Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 17, 1999


It ain't easy being green

Waking a devine culture: The Celtic resurgence

Rocking the house...Irish style

Rocking the house...Irish style

©Photo by Chris Rickard

For those of you ready to cut loose and get back to your Irish roots (even if you don't have any), there's plenty going on around town on St. Paddy's Day. So get ready to chug some green beer and talk in a really bad Irish accent...

The Brass Door Irish Pub, 186 King St.

Starting at noon, there will be entertainment featuring two traditional Irish dance troupes and live music alternating all day between Gaelforce and Jim McGinley. There will be a limited menu of traditional Irish fare and the obligatory green beer. There's a $5 cover all day with tickets at the door.

The Spoke, University Community Centre

There will be Irish dancers at noon, plenty of green beer on tap and the usual fare provided by Rick McGhie. They're expecting a line-up, so get there early.

The Ceeps, 671 Richmond St.

The Ceeps has bands Gaelforce and Jim McGinley alternating all day, starting at 2 p.m. (the two bands will be travelling back and forth between The Ceeps and The Brass Door). There will also be Irish dancers, a menu featuring traditional Irish fare and plenty of ale on tap.

The Scots Corner, 268 Dundas St. E.

Even though they're not Irish, The Scots Corner are celebrating along with everybody else. The Privateers will be playing some Celtic music that you can listen to while having some Irish stew and soda bread.

The Poacher's Arms, 171 Queens Ave.

The Brits have folded and they too are celebrating St. Paddy's. There will be live Irish music starting at 8 p.m. and Irish dancers in the early evening.

The Wits End, 235 North Centre Rd.

This new traditional Irish pub, located off Richmond Street north of Fanshawe Park Road, has Irish dancers, an Irish band and special drinks and food. They recommend people arrive early as they expect a big crowd.

As well, Huron College is featuring a speaker for St. Patrick's Day. Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, curator of Irish painting at the National Gallery of Ireland, is speaking from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall on March 17. There will be a reception following the talk.

The Irish Club of London will also be holding a social gathering for Irish Canadians. The celebration will run all day with food, beer and dancers. The club is located at 111 Clemens St. and tickets are $2 at the door.

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