St. Patrick’s Day: Here and There…

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Editor’s note: How times have changed in a week. Chris Shaw wrote this article a week ago today in preparations for St. Patrick’s Day in the Capital Region. He did it early because Chris is in the Florida Keys eating stone crabs, listening to Buffett, and finding me the best Key Lime pie recipe in the world.

Meanwhile, up here in Nippertown we realize that everything has been cancelled or postponed. So, read this as if life were normal. Then, stop and think of all the people this pandemic is affecting, and help your neighbor, help your friends, and by all means raise a glass to everyone come St. Paddy’s Day. — Slainté, Jim

You can still see Kevin McKrell perform live on St. Patrick’s Day on Caffe Lena’s live stream at 8pm: Just click here.


St. Patrick’s Day evokes a different response from almost everyone you ask. Cries of’ “Oh,…it’s the GREATEST!”, to “OMG,…it’s amateur hour!”, and everything in between. Here in greater Nippertown, the tradition continues with pilgrimages to these classics,

McGeary’s for a drink after the parade.

Bouncing back and forth between Katie O’Byrne’s and Pinhead Susan’s in downtown Schenectady

The Parting Glass in Saratoga featuring

  • Irish Celtic Session 11 AM
  • Kevin McKrell 12:30 PM
  • Irish Step dancers 4 PM
  • Forthlin Road 5:30 PM
Brian Melick and Kevin McKrell
Kevin McKrell holds court at the Glass.

But the “Holy Graille” is to be in Dublin at one of these legendary establishments. O’Neill’s seen here across from the statue of Molly Malone, (That’s right,…” Cockles and Mussels alive, alive O)   The food’s amazing and the music just crazy. Here you see Kevin McKrell, Dick Miller, and Chet Opalka conducting a “Fact-Finding Mission” Yeah,…a “fact-finding mission”,…that’s our story and we’re sticking to it…

The boys at O’Neill’s conducting research

Temple Bar, the epicenter of St. Paddy’s for tourists to Dublin!!!  Maybe you’ll even spot a favorite from here wowing the Temple Bar crowd like Kevin McKrell did with the Byrne Bros. at Oliver St. John Gogarty’s.

But no matter where you are, it’s really all about who you’re with, so Slainté my friends… Slainté!!!!

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