Ticonderoga Lá Fhéile Phádraig shona duit.
For those who don’t speak Gaelic, it means Happy St. Patrick’s Day — a greeting certain to be heard many times at the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus in coming days. Those who are Irish, and those who wish they were, will have two opportunities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.
The Knights will host their annual Irishman of the Year dinner and roast Saturday, March 15.
The Irishman of the Year, a local resident, is selected by a Knights of Columbus committee.
A corned beef dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the Irishman of the Year, a closely-guarded secret, will be honored — or roasted — at 7 p.m.
Tickets, priced at $12, will be available at the door. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by calling the Knights of Columbus at 585-6520. The event is open to the public.
Jim Guyette was the 2013 Irishman of the Year. John Lenhart was the 2012 Irishman of the Year. Dick Liddell was the 2011 Irishman of the Year.
“It seems to get more and more difficult to keep it a secret,” Knight Ralph Corbo said of the Irishman of the Year award. “Everyone wants to know who it will be. They’ll just have to come to the dinner.”
Ticonderoga’s 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.
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration won’t end with the annual Irishman of the Year dinner.
The Knights of Columbus will have their annual corned beef sandwich sale St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17, beginning at noon. The club bar will also be open. Sandwiches will sell for $10 each. Each sandwich will come with streak fries and cole slaw.