Traditional Irish music, food and more on display at Coulee Hoolie Ceili event

The relationship between La Crosse and its Irish sister city is being celebrated with song and dance.

The La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association put on the fourth annual “Coulee Hoolie Ceili” at the American Legion.

A live band provided live music to dance to and there were lessons to help teach guests the steps to Irish dances. The Coulee Hooligans played traditional Irish music, while Tim Jenkins called the dances.

The fundraising event provides a unique chance for people to connect with Irish traditions.

“I think it’s beneficial to embrace any culture, any place that’s different than where you are. Because it just makes us wiser, more intelligent, more well-rounded individuals if we get connected with people who, although they’re a little bit different than us, we recognize they have a lot of similarities,” said Lynn West, president of the La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association.

The event raised money for hospice programs at Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System, as well as the Bantry Hospice Project in Ireland.

According to the organization, proceeds from last year’s event funded $1,500 each to Sacred Grounds in La Crosse and The Arc Cancer Support House in Bantry.

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