Irish Heritage Society clubhouse dedicated Sunday
The formal dedication of the Irish Heritage Society of Milford clubhouse was held on May 22.
The club is located in the former Star Cafe, which was somewhat famous for hosting Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino in 2007 when they filmed scenes from their movie Righteous Kill there.
The Bridgeport Avenue building has existed since the 1930s or 1940s. The Irish Heritage Society bought the property and renovated the building. The clubhouse opened in November of 2015, and the Irish Heritage Society celebrated its tenth anniversary on April 6, 2016.
The dedication ceremony on Sunday opened with a procession lead by bagpipers, followed by the national anthems of Ireland and the United States, sung by members Dave Conroy and Mike McCabe, respectively. Participating in the ceremony were Irish Heritage Society President Ed Mead; Master of Ceremonies Mike McCabe; Milford Mayor Ben Blake; club co-founders Marty Hardiman and Chris McEnerney; poet Lisa Taylor; and honored guest, Irish Consul General Barbara Jones.
The Consul General was invited to unveil a brass plaque to be mounted in the facility, designed in recognition and appreciation of the Irish Consulate’s contributions to the development of Milford’s Irish cultural center.
Numerous volunteers were introduced and recognized for their tireless hours of labor in the renovation of the clubhouse building and rental property. Refreshments were served, and traditional Irish music by the Shamrogues added to the festive air of the day.
For information on the Irish Heritage Society of Milford, access their website at www.milfordirish.org.