EVENTS FOR MAY 2019 IN AND AROUND HOUSTON

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1 PM – 5 PM it’s Wylde Meade at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, for Family Day. The address is 6003 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77007.  It’s a lovely celebration out under the shady trees amidst the flourishing gardens at Bayou Bend as we take part in Family Day. We’ll share traditional Celtic Music and chat about its journey to the US and influence on American music and culture.  Music starts at 1:30. The event is free! Last admission is at 4:30 p.m.  https://www.mfah.org/calendar/bayou-bend-family-day-musical-traditions/201905190100PM

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ALSO Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2 PM – 5 PM it’s a fundraiser for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at the Dive Right In bar, 2302 McAllister Rd., Houston, TX 77092.  This is a crawfish boil with Irish music by Matthew Apollo Creede and Smiles of Erin.  Jigs, reels and traditional Irish music + crawfish! It doesn’t get any better, so get on down and Dive Right In!

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Friday May 24,  2019 it’s the Dead Rabbits at Warren’s birthday Bash! Location is the Wet Leprechaun Tavern  4334 FM 2920 suite 100, Spring, Texas 77388.  Music starts at 7pm; there will be 3 other acts followed by the Dead Rabbits at the end We’re performing an all acoustic show to celebrate our friend Warren’s birthday! Pickin’ n’ grinnin’, singin’ n’ drinkin’!  No cover; 21 and up!

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Friday May 31, 2019 at 9pm it’s Blaggards at Mo’s Irish Pub – Cypress, 14102 Mueschke Rd in Cypress, TX 281-251-0715. No Cover, Kid Friendly

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Saturday, June 1st 2019 from 6:30-8:30 Constant Billy  will be performing in the lovely air-conditioned comfort of EQ Heights!  Put an end to Heat Brutality and come hear “the greatest Celtic vocal group in Texas!”  EQ Heights, located just south of 11th Street on Heights Blvd, has great food and coffee, and now serves beer and wine also.  Come join in the fun and make a joyful noise! No cover- we’ll pass the hat. http://www.constantbilly.com 

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Saturday, June 8th 2019 Wylde Meade will be  at Bean’s Cafe on the patio to share the sunset, some of their delectable coffee or other beverages, and some more amazing Celtic and Folk music! Relax and let the day melt away while we entertain you and enjoy the atmosphere and the great customer service that this most endearing place and the kind folks at Bean’s have to offer!  Celtic, Folk and Early Music laced with tunes from a variety of cultures.

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This calendar is updated regularly.

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Events for March 2019 in and around Houston

2019 ST. PATRICK’S SEASON EVENTS
There are a gazillion events in the Houston area leading up to and including St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve tried to organize them by date, by entertainers and by all-day events. 
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EVENTS BY DATE

Friday, March 8th, 2019 it’s Beer, Booze, Babes, and Balls at Griff’s 27th Annual Greater Houston Irish Open Golf Tournament located at Wildcat Golf Course. Individuals, Teams, and Sponsors are welcome! For details call Griff’s Irish Pub at (713) 528-9912.
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​Saturday March 9, 2019 from 12 PM – 7 PM it’s Griff’s 22nd Annual Irish Cook-Off and Music Festival at 3416 Roseland St, Houston, Texas 77006. Come join us for our 22nd Annual Irish Cook-off which includes categories for Irish Stew, Chili, Chicken, Desserts, and an Open Dish all while listening to the Great Music of Snit’s Dog and Pony Show and Spin Cycle day and night! So come hungry and ready to have a great time.
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Sunday March 10, 2019 from 2pm-6pm it’s the Grand Marshal Reception at Hugh O’Connor’s Pub, 7620 Katy Freeway in the Marq*e Entertainment Center. Music by Godfrey’s Rangers; Irish dancing by Clan Kelly Irish Dancers. Cash bar, light buffet. RSVP to irishmkk@aol.com
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:30pm until 8:30pm it’s Dan’s House of Hope St. Patrick’s Fete, at St. Arnold’s Brewery, 2000 Lyons Avenue. Join us for a relaxing evening with friends and neighbors. You get to have a wonderful time and help support the DHOH mission making a difference in the lives of Young Adult Cancer Fighters! Tickets only $40 ($70 per Couple) Enjoy light buffet and great Irish music by a talented troupe of acoustic musicians.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019 beginning at 10:30am, it’s the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Mass celebrated by Rev. Sean P. Horrigan at Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum Blvd. on the UST Campus. Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Father Sean P. Horrigan will once again celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick at the University of St. Thomas’ Chapel of St. Basil. After Mass, stay for brunch and feast on many traditional Irish and Irish-American favorites with your family and friends. In appreciation of your faithful support of the Center, the brunch is on us! Please RSVP by March 4th! irishstudies@stthom.edu
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Friday March 15 starting at 8:30 PM Blaggards are back at Mo’s Irish Pub – 138 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX. This is a Kid Friendly performance. For details call 281-251-0715 
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Also Friday March 15th The Dead Rabbits kick off Punk Rock Paddy’s Day weekend over at the Satellite Bar, 6922 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011. Along with the Rabbits a bunch of other bands are playing- call (832) 638-9723 for details.
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Saturday March 16, 2019 at noon, RAIN OR SHINE it’s the 60th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade. We have a new route this year: Market Square Park, Historic District in Downtown Houston, 301 Milam St. Houston, TX 77002. The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is a two-hour parade that has historically been one of the largest in the U.S. and each year includes over 100 entries to delight the Irish and Irish-at-heart. Visit our Parade Information page to be a part of the parade, to personally support or become a member of our Irish 100 Club. The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is presented by the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission. More information athttp://hsppc.org/ 
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Saturday March 16, 2019 at 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM it’s the St Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl Proceeds Benefit Parade. It’s Official!! Crawling for charity is more fun. Come celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Downtown with us. Downtown is the most walk-able crawl-able neighborhood in Houston one of the most bar dense in the South. If your goal is to check out a few bars each with their own parties there is no other place to do it. And with a pub crawl there is no better way to do it!! The best part is it starts right after the parade. Proceeds from tickets go directly to hsppc (non profit who puts on the parade). That’s right you can crawl for charity!! Downtown District has multiple events in and around Market Square Park. Downtownfest, a collection of downtown establishment, are planning their neighborhood block party with events at over 40 establishments within walking distance. Join our mailing list ticket or share this event with the hashtag #stpatricksdowntown for a chance to WIN 4 passes.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY Sunday March 17, 2019 at 2pm-5pm it’s the 41st Annual Cypress Creek Saint Patrick’s Parade, 5603 Farm to Market 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX. The Annual FM 1960 Saint Patrick’s Parade raises funds for the Cypress Creek EMS Education and Scholarships Fund to educate the Medics of Tomorrow. It costs $3700 to put a student through the year-old paramedic program. The fund also helps keep educational equipment up to date in Cypress Creek’s Accredited Paramedic Academy. The three-mile parade features more than 100 elements including floats, fire trucks, police vehicles, rescue boats, high profile flood vehicles, horses, and performing groups. At the midpoint of the parade across from the judges is a vendor market with all kinds of food, drinks, snacks, desserts, and unique merchandise.
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ENTERTAINERS

