Many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by attending parades and eating corn beef & cabbage. Commack resident Tom Mooney does both, but this year he added a little something extra to his festivities. This year Tom, along with his accordion and several harmonicas, joined friends Grace Kelley and Brian Flaherty at Miller’s Ale House in Commack Thursday, March 16, where he treated Ale House patrons to some Irish music and a few patriotic tunes. Tom, a Vietnam Veteran, is self taught on both instruments.
When he wasn’t playing music Tom regaled this reporter with stories of his learning to play the accordion as well as some stories from his service time. He is past commander and current service officer of Smithtown’s VFW Post 10870 and American Legion Post 833. Tom is also the local administrator for the national Voice of Democracy essay contest.
Tom Mooney is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with his family. The Millers Ale House event was a warm up for tomorrow’s festivities.*
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