Portsmouth hosting annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration

March 8, 2018 GMT

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — It is St. Patrick’s Day somewhere and that somewhere is Portsmouth, Ohio.

In 2017, Portsmouth and Scioto County, Ohio celebrated the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day with nearly a week of special events. The 7 Nations Celtic Club is proud to announce that beginning Friday, March 9, a festival week-plus of activities will occur in and around Portsmouth and Scioto County to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint and the worldwide heritage of Irish people.

The 7 Nations Celtic Club, the Port City Pub, and the Community Action Agency of Scioto County are sponsoring and/or cross-promoting the 2018 St. Patrick’s festival events. The local activities include an Irish festival, an Irish-themed pub quiz, readings of the poetry and literature of some famous Irish writers, music and Irish dance, the annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K fundraiser, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and more.

In addition to all of the local Portsmouth events, the sponsors are calling on local residents and businesses to “Green the Town” from March 15 through March 18. It has been the custom in Dublin, Ireland, for a number of years to light up major iconic buildings with green lights. Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the GPO (aka General Post Office) are a few of the major edifices bathed in green light during Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Festival. Along Portsmouth’s Chillicothe Street, some of the businesses have already lit up their establishments in green. It is hoped that many more businesses and local residents can join the effort.

The 7 Nations Celtic Club will be the beneficiary of the proceeds of a “St. Patrick’s Day Tasting” Friday, March 9, at The Party Connection on 2034 11th St., in Portsmouth, Ohio that will kick off the St. Patrick’s festival activities. For a small fee, patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy hot appetizers and taste some Irish beers and regional wines. Live music will be part of the experience that goes from 5 to 8 p.m.

The St. Patrick’s festival of events in Portsmouth and Scioto County will continue at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Irish Festival of the Holy Redeemer Church at 1325 Gallia Street in Portsmouth, Ohio. Food, music and beverages, a presentation by the Cirque D’Art dancers, a homemade quilt raffle, several cash raffles, and the sale of homemade goods are all part of the church’s annual Irish celebration.

Later Saturday evening, March 10, at 8 p.m. at the Port City Pub at 424 Chillicothe St. in Portsmouth, Ohio, The McIans will present traditional and modern Celtic music in the vein of The Pogues, Flogging Molly, and Dropkick Murphys. Join the band and the crowd for a lively evening of great fun, music and maybe some dancing.

On Monday, March 12, the Port City Pub will once again be the venue for a St. Patrick’s festival event. The Port City staff will host a first-ever Irish-themed pub quiz. Your knowledge of Queen Maeve, Brian Boru, or U2 might win you prizes (or, at least, great respect ).

Local artist Charlie Haskins brings his talent to Chillicothe Street (at the aforementioned Pub) from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. A social hour will precede the Irish-themed painting class. There is a $25 charge for the painting kit, and there are but a limited amount of tickets available.

For the second year in a row, Barbara Costas Biggs will host an “Irish Poetry Night.” Last year, Oscar Wilde’s memory was invoked by his local impersonator. This year, there will be readings of works from Ireland’s famous sons and daughters including those of poets and writers such as C.S. Lewis, Anne Enright, W.B. Yeats, Katharine Tynan, and Seamus Heaney. The event is a presentation of the 7 Nations Celtic Club and begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Port City Pub, 424 Chillicothe Street in Portsmouth.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, the monthly “Business After Hours” of the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Port City Pub on 424 Chillicothe St. in Portsmouth for Chamber members only. An Irish-themed evening of food, music and encouragement for community involvement will occur. The 7 Nations Celtic Club will also be selling raffle tickets for its 2018 St. Patrick’s Day basket of food and gifts during the activity. The Celtic Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. that same evening in the Chillicothe Street side of the pub, and it is open to all members (and those who want to be).

The music of Ireland and other Celtic nations gets a reboot from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 16, from the Columbus, Ohio, band of Two2Many. The music and laughter plays at the Port City Pub at 424 Chillicothe St.

Finally, the day that all of the Irish await each year, St. Patrick’s Day, gets off to an early Saturday, March 17, start in Portsmouth with the fun and fundraising efforts of the Community Action Organization of Scioto County’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K walk/run. The 8 a.m. walk/run will start at 342 2nd St. in Portsmouth. The Shuffle proceeds benefit local children by providing nutritious meals on weekends when free lunch isn’t available because school is not in session.

The 12th annual Portsmouth 7 Nations Celtic Club’s St. Patrick’s Parade will follow at 11 a.m., complete with the bagpipers of the Cyril Scott Band, a sea of folks in green attire, and maybe a vision of St. Patrick. The parade will start on Market Street in Portsmouth and wind down Second Street to Washington, Fifth and then Chillicothe Street to end at Tracy Park. The Cyril Scott bagpipers will later go to the Port City Pub, where more Irish dance and music and food and dancing will be available throughout the day and evening courtesy of the Cirque D’Art dancers, Amhrain, the Poverty String Band, the Rose Mountain Ramblers, and Ian Jones and the Tipperary Three.