BLAGGARDS Friday March 15, 2019 starting at 8:30pm, it’s Blaggards Mo’s Irish Pub – 138 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX. 281-251-0715. This is a Kid Friendly show.
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MURDER THE STOUT Saturday March 16, 2019 starting at 2:30pm, it’s Murder the Stout at Market Square Park in downtown Houston. SAME DAY- MTS performs at Mo’s Irish Pub- Katy from 9pm-12:30.

Sunday March 17, 2019 it’s Murder the Stout from noon-1pm at St. Arnold’s Brewery. Then MTS is off to Griff’s Irish Pub where they’ll play starting at 2:30. Finally, MTS will be at the Bull & Bear from 8-11pm.

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THE DEAD RABBITS Friday March 15th The Dead Rabbits kick off Punk Rock Paddy’s Day weekend over at the Satellite Bar, 6922 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011. Along with the Rabbits a bunch of other bands are playing- call (832) 638-9723 for details.
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THE JIG IS UP! Saturday March 16, 2019 starting at 2pm it’s The Jig is Up! Houston, TX Hugh O’Connor’s, 7620 Katy. All Ages. SAME DAY at 7pm The Jig is Up! is at the Shamrock Shindig, Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr. The Woodlands, TX. All Ages. Venue phone: (281) 210-3900. Two hour show.

Sunday March 17, 2019 starting at 8:45am, it’s The Jig is Up! at the Memorial Hermann Half Marathon, Sugar Land Town Square, 2277 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Venue phone: 281-242-7700. All Ages. We will fill Sugar Land Town Square with traditional Irish music from 9 to 11 am, speeding the finishers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day half-marathon. This year it’s actually run ON St. Patrick’s Day! No cover charge. Public invited.
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TOMFOOLIGANS Saturday March 16th, 2019 from 5:30-6:30pm it’s Tomfooligans at the Shamrock Shindig in the Woodlands.

Sunday March 17th, 2019 from 1:15-2:15 it’s Tomfooligans at Saint Arnold Brewery.
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WYLDE MEADE Sunday March 17, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM You’re in LUCK! Wylde Meade brings a variety of Irish acoustic songs and tunes to Bean’s Café. No cover- tipping is better than a pot o’ gold. Beans features delicious coffee & eats. 1127 Eldridge Parkway #100, Houston, Texas 77077.
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ALL DAY EVENTS- MARCH 15-17, 2019

HUGH O’CONNOR’S PUB Friday March 15, 2019 from 3-7pm at Hugh O’Connors, it’s St. Patrick’s weekend at Hugh O’Connors Enjoy Happy Hour from 3 – 7pm, and jam out to the rousing songs and lively tunes of Godfrey’s Rangers Celtic Folk Band from 6 – 9pm. 7620 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. More info at (832) 430-4961, www.hughoconnors.com

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PIMLICO IRISH PUB Saturday March 16, 2019 from 10am-March 18 at 2am it’s the St. Patrick’s Green Festival hosted by Pimlico Irish Pub, 810 Waugh Drive, #100, Houston, Texas 77019. The coolest party of the year gets 2 full days in 2019! Bands, Award-Winning BBQ, green beer, Bagpipes, tons of free stuff thrown! Details will keep coming, so like, follow & find us on IG @pimlicopub!
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL 2019 – AT LUCKY’S PUB DOWNTOWN Sunday March 17, 2019 starting at 9:00 AM it’s the St. Patrick’s Day Festival DOWNTOWN 2019 at Lucky’s Pub, 801 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX. Over 100,000 sq. ft. of party space with 94.5 The Buzz broadcasting live all day. The Rod Ryan Show Live from 10am-2pm! 3 Stages, Tons of Live Music! Green Beer, green beer, and more green beer. Leprechauns & Bagpipers, Breakfast at 9am – Lucky Charms and Breakfast Tacos. Bar opens at 9am. No Cover before Noon for General Admission Downtown! Parking available in Astros Lot B&C! VIP Parking passes available!

