SLÁINTE!: A toast to good health ... and good fun as St Patrick's Day brings out the Irish in everyone in Toowoomba.
SLÁINTE!: A toast to good health ... and good fun as St Patrick's Day brings out the Irish in everyone in Toowoomba.

Let your Irish-side party for St Paddy's Day

THEY say there's a little bit of Irish in us all, but according to Irish Club Hotel publican Cameron Mayes, they all come out on St Paddy's Day.

Cameron, who's been at Toowoomba's Russell St pub for 16 years, said this promised to be one of the biggest celebrations yet, with March 17, falling on a Friday for the first time for about six years so everyone could let their hair down and celebrate the end of the working week as well.

"We do a week's trade in one day on St Paddy's," Cameron laughed.

And whether you're young or young at heart, Cameron said it's "just the best day" to be a part of.

"It's full of fun. Everyone dances all night. It's madness!" he enthused.

This year Cameron's flown in a specialist Irish fiddler from Townsville as part of the entertainment, which starts from lunchtime with folk music, special Irish meals and of course lots of Guinness on tap and Jamison's whiskey to be drunk.

The fun overflows into the carpark with a special Guinness bar and live music kicking off from 4pm, ranging from traditional to rock, including Craig Phillips, Ben "Red" Goodwin, Jediah, Ben Mayes and the Craic Pipes and The Screaming Chokos.

Cameron expects about 1000 people - many donning their green - through the doors on St Patrick's Day, and says it doesn't matter whether you're from Ireland or just there to soak up the atmosphere and celebrate all things Irish.

But if you're after something a little quieter, the Darling Downs Irish Club also holds traditional music get-togethers at the hotel every Tuesday from 7-9pm. Everyone's welcome to go along, bring an instrument or just your voice and join in familiar tunes, close your eyes and drift off to a pub in the Emerald Isle.

For details, call "The Irish" on 0746389770.


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