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All the proceeds from an upcoming Midwinter St Paddy's Night will go towards both Holy Family Parish basilica repairs and other earthquake-strengthening work in the Opihi parish churches

by Greta Yeoman

Celtic sounds will ring out of Caroline Bay Hall later this month, in aid of earthquake repairs.

Despite usually being a March tradition, St Patrick’s Day is set to be celebrated in Timaru on June 29, as Holy Family and Opihi parishes join forces to host an Irish-themed fundraising evening.

All the proceeds from the Midwinter St Paddy’s Night would go towards both Holy Family Parish basilica repairs and other earthquake-strengthening work in the Opihi parish churches, organising representative Kevin Brosnan said.

The Opihi parish covers Temuka, Geraldine and Pleasant Point, while the Holy Family Parish is in Timaru and includes the presently-under-repair Sacred Heart Basilica on Craigie Ave.

Music will be provided by Timaru band Keltic Mix, which Mr Brosnan described as “possibly the best-loved Irish band in South Canterbury”.

He said people considering attending should expect “continuous music and continuous supper”, along with a raffle, plus both an auction and a silent auction.

Prizes up for the auctions would include firewood, locally made artworks – including a sculpture by Zita Waldron and a painting by watercolour artist Richard Bolton – a meal at the Village Inn in Geraldine and wet-weather gear from Farmlands.

There would also be a wide variety of prizes on offer in the raffle, Mr Brosnan said.

“There’s pigs, sheep, petrol vouchers, a holiday weekend.”

He expected the evening would run from 7pm to about 11pm or midnight.

Mr Brosnan also mentioned that while it was an event run by two Catholic parishes, it was a fundraising event open to all residents.

“Everybody’s welcome.”

Tickets are $35 per person or $300 for a table of 10. They can be purchased from the Holy Family Parish office (12 Mountain View Rd), Fashion Focus Timaru, G.D. O’Rourke & Sons Taxidermists in Pleasant Point, Geraldine’s Village Inn and Temuka Pottery.