FOOD LINEUP: 6 of Houston’s best food trucks! The Burger Joint, Happy Endings, Sticky’s Chicken, The Waffle Bus, Lucky Dawg Hot Dog Stand, The Burger Joint #2

STAGE LINEUP: Over 15 Bands and DJ’s Bud Light Houston. Booth Pimps spinning live all day! And between every set! Reservations: luckyspub.comPhone: (713) 522-2010.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY –AT ST. ARNOLD BREWERY Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 11am-6pm it’s the annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Admission to St. Patrick’s Day Party is FREE! We’re going all out again this year for our annual celebration of our two favorite saints. For 2019, that means an all-day St. Patrick’s Day Party throughout our campus featuring live music, beer games, special stout beers, commemorative glassware, food, and our annual Donegal Beard Growing Competition. Best of all, admission is free, free, free!

We’ll have a stage in front our our Downtown skyline view featuring live music from Murder the Stout, The Real McCoys, Tomfooligans, and Dead Rabbits. Our Stout Tent will be set up with Winter Stout and other special release stouts on draft. Our regular beer lineup and commemorative St. Patrick’s Day pint glass will also be available throughout our Beer Garden & Restaurant, Beer Hall, and our outside spaces.

To commemorate the holiday, we’ll be serving Corned Beef & Cabbage, Beef Stew in Bread Bowls, and a limited food menu at our Beer Garden & Restaurant. In addition, we’ll again be hosting the World Elevated Beer Pouring Championship. That means you and a friend could pour beer from a scissor lift into a bucket on the other person’s head. Just like you’ve always wanted. Email josh_nelson@saintarnold.com to enter the competition. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Saint Arnold St. Patrick’s Day Party without our Donegal Beard Growing Competition. 2000 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020 713.686.9494
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SAINT PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION-AT MCGONIGEL’S MUCKY DUCK Saturday, March 16th & Sunday, March 17th, 2019 it’s the Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. Two days of traditional Irish music, dance, Irish food & drink for two days of Irish craic (fun)!

Be sure to buy our special two day ticket if you plan to attend both days. Our famous fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, beef Guinness, corned beef and cabbage, and of course, homemade bread pudding with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Sauce will be served up festival style under the big top.

Award winning piper EJ Jones has assembled world class players to bring you an authentic Irish experience. Two stages with music from 11am until 10pm featuring Piper Jones Band, Clann Kelly Irish Dancers, Ed Miller and Rich Brotherton, Kristin Coyle and the Black Swans, Clandestine, Andrew Finn Magill, Frances Cunningham, Drake Irish Dancers, Pat Byrne, Jim Mackenzie, and Martin Burniston’s Irish Singalong. The Duck is located at 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, Texas 77098, P: (713) 528-5999. Tickets are available online at https://www.mcgonigels.com/
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GRIFF’S IRISH PUB EVENTS Saturday, March 16th, 2019 it’s Griff’s 1st Annual Irish Crawfish and Shrimp Boil. Come join us in getting St. Paddy’s weekend started off right with some green beer, irish whiskey, irish crawfish and shrimp. Of course we will have great Zydeco Music to kick-off the party. The Zydeco Creole is playing from 2 to 6, followed by the Green Brothers Band (perfect for St. Patrick’s eve and closing out the evening with the Velostacks! And of course it wouldn’t be a crawfish boil without the one and only Tony Fontenot boiling up the crawfish and Shrimp! What better way to start the St. Patrick’s day celebrations! Enjoy the best Irish crawfish and shrimp in town while partying to live music throughout the day and night! Enjoy 3 bands playing on the big stage! 3416 Roseland Street Houston, Texas 77006, (713) 528-9912.

​Sunday, March 17th, 2019 it’s Houston’s Original St. Patty’s Day Party at Griff’s Irish Pub. Griff’s 54th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. 3416 Roseland. 77006. The Music starts at Noon and goes on into the night on the Big Stage with 5 bands playing on the big stage and two DJ’s mixing on the back patio and the inside bar too! Of course we will have Lots of Green Beer and other Irish libations, Irish Dancers and Face Painting and plenty of Corn Beef and Cabbage along with Griff’s other great food! It’s World Famous because you make it World Famous. Get you pre-sale tickets for only $5.00 at http://www.griffsirishpub.com Pre-sale tickets end at noon on the 16th. Let’s get sham-rocked! (713) 528-9912
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BULL & BEAR We will have our full St. Patrick’s Day menu available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15-17. This will include Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Stew, Steak & Stout Pie, Guinness Fish & Chips and a few others like Irish Car Bomb and Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecakes. As usual our Guinness pints will only be $4.00 and we will have Murder The Stout from 8pm to 11 pm on the 17th. The Bull and Bear Tavern and Eatery, 11980 Westheimer Suite A, Houston, TX 77077 Tel: 281-496-6655
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HENDERSON HEIGHTS PUB SAINT PADDY’S DAY PARTY!!!! Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 11 AM, 908 Henderson St, Houston, TX. Live music noon-9pm and food & drink specials all day. No cover.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION AT MO’S IRISH PUB-KATY Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 Mo’s starts out the day the Irish way with a traditional Irish breakfast supplemented by a few American classics. Throughout the day, enjoy a green beer while watching live music, Irish dancers and bag pipers. It is recommended that tickets be bought in advance at https://kegsandeggskaty.eventbrite.com to ensure a seat is available. Breakfast: 9:30-11 a.m. Celebration continues until Sunday 2 a.m. $10.99 adults. $4.99 children. 23511 I-10, Katy. 281.665.3535. http://mosirishpub.com/katy/

