St Patrick's Day Hurstmere Hooley!

"Shillelaghs, shamrocks and shenanigans, it’s a day to eat, drink and be Irish – the world famous Hurstmere Hooley is on in Takapuna again for St Patrick’s Day – Friday March 17th. Once again, in the traditions of St Paddy, it’s going to be huge on Hurstmere Road.

For the eighth consecutive year Takapuna strip’s top bars – led by the Shore’s leading Irish Pub Florrie McGreal’s – are getting together on St Paddy’s Day to celebrate and fondly toast the Patron Saint of Ireland.

As has become the popular tradition on the big day for the main event, the entire footpath outside Florrie McGreal’s and neighbouring pubs The Elephant Wrestler and the brand new Master and Apprentice has been designated as The Green Zone, the perfect place for a Hurstmere Hooley.

Festivities for St Paddy’s Day will kick off outside Florrie McGreal’s for a traditional Irish breakfast which starts at 8am. Live entertainment starts at 12noon on the specially erected stage within the cordoned off area of the footpath, and will continue throughout the afternoon and evening with contemporary and traditional Irish solo entertainers, bands, and Irish dancers.

This year, the line-up will feature Jono Lonney and John Davey, two the most experienced Irish musicians to found in Auckland and back performing from previous years will the ever-popular Paddy Mac and the Mangled Badgers.

From 10pm on, both Florrie’s and the Elephant Wrestler will feature toe-tapping sing-a-long live entertainment inside their premises. The Hurstmere Road Hooley for Friday the 17th March, is building to be massive or as the Irish would say – great craic.

As attendees will well know, and is evident in the lively photos that appear in Channel Magazine each year, dressing up is a big part of the day. It is fantastic that people go to such trouble to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland.

So there it is Channel Magazine readers. The best celebration of St Paddy is right here on the Shore in Takapuna – to be sure, to be sure, to be sure – the world famous Hurstmere Hooley!"

Find this article at Channel Magazine March Issue, page 43.