Cead Mile Gailte (a hundred thousand welcomes)


St Patrick’s Celtic Family Gala emcee Gerry Forde (left) and organiser Leon Hartnett, of Greenlight Innovations, both of Invercargill, get into the spirit of all things Irish for Saturday’s gala day.

Dress up in green and orange, and head to Invercargill’s Scottish Hall and car park for the third annual day of Irish music, dance and culture. Hosted by Greenlight Innovations, the event would be held from 11am-2pm.

“Up to 700 people had joined in the fun at previous celebrations,” Mr Hartnett said, who was hoping for more people to take part this year.

As the day coincided with Southland Heritage Month, it was timely to include the annual day of celebrating Irish culture for the community in the month-long heritage experiences, he said.

Being a family-friendly event, the day would also include lots of games and children’s activities and plenty of fun for all ages, as well as food trucks and various stalls in the car park beside the hall.

Up to six pipers and dancers would also be arriving from Dunedin, Mr Hartnett said.

  • St Patrick’s Celtic Family Gala, Saturday, March 13, 11am-2pm, The Scottish Hall, 112 Esk St, Invercargill. Admission is free.

Photo: Jenet Gellatly