If you like a party and drink is involved then Healy Macs will already be on your radar. At this time of year people are gearing up for St Patrick’s Day (17 March) which has been adopted as the Irish National Day of celebration.
There are no less than three events to welcome St Patrick; the first is on 9 March, which is the St. Patrick’s Day Ball, the theme is the ‘Celtic Spirit” and this year held at the Ballroom of The E & O Hotel.
This event is organized by the Penang Irish Association, a very active group, whose President is Maggie Territt. They meet monthly at Healy Macs at Straits Quay. This year’s entertainment includes a group of Irish dancers who will travel up from Singapore.
“St Patrick’s Day has a very special meaningfor the Irish and the people of Irish descentaround the world,” she explained.
“It is a day when Irish people celebrate their rich and unique culture,” she said.
She added that the ball would be attended by Irish ambassador Declan Kelly.
Tickets are priced at RM200 for Penang Irish Association members and RM250 for nonmembers.
For more information and tickets, please call Maggie Territt at 012-4625596, Ann Marie O’Toole at 012-551-8154, Triona C. at 016- 422-8817 or Healy Macs Manager, Richie Caplice at 017-627-2754.
The second event is the Golf Tournament on 11 March which is the presidents cup for the Irish golfing association and the awards ceremony held at Healy Macs in the evening.
The third and final and most definitely the most popular will be the St Patrick’s Day party itself on 17 March, held at Healy Macs and all are most definitely welcome to celebrate this most Irish of nights and join in the “Craic” with plenty of Guinness, Irish Whiskey and live music. (“craic”, pronounced “Crack” is a Gaelic word meaning….. well, it has no exact English translation. The closest you get is “fun.” There’s the expression “ceoil agus craic,” meaning “music and fun” but it is more, much more than this. It is only really found in a social setting where men, drink and women are found. It is more readily found when there are all three of these ingredients as well as Music).
This happens to fall on a Saturday this year, thank goodness, as the recovery from thisfestival usually takes as long as the party itself.
Of course, the drink of choice is Dublin’s finest, Guinness. This stout has been brewed for over 250 years and seems to be getting more popular every year. Also remember the Irish are famous for their Whiskey which, just like the Irish themselves, is very smooth and full of character.
Healy Macs is located at Straits Quay and is now the only Irish pub in the area as Finnegan’s closed its doors last month.
Next month we will be reviewing in detail the food and drinks on offer at Healy Macs as well as their new lease of life on the music scene at Straits Quay. Their live music inspires the feet to tap and the drinking arm to get a great workout.