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    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Dunafon Castle, Kittredge, Colorado
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    An Irish Night at the Castle: The Living and the Dead

    This is the first annual Irish Gala to be held at Dunafon Castle in Kittredge. The event is a fundraiser to support the efforts of Irish Network Colorado (INCO) to erect a memorial in Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville honoring the thousands of Irish immigrants who died there unknown in the late 19th century.

    The Catholic-Free section of the cemetery has 1500-2000 unmarked and sunken graves dating from the late 1800’s, most belonging to Irish immigrants, many of whom were miners and who died as a result of their terrible working and living conditions. The proposed memorial will tell the history of this Irish community and also memorialize those buried there, placing their lives into a larger context that represents the story of Irish immigrants throughout the Rocky Mountain mining region in the 19th century.

    Since other Colorado cemeteries where Irish immigrants are buried are in a similar state of disrepair, gala organizers would like to dedicate the gala each year to a different site.

    Thanks to the generosity of owner of Mike Dunafon, the castle, which is modeled on Celtic castles of the 13th century, will create the perfect backdrop for the 2018 black-tie event celebrating Irish success and suffering in Colorado.

    Tickets for the Gala include the following

    • Luxury transport to and from downtown Denver to the event or valet parking at the Castle. Coach leaves from the Celtic on Market at 5.30pm and returns at 11.30pm.
    • Cocktail hour, three course dinner and Irish coffee dessert.
    • All beverages including Jameson, Guinness products, Concannon wines, Kilbeggan and Tullamore Dew.
    • Guests will be greeted by a piper at the castle door, entertained by Irish session musicians during the cocktail hour and a harpist during dinner.
    • Dancing will follow dinner and guests will have the opportunity to tour the Castle grounds throughout the evening.

    Sponsorships are also available at varying levels. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event, please contact Noel Hickey at njhickey@gmail.com.

    Please consider supporting this effort to honor the memory of those Irish immigrants who came to Colorado in search of a better life, who died here trying to find it, and who deserve not to be forgotten.

    Dunafon Castle in Kittredge


    Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville

    Learn more about the Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville in this Irish Times article.

    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • 5201 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
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    Join our Irish Network for an historic and unique tour of Riverside Cemetery, the oldest in Denver, led by distinguished civic leader, academic, historian, author and raconteur Dennis Gallagher.

    Dennis is an expert on the cemetery and the notable people buried there as he has been giving entertaining tours of the place over the past 50 years. Be prepared for stories of midnight burials of divorcees, Irish immigrants like Colonel Archer who brought gas lights and piped water to Denver, Silas Soule who refused to obey Chivington's order to fire on the defenseless Indians at Sand Creek, and many more tales that Dennis will deliver in his own unique and delightful way.

    We will meet at the office just inside the gates at 1.30pm and afterwards retire to The Source on Brighton Blvd for libations. The tour should last 90 minutes.


    • 11 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Celtic on Market, 1400 Market St, Denver CO 80202
    From The West to The Wild West: An Irreverent Discussion

    Connacht meets Colorado. Come out to hear a mighty slagfest amongst culchies from Connacht on topics such as Irish pubs, Immigration, the GAA, general Yankification...and more! Help predict the year when Mayo will finally win SAM!

    Featuring Noel Hickey, John Nallen, Tess Julian and Dermot Healy.

    Moderated (or attempts at moderation) by Kerryman Alan Groarke

    The event will be hosted by Noel's pub The Celtic on Market and afterwards we will retire across the road to Nallen's pub where John will regale us with the stories behind the memorabilia in his legendary watering hole.


    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Potenza Lodge, 1900 W 38th Ave, Denver
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    Fourth Annual Christmas Ceiliúradh (Celebration) and Potluck

    INCO’s Christmas party last year was an absolute delight. We will continue the tradition with another hilarious “game show”, more homemade food, drink, dancing, an Irish-themed raffle, ceol agus craic!  Potenza Lodge is reminiscent of a community hall one might find in a cozy little village in Ireland. Come out for another warm and memorable celebration of the season with your Irish-American community. Bring your family and a dish to share. Beer, wine and soft drinks provided.

    $15 admission - $10 seniors - children 12 & under free.
    Bring a friend for free!

    Directions to Potenza Lodge 




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