Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

St. Joseph Church hosts an entertainment act that's never before come west of the Rockies

Father Adam Kotas of St. Joseph Catholic Church figures he had the luck of the Irish before St. Patrick's Day this year by landing an entertainment act that's never come close to this area before.

The Irish Variety Show, with its cast of five entertainers, will perform Emerald Isle-style comedy, music, song and dance Tuesday, March 12, at the church, 319 E St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for Irish drinks and snacks, and the performance begins at 7.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $50 for a family (parents and minor children). They can be purchased at Del Norte Office Supply, from the church office Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., or online at

In 30 years of touring the world, this is the first gig west of the Rockies for the Irish Variety Show.

Barry Collins from Cork City, Ireland, started the troupe back in 1983 to help raise money for an Irish homeless project in London. He enlisted the help of Michael Funge and Bernard McHugh - still members of the troupe today - and a few others to perform a Gala Irish Variety Night, which raised enough money to jump-start the project.

Word got out about their success and they've been helping to raise funds through their shows ever since - well over $2 million to date for a plethora of good causes. Their show at St. Joseph will help put a new roof on the gym.

Father Kotas said he is thrilled about securing the group to perform at his parish.

"They really wanted to see the redwoods," said Kotas. "I told them how beautiful it is here. That's how I was able to get them up here."

The show will feature a Celtic harpist, two singers/musicians and "our long-legged champion Irish dancer - better than Riverdance," said Collins, who acts as the show's host and comic.

Attendees "don't need to be Irish, and we all have a little bit of Irish in us," said Collins. "The humor is clean and middle of the road, the songs are well known and the dancing - well, you will have to wait and see."

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St. Joseph will also host another pre-St. Patrick's Day event, the corned beef and cabbage dinner, complete with a full bar, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Women's Society on Saturday, March 16, at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 per person and are available at the church office or at They also can be purchased at the end of every weekend Mass.

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