Sláinte! It’s time for St. Paddy’s

Thankfully the Guinness shortage has been restored. And just in the nick of time as St. Patrick’s Day is just a few weeks away.

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The Classic Beatles are the headline act for the St. Patrick Day celebrations at the Triple Crown. Photos: Submitted

St. Patrick’s Day marks the Roman Catholic feast day for Ireland’s patron saint, who died in the fifth century.

The day is celebrated widely. Colonial New York City hosted the first official St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1762, when Irish immigrants in the British colonial army marched down city streets. In subsequent years Irish fraternal organisations also held processions to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The various groups merged sometime around 1850 to form a single, grand parade.

Today New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is the longest running civilian parade in the world.

This year, as always, there are plenty of festivities in Cayman for revellers to choose from, including live acts from the Emerald Isle, traditional Irish fare, and good old St. Paddy’s day fun.

Here’s a look at what’s going on.

FIDEL MURPHY’S

Once again Irish star Mundy will return to Fidel Murphy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant for a special St. Patrick’s Day gig.

The star – who recently picked up a Meter, Ireland’s answer to a Grammy – has performed at Fidel’s for the last two years.

Back by popular demand, he promises to be a hit once again.

‘We have had such a great response to Mundy in the past,’ David Doherty, Fidel Murphy’s manager said. ‘So many people kept asking us when he was coming back.

‘During the last few years his popularity has further soared, however, luckily for us, Mundy really loves Cayman and is eager to return, so is flying in especially from Vienna. This really is going to be a not-to-be-missed event.’

Mundy first emerged on the music-scene in 1996 with his debut album Jellylegs. The hit song, To You I Bestow, was featured on the soundtrack of Baz Lurhman’s Romeo & Juliet. His second album, 24 Star Hotel, sold over 25,000 copies in Ireland, more than double platinum. Mundy’s third album, Raining Down Arrows was released in 2004 and entered the Irish charts at Number One. Hit songs include By Her Side, 10,000 Miles Away (From Harm) and the title track. The star has performed across Ireland and Europe, including shows with Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Webb, The White Stripes and Oasis in Dublin.

The concert (time to be confirmed) will be free, and guests will have an opportunity to meet the star on Saturday, 15 March, during the pub’s popular karaoke night.

No Paddy’s Day would be complete without plenty of food and drink and guests will be able to get their fill of traditional Irish fare, including Irish stew, Dublin Coddle and bacon cabbage, freshly prepared for the day. And, with a 3am extension, there is ample time to enjoy all the festive fun.

TRIPLE CROWN

Once again, the Triple Crown is bringing in a host of live acts, bound to get heart’s racing.

Headlining is The Classic Beatles – a tribute band from Dublin. The Classic Beatles is the only Beatles tribute band to have worked with famed Beatle producer Sir George Martin.

Their show includes them dressing in exact replica velvet-collared suits and mop-tops, made famous on the 1964 Ed Sullivan Show.

Also set to take to the stage is Tom Jones look-alike, John Prescott, who will be playing all the star’s hits, from Green Green Grass of Home, You Can Leave Your Hat On and Delilah.

The fun is scheduled to kick off on Friday, 14 March with a concert featuring both tribute acts.

On Saturday, 15 March, the Classic Beatles will perform a separate gig.

On Thursday, 20 March, the Tom Jones tribute act will perform especially for the ladies.

Amy Kane, organiser of the events, said she is confident both acts will be a success.

‘The Beatles and Tom Jones are so universally popular they are bound to be a hit.

‘The Classic Beatles are huge in Ireland right now and put on a great show.’

She added: ‘The Tom Jones tribute really looks like the real deal. It will definitely be a fun night.’

To whet everyone’s appetite, the pub will be putting on a special menu with Irish favourites, including Barley and lamb stew, Guinness and oysters, gammon and champ and Dublin coddle, as well as specials on Guinness, Kilkenny ale and Irish whiskey throughout the weekend and on St. Patrick’s Day, which will also feature traditional Irish music.

All events are ticketed. Admission for Friday night (3am extension) is $35, Saturday, $25 and Thursday’s gig, $10, which includes a free glass of champagne for the first 50 ladies. Tickets are on sale now and organisers are encouraging all to book early to avoid disappointment. Last year’s gig was a sell-out event. Call the Triple Crown on 943-7821 or email [email protected]. Performance times to be confirmed.

COCONUT JOES

The bar and restaurant has become famed in recent years for their annual Hands on the Blarney Stone event, and this year will be no different.

Held on St. Patrick’s Day, the event starts at 6.30pm. This year there will be some 20 people competing. Each contestant must keep one hand on the giant green boulder at all times. The last hand standing wins a $2,000 travel voucher from Cayman Travel.

Local DJs will be spinning the latest tunes; while there will be drink specials, prizes and giveaways throughout the night.

Contestants can win their spot on the Blarney Stone by purchasing buckets of Bud or Bud Light from the bar in the run-up to the event. Alternatively people can qualify by listening to radio station Z99.

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