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Find the Irish in you?
A Monday St. Patrick’s Day means a weekend of festivities
By Brian Early bearly@hippopress.com

Saint Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17, will feature a day of music, corned beef and, of course, Guinness.

Manchester
• The Black Brimmer (1087 Elm St., 669-5523) opens at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 17, and music starts an hour later with Double Shot. From 4:30 to 8 p.m., Rose plays. Stu Sinclair goes from 8:30 p.m. until closing. Corned beef and cabbage is available all day.
• Start your morning off with Kegs and Eggs at Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., 644-3535) starting at 6 a.m., with all-you-can-eat eggs. From 11 a.m. to close, there is all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage. Bagpipers play from 8 to 11 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mike Livingston plays. From 3 to 6 p.m., Rich Fateux performs. From 7 to 11 p.m., Black Velvet plays.
• Keep an eye out for the Killian Girls at O’K. Parkers (89 Hanover St., 645-1106). They are expected to stop in throughout the day. There are Guinness specials all day and the bartenders will work up some punch creation. Doors open at 10 a.m. There is corned beef and cabbage on the menu, along with potatoes and carrots.
• Penuche’s Grill (96 Hanover St., 626-9830) opens at 10 a.m. on Monday with a buffet-style dinner of corned beef and cabbage and potatoes and carrots. There’s also a Guinness Irish Stew, fish ’n chips battered in Guinness, and Rueben sandwiches. The Celtic Knot plays from 6 to 10 p.m.
• Have a breakfast of green eggs and ham at Rocko’s Bar & Grill (253 Wilson St., 626-5866), which opens at 10 a.m. Breakfast is served until 11:30 a.m., with a corned beef and cabbage dinner to follow for the rest of the day. Later in the day, there is a limerick competition.
• The Shaskeen (909 Elm St., 625-0246) starts the day at 7 a.m. with a scrambled egg, bacon and sausage breakfast. Dinner starts around 11 a.m. with corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Guinness Stew. There will be no regular menu. Traditional Irish music in the front all day and music starts in the back room at noon. The Spain Brothers, Mollie’s Misfits, Spike Island and the Swinging Johnsons are all expected to play.
• Doors open at Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St., 666-4292) at 9 a.m. with a bangers and eggs breakfast. There’s a corned beef and cabbage dinner with corn bread and Guinness stew starting at 11 a.m. For dessert, it could be Black and Tan cakes or Guinness ice cream. There will not be a regular menu during the day. The New Hampshire Police Association Pipes & Drums are also expected to stop by. Other music will include Howard Randall Blues Band (4 to 7 p.m.) and The Rakes (8 p.m. to close).
• The award for earliest start of St. Patrick’s Day, other than the bars and restaurants that close at 1 a.m. on Sunday, goes to The Wild Rover Pub (21 Kosciuszko St., 669-7722). Start the morning at 5:30 a.m. with an Irish breakfast to benefit the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will be held on March 30 this year. Kevin Dolan & Friends play Irish music from 7 p.m. to midnight. The festivities start Saturday with an Irish breakfast and three 6 Nations Rugby games: Italy vs. Scotland at 9 a.m., England vs. Ireland at 11 a.m. and Wales vs. France at 1 p.m. $20 gets you breakfast and the games. On Sunday, there is Irish music with Shannachie from 7 to 11 p.m. There’s a Murphy’s promo from 8 to 10 p.m.
• If you don’t mind mixing politics with St. Patrick’s, head to Eleven Eleven, 1111 Elm St. in Manhcester, on Saturday, March 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. for a free party hosted by Alderman Peter Sullivan. The event will feature corned beef, cabbage, Irish music and door prizes.

Nashua
• At the Cattleman’s Sports Bar (14 Railroad Square, 880-6001) there will be corned beef and cabbage and karaoke with DJ Bernie.
• Killarney’s Irish Pub at the Holiday Inn (9 Northeastern Blvd., 888-1551) starts the party on Saturday with their third annual food drive. Drop off canned goods at the Pub. The Tapping of the Keg Ceremony, the opening ceremony for St. Patrick’s Day, starts Sunday evening, and the King and Queen of Green will be named. There’s a corned beef and cabbage buffet on Sunday, from 5 to 10 p.m., and Monday, from 11 to 10 p.m. Karen McNally plays both Sunday, from 9 p.m. to close, and Monday, from noon to close.
• Martha’s Exchange (185 Main St., 883-8781) will have a corned beef and cabbage dinner with green beer.
• Nashua Garden (121 Main St., 886-7363) opens at 9 a.m. There is corned beef and cabbage. Pookah Finn plays traditional Irish music from 8 p.m. to midnight.
• At the Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., 880-8686), there will be live music all day. Revels Glen starts music off at 9:30 a.m. There will be bagpipers at noon. From 2 to 6 p.m. Anna Fair plays, and from 7:30 p.m. to midnight EJ Ouellette and Crazy Maggy perform. There’s a special St. Patrick’s Day menu that includes corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and bangers and mashed.

Concord
• The celebration at The Draft Sports Bar & Grill (67 S. Main St., 227-1175) in Concord starts on Friday, when the Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire Pipes & Drums stop in a few times throughout the day. On Saturday, people who have been raising money for research for childhood cancer for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation will have their heads shaved at 4 p.m. There is a Budweiser promo starting at 6 p.m. On Monday, there will be corned beef and cabbage available.
• At the Barley House (132 N. Main St., 228-6363), there will be Irish karaoke. The corned beef and cabbage and black pudding sausage menu starts Friday, but the regular menu will be available as well. The downstairs will be open (it is usually closed on Mondays). Watch for appearances by Barley O’Shea, the house leprechaun.
• Penuche’s Ale House (6 Pleasant St., 228-9833), will open on Monday at 10 a.m. Bagpipers will stop in throughout the day. Black and Tan specials all weekend.

Milford
• At the Pasta Loft (241 Union Sq., 672-2270), the Italians pay ode to the Irish, but not with food. There will be Irish step dancing from 6 to 7 p.m. At 9 p.m., the non-Irish Groove Authority takes over. Green beer will be served”