Money to be swept from the ceiling at Kells.
Money to be swept from the ceiling at Kells.

For the past 22 years, Kells’ patrons have taken part in the annual tradition of throwing cash to the ceiling of the pub. With a little bit of luck, the bills and coins donated stick to the ceiling until the annual green rain ceiling sweep event.

The sweep and “rain” come tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., Feb. 21.

Last year, $6,845 was collected from the ceiling, an amount that was then matched by Kells’ owners, Gerard and Lucille McAleese. A total of $13,690 was raised to support Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children (CMFC). Since its inception in 1995, the event has raised over $278,000 for the children.

On the morning of the event, students from An Daire Irish Dance School will perform while children, their parents, staff and volunteers from the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children stand by with umbrellas to catch the “rain.” The ceiling sweep is a prelude to the Kells Portland St. Patrick's Irish Festival, which will be held March 17 –19.