Mark Cardosi, County Tipperary native, and this year’s Grand Marhall of the 7 Nations Celtic Club St. Patrick’s Day parade, cited the organizing efforts of Cory Maillet from the Port City Pub, Luanne Valentine of the Community Action Organization of Scioto County, and Lee Daily from the Celtic Club as the reason that the St. Patrick’s festival of events has returned to the area for another year.

Cardosi said: “Many of these events have been successfully presented for years by the entities involved this year. But, one St. Patrick’s Day is not enough. We will have a festival of activities occurring over eight days. And don’t forget the ‘greening’ of our town from the 15th through the 18th.”

As is said in Ireland, the festival should be “brilliant.” The public is invited to join the fun, rain, snow or shine. Facebook pages for the Port City Pub, the 7 Nations Celtic Club, and the Community Action Organization of Scioto County will continue to have updated information about the individual events.


- Friday, March 9: St. Patrick’s Day “Tasting” of Irish beers, regional wines, and hot appetizers. 5 to 8 p.m. at The Party Connection; 2034 11th St.. Fee involved.

- Saturday, March 10: Holy Redeemer Irish Festival, with music, food, raffles, and home-made goods. 4:30 p.m. - TBA at Holy Redeemer Church; 1325 Gallia St.; Portsmouth. The McIans; a Columbus (and Glasgow) band playing modern Celtic music (with a wee bit a’ rock ). 8 p.m.-TBA at The Port City Pub; 424 Chillicothe St.

- Monday, March 12: Irish Pub Quiz, a special St. Patrick’s Day edition hosted by Aaron Prose. 7 to 9 p.m. The Port City Pub; 424 Chillicothe St.

- Tuesday, March 13: Painting at the Pub with local artist Charlie Haskins. 6 to 9 p.m. with a social hour preceding an Irish-themed painting class. The Port City Pub; 424 Chillicothe St., Portsmouth. Fee involved.

- Wednesday, March 14: Irish Poetry Night with Barbara Costas Biggs (and Oscar Wilde) hosting readings of famous Irish poets. 7 to 9 p.m., The Port City Pub; 424 Chillicothe St.

- Thursday, March 15-Sunday, March 18: Green The Town efforts to light up Portsmouth and Scioto County businesses and local residences with green lights in order to show unity with each other and with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations worldwide.

- Thursday, March 15: Business After Hours with the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce involving an Irish-themed evening of food, music and encouragement of community involvement. 5 to 7 p.m. The Port City Pub; 424 Chillicothe St. (Chamber members only).

- 7 Nations Celtic Club meeting and last-minute preparations for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade (and sales of raffle tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day basket). 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; The Port City Pub (Chillicothe Street entrance); 424 Chillicothe St.

- Friday, March 16: “Chippers,” or fish and “chips” eateries to us “Yanks,” including the Port City Pub; Knights of Columbus, 1518 Gallia Street in Portsmouth; and others in Portsmouth. Great “eats” for the fifth Friday of Lent! Varied hours and varied fees. Two2Many: Celtic-themed music (and laughter) from a Columbus, Ohio band. 8 to 11 p.m.; The Port City Pub; 424 Chillicothe St.

- Saturday, March 17: Shamrock Shuffle 5K, 3.1 mile flat terrain walk/run fundraiser for the Scioto County Community Action Agency Backpack Program. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Scioto County Welcome Center at 342 2nd St. in Portsmouth, Ohio. Age groupings for the event are 14 and younger, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and older. Awards will go to the fastest female and fastest male overall, and to the top female and top male finishers in each age bracket. The course goes through the downtown and historic Boneyfiddle District of Portsmouth. Volunteers will be on the route ready to assist runners/walkers as needed. All awards will be made immediately after the race. Fee involved.

- 7Nations Celtic Club 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins assembling “rain or shine” at 10 a.m. on Market Street in Portsmouth between St. Mary’s Church and Third Street. Mark Cardosi, Co. Tipperary native, is this year’s Grand Marshall. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will proceed from Market Street to Second Street, on to Court Street, north to Fifth Street, then east to Chillicothe Street, and on towards Tracy Park. Look for the green line that the faerie’s and leprechauns may have drawn. All welcome to watch along the parade route. Ceol agus bia agus damsha , which might translate from Irish into music and food and dance at the Port City Pub immediately after the Parade. Featured artists are the Cyril Scott Pipe Band, the Cirque D’Art Celtic Dancers, Amhrain, the Poverty String Band, Rose Mountain Ramblers, and Ian Jones and the Tipperary Three. All until 12 a.m. 424 Chillicothe St.