Whit­sun­days see­ing green for St Pat’s Day

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

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.

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