland Lodge 434
  • Thomas Shinn Funeral Home
  • Vailsburg Irish American Association
  • Jackson PBA 168
  • Ray's NY Pizza
  • J. Lorton & Co.
  • Ocean Family Dental
  • Bayside Dentistry
  • Marvels Bakery
  • Better Homes & Garden
  • Urgent Care Now
  • Barry's Do Me a Flavor
  • Lacey Collision
  • Best Paving
  • Servpro of Manahawkin
  • Joey's Pizza and Pasta
  • Starlight Performing Arts

The Order of The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Ocean County is a fraternal organization of men of Irish descent, created to promote Irish Heritage.

For more information about becoming a Shillelagh please email them at