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We'd like to thank everyone for making the night a great success. We look forward to celebrating with you next year!

March 10, 2018

American Legion Post 2

450 South Barre Rd, Barre


Live Irish music, step dancers and traditional foods, our annual fundraiser invites you to join us for a celebration of  All Things Irish!  


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Proceeds from the evening will support the Polus Center’s Envision Success Project, a career exploration and job training program for legally blind young adults age 14-21.

Based in Petersham, the Polus Center for Social & Economic Development has been supporting people with disabilities in Massachusetts since 1979,





Evening Program




Bag piper - John McIntyre


The Kelly Girls


Amy Lapointe's Listening Center Dancers

The Irish Rhythm School




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Back by popular demand, Yoke Shire is a diverse Boston based band. Having been formed by siblings Craig and Brian Herlihy, Yoke Shire is truly a "Band of Brothers". Craig Herlihy is Yoke Shire's dynamic front man, who is a talented multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. Among the instruments that Craig plays are guitar, bass, keyboards, blues harp, flute, marimba, mandolin, Theremin, saxophone, drums and percussion. He collaborates on writing Yoke Shire's music and lyrics with brother Brian Herlihy. Brian plays guitar, baritone guitar, percussion and sings harmony vocals. On St. Patrick's Day 2011, Yoke Shire released an album of traditional Irish music entitled "Awakening Celtic Spirits." The record is the band's first entirely acoustic based album and is a true testament to the music diversity that Yoke Shire has become renowned for. Take a musical journey back to the Emerald Isle and sing along to all of your favorite Irish tunes.



The Kelly Girls are a lively and talented four piece all female band. They play traditional, contemporary and original Celtic tunes, ballads, folk and pub songs. Enjoy their rousing renditions of songs and tunes rooted in Irish, Scottish, American and Canadian musical traditions. They play fiddle, banjo, bodhran, tin-whistle, flute, ukulele, harmonica, bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. Harmonies, stories and stage shenanigans will undoubtedly entertain one and all! The girls have been performing in New England, Canada and Ireland for many years for all kinds of parties, weddings, festivals, and special occasions and they love to take their music on the road! Kick up your heels, dance, clap and sing-along with The Kelly Girls! 



Enjoy these young Irish Step Dancers who reside in Barre and surrounding towns as they celebrate the luck of the Irish!  These dancers are studying with Amy LaPointe at the Listening Wellness Center in Barre. New this year, the older classes have been learning traditional hardshoe dances! Listening Wellness Center offers an After School Enrichment Program for children ages 5-17 which includes a year long dance program concluding in May with a Dance Recital at the Quabbin Regional High School Auditorium


Traditional Irish Step Dancing by some of the finest local students. Always a crowd pleaser, these young dancers capture the energetic, spirit of celebration. The Irish Rhythm School is a certified school of Irish Step Dancing, in good standing with An Coimisiún Le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin, Irish Dance Teachers Association of North  America (IDTANA), and New England Irish Dance Teachers (ITDANA-New England Region, Inc.).


SHillelagh Awards

Do you know someone who is kind, generous and gives back to the community?

Each year we invite the community to nominate local residents exhibiting  true Irish spirit. A shillelagh and certificate are presented to the winners for their generosity, compassion, enthusiasm, kindness, and sense of humor.

  Winners of the 2017 Shillelagh Awards, pictured here with last year’s entertainers, from left Senator Stephen Brewer, Quaboag Highlanders, The Yokeshires, Dennis Fleming. Front row Chris Higgins, Harry Lewis, Amy Lapointe, and Kevin O’Hara. Missing from photo Dede Charlton, Forest Fessenden, Sonja and Mike Blaney and Lisa Rollins.

Winners of the 2017 Shillelagh Awards, pictured here with last year’s entertainers, from left Senator Stephen Brewer, Quaboag Highlanders, The Yokeshires, Dennis Fleming. Front row Chris Higgins, Harry Lewis, Amy Lapointe, and Kevin O’Hara. Missing from photo Dede Charlton, Forest Fessenden, Sonja and Mike Blaney and Lisa Rollins.



Nominations are being sought now for the second annual “Shillelagh Awards.” Nominees do not need to be of Irish descent, but will be honored for their generosity, compassion, enthusiasm, and kindness that reflects the Irish spirit. read more





This lively event brings our community together for a great night of Irish fun, while raising money to support people with disabilities.

Thanks to a contribution from the Barre Cultural Council and donors like you, we will be offering free admission, asking only for a donation rather than having to charge for tickets.

This means, though, that our fundraiser depends on sponsorships from generous organizations, churches, and individuals like you. Proceeds from advertisements and raffle sales will be our main source of fundraising revenue. read more about sponsorship


Sponsorship Information

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Organization: Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc., 501(c)3, #04-2697866

Contact: Theresa E. Kane, Chief Operating Officer PO Box 773, Petersham MA 01366, ph 978-270-2457, fax 978-368-4237,

Date funding required:    March 10, 2017 or later                  

Deadline for advertising copy:    March 1, 2018

  • Proceeds from this event support the Polus Center’s Envision Success Project,” a career exploration program for legally blind youth (ages 14-21) from the Worcester region and other employment programs for adults with disabilities.

  • Donors receive full color advertising and acknowledgement in our event materials. All donors, regardless of level of donation, receive advertising exposure on our website and Social Media advertising. Our Program Booklet will highlight our sponsors and Shillelagh Award winners and provide a guide to Irish resources in the Central MA region.

Camera-ready JPG or PDF preferred, or MS-Word document or business card. We can create an ad for you from your material.

Please send camera-ready ads to and or call 978-270-2457 to discuss our designing it for you. Advertisement specifications


Thank you for your support


Sponsorship Levels


POT OF GOLD  $500+

  • Radio mention
  • Your banner hung in a prominent location
  • Full page ad in the program Ad size
  • Logo and Link on All Things Irish webpage
  • Twenty free raffle tickets

Leprechaun 250+


  • Your banner hung in a prominent location 
  • Full page ad in the program Ad size
  • Logo and Link on All Things Irish webpage
  • Ten free raffle tickets

Claddagh  $100+

  • Sponsor acknowledgement in local press
  • Half page ad in the program  Ad size
  • Logo and Link on All Things Irish webpage
  • Five free raffle tickets
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Shamrock  $50+

  • Quarter page ad in the program Ad size
  • Link on All Things Irish webpage
  • Two free raffle tickets

FRIEND  $30+  

  • Business card in the program
  • One free raffle ticket


  1. PLEASE FILLin the form below, SELECT your sponsorship level, and SUBMIT
  2. EMAIL your artwork separately  to: and
  3. If you have any QUESTIONS, please call Theresa @ 978-270-2457
Name *
Please select a sponsorship level

thank you 2018 sponsors


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  Barre Post 2

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Friendship Farm Mutt Muffins

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Cranston & Cranston

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"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Barre, Oakham and Hubbardston cultural council a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."