For the Irishman Pub, one day is not enough to celebrate our beloved patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Yes, that’s right, for the pub, instead of St. Patrick’s Day it’s a St. Patrick’s weekend.
Certainly, that’s to be expected. Pub owner Gene O’Donovan, who grew up on a farm in Ireland, has been on a mission for several years to bring the charms of The Emerald Isle to our community. So he’s not about to miss an opportunity like our St. Patrick’s celebration to amplify the value of those charms.
O’Donovan opened the Irishman Pub at 5601 Main St. in Williamsville in 2007, and also recently opened a second Irishman Pub at 162 Main St. in East Aurora. Both locations very successfully feature what Donavan calls “the best of Irish pub culture.”
The Pub’s St. Pat’s bash begins on Thursday at 7pm with Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross 7pm priming the pump with energetic Celtic music.
A large heated tent has been erected to accommodate the crowd and the performers, and there are many performers.
The doors opens at 3:30 pm with a performance soon after by the acoustic harmony duo Mike & Mandy.
There will be a Jameson Irish Whiskey party at 6 pm followed by the Clan Na Cara Irish Dancers and the Celtic and World Music band Stone Row.
The tent opens again at 3:30 pm followed by the Pearl Jam tribute band Unleash the Lion. Afterward, there is a Power’s Irish Whiskey party. The energy keeps moving with performances by Clann Na Cara and the dance-pop act the XOXO band.
For St. Patrick’s Day the doors open early at 11:30 am and begins with an option to enjoy brunch before you start consuming your Guinness. At noon another great local Celtic band Step ‘n Time performs. They are followed by the champion winning Rince Na Tiarna Irish Dancers and at 3:30 Buffalo’s sweetest Irish tenor Joe Head will play an acoustic set. The evening performances wrap up with one of the area’s premier rock bands Passionworks.
The Irishman’s popular brunch will be served, as well as traditional items like corned beef and cabbage, and potato soup. The Pub’s regular fare like their burgers are also worth a try. And don’t forget to check the board for what’s on tap. Expect a lot of Irish beer choices this week.