St. Patrick’s Day in the City

Ireland, New York City, Parties, Festivals & Events — By on March 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm

HCC: The LG’s usual St. Patty’s Day celebrations involve pub crawls, green beer, and parades. This year, we’re going to try to experience more authentic Irish culture by dancing to Irish folk music and watching a football (soccer) match.

We’ll be doing our best rendition of the Irish gig (which is not very good) while listening to The Wolfe Tones at Connolly’s Bar in midtown. The band is named after Theobald Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the Irish Rebellion of 1798 against British rule. They’re playing on Saturday, March 14th and Monday the 16th at the West 45th Street location, and Sunday the 15th at the 14 East 47th location.

One of The Wolfe Tones’ most popular songs is “The Celtic Symphony,” which is about a Scottish football team called the Glasgow Celtic that has Irish roots. The Glasgow Celtic’s rivals are the Rangers, who stirred up controversy by not allowing Catholics to play on their team until 1989. The Celtic team started back in 1888 so that Catholics had a team in Glasgow, have roots in Ireland and have many Irish fans.

Both teams together are known as “The Old Firm,” and you can watch them face off during a Scottish Cup Final at Parlour on the Upper West Side this Sunday at 11 a.m. We’re ready to cheer along with the Irish fans, and are wondering if things will get as heated as they did at the Brazilian football match we went to in Salvador.

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