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Passing of Jeannie Kearns

With sadness we report the passing of Jeannie Kearnes the Grand Dame of the Houston St Patrick’s Day Parade. Jeannie and her husband , the late Doc Kearns, started working the parade almost 60 years ago and have continued with daughter Mary and Grandson Sean. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Summer Irish dance camps

Some local Irish dance camps will take place this summer.  If you are an Irish dance teacher and want your information here, email me at rttew@yahoo.com.

Schedule camps today are Tew Academy of Irish Dance June 4-8 1.2 P.M. Ages three through adult always welcome.  Email rttew@yahoo.com for more information.

 

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New Irish dance podcast coming in June

By Richard Tew

Former Riverdance/Lord of the Dance performer and Irish dance judge Martin Percival is set to launch his new podcast which will discuss a wide range of topics related to Irish dance.

Irish dance history,  its current state and its future will be discussed by the art form’s top exponents and historians each week starting in June.

To listen, click here.

To listen to my interview with Martin, click here. 

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Events for March 2018 in and around Houston

MARCH 2018 ENTERTAINMENT IN AND AROUND HOUSTON

Every Thursday February 8-March 8: St. Patrick’s Parade Weekly Happy Hour at Platypus Brewery!  Come out and enjoy happy hour with your friends and donate to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Irish Dancers and music every Thursday February 8-March 8 starting at 5pm! Platypus Brewery is located at 1902 Washington Ave, Suite E, Houston, Texas 77007.

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Saturday March 10 at 8pm it’s The Celtic Tenors at Cypress Creek FACE in Spring, TX.  The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors will give you a night to remember. An evening with the tenors means a professional, sparkling and most of all, good humoured performance. They genuinely love what they do and you’ll see that shine through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs, exhilarating classics, a capellas and popular contemporary songs. Tickets available at cypresscreeekface.org or call (281) 440-4850.

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Sunday Afternoon, March 11,2018 from 1-5pm The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission invites you to The Grand Marshal Reception, Honoring The 2018 Grand Marshals Kent Hargett And Michael Martin of Godfrey’s Rangers at The Gorgeous Gael 5555 Morningside In Rice Village.  Featuring Irish Music and Dancing with a Light Buffet And Drink Specials.  This is a good time to relax before parade week starts. Come congratulate Kent And Michael for all the years of service to the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade.

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Sunday March 11 @ 2 p.m. it’s the Spring, TX Annual FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held in Spring, just outside of Houston.  The entire family will enjoy the floats, dance troupes, antique cars, marchers,  local businesses and more.

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Sunday March 11 @ 4:00pm until 6:00pm at St. Arnold’s Brewery, 2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020 Tickets $40 ($45 at the door).  Join us for our 5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fête for a relaxing evening with friends and neighbors! You get to have a wonderful time and help support the DHOH mission making a difference in the lives of Young Adult Cancer Fighters! Enjoy Shepard’s Pie, courtesy of the Bull & Bear Irish Pub, while listening to traditional Irish music by a talented troupe of acoustic musicians.

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Friday March 16 at 7pm The Jig is Up! at American Legon Post 49011702 Old Galveston Rd Houston, TX  Age restrictions: All Ages. 281-481-1179. We are proud to be sharing our music with the veterans of South Houston American Legion Post 490 again this year.

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BLAGGARDS EVENTS BEFORE MARCH 17

  • Saturday March 10 it’s Blaggards back in Houston, TX at Molly’s Pub Downtown. Sat Mar 10 Pimlico Irish Pub, 2:00 PM 810 Waugh Dr Ste 100, Houston, TX 281-974-4038. FREE, ALL AGES
  • ALSO Sat March 10 at 10pm Blaggards will be in a No Cover, 21+ show at Molly’s Pub 509 Main St, Downtown Houston 713-222-1033
  • Sunday March 11 Blaggards at a FREE, ALL AGES show at Canned Acoustica at Discovery Green, 5:00 PM, 1500 McKinney St Houston, TX. Several bands are playing; BLAGGARDS GO ON 8:30-9pm
  • Thursday Mar 15 Blaggards in a 21+ show at Kenneally’s Irish Pub, 7:00 PM 2111 S Shepherd Dr Houston, TX713-630-0486

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY EVENTS SATURDAY MARCH 17, 2018

March 17 from 8am Sunday March 18 at 2pm it’s the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Lucky’s Pub – Downtown, 801 Saint Emanuel, Houston, TX 77003.  Lucky’s Pub will close the streets to host the area’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Party, which is where the winners of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade floats contest will be announced at Lucky Pub Downtown. The event will feature Irish music, bagpipers, leprechauns, dancing, food and drinks. General admission will be free until noon.

