Geraldton’s Irish community celebrates St Patrick’s Day

Jamie ThannooGeraldton Guardian
Midwest Irish Club vice-president Adam Wilson and president Peter Vanderpol.
Camera IconMidwest Irish Club vice-president Adam Wilson and president Peter Vanderpol. Credit: Jamie Thannoo

Geraldton’s Midwest Irish Club was packed as guests both Irish and “Irish at heart” celebrated St Patrick’s Day.

Live music, food trucks, braiding, a raffle, Irish coffees and Guinness on tap all made for a cheerful time on the day which celebrates Irish culture and heritage.

Organisers said the event saw more people than expected come to the clubhouse to mark the festivities.

“It’s crazy, it’s a crazy day and we love it,” Midwest Irish Club president Peter Vanderpol said.

“Lots of food, lots of drink, and lots of happy people.”

According to the 2021 census, 11 per cent of people in Geraldton have Irish heritage, a higher proportion than both WA and Australian figures.

This St Patrick’s Day was especially significant as it gave the club an opportunity to show off refurbishments made to the clubhouse, which was originally built in 1939.

“We’ve had the floors done, new air-conditioning, and we’re hoping to get solar panels soon,” vice-president Adam Wilson said.

“We’re always doing new things, and we really appreciate the support of everyone here.”

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