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March 12th, 2007, 04:08 PM
My friends and I are trying to find a few cool, fun irish pubs to go to on St. Patrick's Day. We would like to stay around Grand Central because we will have a few out-of-towners meeting us.
Any ideas?

March 12th, 2007, 04:40 PM
Get the out-of-towners a map and go far away from Grand Central. Those bars are bad enough without the added skank of St. Patrick's Day clinging to them.

March 13th, 2007, 10:17 AM

March 13th, 2007, 10:30 AM
Plan your partying accordingly ...

Metro North, LIRR Trains To Run Dry On St. Patrick's Day

NY1 (http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=1&aid=67609)
March 13, 2007

St. Patrick's Day revelers are going to have to wait until they get off the train before having that first pint.

The MTA has banned alcohol on all Long Island Rail Road and Metro North trains this Saturday for St. Patrick's Day. MTA police will confiscate any alcohol, open or sealed, found on trains.

Transit officials say the move was made for safety reasons and to "maintain orderly travel." The rail roads regularly allow passengers to drink on trains, but officials say the bans have been enacted on previous St. Patrick's Days and on New Years Eve.

The transit agencies are expecting a busy day as people travel into Manhattan for the parade.

New York City Transit will forgo its weekend shutdown on the 7 line; 7 train service will run normally for the entire weekend before returning to a construction schedule next weekend.

Copyright © 2007 NY1 News

March 19th, 2007, 11:54 PM
A couple of lasses celebratin' the festival of St. Patty in NoHo ...


March 6th, 2008, 05:14 AM
NY Pub Bans 'Danny Boy' on St. Patrick's

Published: March 5, 2008
Filed at 11:27 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's depressing. It's not usually sung in Ireland for St. Patrick's Day. Its lyrics were written by an Englishman who never set foot on Irish soil. Those are only some of the reasons a Manhattan pub is giving for banning the song ''Danny Boy'' for the entire month of March.

''It's overplayed, it's been ranked among the 25 most depressing songs of all time, and it's more appropriate for a funeral than for a St. Patrick's Day celebration,'' says Shaun Clancy, who owns Foley's Pub and Restaurant, just off Fifth Avenue opposite the Empire State Building (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/e/empire_state_building/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier).

The 38-year-old, who started bartending when he was 12 at his father's pub in County Cavan, promises a guest free Guinness if he or she sings any other traditional Irish song at the pub's March 11 pre-St. Patrick's Day karaoke party. On other nights, guests will be rewarded with a surprise.
Not everyone agrees.

Foley's is going head to head with a pub near Detroit -- AJ's Cafe in Ferndale, Mich. -- which is staging a ''Danny Boy'' marathon on St. Patrick's Day weekend, offering 1,000 renditions of the song over 50 hours.

The lyrics for the song published in 1913 were written by an English lawyer, Frederick Edward Weatherly, who never even visited Ireland, according to Malachy McCourt (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/malachy_mccourt/index.html?inline=nyt-per), author of the book ''Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad.'' Weatherly's sister-in-law had sent him the music to an old Irish song called ''The Derry Air'' and the new version became a huge hit when opera singer Ernestine Schumann-Heink recorded it in 1915.

Some say it's symbolic of the great Irish diaspora, with generations of Irish fleeing the famine and poor economic conditions starting around 1850. Others have guessed it's sung by a mother grieving for her son or even by a desolate lover -- depending on how one hears lyrics like ''The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying/ 'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.''

In the 1940s, ''Danny Boy'' was recorded by Bing Crosby (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/c/bing_crosby/index.html?inline=nyt-per), became the theme song of television's ''Danny Thomas Show'' from 1953 to 1964 and has been a vehicle for vocal stars from Judy Garland (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/g/judy_garland/index.html?inline=nyt-per), Elvis Presley (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/p/elvis_presley/index.html?inline=nyt-per) and Johnny Cash (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/c/johnny_cash/index.html?inline=nyt-per) to Cher and Willie Nelson (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/n/willie_nelson/index.html?inline=nyt-per).

But for the rest of the month, Foley's will be ''Danny Boy''-free.

''I'm glad! I'm glad! I'm glad!'' exclaimed Martin Gaffney, 73, a retired passenger ship waiter who looked forward to the free beer. ''You come in here and have a few pints for lunch. It'll be good.''

The great old song is ''all right, but I get fed up with hearing it -- it's like the elections,'' he said in a thick Irish brogue.

Instead, Gaffney said Wednesday he looks forward to crooning his own Irish favorites, like ''Molly Malone'' -- whose theme is also hardly a barrel of laughs.

A sort of unofficial anthem of Dublin also known as ''Cockles and Mussels,'' the song tells the tale of a beautiful fishmonger who plies her trade on city streets and dies young of a fever.

The New York Times Company.

March 12th, 2008, 04:47 AM
St. Patrick's Parade lines up

daily news staff writers
Tuesday, March 11th 2008, 4:00 AM

Everybody can be Irish in the Bronx (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/The+Bronx) this Sunday, when the annual Throgs Neck (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Throgs+Neck) St. Patrick's Day parade steps off.

Bands, bagpipers, step dancers and politicians will celebrate their pride for the Emerald Isle and New York (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/New+York)'s most northern borough at the 10th annual extravaganza.

It all begins with a 9 a.m. Mass, followed by a 10 a.m. free breakfast at St. Benedict's Church on Otis Ave.

The parade then kicks off at noon on East Tremont (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/East+Tremont) Ave. - at Lafayette Ave. - and wends its way down to the reviewing stand at Harding Ave.

This year's grand marshals are Daily News columnist Patrice O'Shaughnessy (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Patrice+O'Shaughnessy), a second-generation Irish-American, and Edmund Donovan (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Edmund+Donovan), a lifelong Bronx resident, volunteer and science teacher at Salesian High School (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Salesian+High+School). Msgr. Leslie Ivers (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Leslie+Ivers) of St. Frances de Chantal parish is the honored clergy.

More than 40 groups will join them, including 15 bands, the Knights of Columbus (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Knights+of+Columbus), veterans, homeowners associations, school groups and cheerleaders.

"The special thing about this year is it is our 10th annual," said Karin O'Connor (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Karin+O'Connor), who has been on the Throgs Neck Benevolent Association (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Throgs+Neck+Benevolent+Association)'s organizing committee since the parade's beginning.

"When we started, we had five bands and 15 groups. We thought it was a huge success. But now it is so much bigger and has grown into a parade people look forward to every year."

One thing missing this year will be the end-of-parade "refreshments" for marchers at the now-closed Charlie's Inn on Harding Ave.

But in addition to the many private local house parties, dozens of restaurants, bars and clubs in the area will have specials in honor of the holiday.

"It's not just Irish; it's for everyone," O'Connor said. "Everyone comes out to line the streets and celebrate a great day."

Copyright 2008 The New York Daily News.

March 12th, 2008, 06:23 AM
Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Monday March 17th. 2008

Starts. 11.00am at 44th Street and 5th Avenue.

Guide below.


March 15th, 2008, 06:24 AM
happy St Paddys day everyone, wish I was there do a pub crawl around the irish bars, mind you think I did that on my visit last month :D

March 18th, 2012, 01:09 PM