St Brigid's Church, built 1924
For the second year in a row the Amherst Select Board has declared February 1st "Amherst Irish Day aka St. Brigid's Day" a celebration of all things Irish -- the hard working folks who helped build this town back when Miss Emily was hibernating in her upstairs room.
Yes, it specifically started only last year (even though the Irish have been here since 1840s) to counteract the idiotic "Blarney Blowout", a Frat Boy slander of the Irish with particular emphasis on highly profitable alcohol sales.
Fortunately, with the assist of 225 police officers, the Blarney Blowout last March was a blow over, and will be again this year. While the Amherst Irish Association event was a resounding success.
When St. Brigid's was first built it dominated the downtown and was one of the largest buildings in Amherst. Then in the mid-1960s UMass started to grow exponentially with those Southwest Towers reaching for the sky.
But St Brigid's is still -- and hopefully always will be -- a stirring symbol.