MANVILLE, NJ - A wee ‘bit early it is, but nevertheless, there’s never a bad time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while hoisting a pint in tribute to the 2017 Hibernian of the Year.

On Saturday, March 4, from 7 pm-midnight, the Ancient Order of the Hibernians will host “Irish Night,” with corn beef & cabbage, Guinness and other food and refreshments, as well as live music from “A Band of Rogues,” at the Hillsborough-Manville Elks, 1500 Brooks Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Pipes and Drums of St. Ann’s of Hampton will also perform.

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The highlight of the evening will be a tribute to the 2017 Hibernian of the Year, Jack McCullagh.

McCullagh just completed a two-year term as president of the St. Patrick Division One, Somerset County of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and has been accorded the honor of being Grand Marshal of the Somerville St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest in central New Jersey, on Sunday, March 12.

He and his wife Gwen are natives of Dublin. A graduate of Synge Street CBS, he was active in Irish railfan circles and also served for nine years in An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil, the Irish Army Reserve Force, resigning his lieutenant’s commission when relocating to the United States.

He is a regular lector and occasional usher for his parish of St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman. The McCullagh's son Brendan, wife Kris and grandson Nick live in Utah where Brendan is Judge of the Justice Court in West Valley City.

Some of his other activities include being an active railfan – he is a NORAC qualified trainman at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA and is also active in dog show circles.

McCullagh and his wife Gwen owned, co-owned and showed top winning Basset Hounds for over 30 years but now have Border Terriers. A vice president of both the Garden State All Terrier Club and the Berkshire Valley Basset Hound Club, he’s a member of Plainfield Kennel Club and also Blennerhassett Kennel Club for which club he is the AKC Delegate.

Tickets are $45 and include the buffet dinner, beer and wine. A cash bar is available for Elks members.

There’s just a few days left to make reservations for the few seats that are left, according to Derek Kirby, AOH president. Groups of 8 or more will be guaranteed to be seated together.

Further information is available by contacting Kirby at (908) 872-5032.

No tickets will be sold at the door.