Each year, people of Irish heritage, and those wanting to be Irish for a day, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with singing, dancing and the wearing of green.
According to TIME magazine, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and converted thousands of poor Irish citizens to Christianity in the 17th century. After the potato famine in 1845, nearly 1 million Irish residents fled to the United States.
Annapolis and Baltimore have a rich history that includes Irish immigrants who found jobs in the maritime and railroad industries in the 19th century. Since that influx of immigrants, many U.S. cities remember their patron saint with parades and revelry.
In Severna Park and Arnold, these celebratory traditions will continue this year at some local bars and restaurants.
Brian Boru Irish Restaurant and Pub will have the longest local St. Patrick’s celebration. It will open at 10:00am with a “top of the morning” theme, where breakfast food and libations will be offered. Five musicians and Irish dancers will rotate throughout the day.
“We’ll have entertainment and food inside and outside in our tent,” said manager Kendall Yingling. “In fact, we’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all week with live music and drink promotions.”
In the Park Plaza shopping center, Sullivan’s Cove will have live music beginning at 2:00pm, with George Evans and Jay Speigel taking the stage at 7:00pm. A new local band, TMI, is slated to open the evening of tunes at Sullivan’s Cove.
Park Tavern will transform into O’Donnelley’s Tavern for the day, giving the restaurant an authentic feel of an Irish pub. In the Severna Park Village Center, Garry’s Grill will turn into Conway’s Pub and utilize the outside patio for patrons.
Further down Ritchie Highway, Copper Creek Pub & Ale House will feature Irish Jell-O shooters, and Mother’s Peninsula Grille will have live music from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.
Severna Park Taphouse will have live music, photo opportunities and Guinness pint carving. Bob Quinlan will provide live music starting at 7:00pm.
Irish dancers from the Hunt School of Dance will entertain guests at O’Loughlin’s in Arnold at 4:00pm, and Hal the Piper will perform at 6:00pm. The restaurant will offer various drink specials and a menu that includes corned beef and cabbage with roasted red potatoes, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, bangers and mash, corned beef Reubens, Reuben egg rolls, and Irish coffee ice cream.
Enjoy all the festivities the community has to offer. And, as the Irish proverb goes, “May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside.” Sláinte!
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