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St. Patrick's Day celebration in New York Mills on March 17

St. Patrick's Day is here and one of the foremost Irish traditional bands in the country will be in New York Mills. The name of the group is Chulrua, and they play authentic Irish traditional music. The band will play at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Ballroom (right next to the fire hall on Centennial Drive).

Chulrua (pronounced cool-ROO-ah), translates from the Irish as "red back," and was the name and distinguishing feature of the favorite wolfhound belonging to ancient Irish hero Fionn MacCumhaill. It is also the name of an internationally acclaimed trio of some of the most respected and unique exponents of Irish traditional music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the band plays at 7:30 p.m.

Earlier in the afternoon, Erin Hart, a St. Paul-based author of a series of mystery novels set in contemporary Ireland, will read and talk about her newest novel, "The False Mermaid," just published this month by Scribner. She will read and talk about her writing at 5 p.m. at the Cultural Center.