By Heather Collins
The link between the Irish and fire departments goes back to the 1840s, when many Irishmen immigrated to the United States and took up service work. Many fire departments incorporate Irish designs in their logos and have their own bagpipe marching band, such as Carmel’s Pipes and Drums Band.
The link continues as Brockway Public House will play host to the 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day Tent Party March 16 -17.
“A lot of Irish immigrants were firefighters,” CFD Public Information Officer Tim Griffin said. “The firefighters have really adopted St. Patrick’s Day as their own holiday.”
Griffin said each year the event is heavily attended by firefighters from throughout Hamilton County.
“We’re there hanging out and it’s a really great event to come out to Carmel,” Griffin said.
On March 16, CFD will host keg and eggs from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by The World’s Most Perfect Pint Demonstration, “Tapping of the Green Monsta,” and a keg toss competition at 5 p.m. Live entertainment will include performances by Carmel firefighter Ian Reppert, performing an array of Irish folk songs and popular cover songs, The CFD Pipes and Drums Band, My Yellow Rickshaw, 45 RPM, The Party Band, Don Stuck Band and Mix Tape Indy Band.
CFD St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts will be available for purchase during the event. The T-shirts were designed by Griffin and feature Celtic symbolism and memorialize the co-founder of Brockway Pub, Lainie Paul, who was an avid CFD supporter.
A portion of the proceeds from the event support the Carmel Professional Firefighters Local 4444 Bereavement Fund, which provides readily available funds to families of fallen firefighters.
Brockway Public House is at 12525 Old Meridian St. For more, visit brockwaypub.com/events.