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Posted: March 10, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2017: Celebrate the Irish in Maine

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

featured image WITH TEXTCelebrate Ireland, Irish food, Irish drink, and Irish-Americans this St. Patrick’s Day. Raise a pint and have a merry good time of it.. There’s plenty of Irish music and revelry at Irish pubs around southern Maine, as well as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Plunge, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Shamrock Shuffle bar crawl and scavenger hunt,  and plenty more going on before and on St. Patrick’s Day. May the luck of the Irish be with you!


Shamrock Shuffle Pub Crawl and Photo Scavenger Hunt

Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11.  Multiple locations, downtown Portland,$15 before March 8,  $20 after, 21-plus.
Get a jump start on your St. Paddy’s fun by going on an emerald-lined pub crawl to more than seven Portland locales. The event is also a photo scavenger hunt so bring your camera or make sure your phone is good and charged. For the sixth consecutive year, Port Sports Social Club presents an eight hour party that involves a whole bunch of bars, you in costume if you’re so inclined and  an unlimited amount of pre-St. Patrick’s day fun.

 Mona the dog is dressed for the St. Patrick's Day festivities as she marches in the parade in Portland. Staff Photo by Jill Brady

Mona the dog is dressed for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities as she marches in the parade in Portland. Staff Photo by Jill Brady

Portland St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Noon. Sunday, March 12. Commercial Street, from the Fish Pier to the Ferry Terminal, Portland.
Deck yourself out in everything green that you own and head to Portland’s waterfront for the Irish American Club’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade. This year’s parade features the Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band, Dunlop Highland Band,Kora Shriners Highlanders and members of the Stillson School of Irish Dance. Other participants include The Maine Irish Heritage Center, Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Maine Police Emerald Society, Maine Gaelic Sports Association, The Portland Hurling Club, Girl Scouts of America, Burns Ceili Group, local union representatives and public safety representatives from local police and fire departments. It culminates with a rally at Bell Buoy Park followed by a reception at the Maine Irish Heritage Center at 34 Gray St. with a cash bar, food for sale, music and dancing.

Guinness Perfect Pint Bartender Challenge

5 p.m. Monday, March 13. Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland. Facebook.

Rock star bartenders from more than 20 area bars will compete for the best Guinness pours. The competition goes from 5:15 to 7 p.m. and then the winners will be announced and one can only assume pint glasses will be happily clinked by all involved.

Irish Beverage Food Pairings

6 to 9  p.m. , Wednesday,  March 15 . Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland. Facebook.

The special food pairings menu will include Guinness, Smithwick’s, Harp, Magner’s Original, Magner’s Pear and Murphy’s Irish Stout & Irish Whiskey.

What’s more, there will be a live Irish sing-along from 8 to 11 p.m. with Dave Rowe.

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St. Patrick’s Day Plunge

5:30 a.m. Friday,  March 17 | East End Beach, Portland (after party at Ri Ra) | Raise donations |
Plunge for good! All donations will benefit the Children’s Burn Foundation. Afterwards, all participating plungers can head to Ri Ra for a free breakfast buffet and a charity auction. And beer! That water might be cold, but bodies are quickly warmed with Guinness.

Fodhla photo by Alden Robinson

Fodhla photo by Alden Robinson


8 p.m. Friday, March 17. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $15 in advance, $20 day of.
Gather one and all for an evening of traditional Irish music with Nicole Rabata on flute, Ellery Klein on fiddle and Bethany Waickman on guitar. Listen to the music of Fodhla at

Customers make their way into Brian Boru just after 6 am in 2013. We like your enthusiasm, folks. Press Herald file photo

St. Patrick’s Day at Brian Boru

Starting at 6 a.m. Friday, March 17.  Brian Boru Public House, 57 Center St.,  Portland. No cover.
Irish breakfast, festivities and live music and entertainment all day from Pictnacree, Rum Riot, The Stillson School of Irish Dance Dancers and Bag Pipes, The Pubcrawlers, Grand Central, M.B. Padfield, D.J. Tiny Dancer.

St. Patrick’s Day at  Bull Feeney’s

Starting at 6 a.m. Friday, March 17. Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland. Facebook.
Bull Feeney’s is pulling out all the stops on their favorite day of the year. Irish brunch runs from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the menu includes the traditional Irish breakfast (eggs, rashers, white pudding, baked beans and roasted tomato,) Irish benedict and several tempting offerings. Boiled dinner runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the full menu will be available from 12 to 10 p.m. All of this is to say…come hungry.

Bull Feeney’s will also be offering 39 Irish whiskies and several Irish beers to wet your whistle with.

Live music also starts at 6 a.m. and goes until 1 a.m. Acts include Tom & Dave Celtic duo, Dave Rowe, The Millineers, The Napper Tandies, Driving Charlie Home, Maine Public Safety Pipe & Drum Corps, The Dapper Gents and Hello Newman.

You’re also likely to see a number of staffers sporting kilts.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Ri Ra

Starting at 6 am, Friday, March 17.  | Ri Ra Irish Pub, 72 Commercial St., Portland  |
Doors open at 6 a.m., and while participants in the St. Patrick’s Day Plunge will be rewarded with a free buffet breakfast, non plungers can still order an Irish meal the old fashioned way. There will be live music all day and plenty of Irish pub food.  The music starts  at 9:30 a.m. with The Maine Public Safety Band and continuing with  Kilcollins, The Napper Tandies  and more. There will also be lively performances from Irish Dancers who will be burning all sorts of calories while you feast on corned beef & cabbage, fish & chips, Shepherd’s Pie and other Irish classics.

St. Patrick’s Day at Kerrymen Pub

Opens at 11 a.m. on  Friday, March 17.  Kerrymen Pub, 512 Main St.,Saco. No cover.
The live entertainment at Kerrymen Pub starts at 2 p.m. with Easy Money Band and The Hurricanes will be hitting the stage at 8 p.m. The beer and good cheer will be flowing  all the while.

Celebrate the Irish

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. , Friday, March 17. South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland, $12.
If you’re at least 50-years-old, this party’s for you! Celebrate celebration a performance by the Stillson School of Dance from Gorham who will be bringing their A game with costumes, lively dance and music. Your Irish (and non-Irish) belly will also be smiling because lunch includes corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, rolls, pastry & beverages.

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Irish Flag Raising over Portland

8:30 a.m. Friday, March 17. Maine Irish Heritage Center, Gray Street, Portland, free.
Meet on the front steps of the Maine Irish Heritage Center and walk through the old Irish neighborhood to raise the Irish flag. Then you’ll reconvene at the center for coffee, tea and Irish soda bread from 9 to 11 a.m.

Irish American Club Annual St. Patrick’s Dinner

5 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Maine Irish Heritage Center, Gray Street, Portland, $30.
This year’s event features a traditional corned beef dinner complete with appetizers, desserts and award-winning Irish bread. You’ll hear live music from Bitter Brew and will also see a dance performances by the Stillson School of Irish Dance.

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Celtic Concert & Corned Beef Hash Sandwich Buffet Supper

5:30 p.m. .  Friday, March 17. Christ Church, 6 Dane St., Kennebunk, $17  suggested donation for music and concert, $12 for students and seniors, $12 for just concert or supper, $8 students and seniors, reservations are recommended.

The night kicks off with a buffet supper of build-your-own corned beef sandwiches along with sauerkraut, coleslaw and homemade potato salad with beverages and themed desserts. Christ Church Music Director, “Maestro” Warren King , along with a merry crew of musicians and singers,  will perform a program of traditional  Irish music starting at 7 p.m. Slainte!

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