St Patricks Day In KoroitThe South West celebrates its Irish Heritage
The South West of Victoria can justly claim to being the the Irish heartland of Australia, In particular the districts surrounding the township of Koroit are still dominated by families of Irish decent with Irish names common throughout the area. Port Fairy ( then called Belfast) was first settled in the late 1830’s, and attracted Irish potato farmers to the district who had fled the famine and couldn’t believe their luck to find a piece of Ireland in their new country. The neighbouring districts of Crossley and Killarney also reflect the Irish heritage of the region and the paddocks and green fields are as Irish as anything the Emerald Isle can offer. Each year the township of Koroit celebrates St Patricks Day almost as a public holiday and Guinness and green beer flowing freely in the local hotels. Koroit also holds an Irish Festival which celebrates all things Irish and this years festival will be held over the weekend of the 25th -27th of April..