To Arthur!

Many local venues are gearing up to celebrate Arthur’s Day tomorrow (Thursday).

Many local venues are gearing up to celebrate Arthur’s Day tomorrow (Thursday).

The event first took place in 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of the Guinness brewing company. To a backdrop of gigs, Guinness drinkers raise a glass to the memory of Arthur Guinness at 17:59 in a nod to the year the brewery was established.

Three years on, the festivities are due to kick off again with many well-known names popping up in venues across the country and most venues offering something a little different than usual.

Matt the Miller’s kick things off at 5pm with an Arthur’s Day Special offering food, drink and music all on the menu. Wallop the Cat lead the craic, later in the evening Epic rock out the joint followed by DJ Eddie Hughes and a late bar.

Johnny Hillman and friends start festivities in the Front Bar at Cleere’s at 5.30pm with complimentary pints and food at 17.59. Liam O’Maonlaí entertains there from 9.30pm in a free gig for which tickets are limited so booking’s essential.

From 6-8pm the Club House Hotel invites you to come and paint the town black. Or at least your stomach with a hearty bowl of beef and Guinness stew and a Guinness. There’ll be live music on the night and entry’s €10 with proceeds to the O’Neill Centre in Kilkenny.

In Bollard’s the weekly trad affair becomes a super session. The bar food menu’s available until 9pm then stay for the music. All are welcome, especially musicians, and there’s no cover charge.

Keep an eye on your local for more details and, whatever you do and wherever you go, have fun!