Students, faculty and guests enjoy music and food at Irish festival

By Peter Elijah Lim
Staff Writer

Celtic band Scythian performed at the St. Patrick’s Fest in Finnegan Fieldhouse on March 9 from 6 to 11 p.m.

The opening performance of the fest was new student and alumni-run band Lorica, which played Irish, folk and rock music for the first hour of the event.

Seven members of the Irish dance club followed Lorica’s set with a 15-minute performance.

The final performance of the night came from Scythian, a Washington D.C.-based Celtic rock band which includes two Franciscan alumni among its members. The band played a variety of music—including folk, Irish and Ukrainian rock—and the event’s participants danced and sang along.

Refreshments including pretzels, beer cheese sauce, reuben sliders and tater tots with bacon. Cheese, sour cream and gravy were also provided at the event. In addition, alcoholic beverages were available for students over the age of 21.

In addition to the three performances, the event included free face painting and T-shirts and a Scythian merchandise stand.

Members of Lorica said they enjoyed performing at the event, adding that it was an honor to meet and play for Scythian.

Sophomore Eleanor O’ Hagan, a member of the Irish Dance Club, said of her club’s performance, “We put together this little dance for the St. Patrick’s Festival for people to learn whatever steps they want and maybe have the opportunity to perform.”

Junior John Cummings said the event had wonderful food, adding, “Lorica and Scythian were very melodic and energetic.”

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