Brooklyn O’Heights: Happy St. Patrick’s Saturday!

Brooklyn’s Borough Hall is decked out this week with a trio of shamrocks draped across its handsome facade for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday March 17.

While you’ll have to go to either Bay Ridge or Park Slope for a BK neighborhood St. Pat’s parade (complete with bagpipes and parade marshals in kilts and traditional Irish garb), there’s always Eamonn’s at 174 Montague Street. The Irish pub and restaurant is featuring a special St. Patrick’s Day menu, starting at 11 a.m. It offers the likes of Irish Stew, Bangers & Mash, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Stuffed Salmon on the Shannon.

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  • AnnOfOrange

    It’s not the lucky four-leaf clover that symbolizes St. Patrick’s Day; it’s the shamrock with three leaves as depicted on the Borough Hall decorations and Eamonn Doran’s menu. It’s okay….happens all the time. Look at the St. Patrick’s Day cards at CVS or the Hallmark store. And O’bama’s team produced T-shirts with four-leaf clovers, which were replaced with shamrocks after several protests.

  • BronxKid

    @AnnOfOrange is correct…Shamrocks are the symbol, not four-leaf clovers!..Thanks to Marty Markowitz for the annual decorations on Borough Hall! They’re very festive!

  • Chuck Taylor

    I stand corrected! Thank you!

  • Arch Stanton

    Groups of sloppy drunks staggering around the hood, O’yay.

  • Claude Scales

    Arch, you might enjoy this.

  • BronxKid

    Wow, anti-Irish stereotyping on the Brooklyn Heights Blog! And I thought this was such a refined, well educated group. My mistake.

  • stuart

    For me, St Patrick’s Day is about enjoying corned beef and cabbage for dinner, and a little Paddy’s Irish Whiskey (the best) after dinner.

  • Claude Scales

    BronxKid: please re-read the blog post I linked to above, which was meant, in a subtle way, to put Arch’s comment in the context it deserves. It’s a quotation from a novel by Dermot McEvoy, a Dublin native, in which his protagonist, another Irish-born New Yorker, takes exception to something he thinks leads to the sort of stereotyping you rightly deplore.

    For my current St. Patrick’s day post, see here.

  • Arch Stanton

    O’vey, BronxKid you are mighty quick to jump on the PC bandwagon. Nothing said was “anti-Irish stereotyping”. May I suggest, decaf.

    Thanks Claude, that’s exactly what I was getting at.

  • Happy St. Pat’s

    Alcoholism is a very serious disease for which people should seek help.

    A reason many Irish are afflicted with alcoholism is because they were systematically oppressed & discriminated against by the British.

    On a much lighter note, here’s Black 47 performing Funky Céilí

  • Claude Scales

    Here’s another Black 47 song, featuring my old Bells of Hell friend Larry Kirwan, commemorating one of the heroes of the Easter Rising:

  • WillowtownCop

    Not to distract from St. Paddy’s day, which I very much enjoy because everyone is Irish on March 17, but are there any other wasps out there who feel like it’s time to let bygones be bygones and give us our own day? The Brits have made positive contributions to the City and far, far beyond. Why is it not OK to say nasty things about any other culture but the Brits are fair game? There’s no St. George’s day. There are no fraternal orders. There are no parades. Other cultures that have committed horrific genocides get parades.

  • Arch Stanton

    The WASPS, as you put it, don’t have a holiday because they are at the top of the food chain, It is the supreme fraternal order. Every day is a holiday for the ruling class :)

  • Knight

    Willowtown: Scots have fraternal orders and we celebrate Tartan Week every April, which this year will end with a parade on April 14th. Two related links follow.

  • shamrock

    An Irish Blessing:

    “May your troubles be less, your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door!”

  • David on Middagh

    A Star Trek toast:

    “May your tribbles be less, your bottles be more, and lots of green women encounter your door!”

  • shamrock

    Good one, David on Middagh, I think I like yours better!