Launceston Gardens' seniors celebrate the luck of the Irish

CELEBRATE: Enjoying an early St Patrick's Day lunch at Launceston Gardens, Newstead are (picture left to right) Mae Shaw, Dolcie Caminada, Jeanette Wale, Delma Saul, Doreen Young and Sandy Brown. Picture: Phillip Biggs
CELEBRATE: Enjoying an early St Patrick's Day lunch at Launceston Gardens, Newstead are (picture left to right) Mae Shaw, Dolcie Caminada, Jeanette Wale, Delma Saul, Doreen Young and Sandy Brown. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Irish stew, potatoes and traditional tea cake were on the menu at the annual St Patrick’s Day lunch at the Launceston Gardens retirement home.

Residents and guests were encouraged to dress in their finest green attire and celebrate the luck of the Irish as part of the village’s Activate program.

The health and wellbeing initiative is delivered to the residents to capitalise on the comradery village living provides.

Village Manager Rina Langfield said the event was held as the village’s monthly themed meal.

“They enjoy seeing the room decorated and wearing sill hats … they live and see eachother every day and there is a real feeling of community,” she said.

St Patrick’s Day was originally a religious feast day for St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and a Christian missionary.

Held annually on March 17, St Patrick’s Day has since grown into a global celebration of Irish culture, with festivities held throughout the world that include leprechaun hats, ginger beards and pints of Guinness.