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Irish revelers dance a German jig

The Irish have a way of throwing a party.

All they need is any excuse to have a fling.

Back in 1985, when Peter Maguire was president of the Sons and Daughters of Erin, things were a little slow, so Maguire decided it would be a good idea to stage an Octoberfest in true German style to open the fall season.

For the past nine years, the event has continued to be party time, with food, drink and dancing. This year the social was bigger _ staged at the Elks Lodge in New Port Richey.

Members of the Sons and Daughters of Erin Chorus, led by Vic Stich, carried out the Octoberfest theme, wearing Tyrolean caps, the men sporting lederhosen and all singing German songs, including Lillie Marlene.

The guests were invited to participate in an Irish folk dance called "The Siege of Ennis." Music for dancing was provided by T.J., and other entertainment was provided by Shamus O'Dwyer, guitarist and vocalist, and Ed Keeney, violinist.

Irish eyes were smiling in true fellowship.