Councillor at Large Tim Phelan’s Saturday evening fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lynnfield Street packed the place.
As most knowing followers of the local political scene will tell you, the Knights Hall is a big place to fill – and not easily filled.
Saturday evening, it was filled.
Not only was it filled but it brimmed with social activity of a very positive kind.
This wasn’t a collection of haters or of union people or of hard core pols with an axe to grind, it was made up largely of Lynn families and what appeared to be the nucleus of what appeared to be forming a rather large core of support drawn from all areas of the city and which, by the way, included a strong contingent of union people, homeowners, professionals, fellow politicians, neighbors and friends.
It was a big time.
Cars were parked on Lynnfield Street in both directions for about 100 yards and the parking lot was filled to capacity.
Phelan made brief remarks thanking his supporters and family.
He talked about some of the council’s accomplishments but he emphasized – “It is not about the work we have done. It is the work that remains which we must complete.”
He made no mention of seeking the mayoralty.
But for all intents and purposes, this was the kick-off of his campaign.
There was a little bit of everything Irish for the mixed crowd.
The Bremer School of Irish Dance based in Salem performed with a heavy contingent of young ladies from Lynn.
And the music was definitely Irish in flavor. It was provided by Casterbridge Union from Ireland.