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Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: University of St. Thomas Annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Brunch open to the Public · Hosted by Center for Irish Studies  at the Chapel of St. Basil 1018 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006

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St. Patrick’s Day Party at Saint Arnold 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Admission is free, free, free! We’ll have a stage in our front parking lot featuring live music from Murder the Stout, The Real McCoys, Tomfooligans, and Dead Rabbits. Throughout the day, we’ll be releasing special stout beers. Food will be available from food trucks Happy Endings, Sticky’s Chicken, and Oh My Gogi. Our regular beer lineup and commemorative St. Patrick’s Day glassware will also be available. Entertainment includes the World Elevated Beer Pouring Championship and the Donegal Beard Growing Competition. Email josh_nelson@saintarnold.com to enter the competition. 2000 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020

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Saturday March 17, St. Patrick’s Day from 11am-4pm it’s  The Jig is Up! at The Gorgeous Gael 5555 Morningside Dr. Houston TX Age restrictions: All Ages.832-667-8321. Come out and hear some great traditional Irish tunes and songs.

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11am-2am St. Patrick’s Day at the Duck!  2018 will be McGonigel’s Mucky Duck’s 29th year as Houston’s home for family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Food and drink booths outside under a big top tent with fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, beef Guinness, corned beef and cabbage, and, homemade bread pudding with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Sauce. Entertainment includes Piper Jones Band, Clann Kelly Irish Dancers, Kristin Coyle & The Black Swans, Clandestine, The Here And Now, Frances Cunningham, Drake Irish Dancers, Martin Burniston and more.

There will be two seating times for the reserved area, 11am-4pm and 4:30pm until closing.  For those who purchase the second seating at 4:30pm, your Emerald Reserve Tickets allows for General Admission at 11:00am, your reserved seating will be available at 4:30pm. You must be over 21 for entrance to the Emerald Reserve seating area. http://www.mcgonigels.com/

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March 17 @ 12 p.m. 59th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade, 1800 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77003  The 59th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade will step off at the Clock Tower at MinuteMaid Park on Texas. This year’s parade will be a two-hour event themed “Houston Strong. Irish Proud.” Take the family to enjoy the spectacle of the parade, which will include over 100 entries, including marching bands, graceful Irish step dancers, floats, colorful characters and maybe even a green leprechaun or two. FREE

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Griff’s Shenanigans bar brings Music, Beer & Friends. All day & night. Get your tickets early. 3416 Roseland St Houston, TX 77006    p 713.528.9912

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1:00 p.m. Houston St Patrick’s Day Weekend Pub Crawl 2018 at 2811 Travis, Houston, TX  77006 $12.95.

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Starting at noon: PIMLICO IRISH PUB The St. Patrick’s Day celebration will have live music, real longhorns for photos, bagpipes, green beer, and lots of party favors.  Pimlico Irish Pub is known for the best pint of Guinness in Houston. 810 Waugh Dr | Houston, TX 77019

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Saturday March 17th, 2018 from 6:00-8:30pm (Please note the early hour!) Constant Billy joins with our good friends Wylde Meade to bring you the best darn St. Patrick’s Day ever! The mayhem begins at 6pm at our favorite living room, EQ Heights. Will we do some Irish standards? Probably! Will we sing a song or two with Wylde Meade? It is possible! EQ Heights is located at 1030 Heights Boulevard in Houston. They have great food and coffee, and now serve beer and wine also. Call (713) 434-6923 fo mo info. Come get in on the craic!  No cover charge- we’ll pass the hat. Free parking! http://www.constantbilly.com

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The Dead Rabbits are also playing March 17-18 at Houston Undrgrnd at Punk Rock Paddy’s Day!  Houston Undrgrnd, 850 McKee, Houston, Texas 77002

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There are other events going on in the Houston area, some of which actually have a connection to Ireland or Irish Culture.  A random sample: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tx–houston/st-patrick-day-parade/

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EVENTS AFTER ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN MARCH 2018

Sunday March 18 at 8:45am  The Jig is Up!  at the Memorial Hermann Half Marathon 2277 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. No Cover. All Ages. 281-242-7700. Annual St. Patrick’s Day Half-Marathon sponsored by Finish Line Sports. We will serenade the runners and their support staff and fans as they finish the race and assemble for their awards.

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Friday March 23 it’s Blaggards at 10:00 at 2-A-Days Sports Bar, 10555 Pearland Pkwy G Houston, TX (713) 991-0453. Age: 21+ .

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Thursday March 29th 2018 from 7-8pm Constant Billy returns to Platypus Brewing! Platypus Brewing is located at 1902 Washington Ave Houston TX 77007. They brew terrific beer and have great food also. This is an Irish Social, and it’s a lot of fun. Come have a fresh-brewed beer with Constant Billy! http://www.constantbilly.com

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ALSO Thursday, March 29 from 8 PM – 10 PM it’s Hugh Morrison – at the Retrospect Coffee Bar Singer/Songwriter Showcase. Open to the public.  3709 La Branch St, Houston, Texas 77004

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Friday March 30 at 8:30 it’s Blaggards again at Mo’s Irish Pub – 14102 Mueschke Rd in Cypress, TX 281-251-0715.  No Cover, Kid Friendly.

