It is time again to go green this St Patrick's Day and dig out the green hairspray, pull out the leprechaun hat and have a Guiness or two to celebrate at an Irish Pub. Australians love St Patrick's Day - it must be the sense of kinship we have with a country that likes to have a craic and drink beer at every celebration. Here in Canberra we have a few popular options if you want to get out and celebrate Ireland's biggest day of the year. With some celebrations starting at breakfast, bring your stamina to this all day party in Canberra, on Thursday March 17th.
King O Malley's on City Walk in the Civic will be holding celebrations with live music, face painting, traditional Irish dancing and heaps of giveaways. King O' Malley's is a fun and festive pub, where new friends are made and the party atmosphere will continue on into the night. This pub is one of the most popular in Canberra, so spend the afternoon at King O'Malley's (or go on over after work) and enjoy the Guiness on tap with hundreds of other green leprechauns and revellers all decked out in green.
St Patricks Day 2015. Source: King O'Malley's Facebook
If you haven't already been to the Canberra Irish Club at Weston Creek, it is a small club, but big in hospitality. There is also a great sense of community at this Club, so if you are new to Canberra and wanting to meet other Irish folk, then this Club will invite you into the community and make you feel at home. On the morning of St Patrick's Day, the Canberra Irish Club will begin the day with an Irish Breakfast starting at 7:30am and Irish dancers beginning at 8am. There will be Irish food in the Bistro, giveaways, Irish dancing and live bands from noon. In the evening there will be a St Patrick's Day Ball, with a two course meal, wine and entertainment by local band Cassidy's Ceili. This Celtic band have been together for ten years and describe themselves as "a band so Celtic it'll turn yer ears green".
PJ O'Reilly's, also in the city centre, is an Irish Pub that will be celebrating on the day with Irish shenanigan's and entertainment. Further south in Tuggeranong, PJ's there will be carrying the flag for Ireland on St Paddy's day, so deck yourself out in the Irish flag colours and settle in for an afternoon of Irish hospitality.
Statistically, 30% of Australia's population have some degree of Irish ancestry, with Irish settlers (and convicts!) travelling across the seas in the late 1800's. By the end of the 19th century about a third of the population in Australia were Irish, another reason why Australians have such an affinity with the Irish culture. So enjoy the luck of the Irish this St Patricks Day and celebrate this Paddy's Day with friends - and new friends to be made.