St Patrick’s Day in Raleigh 2015
Kilt Run and Irish Stew
The month of March in Raleigh is a great time to be Irish or into things that are Irish. Kilts, parades, music, roses and dare I say beer and dancing. The month got of to a great start with an attempt to break the world record for runners in kilts. Now that you know there is such a world record you can start planning to enter it next year as Raleigh lost out again to some place in Canada. The Kilt Run as it is known is a fundraiser for local charities put on by the nOg RunClub, whose slogan is “running more than a tab!” Walk run or stroll three city blocks wearing a kilt is all they ask of you and if you have the stamina after that you can run in the 8K later on. Moore Square is the place to be for any Irish festival and this Kilt Run had great music, beer and food on the first warm weekend of the year. They need a couple of thousand kilt wearers next year and they came close this year so if you’d like to part of a world record for something why not wearing a kilt.
At the beginning of the month we had the Irish Stew Cook Off which gathered six contestants to TÍR NA NÓG( myself included) to compete for bragging rights. Sadly I do not have anything to brag about but I was out done easily by the hard work my fellow contestants put into their stories and the bribes they brought for the judges. Next year…I’ll be a judge.
St. Patricks Day Parade & Festival in Raleigh NC
This coming Saturday March 14th is the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade an event I have watched grow from a small sparsely attended parade to a full blown parade filled with bands, dancers, floats and a great festival in downtown Raleigh. This years parade starts at 10 AM rain or shine and ends on Fayetteville Street at City Plaza. The parade used to end in Moore Square across from TÍR NA NÓG which was the perfect venue for the Irish Festival and that is where I’ll be going on Saturday. Hopefully the organizers will realize that changing the venue was unnecessary and will return the parade to it’s original route. So there will be lots to see and do for the family on Saturday 14th March in Raleigh. Bands, Irish Dancers, Pipe Bands and hundreds of Irish people in the City of Oaks, of course there are lots of Irish Pubs in the Triangle hosting their own events this week end.
Trálí in Briar Creek and Morrisville
The Hibernian on Glenwood Ave and Cary
Doherty’s in Cary and Apex.
NC Rose of Tralee Selection Night at Tir Na Og
Another Irish event taking place in Raleigh in March is the selection of the 2015 North Carolina Rose of Tralee. The young lady chosen will go on to represent North Carolina in the regional festival in Portlaoise Ireland with 70 other contestants at the end of May. If selected the lucky lady will return to Ireland in August for the International Rose of Tralee Festival. The festival gathers young women of Irish descent from all over the world to County Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture. The 2014 North Carolina Rose Nancy Boyce has been having the time of her life since winning a year ago, traveling to Ireland twice and creating lifelong friendships with people from all over the world. Only the second time North Carolina has been entered in the international festival, Nancy and her predecessor, Jessica Giggy both represented their state very well.
Raleigh GAA Taking Off
The Irish born and of descent population in the Triangle of NC has grown and as the traditional centers of same such as New York, Boston and Philadelphia look to retire or move away from the cold weather they are showing up in Raleigh, Clayton, Durham and Cary. The evidence is clear in the growing crowds at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the traditional music events and Irish Dancing clubs now in North Carolina. Or just the last names of the thousands who now call North Carolina home. One sure sign is the popularity of the Raleigh GAA, the Gaelic Athletic Association is the governing body for Irish Sports which include Gaelic football and hurling. Immensely popular in Ireland the games have also garnered a strong following abroad, certainly in parts of the States and now in Raleigh. While only in existence since 2012 the club has a large membership of players and supporters and won the 2014 NACB Men’s Junior B Football Championship in Boston, MA.
March kicks off the best time of the year to be in the Triangle, warm weather is here, Spring is around the corner and there will be lots of outdoor events, concerts, farmers markets all over the area.