A group of revelers celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Olde Dublin Pub.
This being St. Patrick’s Day, an early start is suggested but don’t forget to add a wee bit of remembrance of the troubles amidst all those green suds and parties.
The two iconic Irish pubs in Charlottetown are opening early today.
First to open is Olde Dublin Pub which begins its Ton O’Green Fun celebration at 7 a.m. with its Big Irish Breakfast. Proceeds go to the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Old Triangle Irish Alehouse opens at 9 a.m. with its Charity Irish Breakfast in support of Hospice Palliative Care P.E.I.
Entertainment begins at opening and runs continuously until the following morning at 2 a.m. It is being called a hooley, Irish slang for a wild party.
Same for the Olde Dublin, going with steady entertainment until 2 a.m.
Performer Cynthia MacLeod with Jon Matthews will be going to both. They are at the Olde Dublin Pub at 10 a.m., then head over to the Old Triangle Irish Alehouse at 3 p.m.
“I know that people go to the Olde Dublin or the Old Triangle as soon as they open in the morning and spend the rest of the day and evening there,” said George O’Connor, president of the Benevolent Irish Society. “In fact, I’ve done it myself in the past, a few times.
“You can spend the day in an Irish pub, listening to Irish music, with good food and fellowship. Couldn’t think of a better way to start,” O’Connor added.
“We’re all Irish on St Patrick’s Day” the Charlottetown Legion proclaims as it announces Gary Chipman performing from 4 to 7 p.m.
For today, a St. Patrick’s Day ceilidh will take place at the society’s Irish Cultural Centre on North River Road starting at 8 p.m.
O’Connor thinks the celebration has been increasing in popularity.
In years past there were annual comedy stage shows, a tradition that has ebbed recently, but there are still community parties, ceilidhs and house parties across the Island, he said.
The green hats and green beer and green everything is fun, but not essential, said O’Connor.
“The essence of the day is just remembering who you are and where you came from — Ireland and the Irish and what that means, and the history, remembering the sacrifices and the difficulties the Irish went through, and we are still here and we are still looking forward,” he said.
“It’s a fun time but it can be a bit of a sad time as well because history hasn’t always been kind to the Irish,” said O’Connor. “You don’t forget those things but you don’t dwell on it and you move on, ever optimistic.”