St. Brendan's Irish Day in Long Beach, Long Island

On Saturday, October 5, Long Beach had it annual St. Brendan's Day parade and celebration. A very significant event this year considering the town is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy!

It was a wonderful Day! The weather was perfect and everyone seem to be having a good time. There was the parade of pipe bands from Long Island and New York City and their music could not be lift one's spirits. Also, in the parade were many of the local civic organizations and schools and local politicians.It was to see the young ladies from the Hagan School of Dance stepping up the street.

Yours truly and Greg Ryan were again outside of Shine's pub (the oldest pub in Long Beach!)playing traditional Irish music, a little Rockn' Roll and singing Irish ballads. Many of the locals brought out their chairs and we had our usual informal concert.

A great day for Long Beach!!

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Comment by Gerry Regan on October 26, 2013 at 4:44pm

Interesting how Long Beach continues to nurture its Irish identity. What's with the Irish affinity for seaside living, even though most have moved way beyond depending on the sea for a living?

Comment by Danny Ryan on October 28, 2013 at 6:15pm
I've lived in Long beach for 26 years it's always been a big Irish American community especially down the West End .
Comment by Gerry Regan on October 29, 2013 at 1:25pm

Yes, it intrigues me how Irish the Rockaways and Long Beach became!

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on October 29, 2013 at 1:27pm

Thanks for the report, Jim!

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