Whitsundays seeing green for St Pat’s Day
EVERYTHING is starting to look a little greener with St Patrick’s Day just around the corner.
O’Duinns Irish Pub will be the place to be come Friday night, with a live band, Irish dancers and loads of giveaways.
The fun doesn’t stop there however with O’Duinns keeping the party going Sunday and Tuesday as well.
O’Duinns Irish Pub owner Thomas Dunne said the band, MECHA MECHA, had travelled all the way from New South Wales.
“They’ve got a mixture of cover band music, pop music and their own songs plus the Irish songs,” he said.
There should be plenty of Irish in the air as well with a fiddle player as part of the troupe.
“They’ve got a fiddle player who’s played in over 50 Irish pubs Australia wide,” Mr Dunne said. “We like to have a bit of a feel.”
A family feel is also promoted by the publican, with his daughter behind the bar and son working the kitchen. “A good family day,” he said. “The kids even dance with the Irish dancers and things like that.”
Giveaways will also get crowds excited.
“[We have] hats from Magners and Guinness and also Guinness tshirts,” Mr Dunne said.
Meanwhile Airlie Beach will be rocking thanks to Paddy’s Shenanigans which will be open from 11am on Tuesday.
The venue will host three bumper acts, including local star Mike Duff, the Aaron Saxton Duo from New Zealand and The Bostocks – includ- ing a fiddle player. “Mike is a local guy that’s played around Airlie for a long time but he will be doing a bit more Irish and pub rock stuff,” Paddy’s Shenanigans Trevor Green said.
“Aaron Saxton is more reggae style and The Bostocks are a very Irish pub rock band – perfect for the day.”
Mr Green said St Patrick’s Day was the “biggest of the year” and promised a variety of promotions during the day, including giveaways, face painting and games.
Mike Duff will perform from 1pm, with the Aaron Saxton Duo to follow at 7pm before The Bostocks, from the Gold Coast, take centre stage later in the night.
CELTIC ROCK: The Bostocks will be the star attraction at Paddy's Shenanigans on Tuesday for St Patrick's Day celebrations.
IRISH SPIRIT: O'Duinns Irish Pub staff Ine van Teeffelen, Meghan Dunne and Andy Chia share a pint in the regions only family owned and operated Irish pub.