Go green or go home: Big celebrations planned for St Patrick’s Day

Kate Arbuckle preparing for St Patrick’s Day.
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Things are going to be looking very green around Penrith shortly, with St Patrick’s Day just around the corner on Sunday, March 17.

Over at O’Donoghues Pub in Emu Plains, they take St Patrick’s Day very seriously, being one of their busiest days each year.

“As an Irish hotel, Paddy’s Day is our favourite day of the year to showcase and celebrate all things Irish,” said Venue Manager, Dylan Walters.

It’s for this reason that, according to Walters, the team is doing everything they can to extend that festive spirit into the local community, with a wide range of activities ready to go, and preparations underway to serve-up pints of everyone’s favourite Irish beer.

“The O’Donoghues team is looking forward to getting into the spirit of St Patrick’s Day and creating a great experience for our customers,” he said.

Kate Arbuckle preparing for St Patrick’s Day.

“The team will be dressing for the occasion, and we’ve booked musical and dance performances to bring to life the celebratory atmosphere.”

From 11am to 8pm, O’Donoghues will be bringing patrons plenty of authentic Irish entertainment to enjoy, and some traditional Aussie things as well.

“We will have live music all day including traditional Irish dancers from the local Maher Lenihan Irish dance school as well as face painting for the kids,” he said.

“We’ll also have the footy on the big screens for our sports fans.”

They’ll also be bringing something new to the table in 2024, with early risers in mind.

“For the first time we will have an Irish breakfast available, which we’ll be serving from when doors open at 10am,” he said.

“I reckon the Paddie O’Keefe’s Big Breakfast complete with pork sausages and black pudding will be a favourite with our customers.”

With the countdown now officially on until the big day, there’s nothing left to do but source a green outfit, learn to love Guinness, and book a table.

“It’s always a great atmosphere at O’Donoghues on St Patrick’s Day as people embrace their Irish heritage, and like all good things, the more the merrier!” Walters said.

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