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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.

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