Posts Tagged ‘Saint Patrick’s Day’

Pittsburgh Shamrocks

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As excitement builds for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I thought I might go back to the place that has become my old standby. This is the only place I would consider going for the most glorious days of gluttony the whole year. I have posted about the food in the past and I still stand by the corned beef, reuben sandwich, bangers & mash, and the crisps (oh, the crisps…) I am just so grateful to have a place to go to get a satisfying variety of Irish beer and whiskey to accompany such great authentic Irish food.

Not only will the food and drink be flowing, but so too will the entertainment. On deck this Thursday are The Praties from 4-8pm and from 9-close the Shenanigans. Accompanying all of the festive music will be Irish dancers from a local dance company and a roving troop of bagpipers. If you are like me and can’t wait until Thursday to start the cráic (“fun”), then I hope to see you tonight when Hollywood U2 will be there. Keep in mind, according to the Brendan’s Facebook, there will be a $10 cover for the Hollywood U2 show. Should be a good time and as the saying goes: ‘the more the merrier!’

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Happy St. Patrick’s week!

Albeit one day late, today’s installment comes from none other than one of the most famous and successful bunch of musicians to ever come out of Ireland, indeed of all time– U2. This iconic group of rockers has been entertaining the masses since forming in 1978. Although they didn’t know much about playing music at the time, this quartet knew they had something special right from the start. All that had to happen to get these guys together was for Larry Mullen, Jr. to post a want ad on the bulletin board at the school they all attended. By practicing in Mullen’s kitchen in Dublin, they whittled the six respondents to the ad down to five and they had their band. Next, they decided on a name. Not knowing much about music at the time, they called themselves ‘Feedback’. They began as a cover band, until, according to Wikipedia, their growing popularity drew four of the band members together, causing the fifth, Dik Evans, to feel like an outcast and leave the band onstage during a show. From there, as they say, the rest was history.

I felt like I had no choice but to pick one of the most famous of their legendary Irish rock anthems. Sunday Bloody Sunday became one of the band’s signature songs. Heavily laden with emotion, the lyrics speak to one of the most horrific events in Ireland’s tumultuous history. ‘Blood Sunday‘ began as a planned civil rights march by protesters in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland on Sunday, January 30 1972. Northern Ireland at the time was in a battle against internment by the British and would-be civil rights marchers feared military action that would aim to stop the event. In the end, 14 protesters were shot and killed that day by British troops. Granted civil rights can be an incendiary, divisive issue, but by all accounts, the people that died that day were fed up and wanted what any free-thinking human being wants: freedom. Despite the deeply emotional issues about which this particular song was written, U2 remains one of the most widely respected and best selling bands of all time. Although I do not own any of their albums, my own Irish heritage cannot help but draw me into their mesmerizing charisma and sound.