St. Patrick’s Day: Dust off your four leaf clovers

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is celebrated all around the world by the Irish, and those who are quite happy to be Irish for a day. It’s a great time for Guinness.

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated for centuries, and has become more and more popular over the years, with many cities outside the country of Ireland recognizing it with parades and feasts aplenty. Chicago, New York City, Boston and Washington D.C. are just some of the US cities that put on a big show for St. Patrick.

International countries also get into the act. For example, Monaco, the tiny principality sandwiched between France and the Mediterranean Sea, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day each year due to Princess Grace’s ties with Ireland. Her grandfather, John Kelly, was born and raised in County Mayo during the Great Famine.

Of course Cayman is no slouch when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. There are always several bars and clubs that begin to turn green as March 17 approaches. One particular venue that goes the extra mile is Fidel Murphy’s in Queen’s Court Plaza on the Seven Mile strip.

Fidel Murphy’s Irish Pub is planning a solid weekend of live music and karaoke; football and rugby on the telly; and great Guinness specials from Friday through Monday.

It all leads up to Monday, the official St. Patrick’s Day, when a live band will take to the stage and the draw for a free ticket to the Emerald Isle will be held. That’s right! For every pint of Guinness you buy from Friday, March 14 to Monday, March 17, you’ll receive a ticket that goes into a draw for a free airline ticket to Ireland! The more you buy, the more chances you’ll have to win.

No doubt other bars will be announcing their participation in the St. Patrick’s festivities as well, so keep an eye on The Caymanian Weekender in the Caymanian Compass as the date approaches.
It’ll soon be time for the wearing of the green, pots o’ gold, a bit of Val Doonican and The Chieftains on the sound system, and pints of Guinness on the bar.

Get ready to sham-rock the weekend away. Sláinte!