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Frank Kelly’s Christmas Countdown

For those of you who enjoy our annual playing of Frank Kelly”s Christmas Countdown…I am putting a download , which is lifted from You Tube, and the written lyrics as well
Happy Christmas from the Irish Aires Crew
https://www.google.com/search?q=frank+kelly+12+days+of+christmas&rlz=1C1RNKB_enUS534US535&oq=frank+kelly&aqs=chrome.4.69i59j69i57j0l4.7733j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Christmas Countdown
Frank Kelly
Day One
Dear Nuala,
Thank you very much for your lovely present of a partridge in a pear-tree
We’re getting the hang of feeding the partridge now,
Although it was difficult at first to win its confidence
It bit the mother rather badly on the hand
But they’re good friends now and we’re keeping the pear-tree indoors in a bucket
Thank you again
Yours affectionately, Gobnait O’Lúnasa
Day Two
Dear Nuala,
I cannot tell you how surprised we were to hear from you so soon again and to receive your lovely present of two turtle doves
You really are too kind
At first the partridge was very jealous
And suspicious of the doves and they had a terrible row the night the doves arrived
We had to send for the vet but the birds are okay again
And the stitches are due to some out in a week or two
The vet’s bill was 8 but the mother is over her annoyance now
And the doves and the partridge are watching the telly from the pear-tree as I write Yours ever, Gobnait
Day Three
Dear Nuala,
We must be foremost in your thoughts
I had only posted my letter when the three French hens arrived
There was another sort-out between the hens and the doves,
Who sided with the partridge, and the vet had to be sent for again
The mother was raging because the bill was 16 this time
But she has almost cooled down
However, the fact that the birds’ droppings keep falling down
On her hair whilen she’s watching the telly, doesn’t help matters
Thanking you for your kindness
I remain, your Gobnait
Day Four
Dear Nuala,
You mustn’t have received my last letter when you were sending us the four calling birds There was pandemonium in the pear-tree again last night and the vet’s bill was 32
The mother is on sedation as I write
I know you meant no harm and remain your close friend
Gobnauit
Day Five
Nuala,
Your generosity knows no bounds
Five gold rings! When the parcel arrived I was scared stiff that it might be more birds, because the smell in the living-room is atrocious
However, I don’t want to seem ungrateful for the beautiful rings
Your affectionate friend, Gobnait
Day Six
Nuala,
What are you trying to do to us? It isn’t that we don’t appreciate your generosity
But the six geese have not alone nearly murdered the calling birds
But they laid their eggs on top of the vet’s head
From the pear-tree and his bill was 68 in cash !
My mother is munching 60 grains of Valium a day
And talking to herself in a most alarming way
You must keep your feelings for me in check
Gobnait
Day Seven
Nuala,
We are not amused by your little joke
Seven swans-a-swimming is a most romantic idea but not in the bath of a private house
We cannot use the bathroom now because they’ve gone completely savage
And rush the door every time we try to enter
If things go on this way, the mother and I will smell as bad as the living-room carpet Please lay off It is not fair
Gobnait
Day Eight
Nuala,
Who the hell do you think gave you the right to send eight,
Hefty maids-a-milking here, to eat us out of house and home?
Their cattle are all over the front lawn
And have trampled the hell out of the mother’s rose-beds
The swans invaded the living-room in a sneak attack
And the ensuing battle between them and the calling birds,
Turtle doves, French hens and partridge make the battle
Of the Somme seem like Wanderly Wagon
The mother is on a bottle of whiskey a day, as well as the sixty grains of Valium
I’m very annoyed with you
Gobnait
Day Nine
Listen you looser!
There’s enough pandemonium in this place night and day without nine drummers drumming, while the eight flaming maids-a-milking are beating my poor, old alcoholic mother out of her own kitchen and gobbling everything in sight
I’m warning you, you’re making an enemy of me
Gobnait
Day Ten
Listen manure-face,
I hope you’ll be haunted by the strains of ten pipers piping
Which you sent to torment us last night
They were aided in their evil work by those maniac drummers
And it wasn’t a pleasant sight to look out the window
And see eight hefty maids-a-milking pogo-ing around with the ensuing punk-rock uproar
My mother has just finished her third bottle of whiskey,
On top of a hundred and twenty four grains of Valium
You’ll get yours!
Gobnait O’Lúnasa
Day Eleven
You have scandalized my mother, you dirty Jezebel,
It was bad enough to have eight maids-a-milking dancing to punk music on the front lawn but they’ve now been joined by your friends the eleven Lords-a-leaping
And the antics of the whole lot of them would leave
The most decadent days of the Roman Empire looking like Outlook
I’ll get you yet, you loud bag!
Day Twelve
Listen slurry head,
You have ruined our lives
The twelve maidens dancing turned up last night
And beat the living daylights out of the eight maids-a-milking,
‘Cause they found them carrying on with the eleven Lords-a-leaping
Meanwhile, the swans got out of the living-room,
Where they’d been hiding since the big battle,
And savaged hell out of the Lords and all the Maids
There were eight ambulances here last night, and the local Civil Defence as well
The mother is in a home for the bewildered
And I’m sitting here, up to my neck in birds’ droppings, empty whiskey
And Valium bottles, birds’ blood and feathers,
While the flaming cows eat the leaves off the pear-tree
I’m a broken man
Songwriters: Frank Kelly / Jim Doherty

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Tew Academy’s Becca Bryan brings home World medals

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Sunday, April 23, Becca Bryan, a dancer and assistant instructor at the Tew Academy of Irish Dance, competed at the 2017 World Irish Dance Championships in Killarney, Ireland and brought home medals and a 15th place finish out of a large pool of very talented dancers.

Congratulations to her on a great performance!

For more about the Tew Academy of Irish Dance, visit their website at http://www.tewacademy.org.

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Martin McGuinness: Sinn Féin politician dies aged 66

BBC March 21, 2017

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister, has died aged 66.

It is understood he had been suffering from a rare heart condition. His funeral will be in Derry on Thursday.

