Northampton St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast sells out

  • Ed McColgan, the Northampton St. Patrick’s Association 2017 marshal, laughs while jokes are told during last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at the Hotel Northampton. Jon Hite of Amherst and Cindy Langley of Northampton look on, at right. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

NORTHAMPTON — The annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast put on by the Northampton St. Patrick’s Association will be held at the Hotel Northampton once again this year.

But those wishing to enjoy their breakfast food paired with the customary roasting of local officials will be out of luck, unless they already have tickets: The 235 tickets, priced at $25 each, are gone.

“We sold out in two days,” said Tom Dunphy, chairman of the association.

Dunphy said that there is a wait-list for those who didn’t buy tickets in time. He also said that the association is considering moving to a venue across the river in Hadley next year, to accommodate more guests.

The breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. on Friday and end at 9 a.m.

“We gotta get people to work,” said Dunphy, explaining the event’s timing.

Each year, the breakfast features good-natured roasting of local officials. This year’s roast masters will be Scott Coen and Brian Joyce.

“I sit back and enjoy it,” said Dunphy.

The marshal for the Northampton contingent in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will take place on Sunday, is William “Duke” O’Riordan. A longtime contributor to the Northampton community and the St. Patrick’s Association, O’Riordan, of Goshen, represents the first person outside of Northampton to be awarded the title of marshal of the city’s delegation. The rules were changed prior to this year’s selection to allow any resident of Hampshire County to be awarded the honor, whereas before it had to be a Northampton resident.

The association’s Brennan Award winner this year went to Michael Ahearn Jr. The award is given annually to a person who contributes to the success of the association and its parade delegation.