Savannah Irish Festival celebrates halfway to St. Patrick's Day

When it comes to reasons for celebrating with food and drinks at your local pub, there’s nothing better than the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. 

Some people just can’t wait until March 17 and that’s why the Savannah Irish Festival is partnering with Coach’s Corner on September 17 to host the 2021 Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day fundraising event. 

So, what’s the story behind the halfway celebration? Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day finds its roots in “Arthur Guinness Day” or “Arthur’s Day,” which celebrates the patron saint of beer, Arthur Guinness himself. 

With celebrations all around the world, Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day events are popping up more than ever and are encouraging people to gather in pubs, taverns, and bars to raise a glass and enjoy some fellowship with other lovers of St. Patrick’s Day, Irish music, and beer. 

Now, the Savannah community will have the chance to take part in the newly popular celebration thanks to the Savannah Irish Festival.

A nonprofit, all-volunteer festival whose mission is to honor and promote Irish culture and music in a family-friendly setting, the Savannah Irish festival strives to provide our local and regional community with the best, friendliest, and most enjoyable Irish cultural weekend every February in Savannah. But due to the pandemic, the event was canceled this past year. 

Tara Reese, president of the Savannah Irish Festival, is looking forward to being able to co-host the halfway event and still bring the Irish fun to the city, even in September. 

“In 2020 we raised money for the 2021 Festival but were unable to host it due to Covid,” Reese said. “We are very excited to be able to do something that allows people to still celebrate the Irish fun.”

The Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event will kick off with music from the Mucker’s, a five-piece folk-rock band from Atlanta with a heavy emphasis on Irish music, though they blend in a good dose of Romani music, sea shanties, country, and rockabilly, as well as retro-fitting modern punk songs to sound like traditional Irish tunes. 

With a lineup of guitar, bass, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, and drums, their sound has often been compared to Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys with a twist. Rapidly becoming one of America’s better known ‘new’ Celtic-Punk bands, the Muckers will bring the spirit of Ireland to Coach’s in a traditional and modern fashion. 

In addition to live entertainment, Coach’s Corner will be mixing up a delicious specialty drink for purchase. 

“Mr. John [Henderson] with Coach’s said that he will prepare a ‘liquid masterpiece,’” Reese said. “And a portion of those drink sales will go to the 2022 Savannah Irish Festival.” 

Guests will also be able to purchase food from Coach’s and The Savannah Irish Festival will have a 50/50 raffle as well as auctioning off a few goody baskets to include a “Basket of Cheer!” 

So, grab a pint, listen to Irish music, and bask in the green glow with the Savannah Irish Festival and Coach’s Corner. Coach’s doors will open at 6 PM and the festivities will run until ten. Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite and are $20 each or $150 for a table of six. 

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