The former IRA leader turned peacemaker worked at the heart of the power-sharing government following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

The Queen is sending a private message to Mr McGuinness’ widow, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

Among the seismic moments in his time in government was the famous handshake with the Queen in 2012 and a toast to her Majesty at Windsor Castle.

Mr. McGuinness became deputy first minister in 2007, standing alongside Democratic Unionist Party leaders Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster.

He died in the early hours of Tuesday in a Derry hospital with his family by his side.

The Northern Ireland Assembly will be recalled on Wednesday due to Mr McGuinness’ death. “Bogside Republicans never retire,” a defiant but tearful Martin McGuinness told his supporters on the night he called time on his political career.

He never travelled far from his roots but his political journey took him far beyond the comfort of Derry’s Bogside.

But Sinn Féin’s one-time chief negotiator always found his toughest negotiation was with his own people, especially in his home city where he faced threats from dissident republican

 

A visibly ailing Mr McGuinness stood down from his post in January to protest against the DUP’s handling of an energy scandal, in a move that triggered a snap election.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said: “Throughout his life Martin showed great determination, dignity and humility and it was no different during his short illness.

‘Historic contribution’

“He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country. But above all he loved his family and the people of Derry and he was immensely proud of both.”

Prime Minister Theresa May said although she could never “condone the path he took in the earlier part of his life, Martin McGuinness ultimately played a defining role in leading the republican movement away from violence”.

“In doing so, he made an essential and historic contribution to the extraordinary journey of Northern Ireland from conflict to peace,” she added.

Colin Parry, whose 12-year-old son, Tim, died in an IRA bomb in Warrington in 1993, said although he did not forgive the IRA or Martin McGuinness, he found him a man who was “sincere in his desire for peace”.

Julie Hambleton, whose sister, Maxine, was one of the 21 people killed in the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974, said “with his death, the truth is buried”.

“Mr McGuinness was very fortunate because he was able to live a full life unlike my sister, unlike 20 other victims and unlike so many other thousands of people who were murdered.”

No-one knows how many people Martin McGuinness killed, directly or indirectly.

As a senior commander in the Provisional IRA for many years, there is no doubt there was blood on his hands.

Security sources say he went on to become chief of staff of the organisation from the early 1980s, right through until the end of the IRA’s campaign of violence.

Nothing happened in Derry without him knowing.

Northern Ireland’s Chief Constable George Hamilton said: “Our society suffered grievously throughout our troubled history; and many police officers and their families are among those who suffered.

“Martin’s journey in life challenges all of us who care about the future; to be prepared to change; to demonstrate leadership; and to work to understand the world, not just from our own perspective, but from the perspectives of everyone in our community.”

Northern Ireland’s former first minister Arlene Foster expressed her “sincere condolences” at his death.

‘Personal journey’

“Today’s news will come as a shock to many people,” she said.

“First and foremost, Martin McGuinness was a much loved husband, father and grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and the family circle at this very painful time of grief and loss.”

Northern Ireland Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, said Mr. McGuinness’ “personal journey and the clear influence he had on others in the republican movement were instrumental in shaping political institutions in Northern Ireland founded on exclusively peaceful and democratic means”.

Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Enda Kenny said his passing represented a “significant loss, not only to politics in Northern Ireland, but to the wider political landscape on this island and beyond”.

The Democratic Unionist Party MP, Nigel Dodds, survived an IRA gun attack in Belfast in 1996 as he was visiting his sick child in hospital.

“We can’t forget his past. He himself didn’t forget his past. This will also be a difficult day for victims. But he did help move people forward when it comes to the peace process,” he said.

Martin McGuinness grew up in Derry’s Bogside, radicalised, he said, by discrimination and murder on the streets of his city.

In 1972, at the age of 21, he was second-in-command of the IRA in Derry at the time of Bloody Sunday, when 14 civil rights protesters were killed in the city by soldiers.

He had a leading role in the IRA during a time when the paramilitary organisation was bombing his home city.

He was convicted by the Republic of Ireland’s Special Criminal Court after being arrested near a car containing explosives and ammunition. He served two prison sentences – he was also convicted of IRA membership.

But his leadership potential was spotted early and he was just 22 when he and Gerry Adams were flown to London for secret talks with the British government: MI5 considered him serious officer material with strategic vision.

He claimed he made the transition to politics when he left the IRA in 1974 but security experts believe he was still a leader during some of the organisation’s most notorious attacks in the mid 1980s.

The years that followed saw the IRA hunger strikes, the Brighton bombing when Margaret Thatcher and the Tory Party conference were targeted and the Enniskillen bomb in 1987, in which 11 people died.

The shift to politics came slowly. Martin McGuinness was chief negotiator in the blossoming peace process and took on the post of education minister.

By 2007, he was Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister standing alongside First Minister Ian Paisley. The two forged an unlikely alliance – but they were working together for the same goal.

He worked alongside DUP first minister Peter Robinson and, until January, was in office with Arlene Foster.

In recent years, he said: “My war is over. My job as a political leader is to prevent that war and I feel very passionate about it.”

