A day for wearin’ the green

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

FLYNN’S Ir­ish Bar owner Steve Flynn is ex­pect­ing more than just Ir­ish eyes to be smil­ing as St Pa­trick’s Day cel­e­bra­tions kick off across Townsville to­day.

The well-known pub­li­can is ex­pect­ing the city to be awash with a sea of green as lo­cals look to cel­e­brate all things Ir­ish.

Mr Flynn said rev­ellers were pray­ing for sun­shine.

‘‘ We seem to get pretty con­sis­tent num­bers year so I can’t see chang­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘ Ev­ery­one is al­ways in a good mood so it is one of the best days of the year.’’

The cel­e­bra­tions are par­tic­u­larly poignant for Mr Flynn as he looks to re­mem­ber his late fa­ther, Pa­trick, who was born on the iconic day.

‘‘ It cer­tainly was a big­ger oc­ca­sion when he was still each that around, but now it’s a time to have a drink to re­mem­ber him,’’ he said.

The first 200 rev­ellers through the door will go into the draw for a Guin­ness fridge stocked with sup­plies.

Ir­ish del­i­ca­cies such as Guin­ness pie will be served up to help set­tle the pints of the tra­di­tional dark ale.

Mr Flynn en­cour­aged lo­cals to get in­volved.

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