Raleigh Irish Pub Goes Through 160 Kegs Of Beer On St. Patrick’s Day

In case you missed the large St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration in downtown Raleigh last Saturday, there were thousands of people watching the city’s largest parade and another several thousand people who took part in the festival and celebration in Moore Square afterwards.

The Raleigh St. Patrick’s event is one of the largest between Washington DC and Savannah and its popularity seems to grow every year. The parade winds around downtown Raleigh and then ends at Moore Square.  Smack dab in the middle of the celebration is the TirNaNog Irish Pub and Restaurant, which is right next to Moore Square.  The restaurant said that they expected this year to be huge with the nice weather and with St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday and they certainly weren’t disappointed.

A bartender at the pub said they over 160 kegs worth of beer on Saturday alone and that doesn’t even include canned beer sold as well.  The pub tried to steer patrons away from bottled beer due to safety issues if the glass broke.

According to one worker, the pub’s tally this year is the most beer that TirNaNog has ever sold in one day.  On the Sunday afterwards, the front stage of the pub as well as a stockroom in the back were filled with empty metal beer kegs.

Moore Square and Raleigh in general is no stranger to huge beer sales, as the park also serves as the location for the annual World of Beer festival which brings in beer companies from around the world.  The Triangle is also home to several brewing companies including Aviator Beer, Big Boss Brewing Company, LoneRider Brewing, Full Steam Brewing Company, Carolina Brewing Company, and many others.

Source: The Raleigh Telegram


Luck of the Irish

Many Irish thanks are sent to Alan Riley, owner of Dugan’s Pub, who did a terrific job planning and orchestrating the Pinehurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Members of Animal Advocates of Moore County believe this year’s parade honoring our military, especially those we are grateful to have home from Afghanistan, was the best ever.

The weather was perfect. Riley surely must have flown in leprechauns to work magic on that detail.

The new parade route ­accommodated so many more spectators that it boggled our minds, as they waved, shouted and clapped.

In the heart of the village, both sides of the street were jammed to capacity with joyful folks wearing large hats, Irish jewelry, green glasses and shirts. As they waved at the passing parade, they seemed to create an undulating sea of green.

Our AAMC adoption dogs, sporting green attire, were stopped, petted, hugged and held, especially little Cassius, a Lab mix that had lost an eye as a tiny puppy.

Residents of Pinehurst and beyond came out to honor our military, filling the streets with patriotism, gratitude and pride.

I don’t know if we can ever capture all that beauty again, but I certainly hope so.

Erin go bragh!

Source: thepilot.com, Maureen Burke-Horansky

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub Wins Third Consecutive Talk of the Town Award for Customer Satisfaction

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub has won its third straight CMUS Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award. This year, the restaurant saw a jump in its ratings, earning a 5-star rating for providing outstanding customer service in the Restaurants category.

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub opened its doors in Old Town Alexandria in 1978, offering fireside dining on both floors and excellent Irish cuisine such as Fish and Chips, Salmon, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Irish Stew. “Murphy’s won the annual restaurant George Washington Cherry Challenge three years in a row,” says Kenny Mitchell, general manager of the pub. “Our Sunday Champagne brunch is wonderful with a price that begins at $8.95.”

Murphy’s provides live music seven nights a week with no cover charge, and Trivia every Tuesday night with hockey or baseball tickets as prizes. “Our beautiful wood-burning fireplaces provide the perfect way to spend an afternoon during the cold and frigid winter months,” states Mitchell. “Yes, and we have won awards for the best pint of Guinness in town.” The beautiful, private party room is perfect for every celebration.

“We are blessed and fortunate to have such a wonderful staff working at Murphy’s creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere for all our guests,” says Mitchell. “Many of our staff members have been here a long time.”

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub is located at 713 King Street in Alexandria, Va. For more information, call 703-548-1717 or go online to http://www.murphyspub.com.

About the Award and Sponsors:
The Talk of the Town Awards, presented by Talk of the Town News, Customer Care News magazine and Celebration Media U.S. (CMUS), honors companies and professionals that provide excellent customer service as reported by their customers through no-cost, user-review websites, blogs, social networks, business rating services, and other honors and accolades. This data is analyzed by a team of researchers who calculate a company’s CMUS Power Rating™. Only those that receive a 4-star to 5-star rating receive the CMUS Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award.

This is the fourth year CMUS, Talk of the Town News and Customer Care News have honored companies for achieving high levels of customer satisfaction with the Talk of the Town Awards. Businesses eligible to receive the award include, but are not limited to, beauty salons, spas, restaurants, bakeries, dentists, auto repair facilities, veterinarians, home repair and improvement contractors, florists, hospitals, and physicians.

For more information about the award or its sponsors, please contact CMUS and Talk of the Town News at 877-498-6405 or go online to http://www.talkofthetownnews.com.

Source: pr.com

Pub celebrates one-year anniversary on St. Patty’s Day


Local band Killer Hintz rocks the audience at the hearth of Freedom Crossing as part of the one-year anniversary celebration of Shamrock’s Irish Pub here Saturday evening. Photo by Marcie C. Wright, Monitor Staff.

