The Irish Arts Center will hold a free event all day offering classes in Irish language, theater, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. (Photo courtesy of the Irish Arts Center)
By Sabina Mollot
St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, March 17. For those looking for a way to celebrate beyond the parade and local pub crawls, a number of businesses and organizations are offering concerts, plays and historic walks as well as Irish culture classes and family activities throughout the week. Read on for more information on events leading up to St. Patrick’s Day as well as the day of.
IRISH HISTORY TOURS–Merchant’s House, 29 East 4th Street, is a museum with a mission of educating the public about the domestic life of a wealthy merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835-1865.
The house is offering several “ghost” tours, this month, including on St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets can be purchased online at merchantshouse.org.
On Sunday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m., there will be a walking tour, not in the museum, but the Noho area. In this “In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy” tour, participants will learn about the world of Irish immigrants, who flooded into New York City in the 19th century to escape famine and hardship in Ireland. In 1855, approximately 24,000 Irish immigrants worked as servants for wealthy families like the Merchant’s House’s Tredwells. Tour is one hour and $15.
The Irish Repertory Theatre has extended its run of “Crackskull Row,” which will be playing on Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
By Sabina Mollot
This year, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, falls on a Friday, opening the options somewhat for those looking to celebrate even through the wee hours of the holiday.
And, as always, many venues are opening earlier than usual for those who want something to do before or after the parade in midtown.
At Kips Bay bar Paddy Reilly’s, there’ll be live music starting at 1 p.m. Irish rock tunes will be played by Craig and Tom Fitzpatrick from 1-4 p.m. and from 4-5 p.m. house band Raging Horn Pipes will take the stage. A staffer there also said guests can expect a few giveaways. There will be a cover charge that has yet to be determined, but the staffer said it would probably be ten dollars. Doors open at 9 a.m. and don’t close again until 4 a.m. Take note that the place has no kitchen, so anyone hoping for an authentic Irish meal may want to get a reservation in advance at Irish pub Molly’s Shebeen or Pete’s Tavern, which will also have a full Irish menu, for lunch or dinner.
Paddy Reilly’s, 519 Second Avenue at 29th Street, (212) 686-1210
FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present an Irish trilogy of three and a half shows written and performed by Brian Fleming (pictured) on Monday, March 14 and 21 at Under St. Marks. (Photo by Johnny White)
Historic walks, theater, concerts and more
By Sabina Mollot
The one day of the year when everyone’s Irish is nearly upon us once again, and Town & Village has compiled a list of events taking place on March 17 and throughout the week that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or Irish culture.
The Irish Repertory Theater presents “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” a show directed by John Malkovich running from March 15 to April 3, including on St. Patrick’s Day at 7 p.m. This solo show featuring Julian Sands will explore the Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Pinter’s lesser-known poems and prose “devoid of pretension or glittery trappings.”
Tickets are $71 and the venue is the theater’s temporary home at DR2 at 103 East 15th Street, as Irish Repertory’s Chelsea venue undergoes renovations. Tickets are available online at http://www.irishrep.org.
Irish music can be heard throughout the afternoon and evening at Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar at 519 Second Avenue and East 29th Street, starting at 1 p.m. The first band is Triocha Bandits from 1-4 p.m., playing Gaelic music. The Itinerants play from 5-9 p.m. and regular Thursday night house band Irish Seisiun from 10:30 p.m. to closing. Both bands will play traditional Irish music and folk songs. Cover is $10. This event is 21 and up. For more information, visit paddyreillymusicbar.us.
Throughout the afternoon on March 17, Merchants House will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with “A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants with Bridget Murphy.”