The Pine Belt celebrates Saint Patrick's Day

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - All of the green clothing in the Pine Belt Thursday was a sure sign that folks are celebrating Saint Patrick's Day. In the Hub City one group from Ireland named Seisiun was busy getting into the spirit of the holiday.

All of the members of the band are from Ireland, but for the past couple of years they have been observing Saint Patrick's day in the Pine Belt.

Father Tommy Conway of Hattiesburg's Saint Thomas Catholic Church invites the group annually to also join in the fun at the upcoming Irish-Italian Festival that's being held on Saturday in Hattiesburg.

Conway said, "Well this is a great day for all of us that are Irish and for everyone else that wants to be Irish on March seventeenth. It's really wonderful to be in South Mississippi for Saint Patrick's Day and the weather couldn't be better, it's absolutely beautiful."

Father Tommy said Saint Patrick was a Bishop that converted Ireland to Christianity. He is also credited with driving all the snakes out of the Emerald Isle.

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