And if my great-granfather Timothy Mooney isn’t dancin’ a fine, proud jig looking down at the festivities, I’d be surprised indeed.
So for those who are born to the Green, the list of grand libations and culinary treats from across the pond will last the week, and for those of you who are Irish:
Welcome, Drink and Eat Hearty for it’s a grand and festive occaision to be sure.
Now with social drinking on St. Patrick’s Day comes some heavy lifting at the bar, so be sure to eat right and designate your drivers. We’ve thin sliced Corned Beef, Cabbage and Mashed Irish Red Potatoes St. Pat's Day.
Eat Hearty. Drink Heavy and Designate your Drivers.
Chip & Brian
Click For A Glipse At A Grand Irish Gal...My Great Grand-Mother Anna O'Brien Mooney!
A HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY
AS WE ALL KNOW, there's no GRANDER celebration than the wearing of the GREEN on March 17th. And at the Outta The Way, we come by our celebration honestly, as we've more than a bit of Irish blood and certainly the thirst that comes with it (except Duffy, who just has the thirst).
So for the holiday week, we've Irish cooking and special prices on beers and ales. and we'll keep our regular happy hours prices ($1 off all drinks - except the beers already discounted in honor of himself).
By the way of reviewing the aforementioned GRAND HISTORY of St. Patrick's Day and the contributions that the Irish have made to America and this GREAT COUNTRY of ours, a wikipedia search turned up the following:
"Saint Patrick (estimated AD 387 - AD 461)(Latin: Patricius, Irish: Naomh Pádraig), said[by whom?] to have been born Maewyn Succat (Latin: Magonus Succetus), was a Roman Britain-born Christian missionary and is the patron saint of Ireland along with Brigid of Kildare and Columba. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken from his native Wales as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After entering the church, he later returned to Ireland as a missionary in the north and west of the island, but little is known about the places where he worked and no link can be made between Patrick and any church. By the eighth century he had become the patron saint of Ireland.The available body of evidence does not allow the dates of Patrick's life to be fixed with certainty, but it appears that he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the fifth century. Two letters from him survive, along with later hagiographies from the seventh century onwards. Uncritical acceptance of the Annals of Ulster (see below) would imply that he lived from 340 to 460, and ministered in what is modern day northern Ireland from 428 onwards. On 17th March St.Patrick's day is celebrated to remember him and what he did. This is celebrated across the world.
"Irish Society of Boston organized what was the first Saint Patrick's Day Parade in the colonies on 17 March 1737. The first celebration of Saint Patrick's Day in New York City was held at the Crown and Thistle Tavern in 1756, and New York's first Saint Patrick's Day Parade was held on 17 March 1762 by Irish soldiers in the British Army. In 1780, General George Washington, who commanded soldiers of Irish descent in the Continental Army, allowed his troops a holiday on 17 March “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence." This event became known as The St. Patrick's Day Encampment of 1780. Today, Saint Patrick's Day is widely celebrated in America by Irish and non-Irish alike. Americans celebrate the holiday by wearing green clothing. Many people, regardless of ethnic background, wear green-coloured clothing and items. Traditionally, those who are caught not wearing green are pinched."
There you have it! Come to the Outta The Way, Wear a bit o' Green, Have the Time of Your Life with Your Friends and Neighbors, and Run The Risk of getting "pinched" by Brian!
A Grand Thought Indeed....
Peace and Love,
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh, Chip, Brian and the Outta The Way Cafe