Let's start celebrating St. Patrick's Day a week early, with this unusual event at the venerable St. Patrick's Old Cathedral! This Mass will be said not in English, but in Irish.
Here's an excerpt from the website: "For the sixth consecutive year, the New York Irish History Roundtable, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, Sir Patrick Charities, and the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral will celebrate an Irish-language Mass.... There will be Irish liturgical music by Cantor Paddy Connolly with accompaniment by Jared Lamenzo on the Cathedral's historic 1868 Erben organ. Following the Mass, the Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra will entertain the crowd with live ceili music and the Niall O'Leary School of Dance will perform. So, we will enjoy the Mass, followed by ceili (great music), craic (great conversation), dancing, and refreshments. Come and join us to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick!" Sounds like a fun afternoon!
Just to clarify: St. Patrick's Old Cathedral was the original St. Patrick's Cathedral, built in the early 1800s, years before the influx of immigrants due to the Irish Potato Famine. When the larger uptown cathedral was finished in 1879, the older one became a regular parish church, and is referred to as St Patrick's Old Cathedral. Anyone who has gone on my "When New York Held Slaves" walking tour may remember our discussion of Pierre Toussaint, the Haitian emancipated slave who may one day be canonized. He was originally buried at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. You can read more about this historic church at http://www.oldcathedral.org/stpatricks-old-cathedral-history
How to meet us: Meet us at 11:30am just inside the church vestibule. Please be prompt for this one, as we'll want to go inside quickly to be seated before the service starts at 12 noon. I will be holding my hand-scrawled MEETUP sign.
Admission: No admission fee per se to St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, but there might be a collection or request for free will offering, so be prepared for that. We do also have our own $1 fee to help defray the costs of maintaining this meetup group, payable to the organizer.