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UPDATED: Fundraisers for Annie Britton-Nice, matriarch of Raleigh’s Celtic community

Annie Britton-Nice walking in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Raleigh.
Annie Britton-Nice walking in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Raleigh. Courtesy of Kelly O’Doherty

Annie Britton-Nice, a force in Raleigh’s Celtic community, was injured during a mugging earlier this week, and her friends are raising money to help her.

Britton-Nice was mugged about 8 p.m. Tuesday night at 451 S. Bloodworth St., according to a police report.

“The victim was getting some stuff out of her car when she was approached from behind by three suspects. She was struck and knocked to the ground,” wrote Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

Her briefcase, phone, wallet and green card were stolen, according to the police report.

Pete Pagano, former owner of the Tir na nOg pub in downtown Raleigh, said Friday that Britton-Nice has to be off of work and wear a neck brace for eight weeks; at that point, doctors will decide if she needs surgery.

Britton-Nice was the longtime cheerful general manager at Tir na nOg, which closed last year. She was known for encouraging and planning Irish, Scottish and Welsh cultural events across the region. In fact, she was mugged after a meeting about the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day parade, Pagano said.

During her tenure at Tir na nOg, the downtown Raleigh restaurant became a gathering spot for the local Irish community, where its musicians played every Sunday afternoon, its children regularly performed traditional Irish dances and its members took tin whistle lessons.

“She is the one person who has done more for the Celtic community than anyone else in the state,” Pagano said.

Her friends have organized several events to help Britton-Nice pay for her medical bills and expenses:

▪ There is a gofundme page started: gofundme.com/quxrbadg. More than $10,700 has been raised so far.

▪ At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Gerry McCrudden will sing Irish favorites at the Hibernian Pub at 311 Glenwood Ave. They will pass the hat for Britton-Nice.

▪ From noon-3 p.m. Sunday, the Knights of Columbus Council 2546 will host a car wash at 4301 Columbus Club Dr., Raleigh.

▪ Folks will pass the hat on Sunday night at the Trali Irish Pub and Restaurant in Morrisville: traliirishpub.com/happenings-1/

▪ The Knights of Columbus are doing a barbecue and chicken fundraising dinner from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Raleigh. Pork barbecue or chicken with two sides costs $8. Chicken and barbecue plate with two sides costs $10. Kids’ pizza costs $4. The entertainment will be live Irish music. Location: 4301 Columbus Club Dr., Raleigh.

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