St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated in Newcastle With Traditional Green Clothes and Gray Food

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st. patrick's dayThe tradition of holding a St. Patrick’s Day dinner at St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle dates back further than most residents can recall. Pande and Rita Stevens of Damariscotta said that they have been attending the event for at least the last 30 years. Although many of the 175 people who feasted on the corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 17 are more recent attendees, the tradition is rooted in the church walls itself which date back to the earliest Irish residents of Newcastle. Shipbuilders and entrepreneurs James Kavanagh and Matthew Cottrill came from County Wexford, Ireland and made their way to what is now Damariscotta Mills in the 1790s. (read more at the Wiscasset Newspaper)

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