Dear Editor:

The Fanwood Irish Festival presented by Sheelens's Crossing on March 11th and 12th was a terrific success! The heated tent provided a perfect venue for a late-winter revelry that included performances from Blarney Stew, Michael Murphy and Billy Wilkins. Dancers from the Marie Moore School of Irish Dance and the Shea - Jennings School of Irish Dance dazzled the crowds. A fantastic time was had by all and the proceeds generously went to the SPFHS Athletic Booster Club!

I want to sincerely thank Sean Flannery and Frank Pascale, owners of Sheelan's Crossing Pub and Bistro, for their incredibly hard work and sponsorship of this wonderful community event. Sheelan's Crossing is so much more than a favorite neighborhood pub. Thank you from all of us!  

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A special thank you also to the event sponsors for helping make the Irish festival a success, including Tito's, Landmark, Elite Properties, T and M Associates, Coldwell Banker Westfield Office, PAL Scotch Plains Fanwood, Scotch Plains Fanwood Rotary, Tiffany Natural Pharmacy, Two Rivers Bank, Unity Bank, Fanwood Pharmacy, and Chelsea Senior Living.

I appreciate everyone who came out to the Irish Festival this year and I look forward to another successful St. Patrick’s Day event next year!

Mayor Colleen Mahr