St Patricks Day Parade Sydney

St Patricks Day Parade Sydney 2016

The Celtic Festival website recently readnews that the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Sydney has been cancelled for 2016.

This is definitely sad news for local Irish people living in Sydney, as well as Sydney-siders in general as it is a much loved event … as evidenced by the huge crowd numbers each year.

The event has apparently been cancelled for this year due to a few major reasons:

Sydney streets are currently in the grip of major construction work due to the tram line being installed. As the parade passes down this route, this had obvious complications for event organizers.

But probably most important of all are the financial reasons behind the cancellation for this year. An amount of $140,000 has been quoted as being the amount that the event organizer is currently in debt (due to a blowout in operating costs during 2014). As such, the event co-ordinators have elected not to run the parade this year, and quite possibly not until the operating debt has been cleared.

For futher news on this, head over to the website for more details.

Lets hope that the parade is up and running again in 2017 !

scruffy murphy

Scruffy Murphy’s Hotel

Scruffy Murphy’s Hotel is ideal spot to call in for refreshments close to the heart of Sydney action. It has that genuine feel of Ireland for locals and visitors alike; warm and welcoming.

There are four bars and there is every chance you will be served by someone with an Irish accent. The Main Bar, the Goose Garden Restaurant and the Golden Dragon VIP Lounge are busy at all times with the Vault Nightclub opening for late visitors three nights a week, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Visitors can enjoy top DJs, the latest music and a great light show. Whether you want a pint of Guinness, cider, lager, wines or spirits you will be drinking in a wonderful atmosphere. Tourist accommodation nearby is plentiful and can be booked by any of the local Sydney travel agencies – e.g. and are some of the better ones.

There is always something going on with a mix of clientele. City workers rub shoulders with tourists on a family holiday, backpackers travelling around Australia and locals coming into the centre of the city for a day out. Darling Harbour, the Railway Stations and Paddy’s Market are all close by.

Upstairs in the Goose Garden Bistro meals begin with breakfast and throughout the day there was snacks, burgers, pasta and salads. Typical of many places in Sydney the seafood is excellent.  Once food has finished for the day guests can relax and watch live sports action on the big screen coming via dedicated sports channels such as Fox, ESPN and Setanta. Choices will range for rugby to Gaelic football, something for everyone.

There is a diary of events throughout each month, some featured regularly and other specials. There is always a good reason to drop into Scruffy Murphy’s.

harrigans irish pub

Harrigan’s Irish Pub

Hunter Valley is famous for its wine and what better place for a visitor on holiday in Australia to stay and sample that local wine than Harrigan’s Irish Pub. Its traditional décor, built in stone and wood, gives a real feel of Ireland. The Sports Bar offers many famous brands, obviously including Guinness and Irish Cider. The Sports Bar has a pool table, juke box and ATM as well as a Gaming Room. Sports enthusiast can enjoy live action on TV while drinking their favourites.

The best names in Hunter Valley wine, Tempus Two and McGuigan’s are excellent alternatives when guests sample the Pub’s grub. “Céad Mile Failtá” in Gaelic ‘A hundred thousand welcomes’, the Bistro has an open fireplace where diners can enjoy Guinness and Beef Pie among the varied range of food on offer. Those wishing to dine outside can do so overlooking the vineyards. The Bistro has won an award for its food.

The Hunter Valley and Harrigan’s is an ideal spot for relaxation. There are regular offers on accommodation including three nights for the price of two; a travel agent will have details.  Wine tours are extremely popular with guests; they could not be closer.

It does not lose its popularity when the snow comes and what better way to warm up than on Wednesday’s curry night? Live music and Happy Hour are other features of Harrigan’s, a break away from the City for locals and tourists to Australia alike.

Mercantile Hotel Sydney

Mercantile Hotel Sydney

Molly Malone’s Bar in the Mercantile Hotel Sydney has built a reputation amongst locals, businessmen, tourists and visitors to Sydney as a place that can create the impression of being in Ireland for a day. The place was given a boost back in 1989 when the famous band U2 gave its only media conference from the stage, surely making the Mercantile the centre of Irish culture in Australia. As the oldest Irish pub in Australia, built in 1914 close to Sydney Harbour Bridge it has every right to the title. The other bar in the Mercantile, the Office, allows businessmen to tell their wives that they are still in the office without a word of a lie.

The Hungry Hewer is the bistro. A Hewer is a coalminer and the bistro’s hearty meals would fill even those energetic folk. There is an extensive and varied menu to satisfy the family on holiday as well as the businessman or casual visitor. You might decide to book one of the rooms, everything including singles, doubles and twins with breakfast is available. The Hotel’s central location makes it an ideal choice for tourists.

There is a function facility and many regular events throughout the month. Happy hour is between 7pm and 9pm on Sunday, an excellent way to end the week. During the weekdays happy hour switches to the two hours between 5pm and 7pm. Rocks Foodies Market is just outside the front door every Friday between 9am and 3pm while at the weekend the Market is an excellent place for locals and tourists to shop. Inside the Hotel the weekend is non-stop entertainment with an Irish flavour, three different shows on Saturday, two more on Sunday.

P J Obriens

PJ O’Brien’s

PJ O’Brien’s has spread the news about Ireland to several places in Australia from Adelaide in the South to Port Douglas on the Queensland Coast. In Sydney it is located in the Grand Hotel complex were visitors are welcomed by an open fire and traditional Irish music leaving the sounds of the city behind. The atmosphere builds as the sun sets with Guinness and Magners Cider two of the pubs favourites. There is plenty of choice however including fine Australian wines and the usual beers and spirits.

The kitchen serves up everything from traditional Irish fayre to pizzas and typical pub grub. Soda bread, Guinness and beef pie, Irish Stew and Pork Sausages all provide a taste of Ireland. The seafood is excellent and varied; salmon, mussels, calamari and the catch of the day cooked in Kilkenny’s beer batter. There is even a cake with Guinness icing for dessert. The wine list is extensive with many of Australia’s wines featured.

PJ’s kitchen opens for lunchtime and is popular for both lunch and dinner for local workers as well as those on a family holiday. There is also a function facility that can be booked with catering provided to order. To avoid disappointment diners should consider booking a table though PJs has plenty of space for those just wanting a drink.

Anyone enjoying live music should check on the traditional Sunday sessions of Irish music; you are welcome to join in. On Tuesdays there is a trivia quiz and more live music on Thursdays and Fridays. PJ O’Brien’s can keep you entertained right throughout the week.