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Hometown St. Patrick’s Day

There are many ways to celebrate various things Irish over the next week-plus. And whatever your style of flaunting the green, chances are you’ll find it in Nassau County. Here’s a sampling from around our communities:

If you want to help a good cause:

Last Hope Animal Rescue’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction benefits the group’s foster animals and community outreach programs. Held at Mulcahy’s Pub at 3232 Wantagh Ave., in Wantagh, on March 10 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., the event includes dinner and dessert, as well as drinks. A private sailboat cruise, a vineyard tour, jewelry and gift baskets are among the auction items. Entertainment? Irish dancers, of course. Tickets are $60 per person and you can prepay online on the Last Hope website, www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org. For more, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Don Scott Memorial Colon Cancer Benefit Dinner helps the Center for Colon and Rectal Disease at North Shore LIJ. The event, held at the Plandome Country Club, features an elaborate cocktail hour, dinner reception, auction and raffle. It begins at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at 145 Stonytown Rd., in Plandome. Tickets are $155 ($110 for those under 21). For more, call 526-7093.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly celebration:

Hofstra University hosts its 15th annual Irish Experience Festival, with performances by The Tommy Mulvihill Band, The Black Velvet Band, Katie’s Puppets and the Hirten Family Irish Dancers. More than 50 craft vendors (Just Peachy Jewels, Celtic Hearths Bronze, Handpainted by Ali and others) will be there, as will authentic Irish food. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free for children under 12. Benefiting the Hofstra University Scholarship Fund, the festival takes place Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mack Physical Education Center on North Campus. For more, call 463-6582.

The Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City invites children of all ages to  decorate their own Blarney Stone. According to Irish folklore, if you kiss the famous rock at Blarney Castle, you receive the gift of gab and will be a very persuasive speaker. Held Saturday, March 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., the event is free with museum admission.

The Irish Cultural Society hosts New York City Council Irish Man of the Year, Ed Shevlin, for a talk on his journey to become a proficient Gaelic speaker. Shevlin will discuss how he went from indifferent student, to the winner of a Fulbright grant to study Gaelic in Galway. Free and open to the public, the talk will be held Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Garden City Library.

If you love parades:

Glen Cove hosts its 25th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 at 1 p.m. Beginning behind Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue, the march follows Brewster Street to School Street, and then to Glen Street where it ends at St. Patrick’s Church. More than 50 organizations will march, including the Nassau County Police Color Guard, the Long Island Brass and Percussion, St. Edward’s Twirlers, St. Paul’s Dance Academy Irish step dancers, Ye Pyrate Brotherhood and the Glen Cove Road Panthers. Irish activist Daniel J. Lane is the grand marshal.

Farmingdale is hosting it’s first ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year, after growing demand from downtown merchants. The parade features the Village Board, the chamber the rotary club, and members of the Farmingdale Fire Department, and East and South Farmingdale Fire Departments. The two grand marshals are Ralph Ekstrand and fire commissioner Skip Schumeyer. The parade begins at Northside School goes down Main Street over the train tracks and conclude at Farmingdale Village Green where there will be a short ceremony and games. Several restaurants on Main Street will offer dinner specials. The parade will be held March 17 and starts at 1 p.m. For more information contact Chuck Gosline at (516) 346-7411.

If you love dancing:

Want to learn how to jig with the best of them? The Inishfree School of Irish Dancing has been teaching boys and girls how to dance for the past 28 years. Dancers range in age and many have won world, North American, and Regional Championships. Classes are held in Massapequa and three Suffolk County locations. Call (631) 722-4939 or visit inishfreeny.com. The dancers will also be performing at the Massapequa American Legion on March 15, the Knights of Columbus in New Hyde Park and St. Killian’s Church in Farmingdale on March 16.

If you love Irish Music:

Want to take your love of Irish music a step further? Massapequa Park based Tara’s Pipes and Drums offers lessons to aspiring bagpipe players and drummers of all ages. After an initial $100 fee, lessons are free and the group also provides a practice chanter or a drumsticks and a drum pad. Bandmaster Ed McGlade says that no one will be turned away, and that the group will always make sure you have the opportunity to learn. No experience is necessary. Those interested should go to the Hibernian Hall on 85 Grand Avenue Thursdays, at 7 p.m. or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you love Irish Food:

If you’re looking for some bangers and mash or shepherds pie, check out Paddy’s Loft in Massapequa. This Irish pub, located at 1286 Hicksville Road will feature traditional music on St. Patrick’s Day. Corry’s Ale House at 3274 Railroad Avenue in Wantagh also features a wide selection of traditional Irish fare and will be serving Irish breakfast all day.

Sullivan’s Quay in Port Washington is getting into the spirit with Irish music and performances by step dancers from Wednesday March 13 up to the 17. Located at 541 Port Washington Blvd, the restaurant and bar has an extensive and diverse menu featuring everything from shepherd’s pie to cedar planked swordfish to chicken mandarin.

If you’re looking for something a little out of the box, come pick up some shamrock-shaped ravioli at NY Ravioli, located at 12 South Denton Ave in New Hyde Park. Available in both traditional cheese and spinach and white cheddar, the freshly made ravioli is a fun alternative to traditional Irish fare. And according to owner Dave Creo, the fillings are universal and can be perfectly paired with any type of sauce.

If you love drinking:

Can’t be tied down to one place? Check out Leprecon, an informal bar crawl happening on Main Street in Farmingdale. The Nutty Irishman will be serving breakfast starting at 11 a.m. and will also have a live DJ playing music starting at 5:30 p.m. Down the street, The Library Café will have drink specials. Croxley’s, The Last Call, Caracara’s and Wild, Wild, West Saloon will also be involved in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Brews Brothers Grille in Franklin Square has a wide beer selection and Jackie Reilly’s in Bethpage will have drink specials all day. If you like your beer a bit more untraditional, with flavors such as pumpkin, blueberry, or apricot, check out Effin Gruven in Bellmore.