Shamrocks Irish Pub packed Freedom Crossing with party-goers in celebration of their one-year anniversary and St. Patrick’s Day Saturday.

The event featured giveaways, raffles, T-shirts, food and beverage discounts, yard glasses and green beverages from noon to 1 a.m. Three local bands performed at the hearth by the outdoor fireplace, and a disc jockey spun tunes and offered karaoke.

Additionally, a cook flew in from Ireland to assist in the kitchen, cooking additional menu item specials.

“He’s using his secret Irish recipes,” said general manager Nathan Valenzuela. “Do we get them? No, we don’t. Will he tell us? No, he won’t.”

Recipe specials included traditional Irish stew, Guinness pie, Shepherd’s pie, traditional Irish fish and chips and colcannon dishes. The stew featured tender pieces of lamb and the fish and chips appealed to the eye – colorful with seasonings.

Why the big deal? These owners were proud to have made it a full successful year as the only authentic Irish Pub in El Paso, Texas, said Valenzuela. Some have tried before but failed in the city. That in mind, this celebration was aimed toward installation residents and the enveloping city.

“For us, it’s a milestone,” said Valenzuela. “Considering Freedom Crossing was a prototype, something that not every base has. … We want to give back to everyone who has been a part of us and open doors to people who don’t know about us.”

Source: fbmonitor.com

Celtic Fringe celebrates opening on St. Patrick’s Day

Reidsville Chamber of Commerce President Diane Sawyer poses with her daughter Rylee Kate at the Celtic Fringe ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Reidsville Chamber of Commerce thought there was no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Irish pub, Celtic Fringe.

The restaurant opened earlier this year and has already had large crowds waiting for tables.

Kim and Gary Forrester have been working on opening the restaurant for much of the past year and have seen their work through to fruition.

The Irish restaurant used 20 local businesses, many from Reidsville, to get the eatery ready to open. They’ve also hired 30 employees, most of whom did not have a job prior to the restaurant’s opening.

“I think it is a sign of good things to come,” said Reidsville Mayor James Festerman. “I was particularly touched you have 30 employees. We all know how much jobs are needed and this is a great asset.”

Kim Forrester said her employees “rock.”

“To Reidsville, I want to say I really appreciate all of the support,” Forrester said. “This town has really shown their love. We’ve had people come from all over.”

Forrester said she’s excited and overwhelmed, but she and her husband love the business.

Chamber president Diane Sawyer congratulated the business for already being successful.

N.C. House candidate Nelson Cole, City Councilwoman Sherri Walker and Reidsville Downtown Corporation president Steve Moore, along with employees of the restaurant, joined Sawyers and Festerman in cutting the ribbon, marking the Celtic Fringe officially opened.

The restaurant was opened from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with many bands and drink specials throughout the day in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

The Celtic Fringe is located at 234 Southwest Market Street in Reidsville.

Source:  DANIELLE BATTAGLIA, godanriver.com

Irish pair reflect on pints with Obama

President Obama’s (distant) Irish cousin, Henry Healy, and Irish pub owner Ollie Hayes had to change their travel plans to make sure they were in DC on Saturday when the president took them to The Dubliner for pints of Guinness.

But the pair told the Irish Independent afterward that it was well worth it. They got to tour the White House, including the Oval Office, and ride with Obama to the pub.

“Ollie sat beside him and I sat opposite him. I never seen anything like the motorcade, there were 16 or 17 vehicles and people on the streets were stopping and waving and the president was waving back,” Healy said, according to the Independent. “The windows were extremely thick, I’ve never seen glass as thick. It was the safest possible vehicle I’ll ever be in.”

Healy said Obama asked them about the Irish economy and what people “on the ground” were talking about. The president told them he had been “campaigning very hard” for reelection.

“I told him to make sure and check out his living ancestors in Ohio as they’d get behind him,” Healy quipped, according to the Independent.

Healy and Hayes, who owns a pub in Moneygall that Obama visited last year, are scheduled to attend a St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House on Tuesday. They had planned to spend last weekend in New York, but quickly switched their plans after receiving an email from the White House asking them to come earlier so that they could meet the president on St. Patrick’s Day.

Source:  DONOVAN SLACK,  politico.com

St. Patty’s Day party draws crowd

Owners of Farley’s Irish Pub Jerry Masiello, left, and Mort Duggan celebrated the grand opening of their new location at European Village. (N-J | Patrick Appolonia)

Music, food and green beer were abundant over the weekend at European Village, which was decked out for St. Patrick’s Day.

The celebration actually began Friday night with the band Rathkeltair playing its brand of Celtic/contemporary rock in the courtyard. Saturday afternoon featured a more traditional Celtic group, Ancient City Pipes and Drums.

The weekend also marked the grand opening of the new location of Farley’s Irish Pub, which was formerly in the Palm Harbor shopping center.

Hundreds donned in St. Patrick’s Day green lined the sidewalks to enjoy the music and partake of a variety of foods and beverages.

The village complex will keep the music this week with a “Friday Night Live” event featuring the band Black Hawk Station.

Source: Patrick Appolonia, news-journalonline.com