Peninsula prepares for all things Irish

A St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17, an Irish travel show on March 19, and an Irish poetry night – featuring the works of Seamus Heaney – on March 20 might seem par for the course at Irish and Celtic themed ‘gastro-pub’ Slainte by the Pier on Marine Drive.

But they’re just part of a city-wide celebration of all things Irish in White Rock during March, thanks to a festival spearheaded by Semiahmoo Arts, The irish Club of White Rock and Tourism White Rock.

Such facilities as the White Rock Community Centre, Kent Street Activity Centre and the White Rock Library, plus individual businesses will be wearing the green in the first-of-its-kind festival, which will feature everything from instructional classes in Irish cuisine and crafts, to concerts, dances, displays and film screenings.

As part of the festival, Friends of the White Rock Library will sponsor a genealogy session with Eunice Robinson, facilitator of the Irish Interest Group for the BC Genealogical Society, March 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the library. 15342 Buena Vista Ave.

The free session, titled So You Think Your Family Was Irish?, will discuss what researchers can do at home, before tackling records and resources in Ireland, and how to follow up, effectively, on clues provided by family stories, place names and artifacts.

Robinson will also do individual consultations for family history research ($25 per half hour) on March 16, 1-3 p.m., and on March 22 (by appointment) at Pelican Rouge Coffee House (to book a one on one consultation, call Semiahmoo Arts at 604-536-8333).

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