On September 22nd 2019 the Irish community in Savannah, GA, came out to celebrate “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” with Slane Irish Whiskey.
While St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is one of the largest celebrations in the United States with over half a million tourists aligning the streets for the 4-5-hour parade, the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day was a small gathering of locals who came together to clean up downtown Savannah.
Slane Irish Whiskey owner, Alex Conyngham, Earl of Mount Charles, flew in from his home in Meath, Ireland to sponsor the ‘Cleanup and Ceilidh’ that was organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) of Savannah.
The event started at O’Connell’s Irish Pub on Drayton St on a Sunday afternoon where participants were given Slane merchandise, Slane Whiskey, a garbage bag, and trash grabbers as they registered with local businessman, Caleb Harkleroad, for the cleanup. AOH President, Walter Harper, welcomed everyone with a “thank you” to the Irish community for their involvement and sent everyone on their way to clean up downtown, starting at Emmet Park – named after Robert Emmet.
Kathryn Mann, whose mother, Tara Reese, was the former manager of the 2016 Irish Pubs Global Authenticity Award winner, Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub, choose this event to celebrate her 22nd birthday. The pair picked up old whiskey bottles, cigarette butts, plastic cups, and even an old pitchfork in Johnson Square.
In addition to O’Connell’s Irish Pub; Congress Street Social Club and Molly McPherson’s Scottish Pub offered participants of the cleanup Slane whiskey.
Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub, which turned 39 years old on October 31st, 2019, was the location for the Ceilidh with local band, Seldom Sober. The duo, Michael Corbett and Colleen Settle, entertained in the Hall of Heroes, located on the 2nd floor of Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub, until the traditional Irish music started downstairs at 8:00 PM.The bar staff from Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub poured specialty cocktails made from Slane Whiskey. Alex Mount Charles thanked everyone in the Savannah Irish community for participating then expressed his passion for community involvement.
Now the countdown is on until the 2020 St Patrick’s Day celebration where Savannah will celebrate its 196th parade on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.