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Irish Day ‘was over’
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The Ancient Order of Hibernians say that they are working with the city to make Irish Day more family-friendly. Residents said that this year's changes to the parade and festival, including clearing streets earlier, will have little impact on the crowds and noise.

Corning said he believes business owners and the AOH will have more time to build on this year’s changes when they plan next year’s event. “The parade has been going on for 23 years now, and this is a good time to re-evaluate it,” he said. “With some minor tweaking, it will go a long way to address safety issues and create less friction with the neighbors.”

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the event would cost the city approximately $100,000 this year.


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Quite a few years ago we felt that the way revelers celebrated/treated this day was a slap in the face to the AOH and to our Irish Heritage. We cancelled our annual brunch and open house, and go as far away from the West End as possible on the first Saturday in October now. And it seems that those who ruin it are the group rentals, day-trippers, the out-of-towners who come in to our neighborhood and disrespect our event and our quality of life with the foul mouths, urinating and upchucking on our properties - - they start partying at 10am and are still going at 4am the day after - - they just don't know when to stop.

What bothered us in reading the article was that Tom Corning stated that this day gets the businesses through the slow winter months - - WTF - - who the heck has been getting all the local businesses through the slow winter months over the years? The year-round residents - - many of us who have been here much longer than those businesses - - what respect do we get from the local businesses for going out in the cold, wintery months to patronize your businesses? Not much - -

Move the festival to the boardwalk or to Kennedy Plaza - - many of us are sick of putting up with this annual inconvenience.

Sunday, October 7, 2012 | Report this

If we named the wrong person in our previous comment, we apologize however, our opinion still stands that its the long-time, year-round residents who have been supporting the businesses.

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