 

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ST. PATRICK’S WEEK EVENTS 2017

Sunday March 12

  • 1pm it’s the annual Dick Dowling Statue Ceremony at Herman Park. Featured speaker will be our old friend Lori Gallagher of the University of St. Thomas Irish Studies program.
  • 39th Annual FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Parade Champion Forest and FM 1960 281-378-0800 1960parade.com  H-E-B’s Scott McClelland grand marshals this year’s 1960 St. Patrick’s Parade, which includes an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales. Vendor market in the Home Depot parking lot at 4159 FM 1960 West at Gladebrook for carnival food, games and face painting. Proceeds benefit the Cypress Creek EMS Scholarship Fund.
  • 5pm Blaggards, will perform at Plimlico on Waugh for that venue’s 3rd Anniversary Party For more info on upcoming Blaggards performances, (there are a lot of them) please go to Blaggards.com.
  • 5-7pm it’s the 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Young Adult Cancer Awareness Fundraiser at St Arnolds Brewery. Music by Blaggards.  Please join us for a fun evening with friends, family and neighbors and learn more about what’s happening at Dan’s House of Hope. Food and beverages provided. Register now for reduced rate, or pay $50 at the door. Thank you to event sponsor – Crossroads Insurance Recovery Advocates, LLC, and to food sponsor – Central Bank
  • 7PM Jig is Up at Gorgeous Gael 5555 Morningside

Monday-Friday March 13-17, Bellaire City Library’s Irish Movie Week, 5111 Jessamine, Bellaire, 713-662-8166 bellairetx.gov  The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady kicks off Irish Movie Week at the Bellaire City Library, which includes afternoon screenings of My Wild Irish Rose and Irish Eyes Are Smiling and concludes on St. Patrick’s Day with the 1952 John Ford-John Wayne classic The Quiet Man. All showings are free.

 Tuesday March 14 at 6pm sharp, Irish Network Houston present their first “Irish Business Fireside Chat” sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, at Jones Hall (3910 Yoakum), University of St. Thomas, and hosted by the Center for Irish Studies.

 Wednesday March 15, Guinness Dinner at Gorgeous Gael 5555 Morningside, music by Jig is Up.  Call for tickets (832) 667-8321.

Thursday March 16, 7PM Blaggards at Keaneally’s Pub 2111 South Shepherd  713-630-0486  irishpubkenneallys.com.

Friday March 17 is ST PATRICK’S DAY! 

  • 11:00 Gorgeous Gael…Music by Jig is Up
  • 12 noon The Harp: big parking lot party. Zydeco Dots play at 4 and Lisa Novak band at 8pm. Irish Dancers come on at 7 . Bagpipers and great food. Free beads and plenty of giveaways.
  • 12:30 Mass at University of St Thomas Chapel of St Basil. Reception follows.
  • St. Patrick’s Day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum 4775 West Panther Creek Drive The Woodlands  281-465-0955  woodlandschildrensmuseum.org  Join The Woodlands Children’s Museum for an Irish-at-heart tribute with traditional Irish dancing from Cloggers Unlimited and the McTeggart Irish Dancers. Juggler Claude Sims will also be on hand to delight the young and young at heart.
  • 2pm start time: Fitzgerald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parking Lot Party & Blues Jam, 2706 White Oak 713-862-3838 com  Bluesman Mark May returns to the Heights to host a nonstop jam session that benefits the National Down Syndrome Society, in a parking lot packed with vendors, beer specials and Irish whiskey. Doors open at noon, and the music starts at 2 p.m. All ages welcome.
  • All day at Griff’s 3416 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006, a full St. Patrick’s day’s entertainment including Murder the Stout.
  • McGonigel’s Mucky Duck 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098 is celebrating 25 years of St. Patrick’s Day in a family-friendly festival.  The  entire property is covered under a big-top tent showcasing Celtic music and dance inside and outside the Duck throughout the day with pub grub and drinks. Music includes PIPER JONES BAND, MILKDRIVE, CLANDESTINE, JIGGERNAUT, IRISH DANCERS and more. There is a charge to attend.  Call (713) 528-5999 for details.
  • Lucky’s Pub St. Patrick’s Day Festival Downtown 801 St. Emanuel 713-522-2010 Green beer, leprechauns and bagpipers are aplenty at Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, now at four locations. Downtown at the original Lucky’s, doors open at 6 a.m. for Lucky Charms and breakfast tacos, and the fun continues with 94.5 The Buzz broadcasting live all day, plus 15 bands and six DJs across three stages.
  • 5-10 pm Saint Arnold’s St. Patrick’s Day, 2000 Lyons 713-686-9494 saintarnold.com Come out and watch the crowning of a new Donegal Beard Growing champ at Saint Arnold brewery and enjoy its full beer lineup and Irish stew bread bowls from 5 to 10 p.m. Even better? This year the festivities at Saint Arnold are free.
  • 6:30-8:30 Wylde Meade Celtic St. Paddy Day Celebration at EQ Heights, 1030 Heights Boulevard
  • 7PM The Jig is Up at Bombshells South.
  • 7PM Murder the Stout plays Market Square downtown
  • 8PM Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire at Miller Outdoor Theatre 6000 Hermann Park Drive Houston, One of Ireland’s leading tenors brings you an evening of songs, stories, tunes and dance, from the heart of the Emerald Isle. World champion dancers from the casts of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance take the stage with exuberance.
  • 8-12PM Tom Fooligans at Bull and Bear 11980 Westheimer at Kirkwood.
  • March 17-18 Mo’s Irish Pub St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! 138 Vintage Park 281-251-0715 mosirishpub.com  Mo’s Irish Pub boasts green beer, bagpipes and Irish dancing at its two-day St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza. Stop by for the Irish-American menu, which includes food and drink specials, live music: Leo Mendoza, Turnmics and ThunderPants on Friday; OMG and Infinity’s Twin on Saturday, raffle prizes and free hugs.
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