Monthly Archives: October 2011

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28 10, 2011

Halloween Costume Party win Bears Tickets !!

Halloween Costume Party Our Halloween Costume Party this Sat 29th from 9pm is all set to be The Biggest and Best one so Far...WIN BEARS TICKETS ! There will be live entertainent with Legendary D.J. Andy P. We have loads of Brilliant Prizes, Giveaways and Drink Specials on the Night ... This will be a Fantastic Night and all are Welcome !!! No Cover. Monsters on Main Street The Irish Times will participate in Brookfield's Monsters on Main Street event with giving out treats for the kids between 12 Noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th. We look forward to seeing your best costumes... 20th Anniversary - November 18th to 20th The Irish Times celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. You are all invited to celebrate with Martin and his friendly, hardworking staff on the weekend of the 18th [...]

28 10, 2011

Fish and chips quite a catch on Mondays

Thursday October 27th, 2011 The riff at Claddagh on a traditional Irish pub is always as a cozy spot to eat — but never more so than on a cold, rainy day. The menu is filled with all sorts of traditional Irish dishes, such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and a full Irish breakfast served all day. But it’s hard to go to an Irish pub and not order the standard fish and chips. Every pub has its own variation on the classic British takeout meal. At Claddagh, thick fillets of fresh cod are dunked in a Bass ale-based batter and fried until golden brown and crispy. The crunchy coating has a slightly sweet flavor almost reminiscent of a funnel cake. The fish rests atop a pile of thick-cut french fries. A small cup of coleslaw [...]

28 10, 2011

Couple opens The Sheep & Fiddle Irish pub in Bartlett

Thursday, 28th October, 2011 As a native of Cork, Ireland, Sarah Staley is ready, with the help of her husband Jeff, to break some misconceptions Americans have about Irish food and culture. The couple plans on offering a taste of Sarah’s homeland through their new Bartlett restaurant, The Sheep & Fiddle, 1085 Army Trail Rd., scheduled to open Thursday, Nov. 3. “We really want people to get that sense of what Ireland is about — that it is about relaxation, it’s about having a little bit of fun,” Sarah said. “People will be a bit surprised, I think, because a lot of people think Irish food is a little bit flavorless, or whatever. We’re going to change that perception as much as possible,” she added with a laugh. Located where Hull’s Pub used to be, the restaurant is [...]

27 10, 2011

Ireland becomes even more accessible

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 It might not be ladylike, but I must admit that I’m partial to a bit of the black stuff. No, I’m not talking about Australia’s favourite spread, I’m talking about the hearty beverage that’s about as Irish as they get — Guinness. It’s true that Ireland’s most legendary beverage tastes best when drunk in Dublin. And when in town, an absolute must is a visit to the Guinness Storehouse; the birthplace of this Irish dry stout. The place has come a long way since it was founded in 1759. My tour begins with a walk through the world’s largest pint glass — a huge atrium which is large enough to hold 14.3 million pints of Guinness. While this establishment markets itself mainly as a museum, the real treat for visitors comes at the tour’s end in [...]

27 10, 2011

Hibernia is set to open at the end of November.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 Barry Flynn and Denis Keohane have never been the types to pass up on a good opportunity. So, when a mutual friend told them about the possibility of opening a new restaurant in Easton, the two Irish-born men jumped at the idea. "A mutual friend of ours owned this place after it got foreclosed," Keohane said. "He told us about it. We pondered it a little while and then we realized that there was an opening for another Catwalk-type place up here." Keohane, Flynn, and Flynn's wife Cathy own the Catwalk Bar and Grille in downtown New Bedford. The Flynns also own Hibernia Irish Pub, which is located around the corner from the Catwalk. The new Easton location, located on route 138 (Turnpike Street) in the building that formerly housed The 402, is set [...]

26 10, 2011

One of the Best Pubs in Chicagoland Turning 20

Wednesday, 26th October, 2011 With over 275 Irish pubs and restaurants in Chicagoland the competition is tough when it comes to picking the best one. The Irish Times Pub & Restaurant is certainly in the running. After 20 years of leadership and innovation young owner/operator, Martin Lynch, who has owned the Irish Times for about three years now, continues the quest to be the best. The Irish Times celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and you are all invited to celebrate with owner Martin Lynch and his friendly, hardworking staff on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of November 2011. This month’s events will commemorate two decades of this landmark establishment. There will be live Music all weekend with some of the best musicians and talent Ireland has to offer. Friday the 18th kicks of the party with Paddy [...]

26 10, 2011

Facebook – Checking In and Tagging Friends

Facebook Places LogoWednesday, 26th October, 2011 “Facebook Places” is a feature that lets users "check in" and “tag” friends they are with on Facebook through their smartphone to let a user's friends know where they are at that point in time. Facebook Places lets your customers share their location, see which friends are in the local area, and discover new places by following where others from their social network have checked in, while allowing you to gather real-time stats about your customers. 78% of us now make purchasing decisions based on peer recommendations, and ‘checking in’ is a subtle invitation, and recommendation, to all friends in their Facebook network. Brendan’s Irish Pub in California recently introduced a new menu item: Chicken Pot-Pie. A Facebook fan jokingly asked if the restaurant would delivery one to her home since she’d [...]

25 10, 2011

Shady McGradys Suffers Arson Attack

 AFTER AN ACT OF ARSON ON OCT 8TH, SHADY MCGRADYS IRISH PUB IN HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA IS A SHELL OF ITS FORMAL SELF. At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, Shady McGradys was broken into, the cash register stolen and a fire started in owners’ office resulting in $200,000 worth of damage. The owner, Scott Thomas described waking up to the news of the fire and rushed to the bar to see four years of work burn down, describing his emotions as ‘going through all the stages of grief.’ Yet rising from the ashes, Shady McGradys is a message of hope to pubs faced with what seems like insurmountable odds. From this devastating blow, Scott Thomas sees an opportunity. Two days after the fire, Thomas tweeted (@ Shady McGradys) ‘Spent the weekend feeling sorry for myself as planned, but no more of it.’ He [...]

25 10, 2011

Comfortable Irish pub serves great food

Monday, 24th October, 2011 Ahh, Irish pubs, how I love them. They are a weakness of mine. In many respects I cannot believe I waited nearly eight months before I tried Frances O’Dooley’s Irish Pub and Grille located at 1930 S.W. Westport Drive. The pub is somewhat difficult to find, as it is in an out of the way location in a small shopping center. However, it is worth the effort to locate this fine establishment. When you enter Frances O’Dooley’s it feels comfortable. The wood is dark and you feel as though you are in a pub. There is a nice bar with a nice selection of beers on tap. On one wall are what are supposed to be fake barrels of whiskey and beer that is a bit schmaltzy. However the overall atmosphere is inviting. It is a [...]

24 10, 2011

Shady McGradys Suffers Arson Attack

Pictured: Scott Thomas inspects the damage    After an act of arson on Oct 8th, Shady McGradys Irish Pub in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is a shell of its formal self. At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, Shady McGradys was broken into, the cash register stolen and a fire started in owners’ office resulting in $200,000 worth of damage. The owner, Scott Thomas described waking up to the news of the fire and rushed to the bar to see four years of work burn down, describing his emotions as ‘going through all the stages of grief.’ Yet rising from the ashes, Shady McGradys is a message of hope to pubs faced with what seems like insurmountable odds. From this devastating blow, Scott Thomas sees an opportunity. Two days after the fire, Thomas tweeted (@ Shady McGradys) ‘Spent the weekend feeling sorry for [...]