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Irish community celebrates “Irish Heritage Day” in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Mayor Tim Kabat proclaimed July 28, 2019 as “Irish Heritage Day” in the city this evening at the La Crosse Loggers baseball game.

Representatives from the La Crosse Shamrock Club, the La Crosse Bantry Friendship Association, and Irishfest La Crosse celebrated the new proclamation at the Lumberyard. Irish Heritage Day will commemorate the contributions and culture that the Irish people bring not just to the Coulee Region but throughout the nation.

“It’s an acknowledgment of the contributions that the Irish have made not just in the Greater La Crosse Area but in the country itself, ” said Irishfest La Crosse President Pat Stephens. “Depending on what stats you look at, there is about 75 million people in this country that have some sort of ties to Ireland by blood or otherwise and stuff, so that is a lot of people, a lot of contributions that they’ve made in the arts and culture and everything else, so I’m pretty proud of that.”

Many will celebrate the culture and music of Ireland at the 15th annual Irishfest in La Crosse that kicks off in two weeks on August 9th.

Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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