State Senator David Carlucci and Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart only briefly stopped the music of Irish music of The Raging Hornpipes to speak about the reason for "A Night of Irish Culture" Friday at Emmett's Castle in Pearl River.
Carlucci's office sponsored the celebration of St. Patrick's Day and Irish culture as the holiday and the Rockland County St. Patrick's Day Parade approach.
"The wonderful band we have, The Raging Hornpipes, to play for us to help get us ready for the parade we’re going to have this year on St. Patrick's Day right here in Pearl River," Carlucci said. "We’re real excited about that.
"The reason we’re here tonight is to celebrate Irish American Heritage here in the state of New York. We were able to pass a resolution in the New York State senate. We called upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo to proclaim March as Irish American Heritage Month in the State of New York. We have right here, in our community, so many proud Irish Americans who have worked so hard in the private sector and the public sector."
Carlucci also took part in a recent ceremony at Orangetown Town Hall proclaiming March as Irish American Heritage Month in Orangetown.
"The town board proclamation of March as Irish American Cultural Heritage Month is a no brainer," Stewart said. "Orangetown is so incredibly lucky to have the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The question shold be asking is why it took so long to get it done."
Local residents and officials packed into the room at Emmett's Castle, the restaurant an Irish pub on Blue Hill Golf Course which was renovated and reopened in 2011 by owner Emmett Woods.
"I want to give a special thanks for Emmett for hosting us here," Carlucci said. "Emmett’s Castle is extremely important to the town of Orangetown and Rockland County. It’s a great venue that we have to make sure it continues to thrive."