Oktoberfest celebrates all that's Irish

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 13, 2011
Margaret Shea is the Town Honoree for the 2012 Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

St. Patrick’s Day may seem a long time away, but for the South Windsor St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee members, October is a time to celebrate.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, the committee is hosting the second annual Irish Oktoberfest from 2 to 6 p.m. at Maneeley’s, located at 65 Rye St. in South Windsor.

“It’s a great time, whether you’re Irish or not,” said co-chair Kevin Cooney. “You get a chance to sit and relax.” The entertainment through the afternoon includes live Irish music, bagpipers and Irish step-dancers.

The adult admission price of $20 includes hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as the corned beef carving station and beer. There will also be a cash bar. Children’s admission costs $10. Every person will also receive a free ticket for the door prize of a 32-inch flat screen television. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

The Town Marshal and Town Honoree for the 2012 Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade will also be honored. Margaret Shea, a life-long resident of South Windsor, was selected as the Town Honoree, not only for her promotion of Irish heritage, but also because she is an active member of the South Windsor business community. Shea visited Ireland for the first time in 2010, and is eager for a return trip.

William “Billy” Mitchell will represent South Windsor as the Town Marshal at the 2012 parade. Mitchell worked for the family business known as Mitchell Fuel and Trucking and started Mitchell Trucking and Mitchell Excavators with his brother in the 1960s. He also founded Environmental Services, Inc., which is still known for its big, shiny and clean trucks. For nearly 50 years, Mitchell has been involved with the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department and is currently the chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners.

"Everyone seems to know Margaret and Billy,” said Cooney. He hopes residents will join the Irish Oktoberfest as a way of honoring these two community members.

For more information about the Irish Oktoberfest or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, visit the website swirish.org or contact Kevin Cooney at 860-982-9227.

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