Celebrate the Irish way
Share a tipple and a laugh
ALL things Irish will come to the fore today as venues around the region celebrate St Patrick’s Day – the day when everyone wants to be Irish.
It is the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other.
And where better to pop on your leprechaun hat and pay tribute to one of Ireland’s patron saints than Paddy’s Shenanigans Bar, in Airlie Beach.
Paddy’s, as it is affectionately known, will be starting the festivities at midday today and going all the way through to 3am.
Entry is free all day and there will also be a free “Irish” barbecue, from 1–5pm, with beef and Guinness sausages on offer.
The day will be packed with promotions and giveaways, including a free black Guinness cap with a pint of Guinness, and a free green “leprechaun” hat with a purchase of Magners Irish cider.
And of course, there will be non-stop entertainment throughout the day, kicking off with The Bostocks at 1pm on the front stage.
“Rachael and Rob, of the Bostocks, will be on fiddle and guitar as usual and will be doing traditional, up-beat, jiggy numbers until about 5pm,” entertainment manager Trevor Green said.
From 6–10pm the Spring Monkeys will take the stage, performing a mixture of Irish pub tunes and standard covers.
From 10.30–2.30am The Bostocks Band will perform on the back stage, with electric guitar, drums and fiddle.
“There will be lots of fun and games all night, the bar will be dressed up, there will be promos, giveaways and a free barbecue and the best Guinness in town,” Mr Green said.
“But don’t hang around as we only have a few hundred hats to give away.”
In Proserpine, St Patrick will be honoured at O’Duinns Irish Pub, which is staging a three-day St Patrick’s celebration starting today.
There will be giveaways with purchases of Guinness, Magners Cider and Jamieson’s Whiskey, with the fun kicking off at 10am each day.
Mecha Mecha will be playing on Thursday, Friday and Sunday from lunchtime onwards.
Saturday will be business as usual and on Sunday, a megga Family Fun Day is planned with face painting for the kids and a very special performance from The Claddagh School of Irish Dance Mackay and Gladstone.
Magnums Airlie Beach is also getting into the spirit of things and will be spreading some traditional Irish cheer with live music, giveaways, live cane toad racing and Irish drinks.
SLAINTE: Paddy's Shenanigans is gearing up for a big St Patrick's Day today. From left: Zulu, Amy O'Meara, Trevor Green, Steven Rickwood, Richard Williams and Rachel Kearns. Photo: Deborah Friend.