March 16, 1990 |
St. Patrick's Day is almost as good an excuse for guzzling the brew as New Year's Eve. And every pub worth its pints is more than happy to oblige. But before anyone gets carried away - literally or figuratively - be forewarned that these days the focus is more on having a blast than on getting blasted. Along with all the corny plastic chimney-sweep hats and cardboard shamrocks - what would a festive Irish occasion be without them? - many of the celebrations seem to have taken on a more refined air, with the focus on traditional food and music.
November 21, 1997 |
There's an interesting story on the menu at the new John Patrick's Ale House in Old City. It tells the tale of John Patrick Murphy, third generation Irish-American, born and raised in this historic part of town. Murphy, the story goes, dreamed of one day opening an Irish pub in his neighborhood. He married, had a son, and then was a Union soldier during the Civil War. He spent his quiet time sketching his vision of the pub he would build when he got home. But his dream was not to become reality.
March 18, 1988 |
America's Irish and honorary Irish took to the streets by the hundreds of thousands yesterday for annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations. It was a day of parades, green grits, a green-dyed river and green-beer- drinking contests. It was also a day muted by the awareness of fresh bloodshed in Northern Ireland. In an emotional homily before the parade down New York's Fifth Avenue, Cardinal John J. O'Connor proposed a pilgrimage to Ireland to pray for "peace with justice.
March 17, 1989 |
This is the day when the only things you attempt to moderate are your trips to the restroom. This is the day when the only part of your body you work out is your elbow. This is the day when the only social taboos are discipline and discipline. This is the day many Americans wait for all year. So much so that in recent years, St. Patrick's Day has begotten St. Patrick's Week, especially at pubs throughout the region. "It's not enough to throw a party for one day anymore; now it's a week- long celebration," Mickey Cavanaugh said in a brogue as thick as a pint of ale. Cavanaugh, who came to America 27 years ago from County Galway, has run Cavanaugh's (23d and Sansom Streets, 567-9335)
January 14, 2001 |
I have yet to find an Irish pub that didn't claim to draw the best pint of Guinness. But the handsome new Black Sheep on South 17th Street may not just be bragging. Over the years, I've heard talk of wooden kegs versus steel, special basement cold rooms, state-of-the-art cooling towers, pure nitrogen infusers, and hotshot bartenders whose stout was so creamy they could sign their names in the foamy head. I had also heard of old-country doctors prescribing pints for iron deficiency.
March 11, 1988 |
To drink green beer, or not to drink green beer: That is the question many revelers must ask themselves on St. Patrick's Day. Although Celtic celebrators can find a slew of pre-Paddy parties in the week leading up to the celebration on Thursday, most traditionalists prefer to hold out for the Real Thing - when the green is also plentiful in the cash drawers of local pubs. A popular draw with Center City workers almost any night of the year, the Irish Pub (2007 Walnut St., 568-5603)
March 16, 2008 |
The Irish have a word for it: craic. It means fun, good times, being silly. Combine a little craic (pronounced crack) with failte (fall-cha), meaning welcome, and you have the two biggest reasons people love to kick back in an Irish pub. Since St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, it's probably too late to celebrate the feast day of Ireland's patron saint in some of Dublin's 1,000 pubs. But don't let that stop you from toasting the holiday. You don't even have to leave Philly.
December 17, 2000 |
Ten minutes is not enough time to have a pint in an Irish pub. So President Clinton ordered only a half-pint of lager when he stopped in at Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's regular watering hole in Dundalk, Ireland. Clinton was touring Ireland at an American fast-food pace during the last official visit of his administration. These days, Ireland is the exception to the justifiable European criticism of the Clinton administration's failings in global negotiations, ranging from the establishment of criminal courts to global warming.
March 18, 1993 |
It's official: With 21 games remaining in this seemingly endless season, the 76ers have run out of excuses for losing. "I have nothing to say," guard Hersey Hawkins said after last night's ugly, 94-89 loss to the Washington Bullets, the Sixers' 18th loss in their last 21 outings. "I've said it all before. This game was nothing new or different. "We've had a million excuses for why we've lost games. If you guys (reporters) come up with a new one, let me know. " Hawkins then was told that coach Fred Carter said the Sixers lacked the "will to win. " "Have we used that one before?
January 22, 1993 |
The poster at the rear of the small, nearly empty room, a place that might be a down-at-the-heels Welsh country church or the cheap lodgings of an old trouper with a story to tell, reads "The Fantastic Francis Hardy, Faith Healer. One Night Only. " Just the facts. The room is the setting for the four monologues that make up the whole of Brian Friel's Faith Healer, which opened Wednesday and runs through Feb. 14 at the People's Light & Theatre Company. And the poster, with its flat, unadorned statement of Who and When, provides virtually the only information that will go unchallenged in this fascinating, enigmatic play.