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Irishman of Year Knights to mark St. Pat's

Thats when the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus will renew a tradition with its annual Irishman of the Year celebration. Council 333 will honor a local resident Saturday, March 17, at the K of C hall on Montcalm Street. Festivities will get under way with a happy hour at 6 p.m. A corned beef dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The Irishman of the Year will be honored or roasted at 8 p.m. The evening will conclude with Irish music and dancing beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 a person and can be reserved by calling the K of C at 585-6520. Tickets are limited. People are looking forward to good Irish music, said Corbo, a member of the Knights of Columbus. Being Italian, I think thats an oxymoron, but well all have fun. The Irishman of the Year dinner is so successful, it sold out last year when Les Bilow was honored. The year before Elliot Shaw was the honoree. Were always torn between announcing the Irishman of the Year in advance and keeping it a surprise, Corbo said. We enjoy the surprise, though. The Irishman of the Year is selected by a Knights of Columbus committee. This years Irishman of the Year is a good choice, Corbo said. For those who cant wait until the evening to celebrate St. Patricks Day, the Knights of Columbus will open at noon and will sell its traditional corned beef sandwiches. The club bar will also be open. Sandwiches will sell for $5 each. Itll be a full day of celebrating, Corbo said. Its always a lot of fun. The Knights of Columbus will be selling Knights of Columbus Irishman of the Year T-shirts throughout the day for $20 each. Proceeds from the shirt sale will go to the St. Marys Church capital fund, which will help defray the costs of the recent church renovation. Ticonderogas Irishman of the Year dinner has been held for more than 20 years. It started as a Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce function and was eventually taken over by the Knights of Columbus. We used to do it in concert with the chamber of commerce, so the Irishman of the Year wasnt necessarily a Knights of Columbus member, Corbo said. It has become a Knights of Columbus event to honor a member who has done a lot for the organization and the community.

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