Once the parade is over and the glittered shamrocks have been swept up, here are four ways that you can celebrate Irish culture for the remainder of the year.
1. Catch a play at the Irish Reparatory Theater
The Irish Reparatory Theater is the only theater company in New York puts on Irish and Irish-American productions year-round, and boy are they good! The theater company, founded in 1988 by Ciaran O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, is housed in a former-warehouse that was beautifully renovated last year. The theater contains two stages and puts on a mix of contemporary and classic Irish plays. Currently, for example, Connor McPherson’s recent masterpiece The Seafarer is being performed in the larger theater, and three one-act plays from the turn of last century by John Millington Synge, Lady Gregory, and William Butler Yeats are being performed on the smaller stage below. The setting is intimate and the productions thought-provoking—New York theater at its best!
2. Listen to some fine Irish music at Paddy Reilley’s Music Bar
Paddy Reilley’s isn’t your typical Murray Hill frat bar, thanks to its essential Irish-pubness. In fact, it is rumored to be the only pub in the whole world to exclusively serve Guinness on draft. In a city where old Irish pubs are close to extinction, Paddy Reilley’s is a wonderful anachronism. Plus they have live music most nights. On a Friday, head there to hear original music by the popular Irish-American band, The Prodigals, who present a funky take on tradition Irish music.
3. Absorb some culture at the Irish Arts Center.
Whether it is a poetry reading by Paul Muldoon, a photography exibit on the world of Samuel Beckett, or an introduction to hard-shoe dancing, The Irish Arts Center always has something illuminating going on. With theater and film, live music, literature readings, art exhibits, and educational classes happening on a weekly basis, it is worth paying attention to their website.
4. Enjoy a full Irish breakfast at The Dead Rabbit.
The Dead Rabbit in the Financial District is a shining example of a modern bar that captures the flavor of a traditional Irish pub. The bar may pour a perfect pint of Guinness, and mix a fierce cocktail, but it’s their full Irish breakfast that really gets our mouths watering for dear old Ireland. Enjoy your eggs the traditional Irish way with sausage, back bacon, black and white pudding, tomato, mushrooms, wheaten bread and good Irish butter. If brunch isn’t your cup of tea, The Dead Rabbit now serves full Irish breakfasts for lunch on weekdays: the perfect escape from the Wallstreet grind.