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Sarah Sereno holds Max Sereno, 4, while Liam Colby looks on at the Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast on Wednesday in Manchester.

Wednesday was the 19th Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

Founded by former Manchester Mayor and West High School principal Bob Baines, it is an opportunity for civic leaders to gather and eat breakfast, raise money for charity and rib each other in the best of Irish tradition.

Following are some of the one-liners:

“I just retired from Southern New Hampshire University. I just got a new job yesterday. Right now if you have a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter and you need them to get into any school, I have relationships with many in New England.”

— retired basketball coach Stan Spirou

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Kyle McPhee of Manchester dresses for the occasion on Wednesday, during the Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast.

“(Former mayor) Ted Gatsas called me last night. He told me in so many words he’s nervous and might be upset that you (Mayor Joyce Craig) are about to break his record for the number of potholes in this community.”

— Stan Spirou

“Great to see (Stan Spirou) this morning after you missed last year’s event. I think you may have been sunbathing in Aruba celebrating your retirement. Now that we all have a mental image of you sunbathing, we wish you’d go back.”

— Mayor Joyce Craig

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Former Manchester Mayor Bob Baines listens to the Willoughby Brothers, an Irish singing troupe, during the Blarney Breakfast on Wednesday.

“The only thing that changes year after year (with the Blarney Breakfast) is the amount of hair Bob Baines has left.”

— Joyce Craig

“I’m very happy to be here this morning to honor the contributions of (former Indian Head Athletics owners) Don and Gail York. And as everyone in this room who grew up in Manchester knows, it’s not easy for us to say nice things about people from Bedford.”

— Joyce Craig

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Mahboba Akhtarzadah, the guest speaker at the Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast, speaks about the challenges of getting an education in Afghanistan as a girl with polio.

“I want to take a moment to recognize the York boys … who despite being educated by Bob Baines, have become very successful adults.”

— Joyce Craig

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The Willoughby Brothers sing Irish ballads on Wednesday during the Bob Baines Blarney Breakfast in Manchester.

About the “Indulgence” auction package. “The second item is couples massage. Robert Kraft will not be there.”

— Merchants Auto owner Steve Singer

The event has raised more than $1.3 million in the last 19 years, according to Baines.

Beneficiaries include the American Red Cross, Special Olympics New Hampshire, and The Shirley Brulotte Fund, which is named after Baines’ deceased sister and benefits the International Institute of New England.