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Drowning the Shamrock at Soho Bar

Drowning the Shamrock at Soho Bar

Sandy Clark

May you be half an hour in Heaven before the devil knows you’re dead. That was the motto of this year’s St. Patrick’s Night at the Soho Bar in Huay Kaew Road, opposite Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel. Paddy Linehan hosted this genuine Irish night on March 17, with food, drinks, songs, music, laughter and lies, as is customary at that traditional celebration.

It’s a long way to Tipperary (from left) Mark, Mike Grice, Paddy Linehan, Philip Wharfe, Oliver Madden.

Guests were asked to sample typical Irish stew, Colcannon, bacon joint, corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and the favorite of all guests, a never ending flow of Irish coffee.

Almost everyone was wearing green representing spring, shamrocks, and Ireland. So that nobody could say they did not know the lyrics of Irish songs, a booklet had been prepared and later in the evening the guests joined in the singing of both sentimental and jolly Irish ballads.

As St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays which are celebrated around the world and well known for fun, it was not surprising that Soho Bar was much too small to accommodate all visitors. It did not matter that some guests were definitely not Irish. On St. Patrick’s Night 2005, all were Irish at heart.