The Irish Cultural Society presented their 4th Annual Potato Mash on March 7 from 9:30-11:30 p.m. The 4th floor of the Denaples Center was decked out in green, orange and white, and every Irish eye was smiling.
From the French fry bar to the Irish dancers to the traditional bagpipes, authenticity was a clear theme for the event.
Katie Butler, a coordinator of this event, explained the importance.
“This is an annual event to celebrate Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s day, too,” she said. “So we really tried to bring an authenticity that would be noticed and enjoyed by all. We even ordered authentic crisps and chocolate straight from Ireland. The Irish exchange students say they feel like they’re home.”
Glenn Brannelly, an Irish exchange student from Dublin, concurred.
“I like the way it brings everybody together,” said Brannelly “Walking through this atmosphere reminds me of a pub back home, without the alcohol of course! Everybody’s having a chat and the food and the music is great. It’s really authentic.”
It’s safe to say that by the end of this event, everyone, Irish or not, was feeling pretty lucky.