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It's time to go Irish

Maher's promises lively St. Patrick's Day weekend


by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Caitlin Gaffney gets some dancing tips from Gabrielle Maher, who was a champion dancer in her native Ireland. Caitlin, who attends Our Lady of the Lake, will join many other children in dancing this weekend.Maher’s Pub will again bring Ireland closer to Lake Oswego for the next five days.

The Maher family is planning five days of Irish celebration with the Maher’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, Thursday through Monday, with dancing, food, genuine Irish people and, of course, Irish beverages. The fiddle music alone will probably make you break into an Irish jig.

“This has become a very big community event,” said Gabrielle Maher. “Our biggest thing will be Sunday the 16th.”

The big day starts with the Shamrock Run at 9 a.m. and continues into the evening. Family Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with fun activities for the leprechaun-sized people, like crafts, games, face painting, cupcake walk, gold coin toss, lollipop pull, lots of dancing and a visit from some Irish wolfhounds.

The fun will only increase in the evening with Jameson Night — “at will be amazing,” Maher said — at which for just $15 a ticket a buyer can get a T-shirt, five flights of Jameson Whiskey, food and entertainment by dancers and an Irish band. The crowning moment will come at 9:15 p.m. with the drawing for two free trips to Ireland compliments of Jenny Irish Tours. by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Caitlin Gaffney gets some dancing tips from Gabrielle Maher, who was a champion dancer in her native Ireland. Caitlin, who attends Our Lady of the Lake, will join many other children in dancing this weekend.

Catching all of the festivities on Sunday will be KGW Channel 8 TV of Portland and KGON, the classic rock station of Portland.

The air will be filled with Irish music each day, starting with traditional fiddle music from a musician with the startlingly Irish name of Phelim Egan. The lineup of performers includes Bill Mullen, Rocky Krieger, Andrew Paul Woodworth, Swank’s Ceili, the Lo Babas Band and more.

The Maher’s Irish dancers will kick into gear Friday at 2 p.m. and won’t appear to stop until Monday night. Traditional pipers also will perform.

The big Irish week will begin Thursday with a benefit for Lake Oswego firefighters. The firefighters will receive 100 percent of the profits from all items sold, including T-shirts and engraved Guinness beer glasses.

Irish food available will be fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, corned beef sandwiches, Bailey’s cheesecake (made at Maher’s) and Irish coffees.

Feckin Brewery, with beers made by brew master Mark Maher, will be featured.

This will be the fifth year for the Maher’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

For more information, go to festival website at maherspub.com or call 503-305-8087.

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