Queenstown gears up for St Paddy’s

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Bosses at Queenstown’s Irish-themed bars expect a week’s worth of trade in one day for St Patrick’s Day celebrations. 

Irishwoman Dee Keating (above), bar manager of 1876, says she’ll work the Saturday itself but intends celebrating on Sunday. 

“I think there’s a few more who’ll stretch it out over the weekend.” 

Her bar is offering a limited edition bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey to its best-dressed punter. 

Neighbouring Pig & Whistle manager Nicole Cleere declares: “It’ll be ‘Paddy’s weekend’.” 

The normally English-themed bar rolls out its infamous St Practice Day tomorrow. 

Sean McSparron, boss of Irish bar Pog Mahones, expects to easily sell 15 kegs of Guinness on Saturday and another eight to 10 of Kilkenny. “It’s much like a whole week’s trading in one day.” 

McSparron also expects more breakfast and lunch trade than a week-day St Patrick’s Day, “It will start a lot earlier and hopefully last a lot longer.” 

His bar has 12 hours’ continuous live music scheduled. 

Aptly-named Monty’s bar manager Paddy Cooney is also going full-out, rolling out green carpet to welcome patrons. 

“Most of my friends will start on Friday night or at least go all Saturday/Sunday”, he says. 

St Patrick’s Day celebrates the most recognised of Ireland’s patron saints and arrival of Christianity to the country – and has morphed into a celebration around the world of Irish culture.